Program Team



Residential Program Manager

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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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GED and High School Coordinator

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Ashley holds a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Global Health and Health Disparities from the Colorado School of Public Health. Her passion is working with teen moms in order to help them overcome social determinants, obtain an education, and be prepared for the workforce. Ashley accepted the GED Program Coordinator position in […]

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College & Career Coordinator

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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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Legal Advocate and Program Administrator

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Julie Herrera studied Social Work at New Mexico Highlands University and holds a B.S. in Human Service/Management.  Julie began working with teenage mothers as a volunteer mentor at Hope House in 2012. She then worked as a Residential Counselor at Hope House before accepting the Community Family Advocate position in 2014. Julie is now the […]

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Family Advocate

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Kailey joined the Hope House staff in July of 2017. After serving as the Volunteer Coordinator for several months, Kailey transitioned to a new role as the Personal Self Sufficiency Advocate. Kailey is passionate about creating deep relationships with teen moms as they journey towards self-sufficiency. She finds great joy in helping teen moms understand […]

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Family Advocate

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Kelsey obtained her MA in Counseling from Colorado Christian University and completed her internship hours at Hope House by providing individual counseling and facilitating a Body Image class. Kelsey’s passion is to educate and empower young mothers to be successful, healthy and happy; she also enjoys connecting with others and building relationships. As a Minnesota native, […]

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Early Learning Teacher

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Laura started at Hope House as a volunteer with the Early Learning Program in June 2014 and joined staff as an Early Learning Teaching in January 2015. She holds a MA in Child Development with a specialization in Infant Studies from Erikson Institute and a B.S. in Psychology from Denison University.  Laura has also served as […]

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Early Learning Teacher

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Marissa joined the Hope House staff in 2017. She holds a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Spanish from Colorado State University. Prior to Hope House, she worked teaching 2-year-old children at The Family Center/La Familia. Her volunteer experience include mentoring at-risk youth and working with special needs students as […]

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Parent Educator

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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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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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