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Kim Short, WWAC Program Manager
Start Date: 2020

Kim comes with over 25 years of experience teaching Family and Consumer Sciences for Jefferson County Schools. Her passion and teaching experience focused on the teen parent program for the district which also provided years of in-depth experience teaching and counseling young mothers toward becoming educated and successful young women in the community.

Bonnie Russell, Bookkeeper
Start Date: 2010

Bonnie has been on staff with BeyondHome since 2006. Bonnie attended Phoenix College where she studied sociology and counseling. She has worked as a new business coder for an insurance company, a school system serving developmentally handicapped and preschool children, and as a bookkeeper for a retail shop.

John Knippa, Case Manager
Start Date: 2019

John began serving as a volunteer with BeyondHome in 2019 and now works as a Case Manager. John has worked in residential home-building for over 20 years and has a Bachelors degree in Business. He is currently working toward a M.A. in Chaplaincy/Counseling. John has also volunteered as a chaplain with hospice and as a mentor in a recovery program.

Andrey Russ, Facilities Staff
Start Date: 2005

Andrey and his family are graduates of BeyondHome. Upon graduating, Andrey purchased a home and has been on staff with BeyondHome since 2011. Andrey works as facilities staff and has apprenticed to be an electrician and has experience with carpentry, painting, and general maintenance work.

Deanna Mayberry, Development Coordinator
Start Date: 2018

Deanna joined the team in October 2018 as CHF's first Development staff. Deanna earned her Bachelor of Environmental Design with an emphasis in Urban Planning in 2015. Deanna came to CHF with a background in Real Estate Development in the affordable housing market. Deanna is actively involved with a nonprofit that works with women in Mexico City that have been rescued out of human trafficking.

Tammy Pritchard, Office Manager
Start Date: 2019

During the last 15 years, Tammy worked for CHF as our receptionist for three years and served on our Board of Directors for two years. She returned to CHF in 2019 with additional experience from working in human resources at an engineering firm, supporting pastors at a large church and administrators at a private school. Tammy has her Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Colorado Christian University.

Connie Zimmerman, Founder
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Allison Bristow, Director of Finance
Start Date: 2016

Allison began working at CHF in April, 2016. She comes to CHF with 24 years' experience in managing finances for various nonprofit organizations including Street's Hope, a transitional housing program in Lakewood and Lookout Mountain Community Church with a one-time budget of $3.5 million. In addition, Allison served as the treasurer on the board for Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra, D'Evelyn Educational Foundation, and Newborn Hope.

Karen Allen, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2016

After training for four months with the retiring founder, Karen became the Executive Director in July 2016. Karen has a M.A. in Professional Counseling from Colorado Christian University (1998). Since 1990 Karen has worked in a variety of social services settings as a social worker, counselor, and nonprofit manager. Karen has experience in working with a wide demographic of people from rural, inner city, and suburban geographic regions. Some of Karen's most related experience includes being the Executive Director of Street's Hope in Lakewood, a transitional housing program dedicated to helping women escape the commercial sex industry and empowering them to improve their lives.

Jamie Parmley, Maintenance Supervisor
Start Date: 2005

Jamie oversees maintenance staff who handle maintenance for the 40 CHF properties. Jamie has worked for CHF on two separate occasions from November 2001 to January 2004 and returned November 2005. He has experience as a carpenter and was head of the maintenance department at a school in South Dakota where he supervised 4 employees and specialized in boiler repair. Jamie volunteers his time doing side jobs in framing, roofing, plumbing, tile and electrical work for friends and family.

Elaine Nava, Senior Case Manager
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Elaine Nava, full-time Senior Case Manager, hired in 2005. Elaine has been with CHF for 11 years. Elaine is responsible for monitoring the growth and development of the single moms in the Colorado Homeless Families program. Her previous experience includes working in child care and development and small business. Elaine also has experience leading support groups and counseling women that have been victims of trauma and abuse. Elaine has her Bachelor's degree in Management of Human Services from CCU and an Associates degree in business. Elaine has volunteered her time with her husband leading Marriage Watcher's groups as well as organizing and scheduling Marriage Conferences and events. Elaine is married and has three children


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