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Morgridge Commons, Colorado Mountain College


La Fuerza de Una Voz Unida

The Force of a United Voice

Latino Community Foundation of Colorado MISSION To influence and engage Latinos and others to be leaders and philanthropic investors to develop strong and vibrant Latino communities in Colorado. We do this through the following three strategic directions: 

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP Harnessing the community’s human capital to educate, share and disseminate knowledge to influence policy and decisionmaking on critical issues in the Latino community.

COMMUNITY IMPACT Building a philanthropic community that is invested and engaged in the betterment of the Latino community.

PHILANTHROPY Investing human and financial resources with local, state and national partners who are committed to supporting innovative and

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relevant programs that help people reach their full potential.

Board of Directors Debora Ortega, Ph.D. Board Chair Adrianna Abarca Raydean Acevedo Midy Aponte Luis Colón Gay Cook Mitchell Gonzales

Eric Ishiwata, Ph.D. Antonio Pares Gary Poling Gloria M. Schoch Elaine Torres Hollie Velasquez Horvath

Staff Diana Aldapa-Fonseca, Program Assistant Ryan Ayala, Program Assistant Ashley Cano, Communications and Technology Coordinator Rachel Griego, Vice President of Programs and Initiatives Carlos Martinez, Executive Director Priscilla Montoya Vitello, Director of Evaluation Daniela Young, Program Manager

Program Advisors and Consultants Aguilar Public Relations Aurelio Avalos Patricia Barela Rivera Maria Coronado Rosario Mendoza Cec Ortiz Tony Tapia Angela Tzul Alexis Whitham

Rose Community Foundation Advisors Therese Ellery, Senior Program Officer, Aging Elsa Holguín, Senior Program Officer, Child and Family    Development Janet Lopez, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer, Education

Thank You to Our Comunidad We want to thank the community of Glenwood Springs for your support and commitment to creating opportunities for Latinos to thrive. We appreciate your talent, time and treasure. 

Latino Force is a platform to connect Latinos across the state of Colorado. Available on web, ios and android.

Follow us on social media: | @LatinoCFC | #LCFC18

600 S. Cherry Street, Suite 1200 | Denver, CO 80246 | 303.398.7405 | 

agenda 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. Registration     4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Community Building (light refreshments) 5:00 – 5:10 p.m. Welcome Carlos Martinez, Executive Director,     Latino Community Foundation of Colorado  Matt Gianneschi, Ph.D. Chief Operating Officer,    Colorado Mountain College, Rifle Yesenia Arreola, Director, TRIO Upward Bound,    Colorado Mountain College, Rifle 5:10 – 5:15 p.m. Artist Nelly F. Garcia Olmos, Community Organizer, Colorado Immigrant Rights       Coalition and Hispanic Affairs Project    5:15 – 5:20 p.m. LCFC 10th Anniversary Video 5:20 – 5:35 p.m. LCFC Vision Carlos Martinez, Executive Director,    Latino Community Foundation of Colorado  5:35 – 5:40 p.m. Premier Sponsor Remarks Dustin Moyer, Program Officer, The Colorado Health Foundation 5:40 – 6:10 p.m.

Keynote and Q & A: Community Democracy en Acción Garland Yates, Senior Fellow/Managing Director,    Community Democracy Workshop

6:10 – 6:20 p.m.


6:20 – 7:35 p.m.

Latino Force: Engaging Communities for Change Panel Moderator Garland Yates, Senior Fellow/Managing Director,  Community Democracy Workshop Panelists Janina E. Fariñas, Ph.D., L.C.P. Clinical Director, La Cocina, Ft. Collins Gethzemani Hammond, TRIO Student Support Services College             Navigator, Colorado Mountain College, Rifle Ricardo Perez, Executive Director, Hispanic Affairs Project, Montrose Jesse Ramirez, Founder and CEO, INSPIRE, Denver

7:35 p.m. Closing 7:35 – 8:30 p.m. Networking Reception

keynote Garland Yates, Senior Fellow/Managing Director, Community Democracy Workshop

Community Democracy en Acción

“The reimagining of civics as the teaching and learning of power is so necessary . . . If you don’t learn how to practice power, someone else will do it for you—in your name, on your turf, with your voice, and often against your interests.” - Eric Liu

panel Latino Force: Engaging Communities for Change Moderator Garland Yates, Senior Fellow/Managing Director, Community Democracy Workshop

Panelists Janina E. Fariñas, Ph.D., L.C.P. Clinical Director, La Cocina, Ft. Collins Gethzemani Hammond, TRIO Student Support Services College Navigator, Colorado Mountain College, Rifle Ricardo Perez, Executive Director, Hispanic Affairs Project, Montrose Jesse Ramirez, Founder and CEO, INSPIRE, Denver

Glenwood Springs Speakers Carlos Martinez is the executive director of the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado, an initiative of Rose Community Foundation. In this position, he directs efforts to expand philanthropy by Latinos, supports nonprofit organizations serving the Latino community in Colorado through grantmaking and oversees special projects. Throughout his 26 years of nonprofit work, he has held various executive director positions and led the transformation of several social service and arts organizations in Colorado, California and Massachusetts.  Matt Gianneschi, Ph.D. is the chief operating officer and chief of staff at Colorado Mountain College (CMC), a comprehensive, multi-campus community college in Colorado’s central Rocky Mountain region. Prior to joining CMC, Dr. Gianneschi served as vice president of policy and programs at the Education Commission of the States, a national, nonpartisan education policy nonprofit, work that was informed by his time as a senior officer in state government. Dr. Gianneschi was the deputy executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education from 2011 - 2013, senior education advisor to Governor Bill Ritter from 2007 - 2009 and chief academic officer for the Colorado Department of Higher Education from 2004 - 2007. Yesenia Arreola is the director of TRIO Upward Bound West Garfield Program at Colorado Mountain College and involved with Fast Forward Scholarship which focuses on scholarship awards to technical degree programs. She is also involved with local immigrant rights groups such as the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition. She has an Associate degree in Business from Colorado Mountain College, a Bachelor of Science from Regis University and a Master of Social Work from University of Denver. Nelly F. Garcia Olmos is a community organizer with the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition and Hispanic Affairs Project. She graduated from Colorado Mesa University with a B.A. in Spanish Applied Professional and Spanish Literature and Language. She also works part time for the Migrant Education Program where she enrolls families and provides instructional/support services for migrant families in 29 school districts across the western slope of Colorado. Nelly is involved with local and statewide nonprofit organizations that work on social justice issues and civic engagement. Dustin Moyer is acutely aware of the impact health has on every component of a person’s life. As a program officer at The Colorado Health Foundation (TCHF), he is driven to address the health inequities that exist in Colorado for both individuals and families across the state. He has worked at TCHF since 2015. He worked as a public policy officer from 2015 2017 and joined the philanthropy team in 2018. He has more than ten years of experience in the health arena, with past positions at the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, Senator Michael Bennett’s Denver office and Kansas Health Policy Authority. Garland Yates has been a champion of equal rights and justice for all people for 30 years. He has dedicated most of his professional career to helping poor and working people build the capacity and power to make positive change in their communities and for the betterment of all people. He is well known for his work in local communities to improve the wellbeing of residents and the communities by helping poor and working people build the power and capacity to combat poverty, racial bigotry, economic inequality and political indifference. Throughout his career he has worked to strengthen relationships between residents, key institutions and government to work together to solve community problems. Janina E. Fariñas, Ph.D., L.C.P. is the clinical director of La Cocina and assistant professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Colorado State University. Trained as a pediatric neuropsychologist and a couples and family therapist, Dr. Fariñas’ areas of clinical and research expertise include very early and early childhood stress, toxic stress, adversity and trauma, Infant Mental Health, Latinx Psychology, Latinx Family Studies, Latinx health equity and community mental health. For the past 11 years, Dr. Fariñas has dedicated herself to the development of trauma informed programs benefiting families, women and children/infants. Gethzemani Hammond is a college navigator with a federally funded program called TRIO Student Support Services at Colorado Mountain College, which focuses on increasing the rates of academic achievement, retention and graduation among historically underrepresented students. She is also a co-leader of the Asociación de Jóvenes Unidos en Acción, a community group created by high school students to empower and advocate for the rights of all immigrants.  Ricardo Perez is the executive director of the Hispanic Affairs Project and was a founding member of this organization in 2006. He has over 25 years of experience working as a community organizer and leadership development trainer for community projects and social justice institutions in El Salvador, Guatemala and the United States. Ricardo was born in El Salvador where he participated in the social movement. Before coming to the United States, he worked for eight years as a technical coordinator in local/regional projects working on national reconstruction.  Jesse Ramirez is a first generation Mexican-American. His dad came to the United State from Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico at the age of thirteen. His mom was born in Pueblo, Colorado and her family comes from the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado. Jesse feels his Mexican and Chicano roots have shaped the leader he is today. He is also a first generation college graduate having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, minor degrees in Chicano Studies and Latin-American Studies from Colorado State University (CSU) and a Master degree in Educational Leadership also from CSU.

our work Strong Latino organizations are essential to strong Latino communities. Through grantmaking, special projects and initiatives, we help build the organizational capacities of Latino-led and -serving organizations so they can achieve their missions. Our investments are responsive, relevant and shape the long-term impact of organizations. They further cultivate leaders who can impart social change through their deep commitment to transforming our communities. Our initiatives, events and programs include:


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