Becky’s 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 Youth Initiative of Adams County (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 is responsible for supporting our network of partners using process expertise to help improve identified indicators. She is also responsible for all internal and external communications and operations of the Partnership. Lisandra has been working and managing direct services for low-income and disadvantaged youth in Adams County for over 20 years. Prior to joining the ACYI Team in 2016, Lisandra served as the Chief Operating Officer of A Precious Child and before that 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 has strong leadership experience and a track record for strategic planning, outcomes based program development, for increasing program revenue and for developing innovative and PR and Marketing Campaigns. Lisandra is Lean trained from Denver Health and has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and Marketing from the University of Phoenix.
As the Data Director for the ACYI Partnership, Daniel is responsible for supporting Partners in accessing, managing, interpreting, integrating, and reporting data in order to practice continuous improvement. Through his role, Daniel provides data needed to support intentionality around serving children and youth in our community, with the explicit goal of improving their cradle to career success. Access to timely data gives community partners and school officials the opportunity to understand the needs of the children and youth they are serving, and to plan, implement and improve strategies in response to those needs.
Daniel is an Adams County public school product and proud resident. Daniel graduated in the top of his class from Adams City High School in Commerce City, graduated summa cum laude from Metropolitan State University of Denver as an academic gold scholar, and graduated with honors from Regis University with his Master’s in Business Administration in Strategic Management.
Daniel has worked in process and data management and analysis, accountability, and strategy in higher education and PK-12 education for over a decade. He has worked in high-performing as well as low-performing school districts. He served as a State Review Panelist for the Colorado Department of Education.
Kristen is ACYI’s Grant Manager. Kristen has over 13 years of experience working in nonprofits, specializing in fund development, program evaluation, and organizational development. She works to empower and strengthen organizations by building capacity from within through strategic planning, sustainable fundraising and continuous improvement. Kristen strives to bring people together to facilitate effective communication and leverage resources to create smart, impactful solutions. Kristen has a passion for education and providing tools for educators to better support their students, especially through the lenses of restorative practices and continuous improvement. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from University of Denver and a Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University, focusing on identity-based conflict in the Middle East, monitoring and evaluation, dialogue, and mediation. Kristen lives in Denver with her husband, Nick, and their dog, Avery.
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.
Ashley joins ACYI as the Partnership Associate after spending the summer as ACYI's Youth Engagement Intern. Ashley graduated with her Bachelors of Arts in Socio-legal Studies and Political Science from the University of Denver in June 2017. She is passionate about community engagement, educational equity, and social justice. Before coming to ACYI, Ashley served in various capacities within K-12 and higher education and the nonprofit world, including supporting public work initiatives and the community organizing of high school students through Public Achievement, and serving as a communication liaison and coordinator for first year college student programming through the First Year Seminar Program, Discoveries Orientation, and the Excelling Leaders Institute at the University of Denver. She also brings with her experience in grassroots civic engagement and project development in the realms of community service and engagement. Ashley is excited daily to be working with an organization that focuses on youth voice, community-led change, and educational justice!