John Kelly | Executive Director
As a national social sector leader with over 25 years of experience, John Kelly has been involved in every aspect of crafting social change strategies, he's developed public-private partnerships, designed innovative grantmaking strategies, promoted service and volunteerism, and engaged diverse communities with the goal of making meaningful and measurable impact. He has worked at the community-level, as well as in the White House and on the leadership team of a billion-dollar federal agency.
For the last two years, John worked on the founding team of Generous, a civic-tech start-up dedicated to democratizing philanthropy by providing nonprofits and social causes with advanced tools and resources. Prior to Generous, he served for 8 years in the Obama Administration and focused on service, social innovation, faith-based community work starting at the White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC) where he engaged faith-based and nonprofit organizations on mentoring, anti-hunger efforts, interfaith service, and leadership development.
John followed his tenure at DPC, by becoming the Deputy Chief of Staff at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that leads service, volunteerism, and social innovation for the country. At CNCS, John built a team and implemented a strategy to secure over $194 million in external funds that supported over 11,000 AmeriCorps service opportunities.
Additionally, John served as the first ever Catholic outreach liaison at the Democratic National Committee and was Catholic Vote Director for the 2008 Obama campaign in Pennsylvania. He also directed the Emerson National Hunger Fellows program at the Congressional Hunger Center, and was a Social Justice and Campus Ministry Director at a parish in Miami, Florida.
Paul Brown | Deputy Director
Paul is excited to be back in the Rocky Mountain region since his first exposure as an AmeriCorps Crew Leader with the Montana Conservation Corps in 2001. He most recently comes from the Oregon Commission for Voluntary Action & Service (Oregon Volunteers) where he was the AmeriCorps Program Officer.
Paul spent seven years working abroad, initially in Vietnam as a liaison between Vietnamese and American universities helping develop academic programs to train the next class of global leaders. He spent five years in Tanzania, first as a Peace Corps volunteer, then as Program Manager for a USAID-funded nutrition project.
Paul enjoys exploring Colorado's trails and sights with his spouse, son, and daughter. In addition to enjoying a microbrew while watching the Red Sox or Marquette basketball, he can often be seen on the trail, negotiating traffic on his bike on his way to work, in the kitchen, marveling at his children\'s newfound skills, or reading.
Justin Nyetrae | Program Officer
Justin comes to Serve Colorado with experience working with nonprofit organizations. He served as an AmeriCorps member in Arizona through Arizona Serve with U.S.VETS-Prescott. After two years of AmeriCorps service, Justin became the Workforce Development Coordinator for U.S.VETS-Phoenix facilitating a Department of Labor grant as part of the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program. In this role, he worked to alleviate the barriers that veterans experiencing homelessness face when searching for employment. Justin graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science from Arizona State University. An Arizona native, he is excited for new adventures exploring the Colorado outdoors and all the great restaurants the region has to offer. Justin is an Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Suns fanatic, enjoys playing all sorts of sports and games, likes to volunteer, and loves to spend time with friends and family.
Jackie Rader | Program Officer
Jackie comes to Serve Colorado with experience working in nonprofit organizations and state agencies. Prior to coming onboard, Jackie worked for the Utah Department of Workforce Services' Refugee Services Office. In her role, she worked with AmeriCorps VISTA members on a multi-site project, worked closely with advisory board members and refugee service providers, and coordinated and managed public events, such as the World Refugee Day Festival.
Before working in state government, Jackie worked in special events in Los Angeles for the Autry National Center of the American West. In this role, she was responsible for coordinating and managing donors, artwork, sponsors, and ticket holders for institutional fundraising events to help support the many programs of the museum.
Jackie holds a bachelor's degree in history from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring the world, and playing ultimate frisbee.
Emily Worm | Communications Officer and Commission Liaison
Emily joins Serve Colorado with experience in a variety of nonprofits. She began her career serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA and AmeriCorps State member with a youth mentoring program in rural Maine. Emily's service inspired her to work with nonprofits to improve the community, including running youth programming at a library, managing a RSVP program, and directing a produce rescue program. She holds a master's degree in business administration focusing on nonprofits from Brandeis University and a bachelor's degree in international studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
When not at the office, you can find Emily knitting, cooking, and exploring Colorado with her dog, Sly.
Cheryl Secorski | Grants and Fiscal Compliance Officer
Cheryl Secorski earned her Bachelor's Degree in Public and Nonprofit Administration from Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Following graduation, Cheryl completed two AmeriCorps Programs: NCCC and VISTA. Cheryl's VISTA experience brought her to Colorado where she worked with the United Way of Weld County assisting youth aging out of Foster Care. After this role, Cheryl transitioned to state government where she worked with both the Colorado Department of Human Services (serving with the Tony Grampsas Youth Service Program) and with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (serving with the Division of Housing and working specifically with youth experiencing homelessness).
Cheryl is excited to begin working with Serve Colorado where she can marry her experience in AmeriCorps with her previous roles in State Government. In her free time, Cheryl enjoys spending time with her family, knitting, and running.
Danny Fisher | Training Officer
Danny joins Serve Colorado after working in the federal government on emergency management and community resilience. He began his career in public service with a graduate internship with the U.S. Department of Justice's Community Relations Service, providing community-based conflict resolution and dialogue facilitation throughout New York State. Following graduate school, Danny was awarded a Presidential Management Fellowship, during which he worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in national preparedness. He later worked with the White House Council on Environmental Quality during the Obama Administration, where he focused on climate change preparedness and community resilience, including initiatives supporting Resilience AmeriCorps VISTA members.
A certified mediator, Danny graduated with a master's degree in negotiation and conflict resolution from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Oklahoma State University.
Kyla Mittal | Executive Assistant and Special Projects Coordinator
Kyla joins Serve Colorado with experience in the non-profit and affordable housing industry. Prior to coming onboard, she worked in voucher administration with people experiencing homelessness in the Denver Metro area at the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (CCH). Additionally, she previously served on CCH's Education and Advocacy Committee. Kyla has a passion for meeting community-based needs and working with vulnerable populations.
Kyla graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor's degree in Economics, but has called Colorado home for three years. She is an avid hiker and enjoys exploring Colorado, cooking, and spending time with her cat, Sam.