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Leadership 2017-09-11T16:07:58+00:00

Andy Barton Catholic Charities CEO & PRESIDENT

Andy Barton

President & Chief Executive Officer

Andy was named President and CEO of Catholic Charities of Central Colorado in January 2015. Prior to joining Catholic Charities, Andy was the Vice President of Development for Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation. He also provided temporary leadership at St. Thomas Moore Health Foundation and worked with Centura Health Physicians Group in strategic development.

Andy graduated from Palmer High School and attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where he received a B.A. in English. He went on to graduate from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a Master’s degree in Business Administration. He and his wife, Vanessa, have been married for 16 years. They have three young children and attend Sacred Heart Parish.

Jennifer Polk, Chief Operations OfficerJennifer Polk

Chief Operating Officer

Jennifer joined Catholic Charities of Central Colorado in 2012 and brings experience in nonprofit management and Air Force financial management.  She most recently served as Chief Financial Officer for Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado where she stewarded and accounted for $26 million in donations annually.  Her successful 20-year Air Force career spanned assignments from Commander to Staff Officer to Instructor in the United States, Europe, and the Pacific.  Those assignments honed her skills in managing people, maximizing resource efficiency, and instituting continuous process improvement. In the short period between her Air Force and nonprofit management careers, Jennifer volunteered with several local nonprofit agencies serving poor and vulnerable populations in Colorado Springs.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor in Accountancy degree from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Arts in Management degree from Webster University, and recently completed a Certificate in Nonprofit Management through the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs.

Rochelle Schlortt Chief Marketing OfficerRochelle Blaschke Schlortt

Chief Communications Officer

Rochelle joined Catholic Charities in October 2005 and has been responsible for developing the communications & marketing programs, brand identity, media relations, message content, and fundraising events for the organization. Under her guidance, the St. Patrick’s Day Gala increased revenue by over 850 percent.

Before her work with Catholic Charities, Rochelle had a career in communications and advertising with Ogilvy & Mather in New York, and then Houston; and Young & Rubicam in San Francisco as a Vice President, Media Director of both international companies. She guided the media developments on such accounts as American Express, Duracell, Hallmark, Shell Oil, Compaq Computers, Chevron Oil, Lever Brothers, and EDS Financial Services to name a few. She also served on the New Business Team which aggressively courted new clients for the agency.

A longtime volunteer with Junior League, she taught herself publishing & design software and developed newsletters, magazines, and promotional materials for the Junior Leagues of North Little Rock and Colorado Springs.  She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors of Science in Advertising, and a Bachelors of Journalism, specializing in Public Relations.  In June 2017, she completed the PRSA Reputation Management Certificate Program.

Sarah Tremmel Chief Development Officer Sarah Tremmel

Chief Development Officer

Sarah joined Catholic Charities in 2016. With over 25 years of development and fundraising experience, she is responsible for donor management, cultivation, and appreciation of Catholic Charities donors. Sarah is also responsible for all agency grants.

Previously, Sarah was the Development Officer and Grants Director for Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation where she successfully secured over $8 million in donations, grants, and contracts – a record for the organization.  She also played a key role in developing and funding key hospital initiatives, including tobacco cessation, diabetes prevention and self-management, violence prevention, and cancer screening and assistance.

Sarah is a board member of Friends of Monument Valley Park, a “Super Friends” representative with the City of Colorado Springs Park & Recreation, a volunteer fundraising consultant for Greenway Fund – the Legacy Loop project, and has served on the Allocation Committee for Pikes Peak United Way.

Originally from Wisconsin, she received a B.A. in Education from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and is currently working toward a Masters in Business Administration at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Corey Almond

Vice President, Community and Parish Engagement

Corey Almond joined Catholic Charities in 2009. He is a human services professional with 15 years’ experience. His work for the vulnerable spans his professional career, providing a guidepost for action in the world, as well as a driver for knowledge and skills. Corey uses gifts of relationship-building as well as analysis to shape his approach to service. Having worked with Spanish-speaking youth and adults, people experiencing homelessness and mental illness, Haitians in Haiti as well as immigrants to the United States, Corey brings an ability to build understanding and commitment across many different cultural lines. He is experienced working with diverse churches and community groups to facilitate forward progress helping and advocating for the vulnerable.

He currently manages Community and Parish Engagement, consisting of three areas of programming for Catholic Charities: parish ministry, volunteer services, and English as a Second Language classes. He holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a Bachelor’s in Sociology from the University of Denver. He serves on several nonprofit boards in Colorado Springs. He is married to Elisabeth Almond and has three lovely children. He is a parishioner at Sacred Heart Church in Colorado Springs.

Kathy Thayer

Vice President, Family Services

Kathy joined Catholic Charities in 1996 and over the years has coordinated parish social ministry programs, provided grants and contract administration, and directed the Family Life Center. In 2001, she became the Director of Life Connections and has continued to expand the services available in this program to include international adoption, parenting education, and child birth classes.

She has over 30 years’ experience in nonprofit and government leadership, management and organization development, and expertise in administering a variety of programs including child welfare, foster care and adoption, emergency services, youth and family counseling, and community-based prevention strategies. She is trained and certified to facilitate The Nurturing Parenting Programs® and conduct Home Studies using the Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) assessment tool.

She is a former member of the Family Empowerment Team and has participated in a number of community collaborative efforts. Kathy has a B.A. in Sociology and a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in management.

Jim Benavidez

Marian House Director

Jim joined Catholic Charities in February 2008 after spending 20 years in the Food and Beverage Industry. He was a Sous Chef for Tower West Lodge in Wyoming, Room Service Manager, Banquet Manager, and Dining Room Manager at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, and General Merchandise Manager at Safeway of Colorado Springs.

He joined the staff of the Marian House because he has always wanted to contribute to his community and utilize his work experiences for a greater purpose. Part of Jim’s responsibilities is to keep the Marian House complex in superior shape. With over 600 people entering the complex each day, Jim oversees cleaning, repair, and updates to maintain the quality of the structure.

Jim says, “While I enjoy serving people, it is much more satisfying to take care of someone who needs my services, instead of a client who wants my services.”

Michael Branscum

Director of Income & Relief

Michael joined Catholic Charities in 2017. He has over 10 years of experience in nonprofit human services working with those that have severe and persistent mental illness and substance abuse issues while also dealing with homelessness. He worked on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant for five years assisting those dealing with homelessness and mental illness in obtaining the necessary services needed for long-term sustainability. Michael uses his solutions-focused and existential approach to life to help provide hope and direction on both the micro and macro levels to implement change within the Colorado Springs, Colorado community. He is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion within the nonprofit sector as well as ensuring that people of all socio-economic backgrounds have access to quality care because they have worth and dignity.

He currently manages Income and Relief Services, consisting of three areas of programming for Catholic Charities: client services, community outreach, and life skills. He is obtaining a Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Development and Leadership with a focus on the nonprofit sector from Denver, Colorado; he holds a Master’s of Education from Northeastern State University in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is married to Raquel DeHerrera and has a son named Emerson.

Lori Kapu Director of FinanceLori Kapu

Director of Finance

Lori joined Catholic Charities in December 2016 after spending 26 years in various positions at Care & Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado where she most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer.

She conducted the first organizational Gap Analysis, developed long-term strategic distribution plans, opened the first Kids Café, Send Hunger Packing, and Mobile Food Pantry sites, and was crucial in the development of the new Colorado Springs and Pueblo Care and Share facilities.

Lori was on the board of the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber where she served as treasurer.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Colorado Technical University with an emphasis on Management.  She also graduated in 2010 from the Leadership Pikes Peak program and attended the Center for Creative Leadership Diesel Leadership Program.

Paul Narduzzo, Regional Director Castle Rock OfficePaul Narduzzo

Regional Office Director – Castle Rock Office

Paul joined Catholic Charities in August of 2015. As director of the Castle Rock regional office, he is responsible for leading clients to greater self-sufficiency through various Catholic Charities programs and community resource referrals, and growing the overall presence of Catholic Charities in Douglas, Elbert and Park counties. Before joining Catholic Charities, Paul had a long and successful career as a banker, holding senior management positions at large national banks based in Colorado and New York.

Paul was born and raised in Buffalo, New York where he graduated from Canisius High School, the State University of New York at Buffalo (B.S. – Accounting) and Canisius College (M.B.A. – Finance). Paul and his wife, Barbara, have been married 31 years and have three adult children and one grandson. They have lived in Castle Rock since relocating to Colorado in 2008 and are parishioners at St. Francis of Assisi.

Eric Pavri

Family Immigration Services Director

Eric joined Catholic Charities in October 2015 as the director of Family Immigration Services.  Before joining us, he was an immigration attorney in private practice at law firms in Colorado and Ohio. He also served as a public defender in state courts in Ohio. He co-founded and currently serves as Chair of the El Paso County Bar Association Immigration Law Section, and is also the Chair of the USCIS Liaison Committee of the Colorado chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association.

Eric grew up in a rural community in the mountains of western Pennsylvania, the child of two immigrant parents (his father was from India, his mother from Germany). After attending Bowdoin College in Maine, he served in the U.S. Peace Corps for three years in Guatemala, teaching masonry and construction techniques to promote the building of water pumps, latrines, and other family health technologies. Upon returning to the U.S., he obtained an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona. He also worked for eight seasons as a park ranger in national parks in Utah, California, and New Mexico. Eventually, his interest in working with immigrants inspired him to obtain his law degree from the University of Arizona, and since that time he has dedicated himself to assisting immigrant families. Eric lives in central Colorado Springs with his wife and daughter.

Michelle Swanson

Family Connections Director

Michelle joined Catholic Charities in July 2016 when the Family Mentor Alliance program moved to Catholic Charities.  Previously, Michelle had worked with Catholic Charities as a member of the Board of Directors, representing First Presbyterian Church, where she was the Director of Local Outreach.

Michelle received her Masters in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and her Marriage & Family Therapy Certification from the Menninger Clinic, Houston, Texas.  She has worked in the social work field for over 20 years as a school social worker and in private practice.   Now as Director of the Family Mentor Alliance program and the Family Day Center, she combines her two passions:  working with families experiencing crisis and homelessness and working with trained mentors from various faith and community-based groups that work together to end family homelessness.

Michelle loves to hike the mountains of Colorado with her husband.