Meet the Partnership

Community Leaders Council

Community Leaders Council

As a Collective Impact network, the CLC is comprised of community leaders of entities from across the Adams/Broomfield/Aurora/Arvada region who work to engage their own organizations in collaborative projects towards their shared goals.

Specifically, CLC members:

  • Follow the evidenced based StriveTogether approach
  • Contribute to developing the strategic priorities for the network
  • Engage on existing project teams (or ensure their entity is participating)
  • Identify opportunities for potential projects that are in alignment with established goals (to be put through a formal process for adoption)
  • Hold the region accountable to impact
  • Ensure organizational buy-in and representation on projects
  • Make necessary changes to policies and practices that help advance their goals

CLC Members commit to:

  • Following core tenants of the StriveTogether framework:
    • We are better when we are working together
    • We use data to drive action
    • We work to impact systems, not just programs and behaviors
    • We engage community members most impacted by our work to make change
    • We are working towards a common vision
  • Working on projects that are in alignment with the collective goals of RMP
  • Making a financial investment to support the collective work or having reciprocal leadership representation

The Community Leaders Council is NOT the Board of Directors for the Backbone Team (a 501(c)(3) organization). The Board of Directors for the Backbone Team holds fiduciary responsibility and oversight of the Backbone Team and organization, and ensures that there are staff and resources in place to support The Partnership. Learn more HERE.

To learn about how you can get involved with the Community Leaders Council, contact RMP Senior Director of Stakeholder Engagement Jody Nowicki at


Dr. Cynthia Armendariz
Director, Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative, Colorado Department of Higher Education

Lori L. Bailey
Director – Student Engagement Initiatives, Adams 12 Five Star Schools

Jason Batchelor

Deputy City Manager, City of Aurora 

Debra Bristol

Executive Director, Brighton Housing Authority





Ken Ciancio

Secretary, Westminster Public Schools Board of Education

Melanie D’Evelyn

Colorado Executive Director, One Million Degrees 

Chief Bill Dunning

Division Chief, Adams County Sheriff’s Department

Dr. James Duffy
Chief Operating Officer, Westminster Public Schools





Curtis Esquibel
Director of Communications & Community Engagement, Boettcher Foundation

Dr. Chris Fiedler
Superintendent, 27J Schools

Dr. Jessica Fiedler

Executive Director, Almost Home 

Mark Fink

Executive Director, Anythink Libraries





Letia Frandina

Executive Director, Adams County Education Consortium 

Arif Gangi

President/CEO, Neon Rain Interactive

Chris Gdowski
Adams 12 Five Star Schools

Heather Geyer 

City Manager, City of Northglenn





Carla Godec, 

Program Officer, Anschutz Foundation

Raymond Gonzales
President, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (MDEDC) and Executive Vice President of Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

Maria Gonzalez
Founder and CEO, Adelante Community Development

Billy Gurr 

Vice President – Internal Audit, First Bank 





Whitney Gustin Connor
Executive Director, Kids First Health Care

Ted Harms

Executive Director, Anschutz Foundation

Lisa Hough 

President/CEO Adams County Regional Economic Partnership 

Levon Hupfer
Director of Diversion, Health & Legislation, 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office





Amanda Jones 

Chief Clinical Officer, Community Reach Center

Dr. Tricia Johnson
Vice President, Westminster Campus, Front Range Community College

Lisa Jansen Thompson 

Executive Director, Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County

Stephanie Knight 

Executive Director, The Senior Hub





Peter LiFari
Chief Executive Officer, Maiker Housing Partners

Matt Manning

Senior Pastor, Crossroads Church

Carina Martin 

CEO and Founder, A Precious Child

Brian Mason

District Attorney, 17th Judicial District – District Attorney’s Office 





Ryan McCoy 

Executive Director of Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness, Westminster Public Schools

Omar Montgomery
President of the Aurora NAACP
and Director of Equity, Culture,
and Community Engagement
for Cherry Creek School District

Katie O’Donnell

Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA)


Chief Don Quick 

Chief Judge, 17th Judicial District Courts





Jordan Reck

Collaborative Solutions, LLC, Senior Organizational Change Manager 

Carolyn “CJ” Renaud

Director of Business Partnerships, CareerWise Colorado

Randy Roberts 

President, Triple Peak Law Advisers

Jason Rogers

City Manager, City of Commerce City  





Daniel Ryley

Executive Director, Arvada Economic Development Association

Lindsay Salas

Executive Director, CASA of Adams & Broomfield Counties

Constance Schmidt
Chief Executive Officer, Centura Health – St. Anthony North Health Campus

Ana Soler

Senior Program Officer – Education, Gates Family Foundation





Jaylin Stotler

Deputy Director at City of Thornton Parks, Recreation & Community Programs , City of Thornton

Jim Twombly

City Manager, City of Aurora

Ray Torres 

CEO, The Key People

Dace West 

Chief Impact Officer – The Denver Foundation





Kami Welch
President, Arvada Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Kelly Wiedenbach,

Executive Director, Adams County Health Department