HOPE HOUSE EXECUTIVE TEAM

Lisa Steven
Founder & Executive Director

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Founder & Executive Director

Lisa has more than 20 years of experience working with teen moms. She co-founded Hope House and has served as the Executive Director since 2003. Lisa has led Hope House to new levels and growth that, with a budget of over $1 million, places the organization in the top 10 percent of nonprofits in the United States. Under her leadership, Hope House received the Colorado Governor’s Service Award in 2015. Lisa is a member of the CU Leeds School of Business Women’s Council and the Denver Women’s Leadership Forum. In 2013, Lisa was named the Arvada Woman of the Year for her contributions to the community and also received the West Jeffco Chamber’s Outstanding Women of Jefferson County Award in 2010. Lisa co-authored the Teen MOPS Handbook and worked with MOPS International on their Strategic Plan for expanding the ministry of Teen MOPS. A former teen mom, Lisa is committed to empowering teen moms in her community and across the world.

Gail Strobel
Director of Finance

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Director of Finance

Gail Strobel comes to Hope House with over 30 years of professional management experience in the areas of finance and administration with both commercial and non-profit organizations. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University and is a certified public accountant. Gail spent her early career years with Peat Marwick (now KPMG), where she was a staff auditor and manager in the Denver practice. Gail then moved into industry and served as manager of financial reporting, as a division controller, and in various financial and administrative roles for various Fortune 100 as well as local organizations. She is a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church where she currently serves as treasurer and has previously served on the Board of Directors of Rocky Mountain Human Services (formerly Denver Options). Gail and her husband Jeff live in Boulder.

Lisa Schlarbaum
Director of Development

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Director of Finance

Gail Strobel comes to Hope House with over 30 years of professional management experience in the areas of finance and administration with both commercial and non-profit organizations. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University and is a certified public accountant. Gail spent her early career years with Peat Marwick (now KPMG), where she was a staff auditor and manager in the Denver practice. Gail then moved into industry and served as manager of financial reporting, as a division controller, and in various financial and administrative roles for various Fortune 100 as well as local organizations. She is a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church where she currently serves as treasurer and has previously served on the Board of Directors of Rocky Mountain Human Services (formerly Denver Options). Gail and her husband Jeff live in Boulder.

Jenny Macias
Program Director

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Program Director

Jenny Macias earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Communications from Colorado State University. She began working as the Mentoring Program Manager in February 2012 and transitioned to Community Program Manager in 2014. Before joining the Hope House staff, Jenny managed a mentor program for a foster care agency in Grand Junction that provided mentors for over 150 foster children each year. She was responsible for recruiting, training and managing a staff of 40+ paid mentors as well as teaching a Bridges Out of Poverty class to the teenagers in the program. The Bridges Out of Poverty class focused on providing teens with the skills they need in order to be successful when they are living on their own outside of the foster care system. Jenny loves building relationships with teen mothers and providing them with the support they need to achieve success for themselves and their children.

Kara Mapel
Residential Program Manager

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Residential Program Manager

Kara Mapel 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 Bachelor of Arts from Northwest Missouri State University and is trained in the Bridges Out of Poverty approach to self-sufficiency. Kara has also worked for Fellowship of Christian Athletes Sports Camps and Spectra Autism Center, where she mentored youth in a structured environment. Kara has completed the Supervisor Training course with the Mountain States Employee Council and Cross Cultural Training with the U.S. Census Bureau.  Kara brings great passion and enthusiasm to her position as she works with  her staff to empower teen moms toward economic and personal self-sufficiency. A native of Missouri, Kara loves all things Colorado!

Mria Gamble
Early Learning Program Manager

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Early Learning Program Manager

Mria graduated Metropolitan State College of Denver with a Bachelors of Arts in Human Development and Early Childhood Education. Mria has worked in area schools, childcare centers and preschools where she enjoyed working with at-risk youth. She has also volunteered as Childcare Coordinator for Magnificat Moms, where she coordinated childcare workers as well as the bi-monthly lessons for the preschool age classroom, and worked with Bright Beginnings as a home visitor providing development and literacy materials to parents and grandparents in the Denver Metro area.  Mria began at Hope House as a Residential Counselor and then moved into the Early Learning role where she created and runs the Early Learning Program.  As a former teen mom herself, Mria enjoys creating relationships with the teen moms she serves and preparing their children for school readiness.

Rebecca Fuqua
Residential Counselor

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Early Learning Program Manager

Mria graduated Metropolitan State College of Denver with a Bachelors of Arts in Human Development and Early Childhood Education. Mria has worked in area schools, childcare centers and preschools where she enjoyed working with at-risk youth. She has also volunteered as Childcare Coordinator for Magnificat Moms, where she coordinated childcare workers as well as the bi-monthly lessons for the preschool age classroom, and worked with Bright Beginnings as a home visitor providing development and literacy materials to parents and grandparents in the Denver Metro area.  Mria began at Hope House as a Residential Counselor and then moved into the Early Learning role where she created and runs the Early Learning Program.  As a former teen mom herself, Mria enjoys creating relationships with the teen moms she serves and preparing their children for school readiness.

Trisha Daly
Counselor & Healthy Relationships Coordinator

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Trisha has a Masters in Human Services Counseling from Regent University. She worked for many years at a crisis pregnancy center before moving to Nashville, where she worked for three years as a children’s counselor in a domestic violence shelter. During that time she also worked at a women’s prison leading groups on domestic violence and parenting. Trisha recently co-wrote a book called The Story of Hope that features a healthy relationships curriculum for teen moms; the book is available on Amazon. Trisha currently coordinates our Healthy Relationships Program, teaches various workshops and classes on relationships, and counsels Residential Program and Community Program teen moms.

Sheila Lanky
Residential Counselor

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Trisha has a Masters in Human Services Counseling from Regent University. She worked for many years at a crisis pregnancy center before moving to Nashville, where she worked for three years as a children’s counselor in a domestic violence shelter. During that time she also worked at a women’s prison leading groups on domestic violence and parenting. Trisha recently co-wrote a book called The Story of Hope that features a healthy relationships curriculum for teen moms; the book is available on Amazon. Trisha currently coordinates our Healthy Relationships Program, teaches various workshops and classes on relationships, and counsels Residential Program and Community Program teen moms.

HOPE HOUSE PROGRAM TEAM

Ashley Seastone
GED Program 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 2014. She also tutors through Whiz Kids and enjoys building positive mentoring relationships with youth.

Bethany Biesendorfer
Residential Family Advocate

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Director of Finance

Gail Strobel comes to Hope House with over 30 years of professional management experience in the areas of finance and administration with both commercial and non-profit organizations. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University and is a certified public accountant. Gail spent her early career years with Peat Marwick (now KPMG), where she was a staff auditor and manager in the Denver practice. Gail then moved into industry and served as manager of financial reporting, as a division controller, and in various financial and administrative roles for various Fortune 100 as well as local organizations. She is a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church where she currently serves as treasurer and has previously served on the Board of Directors of Rocky Mountain Human Services (formerly Denver Options). Gail and her husband Jeff live in Boulder.

Jamie Barnes
College & Career Coordinator

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Director of Finance

Gail Strobel comes to Hope House with over 30 years of professional management experience in the areas of finance and administration with both commercial and non-profit organizations. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University and is a certified public accountant. Gail spent her early career years with Peat Marwick (now KPMG), where she was a staff auditor and manager in the Denver practice. Gail then moved into industry and served as manager of financial reporting, as a division controller, and in various financial and administrative roles for various Fortune 100 as well as local organizations. She is a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church where she currently serves as treasurer and has previously served on the Board of Directors of Rocky Mountain Human Services (formerly Denver Options). Gail and her husband Jeff live in Boulder.

Julie Herrera
Legal Advocate

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Program Director

Jenny Macias earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Communications from Colorado State University. She began working as the Mentoring Program Manager in February 2012 and transitioned to Community Program Manager in 2014. Before joining the Hope House staff, Jenny managed a mentor program for a foster care agency in Grand Junction that provided mentors for over 150 foster children each year. She was responsible for recruiting, training and managing a staff of 40+ paid mentors as well as teaching a Bridges Out of Poverty class to the teenagers in the program. The Bridges Out of Poverty class focused on providing teens with the skills they need in order to be successful when they are living on their own outside of the foster care system. Jenny loves building relationships with teen mothers and providing them with the support they need to achieve success for themselves and their children.

Kailey Ramsett
Family Advocate

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Residential Program Manager

Kara Mapel 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 Bachelor of Arts from Northwest Missouri State University and is trained in the Bridges Out of Poverty approach to self-sufficiency. Kara has also worked for Fellowship of Christian Athletes Sports Camps and Spectra Autism Center, where she mentored youth in a structured environment. Kara has completed the Supervisor Training course with the Mountain States Employee Council and Cross Cultural Training with the U.S. Census Bureau.  Kara brings great passion and enthusiasm to her position as she works with  her staff to empower teen moms toward economic and personal self-sufficiency. A native of Missouri, Kara loves all things Colorado!

Kelsey Shelander
Family Advocate

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Early Learning Program Manager

Mria graduated Metropolitan State College of Denver with a Bachelors of Arts in Human Development and Early Childhood Education. Mria has worked in area schools, childcare centers and preschools where she enjoyed working with at-risk youth. She has also volunteered as Childcare Coordinator for Magnificat Moms, where she coordinated childcare workers as well as the bi-monthly lessons for the preschool age classroom, and worked with Bright Beginnings as a home visitor providing development and literacy materials to parents and grandparents in the Denver Metro area.  Mria began at Hope House as a Residential Counselor and then moved into the Early Learning role where she created and runs the Early Learning Program.  As a former teen mom herself, Mria enjoys creating relationships with the teen moms she serves and preparing their children for school readiness.

Laura Rech
Early Learning Teacher

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Program Director

Jenny Macias earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Communications from Colorado State University. She began working as the Mentoring Program Manager in February 2012 and transitioned to Community Program Manager in 2014. Before joining the Hope House staff, Jenny managed a mentor program for a foster care agency in Grand Junction that provided mentors for over 150 foster children each year. She was responsible for recruiting, training and managing a staff of 40+ paid mentors as well as teaching a Bridges Out of Poverty class to the teenagers in the program. The Bridges Out of Poverty class focused on providing teens with the skills they need in order to be successful when they are living on their own outside of the foster care system. Jenny loves building relationships with teen mothers and providing them with the support they need to achieve success for themselves and their children.

Marissa Settje
Early Learning Teacher

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Melinda Smith is the Parenting Educator at Hope House.  She has over 10 years experience working with at-risk children and teens.  Melinda began her career working as a family counselor and case manager.  She also has worked for a domestic violence shelter working specifically with teens who were in abusive dating relationships and providing community education programs on dating violence.  Melinda moved to a Pregnancy, Education & Parenting Counselor position in the Arlington School District where she counseled teen parents at two high schools. With a caseload of over 100 students, Melinda provided parenting groups, case management and coordinated services to keep students in school. Melinda received a BFA from Kansas State University and her Master’s degree in Art Therapy from Emporia State University.

Melinda Smith
Parent Educator

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Melinda Smith is the Parenting Educator at Hope House.  She has over 10 years experience working with at-risk children and teens.  Melinda began her career working as a family counselor and case manager.  She also has worked for a domestic violence shelter working specifically with teens who were in abusive dating relationships and providing community education programs on dating violence.  Melinda moved to a Pregnancy, Education & Parenting Counselor position in the Arlington School District where she counseled teen parents at two high schools. With a caseload of over 100 students, Melinda provided parenting groups, case management and coordinated services to keep students in school. Melinda received a BFA from Kansas State University and her Master’s degree in Art Therapy from Emporia State University.

HOPE HOUSE FINANCE AND OPERATIONS

Cheri Lopez

Controller

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Early Learning Program Manager

Mria graduated Metropolitan State College of Denver with a Bachelors of Arts in Human Development and Early Childhood Education. Mria has worked in area schools, childcare centers and preschools where she enjoyed working with at-risk youth. She has also volunteered as Childcare Coordinator for Magnificat Moms, where she coordinated childcare workers as well as the bi-monthly lessons for the preschool age classroom, and worked with Bright Beginnings as a home visitor providing development and literacy materials to parents and grandparents in the Denver Metro area.  Mria began at Hope House as a Residential Counselor and then moved into the Early Learning role where she created and runs the Early Learning Program.  As a former teen mom herself, Mria enjoys creating relationships with the teen moms she serves and preparing their children for school readiness.

Hannah Winn
Executive Assistant

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Trisha has a Masters in Human Services Counseling from Regent University. She worked for many years at a crisis pregnancy center before moving to Nashville, where she worked for three years as a children’s counselor in a domestic violence shelter. During that time she also worked at a women’s prison leading groups on domestic violence and parenting. Trisha recently co-wrote a book called The Story of Hope that features a healthy relationships curriculum for teen moms; the book is available on Amazon. Trisha currently coordinates our Healthy Relationships Program, teaches various workshops and classes on relationships, and counsels Residential Program and Community Program teen moms.

Kerry Kelley
Office Manager

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Trisha has a Masters in Human Services Counseling from Regent University. She worked for many years at a crisis pregnancy center before moving to Nashville, where she worked for three years as a children’s counselor in a domestic violence shelter. During that time she also worked at a women’s prison leading groups on domestic violence and parenting. Trisha recently co-wrote a book called The Story of Hope that features a healthy relationships curriculum for teen moms; the book is available on Amazon. Trisha currently coordinates our Healthy Relationships Program, teaches various workshops and classes on relationships, and counsels Residential Program and Community Program teen moms.

HOPE HOUSE DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Caitlin McCormick
Development Officer

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Early Learning Program Manager

Mria graduated Metropolitan State College of Denver with a Bachelors of Arts in Human Development and Early Childhood Education. Mria has worked in area schools, childcare centers and preschools where she enjoyed working with at-risk youth. She has also volunteered as Childcare Coordinator for Magnificat Moms, where she coordinated childcare workers as well as the bi-monthly lessons for the preschool age classroom, and worked with Bright Beginnings as a home visitor providing development and literacy materials to parents and grandparents in the Denver Metro area.  Mria began at Hope House as a Residential Counselor and then moved into the Early Learning role where she created and runs the Early Learning Program.  As a former teen mom herself, Mria enjoys creating relationships with the teen moms she serves and preparing their children for school readiness.

Kelly Tryba
PR Coordinator

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Trisha has a Masters in Human Services Counseling from Regent University. She worked for many years at a crisis pregnancy center before moving to Nashville, where she worked for three years as a children’s counselor in a domestic violence shelter. During that time she also worked at a women’s prison leading groups on domestic violence and parenting. Trisha recently co-wrote a book called The Story of Hope that features a healthy relationships curriculum for teen moms; the book is available on Amazon. Trisha currently coordinates our Healthy Relationships Program, teaches various workshops and classes on relationships, and counsels Residential Program and Community Program teen moms.

Kendra Widman
Senior Designer

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Trisha has a Masters in Human Services Counseling from Regent University. She worked for many years at a crisis pregnancy center before moving to Nashville, where she worked for three years as a children’s counselor in a domestic violence shelter. During that time she also worked at a women’s prison leading groups on domestic violence and parenting. Trisha recently co-wrote a book called The Story of Hope that features a healthy relationships curriculum for teen moms; the book is available on Amazon. Trisha currently coordinates our Healthy Relationships Program, teaches various workshops and classes on relationships, and counsels Residential Program and Community Program teen moms.

Rebecca Fuqua
Development Grant Writer

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Early Learning Program Manager

Mria graduated Metropolitan State College of Denver with a Bachelors of Arts in Human Development and Early Childhood Education. Mria has worked in area schools, childcare centers and preschools where she enjoyed working with at-risk youth. She has also volunteered as Childcare Coordinator for Magnificat Moms, where she coordinated childcare workers as well as the bi-monthly lessons for the preschool age classroom, and worked with Bright Beginnings as a home visitor providing development and literacy materials to parents and grandparents in the Denver Metro area.  Mria began at Hope House as a Residential Counselor and then moved into the Early Learning role where she created and runs the Early Learning Program.  As a former teen mom herself, Mria enjoys creating relationships with the teen moms she serves and preparing their children for school readiness.

Sarah Nagel
Development Officer

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Trisha has a Masters in Human Services Counseling from Regent University. She worked for many years at a crisis pregnancy center before moving to Nashville, where she worked for three years as a children’s counselor in a domestic violence shelter. During that time she also worked at a women’s prison leading groups on domestic violence and parenting. Trisha recently co-wrote a book called The Story of Hope that features a healthy relationships curriculum for teen moms; the book is available on Amazon. Trisha currently coordinates our Healthy Relationships Program, teaches various workshops and classes on relationships, and counsels Residential Program and Community Program teen moms.

Theresa Mazza
Volunteer Coordinator

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Trisha has a Masters in Human Services Counseling from Regent University. She worked for many years at a crisis pregnancy center before moving to Nashville, where she worked for three years as a children’s counselor in a domestic violence shelter. During that time she also worked at a women’s prison leading groups on domestic violence and parenting. Trisha recently co-wrote a book called The Story of Hope that features a healthy relationships curriculum for teen moms; the book is available on Amazon. Trisha currently coordinates our Healthy Relationships Program, teaches various workshops and classes on relationships, and counsels Residential Program and Community Program teen moms.