Our Team

AIMEE ALCORN

Director of Clinical Services

My role prior to joining the Dream Team was receiving my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 2006 and a Master of Social Work in 2012 from Colorado State University. I have spent seven years as a classroom teacher, both in general and special education environments.  Following my time as a teacher, I spent nearly five years at Children’s Hospital Colorado working on the Neuropsychiatric Special Care Unit where I earned my Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) credentials.  In addition to working with Dreamers, I have a private therapy practice where I work with children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, other developmental disabilities, ADHD, behavioral challenges, anxiety, depression, and trauma.

If we Dream Together, I believe that we can create a world with compassionate, empowered, passionate leaders and world changers!  When we dream big, we will achieve big!

When I am not working with our Dreamers, I enjoy spending time with my family, being outside with my puppy, Luna, going to the mountains, trying new recipes, and being creative and crafty!  I also enjoy traveling to new places and learning about other cultures!

aalcorn@cihadf.org 303-861-5005 Ext. 116

HANNAH BAILEY

PROGRAM MANAGER

My role prior to joining the Dream Team was as a 6th-grade science teacher at Uplift Ascend Prep in Fort Worth, Texas. I served as the 6th grade Grade Level Chair as well as Science Department Chair. I was a Teach for America DFW corp member. I am currently pursuing a Master of Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Denver.
I believe if we Dream Together, we can impact the world for the better and create a place where all children have the potential to empower themselves and their communities.
When I am not working with Dreamers, you can find me cooking, having fun in the mountains, or finding new restaurants in Denver.
hbailey@cihadf.org 303-861-5005 Ext.127

FERNANDO BRANCH

Senior Director of Partnerships & Programs

My role prior to joining the Dream Team was as the Senior Manager of Intensive School Support & Redesign of Denver Public Schools, supporting school teams and leaders with innovation resources to create sustainable change. I began my career in education teaching high school geography and economics in Memphis, Tennessee, and started my school leadership journey as a school administrator, focusing on school turnaround efforts in DPS. In addition to my work as CIHAD’s Senior Director of Partnerships and Programs, I currently serve on the Centennial Public Safety Advisory Board and as an Affiliate Professor at Metropolitan State University. I graduated from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff with a Bachelor’s degree in History and from the Union University with a Masters in Educational Leadership & Policy. I’m currently pursuing my Ed. D., from the University of Denver.

If we Dream Together, I believe we can change the world with a shared voice and love for education as the cornerstone for generational change and empowerment.

When I am not working with our Dreamers, you can find me writing, painting, and spending time with my wife and two girls.

STEPHANIE DREILING

VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE AND OPERATIONS

My role prior to joining the Dream Team in 2008 was working with Paradise Television and the Pacific Whale Foundation in Maui. I bring over 20 years of administrative experience working in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. I’m a fourth-generation Colorado native and earned my Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis on public relations and advertising along with a Minor in sociology from the University of Northern Colorado. I have been with the organization for over 11 years, and during this time have expanded my role from the office manager, into an administrative director, followed by director of finance & operations and now currently as the Vice President of Finance & Operations.

If we Dream Together, I believe we can create a just, sustainable, and equitable future for all generations to come. “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” John Lennon

When I am not working with our Dreamers, you can find me enjoying time with family & friends,  appreciating the beauty of our mountains, or seeing some live music.

sdreiling@cihadf.org 303-861-5005 Ext. 104

MARIONNE NEAL

Program Manager

My role prior to joining the Dream Team was as a mechanical engineer working within a manufacturing/technology leadership program in the oil and gas industry of Houston, TX. During my time in college I was involved in new product development roles as well as a math/physics tutor for over 2 years with the Plano Independent School District. From my life experiences, I bring my passion for working with students on making math and science easy to understand and a love for the challenges that STEM careers bring to the table. I graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelors’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

If we Dream Together, I believe we can prepare and encourage students to take advantage of the opportunities they encounter, no matter their circumstances.

When I am not working with our Dreamers, you can find me exploring the mountains, learning more about programming/math/science, and taking naps with my dogs.

CARLY SHAW

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING SPECIALIST

My role prior to joining the Dream Team was creating and leading experiential workshops as a Research & Wellness Consultant in NYC. I’ve partnered with schools, nonprofit organizations, farms, after school programs, sports teams, and hospitals to support kids and adults along their wellness journey.

If we Dream Together, I believe we can maximize the positive impact we create within ourselves, our relationships, and our communities.

When I am not working with our Dreamers, you can find me dog watching at any of the parks around Denver, practicing yoga, and exploring in nature.

cshaw@cihadf.org 303-861-5005 Ext. 120

KIMBERLEE SIA

President & CEO

My role prior to joining the Dream Team was as the Chief Executive Officer of KIPP Colorado Schools, growing the organization from three to six schools serving 2,500 students in Denver. I began my career as a teacher working in New Jersey and California before transitioning to founding school principal, Director of Professional Development, Regional Vice President, and Chief Academic Officer roles with Lighthouse Academies. In addition to my work as CIHAD’s President & CEO, I currently serve on the Mockingbird Foundation Board, Colorado League of Charter Schools Board, University Prep Board, and Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) – Colorado Advisory Board. I graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor’s degree in German and History and from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Masters in Educational Leadership & Organizations.

If we Dream Together, I believe we can collaborate with students, families, and our community to effect change and eliminate barriers for our future leaders and changemakers.

When I am not working with our Dreamers, you can find me reading, cooking, baking, spending time outdoors, or spending time with my husband and two girls.

ksia@cihadf.org 303-861-5005 Ext. 100

SOPHIE SILVER

Clinical Coordinator

My role prior to joining the Dream Team was receiving my Bachelor’s in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Denver in 2015 and then my Masters In Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adams State University in 2019. For the past 5 years, I have worked as a Senior Mental Health Counselor at the Children Hospital in Colorado in the Neuropsychiatric Special Care Unit. While there, I provided crisis intervention for children who had been diagnosed with autism or developmental disabilities. Along with my role at Children’s, I completed an internship at Judi’s House as a Grief Counselor and continued my role after graduation. While there, I provided play, group, and talk therapy for children and families working through, trauma, grief, anxiety, family systems, and depression.

If we Dream Together, I believe we can create a world where all children have the tools to thrive. By dreaming together we can achieve together!

When I am not working with our Dreamers, you can find me outside enjoying the sunshine! I love walking or playing with my dog, Olive, and spending time with my friends and family. You may also find me dancing, traveling, or enjoying our Colorado mountains!

ssilver@cihadf.org 303-861-5005 Ext. 121