Fellow for the Brandon Foster Culinary Excellence Fellowship
Ellis grew up in Austin, Texas, then lived in New York for three years before moving to Denver in 2020. She has worked various jobs, from cleaning bicycles to shelving books to working retail in downtown Manhattan before finding Project Angel Heart. She loves listening to and making music, reading, finding the perfect spot in any park, and hanging out with friends in her free time. She is looking forward to learning more about working in the culinary industry and helping people, with Project Angel Heart as the source.
Director of Client Services
Brandy joined the Project Angel Heart team in December 2002. She has worked in every department at Project Angel Heart but made her final move to client services in 2007. Brandy studied at New Mexico Highlands University School of Social Work and Luna Vocational Technical Institute. She loves BJJ, hiking, painting, fishing, and watching her two sons compete in various sporting events.
Colorado Springs Volunteer & Distribution Coordinator
Tiana joined Project Angel Heart in June 2019. Prior to joining the Project Angel Heart staff, Tiana spent many years in the insurance industry as an agent and analyst. More recently, she worked in the classroom assisting with differently-abled and ESL students. Away from work, Tiana can be found transporting her two sons to their various activities. Spending time together as a family also usually includes movie nights, very competitive board games, and hiking the variety of local trails.
Mitch joined Project Angel Heart in July of 2020. Spending the first 18 years of his life in the northern suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, Mitch spent most of his time playing drums, piano, or video games and discovered a passion for cooking. Starting his culinary career at the young age of 15, he attended a 2-year culinary program offered at the local community college. Mitch then proceeded to further his education at the Culinary Institute of Michigan (CIM) in Muskegon, Michigan.
At CIM, Mitch spent a lot of time honing his skills in the culinary arts, as a team member of the American Culinary Federation’s Hot Food Competition Team. He spent his off-hours volunteering at beer & wine expos and helped with many other local charities in Michigan. After completing his degree at CIM, Mitch was sick of the Midwestern winters and decided to move out west. Seven years later, he has been calling Colorado his home.
Those seven years have been a wild rollercoaster ride in the industry. Starting at the Hilton Inverness working banquet functions for over 5000+ people. Then working for Del Frisco’s Steakhouse where he was Sous Chef, soon after he began working for The Post Chicken & Beer as Sous Chef. Moving on to the Marriot Hotels as Sous Chef, Mitch was furloughed due to the pandemic. Through all of what seemed like fate, he was able to come work for the BEST organization, Project Angel Heart! Not only does he enjoy cooking, but in his spare time loves going to live shows and traveling as much as possible. He also touts to have BUCKETS of useful, useless knowledge. ;)
Operations & Sustainability Manager
After 10 years as a kitchen and events volunteer, Kyle joined the Project Angel Heart staff in 2016. As a native of Denver, Kyle enjoys the outdoors and most outdoor activities including hiking, biking, and occasionally running. His passions include sharing his enthusiasm for recycling and working in his garden.
Jessica came to Project Angel Heart in May 2019, first as a part-time assistant in the development office and eventually filling the role of database administrator. Jessica has spent her entire career in nonprofits and a variety of development roles, first at Denver Zoo, then at Dumb Friends League. She was born and raised in Fort Collins and lives there now in her ever-evolving fixer upper. She enjoys time with friends, movies, outdoor activities, HGTV-inspired projects, and learning new things.
Volunteer Resources Assistant
Alexandra began her Project Angel Heart journey as a volunteer in the kitchen and joined the team full time in 2020. She has a passion for volunteering with a background in mentoring students, fostering animals, and dedicating her time to issues that are meaningful to her and her community. She lives a green and humane lifestyle, promoting animal rights and environmental sustainability.
Originally from Florida, she traded the beaches for the mountains and has not looked back since. Alexandra graduated from the University of Florida and has a career background in both education and healthcare. Her time away from the office ranges from concerts, biking, pilates, eating, relaxing with her pups and a competitive game of ping pong with her husband!
Modified Meals Nutritionist
Kevin started working for Project Angel Heart in December of 2015. He grew up in Dallas, Texas, where he spent most of his time working in kitchens and a technical high school that taught culinary arts. He attended the Johnson & Wales School for Culinary Arts and has a degree in culinary nutrition.
Nutrition Services & Distribution Assistant
Madison has been volunteering with Project Angel Heart for the last few years and was persistent enough to get a job here. She is passionate about helping others in any capacity. She believes that Project Angel Heart gives her the best ability to do so.
She graduated from Indiana University in December of 2019. She drove cross-country the next day, home to the great state of Colorado. She is a nature enthusiast who would rather spend her days in the mountains/trees and climbing the faces of rocks than inside behind a screen. She loves all indoor plants and every dog that has ever existed. She also enjoys live music in all capacities and doesn’t mind one bit breaking it down on the dance floor.
Madison couldn’t be happier with her new team at Project Angel Heart and for all the beautiful opportunities coming her way!
Foundation Relations Officer
Ashley joined the team at Project Angel Heart in January 2020. Prior to joining Project Angel Heart, Ashley spent 10 years working in fund development and communications at SafeHouse Denver and, most recently, worked as an independent contractor with a variety of local organizations. She has a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Regis University and a B.A. in English from the University of New Hampshire. Outside of work, Ashley enjoys jogging, cooking tasty vegetarian food, seeing live music, and exploring Colorado with her husband and two young daughters.
Client Services Assistant
Carrie Ann joined Project Angel Heart in February 2021. Originally from Mississippi, Carrie Ann moved to Colorado in 2016 to get a taste of big city life and enjoy the mountains. Carrie Ann began working in non-profits in 2018, and found her passion lies in advocating for those in under-served communities. Off the clock, Carrie Ann can usually be found hanging out with her two cats, puppy, and guinea pig; practicing yoga, reading a juicy historical fiction novel, and of course watching her beloved San Antonio Spurs.
Volunteer Resources Coordinator
Kamisha was born in Aurora, Colorado, but most of her younger years were lived out in California. She enjoys swimming, math, sign language, volunteering, and reading, and wanted to make a career out of those hobbies. She came to Project Angel Heart as a volunteer in 2018, not knowing she would be staying.
Senior Client Services Coordinator
Bridget joined Project Angel Heart’s client services team in 2014. In her free time, Bridget can be found on her bicycle looking for used book stores and awesome food. She loves science fiction, pinball, gardening, and horror movies.
Sarah joined Project Angel Heart in May 2017. She earned her B.A. in business from the University of Puget Sound and moved to Colorado after college to be a ski bum. Prior to joining Project Angel Heart, Sarah worked as the marketing & special events director at YWCA Boulder County, a human service nonprofit serving women and their families. Sarah loves to travel and have adventures. As a Minnesota native, she enjoys canoeing, spending time outdoors with her three dogs, and all things Swedish.
Patti joined Project Angel Heart as the executive assistant in September 2019. She is a Colorado native and has lived in the Denver metro area most of her life. After attaining a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders (hearing and speech therapy) at Colorado State University, she worked at hospitals while determining whether to become a speech pathologist or audiologist, pursue something in the medical field, or work in a business-related environment. Eventually, she attained a master’s degree in management and human resources.
She worked at a national membership association for certified financial planners where she worked in administration, human resources, and chapter relations. She then worked at a community college, managing the tutoring function and student labs. Her experience and skills are varied so one could say she is a “jack of all trades, master of none, pretty good at some.” She calls her post-early-retirement work at Project Angel Heart her Act III Purpose. She feels lucky to work at such an amazing organization with caring and committed staff, volunteers, and board members.
Patti is married and has four sons, the youngest being 21. In her free time, she reads, watches too much Netflix and Hulu, and works on genealogy and documenting her life and her ancestors’ lives through pictures. She aspires to take more (and better) pictures and to travel more.
Brett was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He started working in restaurants at 16-years-old, washing dishes, picking parsley and doing anything prep and utility related. Later, Brett moved to Columbia, Missouri, for college to study psychology. He had no idea what he wanted to do, or what he was good at.
While attending school, Brett worked as a server, bartender, and prep cook. He loved the hospitality industry and it was clear to him where his focus should be. Brett left college to attend culinary school in St Louis, Missouri, at L’Ecole Culinarie. Meanwhile, he worked in several restaurants and country clubs throughout St. Louis.
In 2014, Brett was hired by Bon Appetit Management at Washington University as a sous chef. Later that year, he was invited to The Chef’s Garden in Ohio where he worked a week-long event alongside accomplished chefs from all over the world. One being his idol, Jose Andres!
In 2015, Brett helped open accounts in Kansas City, Missouri, and Houston, Texas, and later in 2020 at University of Chicago. In 2016, Brett had his first executive chef opportunity with Bon Appetit at Washington University School of Medicine.
In Brett’s free time, he loves doing outdoor stuff: hiking, biking, exploring, and open-fire cooking. He is also really into music and movies, collects records, and culinary books. Brett is also kind of obsessed with pickling or fermentation. His favorite sport is basketball and he is a stats nerd!
Distribution & Delivery Manager
Matt joined the Project Angel Heart team in 2016 after three years with Food Bank of the Rockies in the roles of warehouse lead and program representative. Matt is a Colorado native, but grew up in Massachusetts and received his degree in communications and history from the University of Massachusetts Amherst before returning to Colorado in 2012. In his free time, Matt enjoys painting, reading, hiking, and rooting for the Broncos and Avs.
Individual Giving Officer
Andrea joined the Project Angel Heart team in May of 2015. She earned her bachelor’s at Smith College and has ten years of experience in development. Prior to coming to Project Angel Heart, Andrea worked in various fundraising roles at the University of Colorado Boulder and Colorado College. Andrea and her wife, Jen, enjoy camping, cooking, biking, and home brewing.
Summer graduated from Johnson & Wales University in South Carolina with honors in culinary arts and food service management. She moved to Colorado Springs, where she worked at a small restaurant and later at the Denver Country Club before joining the Project Angel Heart team.
Chris graduated from the Le Cordon Blue College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas and worked as a line cook and sous chef for 12 years prior to joining Project Angel Heart in 2019. In his free time, Chris and his wife, Hannah, enjoy hiking, camping, and taking advantage of all of Colorado’s microbrews.
Vice President of Development
Tera joined Project Angel Heart in December 2020 and serves as Vice President of Development. With more than 23 years of non-profit experience, Tera brings a wealth of experience and is successful with growing fundraising efforts through strategic planning and a targeted approach.
Tera is a native Coloradan who enjoys football and basketball, reading, travel, camping, cooking with her husband Jason, and spending time with their four children.
Her favorite quote is: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”
Volunteer Resources Coordinator
Alex moved to Colorado after traveling around the world for a year with his wife, Megan. When he arrived, he discovered his passion for nonprofits and started at Project Angel Heart in the summer of 2019. He enjoys reading, running, yoga, camping, incorrectly identifying plants, and traveling.
Vice President of Program Operations
Rachael joined Project Angel Heart in March 2013, and serves as the vice president of program operations, supporting nutrition services, client services, volunteer resources, and the kitchen.
Prior to joining Project Angel Heart, Rachael worked as a project coordinator for the New Venture Fund, a nonprofit that serves as a fiscal sponsor for a variety of public interest projects. She has her Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from the University of Colorado, Denver, and holds a B.A. in Communications & Journalism from St. John Fisher College.
Rachael loves spending time with her husband, hiking, backpacking, obsessing over her doggos (Tuna Fish and Frank), and crying over the Buffalo Bills.
Development Partnerships Officer
Rachel joined the Project Angel Heart team in 2017, bringing with her five years of professional fundraising experience from a nonprofit serving homeless families and a wide variety of volunteer experiences. She received her bachelor’s in global affairs with a concentration in social inequalities and a minor in business from George Mason University. Rachel is an adventure-addict and makes it a priority to travel internationally each year.
President & CEO
Owen’s passion for public health was sparked during his time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi. In the nearly two decades since, he has worked for a variety of health organizations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. Most recently, he served as the Executive Director of the International AIDS Society (IAS) in Geneva, Switzerland. Owen earned his Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health as well as a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs.
Director of Community Engagement
Mark joined Project Angel Heart in 2013, coming from an extensive background in volunteer engagement. Mark previously managed large-scale volunteer programs at both Volunteers of America and the City of Lakewood. He also serves as a board member for the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE), a national organization focused on supporting volunteer engagement professionals and served nine years on the Board of Directors for Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (DOVIA) Colorado. When Mark is away from work, he loves trips to the mountains, taking in all the glory and beauty that Colorado has to offer.
Client Services Coordinator
Nic Soucy (she/her/hers) works in the Client Services department at Project Angel Heart and loves the opportunity to connect with our wonderful clients, volunteers, and referrers. A native New Englander, Nic moved to Denver from Boston, Massachusetts, to pursue her Master’s in Social Work and Master’s in Public Health after spending years working in various positions at a 58-family shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness, and seeing every day the importance of food, health, and well-being. Outside of Project Angel Heart, Nic works part-time on a research team for the Center for Housing and Homelessness Research, trains puppies with Guide Dogs for the Blind, and is otherwise becoming accustomed to the Denver culture of hiking and beer!
Registered Nutrition & Dietetics Technician
Jordan joined Project Angel Heart in the summer of 2020. Originally from Indiana, she received her Bachelor’s in Art Management with a focus on nonprofit fundraising in 2016 at Indiana University. In 2019, she started working towards her Master’s in Public Administration at the University of Colorado. During her free time, she loves doing crafty stuff like making cosplay outfits, riding her bike, and hanging out with her demanding kitty, Sasha.
Pikes Peak Development Officer
Hayley joined the Project Angel Heart team in 2021, bringing nearly ten years of fundraising experience. Having returned to her hometown of Colorado Springs, she has managed development strategies with Greccio Housing, Boys & Girls Club, and the American Cancer Society. Hayley brings her dynamic nonprofit background along with a natural affinity for networking and fundraising strategy to the Pike’s Peak region. In her spare time, Hayley enjoys volunteer work with local service organizations, including Kiwanis International, paddleboarding, and exploring the many trails and parks located at the base of the Rocky Mountains.
Human Resources Manager
Kathy joined Project Angel Heart in May of 2019 after a decade working with Denver Public Schools in the Department of Arts & Physical Education as the budget specialist and office manager. Kathy was born and raised in Denver, which is also where she met her husband and raised her two children. Any conversations with Kathy will likely involve her dog May, adventures with antiques, miniseries on Netflix, or her latest attempt at home improvements.
Client Services Coordinator
Michelle joined the Client Services team of Project Angel Heart in March 2021, to follow her passion for helping provide valuable community services to those in need. Originally from New York, Michelle moved to Denver in 1996 and immediately fell in love with the mountains as well as the Colorado lifestyle.
After many years of working in the jewelry industry as a designer and a crafter, Michelle was excited to start a new journey into non-profit administrative support. She began as an office volunteer for the National MS Society and soon thereafter was welcomed as full-time staff member to assist with service delivery, while also participating in the Hike MS fundraising event four years in a row.
These experiences solidified her enthusiasm for the non-profit world and she’s never looked back. Outside of work, Michelle enjoys cooking, making jewelry, hiking, reading, watching movies, and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Client Services Assistant
Mike held a variety of jobs before joining Project Angel Heart, including radio technician in the Air Force and a writer and distribution manager for Out Front Colorado. He received a bachelor’s degree in English and a Master of Arts in humanities from CU Denver. Mike’s passions are photography and writing, and he’s frequently seen roaming the streets of Denver with his Nikon camera.
Colorado Health Institute
Mountain Sun Pubs
Aaron DeBoer is the Head of Strategy for OptumHealth, the national care delivery arm of UnitedHealth Group. He and his team help to support national and market leadership in achieving growth, building partnerships, and ensuring performance. Having grown up in Iowa, Aaron and his wife, Amy, have spent the last 15 years in Colorado. They have three young children: Kate (12), John (9), and William (6). Aaron’s passions include running, reading, and (of course) food (baking, cooking, and eating).
At-Large Member of the Executive Committee
Lindsay Precast, Inc.
At-Large Member of the Executive Committee
Caring for Denver Foundation
Heather Miller is executive vice president and chief marketing officer at UMB Financial Corporation. She is responsible for all marketing initiatives and communication programs for the company. Prior to joining UMB in 2002, she was employed at Genesis, Inc., a brand identify firm. She began her career in Chicago at Golin/Harris Communications and then worked at Helene Curtis, a consumer products company. After moving to Colorado in 1995, Heather worked at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo as the director of marketing.
Heather currently serves as a member of the Coors Western Art advisory board and is on the board of the Central City Opera, where she serves as Treasurer. She also served for six years on the board of trustees for Colorado Academy, a PK-12 private school in Denver, is a former board member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and is past chair for the Denver Art Museum Uncorded fundraising event.
Heather participated in the 2008 Leadership Denver Class and she was awarded the Outstanding Woman in Business Award in 2008. In 2014, Heather was awarded Chief Marketing Officer of the Year by the Denver Business Journal.
Heather holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Principia College, as well as a master’s degree in integrated marking communications from Northwestern University.
Gary Outlaw recently retired from Merrick & Company, a multi-disciplined engineering firm headquartered in Colorado. Gary was Vice President/Officer of the firm and spent his 30-year career developing business opportunities. Gary attended the University of Texas achieving a BBA/MBA in finance and moved to Denver, Colorado, shortly after graduating.
DaVita Hospital Services Group
Extraction Oil & Gas
Retired, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Zula Solomon, MBA, is Director of Quality and Population Health at Physician Health Partners (PHP). In this role, she is accountable for the development, implementation, assessment, and measurement of all quality improvement programs for PHP. She has extensive health care management experience in Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, and commercial accountable care organization (ACO) programs. She is responsible for the alignment of programs with state and federal guidelines and ensures internal and external programs achieve performance goals and objectives. She leads multiple teams in the company including practice transformation coaches, data analyst, population health teams.
As the Quality Improvement Director, she brings more than 20 years of health care experience with 13 of those years working directly with local, state, and federal programs to develop and implement quality programs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in business administration-health administration. Prior to working at PHP, she worked in public health and a non-profit agency.
Interested in joining our team? Please visit the Employment Opportunities page for a list of current openings.