Advisory Board

20190907_215608.pngIsamar Tello

Executive Co-Chair

Isamar Tello is the Investigations Lead with the Division of Labor Standards and Statistics working to investigate and adjudicate claims for earned wages not paid. She graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a Master of Public Administration and dual B.A degrees in International Marketing and Media and Spanish Language and Literature from Texas A&M University. Isamar is passionate about creating and supporting collaborations between government and nonprofit organizations in order to best serve the community. Isamar is also dedicated in helping the Spanish speaking community. On her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, attending culture events around Denver, seeing live shows, cooking/baking, and traveling to new countries. 



Ashley Guesman

Vice Chair

Ashley Guesman is the Gift Processing and Donor Relations Coordinator at Denver Botanic Gardens. In May 2019, Ashley earned a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Organizations from University of Colorado Denver. Ashley has a Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, where she studied art history, French, and writing. Ashley enjoys yoga, collecting vintage clothing and housewares, eating sushi, and spending time with her cats, Eloise and Alaistair.



Evan Sheehan 


Bio coming soon.




Heidi Vielhaber


Heidi Vielhaber is the Manager of Volunteer Programs at Girls Inc. of Metro Denver. With an academic background in nonprofit and higher education administration and having spent two years serving with AmeriCorps, Heidi is extremely passionate about engaging folks in their community through service. Outside of work, she can be found fostering pugs, trying out a new restaurant, or exploring Colorado. 


Copeland_Akila.jpgAkila Copeland

Marketing Coordinator

Committee: Membership

Akila Copeland is a Program Officer at Caring for Denver Foundation. She began her career at Colorado Nonprofit Association as an AmeriCorps Vista. She was then hired as the Statewide Membership Coordinator, where she rebuilt the program infrastructure and managed over 200 annual hours of professional development across the state of Colorado and online. Akila then stepped into nonprofit consulting focusing on operations and program strategy. Akila received her Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Political Science from Macalester College, St. Paul, MN. Akila is an outdoor enthusiast from Aurora, CO. You can catch Akila reading, climbing, hiking, and enjoying all the state has to offer. 


MM_headshot.pngMary Marshall

Board Member at Large

Committee: Professional Development

Mary Marshall is currently working as the Marketing & Communications Manager, and the Solar Forward Program Manager at Solar Energy International (SEI), a 501(c)(3) non-profit technical solar installation training facility. With over 70,000 alumni worldwide, SEI is an industry-leader in solar workforce development. As the Solar Forward Program Manager, Mary manages SEI's technical consulting program aimed at empowering rural communities with tools and guidance in order to kickstart solar markets and increase access to renewable energy and resiliency across Colorado.

As a former AmeriCorps VISTA at SEI, Mary worked on community outreach efforts in Delta County aimed at diversifying the local economy through solar, including spearheading Solarize Delta County Farms, a campaign which brought resources on renewable energy and energy efficiency to agricultural producers and rural businesses in Delta County. Mary has past experience in television news working at shows such as NBC’s Dateline, Nightly News with Lester Holt, MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts and working with Tom Brokaw in his research unit. In her free time you can find her running the trails or playing the fiddle! 


Paige Castañeda

Board Member at Large

Committee: Professional Development

Paige Castañeda is a student at the University of Colorado, Denver campus working towards her Master of Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management. This semester she will be completing her capstone with the Humane Society of Boulder Valley where she has volunteered for many years. Currently, she is a Budget Analyst for CDOT and overseeing a Local Agency Program for city & county grants. In the upcoming year, she plans to begin a nonprofit shelter for miniature barn animals in the northern part of the state. She is passionate about public finance, women's rights, and animal welfare. In her spare time, Paige can be found swing dancing at the Mercury Cafe or volunteering with Denver Community Bucket.



David KuhlDavid Kuhl

Board Member at Large

Committee: Elevate Denver

Bio coming soon.




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