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The Home Front Cares

The Home Front Cares provides emergency financial assistance to pay essential life expenses for Colorado service members, veterans and their families. The organization serves all branches of service, including active duty, Guard and Reserve. THFC acts fast, often within 24-48 hours.

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Staff

Part Time Staff:
2
Full Time Staff:
5
Contract Staff:
0
Volunteers Annually:
100
Retention Rate:
80%

Audra Mincey, Marketing and Communications Director
Start Date: 2017

Audra Mincey serves as the Director of Marketing & Communications at The Home Front Cares. She has been with the organization since 2017. She received her Bachelor's degree from Colorado State University in 2004, majoring in Technical Journalism with a minor in History.

Audra is a versatile and strategic communicator with professional experience in the fields of journalism, marketing and public relations. As a former television news reporter for Denver's Channel 2 & Fox31, Audra reported on a variety of issues across the metro area but most enjoyed doing stories that made an impact on the community. She reported at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and was a member of the Asian American Journalists Association of Denver where she served as Secretary. In the past year she has worked with The Foundation for A Better Life in Denver. Audra strategically managed their social media and served in developing their digital messaging. Prior to that she worked with a Denver startup called, NeatCheeks that was featured on ABC's Shark Tank where she served as the Marketing & Communications Manager.

Audra's career spans across various industries. She has also held the position of Marketing & Public Relations Manager for Swedish Medical Center in Denver. During her time there she helped to develop strategic public relations and social media plans which led Swedish to become #1 in social and digital engagement within their system of hospitals. She also supported crisis communications during the 2012 Aurora Theater Shooting and played a vital role in communicating with the media and public. As a military dependent who grew up an Army Brat, she is honored to be at THFC and to aid in their mission to serve Colorado's veterans and military families.

Susette Ryan, Case Manager
Start Date: 2014

Hired in March 2014. Susette graduated from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania with a degree in Environmental Geology. Upon graduation, Susette moved to Germany with her husband who was in the US Army Infantry. While living in Germany she received a Master's Degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma and worked for the US Army Department of Public Works. The family's next assignment was at Fort Benning Georgia where she was a Case Manager for the Red Cross. She received her certification in Personal Training and Group Fitness and was the Director of a mind/body fitness program for the spouses of deployed soldiers for four years in Fairbanks, Alaska. After 22 years, 7 moves and 8 deployments Susette and her family settled in Colorado.

Kristen Fowler, Case Manager
Start Date: 2016

Hired in September 2016. Kristen works as a dedicated program staff member with The Home Front Cares to vet client needs, help distribute financial assistance for essential life expenses and connect clients to additional resources to help get them back on track to independent success.

Shawn Kelly, Executive Director
Start Date: 2018

Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Budgeting, Coaching, Private Schools, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Strong education professional with a Master of Education (M.Ed.) focused in Teaching and Learning from Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Christina Webb, Director of Development
Start Date: 2015

Christina Webb serves as the Director of Development at The Home Front Cares. She has been with the organization since 2015. She received her Bachelor's degree from Southern Wesleyan University in 2007, where she also played 4 years of varsity soccer. She received her MBA, with a focus in International Development, from Tennessee Technological University in 2008.

Christina has over five years of nonprofit experience, including work in both the United States and abroad. From 2011-2013, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine, working in Community Development with the Ukrainian charitable foundation, Berehynia. While with Berehynia, Christina focused on organizational development and fundraising, writing grants and securing funding and in-kind donations for organization operations and equipment as well as for the facilitation of multiple community projects and trainings for youth in a culture where resources were extremely limited.

In her free time, Christina coaches high school and youth soccer as well as continues to play herself in various adult leagues in Colorado Springs. She also enjoys hiking, camping, backpacking and traveling.
Christina brings drive and dedication to THFC, as well as the adaptability to raise funds for projects in any type of donor landscape. As THFC continues to build a solid fundraising infrastructure, Christina has been a crucial part of developing and implementing guidelines and processes to lead THFC to success.

Ruth Wilson, Office Manager
Start Date: 2011

Joined The Home Front Cares in January 2011. Ruth has spent 36 years in the corporate world, both private and non-profit. A military spouse for 14 years, Ruth has a direct understanding of THFC's clientele and their needs. With experience in retail management, data analysis, bookkeeping and office operations, as well as direct experience in fundraising and event planning, Ruth is the organization's central nervous system, ensuring our administrative functions and client programs mesh into a seamless operation.

Amy Cutler, Program Manager
Start Date: 2012

Hired in February 2012. Amy Cutler is the Program Manager for The Home Front Cares. Amy directs the case management team, which provides assistance to approximately 350 families each year. Amy began her career at The Home Front Cares in 2012 as a part-time case manager, and was quickly promoted to a full-time case manager and became the department head in 2013. She stays 'hands-on' working cases for The Home Front Cares in addition to supervising the case managers, and is The Home Front Cares liaison for the military and veteran community throughout Colorado.

Amy's experience includes client and customer care, office management and special event planning and execution, including 16 years in the hospitality industry and 8 years as a Community Center Coordinator.
Amy's dedication to the nonprofit world includes being a volunteer for the United Way and The Big Sister League in San Diego.

Amy is on the MyVA Pikes Peak Community Engagement Board, a member of Join Community Forces, Peak Military Care Network, Community Advisory Council on Veteran Homelessness, and served on the Service Academy Nomination Interview Panel.

Boards

Board Type:
Local
Meetings per Year:
6
Term Length:
3 years
Term Limit:
2
Total # of Board Members:
10
Clients on Board:
No
# of Client Board Members:

Board Demographics:

Female:
3
Male:
7
Transgender Female:
0
Transgender Male:
0
Gender Other:
0

Black or African American:
0
Asian:
0
White:
10
Hispanic or Latino:
0
Multiracial:
0
American Indian or Alaska Native:
0
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander:
0
Other Ethnicities:
0

Average Number of Years Current Board Members Have Served on Board

3

Attendance Percentage for Board Meetings

71%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute Dollars

100%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute In-Kind

0%

Percentage of Board Members that have Completeted the Colorado Secretary of State's Nonprofit Board Member Course:

0%

Nonprofit completed the Colorado Nonprofit Association's Excellence in Principles & Practices Recognition Program?

No

Committees

Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Board Governance
Executive
Finance
Governance
Marketing
Nominating
Program Services
Special Events (Golf Tournament
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction

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