Angeles OrtegaChief Executive OfficerLeadership
Denyse AirheartDirector, Business PathwaysBusiness Pathways
Alyssa BakerPostsecondary & Workforce Readiness CoordinatorCareer Pathways
Bri BarnesStudent Services CoordinatorCareer Pathways
Lauren BrownDirector, Career PathwaysCareer Pathways
Kevin BurdiDirector of FinanceFinance
Lesley Del RioCareer Pathways TrainerCareer Pathways
Martin DiazFront Desk Admin/ReceptionistAdministration
Nancy EnriquezProgram Marketing CoordinatorProgram Support
Dina EscobedoExecutive AssistantFundraising
Andy FigueroaBilingual Business ConsultantBusiness Pathways
Josh GaydosGrants ManagerFundraising
Kasey HerndonProgram Support ManagerProgram Support
Nishana JohnDirector, Human Resources & AdministrationAdministration
Brenna JohnsonBusiness Pathways RecruiterBusiness Pathways
Javier MartinezCareer Pathways RecruiterCareer Pathways
Sue MunroProBoPat Program AdministratorBusiness Pathways
Katey OrrEvaluation CoordinatorProgram Support
Louis PantalacciAccounting SpecialistFinance
Evelyn PerezProgram Support SpecialistProgram Support
Michael PerezCareer CoachCareer Pathways
Daniela Ramirez AriasOperations CoordinatorBusiness Pathways
Allie RasmussenCareer Pathways ManagerCareer Pathways
Georgia ReaganProject Director, Financial Services PathwayCareer Pathways
Sonya RodriguezAccounting Specialist IIFinance
Jamie RothSenior Manager of Resource DevelopmentFundraising
Ana SanchezLead Business Advisor and Instructor, La Receta™Business Pathways
Kimberly TraunerGrants ManagerFundraising
Ben WarnerNavigator, Business PathwaysBusiness Pathways
Frances WilliamsBusiness Pathways ManagerBusiness Pathways
Jessica WilsonCareer Pathways TrainerCareer Pathways
Angeles Ortega is the CEO of Mi Casa Resource Center. Prior to joining Mi Casa, she served as Director of Advancement at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. In her role, she was responsible for ensuring annual and long-term funding for the Museum. Additionally, she worked for the U. S. Census Bureau in both the Denver and Charlotte, North Carolina Regions.
Ms. Ortega brings Nonprofit Leadership experience from serving as Executive Director of the Latin American Coalition, a social service organization serving the needs of the Latino community in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Region. Originally from Mexico, she studied Languages at the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, México, and Nonprofit Management at the University of Nevada-Reno. In 2009 she earned an MBA from Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. In 2016 she graduated from the Latino Leadership Institute at Denver University.
Angeles Ortega serves in several community boards including the Denver Art Museum Audience Alliance, The Ricardo Flores Magon Academy. Angeles is a Fellow of the William Friday Leadership Initiative, a graduate of Leadership Charlotte class XXI, American Leadership Forum, and the Latino Leadership Institute.
Angeles has received several awards including Hero of Democracy, Charlotte Observer, The Business Journal’s Diversity Catalyst award, NAACP Legal Defense Fund Community Service Award, Hispanic Elected Official’s Community Service Award, Community Service Award, La Noticia Newspaper.
Denyse Airheart is the Director of Business Pathways at Mi Casa Resource Center. She oversees the strategic advancement of the Business Pathways Department, a department that supports entrepreneurs through all stages of business development helping them explore, launch, and grow their business through bilingual training, consulting, access to capital, and holistic support services. Denyse joined the Mi Casa familia in 2019 after relocating to Denver, Colorado with her family. She previously worked with the City of Maricopa in Arizona as the Director of Economic Development where she expanded the City’s business attraction and retention efforts, provided site selection services, business resources to budding and expanding entrepreneurs and marketing and branding.
Alyssa Baker is the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Coordinator as part of the Career Pathways team. She works supporting the design, implementation, and evaluation of training programs for youth. 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.
Bri Barnes is the Student Services Coordinator at Mi Casa Resource Center. Bri’s background is in non-profit & higher education. She supports participants of Mi Casa with navigating higher education & helping them get back to school. She believes that education can be the pathway to success for many & enjoys breaking down barriers to create equity within higher education. Her role at Mi Casa allows her to bring both of her passions together in one position & she enjoys helping people create new pathways for themselves & their families.
Lauren Brown is the Director of Career Pathways at Mi Casa Resource Center. She is responsible for the strategic advancement of the Career Pathways department, including Mi Casa’s work to connect youth and adults to successful education and employment. 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. As an active member of many alliances and coalitions across the Denver metro area aimed at increasing opportunity for underserved populations, Lauren is passionate about supporting all people on their own pathway to opportunity.
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.
Lesley Del Rio
Lesley Del Rio is a Career Pathways Trainer at Mi Casa Resource Center. She brings a background in community engagement and experience in lesson facilitation to her role. She is fluent in Spanish and brings her passion for advocacy to the Financial Services Trainings. Lesley loves facilitating trainings and is passionate about supporting and helping empower community members to reach their potential.
Martin Diaz is the Receptionist at Mi Casa, as part of the Admin/Development Team at Mi Casa Resource Center, he is the first person you meet or speak with when coming into or calling Mi Casa RC. Martin will answer your questions and get you to the right person and program group to get you on your path to improvement and success. Martin joined the Mi Casa familia in 2019 after working at several other organizations in the supply chain field for major metals distributors and sugar cooperatives in CO. He also volunteered with several nonprofits like United Way – Metropolitan Chicago school mentor programs, the Chicago Latino Network and CAPS (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategies with the Chicago Police Dept.) for 15+ years. He brings his passion for community service and compassion for his fellow residents, from the Windy City to the Mile High!
Nancy Enriquez is the Program Marketing Coordinator at Mi Casa Resource Center. She is responsible for the coordination and implementation of MCRC’s marketing strategy and works closely with the Business Pathways, Career Pathways, and Development teams to market Mi Casa’s programs. Nancy joined the team in December 2019 after earning her Master of Science in Marketing degree from the University of Denver and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Denver. Nancy is passionate about marketing and serving underserved communities in Denver.
Dina Escobedo is the Executive Assistant to the CEO at Mi Casa Resource Center. As a seasoned assistant, Dina enjoys creating partnerships with her leaders, team, and community. Before coming to Mi Casa Resource Center, Dina gained her experience working for C-level executives in fast-pace corporate offices in Los Angeles and recently in Denver. At each corporation, Dina would find herself volunteering with her corporate office’s philanthropy team. Realizing the social and economic impact her contributing hours were affecting her community, volunteering on weekends and days-off became the norm for her. In 2019, she felt compelled to transition out from corporate into non-profit. She loves contributing her skills towards Mi Casa Resource Center’s vision: We envision a community where all people have the power to achieve their economic goals and realize their dreams.”
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.
Josh Gaydos is a Grants Manager at Mi Casa Resource Center. Josh’s role is to develop corporate relationships that will assist in achieving the Mi Casa’s goals of advancing family prosperity. He comes to Denver from South Carolina where he helped found the first nonprofit run through a political campaign. Josh loves seeing Mi Casa’s impact first hand and he wants to help instill self-belief in the communities that we serve.
Kasey Herndon is the Program Support Manager serving our Business and Career Pathways Programs. She contributes to overall program development and oversees organizational operations including marketing, evaluation, partnerships, and 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.
Nishana John is the Director of Human Resources & Administration at Mi Casa Resource Center. She oversees 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.
Brenna Johnson is the Business Pathways Recruiter at Mi Casa Resource Center. Brenna works directly with individuals seeking to start and grow a successful small business. Brenna helps participants identify their needs and connect them to resources at Mi Casa that will best serve them. Before joining Mi Casa Resource Center Brenna earned a degree in Spanish at the University of Minnesota and work with a non-profit organization in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for three years. She is passionate about small business and connecting people to resources to help them thrive.
Javier Martinez is the Career Pathways Recruiter at Mi Casa Resource Center. Javier joined the team in August of 2019 and has been working directly with individuals to assist them with in education and employment. In addition to being a point of contact for workshops and classes, Javier works with each participant to identify their goals and develop a customized plan to reach their career goals through the resources available at Mi Casa. Javier has a Sociology degree and has spent time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala. He is enthusiastic and passionate about helping community members reach their career goals and fulfill their dreams.
Sue Munro joined Mi Casa Resource Center as the ProBoPat Program Administrator in January 2021. She oversees the ProBoPat program, which connects low-income inventors with pro bono (free) patent preparation and prosecution legal services. Sue’s dad was a patent attorney, so this position has a lot of personal meaning for her. She brings over 25 years experience working with nonprofit organizations across the country with a background in social work, case management and program outreach. Sue is passionate about working in the nonprofit field and excited to be a part of the Mi Casa team, contributing to the great work of the agency!
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.
Evelyn Perez is the Program Support Specialist for Mi Casa Resource Center. She assists program support in the areas of evaluation, marketing, partnerships and outreach/recruitment. When she’s not at Mi Casa Resource Center she is in class pursuing her degree in Criminal Justice at Metropolitan 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.
Daniela Ramirez Arias
Daniela Ramirez Arias holds the position of Business Pathways Operations Coordinator at Mi Casa Resource Center. In her capacity she oversees the everyday operations; including classes, events, workshops and consulting sessions. Daniela received her Law Degree from the University of Manizales, Colombia and has ample experience assisting diverse groups focused on legal issues and everyday procedures from the private and the public sector. As a staunch supporter of nonprofits and her community work in Colombia, it was inevitable for Daniela to have volunteered with various organizations in Colorado. As a team member of Mi Casa Resource Center, Daniela looks forward to supporting and making a meaningful contribution in her community.
Allie Rasmussen is the Career Pathways Manager at Mi Casa Resource Center. Prior to joining MCRC, she worked at a nonprofit providing direct services including food and rental assistance. That experience made her passionate about career development and a strengths-based style of working with participants. She is passionate about ensuring all people have access to quality information, opportunities and support as they work towards their goals.
Georgia Reagan is the Project Director for the Financial Services Pathway. She brings nearly 10 years of experience in higher education, instruction, admissions, student supports, and Career and Technical Education while supporting first-generation college students, immigrant students, and adult learners. In her role as the Project Director, she works closely with Mi Casa’s Financial Services Training team, Community College of Aurora, and Metropolitan State University to recognize and transfer prior learning into stackable credentials that lead to certificates, diplomas, and career advancement. Georgia is passionate about educational equity, career development, and innovating higher education.
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.
Jamie Roth is the Senior Manager of Resource Development at Mi Casa Resource Center. Her role at Mi Casa is to devise and implement a revenue strategy to support the organization’s growth and meet the needs of vulnerable community members in Colorado. She comes to Denver from Chicago where she supported programming for youth and families with workforce, education, and social emotional learning services. She moved to Denver two years ago to pursue her Master of Public Administration which will be completed in May. Jamie is passionate about supporting community voices and thinking strategically to break the cycle of poverty
Ana Sanchez is a Bilingual Business Consultant and instructor at the Women’s Business Center at Mi Casa Resource Center. Ana has extensive experience in business ownership, entrepreneurship, marketing, communications and public relations. Most recently, she worked as the Deputy Administrator of Operational Services at the Government of Puerto Rico’s Department of Family Affairs. Prior to this, she was the President and Owner of Ani Cooks where she designed unique dining experiences to promote networking opportunities for individuals. Ana has also worked for multiple years with the Foundation of Puerto Rico and the Office of the Governor of Puerto Rico in support of Economic development efforts. Ana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia College, PR.
Kimberly Trauner is a Grants Manager at Mi Casa Resource Center. As part of the Resource Development Team, she manages proposals and reporting for Mi Casa’s foundation, corporation, and government partners. Before joining Mi Casa in 2020, Kimberly worked as a teacher in Santiago, Chile and the Strategic Initiatives Officer at a nonprofit in Washington, DC working to end child labor in global supply chains. Kimberly is passionate about giving people the skills and opportunities they need to succeed in their own way, and is proud to support that work in her home state of Colorado.
Ben Warner serves as a Navigator on the Business Pathways team at Mi Casa Resource Center. He is responsible for accompanying participants as they start or grow their own businesses, providing support and connections to resources in the community. Prior to joining Mi Casa in June of 2020, Ben lived in Mexico City and worked at a shelter for Central American migrants. He is passionate about issues of social justice and immigration, and he has spent time on the U.S.-Mexico border to witness the effects of U.S. border policies. Originally from Wisconsin, Ben is excited to be living in Colorado and is eager to use his Spanish skills to support individuals in the Denver area.
Frances Williams is the Business Pathways Manager at MCRC. She leads the team of consultants and instructors as Mi Casa has transitioned to a virtual and hybrid learning platforms. For almost two decades, Frances has assisted clients and their trusted advisor teams with multi-national business succession strategies. Frances’ strategic financial approach has been sustainable protection and preservation of business for future generations. Over the last several years Frances has founded her own businesses, two of which are located in Latin America. Frances is of Colombian descent and speaks fluent Spanish. Her love, pride and passion for her family and culture fueled Frances to join the MCRC team in service to minority small business owners.
Jessica Wilson is a Career Pathways Trainer at Mi Casa Resource Center. In her role, Jessica facilitates a variety of career readiness trainings, including the Financial Services Training where she brings six years of first-hand experience in the industry. Jessica loves to motivate and support others as they explore their dreams and identify their career goals. She is passionate about cultivating a learning environment that is inclusive to all members of the community.