Audrey Brazeel, Contracted Webmaster & Graphic Designer
Audrey has coordinated youth leadership programs on behalf of several Colorado-based organizations, including the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Girls Inc., and the University of Colorado’s Public Achievement program.  In addition, she developed and facilitated arts-based service-learning programs on behalf of Project YES during the 2012-2013 academic year and most recently served as the Interim Program Director for the Empowerment Center of East County.  Originally from Aurora, Colorado and currently residing in Austin, Texas,  Audrey received her bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder in May 2011 and her graduate degree in Teaching and Learning with a specialization in Organizational Leadership and Change Management from CSU Global in 2017.

Rachael Durham, Program Director–
Rachael relocated from Albuquerque, New Mexico to attend the University of Colorado Boulder, where she studied Cultural Anthropology.  Upon her graduation in 2013, Rachael joined the “I Have a Dream” Foundation’s staff as Program & College Coordinator and most recently Interim Program Director for Lafayette’s “Griffon Dreamer” class. In addition, Rachael served as the lead STEM instructor at Angevine Middle School during the summer 2016 term, requiring her to develop and implement culturally responsive, technology rich lesson plans.  She also served as Education Outreach Specialist for Colorado Youth for a Change in Denver through which she primarily fostered student retention via intervention strategies including case management and home visits.  Fluent in Spanish, Rachael looks forward to extending her work as (EC)^2’s program director beginning August 2017.

Vincent Torres, Program
Vince Torres joined the Empowerment Center of East County staff in June 2016 following his graduation from the University of Colorado Boulder, where he majored in Sociology and minored in Ethnic Studies and Education.  An engaged student and community member, Vince was involved in several campus and community programs, including Vamos Bufalós, Public Achievement, and the Puksta Scholars Program.  As part of his involvement in the Puksta Scholars Program, which provides scholarships and experiential community engagement training to 16 exemplary undergraduates, Vince developed and implemented a comprehensive mentoring and pre-collegiate program in Commerce City.    

Elaina Verveer, Executive
Elaina Verveer has nearly 20 years of experience in the fields of youth leadership, program and curriculum development, and youth-focused community organizing.  After previously serving as program director more than a decade ago, Elaina returned to the Empowerment Center of East County as executive director in June 2016. Previously, Elaina served as the founding Public Achievement Director at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she taught undergraduate courses rooted in community-based learning for more than 10 years.  She also served as a faculty member and the interim director of Naropa University’s Community Studies Center, and program director and curriculum consultant for Campus Compact of the Mountain West. Outside of Colorado, Elaina promoted national service programming at the Corporation for National & Community Service in Washington, DC, and served as Special Assistant to the Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in France, where she developed bilateral initiatives with French and American businesses, museums, and municipalities. Committed to civic engagement, Elaina has also dedicated thousands of hours as program advisor to the Lafayette Youth Advisory Committee, which she founded in 2006.  In addition, she serves as a volunteer consultant for several community-based agencies and an advisor for University of Colorado Boulder undergraduates via the Puksta Scholars program.  Elaina has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the distinction of being named the 2010 Colorado Civic Leader of the Year by the Governor’s Commission on Community Service.

Chris Woodward, Clinical Intern Supervisor
A Lafayette-based therapist (LCSW), Chris has a diverse background in the healing profession.  He has worked with various non-profit and for profit agencies including mental health centers, residential substance abuse facilities, and in private practice.  In addition to his clinical work, Chris facilitates workshops focused on psychological interventions for organizations and professionals.  

Contracted Student Staff, Interns, Mentors & Volunteers 2016-present

Abraheem Abu-shanab
Michelle Arrollado
Lauren Bujosa
Rajina Caparachini
Ydrenni Caparachini
Elena Carril 
Carlos Castanon
Maddie Chism
Katharine Dishman
Jessica Dunn
Belinda Enrique-Sanchez
Marguerite Ewy-Love
Jim Fletemeyer
Marcos Antonio Fontes
Aimee Grauf
Melissa Horne
Steven Jordan
Nancy Kochevar
Justin Krawetz
Bea Lacombe
Michael Lurie
Sarah Maaliki
Hannah Martell
Jaideep Mangat
Gerardo Mendoza
Marcus Milan
Maren Miller
Joshua Negray
Jesse Nuckols
Michelle Partner
Ignancio Perez
Jamie Peschke
Eden Piller
Emma Piller
Leidy Pineda
Logan Platt
Maria Robles
Fatima Rodriguez
Jennifer Rodriguez
Olivia Rogers
John Saplis
Balkarn Shahi
Ken Shankar
Jie Shen
Humberto Silva
Ximena Silva
Gina Strappini
Jonathan Sosa
Grace Taylorgoodall
Izmart Tec Verde
Hritika Thapa
Vicky Vail
Kyle Wagner
Margaret Welch
Kensy Xiong