Becky’s entire professional career and expertise has been dedicated to leading youth development teams focused on at-risk youth populations, driving strategic plans, measuring impact and building relationships with key stakeholders. She has served in leadership positions in the Denver metro area and has international experience (Australia and England) with engaging with multi-sectors and levels of leadership. In her current position as the Executive Director of the Adams County Youth Initiative (ACYI), she has led a collective impact collaborative with over 75 organizations, who are committed to the academic success of over 100,000 students. Becky provided key leadership in transitioning ACYI from an unincorporated federally funded grant to a standalone non-profit adopting the proven national framework, called StriveTogether.
Becky holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport, Health, Leisure and Physical Studies with a focus on Community/Commercial Management from The University of Iowa. She is also trained in LEAN from Denver Health.
Lisandra Gonzales has joined the ACYI Team as the new Partnership Director. Through her role, she is responsible for building relationships and engaging partners that support cradle to career outcomes through the facilitation of the continuous improvement process. Her work will be geared towards supporting our network of partners in the implementation of action plans and the improvement of identified indicators. She is also responsible for all internal and external communications of the partnership.
Recently Lisandra served as the Chief Operating Officer of A Precious Child where for two years she helped further develop the program’s Action Plans and Processes and Procedures. Prior to A Precious Child, Lisandra worked with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Adams & Broomfield Counties. She began her relationship with CASA in the fall of 2008, and served in a variety of roles including Recruitment Coordinator, Director of Marketing and Development and ultimately as Executive Director.
Lisandra brings strong leadership experience and a track record for strategic planning, outcomes based program development, for increasing program revenue, and for developing innovative PR and Marketing Campaigns. She has a BA in Business Management and Marketing from the University of Phoenix and is a proud product of Adams County Schools having graduated from Brighton High School in 1993. She has been married to Ray Gonzales for 20 years and has two children, Alejandro, a Freshman at Colorado State University, and Jacqueline, a Freshman at Legacy High School. She currently serves on the Adams County Best Practice Courts Team, the Broomfield Best Practice Courts Team, and A Precious Child’s Program Board. Lisandra is a bonafide "Soccer & Poms Mom". In her free time, Lisandra can be found out on the soccer field cheering on her son and bedazzling everything and anything that her daughter and the Legacy Poms Team needs.
Amy is passionate about adding value to others and seeing people reach their full potential so they can live a life full of passion and impact. She served as a youth mentor and admin in the non-profit world for over ten years before joining ACYI in 2014 and enjoys being a part of an organization that is working towards community and systems change to see all children and young people succeed. Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Metropolitan State University of Denver and hopes to continue her education in a Master’s program to become a certified mental health counselor. She is responsible for supporting partner engagement, the cohesive internal and external communication of the partnership, and supports the staff in day-to-day management, data support, and continuous improvement.