Who We Are

ACYI Team

Becky Hoffman

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

 

BeckyHoffman@ACYI.org
Twitter: @BeckyrHoffman
Linkedin: Becky Hoffman

Why I LOVE ACYI:
I love ACYI because of our unique position to reconfigure our community’s ecosystem and align hearts and heads so ALL kids can have a shot at a great life. This is BIG and GREAT work that,I believe, is the necessary work of our time.
What gets me out of bed in the morning:
The chance to live life to the fullest again… kids off to school, coffee with the hubby, and another day to rock out results driven work from top to bottom, bottom up, and 360 view of the kids in our partnership and the adults who work with them.
More about me:
I am a tom boy / farm girl born in the Midwest with roots in Colorado who plays hard and works hard. I like to go fast – at work and on skis.
Favorite Quote:
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
Ask me about:
What I am reading or listening too – I always have a book or quote top of mind. Yet, I will probably bring it up without you asking…

Lisandra Gonzales

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

 

LisandraGonzales@ACYI.org
Twitter: @lisygonzales1
Linked-In: Lisandra Gonzales

Why I LOVE ACYI:
I wholeheartedly believe that when our young people are successful, we are ALL successful. My work at ACYI allows me the opportunity to work with Partners to help improve proven cradle to career outcomes on behalf of youth that I know will impact my community long into the future.
What gets me out of bed in the morning:
My faith, my family, Starbucks, and knowing that there are a team of us (county-wide) working together to accomplish shared goals.
More about me:
I was born and raised in Adams County and love every fiber of this community. I look forward to my children raising their children here. I am proud to be a product of 27J schools and hold a degree in Business Management with a Minor in Marketing and I am LEAN trained from Denver Health. I have used my education, training and experience that I have gained along the way, to apply business practice within the non-profit sector. I am bilingual in Spanish. I love cheering on Legacy Lightening, CSU Rams and the Broncos!
Favorite Quote:
I have many quotes that I love, but here is one that has resonates well with my work here at ACYI… “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Ask Me About:
Strategy, Non-Profit Operations, Continuous Improvement, Fund Development, Marketing, PR, Communications, Party Planning, anything design related, about being a Soccer and Poms Mom!

Daniel Archuleta

Data Director

 

DanielArchuleta@ACYI.org
LinkedIn: Daniel-Archuleta

Why I LOVE ACYI:
I am who I am because of where I have been and who I have met. Having been raised and currently living in Adams County with my two daughters, I feel compelled to do all that I can to support my community and the success of the youth within it. The Youth Initiative provides for me that necessary outlet and a path toward self-actualization.
What gets me out of bed in the morning:
A complex series of Rube Goldberg machines that clean me, dress me, feed me, and get me out of the house, and always 10 minutes late.
More about me:
I am a product of Adams 14 schools. I received a full-ride, academic scholarship to Metro University where I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Marketing. I received a full-tuition benefit to Regis University where I graduated with an MBA in Strategic Management. I am a twice published Chicano author and editor. I have worked in program effectiveness, research, and with data for over a decade. Lastly, the thought of a paper cut sends chills down my spine.
Favorite Quote:
“For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” – H. L. Mencken
Ask Me About:
My two passions: my daughters and strategy. Otherwise, tell me about yourself.

 

Jody Nowicki

TEGA Manager

 

Jody Nowicki@ACYI.org
LinkedIn: Jody Nowicki MPA CNP

Why I LOVE ACYI:
I love ACYI not only because of the important work our team does to improve Cradle to Career Outcomes for youth in Adams county, but also because of the new and exciting partnerships and programs we have the opportunity to be part of that engage an authentic youth perspective.
What gets me out of bed in the morning:
Usually it is one of my three pets walking across my face telling me they are dying from hunger, followed by lots of coffee, podcasts, and the excitement of knowing I get to work towards the success of the TEGA program in Adams County.
More about me:
I’m an Arizona native, but living in Colorado has been a dream of mine since I was in grade school. I moved here in 2011 with my now husband and haven’t looked back. I’ve worked for nonprofits for the past 10 years in direct service, and recently graduated with my MPA from CU Denver with concentrations in Nonprofit Management and Gender Based Violence. I have several passions, including elevating the voices of girls and women in our society, the Gender Based Violence field, and the human-animal bond. My husband and I have two cats and one dog (so far).
Favorite Quote:
“Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.”-William Shakespeare
Ask Me About:
What podcast I am currently listening to, nonprofit management and administration, what recipes I am cooking this week, and all things related to the human animal bond. Oh and the most recent adorable thing one of my pets did that I just happened to catch on camera.

Amy Wojtowicz

Operations Coordinator

 

AmyWojtowicz@ACYI.org

Why I LOVE ACYI:
I love being a part of a Partnership of people who are running towards the same goal of seeing all kids and youth reach their true, unbridled potential. We are a great, big, quirky, messy family!
What gets me out of bed in the morning:
My 3yr old son, my faith, a good chai tea, travel, & mentoring young people.
More about me:
Before my time at ACYI, I worked as a youth mentor and admin for over ten years (that’s a lot of teenagers!), and had several opportunities to travel overseas, gaining invaluable experiences and memories. I went back to college in my late 20s and jumped on board at ACYI in 2014. Since then, I’ve spent my time helping ACYI advance its mission of seeing the success EVERY young person on their journey from cradle to career.
Favorite Quote:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Ask Me About:
Creativity & brainstorming, parenting a little boy, fund development, I Love Lucy, and administration in nonprofit.

Ashley Edinger

Partnership Coordinator

 

AshleyEdinger@ACYI.org
Social Media: @shleyre
LinkedIn: Ashley Edinger

Why I LOVE ACYI:
I love being part of a Partnership that wants to do better on behalf of youth and is working together to make that possible. Apart from the partnership, our teeny tiny team is the mitochondria of this work.
What gets me out of bed in the morning:
The fight for social justice and equity, people’s stories, a desire to be more and do more, the Hamilton cast album
More about me:
I became the first person in my family to attend and graduate from college in 2017 and started at ACYI as the Youth Engagement Intern the next week. In college, I coached high school students in community organizing and ran a student organization dedicated to serving the community. At ACYI, I’ve had the incredible opportunity to support partners in working together and using outcomes focused work through our Collaborative Action Networks (CANs) and Institute, work towards authentic youth engagement, increase our following on social media, and support the overhaul of the website.
Favorite Quote:
I’m not sure about my favorite quote, but I’m really loving this one lately:
“The things that make you strange are the things that make you powerful” – Ben Platt
Ask Me About:
What work our Partnership is doing, how you can get involved in the Partnership’s efforts, social justice and equity, community organizing, cats, musical theatre (especially Hamilton), and being a millennial

Courtney Allen

TEGA Liaison

 

CourtneyAllen@acyi.org
Instagram: @allthatfeelsco

Why I LOVE ACYI:
I love that ACYI is just one cog in the wheel of a massive collaboration network focused on youth voices informing action on community initiatives that are moving the needle on the larger objectives focused on making our futures brighter!
What gets me out of bed in the morning:
My faith, the Colorado sunshine, my family, a hot cup of coffee, and good work!
More about me:
As an Air Force brat I was born and raised mainly in the Southeastern United States. For high school, however, we lived in Europe fueling my interest in our greater world. For college I landed in Colorado with my entire family, and completed my Bachelors at CU Boulder. After dabbling in marketing and event planning, and considering a career in interior design, I went back to school to get my Masters degree in Strategic Leadership and Philanthropy from the University of Denver, kickstarting my journey into fundraising in 2012. I love the challenge of my work!
Favorite Quote:
“Your only limit is you.”
Ask Me About:
Snowboarding, fundraising, how to decorate your house, traveling in Europe, organizing, what to wear, my relationship with God, where to eat and drink in Denver.

Joyce Sanchez

TEGA Liaison

 

JoyceSanchez@acyi.org

Why I LOVE ACYI:
I love ACYI because I feel like I get to be a part of the change in my community.  I am invested in the future of our young people, and I am fortunate to feel that I Have a voice to help bring positive that positive change in an effective way.
What gets me out of bed in the morning:
The idea that I get to go and make a difference, even if its a small one, all over again. My family, my faith and my hopes and dreams can’t be fulfilled if I’m not pushing to make it happen.
More about me:
I was born and raised in the Four Corners. I love Colorado and I look forward to having my Son be a proud member of his community as well. I love the arts and spend much of my time painting, cooking or out and about with my family. I have served young people in the Denver Metro area for well over 20 years and I look forward to many more experiences and opportunities to engage.
Favorite Quote:

“Beginnings are usually scary, endings are usually sad, but it’s the middle that counts. So when you find yourself at the beginning, just give hope a chance to float up. And it will”. -Steven Rogers, Hope Floats
Ask Me About:
What I want to be when I grow up! I will probably tell you that I am opening a coffee shop and then moving to Santa Fe to become an artist. Besides that, we will probably just laugh a lot until we figure out the meaning of life!