Jenny Gonzales joined Hope House as the director of programs in January 2022. Prior to that, Jenny serviced on the Hope House Board of Directors. Before joining the Hope House staff, Jenny spent over three years at the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) where she supported the development and implementation of a statewide coordinated system of support for districts and schools in improvement. Prior to joining CDE, Jenny worked for the Arkansas Department of Education where she led initiatives that focused on scaling evidence-based practices for students with disabilities. With over 18 year of education experience, Jenny holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education with a minor in English as a Second Language (ESL) and a master’s degree in teaching. Having been a teen mom, Jenny was fortunate to have a support system that allowed her to finish high school and go to college. She is passionate about ending generational teen pregnancy and poverty. Jenny and her husband of 22 years, Joe, enjoy spending time in the outdoors hiking and fishing with their two dogs and visiting with their son and extended family.