Executive Team



Founder and Executive Director

303.429.1012 ext. 227

Lisa Steven has more than 25 years of experience working with teen moms. In 2003, she co-founded Hope House of Colorado and has served as the Executive Director ever since. Under Lisa’s leadership, Hope House has reached new levels and growth that, with a budget of over $1.6 million, puts the organization in the top […]

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Director of Development

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303.429.1012 ext. 241

Lisa Schlarbaum has been involved with Hope House for over a decade. Formerly a member of the Board of Directors, Lisa assumed the role of Director of Development in 2011, where she more than tripled the organization’s budget from $700,000 to $2.2 million— while at the same time successfully leading a $5.2 million capital campaign […]

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Residential Program Manager

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303.429.1012 ext. 238

Kara Druffel has worked at Hope House since 2015, originally as a Residential Counselor in the Residential Program and an Early Learning Teacher in the Early Learning Program. After several promotions, today Kara is the Residential Program Manager. Kara holds a B.A. from Northwest Missouri State University and is trained in the Bridges Out of […]

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College & Career Coordinator

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303.429.1012

Jamie Barnes holds a B.A. in Speech/Communications with an emphasis in Secondary Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Jamie first began working at Hope House as a volunteer in 2003; she then joined staff in 2005 as a Residential Counselor before accepting the position of College & Career Coordinator in 2013.  Jamie has also taught in […]

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Parent Educator

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303.429.1012

Melinda Smith is the Parent Educator at Hope House. She has over 20 years experience working with at-risk children and teens and is one of 30 certified facilitators in the state of Colorado for Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development. At Hope House, Melinda expanded the Parenting Program to now include 12 different classes, including age-specific classes, […]

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Program Director

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303.429.1012

Jenny Macias earned a B.A. in Communications from Colorado State University and is also a certified Bridges Out of Poverty trainer. She began working at Hope House as the Mentoring Program Manager in 2012 and transitioned to Program Director in 2014. Before joining the Hope House staff, Jenny managed a mentor program for a foster […]

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