Lynne M Picard, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 1993
Lynne Picard, Director Workforce Development and Community Initiatives (WDCI), has worked for DHA since 1993, and oversees resident and community engagement for the current Sun Valley Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant, Mariposa District redevelopment project, most notably the Healthy Living Initiative. Lynne and her team continue successful implementation of Youth Employment Academy certificate and vocation training programs, including, but not limited to: Culinary Academy which operates the Osage Café; Health Academy; Advanced Manufacturing Academy and Customer Service Academy. Lynne also supervised the Curtis Park HOPE VI Community Support Services (CSS) program, the Park Avenue HOPE VI CSS program, Park Avenue HOPE VI Neighborhood Network grant, and the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program.
Amy Banker, Program Manager
Start Date: 2007
A long-time educator and social change activist, Amy Banker is the Program Manager for the Youth Employment Academy (YEA) (a non-profit under the umbrella of Denver's Housing Authority) and Arts Street @YEA.
Ms. Banker leads YEA staff in providing education, career exploration, mentoring and occupational skills training to low-income, underserved youth so that they may reach their employment and education goals. Under her leadership over the past eleven years, YEA has served over 3,200 youth with a majority reaching their goals of graduating from high school or earning a GED, going on to post-secondary education or receiving other occupational certifications and becoming employed.
As Program Manager for Arts Street @YEA, Ms. Banker guides Arts Street's award winning arts education programming which cultivates youth into a creative and culturally competent workforce. Previously, Ms. Banker was affiliated for eight years with the Metro State University of Denver's Center for Visual Art where she served as the Assistant Director and developed award winning educational programs for youth as well as adults.
A University of Kansas graduate and Kansas native, Ms. Banker has over 19 years of experience working with school and community organizations in programs related to youth, human services and education.