Technical Assistance (No Cost Consulting)

Mentoring programs across the United States can apply for no-cost training and technical assistance to support them in more deeply incorporating evidence-based practices, ultimately leading to greater positive outcomes for young people. 

MENTOR Colorado staff and other experts in the field provide no cost Technical assistance (TA) through the National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC), a project of The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and MENTOR. This youth mentoring resource is no-cost for programs and aims to strengthen mentoring quality and effectiveness. Examples of potential technical assistance that might be requested include: development of high-quality mentor training materials; guidance and consultation on mentor recruitment plans and screening strategies; analysis and improvement of match support processes; and recommendations on best practices for serving challenging youth populations or designing innovative service models. Questions about whether or not your project would qualify? Contact Lindsey Cali for more information.

MENTOR Colorado's Technical Assistance Providers

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Cheryl Clark

Cheryl Clark is the proud mother of three amazing young men VJ and  twins Malcolm and Martin. With the help of her children, Cheryl has successfully integrated experience from her personal and professional life to provide unique services to her clients and community.  Cheryl is a zealous entrepreneur who started the Clark Group in 2010 as the result of a layoff.  Clark Group specializes in creative capacity building, inclusive community development and volunteer engagement through consulting, coaching, facilitation and training.

As a technical assistance provider, Cheryl is committed to meeting her clients where they are and assisting them in getting to where they want to go.  Cheryl is experienced in creating, implementing, training, strategic planning, and coaching mentoring programs. Her expertise also includes  programming, staff project development, service learning in a variety of settings residential, schools, community and faith-based organizations. Over 85% of Cheryl’s technical assistance client are repeat customers.

Marie Davis

Marie Davis is an Atlanta, Georgia native.  After obtaining a Social Work degree at The University of Georgia, she served as a foster care coordinator for the State of Georgia. Obtaining a Series 7 and 63 financial license, she worked with a private financial firm as Assistant to the President.  While raising her two children, Marie worked for a local developer, forming relationships with County and State officials.  Moving to Florida for ten years, Marie served as a Targeted Case Manager with Children’s Home Society of Florida and a certified tutor for autistic children.  

Currently, Marie is the Director of Mentoring for Center Point, a non-profit in Hall County Georgia.  She recruits, trains and places over 200 mentors yearly in both of the County’s school systems as well as local Boys and Girl’s Clubs.  Program innovation and designing ways to serve all children through mentorship is what she loves best about her job.  Marie serves on the Georgia Mentor Provider Council and is an advocate for Georgia to become a MENTOR affiliate in Fall of 2020. 

Drew DeMarie

Drew is passionate about education, mentoring, leadership and outdoor pursuits. Drew has been involved with nonprofits for the last 15 years at nearly every level: executive, program staff, recruiter, intern, and volunteer. 

Drew most recently led Colorado Youth at Risk (CYAR) as Executive Director through one of the toughest periods its history from 2014-2016. He piloted the organization from “set-to-close-its-doors” to a revitalization of its programs, operations and finances. Drew was also a part of and then led the CYAR program staff from 2009-2014. Furthermore, he volunteered for nearly six years with CYAR as a mentor, facilitator and mentor trainer. 

Before CYAR, Drew was the first Executive Director of the Colorado Alliance for Drug Endangered Children; where his “jack-of-all-trades” nature was well utilized; doing everything from building offices to fundraising and running programs. 

Prior to nonprofit work, Drew was Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach for 8 years; founding the Metropolitan State University Denver program and later reviving the Regis University Men’s team.

Susan Duncombe

Susan Duncombe has over 22 years in the nonprofit sector – ranging from intern, volunteer, therapist, program staff and executive in various settings including mentoring, residential and day treatment, educational settings, and low-income housing. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, bilingual in English and Spanish. 

Susan was most recently VP of Operations with Denver Kids, and prior to that was Associate Director of Denver Urban Scholars, where she supported the organization through two successful mergers (first merger with CYAR; second merger with Denver Kids). During her twelve years with Denver Urban Scholars/Denver Kids, her experience ranged from working with middle and high school students and their families; recruiting, screening, training and managing mentors; overseeing program design and evaluation, Human Resources, organizational culture, performance evaluation, day-to-day operations, finances and budgets, grant reporting, and strategic plan implementation.

Susan grew up in the South and Midwest but moved to Denver in 1999 to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA in the Globeville, Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods. Other than a brief stint in Taos, NM, and backpacking for several months from Mexico to Panama, she has called Denver “home” ever since.

Lana Hailemariam

As a StandUP leadership and organization coach, Lana Hailemariam brings a thoughtful, generative, authentic approach to every group experience. She is a graduate of the Smith School of Business at University of Maryland, College Park (Go Terps!), a Gallup Certified CliftonStrengths Coach and an Energy Leadership Master Practitioner. 

Lana is a master at tapping into life’s challenges to lay the foundation for meaningful conversations that positively impact individuals, teams and organizations. Drawing on 20+ years of combined experience in both for-profit and nonprofit sectors (education, ministry, teen mentoring, health & wellness, sporting events, sales and HR), Lana expertly guides clients to relentlessly pursue, and voice their purpose. She sees value in every single human and wants to help them see it too. 

To sum up her coaching philosophy…

“Everybody is a genius. But If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” —Albert Einstein

Lana brings her east-coast flair to the Colorado mountains with a particular passion for advocating for young people, small business and inspiring community action. When Lana isn’t working, she is doing other things she loves such as raising her teen daughter, living out her purpose and enjoying her rare moments of “me time”.

Chris Imsland

Chris has over 20 years of non-profit management, fundraising, special event planning and marketing experience. Since 2015 he has been principle owner of Imsland Consulting LLC, providing organizations with grant and proposal writing, fundraising strategy, organizational management, and business development services. He has also served as Executive Director for Partners Mentoring Youth, as Senior Management Consultant and Development Manager for the National MS Society-Home Office and the National MS Society-Colorado Chapter, respectively. Before his nonprofit career, Chris worked in the event planning and marketing arena in Minneapolis, MN as an independent contractor.

His experience in both non-profit and for-profit sectors offers a broad perspective in fundraising and sales, project management, organizational and team development and strategic planning. His experience has taught him how to mobilize and work with teams, how to move effectively through transition, and how to successfully meet deadlines and goals.

A native of Minneapolis, MN and a graduate of the University of WI-Madison, Chris landed in Colorado in 2000 and currently lives in Fort Collins, CO with his wife, two children and two dogs. 

Tonoa Manuel

Holding a Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelors in Project Management Administration, Tonoa Manuel, Founder and Curator of Second Impressions Youth Garden LLC., is on mission to advocate and educate communities on accessibility, sustainability and application. After surviving homelessness and outpatient restraint treatment for suicidal ideation, Tonoa understood the importance of applying resources that assisted in her process of growth, healing, and embracing all of her intersectionality’s. 

She has built Second Impressions Youth Garden around the educational model of Restorative Practice, Suicide Prevention and Community Bridging; working with local schools to bridge the gap between youth and families and the communities in which they live. She has gained a tremendous wealth of knowledge while working side by side with several local and regional organization surround community engagement. 

Second Impressions Youth Garden is not only a community organization but a tool that believes in ensuring that communities are equipped and can gain a wealth of knowledge as it pertains to their communities and the resources that will assist their sustainability and knowledge. Tonoa was chosen to exhibit at TEDXMileHigh: Humankind in June 2019, and now seats on the Exhibits Board for TEDxMileHigh. Tonoa is also works closely with MBSK Colorado’s Wellness program. Second Impressions Youth Garden had the opportunity to show how society can bridge the gap with our differences to elevate and grow to the next level, with their Community Mapping Experience. Tonoa, was recently selected to facilitate a workshop at 2020 National Mentoring Summit in Washington, DC.

Daniel Nabers

Daniel was born and raised in Georgia where he completed his undergraduate degree from Valdosta State University. Daniel started his career working for the Boys & Girls Club and has since worked with several top tier nonprofits doing fundraising, strategic planning, and public relations. 

Daniel has also spent a significant amount of time overseas doing cultural diversity research.  Daniel has been married to Simone since 2012 and they have one daughter, Sloan. His favorite thing to do is spend time with his family in the outdoors.

Sarah Provino

Sarah is a strong advocate of the mentoring movement and is passionate about working with mentoring agencies to build capacity and quality of mentoring programs.  Over the past 14 years, Sarah has been working in and with the nonprofit community, with 10 years directly in the mentoring field.  She has had the opportunity to work with a variety of nonprofits across the state of Colorado and specializes in building relationships. 

As an independent consultant, Sarah is skilled at providing customized technical assistance, facilitation and training for organizations and loves to help implement prevention and intervention work in communities. Sarah has a wide range of understanding of mentor program design and implementation utilizing the Elements of Effective Practice. She is an enthusiastic, committed, and trusted leader and has utilized her professional experience to help mentoring organizations achieve a range of outcomes.

Daniel Read

Daniel Read is an evaluator and data consultant who has worked with Denver’s youth service field for more than 10 years. He holds degrees from CU-Boulder (BA), Harvard University (EdM), and the University of Virginia (PhD) where he built his evaluation skills and researched the impact of informal learning. 

He has worked for Denver Public Schools and the Denver Afterschool Alliance as a Senior Research Analyst, where he led accountability frameworks, program evaluations, and continuous quality improvement efforts. In January 2019, he created Daniel Reads Data, LLC, a firm that specializes in helping education entities and non-profits collect, process, and present their data.

Katie Remington

Katie Remington (she/her) is a community-based researcher whose work has spanned the areas of youth development, education, and the criminal justice system. She is a passionate activist, nurturing educator, and thoughtful scholar who works diligently to create spaces and develop relationships that recognize and support the incredible potential of young people.

Katie has a Ph.D. in Education with a focus on developmental psychology from Stanford University and a Masters in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri. Her dissertation was a case study of an organization in Oakland, CA that uses transformative mentoring with formerly incarcerated youth and young adults. She is currently based in Oakland where she does research for the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford and the Education Department at KQED – the Bay Area’s NPR affiliate. 

Katie brings over a decade of teaching experience to her work; she has taught science to high schoolers in south St. Louis, skiing to 3-year-olds in Colorado, and writing and reading to incarcerated adults in the Bay Area. Katie loves to be outdoors with her family mountain biking, running, swimming, and skiing and spending most of her free time chasing after her almost-two-year-old. 

Dedrick Sims

Currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the Sims-Fayola Foundation. The mission of the Sims-Fayola Foundation is to improve the life outcomes of young men and boys of color through direct programming and by increasing the capacity of those who serve them.

Dedrick’s career in urban education began in a high school classroom over 20 years ago as a substitute and has since served in roles as a High School Biology and Chemistry Teacher, Secondary Curriculum Administrator, Master Lead Teacher, Technology Coordinator, Alternative School Teacher, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal and Principal of both traditional and charter public schools (Co-Ed and Single Gender), and school Founder.

As an education and civic leader, Dedrick has engaged in selective and respected professional development like Leadership Denver, University of Kentucky’s Superintendent Program, KIPP Principal Leadership Program, New Leaders for New Schools Principal program, Gulf Coast Business Leadership Council, as a TeachNOLA’s Master Teacher Corps Selector, Harvard’s Project Zero, SUPES Superintendent Academy in Hartford Connecticut, Denver’s Get Smart Schools Leadership Fellowship Program, and Colorado’s Leadership Exchange with Nashville’s top leadership with the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Foundation.

Dedrick’s commitment to education extends outside the classroom as well. As a published author of two books as well as numerous professional articles, Dedrick uses his experience to build the capacity of others to serve students with informed excellence. As the CEO of the Sims-Fayola Foundation, Dedrick provides professional training to educators around the country in areas of single-gender learning and school design through an equity lens.

Dedrick’s community involvement having served as an appointed member of the Governor’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Council, a Youth Commissioner for the city of Aurora, past member of the Denver African American Philanthropists, President of the Board for Hill Harper’s Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, past Board President of the Young Philanthropists Foundation, past board member for the Bridge Project, current board member for the Don Burns Center for Homelessness and Poverty at the University of Denver, advisory member for MENTOR Colorado, and currently serving as the Senior Education Advisor to Mississippi State Representative and recent Congressional Candidate Jeremy Anderson. Dedrick recently was selected by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the 100 Modern BE Men of 2018. Dedrick has served his country as an officer in the United States Army and is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Dedrick is an avid golfer and loves to read, travel, and do karaoke.

Sally Stoker

Working on behalf of kids and families has been Sally’s focus throughout her entire professional career.  She has degrees in elementary education, psychology, and  social work. Her first career was working in the public schools as both an elementary teacher and middle school counselor.  While in the schools she became interested in bullying prevention and is the author of two prevention manuals in the Bully-Proofing Your School series for both middle and high schools.

After her education career, Sally moved into the mentoring field and had the opportunity to work with and advocate for youth, families, mentors, and staff as the Director of Education and Training for Big Brothers Big Sisters Colorado for ten years.

Her years in the mentoring field helped her explore and understand the key elements of successful mentoring programs and gave her the opportunity to develop resources and processes that maximize the mentoring relationship for everyone involved. Currently, as a consultant with MENTOR Colorado, Sally enjoys working with like-minded colleagues who are all about supporting each other in creating excellent, impactful mentoring programs that make a difference in peoples’ lives.

In her spare time, Sally volunteers with Reading Partners and tutors a delightful second grader in the Denver Public Schools. She also volunteers in the Fossil Lab at the Museum of Nature and Science cleaning and repairing fossils which are millions of years old – which helps Sally keep things in perspective! She also stays young by hiking, biking, and hanging out with her grandsons who remind her how important it is to have fun and dream big.

Brad Strong

Brad began his career as a teacher, college instructor, and trainer while living and working in remote communities in the Arctic, Micronesia, and Africa. With a passion for social and emotional learning, Brad transitioned to the nonprofit sector and worked at an international development organization. Through his work in education and international development, Brad led capacity building initiatives with nonprofits and ministries of education in Asia, Africa, South America, and the Middle East. Brad also led an instructional design process to create curriculums and trainings in early childhood development, holistic child development, health education, conflict resolution, and leadership development. 

More recently, Brad was the Executive Director for a mentoring agency in Toronto focusing on coaching and service-learning before moving to Colorado. In Colorado, Brad was the founding Executive Director for MENTOR Colorado, the statewide mentoring partnership before starting his newest venture, the Wheelhouse for Nonprofits.

Jane Toothaker

Jane Toothaker has a unique combination of knowledge and experience spanning over 38 years in education.  She has strong leadership skills and has worked collaboratively at the local, regional and state levels on a variety of initiatives and programs. Jane has been instrumental in building a professional development program for all teachers and paraprofessionals in NW Colorado with regionally based and relevant content that positively impacts student achievement.  Her experience with writing and implementing grants is broad and she has worked to bring much needed grant funds from local, state and federal sources to benefit schools in NW Colorado.  She serves as an adjunct faculty and principal intern supervisor for Adams State University.  Jane currently works as an Educational Consultant for a variety of educational groups including the Colorado Department of Education.  

Her experience also includes extensive work with special populations including students who are gifted, in special education, are second language learners and at- risk populations.  She has served as a teacher in both regular and special education classrooms, a counselor at a center for children with emotional and behavioral disabilities, principal of an alternative High School, special education director and executive director of a regional educational cooperative in NW Colorado. 

She is actively involved in a variety of local non-profits including Routt County United Way and Partners in Routt County. Partners is a youth mentoring organization that serves Routt County including the communities of Steamboat Springs, Clark, Hayden, Oak Creek and Yampa. She has served on the Partners board for several years and has been involved in the development and implementation of their school-based mentoring programs.