Heart & Hand Center

Heart & Hand provides long-term support for Denver's under resourced youth through holistic out of school time programming, one-on-one mentorship and family support. The enduring relationships we develop with children and their families fosters a nurturing community where our children can thrive.

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Mary Cipollone, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2015

Mary Cipollone is passionate about empowering children and youth with the skills, information, and relationships they need to build successful futures. She has dedicated her career to improving educational and personal outcomes for students in low-income communities in Harlem, Detroit, Denver, and Latin America. Mary holds a BA from Dartmouth College and a Master's in Public Policy from the University of Michigan. She loves hiking, listening to live music, and eating good meals with friends and family.

Troy Grimes, Program Director
Start Date: 2018

Troy Grimes has over 20 years' experience working to support and strengthen family and community. He is a Denver native and his deeds are woven in the fabric of the community that raised him. Mr. Grimes is a certified Family Development Worker, Master Fatherhood Trainer, Healthy Relationships Facilitator, Gang Interventionist and a court appointed Child and Family Investigator. He is a volunteer manager for Park Hill Falcons Youth Organization and Owner/Founder of Project Proud Fatherhood Program llc. Troy finds time to participate on several community boards as well as being a Mayoral Appointee to the Denver African American Commission.

Blaine Heydt, Chief Operating Officer
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Blaine Heydt has been with the Heart & Hand Center since January 2010. Blaine is a Colorado State University graduate with a degree in English, minoring in Criminology. She has worked with youth in a variety of settings. Blaine spent six years working with children at a summer camp, as well as, volunteering for a year to work with at-risk youth through Crossroads Safehouse.

Kate Bishop, Development Coordinator
Start Date: 2018

Kate is passionate about ensuring all youth have access to enriching learning opportunities, academic resources, and relationships with trusting adults. In her free time, Kate enjoys hiking with her dog, reading in the park, and trying new restaurants with friends.

Maya McDowell, Program Manager
Start Date: 2017

Maya has found a joyful and enlightening home in her time with Heart & Hand, and is continually moved by the power and spirit of the youth and families we serve. In her free time she enjoys growing nutritious food in her garden, dancing while cooking, reading and writing, and traveling by train.

Jeff Sarceno, Program Manager
Start Date: 2016

Jeff has been working at the Heart & Hand Center since July 2016. He majored in Economics at the University of Colorado Boulder. While in college Jeff was a work-study student for the Pre Collegiate Development Program and the I have a Dream Foundation Boulder County, working as a math tutor/mentor/peer counselor. After college he went back to work for the I Have a Dream Foundation as an Americorp, serving as a Program Coordinator. In his free time, Jeff loves to play a variety of different sports: Basketball, Soccer, football. Jeff believes there is no job more rewarding than working with youth.

Cami Tam, Program Manager
Start Date: 2017

Cami has always been passionate about building relationships with youth and ensuring that youth in historically underserved communities are provided with the resources and supports needed to help create more of an equal opportunity to quality education.

Tim Wright, Program Manager
Start Date: 2019

Tim has enjoyed working in the elementary education space for the last ten years. He attended Johnson & Wales University and Lindsey Wilson College and played basketball at both colleges. He has combined his passions for sports and youth programs by starting his own organization, On the Wright Path, that provides sports programming and mentorship to youth

Nikki Cady, Founder
Start Date: 2009

In 2008 Mrs. Cady opened Denver's branch HALO Foundation, which is committed to improving the lives of homeless, orphaned and at risk youth worldwide. In 2009, Mrs. Cady launched weekly art-mentoring programs working with homeless youth in the Metro Denver homeless shelters. She then opened The Heart & Hand Center and is instrumental in raising funds for the organization.


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