Our Staff

 
 
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Liz Drogin, PhD., Executive Director

Liz has worked in education for nearly twenty years, including diverse roles at universities, community colleges, high schools, and nonprofits.  She is committed to community-engaged learning, and in 2013 was recognized as DU’s Public Good Faculty of the Year for her efforts to forge partnerships with nonprofits and local public schools.  More recently, Liz has served as a consultant, supporting schools and school districts with professional learning, strategy, and research, primarily focused on equity. Liz holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Berkeley, and a BA in Sociology from Harvard University.  She lives in Denver with her husband and three daughters.

303-241-4488 | liz.drogin@challengedenver.org 

 

Savion Harris, Student Engagement Manager

A thought provoker, communicator, and leader, Savion is familiar with the reality of being a student misrepresented within K-12 Education. Becoming involved in grassroots organizations, Savion saw the lack of unity between youth and adults blocking the creation of a system of shared leadership. His passion for unifying youth and adults, led him to be one of three students to sit on the innovation board at Aurora Central High School. As a high school junior, Savion was responsible for providing feedback on changes  that would refocus school atmosphere and reactivate student engagement. As the Student Engagement Manager for Challenge Denver, Savion is excited to continue the work of unifying, igniting, and developing youth to tap into their unlimited potential. He plans to obtain his degree in Education to further develop students and teachers that will change the system of education- locally, nationally, and globally.

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Shelby Thomas, MSW, Communications Manager

Raised in Colorado, Shelby Thomas is a Licensed Social Worker with an MSW from the University of Denver and a B.S. from the University of Arizona Honors College. Shelby has experience working with interdisciplinary teams in a variety of settings, many of which have shared the common objective of promoting healthy social-emotional development, academic achievement, and positive outcomes for youth and adolescents. She thrives in settings that value and emphasize strengths-based perspectives and team collaboration while also maintaining an unwavering commitment to equitable practices. Shelby is a self-proclaimed horror movie buff who enjoys hiking, reading, Zumba, trying new foods, and spending time with her family. She firmly believes that it is the most beautiful, rewarding, and important lifelong journey to nurture one’s mental health and empower others to do the same.

Sarah Younggren, LCSW, Program Manager

Sarah Younggren is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 10 years of experience as a child and family therapist and a clinical supervisor. She has been actively engaged in program design and management in the non-profit sector. Sarah has served in leadership and fundraising roles for a variety of organizations specifically focused on mental health services in Colorado and early childhood interventions. Sarah has a private practice in Denver providing therapeutic services to families with a child experiencing a medical or behavioral health crisis. She is trained in Trauma Informed Care and Neuroscience and is passionate about incorporating these principles into her practice as a therapist and program manager. She earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Denver.


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Charla Agnoletti, Restorative Practices Consultant

Charla is a DPS graduate, a former DPS teacher, and a lifetime educator.  Since 2015 Charla has worked in School of Education at CU Boulder as the Director of the Public Achievement program, which focuses on school-university partnerships that engage youth in social change. Committed to youth voice, Charla started her work with Restorative Practices by using innovative strategies in her classroom and then became the Restorative Justice Coordinator at her school. In this role, she established schoolwide systems and supported educators in implementing Restorative Practices. Charla continues in her Restorative Practices work by  providing both one-time and ongoing staff development and consultations in English and Spanish.



 

Our Board

 
Micah devotes his time across business and community development, with a passion for impact-driven investments. Micah serves as manager of business development and corporate responsibility at Liberty Global, where has worked for 10 years. Micah is also deeply engaged across the Denver metro community, primarily focused on education, arts & culture, and issues of equity. Micah's passion for Challenge Denver's work began as a volunteer at South High School where he connected deeply with students who had shared the experience of losing a parent.

Micah devotes his time across business and community development, with a passion for impact-driven investments. Micah serves as manager of business development and corporate responsibility at Liberty Global, where has worked for 10 years. Micah is also deeply engaged across the Denver metro community, primarily focused on education, arts & culture, and issues of equity. Micah's passion for Challenge Denver's work began as a volunteer at South High School where he connected deeply with students who had shared the experience of losing a parent.

MICAH GURARD-LEVIN

Board Chair

Senior Analyst for Business Development Online Entertainment at Liberty Global 

micah.gurardlevin@gmail.com

 
Roxanne is a long-time lawyer and managing partner turned consultant. She helps law firms with business planning and execution. She is a Colorado native and loves the mountains, especially in winter. Roxanne has three almost-grown kids, two in college and one in high school, each of whom have benefitted from Challenge Denver's programs. She's passionate about Challenge Denver's mission to break down barriers between wonderful middle- and high-school children, helping them to reach for the stars and bridge the gaps that keep us all apart.

Roxanne is a long-time lawyer and managing partner turned consultant. She helps law firms with business planning and execution. She is a Colorado native and loves the mountains, especially in winter. Roxanne has three almost-grown kids, two in college and one in high school, each of whom have benefitted from Challenge Denver's programs. She's passionate about Challenge Denver's mission to break down barriers between wonderful middle- and high-school children, helping them to reach for the stars and bridge the gaps that keep us all apart.

ROXANNE JENSEN

Founder & Director, EvolveLaw

roxannejensen@comcast.net

 
Spring has supported non-profits, SMB and enterprise clients with marketing, communications, and branding. She currently leads the Communications and Public Affairs solar team at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, publishing and promoting scientific research through web, print, and social media. As a global citizen, she has a deep appreciation for the fresh perspectives that come with challenging our comfort zones. Her greatest passion is building community and connections between people and she's a firm "believer in better". A Denver native, Spring is usually adventuring somewhere in the Rockies or on a beach with her husband and two teen daughters. Spring has supported non-profits, SMB and enterprise clients with marketing, communications, and branding. She currently leads the Communications and Public Affairs solar team at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, publishing and promoting scientific research through web, print, and social media. As a global citizen, she has a deep appreciation for the fresh perspectives that come with challenging our comfort zones. Her greatest passion is building community and connections between people and she's a firm "believer in better". A Denver native, Spring is usually adventuring somewhere in the Rockies or on a beach with her husband and two teen daughters.

Spring has supported non-profits, SMB and enterprise clients with marketing, communications, and branding. She currently leads the Communications and Public Affairs solar team at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, publishing and promoting scientific research through web, print, and social media. As a global citizen, she has a deep appreciation for the fresh perspectives that come with challenging our comfort zones. Her greatest passion is building community and connections between people and she's a firm "believer in better". A Denver native, Spring is usually adventuring somewhere in the Rockies or on a beach with her husband and two teen daughters. Spring has supported non-profits, SMB and enterprise clients with marketing, communications, and branding. She currently leads the Communications and Public Affairs solar team at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, publishing and promoting scientific research through web, print, and social media. As a global citizen, she has a deep appreciation for the fresh perspectives that come with challenging our comfort zones. Her greatest passion is building community and connections between people and she's a firm "believer in better". A Denver native, Spring is usually adventuring somewhere in the Rockies or on a beach with her husband and two teen daughters.

SPRING HERICKS

Marketing & Communications Consultant

springhericks@gmail.com 

Tracey is co-founder of Challenge Denver. Over the past 25 years, Tracey has worked in the areas of non-profit management, event planning and youth leadership and facilitation. She received her Masters in Educational Counseling in 2004 and has worked with several school districts and nonprofit agencies in the Denver area creating youth empowerment, advocacy and leadership teams. Over the past 8 years her roles with Challenge Denver have included Co-Founder, Program Director, Executive Director and Board Member.

Tracey is co-founder of Challenge Denver. Over the past 25 years, Tracey has worked in the areas of non-profit management, event planning and youth leadership and facilitation. She received her Masters in Educational Counseling in 2004 and has worked with several school districts and nonprofit agencies in the Denver area creating youth empowerment, advocacy and leadership teams. Over the past 8 years her roles with Challenge Denver have included Co-Founder, Program Director, Executive Director and Board Member.

TRACEY BRUMMETT

Challenge Denver Co-Founder and Former Executive Director

traceybrummett@comcast.ne

 

 
Jim is secretary of Challenge Denver’s board and is a 25-year veteran of the communications industry. Jim brings a strong media background to his work at Dissett Communications Strategies, LLC. Jim began his career in the newspaper business, covering everything from state and local government to news features during his 10 years as a journalist. As a public relations and advertising professional, Jim supports Challenge Denver with its marketing and communications strategy. Jim earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications/Journalism from Eastern Illinois University.

Jim is secretary of Challenge Denver’s board and is a 25-year veteran of the communications industry. Jim brings a strong media background to his work at Dissett Communications Strategies, LLC. Jim began his career in the newspaper business, covering everything from state and local government to news features during his 10 years as a journalist. As a public relations and advertising professional, Jim supports Challenge Denver with its marketing and communications strategy. Jim earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications/Journalism from Eastern Illinois University.

JIM DISSETT

Consultant, Dissett Communication Strategies LLC

jim@dissettcommunications.com 

 
Bryan is a real estate professional and former educator, who brings a deep commitment to social emotional learning in schools. He has been a long-time volunteer with Challenge Denver and joined the board two years ago. Bryan’s involvement with the Men’s Kindness Project brings both a valuable perspective and an expansive network to Challenge Denver’s work.

Bryan is a real estate professional and former educator, who brings a deep commitment to social emotional learning in schools. He has been a long-time volunteer with Challenge Denver and joined the board two years ago. Bryan’s involvement with the Men’s Kindness Project brings both a valuable perspective and an expansive network to Challenge Denver’s work.

 BRYAN MOLASKA 

Real Estate Agent, Colorado Frontgate Properties - RE/MAX Professionals 

bryan@coloradofrontgateproperties.com

Betsy is co-founder of Challenge Denver and has been involved with social service work throughout her life. She was a teen counselor in high school and an intern and caseworker at St. Luke's Hospital in New York for three years while attending Barnard. She received a Masters in Social Work in 1991 at Hunter College where she started the country's first alcohol and drug program for mentally challenged adults. In 1992 she produced and directed a feature documentary on the homeless entitled  A Six Voice Home  for PBS. After moving to Denver 12 years ago, Betsy became a freelance television producer with clients including Ovation, Starz, and Animal Planet, for whom she produced the long-running series Emergency Vets.

Betsy is co-founder of Challenge Denver and has been involved with social service work throughout her life. She was a teen counselor in high school and an intern and caseworker at St. Luke's Hospital in New York for three years while attending Barnard. She received a Masters in Social Work in 1991 at Hunter College where she started the country's first alcohol and drug program for mentally challenged adults. In 1992 she produced and directed a feature documentary on the homeless entitled A Six Voice Home for PBS. After moving to Denver 12 years ago, Betsy became a freelance television producer with clients including Ovation, Starz, and Animal Planet, for whom she produced the long-running series Emergency Vets.

BETSY LEIGHTON

Challenge Denver Co-Founder and Former Executive Director

betsyleighton@gmail.com

 

 
Laura is a mother of four with a professional background in supply chain & marketing. She now stays home with her children and focuses her time on social justice work and volunteering with youth. She did her first Challenge Day four years ago at Thomas Jefferson High School, and was immediately drawn to its power of connection, community building and giving a voice to oppression. She joined the board of Challenge Denver a year later, and she is passionate about bringing this work to as many schools as possible.

Laura is a mother of four with a professional background in supply chain & marketing. She now stays home with her children and focuses her time on social justice work and volunteering with youth. She did her first Challenge Day four years ago at Thomas Jefferson High School, and was immediately drawn to its power of connection, community building and giving a voice to oppression. She joined the board of Challenge Denver a year later, and she is passionate about bringing this work to as many schools as possible.

      LAURA REEVES

      Parent & Community Leader 

       laura.reeves24@gmail.com