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

Senior Director of Collaborative Action

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

Senior Director of Evidence Based Strategy

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

Manager of Sustainability

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

CAN 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

Sarah Justice Hughes

TEGA Lead

Adams County Workforce & Business Center Work Experience Program

SarahJusticeHughes@ACYI.org

Why I LOVE Being a TEGA:
I love being a TEGA because it allows me to engage with my passion of getting to know other people and the stories of their lives. There is nothing richer or greater than the story of a life that respondents give and I am proud to be involved in that process.
My Career Goals and Aspirations:
I am currently attending Front Range Community College to do my prerequisites for a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. I will be transferring there next year and I cannot wait. While at Mines, I am also going to go for my Master’s degree but I am unsure what I want it to be in. There are just so many interesting options that relate to my career field! When I graduate, I would like to be a computer programmer.
Favorite Wave of TEGA Research so Far:
My favorite wave of research so far is the Middle Grade Math CAN because the respondents, who were primarily middle schoolers, gave such honest, deep, and clear answers. They know what they need from the education system to succeed; they just need someone to listen to what they want and to make it happen in the world. I’m glad that we are the ones to listen and help create a better world to live in.
Ask me about:
Ask me about musical theater, opera, singing, or acting!

Isabel Rodriguez

TEGA Lead

Adams County Workforce & Business Center Work Experience Program

IsabelRodriguezFavela@ACYI.org

Why I LOVE Being a TEGA:
Becoming a TEGA has been the most progressive opportunity I have taken. I have learned tremendously and one of my favorite things about being a TEGA is the consistent learning as well the research that we do. It is extremely interesting interviewing respondents and making mental themes in your head as you go through the research wave and making those connections.
My Career Goals and Aspirations:
I plan on becoming a neurosurgeon and doing cognitive research, in hopes of writing a book or books based on the research that I do.
Favorite Wave of TEGA Research so Far:
The Juvenile Justice research, specifically interviewing the adults (teachers, SROs, and intervention specialists), was my favorite wave of research because of their perspective. I hear what youth think about the juvenile justice system frequently, so I already had a predetermined idea of what they thought. However, I was surprised by the adult interviews because some were agreeing with youth and actually trying to understand where we come from. It made me happy knowing there are actually some adults that are on our side & believe in us.
Ask me about:
The brain! I know quite a bit about how it works and how the anatomy & processes relate to psychology.

Jessy Gonzalez

TEGA

JessyGonzalez@ACYI.org

Why I LOVE Being a TEGA:
I love being a TEGA because it is such a unique job. Being a TEGA gives me the opportunity to give to my community and meet a lot of different people. Also, being able to interview different age groups especially the youth gives me a different insight of positivity for the future. Even though we are starting here in Adams County (for right now), I have hope and know that the TEGA program can expand to other different cities, counties, and states!
My Career Goals and Aspirations:
My career goal is to be a concert photographer and hopefully still be working with TEGA, even if it is not as an interviewer. Some of my aspirations are to add and spread a little more positivity, happiness, and love into the world. I also hope to see the world one day, or maybe a couple years-since the world is such a big place to explore and many different people to meet!
Favorite Wave of TEGA Research so Far:
My favorite wave of research would have to be youth employment, because I got to interview someone in the business industry and an educator. After both interviews I was able to see both sides of why companies do and do not hire young adults. There are so many businesses looking for determined individuals for their companies, so hopefully this study will help our community empower more young adults to be able to pursue better opportunities to be able to support themselves or help family members. After this round of research it made me change my way of how much harder I have to work as an individual and hopefully help young adults who are struggling to find a good paying job.
Ask me about:
Anything! But if you want something to start off of ask me about the languages I am learning, my favorite hobbies, why I want to travel, where I want to travel, and how to get involved or help us TEGAs!

Deysi Bueno De Luna

TEGA

DeysiBuenoDeLuna@ACYI.org

Why I LOVE Being a TEGA:
I love being a TEGA because I learn so many things from the community that helps me to grow each and everyday with every wave of research we do. I also like being the person who is there to empower the voice of youth and being a part of the change to improve upon outcomes for them. In my time working as a TEGA, I have gained many skills that not only help me professionally, but also help me to reach my college career goals.
My Career Goals and Aspirations:
My career goals are to have a bachelor's degree in Social Work with a minor in Spanish and a Spanish Translation Certificate. When I finish this, I am considering to getting my master's in social work and maybe going to law school. I am still unsure of the population that I want to work with, but I am excited for where I am going. One of my aspirations has always been to travel around the world to get to see new places. There is always something new to learn about and a new adventure to stumble upon.
Favorite Wave of TEGA Research so Far:
My favorite wave of research so far has been post-secondary research. Many students are not given the resources that are needed for them to be successful even when they decide not to go to college. I can put myself in their shoes, because there were times when I didn't know what to do or who to get in touch with about helping me find something that I would really enjoy doing. After doing all these interviews, I feel very empowered and very empathetic to everyone's opinions. I know that, as TEGA’s, we are a part of changing the future of many students.
Ask me about:
Mexican culture

Megan Madden

TEGA

Adams County Workforce & Business Center Work Experience Program

MeganMadden@ACYI.org