Kelly Dunkin joined Colorado Gives Foundation as President and CEO in February 2019. Previously she worked for a variety of nonprofit, business and social impact organizations. These include 11 years at The Colorado Health Foundation in Denver, where she grew into the role of Vice President of Philanthropy, and 10.10.10, where she served as National Director. 10.10.10 is a project of Colorado Nonprofit Development Center and inspires entrepreneurs to solve 10 “wicked” social problems.
Kelly also served as a consultant for businesses, nonprofits and social impact startups as well as projects in Lima, Peru, where she developed her Spanish-language skills.
Kelly’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts in English from Miami University, an Elementary Education Licensure from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver.
- Anchor Advisory Council Member, Jan 2023 – Present
- Jeffco Connections Board of Directors, 2021 – Present
- Jeffco EDC Board of Directors, 2020-present
- Denver Metro Leadership Foundation Board of Directors, 2020 – present
- SCL Health Regional Board of Directors, 2020-present
- Yes on Initiative 301 (Caring for Denver), Volunteer, Oct. – Nov., 2018
- Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care’s Inspiration Award, Community Champion, 2015
Kenneth Kirwin joined the Foundation in December 2008 after serving as Controller/CFO for the Tennyson Center for Children. He has served in a financial capacity in the nonprofit sector since 1991 at organizations such as Denver Rescue Mission and New Ventures of Regis University.
Ken was raised in Colorado and received a Bachelor of Science in Professional Accounting and Business Administration/ Finance from Regis University. He received an M.B.A. in Finance at Loyola University in Chicago. He is a certified public accountant.
- Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation, past board member
- Knights of Columbus, member
- Leadership Jefferson County, class of 2010
Ken previously served as board member and treasurer for Smart Energy Living Alliance.
Jaime joined Colorado Gives Foundation as a Digital Communications Specialist in June 2019 and was promoted to Program Officer with the Community Impact Team in January 2022. Previously, he worked at Denver’s American Indian College Fund. Over a span of nine years there, he served as a Media and Research Specialist and then transitioned to a Website Specialist. Jaime has also supported a local election campaign and operates a social media consulting firm that offers photography and video services. He got his start in the photography department at the Rocky Mountain News.
Jaime received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications at Texas Tech University. He is very active in his community.
- Denver Park Trust, founding board member
- Parish Council, Presentation of Our Lady Church
- Villa Park Neighborhood Association, president
- American G.I. Forum, member
- Denver Press Club, member
Previously, Jaime participated in the ACESSO Spanish language voter access board, Denver Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, volunteered with the Denver Indian Center, served on the Federal Boulevard Partnerships Board, and was a mentor for Denver Kids, Inc.
Nina joined Colorado Gives Foundation as an executive assistant and board and committee manager in December 2021. Nina brings experience in project management, logistic coordination and executive support to the Foundation. She holds a Master of Business Administration in Project Management from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the National University of Costa Rica. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, camping, mountain biking, yoga and all things arts and crafts.
- Business Women Leadership Group, Member
- Humane Society of Boulder, Volunteer
Success is the name of the game for Jordan who joined the Foundation in December 2022 as the Nonprofit Success Manager with the Colorado Gives 365 team. She brings over a decade of marketing, sales and partnership experience helping nonprofits make the most of online giving platforms. Before joining the Foundation team, Jordan was the manager of Enterprise Strategic Accounts for NeonOne and the Philanthropic Partnerships Manager for MightyCause which is the platform that drives ColoradoGives.org. Jordan has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies & English from Washington College.
- Actively supports her local community foundation, Chaffee County Community Foundation
Avery joined the Foundation in January 2023. She’s in the process of earning her bachelor’s degree at Colorado State University in Communication Studies with a minor in Ethnic Studies, and completed her first two years at the University of Colorado Boulder. Go Rams and Buffs! Upon graduation Avery hopes to pursue a Master of Business Administration degree. In her free time, she enjoys swimming laps, doing yoga, reading novels, whitewater rafting and spending time with her two rescue cats.
Mai joined the Foundation in July 2011 as a senior accountant after a 10-year career working as a senior-level accountant in Bangkok, Thailand. In Thailand, Mai was a Senior Accountant at Diageo Moet Hennessy, a distributor of premium wine and spirits, and an Accounting Supervisor for ZTE Co, LTD, a telecommunications equipment company.
Mai holds a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Colorado, a master’s degree in accounting from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand’s most prestigious university, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bangkok University.
Gerry joined the Foundation in February 2021, bringing six years of database management and prospect research analyst experience to the organization. Prior to the Foundation, Gerry worked at History Colorado as the Philanthropy and Membership Database Manager and as Prospect Research Analyst and Database Associate at Share Our Strength in Washington, DC.
He has a Bachelors of Science in criminal justice from University of Virginia’s College at Wise. He enjoys cooking, Taylor Swift, baking, skiing, and traveling with his cat.
Owen joined the Foundation as senior accountant in July 2023. He brings a wealth of accounting, finance, auditing, and policy knowledge and experience to our organization having previously worked with private corporations and community foundations.
Owen received his Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. He also earned a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University and a Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency (CAAP) from Santa Clara University.
Kelly joined Colorado Gives Foundation in May 2014 as the Administrative Assistant for the Community Impact and Online Giving departments. She now serves as the Foundation’s Grants Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Italian from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
- Colorado Funders for Inclusiveness and Equity (2021 – Present)
- PEAK Grantmaking, Rocky Mountain Chapter (2018 – Present)
Jessica Hanner is a marketing & brand communications professional with 20+ years of experience in planning, strategy & executing cross-functional initiatives at all levels. Most recently, she came from Noodles & Company where she was the Director of Local Marketing & Brand Creative and a committed member of their Inclusion & Diversity Council. Prior to that, Jessica’s career consisted of working in Account Management at advertising & ecommerce agencies in Detroit, NYC and Denver. Jessica obtained her BA in Marketing with a minor in Advertising from Central Michigan University.
Nazia joined the Foundation in August 2021 after serving as a policy analyst in early childhood education and two-generation policies for the Bell Policy Center. She was promoted to director of community impact in December 2022. She brings to the Foundation a wide range of experience in local, state, and federal government as well as work in private and nonprofit sectors.
She began her career in early care and learning by supporting young children develop a social and academic foundation for success in K-12 education. Following her passion to serve both children and their families in marginalized communities she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice. Applying her education to various capacities, she has actively worked in the community in early childhood education, workforce development programs, nonprofit grant management, policy and advocacy, and criminal defense investigation.
This diversity in her professional career compliments her expertise in policy development and analyses. Building from this experience, she regularly identifies needs in community programs, state budgets, and policies to elevate on the ground challenges to inform community leaders and policymakers. When she is not working, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, traveling, and exploring local restaurants and shops to support small business establishments.
- Appointed Member, Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC) Rules Advisory Council (RAC)
- Mayoral appointed Denver Women’s Commissioner, Denver Women’s Commission
- Special Education Advisory Subgroup Committee, Member
- New Leaders Council, Alumni
- Springboard Child Care, former Founding Board Member
Cindy joined the Foundation in February 2020 as Marketing and Communications Manager and was promoted to Director of Communications and Community Outreach in January 2022. She’s a creative communicator with three decades of marketing, public relations, media relations (PIO), emergency services and public participation experience. Previously, she worked for Jefferson County Public Library, Regis University, West Metro Fire Rescue and Denver Health in communication and marketing leadership. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Colorado Boulder, and a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Colorado Denver. She enjoys camping, hiking, and wildlife photography with her family. She’s a happy owner of a lovable Wheaten.
- Jefferson County Wildfire Commission – member
- Friends of Dinosaur Ridge – board member
- American Marketing Association – member
- Leadership Jefferson County – Class of 2010
- President’s Leadership Class, University of Colorado – Alumnus
Christine joined the Foundation in May 2015 after serving as the Director of Finance and Accounting of Columbine Country Club for ten years. Before that time she served as Controller of Arapahoe House. A Colorado native, she has served the nonprofit sector since 1990.
Christine received a B.S. from the University of Colorado Denver. She is a Certified Public Accountant and also holds a Chartered Global Management Accountant designation.
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, member
- Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants, member
- Leadership Jefferson County, class of 2016- 2017
In December 2023, the Foundation welcomed savinay nathan to the team as our Community Impact Vice President With a strong background in business, engineering, and education, savinay brings a unique blend of skills and perspectives to our organization. Prior to joining us, he held leadership roles at Minds Matter Colorado, Denver Public Schools, and The Boeing Company. His experience in nonprofit and executive leadership and his commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion will be invaluable as we work toward our goal of creating positive impact in Jefferson County. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters of Educational Leadership from The Broad Center and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
- Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, Director, DEI Chair | 2017-2023
- Denver Library Commission, Commissioner | 2021
- Rocky Mountain Vipassana Association, Trustee and Fundraising Chair | 2021-2022
- Luminary Learning Network, Director, Secretary | 2016-2021
- Leadership Denver | 2016
- Civic DNA Fellows | 2018
- Leadership Exchange | 2017 – 2019
Prior to joining the Foundation in 2006, Karen worked for six years as an office manager at a shelving company. She has also served as an accounting analyst, inventory coordinator, computer operator and underwriting assistant in previous positions.
Karen graduated from Alameda High School and attended an in-depth business course at WarrenTech career and technical high school.
April joined Colorado Gives Foundation as an Accountant in June of 2022. Previously she worked at an association for the hospitality industry following 22 years in the banking industry. She received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Colorado State University Global in 2017.
Jennifer Robinson, PMP, CSM joined the Foundation as the Vice President of Business Systems and Intelligence in December 2021. She has 20+ years’ experience in complex, high-volume, strictly regulated environments delivering Technology Leadership, Project/Program Management and Risk Management. Jennifer enjoys serving as a driven, results-focused team performer, mentor, and leader who carves order out of chaos and exceeds expectations in demanding environments.
Prior to joining Colorado Gives Foundation, Jennifer led a variety of technology teams for Open Technology Solutions, Charles Schwab, and Bellco Credit Union.
- Provides Pro-Bono Project Management and Volunteer Coordination services for Colorado Non-Profits
Nicole joined Colorado Gives Foundation in August 2023 as the meeting space coordinator. Prior to
joining the foundation, she worked as the community engagement director at La Puente. Nicole served
two terms as an AmeriCorps VISTA at La Puente. She holds a bachelor’s degree in art and a minor in
mass communication from Texas State University in San Marcos Texas. In her free time, she enjoys live
music, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her dog.
Alexis joined the Foundation in October 2023 as the donor relations specialist. She brings extensive nonprofit fundraising and donor relations experience having previously worked as the development coordinator with Hope House Colorado. She has a bachelor of science degree in human services with a concentration in nonprofit studies, and a minor in water studies.
- Protect Our Rivers, volunteer/grant writing/events
- Happy Crew, board member
Kelly Schuknecht joined the Foundation as the Director of Process Excellence and PMO in June 2023. She has over 23 years of experience in software development, project management, organizational development, and team development in the manufacturing and banking industries. Kelly is passionate about innovation, continuous improvement, automation, and process improvement, all while motivating others around her to grow professionally and achieve success.
Kelly served many years as an engaged volunteer and fundraiser coordinator for a therapeutic horse riding charity in Arizona before moving to Colorado. She is actively involved in her children’s school, including a 2-year term as the PTA Treasurer, and remains committed to volunteering for local nonprofit organizations whenever opportunities arise.
Erica joined Colorado Gives Foundation in January 2021. Erica brings more than 15 years of digital product management experience to the Foundation. Prior to joining Colorado Gives Foundation, Erica held a leadership role at Cro Metrics, an experimentation and optimization agency as well as leading the Digital Experience team at Vail Resorts, Inc., a premier mountain resort company. She is passionate about website optimization and innovation to deliver a seamless online experience. Her expertise includes developing platform optimization strategies, executing complex digital initiatives, and leading cross functional teams to deliver results. She holds a Master of Arts in Business Management and Economics from Assumption College.
- Humane Society of Boulder Valley
- Volunteers of America Mission
- Food Bank of the Rockies
Bryce joined Colorado Gives Foundation in September 2007. He is currently the Operations Manager of Colorado Gives 365.
Prior to joining Colorado Gives Foundation, Bryce worked at Wyoming Community Foundation and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wyoming.
Tim joined the Foundation in December 2022 as the Endowment Manager, bringing two decades of philanthropic and nonprofit capacity development experience to the organization. Tim has served as the interim Vice President of Resource Development and Director of Advancement for Lutheran Family Service Rocky Mountains. He also served as the Vice President of the Augustana Foundation and Director of Donor and Alumni Relations at the Iliff School of Theology. Most recently, he worked with the Global Immersion project leading their fundraising efforts.
Tim has a master’s degree from Iliff School of Theology with a concentration in nonprofit leadership and social change, and a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. He grew up in Boulder and now lives in Denver with his wife and two kids.