Former Board and Secretary of Asian Chamber of Commerce and 9Health Fair Site Coordinator
Hontz (right) is a 9Health Fair site coordinator for Aurora Central High
Hontz (right) with friends at Mountain View Garden
Volunteering at St. Anna Assisted Living Home for Korean elderly
Volunteering for Aurora Symphony Orchestra
May 2014 | Cover Story
Ivy Hontz, who believes that volunteering and community service are the core of our existence, considers the continued opportunities she’s experienced her greatest achievement. “The focus of our lives should not be on us, but on others,” Hontz says. Hontz, who works with the Women’s Wellness Connection program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, has been an active member of the community since she moved to Colorado in 1995. Her roles have included: 9Health Fair site coordinator for Aurora Central High School; Wellness Village coordinator at the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival; steering committee member for the Beeler Community Garden and Mountain View Community Church; and a board member for Arms Around Denver, St. Anna’s Assisted Living Home for Korean elderly and the Asian Chamber of Commerce. “Hontz is a non-profit leader who has served community-based organizations effectively with passion and commitment,” says John Wright, a long-time colleague who nominated her for the 2014 Asian American Hero of Colorado award. Hontz has also served as a volunteer for the Aurora Symphony Orchestra and the Cambodian, Chinese, Laotian and Korean communities and works to build the capacity of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community by engaging stakeholders. She considers honesty and integrity important values and is greatly influenced by her extended family. “My family has always passed down stories, pictures and experiences from generation to generation,” she says. “These experiences have shaped who I am today.” A native of Pennsylvania, Hontz acquired a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration and began her career working in a group home for delinquent boys. Then, she moved to Maryland to work as a probation officer and resource coordinator for the Department of Juvenile Services. There, she also obtained a Master’s in Counseling Psychology. “I took a two-year leave of absence and traveled around the world with faithbased organizations,” Hontz says. “During that time, I spent extensive time in India, Cambodia, the Philippines and Vietnam. I settled in Colorado and began my career in the Asian community working at a local nonprofit. During that time, I became immersed in the community and in service to AAPIs.” Hontz’s advice to younger generation is to, “Respectfully listen to the wisdom of others, and serve those around you.”
Ivy’s work in the Asian community speaks to her dedication and outlook on change and fairness in a positive direction to bring greater visibility to Colorado’s Asian community.