Monique LovatoChief Executive OfficerLeadership
Thalia Acosta LozanoProgram Support SpecialistProgram Support
Alyssa BakerCareer Pathways TrainerCareer Development
Lauren BrownDirector, Career PathwaysCareer Development
Kevin BurdiDirector of FinanceFinance
Kathy CallenderDevelopment CoordinatorFundraising
Lara DawsonLead Business ConsultantBusiness Development
Lydia EsquibelAdministrative Asst., Women's Business CenterBusiness Development
Andy FigueroaBilingual Business ConsultantBusiness Development
Dale FlandersChief Development OfficerFundraising
Daniel GarciaTraining ManagerCareer Development
Patrick GarrettCareer Pathways TrainerCareer Development
Marissa GlatterGrants ManagerFundraising
Laurel HaydenRecruiter, Women's Business CenterBusiness Development
Theresa HayesBusiness NavigatorBusiness Development
Kasey HerndonProgram Support ManagerProgram Support
Sarah HumphreysLa Receta Program ManagerBusiness Development
Nishana JohnHuman Resources & Administration ManagerAdministration
Luis MorenoLending ConsultantBusiness Development
Tammy MulliganChief Operating OfficerAdministration
Katey OrrEvaluation CoordinatorProgram Support
Louis PantalacciAccounting SpecialistFinance
Kimberly PeñaCareer NavigatorCareer Development
Michael PerezCareer CoachCareer Development
Allie RasmussenCareer Pathways TrainerCareer Development
Sonya RodriguezAccounting Specialist IIFinance
Jennifer RothschildProBoPat Program AdministratorBusiness Development
Marlyn RuizOperations Coordinator, Women’s Business CenterBusiness Development
Michele SoliCorporate Relations & Communications ManagerFundraising
Andrea Stiles PullasDirector, Strategic InitiativesFundraising
Marin ToscanoLa Receta InstructorBusiness Development
Elizabeth TrueBusiness ConsultantBusiness Development
Enrique Valerio FloresFacility AssistantAdministration
Elena VasconezDirector, Business DevelopmentBusiness Development
Claudia YáñezBilingual Business ConsultantBusiness Development
Monique Lovato is the CEO of Mi Casa Resource Center. Monique assumed the reins of Mi Casa in 2016. She is a highly experienced leader with a strong track record leveraging community, business, and government resources and partnerships to advance positive economic impact for Denver residents, particularly low- to moderate-income families. Before joining Mi Casa, Monique spent more than 20 years at Xcel Energy in local government relations, managing philanthropy and helping develop such innovative initiatives as the Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Program (NEEP), which has returned more than $130 million in energy savings for metro Denver nonprofits. She was recently appointed by Mayor Michael B. Hancock to the National Western Center Authority Board. Monique has also served on the Denver Urban Renewal Authority Commission, chaired the board of Mile High Early Learning, and is a 2009 alumna of Leadership Denver.
Thalia Acosta Lozano
Thalia Acosta Lozano is the Program Support Specialist at Mi Casa Resource Center. She assists in implementing all of Mi Casa’s programs through administrative and programmatic support. Thalia joined the Mi Casa team in 2014 after having participated in Mi Casa’s Youth program throughout middle school and high school. Thalia is passionate about working with Denver’s underserved youth and is especially passionate about being part of advancing and achieving Mi Casa’s mission.
Alyssa Baker is a Trainer as part of the Career Pathways team. She works supporting the design, implementation, and evaluation of training programs for job-seekers. Alyssa received her Bachelor’s Degree in Latin American Studies and Spanish and earned her MEd in Educational Leadership, Renewal, and Change. After teaching 8th grade, Alyssa saw the need for supporting learners in a more holistic way and is excited to do that as part of the Mi Casa family. She is passionate about empowering and giving a voice to Denver’s underserved populations.
Lauren Brown is the Director of Career Pathways at Mi Casa Resource Center. She is passionate about supporting job-seekers and is an active member of many alliances and coalitions across the Denver metro area aimed at increasing visibility and opportunity for underserved populations. Prior to joining Mi Casa in 2010, Lauren was a community organizer in Mexico City, where she led community-driven, empowerment-based programs for over two years. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is enthusiastic about making Denver an equitable place for all people.
Kevin Burdi, CPA is the Director of Finance for Mi Casa Resource Center. He joined Mi Casa in early 2019. Kevin has worked solely with nonprofit organizations since graduating from Siena College with a B.S. in Finance, and subsequently earning his Master’s in Accountancy from American Public University. Previously, Kevin worked as an auditor gaining extensive experience in all aspects of U.S. GAAP audits, employee benefit plan audits and Uniform Commercial Guidance audits in the nonprofit industry. Kevin is also proficient in the preparation of Federal Form 990 for tax-exempt entities. Kevin is passionate about using his knowledge to contribute to the success of Mi Casa as a whole, as well as its valuable programs and participants. He strives to continue to ensure Mi Casa is accountable and transparent and remains an invaluable resource in our community.
Kathy Callender is the Development Coordinator at Mi Casa Resource Center. She joined the team as a part-time consultant in 2016, following an extensive career in nonprofit association management and membership development for national and state organizations. Her consultant role introduced Kathy to the programs, participants, and staff at Mi Casa and reacquainted Kathy to her early years contributing to development and renewed her commitment to improve the Denver community. In her current role as Development Associate, she supports the Development team and provides administrative assistance to the CEO. Kathy’s personal dedication to the advancement of low-income families and underserved populations has been at the core of her volunteer advocacy and she is now excited to incorporate it into her “encore career.”
Lara Dawson has been a Business Consultant for the Women’s Business Center at Mi Casa Resource Center since 2015. She teaches various courses for budding entrepreneurs and small business owners, as well as provides 1-on-1 consulting on all issues involving start-ups and small businesses, including topics such as operations, financials, marketing and sales, HR, risk management, and leadership. As a former social worker and business owner herself, Lara has a heart for helping those who want to improve their lives through education, dedication, and hard work. She uses her own lessons learned to assist others in growing more quickly, stronger, and smarter.
Lydia Esquibel is the Administrative Assistant for the Women’s Business Center at Mi Casa Resource Center. She is the initial point of contact for the Business program and assists with all daily operations, classes, and consulting appointments for small business owners. Lydia joined the Mi Casa team in 2018 and has an extensive background working in a diverse nonprofit educational setting. Lydia has lived in and been part of the West Denver community for over 30 years. Mi Casa has helped her find meaningful ways to support and give back to small businesses in her community.
Andy Figueroa is a Bilingual Business Consultant as part of the Women’s Business Center at Mi Casa Resource Center. He provides 1-on-1 consulting for underserved entrepreneurs and business owners. Prior to joining Mi Casa in 2013, Andy worked as a Program Manager for the Secretary of Education in the state of Michoacán, Mexico. Andy holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and is passionate about education and community development. He loves Mi Casa and its mission and believes in the power of education to advance family prosperity.
Dale Flanders is the Chief Development Officer (CDO) at MI Casa Resource Center. Dale comes to Mi Casa with extensive professional experience spanning multiple sectors including community nonprofits, higher education, health care, and the faith community. He is passionate about helping create opportunities for everyone to succeed and pursue their best possible futures. Prior to joining Mi Casa, Dale provided long-term transition leadership for several nonprofits through his consulting business, Taproot Innovation LLC. His career also includes leading community benefit and relations at Kaiser Permanente Colorado and overseeing community partnerships at Mile High United Way. Dale’s work is characterized by a unique ability to integrate people and ideas in order to foster healthy collaboration among various stakeholders. He previously served on the Board of the American Red Cross Mile High Chapter and was a member of Mayor and Governor John Hickenlooper’s Clergy Councils.
Daniel Garcia is the Training Manager as part of the Career Development team at Mi Casa Resource Center. He is focused on creating a profound impact where his workforce development and culturally competent background can facilitate strategic career program implementation while supporting Mi Casa’s Career Pathways professionals. Daniel is ardent about helping individuals find employment and career development outlets, along with providing tools needed to establish employment stability. He joined Mi Casa in 2017 and continues to serve the community with a great sense of passion.
Patrick Garrett is a Career Pathways Trainer at Mi Casa Resource Center. He is the lead trainer for the Financial Services Technical Training, which helps job-seekers obtain high-paying customer-facing roles in banks and credit unions. Patrick brings a variety of philanthropic engagement, business management and training facilitation experience to the team at Mi Casa, having recently returned to the United States after 2 years serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Guatemala. Patrick is bilingual in English and Spanish, holding both a Master’s Degree in International Studies from the University of Denver as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Colorado State University. He is excited to continue to pursue his passion for helping others through contributing to Mi Casa Resource Center’s innovative Career Pathways programs.
Marissa Glatter is the Grants Manager as part of the Development team at Mi Casa Resource Center. She manages all activities related to foundation, corporate and government grant proposals and reports. Marissa joined Mi Casa in 2016 after working with organizations in public health research, mental health, and assault and trauma services since graduating from the University of Colorado, Denver with Bachelor Degrees in Communication and Sociology. Marissa has a strong passion for improving the quality of people’s lives and the communities we live in. Working for an organization like Mi Casa Resource Center is a wonderful way to foster her pursuit of helping people discover and reach their potential and fully participate in life.
Laurel Hayden is the Recruiter for the Women’s Business Center at Mi Casa Resource Center. She joined the team in April 2019 and has since then been working directly with those interested in taking advantage of the resources that Women’s Business Center has to offer. In addition to being a point of contact for workshops and classes in the business center, Laurel works with participants to make sure they are taking the most practical next step for their business growth through the resources at Mi Casa. Laurel has a Masters in International Human Rights and spent the last four years as a bilingual community organizer working directly with community members on housing justice issues in the Denver-metro area. She is passionate about supporting community members fulfill their dreams through owning small businesses and creating community through learning and growing together.
Theresa Hayes is the Business Navigator with the Women’s Business Center at Mi Casa Resource Center. She works alongside participants to identify their personal goals, strengths, potential barriers, and individual vision of success by connecting participants to resources within Mi Casa and the community. Theresa has worked at Mi Casa since 2014 and her favorite part of her job is witnessing the passion and dedication with which Mi Casa entrepreneurs work to make their dreams a reality. Theresa holds a Master Degree in Social Work and a Bachelor Degree with studies in Sociology and Business Administration. She studied in Bolivia and enjoys working with English and Spanish speakers at Mi Casa. Theresa is grateful to serve in a role that combines her passion to support individuals and small businesses while advancing social and economic justice within the Denver community.
Kasey Herndon is the Program Support Manager serving our Business and Career Development Programs. She contributes to overall program development and oversees organizational operations including marketing, evaluation, partnerships, and career program recruitment. Kasey has an extensive background in program development, evaluation, database management, and leadership. She earned her Master of Nonprofit Management degree from Regis University and is passionate about serving and advocating for underserved communities and people of color.
Sarah Humphreys is the Manager of the La Receta program at Mi Casa Resource Center. She runs Mi Casa’s new mobile-food business accelerator. Sarah joined the Mi Casa team in 2017 as the Administrative Assistant for the Women’s Business Center and had previously worked with several small businesses and Latino-based nonprofit organizations. She received her BA in Spanish from Colorado State University and continued her Spanish language education while living and working abroad in Mexico. Sarah is passionate about supporting economic advancement, local small businesses, and serving the underserved communities and cultures here in Denver.
Nishana John is the Human Resources & Administration Manager at Mi Casa Resource Center. She coordinates all human resources activities, including hiring, onboarding, employee relations, and benefit administration. Nishana joined Mi Casa in 2015 after having volunteered with the organization for nearly two years. Nishana received her MS in Organizational Leadership and is passionate about helping organizations build success relationships with their greatest asset – their people. Her volunteer time helped her see the impact of Mi Casa’s work in the community and aligned with her need to give back to the community.
Luis Moreno is the Lending Consultant as part of the Women’s Business Center team at Mi Casa Resource Center. He ensures that minority- and women-owned businesses have equal opportunities and access to funding. One of the most rewarding activities for Luis is microfinance, an approach that helps break the vicious cycle of financial exclusion among talented entrepreneurs who cannot access traditional loans. Born in Jalisco, Mexico, Luis obtained his MBA from ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. Prior to moving to the U.S., Luis owned a drug store in Mexico for more than 10 years. As a bilingual small business consultant and former business owner and trainer, his expertise supports small business owners who want to start up or take their venture to the next level
Tammy Mulligan is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Mi Casa Resource Center. Tammy joins Mi Casa with a strong background in nonprofit leadership, both as a staff member and a board member. Her passion is working with organizations that offer opportunities to those who are ready to take the next step forward. Before joining Mi Casa, Tammy served as the Executive Director of Denver Urban Matters (DenUM) for 15 years. Her work was focused on revenue growth, program evaluation, leadership development, and inclusivity efforts. In 2017 she led DenUM through a successful merger and has spent time consulting with small organizations on operations, project management, and strategic opportunities. Tammy’s board service includes Denver’s Welfare Reform Board, Community Shares of Colorado, Colorado Participation Project, and numerous others all focused on helping individuals and organizations move forward.
Katey Orr is the Evaluation Coordinator at Mi Casa Resource Center. She manages program impact evaluation across the organization, provides data for grant proposals and reporting, and administers Mi Casa’s Salesforce database. Katey first came to Mi Casa in 2016 as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer and joined the Mi Casa familia full-time in 2018. She developed her passions for social and economic justice, public service, and data-based arguments while earning Bachelor Degrees at Rhodes College and North Carolina State University.
Louis Pantalacci is the Accounting Specialist. As part of Administration department at Mi Casa Resource Center, he is responsible for receiving, organizing, and processing various accounting transactions including accounts payable, accounts receivable, and contracts. Louis joined Mi Casa in 2018 after he spent four years working in the for-profit industry. He made the transition to the nonprofit sector since it is a more suitable environment for his passion – serve people. He knew Mi Casa would be a great place to contribute in people’s life in Denver community.
Kimberly Peña is the Career Navigator on the Career Development team at Mi Casa Resource Center. She supports participants on their own unique career path to meet their goals, utilize their strengths, and navigate barriers. Kimberly joined the Mi Casa team in February 2019 after working internationally in Nicaragua and Dominican Republic in a leadership program for youth. She is excited to use her bilingual skills in English and Spanish and is passionate about continuing her advocacy for social and economic justice to expand opportunities for participants. Kimberly studied Social Work and Economics as a first-generation scholar at Colorado State University.
Michael Perez is the Career Coach as part of the Career Development team at Mi Casa Resource Center. He is Bilingual, has a BBA in Human Resource Management, and is vehement about connecting job seekers and employers to create synergy. Prior to joining Mi Casa, Michael served as an Employment Counselor with BakerRipley where he provided one-on-one coaching and career development training as part of a program with the Office of the Attorney General of Texas. Michael joined Mi Casa in 2019 after moving to Colorado from Texas and is thrilled about helping his community and supporting all peoples to achieve and exceed their employment and economic goals.
Allie Rasmussen is a Career Pathways Trainer at Mi Casa Resource Center. She brings a background in family development and a bachelor’s degree in English to her role facilitating the Career Skills training. In the training she covers a variety of topics including resume writing, interviewing, and professionalism while encouraging participants to uncover their strengths and celebrate their skills. Allie loves leading training and is passionate about ensuring all people have access to information, opportunities, and support as they work towards their goals.
Sonya Rodriguez is the Accounting Specialist II as part of the Administration department at Mi Casa Resource Center. She is responsible for receiving, organizing, and processing various accounting transactions including accounts payable, accounts receivable, contracts, and payroll. Sonya joined the Mi Casa familia in 2003 after spending a decade in a corporate banking environment. She is passionate about giving back to the community and joining Mi Casa has helped her find meaningful ways to give back.
Jennifer Rothschild is the ProBoPat Program Administrator as part of the Women’s Business Center team at Mi Casa Resource Center. She oversees ProBoPat, an initiative of the US Patent & Trademark Office, the Colorado Bar Association, and Mi Casa. Jennifer connects qualified, low-income inventors with patent attorneys and agents who provide their services on a pro bono basis. She joined Mi Casa in 2015 after working as a paralegal in law firms in the Denver area. Jennifer enjoys working with inventors to help them understand and navigate the process of obtaining patent registrations for their inventions.
Marlyn Ruiz is the Operations Coordinator of the Women’s Business Center at Mi Casa Resource Center. She manages the daily operations of the Women’s Business Center to ensure that the goals of helping participants start and grow their businesses are being met. Marlyn started working at Mi Casa in 2015, first as the Receptionist, then transitioned into the Business team as the Program Specialist. Marlyn has lived and been part of the West Denver community for over 20 years and is very passionate about helping families, like hers, have better opportunities.
Michele Soli is the Corporate Relations & Communications Manager as part of the Development Team at Mi Casa Resource Center. She joined the Mi Casa familia in 2016 after working at several other immigrant-serving organizations in the Denver metro area. Michele learned Spanish while living abroad in Chile and Spain and is happy to apply her language skills and nonprofit experience here at Mi Casa. She received her MA in International Human Rights and is passionate about social justice and protecting the rights of immigrants and low-income families.
Andrea Stiles Pullas
Andrea Stiles Pullas is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Mi Casa Resource Center. She is responsible for the design and resource strategy for Mi Casa’s key initiatives for growth. Andrea is a career economic mobility professional who joined the Mi Casa team in 2015. In her work, Andrea has designed and led programs in workforce development, financial capability, and small business development in the United States and Latin America. She holds a Master’s Degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin.
Marin Toscano is the Instructor for La Receta (mobile-food business accelerator) and also provides 1-on-1 consulting for food businesses. She has an eclectic background working in the food service industry for 10 years, as well being involved with the immigrant and refugee community. These dual experiences have made her passionate about empowering food entrepreneurs who have true talent for cooking, and just need support on the business side of things to be successful. She has a BA in International Relations from CU Boulder and received a Fulbright research grant to live in China for 2 years where she studied food systems and changing trends in diet. Marin believes that food is a bridge that can bring people from diverse backgrounds together and that supporting local food entrepreneurs brightens and strengthens our community.
Elizabeth True is a Business Consultant as part of the Women’s Business Center at Mi Casa Resource Center. She meets with a range of diverse entrepreneurs and coaches from concept, startup, cradle to grave. Elizabeth first started working at Mi Casa as an independent contractor in May 2015, facilitating the DreamBuilder program along with business coaching at the former Innovation Lab at North East Park Hill. In January 2018, she officially joined the Mi Casa familia and utilizes her 10 years of business ownership, especially in the construction industry, helping construction companies start, get structured, obtain government certifications, grow, and be on the path to prosperity.
Enrique Valerio Flores
Enrique Valerio Flores has been the Facility Assistant at Mi Casa Resource Center since 2013. He helps maintain our headquarters location and sets up for graduations and other events that take place in the building. Enrique likes the comradery at Mi Casa and the respect that all staff have for each other. He appreciates the community-focused nature of the work and likes that everyone, including him, is working to benefit a lot of people.
Elena Vasconez is the Director of the Women’s Business Center at Mi Casa Resource Center. In 2017, under Elena’s leadership, Mi Casa was awarded the National Women’s Business Center of Excellence by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Elena has been on staff since 2007, first serving as a Business Consultant where she provided training and technical assistance to small business owners. A business owner herself, Elena also brings extensive experience in strategic planning, leadership development, human and organizational development, and business education. She is a native of Ecuador and fully bilingual in English and Spanish. Elena holds a Master’s in Business Administration and Organizational Development from Azusa Pacific University.
Claudia Yáñez is a Bilingual Business Consultant & Instructor at the Women’s Business Center at Mi Casa Resource Center. She supports entrepreneurs as they launch and grow their business. A native of Chihuahua, Mexico and the oldest daughter of a low-income single mother, Claudia started developing micro-businesses to provide extra income for her family at a young age. Her background and focus on community collaboration led her to Mi Casa in 2004, when she started at the Women’s Business Center as the Administrative Specialist. Claudia has lived in Colorado for over 20 years and has found her passion for serving others by being a role model and sharing her knowledge and experience with others.