Community Resource Center

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Stephanie Gommert, Program Coordinator
Start Date: 2018

Stephanie is originally from Chiang Mai, Thailand and graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station with a B.S. in Biology, minoring in Neuroscience. While at Texas A&M, Stephanie worked and volunteered with various health focused and international development related non-profit organizations. She quickly developed a passion for promoting health and equity in economically disadvantaged communities. Before joining Community Resource Center, Stephanie served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cambodia. Through her role as a Community Health Educator, she had the opportunity to gain valuable skills in rural outreach, youth development, and project management. Stephanie is looking forward to being a part of CRC's mission and vision, while expanding her knowledge of the non-profit sector and continuing to develop professionally. In her spare time, you can find Stephanie exploring her new home state of Colorado through eating food and hiking in the beautiful outdoors.

Bailey Smith, Program Coordinator
Start Date: 2018

Bailey is a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in Public Affairs and Administration. During her time in school, she was part of the Capitol Scholars program which allowed her to intern with the Oklahoma State Senate. She later took this experience to travel to Washington, DC to intern for a member of Congress. Before joining Community Resource Center, Bailey spent her summer with Starfish Project, a nonprofit that helps women who have been victims of sex trafficking in China. With her passion for creating sustainable funding for nonprofits, Bailey is excited to be developing the Colorado Grants Guide and supporting the Colorado Nonprofit Social Enterprise Exchange. As an Oklahoma native, she enjoys spending time in the mountains and exploring the endless outdoor opportunities that Colorado has to offer. In her free time, Bailey loves to hike, play soccer, and cheer on the Oklahoma Sooners at Stoney's.

Rebecca Gorrell , Director of Education and Leadership Development
Start Date: 2015

Rebecca brings more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit management, advocacy, fund development, and community engagement. Most recently, Rebecca served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Participation Project, leading efforts to equip and activate nonprofits in civic engagement and advocacy. She has trained and built the capacity of nonprofits across the country and is a contributor to the Colorado Nonprofit Association's Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Nonprofit Management from Regis University.

Nellie Stagg, Associate Director of Rural Partnerships
Start Date: 2018

Stagg joins the Community Resource Center with a background in rural programmatic management, nonprofit capacity building, and data informed decision making. After graduating from the University of Connecticut, Nellie completed two years of national service with AmeriCorps NCCC in the Southwest Region. Following her service, she joined Serve Colorado - the Governor's Commission on Community Service as a Program Officer, overseeing a portfolio rural and developing AmeriCorps programs across the state. At Serve Colorado Nellie built strong partnerships with nonprofits as they sought to meet their local needs through national service, and lead the development of the agency's three year strategic plan. Nellie is passionate about good design, sound data, and collective impact. When not driving across Colorado, she can be found at the library, in a makerspace, or in the garden.

Emily Shamsid-Deen, Community Engagement Manager
Start Date: 2016

Emily Shamsid-Deen has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 13 years. She has worked in HIV/AIDS education and prevention as a direct service provider, managed a statewide training program supporting domestic violence organizations, and ran a statewide leadership development program for those working to advance social justice issues in Colorado. Most recently, she was an Adjunct Faculty at Denver University in the Graduate School of Social Work teaching social welfare policy analysis and practice. Emily holds a BA in Political Science and Black Studies from Colorado College and a Master's Degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University with an emphasis in Program Management. Emily is committed to working collaboratively with the nonprofit sector to increase their capacity to affect long-term systemic change in the communities they serve. Emily lives in Denver with her husband, two kids, and their dog Roscoe.

Andrea Swan, Program Manager, Rural Philanthropy Days
Start Date: 2016

Andrea comes to Denver by way of Northern California. She graduated with a B.S. in Applied Nutrition with a minor in Spanish from Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo. Andrea began her career at Community Resource Center as an AmeriCorps VISTA in 2015 and has gained valuable experience in non-profit capacity building and rural outreach. Additionally, Andrea has worked and volunteered with a variety of nutrition and health related non-profits. Andrea has a passion for promoting the overall health and well-being of communities and believes this can be achieved by connecting individuals with the appropriate resources. Andrea is thrilled to be in Colorado and is excited to continue exploring rural regions of the state. When she is not in the office you can find Andrea baking, practicing yoga, listening to live music, traveling and taking advantage of Colorado's endless opportunities for outdoor activities.

Diana Pineda, Program Assistant
Start Date: 2016

For most of her life, Diana lived in Georgia, and it was in her college years at Armstrong State University where she found her passion for helping others through Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. In the organization, she spent a lot of time volunteering and committing to community service. This lead her to realize her calling is in nonprofits. Seeking a change, she moved to Colorado and discovered that CRC was the perfect fit for her. What better way to help others than to realize their mission and goals for incredible causes? Diana is fully dedicated to CRC's vision and all the while, continuing to further her academic career at the University of Colorado Denver.

Hannah Clemenson, Executive Coordinator
Start Date: 2017

Hannah graduated from American University with a double major in Political Science and Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG). While in Washington, she had the opportunity to work for two Congressmen and run a grassroots fundraising operation. Hannah returned to her hometown in western Pennsylvania for a congressional campaign. She then moved to Denver where she worked to run daily operations in the Aurora Public Defender's Office and at Project New America before joining the CRC team. In her free time Hannah enjoys practicing yoga, baking, and gardening.

Maria Fabula, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2013

Maria Fabula, President & CEO, has been with CRC for seven years and brings nearly 18 years of experience in nonprofit management, fund development, volunteer engagement, collaboration and business development. Her experience includes leadership positions with Nonprofit Support Center, Junior Statesmen Foundation, California State Senate, and the Governor's Commission on Community Service. Her leadership has led to milestone improvements including: 92% organizational growth since 2012, an average of 40% staff growth since 2014, recipient of two federal grant awards, adoption of the Participation Project, and monumental improvements to statewide rural programming.


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