Our Team

Aimee Alcorn (she/her)

Senior Director of Clinical Services

Aimee has been a member of the Dream Team since November of 2019. Prior to joining our team, she worked as a Behavior Coordinator at Children’s Hospital Colorado in the Pediatric Mental Health Institute and was a teacher before that. Aimee is a passionate Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Colorado and a Certified Trauma Professional. She is from Colorado and has a Master of Social Work degree from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree with minors in English and Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. Aimee has been published as an author on eight different professional articles in the field of behavioral science and mental health and has presented her findings at two national conferences.

Aimee is dedicated to removing barriers and increasing the knowledge and awareness of the impact that mental health plays on the overall success of the youth, families, and communities that we serve at Colorado “I Have A Dream” Foundation. She believes that if we dream together, we can create a world with compassionate, bold, passionate leaders and world changers! When we dream big, we will achieve big!

When Aimee is not working to ensure youth have the tools to thrive, she can be found spending time with her family and her adorable puppy, Luna. She loves hiking, traveling, painting, and finding new restaurants in town.

You can reach Aimee at: aalcorn@cihadf.org or 303-861-5005 Ext. 116

Akilah Martin (She/Her)

Engagement Specialist- Z Place Opportunity Center

Akilah joined the Dream Team in May 2022 as n Engagement Specialist. She is originally from Aurora, Colorado, and has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Colorado State University. Akilah has a CITI research training certification with a specialty in social, behavioral, and humanistic research with human subjects. Akilah presented her research that focused on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the African American community at Colorado State University’s Multicultural Undergraduate Research Art and Leadership Symposium (MURALS) and was chosen as the overall winner from 5 categories & 77 total participants!

Akilah brings a positive attitude and passion to her work every day. She is proud to be a Dream Team member and loves that she will be a part of real change happening for youth. She is excited to work alongside her colleagues, youth, and families to provide inspiration and new opportunities that may not have seemed plausible before for students.

When Akilah is not exposing youth to new opportunities, you can find her thrift shopping, watching a new movie (somewhat like a film critic), or at the gym. She also has a passion for traveling and food!

You can reach Akilah at: amartin@cihadf.org

Alicia Smith (she/her)

Clinical Intern

Alicia joined the Dream Team in January 2022 as a Clinical Intern. She has experience in working with clients with developmental disabilities as well as currently is working in a clinical setting with clients with Eating Disorders. She is originally from Southern California and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Colorado Christian University. Alicia is pursuing a Master of Social Work degree from Baylor University.

Alicia is motivated to learn and grow in her clinical skills and is passionate about helping others thrive. She loves how passionate and dedicated the Dream Team members are to help and work alongside the youth and families in the Denver community.

When Alicia isn’t supporting the emotional wellness development of the youth in the program, she loves to spend time with her friends and go to the mountains.

You can reach Alicia at: asmith@cihadf.org

Alyssa Noelle Chavez (She/Her)

Engagement Specialist - Z Place Opportunity Center

Alyssa joined the Dream Team in May 2022 as an Engagement Specialist. She is originally from Colorado and has a Bachelor of Science in Human Development & Family Relations from the University of Colorado Denver

Alyssa is passionate about working alongside youth and families! She is excited to join the Dream Team and being able to put her skills into action!

In her free time, Alyssa enjoys reading!

You can reach Alyssa at: achavez@cihadf.org

Andrew Paquet (he/him)

Clinical Intern

Andrew joined the Dream Team in August 2021 as a Clinical Intern. He has experience in working with youth with developmental disabilities and has extensive training in the science of Applied Behavior Analysis. He is originally from California and is pursuing a Master of Social Work degree from Colorado State University. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton.

Andrew is courageous in his work and isn’t afraid to get in and get things done. He feels fortunate to be part of a team that is dedicated to ensuring that youth reach their full potential.

When Andrew isn’t ensuring youth have the social-emotional skills to be successful, you can find him reading, painting, woodworking, or playing video games!

You can reach Andrew at: apaquet@cihadf.org

Beimnet Yonas Mulugeta (She/Her)

Beimnet joined the Dream Team in May 2022 as an Engagement Specialist. She is originally from Colorado and has a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in pre-health from Colorado State University.

Beimnet always has a positive attitude and a passion for helping others and exploring science! She is proud to be a Dream Team member and loves that she gets to work alongside like-minded professionals.

When Beimnet is not spreading joy to those around her, you can find her spending time with her friends and family or watching TV.

You can reach Beimnet at: bmulugeta@cihadf.org

Briannah Hill (They/Them)

Program Coordinator - Z Place Opportunity Center

Briannah joined the Dream Team in March 2022 as the Program Coordinator at Z Place Opportunity Center. Prior to joining the team, they worked in the Non-Profit space within the Denver Metro area. Briannah is originally from Denver, Colorado, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies with an emphasis in Blaqueer/Transgender Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder as well as an Associates of Sciences in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. In 2019, Briannah was a Youth on Record Fellow.

Briannah brings an intersectional, youth-focused, and culturally-responsive lens to their work every day. They have a deep appreciation for the different voices, identities, and experiences that the youth and others bring to the room and is passionate about youth finding their voice and power, the liberation for Blaqueer and Trans folks, as well as rest and representation! Briannah loves that the Dream Team members support one another and have a shared passion for working with youth to see them succeed at every turn.

In their free time, Briannah is the Co-Executive Director of a local poetry and arts nonprofit. Additionally, they love writing and performing poetry at open mics. Briannah and their partner have a Goldendoodle named Adonis and they love to spend quality time together!

You can reach Briannah at: bhill@cihadf.org

Colby A. Smith (she/ella)

Program Manager - Westwood Opportunity Center

Colby joined the Dream Team as a Program Manager in April 2022. She is originally from Shreveport, Louisiana. She has a Master of Education with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lamar University and a Bachelor of Arts – English Liberal Arts from Southern University. Colby co-represented an education organization in a documentary about graduation rates and is proud that she developed a Mental Wellness Program for young adults that increased the Wellness & Mental Health rating by 24% and also led to cross-site collaboration.
Colby brings a passion for service that is greater than self. She is excited to be surrounded by people who share the same passion for igniting dreams and fueling the destiny of youth!

When she is not encouraging the growth and social-emotional development of the youth she is working alongside, you can find Colby Latin dancing and teaching dance, kickboxing, watching TV, doing crossword puzzles, talking to mom and sister, and doing game nights with friends!

You can reach Colby at csmith@cihadf.org

Desirèe Martin (she/her)

Clinical Intern

Desirèe joined the Dream Team in March 2022 as a Clinical Intern. She is originally from Arkansas and has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Arkansas is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver. Additionally, she is a certified Yoga Instructor as well as a certified Neuro-linguistic Practitioner! Before starting Graduate School, Desirèe owned and operated a successful online business that focused on mindfulness modalities for female entrepreneurs!

Desirèe brings a high level of empathy to her work and is passionate about social justice, advocacy, intersectionality, and inclusion. She is proud to be a Dream Team member as she enjoys being around like-minded advocates who believe in supporting youth and creating opportunities for success!

When Desirèe is not being a strong advocate for her clients you can find her doing pilates, hiking, and frequenting coffee shops around town!

You can reach Desirèe at dmartin@cihadf.org

Fernando Branch (he/him)

Senior Director of Partnerships & Programs

Fernando joined the Dream Team in August 2020 before which he was the Senior Manager of Intensive School Support and Redesign in Denver Public Schools. While in that role, he would support school teams and leaders with innovative resources to create sustainable change. Fernando is from Memphis, Tennessee, and has also been a classroom teacher as well as a school administrator – specifically focusing on the turnaround efforts in Denver Public Schools. Fernando is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Education degree from the University of Denver, has a Master of Educational Leadership and Policy from Union University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Fernando serves on the City of Centennial’s Public Safety Advisory Board and is an Affiliate Professor at Metropolitan State University.

Fernando is a strategic thinker and is passionate about working alongside youth and families to ensure they have the resources and skills to be successful throughout their lives. He believes we can change the world with a shared voice and is committed to instilling a love for education as he sees that as the cornerstone for generational change and empowerment. Fernando loves the push the Dream Team gives to not only each other but also their commitment to ensuring youth achieve their full potential.

When Fernando is not connecting with community partners and ensuring we deliver a top-rated enrichment program, you can find him writing, painting, working on his classic cars, or spending time with his wife and two daughters.

You can reach Fernando at: fbranch@cihadf.org or 303-861-5005 Ext. 103

Galen Duran (He/Him)

Clinical Intern

Galen joined the Dream Team as a Clinical Intern in March 2022. He is originally from Boulder, Colorado and has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Colorado College, and is currently pursuing his Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Denver. Additionally, Galen completed a service year with City Year as a Student Success Coach.

Galen brings a level of empathy and patience to the clients he works alongside. He is happy to join the organization and work alongside the rest of the Dream Team!

When Galen is not studying and working alongside his clients, he enjoys playing music, gaming, hiking, biking, watching movies, and spending time with his friends!

You can reach Galen at gduran@cihadf.org

Gemma Sanchez-Contreras (she/her)

Engagement Specialist at Westwood Opportunity Center

Gemma joined the Dream Team as a Bachelor Level Clinical Intern in August 2021. She is pursuing her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver and has an Associate of Arts degree from Colorado Mountain College and is originally from Jalisco, Mexico. As a Dreamer in the DACA program herself, Gemma is passionate about ensuring youth and families have support so they can achieve their goals and feel confident that they can achieve anything they set their mind to!

Gemma is committed to equitable treatment within relationships and is excited to be part of the Dream Team and ensure youth and families’ needs are met to ensure they have all the opportunities to thrive.

When Gemma is not elevating the voices and experiences of young people, she is a huge advocate for self-care and enjoys going to the gym. She recognizes that if she doesn’t care for herself, she cannot care for others.

You can reach Gemma at: gcontreras@cihadf.org

Jennifer Ramirez (she/her)

Clinical Intern

Jennifer joined the Dream Team in August 2021 as a Clinical Intern. She is originally from Orlando, Florida, and is pursuing her Master of Social Work from Colorado State University. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Jennifer has a journal that is published on Amazon, called “My Little Book of Prayers.”

Jennifer is committed to the work she does on the Dream Team and brings a high level of gratitude and empathy to her role. Jennifer values that she gets to work with like-minded people who have the same drive and commitment to creating amazing opportunities for the youth and families we work alongside.

When Jennifer is not creating opportunities to thrive with the youth in our program, she can be found working out, going on hikes, and spending time with her dog.

You can reach Jennifer at: jramirez@cihadf.org

Jocelyn Vangundy (she/her)

Clinical Intern

Jocelyn came on as a Clinical Intern in August 2021. She is originally from Colorado and is pursuing a Master of Social Work degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Relations with a minor in International Studies from the University of Colorado – Denver. Jocelyn is proud to have been awarded three academic achievement awards in May 2021 as well as being named the Outstanding Graduate in her field of study.

Jocelyn brings an admirable level of integrity to her work on the Dream Team and is passionate about working towards social justice and equity for underserved communities. Jocelyn’s personal values align with those of Colorado “I Have A Dream” Foundation and she is excited to be part of the Dream Team to uplift families and provide access to individual and family supports in the communities we work alongside of.

When Jocelyn is not lifting the voices of the community, she enjoys baking, reading, and enjoying various sites throughout the city.

You can reach Jocelyn at: jvangundy@cihadf.org

Kim Sia (she/her)

President & CEO

Kim has led the Dream Team since she started with Colorado “I Have A Dream” Foundation in October 2019. Prior to joining our team, she was the CEO of KIPP Colorado Schools. Kim has over 20 years of experience in education having worked as a Teacher, Principal, Director of Professional Development, Chief Academic Officer, and Superintendent. She is originally from Iowa and has a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Organizations from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in History and German from Northwestern University. She was a member of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Denver Class of 2021 and sits on the Boards of Directors at University Prep, Colorado League of Charter Schools, and The Mockingbird Foundation.

Kim brings a strong commitment to partnering with youth, families, and communities to identify and engage in new opportunities. She believes collaboration is essential in breaking down the inequities caused by systemic oppression. She is proud to work with a team dedicated to putting youth and families first.

When Kim is not partnering and engaging with the community, she can be found spending time with her husband and two children, practicing yoga, hiking, camping, or getting lost in one of the many books she reads all at the same time.

You can reach Kim at: ksia@cihadf.org or 303-861-5005 Ext. 100

Lissette Uribe (She/Her)

Engagement Specialist

Lissette joined the Dream Team in April 2022 as an Engagement Specialist. She is originally from Los Angeles, California, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is in the process of pursuing her Master’s Degree.

Lissette is passionate about working with youth and working alongside them to see their potential and sharing new experiences with them! She is excited to join the Dream Team and work with like-minded individuals and youth to create a bright and more inclusive future.

In her free time, Lissette likes to cook, be with her friends and work on charcoal drawings!

You can reach Lissette at luribe@cihadf.org

Malik Burton (he/him)

Program Manager - Z Place Opportunity Center

Malik joined the Dream Team in September 2021 as the Program Manager at Z Place Opportunity Center. He is originally from Kansas City, Missouri. Malik joined the team with significant experience in higher education settings. He has a Master in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from Iowa State University. Malik is certified in Adult Mental Health First Aid.

Malik brings a level of authenticity to his work on the Dream Team and is passionate about social justice. His favorite part about working on this team is the passion each person has for the work they do and feels this aids in the connections built with youth. He believes the collective strengths of the team create experiences youth enjoy while they are pushed to learn and grow in a variety of ways – not to mention the fun that is had along the way!

When Malik is not facilitating the day-to-day operations of the center, you can find him playing or watching basketball, working out, writing poetry, or searching for new music.

You can reach Malik at: mburton@cihadf.org or 303-861-5005 Ext. 129

Mary Elizabeth Minor (She/Her)

Clinical Intern

Mary Elizabeth joined the Dream Team as a Clinical Intern in March 2022. She is originally from Alabama but has lived in Virginia for the last 19 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Virginia Common Wealth University and is in the final year of her Master of Social Work program at Virginia Common Wealth.

Mary Elizabeth is dedicated to empowering youth identities and capabilities, providing accessible resources to minority populations, and advocating for LGBTQ+ rights Empowering youth identities and capabilities; self-advocating; self-care; LGBTQ+ rights; providing accessible resources to minority populations She is excited to join the organization and appreciates the welcoming nature and kindness of her Dream Team peers.

When Mary Elizabeth is not self-advocating and working on her own self-care practices, she enjoys Hiking, walks with her dog, dancing, baking, thrifting, roller skating, and creating art.

You can reach Mary Elizabeth at mminor@cihadf.org

Sophie Silver-Trujillo (she/her)

Clinical Manager

Sophie came to the Dream Team as the Clinical Manager in February 2020 from Children’s Hospital Colorado where she worked as a Mental Health Counselor in the Pediatric Mental Health Institute. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado and a National Professional Counselor. She has a great deal of experience in working with people, specifically youth, who are experiencing grief and loss. Sophie is proud to say she is originally from Denver! She has a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adams State University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Denver. She enjoys research and data analysis and has been published in 15 articles in the field of Behavioral Health and Engineering.

Sophie brings a level of humility and empathy to her work and is the dedicated leader of our Clinical Internship program, ensuring the next generation of mental health professionals leaves their intern experience highly skilled in this work. Sophie is skilled at providing a safe space for community members to be authentic and feel love and support. She loves that the Dream Team members support one another and share the same values and passion for working alongside youth and families.

When Sophie is not training the next generation of mental health workers, she loves spending time with her husband and daughter and their dog, Olive. You can usually find them around Denver enjoying new sites or in the mountains somewhere.

You can reach Sophie at: ssilver@cihadf.org or 303-861-5005 Ext. 121

Stephan Bennett (He/Him)

Engagement Specialist

Stephan joined the Dream Team in April 2022 as an Engagement Specialist. He is originally from Lake Station, Indiana. Stephan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Robert Morris University and is pursuing his Master of Science in Health, Kinesiology, and Sports Studies from Texas Southern University.

Stephan is passionate about helping youth overcome obstacles to ensure their success now and in the future! He is excited about working with the Dream Team and recognizes the shared passion that everyone has for working alongside youth to ensure they reach their full potential!

In his free time, Stephan enjoys lifting weights, playing basketball, and reading!

You can reach Stephan at sbennett@cihadf.org

Stephanie Dreiling (she/her)

VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE AND OPERATIONS

Steph joined the Dream Team thirteen years ago and currently works as the Vice President of Finance and Operations. She is a fourth-generation Coloradoan; however, she spent nearly a decade in Maui, Hawaii where she worked at Paradise Television and the Pacific Whale Foundation. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis on public relations and advertising and a Minor in sociology from the University of Northern Colorado.

Steph grounds our team and brings light and positivity to all she encounters! She is passionate about the work we do at Colorado “I Have A Dream” Foundation and believes that together we can create a just, sustainable, and equitable future for all generations to come – as John Lennon once said, “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”

When Steph is not at work, you can find her enjoying time with her family and friends, hanging with her pup, Nalu, surrounding herself in the beauty of the mountains, or seeing some live music.

You can reach Stephanie at: sdreiling@cihadf.org or 303-861-5005 Ext. 104

Summer Wimberly (she/her)

Director of College & Career Development

Summer joined the Dream Team in July 2021 as the Director of College and Career Development. Prior to joining the team, she worked at Aurora Community College in the Dual Enrollment program assisting High School age youth to complete college credit while they are finishing their high school degree. Summer is from Northern California and has a Master of Arts in English, Rhetoric, and Composition from Oregon State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Princeton University.

Summer is dependable and committed to college access and success for historically excluded populations. She appreciates the dedication that the Dream Team, as a whole, has to meet youth and families where they are at as well as the encouragement and support to the youth to uplift themselves.

When Summer is not ensuring that youth are college and career ready, she can be found reading, exercising, and crafting.

You can reach Summer at: swimberly@cihadf.org or 303-861-5005 Ext. 128

Taya Putman (She/Her)

Engagement Specialist - Z Place Opportunity Center

Taya originally joined the Dream Team in the summer of 2021. She is originally from Waterloo, Iowa. She recently graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies. Taya recently painted her first mural at a local fashion event in the Denver area earlier this year!

She brings a high level of passion for mental health and creative expression to her work every day. She loves being part of the Dream Team and the encouragement and lightheartedness of all of the team members and appreciates that the environment is safe for everyone!

When Taya is not encouraging youth to bring their authentic and creative selves daily, she loves doing new crafty DIY projects, exploring new random places, and watching shows and movies!

You can reach Taya at: tputman@cihadf.org

Taylor Vaughn (She/Her)

Program Coordinator at Westwood Opportunity Center

Taylor joined the Dream Team in April 2022 as the Program Coordinator at Westwood Opportunity Center. Prior to joining the Dream Team, Taylor worked as a High School Fine Arts teacher in Denver. Taylor is originally from Denver, Colorado, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Taylor has a Colorado educator’s license to teach K-12 Theatre.

Taylor brings a high level of empathy to her work daily and is passionate about teaching youth as well as spreading kindness. Additionally, Taylor loves the passion that other Dream Team members bring to this work!

In her free time, Taylor loves going to Target, doing puzzles, and enjoying brunch at spots around town!

You can reach Taylor at: tvaughn@cihadf.org

Victoria Chappelear (she/her)

Clinical Intern

Victoria joined the Dream Team in March 2022 as a Clinical Intern. She grew up as a Military child; however, currently calls Colorado Springs her home. She has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Drexel University and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver. Additionally, Victoria is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer of Fiji.

Victoria is working hard to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and is passionate about encouraging self-care to contribute to the overall well-being of the mind, body, and soul. Victoria loves the opportunity she is getting at Colorado “I Have A Dream” Foundation to work with youth, getting to know their unique personalities, and is hopeful that she will make a positive impact on their development.

When Victoria is not encouraging the emotional development of her clients, she likes to do creative activities – such as drawing, baking, and embroidery. Additionally, she enjoys yoga and has recently learned the art of hoop dancing!

You can reach Victoria at vchappelear@cihadf.org