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JASON JANZ CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERJason co-founded CrossPurpose with Juan in 2008, influenced greatly by spending his childhood and adolescence in poverty. Jason's passion for social entrepreneurship and serving the poor is satisfied through his role as CEO where he builds our staff team, sets the organizational culture, and raises funds. When he is not working, Jason enjoys bike riding and hanging out with his wife and four boys.
JUAN PENA CHIEF PROGRAM OFFICERJuan received his mechanical engineering degree from the University of Massachusetts and his Master of Divinity from Baptist Bible Seminary in Clarks Summit, P.A. While attending seminary, Juan worked as an engineer and planted a multiethnic, socioeconomically diverse church in the Poconos. In 2008, he moved to Denver to be a part of the elder team at Providence Bible Church. He is now the Chief Program Officer of CrossPurpose, and is passionate about helping Denver families escape poverty and pursue their dreams through our year-long career and community development program. When he’s not working, Juan enjoys spending time with his wife and four boys, cheering for the Patriots, and loving his Clayton neighbors.
HELEN KAMINSKI CHIEF OPERATING OFFICERHelen joined the CrossPurpose staff in 2017 after working as a corporate and securities lawyer for 26 years. Helen's passion for problem solving, improving the efficiency of processes and working for a mission-oriented organization is satisfied through her role as Chief Operating Officer and Director of HR & Administration, where she is responsible for developing and implementing plans for the operational infrastructure of systems, processes, and personnel designed to support CrossPurpose’s growth objectives. When she's not working, Helen enjoys exploring Colorado’s great outdoors (hiking, biking and skiing), traveling the world, attending live musical/theatrical performances, and investing in meaningful relationships.
AMY LEININGER SITE OPERATIONS SPECIALISTAmy has been enjoying her Site Operations Specialist role since joining the CrossPurpose team in 2016 after earning a degree in Sociology and Anthropology. Her dual love of logistics and relationships are fulfilled through hounding down data, upholding high expectations, and lending laughter and listening ears in support. Outside of work, she enjoys live music, people watching, and running on dirt.
BEKAH CICCARELLO COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP & VOLUNTEER COORDINATORBekah joined CrossPurpose as a Fellow and the Community Partner and Volunteer Coordinator in 2016, after serving for six years at an inner-city church. In her role, Bekah recruits Allies and Leaders, oversees a group of Ambassadors for the organization, and develops and maintains relationships with community partners. In her free time, Bekah enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, and dog, Bailey, finding outlets for her creativity, playing sports, and eating a lot of ice cream.
CYNTHIA LOPEZ EXECUTIVE ASSISTANTCynthia joined CrossPurpose in 2015 after completing her B.A. in Community Development from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA. Studying community development replaced the sense of powerlessness around addressing poverty she experienced while growing up in the Dominican Republic with a sense of hope. As a task-oriented and administratively gifted person who prefers a sidekick leadership style, she is passionate about her role as the Executive Assistant to Juan Peña, where she helps Juan execute his vision for our work and for our neighborhood by managing his schedule, responsibilities, and communications. When she's not working, Cynthia enjoys making people laugh, binge reading and toaster ovens.
GRANT PESTKASYSTEMS ENGINEERAfter two summer internships with CrossPurpose and completing his B.A. in Pastoral Ministry, Grant joined the staff team as a Fellow with the Center for Urban Leadership in 2014. After graduating the Fellowship, Grant moved into his role as the Systems Engineer, in which he makes sure the internet is online, customizes Salesforce (tl;dr … ask Google if you don’t know), and manages our data. When not saving the CrossPurpose IT world, Grant enjoys watching YouTube videos about technology, science, and mathematics (the Bachelors of Science he never got), tinkering with his custom build PCs (running OS X), and playing board games or Dungeons and Dragons.
KARA SCHUMANNADMISSIONS COORDINATORKara joined the CrossPurpose staff in 2016 after 3 years working at a nonprofit in Minneapolis, MN. Kara's passion for helping other's shatter the lie that we are stuck in patterns, places, and ways, void of hope for change is satisfied through her role as the Admissions Coordinator, where she has the honor and privilege of welcoming individuals into our career development program. When she's not working, Kara enjoys listening to music, eating mangos, and identifying/appreciating the creative beauty that is all around us.
KELLYN LOVELLDIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONKellyn came to CrossPurpose in 2016 after several years in nonprofit fundraising and development on the East Coast, including a year of AmeriCorps service. Kellyn finds joy in storytelling, wordsmithing, connecting, and creating, all of which she brings to her role as the Director of Strategic Communications, where she manages CrossPurpose's marketing, public relations, and grant writing efforts. In her free time, Kellyn loves to run with her dog, Zuzu, drink lots of coffee, explore Denver's live music scene, and read voraciously.
LAURA BEVINGDIRECTOR OF CAREER SERVICESOn staff since 2015, Laura brings over 25 years of experience in workforce development at a local, state, regional and national level to her role as the Director of Career Services, in which she identifies occupations in demand and training partners who will provide our Leaders with the skill sets to succeed in those careers. Laura's giftings of mercy and service dovetail with her strengths of individualization, strategic thinking, learning and positivity in helping Leaders discover their unique career pathways and how to make them happen. When not working, Laura loves to read, cook, anything outdoors, travel and yoga.
MARPESSA ALLENRECRUITMENT & ADMISSIONS ASSISTANTMarpessa joined the Recruitment & Admissions team in February 2018, bringing a degree from the University of Colorado, as well as years of experience in both the public and nonprofit sectors. Marpessa is happy to apply her desire to eradicate poverty and empower her community to her work at CrossPurpose, where she’ll be supporting the team’s efforts to identify and accept neighbors into our programs. When she’s not working, Marpessa enjoys spending time with her children at movies, the mall, and Hoops Park, and finding new restaurants to try.
RACHEL DANCE SITE COACHRachel joined the CrossPurpose team in 2015 as a Fellow, after gaining her undergraduate degree in Community Development. Upon completing the Fellowship, she transitioned into her current position as a Coach. In this role, she is able to live out her passion of walking alongside others, encouraging them to grow and succeed by setting goals as they take steps to reach financial self-sufficiency. In her free time, Rachel can be found seeking unexpected beauty: in mountains, skies, rivers, and people.
SCOTT LANZENDIRECTOR OF FINANCEScott has been with CrossPurpose from its first days, leveraging his degree in business management from Maranatha Baptist University and more than 8 years of experience at Chase Bank to lead our Finance Department. Scott is passionate about customer service and discovering the story numbers tell which he indulges through his oversight of CrossPurpose's accounting and bookkeeping, budgeting, the financial side of HR, and teaching financial education classes at Training Camp. Outside of work, Scott enjoys sports (football especially), motorcycling, reading, being outdoors, and spending time with his family.
ANDREW MARQUEZ GRID SPECIALIST/COACHAndrew Marquez joined the CrossPurpose staff in 2017 after working in Community Corrections for 8 years. Andrew's passion for people that are in the corrections system, gang affiliated, and people struggling to find a way with a felony is satisfied through his role as the GRID (Gang Reduction Initiatives of Denver) Specialist at CrossPurpose and as a Coach, Andrew loves walking alongside Leaders from recruitment through graduation. When he’s not working, Andrew enjoys working out, cheering for the Minnesota Vikings, and spending time with his baby boy, Avery and wife, Dominique.
CALEB JOHNSON ALUMNI COACHCaleb joined the CrossPurpose team in August of 2016. Caleb completed his masters degree in Intercultural Studies in Chicago and moved to Denver to learn what it looks like to love his neighbor. Caleb loves connecting with others one-on-one and working in community to see every area of a person thrive. His love for neighbors collides with his skills as he work with all CrossPurpose graduates to form a lasting family that has a deep impact in Denver and beyond. Caleb loves being in the mountains and will use almost any excuse to spend time in them, whether hiking, snowshoeing, running or laying in a hammock.
ERIN WHITECP DOUGLAS COUNTY SITE DIRECTORErin joined the CrossPurpose staff in 2016 after several years working with people experiencing homelessness, foster parents and adoptive parents. Most recently she worked as the executive director of Family Promise of NewRock in Conyers, Georgia. As part of a partnership with Cherry Hills Community Church, Erin is working to develop programs for people experiencing poverty in the southern suburbs of Denver. When she's not working, Erin enjoys spending time with her family, reading and watching sports.
JEFF HAHLDIRECTOR OF RECRUITMENT & ADMISSIONSJeff joined the CrossPurpose team in 2015. As the Director of the Recruitment and Admissions Department, he is responsible for recruiting and on-ramping all of the Leaders to our career development program. Jeff brings his years of experience working in the corporate sector to bear in building partnerships with organizations in the community. When he's not at work, Jeff enjoys spending time with his neighbors, and serves as a mentor to youth in the community. He also loves being active, playing basketball, being on the water or in the mountains, spending time with friends and family, and traveling.
KATIE LARSEN EXECUTIVE ASSISTANTKatie joined the CrossPurpose staff in 2014 after serving as an assistant in multiple organizations. Katie's passion for organization, efficiency, and things done with excellence is satisfied through her role as Executive Assistant to Jason Janz, where she manages schedules, communication, and events in an organized manner. When she's not working, Katie enjoys spending time with her husband and five children.
KIM HURSTSUPPLY & MAINTENANCE MANAGERWith her bachelor's degree in organizational management and knack for finding a "good deal", cleaning up messes, and establishing efficient procedures for keeping areas clean, Kim met a great need when she joined the CrossPurpose staff in 2015. When she is not organizing or ordering supplies, Kim can be found scrapbooking, working on her indoor plants, doing Bible studies and listening to podcasts.
LILLIAN ARJONAJOB CLUB/ONLINE MIDDLE SKILLS COORDINATORLillian came to CrossPurpose in 2017 as a Zeta Fellow, seeking to live, work, and worship in the same neighborhood. With a B.A. in Community Development from Covenant College and previous experience as a community and economic development project coordinator, Lillian oversees Leaders' job applications, resumes and interviews, while managing those taking an online certificate program. When she's not busy being inspired by the hard work and victories of CrossPurpose Leaders achieving their dreams and goals, Lillian loves to dance the night away, have friends over and share a meal, explore new places and learn about different cultures, create art, watch soccer, and celebrate Mexico!
PAM AUSTIN CPCUL ASSISTANT DIRECTORWith a B.S. in Organizational Management in Christian Leadership, Pam found her niche in 2015 working for CrossPurpose's Center for Urban Leadership. As the Assistant Director she oversees Fellows' day-to-day logistics, scheduling details and recruitment. Outside of the office, Pam enjoys spending time with her hubby and offspring, Fischer and Trace, connecting with friends, and reading.
RAY BRIMSTAFF PASTORRay came on staff at CrossPurpose in 2013 after 20 years of pastoral ministry in Atlanta, Georgia. His shepherding heart and passion for discipleship is seen in his advocacy for soul care, his teachings on spiritual formation, and his personal coaching of individuals on their discipling journeys. When he's not working, Ray likes reading, bicycling, good food and entertainment, and living life in general with his wife, Pattie. Together, they value friendships, community and enjoy their family of five children and six grandkids.
SHAUN FRAZIER ASSISTANT COACHShaun Frazier joined the CrossPurpose staff in 2016 after five years in the social service field. Shaun’s passion for community and program development is satisfied through his role as a Fellow and Assistant Coach, through helping cultivate mutually meaningful relationships with program participants and community volunteers. When he is not working, you can find him out and about exploring Denver or showing off his pipes at the local karaoke bar!
VERONICA VARELAUPRISE SITE DIRECTORVeronica joined the CrossPurpose staff in June of 2017 after 4 years as a high school educator and administrator. She has a deep passion for loving others into the life they desire and deserve. In her role as the Uprise Site Director, Veronica works to lead and love her Site Team as they work together to coach, teach, encourage, and support, their neighbors into financial self-sufficiency and vibrant community. When she's not at work, Veronica enjoys dancing the night away with her family, sharing stories around the table with friends, and running around in the mountains.
JORGE "ANDY" QUEZADAADMISSIONS LIAISONAndy came to CrossPurpose in 2017 with a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies to put hands and feet to his faith and develop in leadership as a CPCUL Zeta Fellow. Andy walks with all Leaders from acceptance to the start of class, monitoring the completion of preliminary assessments and ensuring the site team is equipped with the insights necessary to best serve each of our neighbors. When not at work, Andy enjoys movies, snowboarding, hiking, and spending time with his wife.
CORDELIA RANDALL DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPSCordelia joined the CrossPurpose staff in 2014 after 20 years in Business Development and Community Engagement. Cordelia's passion for community involvement and giving back is satisfied through her role as Training Camp Coach and equal involvement with Community Partnership Development, where she meets people where they are in life and helps them to imagine a marvelous tomorrow through the power of intentionality and supportive relationships. When she's not working, Cordelia enjoys paper crafting and being Grandma .
JILLIAN "GIGI" HAHLRESOURCE SPECIALISTGigi graduated from UC-Denver with a B.A. in Communication in 2009 and began working with CrossPurpose in 2015. Her passion for people and belief in the power of relationship to transform, redeem, and heal lives is fulfilled through her role as a Resource Specialist.. GiGi spends her time leading, troubleshooting problems, mediating conflict and teaching; and with three small kids, most of those duties are done before she steps through the door of her office. She flourishes in diverse environments and loves different cultures. When she's not playing Director or Wife or Mommy she enjoys nice long naps, silence, reading the Bible, listening to great music, and bullet journaling.
JEN JANZ UPSTREAM SITE DIRECTORJen joined the CrossPurpose team in 2014, bringing 25 years of experience in the classroom and a Bachelor's degree in Education to her role as the Upstream Site Director. Jen's belief that people's barriers can become their opportunities shapes her leadership of Training Camp, where she creates a classroom environment and curriculum that identify, build and unleash individuals' unique abilities to best serve their community and career. Outside of work, Jen enjoys time spent finding an earthly treasure at Goodwill or a personal treasure within a book.
KAYLA VANDENBOSCHASSISTANT DIRECTOR, PROVIDENCE HOMESHAREKayla came from Grand Rapids, Michigan to join the Zeta cohort of CPCUL in 2017 after earning her bachelor's degree in International Community Development, Spanish, and Urban Studies from Calvin College. Kayla has learned that safe, stable, affordable housing is the foundation for a flourishing life, and her passion for housing justice is realized through her multifaceted role as Assistant Director of Providence HomeShare, a partner organization of CrossPurpose, where she helps match people to homes in the Denver area. Outside of work, Kayla loves to practice her cooking skills, be active, spend time with friends, and explore new and unfamiliar places.
KRISTEN LANNINGRECRUITMENT & ADMISSIONS SPECIALISTKristen joined CrossPurpose at the beginning of 2018. Passionate about seeing people able to meet their full potential, Kristen’s role as the Recruitment and Admissions specialist allows her to connect people to a program that helps people accomplish this. When she’s not working, Kristen is spending time with her husband, Mark, drinking coffee, snuggling with her cat, playing board games, and traveling the world.
MARCUS DOE CPCUL DIRECTORMarcus joined the CrossPurpose staff in 2016 after completing his master's at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Marcus' passion for refugees, public speaking and leadership development are satisfied through his role as Director of the CrossPurpose Center for Urban Leadership. When he is not working Marcus enjoys spending time with his wife, Annie and their daughter Luanne. He also enjoys reading and writing good books.
PATTIE BRIMIDENTITY DEVELOPMENT COACHPattie joined the CrossPurpose staff in 2013 after 20 years of ministry in Georgia. Pattie’s passion for God, his goodness, and inner healing for all people is satisfied through her role as Identity Coach, where she teaches Identity Development at our career development Training Camps and meets one-on-one with Leaders desiring a deeper level of personal development. When she is not working, Pattie enjoys time with her family and friends, reading, movies (always with movie popcorn), and the beauty of the outdoors.
ROCHELLE NGATIASITE COACHRochelle joined the CrossPurpose staff in 2016 after completing her Master's degree in Counseling at Denver Seminary and spending 5 years in the addiction field as a counselor. Rochelle's passion for encouraging and challenging people to meet their full potential in their lives is satisfied through her role as Lead Coach, where she meets with each Leader on a regular basis to set goals, help to overcome barriers and push them to reach their potential with sustainable jobs. Rochelle is married to Benson and they have two adorable sons. When she's not working, Rochelle enjoys spending time with her family, camping and hiking, as well as traveling when she is able.
TARISAI TAMBOASSISTANT FAMILY GATHERING COORDINATORTarisai Tambo joined CrossPurpose in August 2017 as part of the Zeta CPCUL cohort after graduating in 2017 with a degree in international development from the illustrious Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Tarisai studied international development to compliment her love for traveling and developing communities which ultimately brought her to CrossPurpose to contribute to developing Denver communities, as well as to serve God with her work. She enjoys traveling, writing, and making music.