Who We Are

ACYI Team

ACYI Backbone Team

The ACYI Backbone team is here to serve the ACYI Partnership. The team provides data capacity needed to focus on outcomes the Partnership is collectively trying to improve, and provides neutral facilitation and project management to support shared efforts. Essentially, the Backbone Team is here to support the Partnership in their efforts to improve outcomes.

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 the Horizon Hawks, 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!

Jody Nowicki

Community Engagement Director

JodyNowicki@ACYI.org
LinkedIn: Jody Nowicki MPA CNP

Why I LOVE ACYI:
I love ACYI because of the amazing team I get to work with every day to improve outcomes for youth in Adams county. I love knowing we are working towards greater systems change and that we are engaging authentic youth and community perspective every step of the way.
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 TEGA 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 youth, specifically girls in our society, 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, what recipes I am cooking this week, if it is too cold out for iced coffee (the answer is always no), and what recent adorable thing one of my pets did that I just happened to catch on camera.

Kelsey Murphy

Data Director

KelseyMurphy@ACYI.org
LinkedIn: Kelsey Murphy

Why I LOVE ACYI:
I love ACYI because of the opportunities we have with our partnership to improve the outcomes for youth in our community, from cradle to career. I know that I feel good about the work that we are doing collectively as a community to help foster the brightest light in all our young people.
What gets me out of bed in the morning:
My dog, when she is ready for our morning walk. The happiness I feel getting to work with an amazing team to help change the world! (at least that is how I feel about it). My family and my love for all things coffee!
More about me:
I am a true Colorado native and a lover of all things outdoors. I graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelors in Sociology and after graduating I have been fortunate enough to travel to all across South America, eventually landing in Argentina for 2 years. I am an avid horseback rider. I started riding when I was 4 and have a hard time breaking the habit. There is no better feeling than the connection I feel with an animal! When I am not traveling or riding, you can usually find me at home with family or on the ski slopes with friends.
Favorite Quote:
“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world." - John Keating, Dead Poets Society
Ask me about:
Horses, food, traveling through South America, my family, skiing, and anything data!

Ashley Edinger

Institute Manager

AshleyEdinger@ACYI.org
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. 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 systems change, people’s stories, a desire to be more and do more, the Hamilton cast album
More About Me:
I graduated from the University of Denver in 2017 with my Bachelors of Arts in Socio-legal Studies and Political Science. My experience before landing at ACYI initially as the Youth Engagement Intern includes coaching youth in community organizing, volunteer engagement and management, nonpartisan youth voter engagement, and higher education support for incoming first-year students and students engaging in undergraduate research. At ACYI, I’ve had the incredible opportunity to support partners in working together and using an outcomes focused approach through our Collaborative Action Networks (CANs) and Institute, work towards authentic youth engagement, increase our following on social media, and support ACYI communications.
Favorite Quote:
“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 systems change, community organizing, cats, musical theatre (especially Hamilton), and being a millennial

Matt Horn

AmeriCorps VISTA TEGA Community Engagement Coordinator

MattHorn@ACYI.org
LinkedIn: Matt Horn

Why I LOVE ACYI:
ACYI isn't a non-profit with it's own agenda. Everyone who works here is committed to empowering our partners in the community so that they can improve outcomes for young people. We also take the time to really listen to youth and learn what's going on in Adams County from them directly.
What gets me out of bed in the morning:
Every day presents us with opportunities to improve ourselves and make someone else's life better.
More about me:
Before ACYI, I studied multimedia sports journalism at Mizzou and taught English in South Korea. In the fall, I coached a 9-10 year-old flag football team (Denver Parks and Rec Tier 1 Champions, no big deal). I'm very confident that I'm the biggest Chiefs fan to ever live in Denver.
Favorite Quote:
"There is no way to happiness- happiness is the way" -Thich Nhat Hanh
Ask me about:
My passion for music, both listening and playing.

Lindsay Cluckey

AmeriCorps VISTA Communications Coordinator

LindsayCluckey@ACYI.org
LinkedIn: Lindsay Cluckey

Why I LOVE ACYI:
I love ACYI, because I have always wanted to help change my community for the better, but I didn’t know how. It wasn’t until I came to work here as a VISTA that I realized how I could do that, and I am grateful for this organization in giving me the opportunity to learn. Instead of waiting around for change to happen, we’re at the front line, and I am excited to dive right in and help create good here.
What gets me out of bed in the morning:
My family, my view of the Colorado mountains, knowing I get to help make an impact with such an incredible team, and hot chocolate (as I am definitely not a coffee person)
More about me:
I recently graduated from Otterbein University as a Theatre Design & Technology major. What that means is that I studied stage management, carpentry, lighting, sound, and costumes… anything relating to the behind-the-scenes of a live production. A few years into my degree, I realized that I wanted to be at the forefront of bringing change for the better into a community and from there, my love of nonprofits has only expanded. Hence, why I joined AmeriCorps!
Favorite Quote:
"We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer. And love is love is love is love... is love cannot be killed or swept aside…. Now fill the world with music, love, and pride." -Lin-Manuel Miranda
Ask me about:
Theatre, public art, nonprofits, favorite places to hike, what national parks are on my “places to visit” list, Parks and Recreation (the TV show), and other movies and shows I’ve binge-watched lately on Netflix

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!

Katie Duran

TEGA

KatieDuran@ACYI.org

Why I LOVE Being a TEGA:
I love being a TEGA because I am able to gather and share new knowledge about my community. In doing so, I am helping the youth of Adams County learn how to thrive. Collecting data not only serves to benefit others, but myself as well. ACYI and TEGA are providing me with the people and technical skills that are helping me grow as an individual.
My Career Goals and Aspirations:
I am a dreamer for sure, but I know that with the right amount of determination and discipline, I will make my dreams a reality. I have been singing professionally for over ten years. I am the lead singer in a rock band called, “X BAND Electron”. Our band will be releasing our first album in summer/fall of 2019. I am planning on winning a Grammy one day, after I go Platinum on the Billboard Hot 100, of course. Along with advancing my musical career, I am maintaining a 4.0 GPA as I pursue an Associates of Arts, with a focus in Communication. I would like to use my degree to go into media, hopefully radio broadcasting someday. Look out Hollywood, here I come!
Favorite Wave of TEGA Research so Far:
Out of all of the TEGA research so far, my favorite would have to be our “Juvenile Justice” study. This wave of research was by far the most complicated and sensitive one that I had ever been a part of. Growing up in a very sheltered environment, I had no idea about how our justice system functioned, especially for our youth. There are certain stereotypes that society associates with young people who have been through the justice system. But through the research that we conducted, I found that these stereotypes are not only wrong, but are also damaging. The kids that I interviewed were not very different from me at all. Most of them had just lost their way and needed to be redirected to the right path.
Ask me about:
My band, 70’s and 80’s music, hair-dying tips, public speaking, retro fashion, my Hogwarts House, and Back to the Future

Joseline Gonzalez

Institute & Communications Assistant

Adams County Workforce & Business Center Work Experience Program

JoselineGonzalez@ACYI.org

Why I LOVE ACYI:
I love working with ACYI Partners and experience the work the ACYI Partnership does to improve our community on behalf of youth. I'm always excited for the next steps we engage in to support our partners, with the fact that they are stepping in to better our community on behalf of youth.
What gets me out of bed in the morning:
The motivation to work and make some positive changes in our community, working towards my dream to one day go to Barcelona
More about me:
I was born in Colorado and have lived here my whole life. I am Hispanic, and am bilingual - I speak English and Spanish. I am a very outgoing person, and love to explore new places and meet new people. I like all kinds of art, music, and dancing. I also enjoy sports, especially soccer; my favorite soccer team is Barcelona. It's one of my dreams to go to Barcelona and see and meet my favorite soccer player, Leonel Messi.
Favorite Quote:
“The gift of mental power comes from god, Divine Being, and if we concentrate our minds on that truth, we become in tune with this Great power." - Nikola Tesla
Ask me about:
Good Mexican restaurants in Colorado, Music, and Creativity

Phoebe Kluck

TEGA Intern

PhoebeKluck@acyi.org
Linked In: Phoebe Kluck

Why I LOVE ACYI:
I truly love ACYI’s commitment to authentic systems change with consideration of inequity. The ACYI team is not only kind, collaborative and honest but also an impassioned, impactful one. ACYI’s partnership and implementation of TEGA is indicative of their purpose centered work.
What gets me out of bed in the morning:
Coffee and chocolate croissants, the Colorado sunshine, a hunger for new learning and the ability to connect with and learn from people.
More about me:
I am a senior at the University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business studying business management. I am passionate about female empowerment and education initiatives as well as supporting migrant and refugee communities. A goal of mine is to implement the continuous improvement model as I aim to empower others throughout my life. I feel most at home in the mountains and want to travel the world as much as possible.
Favorite Quote:
“I am learning everyday to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be, to inspire me and not terrify me.” - Tracee Ellis Ross
Ask me about:
Global migration trends, the power of a color coded planner, ski racing and all things related to Paris.