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Chris Armijo

Vice President of  Strategy and Impact

This position aligns LiveWell’s programming, policy, and promotional strategies to address critical barriers to health equity as identified by data and community partners throughout Colorado, and builds upon LiveWell’s existing efforts around evaluation, community engagement, and advocacy.

Chris’ brings knowledge and a diverse set of perspectives in public health, epidemiology, community-based participatory research, and organizational capacity building for equity, health care, evaluation, policy, and philanthropy. In addition, he has served on a number of boards including Susan G. Komen Colorado, the Colorado Public Health Association, and as the Chair of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Health Equity Commission. Chris has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of Colorado at Denver.

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Amber Brooks

Development Coordinator

In her role as development coordinator, Amber is responsible for fundraising event coordination, project management, and overall development support. Amber has worked in the development field for over three years and brings exceptional skills in event management, donor/database management, and operational support.

Prior to joining LiveWell, Amber worked as account manager at RedBasket.org, a nonprofit crowdfunding website dedicated to helping individuals raise money for personal emergencies and community improvement projects. Before that she was the fund development coordinator for Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska in Omaha. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Amber lives in Denver with her husband, Jacob, and fur child/cockapoo, Nilla. Outside of work, she loves exploring the city and mountains, attending concerts and festivals, and volunteering for animal and health causes.

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Monica Colbert

Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships 

As director of development and partnerships, Monica plays a key role in managing, sustaining, and expanding all development efforts for LiveWell Colorado, including cultivating partnerships with a diverse portfolio of foundation, corporate, and government entities, while embodying LiveWell’s commitment to inclusiveness.

Prior to joining LiveWell, Monica served as the development director for the Carson J Spencer Foundation, a Colorado nonprofit providing innovative and gap-filling solutions to suicide prevention, where she was responsible for oversight and implementation of all aspects of fundraising and business development. Prior to that, she worked with Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners (formerly Metro Crisis Services), the Lone Tree Arts Center, Beacon Youth and Family Center, and DenverWorks, Inc. She has extensive experience working with issues around youth and youth services.

Monica earned her BS in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. She brings unique skills in donor cultivation and stewardship, grant writing, business development, strategic planning, project management, major event planning, committee management, board of directors engagement, and volunteer management. Monica serves as an elected officer on the Aurora Public Schools Board of Education. She also serves on the board of directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Colorado chapter. Outside of her volunteer efforts, Monica enjoys spending time with, and is kept very busy by her two daughters.

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Angelle C. Fouther

Director of Communications

As director of communications, Angelle leads communications strategies to engage LiveWell Colorado’s audiences and partners and advance its mission. Prior to joining LiveWell, Angelle served as director of communications for The Denver Foundation. She was the marketing manager for Denver Botanic Gardens prior to that.

Angelle is a native of Chicago, IL. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master of arts and culture with a concentration in creative writing from the University of Denver. She has served in leadership roles on the board of directors for Girls, Inc., with Jack and Jill of America Metro Denver, and as a mayoral appointee to the Denver African American Commission and Blueprint Denver Task Force. She was the founding board chair of the Montbello Organizing Committee, and still serves on the board and as the retail and economic development task team leader. Angelle lives in Denver with her husband, Reverend Dr. James E. Fouther, Jr. and is the proud mother of their two daughters, Danielle and Daryn.

 

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Julie George

Policy Director, Physical Activity

In her role as policy director, Julie provides critical leadership for LiveWell’s advocacy and policy efforts to inspire and support elected officials, decision-makers, and other stakeholders to advance federal, state and local policies that increase access to physical activity in Colorado. Julie also oversees LiveWell Colorado’s HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign, which helps municipalities adopt policies that increase access to healthy food, active living, and healthy workplaces.

Prior to joining LiveWell, Julie was the director of government relations for the Colorado Association of Schools Boards, working with school boards and superintendents to ensure their voices were heard and understood by the Colorado General Assembly. She was also the lead on school health and wellness issues. Before that, Julie was the government relations coordinator for the City of Aurora, where she developed a thorough understanding of municipal governments and forged a strong relationship with the Colorado Municipal League. Julie holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University. She is an avid runner, somewhat regular cyclist and occasional swimmer, having officially retired her cap and goggles after swimming competitively for four years in college.

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Gabriel Guillaume

President and CEO

As President and CEO, Gabriel is responsible for leading the strategic direction and operational efforts of LiveWell Colorado.

Gabriel has been a core member of LiveWell since 2010. Prior to taking the helm as President and CEO, he was the executive vice president of local initiatives and strategy for LiveWell Colorado. In that role, he helped increase LiveWell Colorado’s impact in communities and schools across the state while elevating the organization’s understanding of the barriers to healthy eating and active living, particularly for those who face significant financial, racial and educational obstacles. He also served as interim CEO for LiveWell Colorado from October 2013 to August 2014. Since 2010, Gabriel has dedicated his career to LiveWell Colorado’s mission and impact, bringing a commitment to health equity and the ways in which obesity and its root social determinants impact our communities, our children and our future.

Throughout his career, Gabriel has worked with nonprofits, community groups, government agencies and the private sector around critical social issues such as affordable housing, health and economic equity. Prior to his time at LiveWell Colorado, Gabriel was director of community development and then executive director of the Community Resource Center, providing professional development opportunities, resources, and customized training to build capacity and skills at nonprofits and community-based organizations in Colorado. He also served as executive director for 2040 Partners for Health, a nonprofit focused on health and healthcare for residents in Northeast Denver and Northwest Aurora.

Gabriel serves on various advisory committees and task forces including Mile-High Connects and Blueprint Denver. Gabriel received a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Regis University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Colorado. Gabriel and his wife, Sara, are the proud parents of two children, Grace and Evan.

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David Hutabarat

Project Coordinator

In his role as project coordinator, David works cross-functionally to provide project and operational support for LiveWell Colorado’s various programs, initiatives and fundraising strategies. David brings a strong background in project and event management. He has worked in community mobilization and has a passion for diverse communities.

Prior to joining LiveWell, David was the community health coordinator at Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning in Denver, where he worked directly with refugee communities, coordinating various health-focused programs and mobilizing individuals to improve community. Before that he worked as special projects director for UReach in Loma Linda, CA, connecting partners and communities in the San Bernardino area.

David holds a master’s in management from the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA, and a bachelor’s in psychobiology from La Sierra University in Riverside, CA. He lives in Denver and, outside of LiveWell, can be found exploring new places, trying out different food spots, or catching up on the latest comic book / TV show.

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Leslie Levine

Partnership Engagement Manager

Leslie Levine began working for LiveWell Colorado when the organization was a program housed in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. In her current role as partnership engagement manager, Leslie works cross-departmentally with LiveWell Colorado staff to support community partners across the state—including coalitions, municipalities, school districts, farmers markets, and other on-the-ground organizations—to advance access to healthy eating and active living opportunities for communities most impacted by historical and systemic barriers to health.

Leslie’s public health career began at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Injury Prevention Program and the Georgia Department of Health’s Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program. Prior to working with LiveWell Colorado, she served as a policy specialist with the National Conference of State Legislatures, educating state legislators and their staff about policies and research-based best practices to prevent chronic disease and promote access to healthy food and active community environments.

Leslie holds a master’s degree in public health from Emory University and a bachelor’s degree in community health education from the University of Maryland. Though she misses the beaches of her native Virginia, Leslie enjoys biking and running in beautiful Colorado.

View articles written by/featuring Leslie on our blog.

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Terri Livermore

Policy Director, Food Systems

In her role as policy director, Terri provides critical leadership for LiveWell’s advocacy and policy efforts to inspire and support elected officials, decision-makers, and other stakeholders to advance federal, state and local policies that increase access to healthy food in Colorado.

Prior to joining LiveWell, Terri worked at the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice developing and managing a statewide program to create locally coordinated community responses to sexual assault, increase local capacity regarding the provision of services to victims, and develop and implement statewide public policy. She also spent 13 years lobbying the Colorado state legislature on issues such as affordable housing, at-risk children, and crime victims. Terri received a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO. When not diligently working at LiveWell, Terri can most often be found cycling with her husband, walking with their dog, or reading books.

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Heidi Messer

Vice President of Finance and Administration

As the vice president of finance and administration, Heidi is responsible for the oversight and management of all financial and administrative operations, including day to day accounting functions, investment and financial analysis, cash forecasting, human resources, benefits management, information technology and facilities management. As a member of the senior leadership team, she oversees the health and financial viability of LiveWell, contributes to strategic planning, and works to maintain a high-performing culture throughout the organization. She also leads the budgeting process and oversees annual audits, reporting requirements and risk/liability controls. Heidi ensures that comprehensive systems are in place for monitoring and growing both financial and human resources for the organization.

Heidi came to LiveWell Colorado with more than a decade of extensive nonprofit accounting experience in a wide variety of organizations. She began her career installing a computerized accounting system for a nonprofit organization in Africa and, prior to joining LiveWell Colorado, worked as a contract accountant in the Denver Metro area, managing the accounting functions for a diverse group of nonprofit and for-profit organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Regis University.

Outside of work, Heidi enjoys judging high school gymnastics and is currently serving as a member of the National Rules Committee for High School Gymnastics. She also enjoys biking around the Denver area and on the trails near Breckenridge. Heidi has three grown children and lives in the Denver area with her husband, Jeff.

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Wendy Peters Moschetti

Director of Food Systems

As the director of food systems, Wendy leads the development and implementation of LiveWell Colorado’s strategies related to food systems, food access and food promotion.

After moving to Colorado in 2005, Wendy researched healthy food access initiatives for the National Convergence Partnership while also serving as project coordinator for the “Gardens for Growing Healthy Communities” research project with the University of Colorado-Denver and Denver Urban Gardens. She joined the consulting firm Civic Results in 2007 to help staff the healthy schools and food access teams of the Metro Denver Health & Wellness Commission.  Wendy launched her own firm, WPM Consulting, in May 2009. Since then, she has collaborated with numerous organizations—including LiveWell Colorado, LiveWell communities across the state, Colorado State University, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Hunger Free Colorado, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment—to work on a variety of projects aimed at leveraging our food systems to improve equitable access to healthy foods.

Wendy holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of California-Berkeley. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her three young kids, trail running, camping, and reading fiction.

View articles written by/featuring Wendy on our blog, and follow Wendy on Twitter @LiveWellWendyPM

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Amy Nelms

Food Access Coordinator

As food access coordinator, Amy implements programs to strengthen access to fresh, healthy food within diverse communities in Colorado. She works with LiveWell Colorado’s strategies related to food systems, food access, and food promotion.

Prior to joining LiveWell, Amy was a coordinator for a fresh food box distribution program designed for low income residents in Detroit, MI. She coordinated supportive programming highlighting cooking on a budget, storage of fresh food, and making the most of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) dollars. Amy also has prior experience from roles implementing farmers’ market programming and strengthening food access through Double Up Food Bucks Michigan and local transportation initiatives.

Amy holds a bachelor’s degree in human services from Graceland University in Lamoni, IA, and a master’s degree in social work with concentrations in community organizing, social policy, and evaluation from the University of Michigan. When not at LiveWell, Amy can be found hiking, reading, or enjoying one of Denver’s fantastic parks with friends.

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Susan Perrigo

Finance and Administration Manger

As the finance and administration manager, Susan Perrigo supports the vice president of finance and administration with the organization’s financial and administrative responsibilities, which includes administration of accounts payable, accounts receivable, month end closing and reporting, contracting, as well as assisting with the annual audit. She also plays a vital role in the annual budget process, supporting staff in creating program budgets and providing budget tracking support throughout the year.

Prior to joining LiveWell Colorado, Susan worked as an auditor in public accounting, enjoyed raising three amazing kids, and most recently held the position of Finance Director for a local nonprofit organization supporting Public Health initiatives. She contributes to LiveWell her experience in accounting, auditing, systems and grant management, including Federal grant administration and management.

Susan holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She shares LiveWell’s passion for supporting access to healthy eating and active living for all of Colorado’s residents and credits the same as well as a healthy dose of luck for surviving a cancer diagnosis in 2002. Outside of work you will find her outdoors running, hiking, biking, skiing, and generally enjoying the abundant Colorado sunshine.

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Claire Siemer

Office and Data Manager

As the office and data manager, Claire provides critical support that allows daily office operations to function smoothly and efficiently. Claire coordinates logistics and communications for many important internal and stakeholder meetings and serves as the first point of contact for external stakeholders seeking information about LiveWell Colorado. Claire possesses an exceptional understanding of database management. Claire manages LiveWell’s internal fundraising database and ensures that all of LiveWell’s databases and online platforms are integrated.  Additionally, Claire supports the development team.

Claire received her bachelor’s degree in English literature in 2010 from Saint Mary’s College. In 2014 she earned a master’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University with concentrations in nonprofit management and policy analysis.

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Sara Struckman

Grants Manager

As grants manager, Sara plays a vital organizational role in researching, securing and reporting on LiveWell Colorado’s public and foundation funding. As part of the development team, she creates and implements strategies to maximize grants from the federal and state government, public and private foundations and corporate philanthropic sources.

Sara has experience in writing grants at all levels. Prior to joining LiveWell, she was owner/consultant at Struckman Consulting in Denver, where she provided a variety of services to nonprofits including communications, grant research and writing, program development and evaluation. She has also taught graduate and undergraduate courses in media theory and activist/alternative media as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver. Early in her career, she worked as a rural grassroots organizer and she is skilled in writing about complex issues.

Sara holds bachelor’s degrees in journalism and French from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, a master’s in journalism from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in mass communications from the University of Texas at Austin. She lives in Denver with her husband and two kids and is a committed bike commuter and long-distance runner and lover of many of the outdoor activities in the Rocky Mountains.

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Gabriella Warner

Program Director, School Food Initiative

As program director of the School Food Initiative, Gabriella works with school districts and a dedicated team of expert consultants to transform the school nutrition environment throughout the state.  She is committed to integrating the health of our food system into the national conversation surrounding school wellness in order to responsibly reduce childhood obesity.

Before joining LiveWell, Gabriella managed the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s two largest contracts under the USDA’s Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention grant. There, she oversaw the delivery of evidence-based nutrition and physical activity programming for multiple school districts, including LAUSD. Prior to that, Gabriella was a nutrition consultant for the Los Angeles County Office of Education, where she implemented the Network for a Healthy California program at the district level. Gabriella is a registered dietitian and completed her food service, clinical, and community health rotations with Kaiser Permanente and a pediatric specialty rotation with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Before pursuing a career in nutrition, she worked in finance in New York, supporting the operations of a prestigious private equity firm.

Gabriella holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Southern California and a master’s degree in nutritional science from California State University, Los Angeles. Her thesis work was completed in South Africa with New York University and focused on maternal and child malnutrition. Gabriella is a member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and a prior executive committee member of California’s Action for Healthy Kids. In her free time she enjoys exploring Colorado’s endless outdoor activities and sampling her way through Denver’s burgeoning food scene.

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Jessica Wright

Culinary Specialist, School Food Initiative

Jessica Wright began consulting for LiveWell Colorado as a Chef for the School Food Initiative back in 2011. Now in her current role as Culinary Specialist, she provides key support to the Program Director and School Food Initiative team. Jessica’s school food expertise allows her to introduce a “chef-mentality” to school food programs, training and supporting staff on culinary skills, kitchen operations, and community engagement. Her goal is to create sustainable school food programs where nourishing, from-scratch meals become the standard, while creating a culture of health through whole foods.
Prior to joining LiveWell, Jessica worked for a few different restaurant corporations in Denver. She spent a majority of her time working for Modern Mexican Restaurants Inc., where she handled purchasing, inventory, and staff training for multiple restaurants across the nation. During this time, she also worked as the Sous Chef for La Sandia, a comfort food concept rooted in Central American flavors.
Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in Culinary Management from the Art Institute of Colorado and sees a master’s degree in Public Health in her future. In her free time, she can be found enjoying many of Colorado’s outdoor activities with her husband (also a chef!) and pups, or testing out new recipes in her kitchen.

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