Community Resource Center

Community Resource Center envisions a strong and sustainable nonprofit sector leading our state towards a more just future. CRC works alongside nonprofits, government entities, foundations, and other community stakeholders creating broader connections and impact within the community.

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Brad Strong, Chief Operations Officer
Start Date: 2020

Brad began his career as a teacher, college instructor, and trainer while living and working in remote communities in the Arctic, Micronesia, and Africa. With a passion for social and emotional learning, Brad transitioned to the nonprofit sector and worked at an international development organization. Through his work in education and international development, Brad led capacity building initiatives with nonprofits and ministries of education in Asia, Africa, South America, and the Middle East. More recently, Brad was the Executive Director for a mentoring agency in Toronto before moving to Colorado. In Colorado, Brad was the founding Executive Director for Mentor Colorado, the statewide mentoring partnership before starting the Wheelhouse for Nonprofits and joining the Community Resource Center.

Elizabeth Berkeley, RPD Program Coordinator
Start Date: 2019

Elizabeth Berkeley is the Rural Philanthropy Days Program Coordinator at Community Resource Center, working with hundreds of rural nonprofit leaders across the state to strengthen their organizations and communities. After getting a Masters in Public Health with a focus on Community Health Sciences Elizabeth pursued health education at the YMCA of Chicago. She has spent 6 years teaching nutrition, cooking, gardening and healthy lifestyles to students of all ages with a focus on personal development and social emotional learning. The energy and passion she brings to her work is demonstrated by her contagious enthusiasm to work with and help others. As the RPD Program Coordinator she is dedicated to providing the best programming to all Colorado communities.

Alex McHenry, Community Engagement Program Manager
Start Date: 2020

Alex brings over ten years of experience in the fields of education, leadership, and community engagement. As the Community Engagement Program Manager, Alex oversees CRC's civic engagement programs including the Participation Project and The Root Causes Network helping nonprofits to build and strengthen their advocacy efforts. While born and raised in Denver, Alex has spent the majority of her adult life moving around the US and abroad, including living in Kenya and Malaysia, and she is happy to once more be settled in the sunny state of Colorado. Alex has a masters' degree in conservation social science and is passionate about working at a systems level to tackle complex social issues. In her free time, Alex can be found hiking, playing volleyball, or exploring one of Denver's many thrift stores.

Sofia Rodriguez, Event Coordinator
Start Date: 2019

Sofia is the Event Coordinator with Community Resource Center, working to support several of the programs that CRC has to offer. Most of Sofia's work focuses on the Education Program and the Nonprofit Leadership and Management Program. Sofia graduated from The University of New Hampshire with a degree in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability. Sofia recently packed up her car and moved out to Denver in the summer of 2019. In her free time Sofia enjoys hiking, knitting, cooking, camping, and soaking up the Colorado sunshine.

Anna Toth, Program Coordinator
Start Date: 2020

Anna is from Arlington, Virginia and graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Before serving with Americorps, Anna was the Research Assistant for the National Association of State Boards of Education, as well as the Development and Donor Relations intern with Selah Freedom. Anna's prior experience in information tracking, data mapping, and generating reports will help her serve CRC's mission to support nonprofits in rural Colorado. She is excited to use her knowledge and skills to serve those communities in Colorado who need the most help, as well as learn about all of the great work that these organizations are doing for their communities. As she is brand new to Colorado, when Anna is not working she can be found exploring all that Denver and Colorado has to offer!

Rebecca Gorrell , Chief Program Officer
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, Director of Rural Programs
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.

Megan Carter, AmeriCorps Program Coordinator
Start Date: 2019

Megan is from Longmont, Colorado and graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Psychology. During her time in Ohio she worked with national nonprofits such as Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity, All Above All, and NARAL to engage local and statewide communities through campus involvement. She has a background in statistical analysis and specializes in Industrial and Organizational psychology as well as experimental social psychology. Megan is excited to expand her work from Appalachia to Colorado and learn about the diverse issues of the different regions in her home state.

Herick Acosta, Operations and Finance Assistant
Start Date: 2020

Herick is a Denver native and graduated from the University of Denver with a Bachelor's degree in Finance, minoring in Computer Science. At DU, he was President of Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity, and Vice President of the DU Francoscope Club. He is a proponent of servant leadership, and wants to use his network and knowledge of finance and technology to improve, optimize, and innovate operations and financial systems for CRC. In his free time he enjoys bouldering and rock climbing, exploring the Rockies, looking for swimming holes, and listening to music.

Andrew Schwartz, Executive Coordinator
Start Date: 2020

Andrew is CRC's Executive Coordinator, supporting the President & CEO in several administrative, fund development, and fiduciary capacities. Andrew was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, and attended Colorado College where he majored in political science. At Colorado College, Andrew served as the chair of the Political Science Advisory Committee and co-chair of the Democratic Dialogue Project, bringing together students from CC and cadets from the Air Force Academy to engage in social and political discussion. After graduating from CC, Andrew spent two years as a member of El Pomar Foundation's Fellowship Program, where he directed six of the Foundation's community stewardship programs and assisted with the Foundation's distribution of more than $24 million in grants.

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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