Monique LovatoCEO/Executive DirectorLeadership
Thalia Acosta LozanoYouth Programs SpecialistYouth Development
Javier BañuelosMarketing CoordinatorProgram Support
Lauren BrownDirector, Youth DevelopmentYouth Development
Kathy CallenderDevelopment AssociateFundraising
Lara DawsonBusiness ConsultantBusiness Development
Lydia EsquibelAdministrative Asst., Women's Business CenterBusiness Development
Andy FigueroaFamily NavigatorYouth Development
Dale FlandersChief Development OfficerFundraising
Daniel GarciaCareer CoachCareer Development
Marissa GlatterGrants ManagerFundraising
Theresa HayesBusiness NavigatorBusiness Development
Sarah HumphreysLa Receta Program ManagerBusiness Development
Nishana JohnHuman Resources CoordinatorAdministration
Ruth MárquezCareer TrainerCareer Development
Alyssa MillerYouth NavigatorYouth Development
Luis MorenoLending ConsultantBusiness Development
Tammy MulliganChief Operating OfficerAdministration
Katey OrrEvaluation CoordinatorProgram Support
Lauren PeisachAssistant Manager, Middle School ProgramsYouth 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, Career DevelopmentCareer Development
Emily ThomasCareer RecruiterCareer Development
Elizabeth TrueBusiness ConsultantBusiness Development
Enrique Valerio FloresFacility AssistantAdministration
Elena VasconezDirector, Business DevelopmentBusiness Development
Claudia YáñezBilingual Business ConsultantBusiness Development
Monique Lovato is the CEO/Executive Director 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 Youth Programs Specialist as part of the Youth department at Mi Casa Resource Center. She assists in implementing out-of-school time programs for middle school youth and programs for their families by collecting and entering all program data. She also coordinates surveys and other evaluation efforts for the Youth program. 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.
Javier Bañuelos is the Marketing Coordinator at Mi Casa Resource Center. He joined the team in 2015 and supports the Business, Career, and Youth programs with outreach and marketing. Javi truly enjoys his position because he gets to meet so many of the inspiring individuals who walk through Mi Casa’s doors looking for help to change their lives for the better. He was able to turn his hobby into a successful business with the help of Mi Casa’s Business program. Javi is a DJ and the owner of Onzé Management, considered one of the best bilingual DJ/multimedia services in Colorado.
Lauren Brown is the Director of Youth Development at Mi Casa Resource Center. She is passionate about positive youth development and is an active member of many alliances and coalitions across the Denver metro area aimed at increasing visibility and opportunity for underserved youth. 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.
Kathy Callender is the Development Associate 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 the Family Navigator for the Youth Development team at Mi Casa Resource Center. He is responsible for educating, supporting, and empowering parents at the Lake Middle School campus by connecting them to opportunities and resources in the community. 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 Career Coach as part of the Career Development team at Mi Casa Resource Center. He conducts one-on-one career coaching, oversees program adherence, and most importantly utilizes a tremendous amount of rapport-building to ensure and encourage participant success. 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.
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.
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.
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 Coordinator on the Administration team 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.
Ruth Márquez is the Career Trainer as part of the Career team at Mi Casa Resource Center. She facilitates Mi Casa’s Financial Services technical training. Ruth has provided training expertise and formal instruction across industries, sectors, and organizational levels for over 15 years. An instructional designer, facilitator, speaker, instructor, tutor, and writer, Ruth enjoys being a guest panelist and conference speaker as well as writing for news and industry publications. A former consultant to local and international organizations, universities, and executive boards, Ruth loves working with subject matter experts, mentoring trainers, and designing and facilitating training.
Alyssa Miller is the Youth Navigator on the Youth Development team. She works supporting middle school students in the afterschool program building social and emotional skills. Some areas of focus are problem-solving and decision-making, communication, managing stress and emotions, building empathy, and resisting bullying. 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 students 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 middle school youth.
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.
Lauren Peisach is the Assistant Manager of Middle School Programs. As part of our Youth team, she works at the Lake Middle School Campus site and manages our middle school programming. This includes planning and organizing our after school programs and summer camp. Before joining Mi Casa, Lauren served as a 2010 Teach for America Corps Member in Chicago. She taught Special Education for four years and earned her MEd in Special Education. Lauren believes strongly that all youth deserve the opportunity to learn skills that will set them up to be successful in life.
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 Career Development at Mi Casa Resource Center. She leads agency efforts to connect jobseekers to meaningful employment opportunities. Andrea is a career economic equity professional who joined the Mi Casa team in 2015 after working in microfinance and financial capability 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.
Emily Thomas is the Career Recruiter on the Career Development team at Mi Casa Resource Center. She supports Career Development participants through the enrollment process and helps to direct each person to the different career services based on their unique career path. Emily also supports partner relationships and community outreach efforts. She joined the Mi Casa familia in 2017 and has been working at Latino-serving nonprofit organizations in Denver’s Westwood neighborhood since 2015. Emily received her BA in International Studies with a focus in Development, Health, and Sustainability and is passionate about social, environmental, and food justice. Emily is bilingual in English and Spanish.
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.