Sheri A. Mintz, MSW, LCSW

Chief Executive Officer

Sheri Mintz graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in English from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey and a Master of Science in Social Work with a concentration in clinical practice in health, mental health and disabilities from Columbia University in New York City. Sheri has served as executive director Bright Future Foundation since 2008. During the course of her career she has supervised child protective services, adult protective services and developed numerous adult and child case management initiatives. Sheri is considered to be a thought leader in the field of domestic violence and was chairperson for the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence from 2009-2015. Presently Sheri is a member of the Placement Alternatives Commission for Eagle County Department of Human Services and serves on the Advisory Committee for the Colorado Department of Human Service’s Domestic Violence Program. Sheri is a dynamic leader with a lifelong commitment to advocacy and philanthropy on behalf of at-risk and under-served populations.

Holly Kasper-Blank, LSW

Chief Operating Officer

Holly Kasper-Blank was awarded her Master in Social Work from University of Denver in 2005 and holds a Bachelor in Psychology from University of Texas at Austin. She recently worked as Manager of Children, Family and Adult Services at Eagle County and started at Bright Future Foundation in December 2014. Holly has over 15 years of experience working with children and families in human services fields including child welfare, early childhood education, and adult protective services. Her role at Bright Future includes grant management, overseeing the Crisis Hotline and volunteers and supporting the clinical team.

Stacie Freudenberg, PsyD, LPC

Trauma Informed Program Manager

Dr. Stacie Freudenberg will join the Bright Future Staff beginning on December 2nd.

Kristi Bloodworth, Esq

Staff Attorney

Kristi Bloodworth is the Staff Attorney/Legal Advocacy Coordinator for Bright Future Foundation. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Kentucky, as well as a Juris Doctor degree from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. She has been licensed to practice law in Colorado since 2000. After working in private practice in the Vail Valley for several years, she joined Bright Future Foundation in April 2010. In addition to her work at Bright Future, she serves on a Domestic Violence and Domestic Relations task force coordinated by the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in an effort to advocate the interests of domestic violence victims through legislation.

Claudia Hurtado-Myers, Esq

Housing Manager

Claudia Hurtado-Myers coordinates and oversees the implementation of the Ensuring Freedom Housing Program, a grant opportunity increasing survivor access to safe, long-term housing and to help provide additional supports survivors need to rebuild their lives. Claudia provides tailored supportive services, including landlord, community, and housing stakeholder outreach and collaboration, coordination of direct financial assistance for victims, and agreements with partners.  As an attorney in North Carolina, Claudia represented abused and neglected children of the court, and co-directed a nonprofit that took a holistic approach in helping unaccompanied refugee and immigrant minors. She closely worked with mental health professionals and officials to help coordinate living placement and schooling, and to create the most effective legal strategy for each child. More recently, Claudia served as associate attorney at Joseph Law Firm in Edwards, an immigration law firm. She also directed outreach to the Eagle County community regarding legal rights and options for undocumented or under documented minors.

Alma De Lara

Bilingual Advocate / Rapid ReHousing Coordinator

Alma is a bilingual advocate at BFF as well as the Rapid ReHousing coordinator. Before being employed at BFF she was a volunteer and intern for two summers. She has also been a volunteer probation officer for Mesa County’s 21st judicial district and experienced working with perpetrators as well as victims. She graduated from Colorado Mesa University where she majored in Criminal Justice and minored in Sociology. She was in honor societies for both of her areas of study as well as a Reisher Scholar. Alma has lived in the valley for almost 20 years, enjoys hikes, the mountain life, and reading.

M. Catherine OliverSmith, JD

Community Advocacy and Outreach Manager

Catherine holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Georgia. She graduated Cum Laude and is a member of Phi Beta kappa and Golden Key National Honor Society. Catherine earned her JD from the UCLA School of Law with a concentration in child abuse and neglect, tribal law development, and domestic violence. Catherine has worked with the Los Angeles County Bar Association Domestic Violence Project, the Santa Fe Rape Crisis Center in child sexual abuse prevention, helped develop a manual for domestic violence law for the Tribal Law Institute, and volunteered internationally in organizations committed to community violence prevention and women’s services. She also has volunteered with homeless teens and as a child advocate in inter-family adoptions. Catherine is the Community Advocacy and Outreach Manager and works to understand areas of vulnerability in our community and propose and implement solutions. Catherine builds consensus and is an excellent team member, a skillful leader, and is passionate about serving at-risk, vulnerable members of the community.

Rachel Halzel

Youth Advocacy Manager

Rachel manages all Buddy Mentors events, including junior and senior buddy recruitment and mentor training, as well as assisting in the facilitation of Bright Future’s school-based prevention programs, EmpowerMENt and EmpowHERment.  Rachel graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Colorado in Boulder and a Master of Arts in International Studies from the University of Denver Korbel School of International Studies. She has served as Youth Advocacy Manager at Bright Future Foundation since 2019. Previously, Rachel worked as a middle school language arts teacher in the Vail Valley, where she was committed to helping youth develop their self-esteem and self-sufficiency. Rachel has more than ten years of experience in the education field, and a lifelong passion for working with youth.

Jae Dee Wood

Shelter Coordinator / Advocate

Jae Dee joins us after finishing her year of service with AmeriCorps VISTA with another advocacy nonprofit. As Shelter Coordinator, she oversees the Freedom House upkeep and works closely with residents on their road to safety and self-sustainability. Jae Dee always focuses on empowerment, mindfulness, cultural adaptation, and trauma informed practices in her advocacy work. Jae Dee graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Arkansas.

Jen Rogus

Program Sustainability Manager

Jen is Bright Future Foundation’s Program Sustainability Specialist.  She joined the team in March 2018.  Jen has worked in an administrative capacity for much of her professional career and has worked in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors.  Jen earned her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications from North Dakota State University. She and her husband have been in the Vail Valley for the past 22 years, enjoying the hiking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing out their back door!  Jen also is volunteers on BFF’s Crisis Hotline.

Juliana Millan-Torres

Psychology Intern

Juliana is a fully English-Spanish bilingual psychology trainee. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras Campus, her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology at Albizu University – Miami Campus and is completing her Doctor of Psychology also at Albizu University. She has provided psychological services at outpatient medical, school and community-based settings. Her clinical experiences in various regions of South Florida allowed her to work with individuals from diverse cultural groups. Juliana has worked with people across the lifespan through individual, couple, family and group modalities. Additionally, she has provided assessment services focused on intellectual functioning and achievement, neuropsychological functioning, personality functioning, and psychodiagnostic clarification. Her clinical interests include: transpersonal psychotherapy, emotional intelligence, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and co-occurring disorders, intergenerational family issues and acculturation issues.

Diana Loera

Youth Advisor for Ensuring Safety

Diana moved to the United States seven years ago and has a clear goal of becoming an Elementary teacher in Eagle County. She graduated high school in 2017 and was awarded the Alpine Bank Scholarship, which paid for her first two years at Colorado Mountain College. In May 2019, she graduated with an Associates Degree from Colorado Mountain College. Diana then received the Christy Hill Scholarship, which is one of the most prestigious scholarships CMC offers. This scholarship will provide financial support for Diana as she continues her education at CMC. Her biggest goal is to earn a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education. Diana is currently working at CMC as a Peer Academic Coach and has also joined the Bright Future Foundation as a Youth Adviser for Ensuring Safety. Diana and the rest of the team will be teaching middle school students about several topics including gender roles, healthy relationships, consent, bullying etc. In addition, they are going to be implementing  a program of Hot Spot Mapping to have students map their community for both safe and unsafe areas. Later, they are going to be taking the program to CMC and the community. The goal of the program is to decrease sexual violence and domestic abuse through prevention. Diana enjoys working with young adults and hopes to make a positive impact on them.