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.

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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.

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Stacie Freudenberg, Licensed Psychologist

Clinical Director

Dr. Stacie Freudenberg is a graduate of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and formerly the pre-doctoral clinical psychology intern at Bright Future Foundation (2016-2017). After working several years on the front range at community mental health and domestic violence agencies, Dr. Freudenberg rejoined the Bright Future team in 2019. Dr. Freudenberg is the Site Director for the APA accredited Colorado Psychology Internship Consortium (CO-PIC) and oversees the clinical therapy program for Bright Future Foundation. Dr. Freudenberg has extensive experience in trauma informed care, crisis stabilization, psychological evaluations, substance abuse treatment, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Dr. Freudenberg is also the author of Recover and Rebuild: Moving on From Partner Abuse, a self-guided workbook for survivors of relationship abuse.

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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.

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Patti Cummings, MSW

Housing Manager

Patti grew up in a military lifestyle, and as a result has lived in many different places in her lifetime.  The minute she set foot in Colorado over 30 years ago, however, she knew that she was home.  She comes to Bright Future Foundation with a diverse background in social work practice, primarily in program development and administration.   As Housing Manager, she is excited to put her experience to work in supporting our clients along their journey to self-sufficiency and sustainability.  Patti is known for her love of animals, and enjoys an outdoor lifestyle that makes living in Colorado a perfect fit for her.

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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 23 years, enjoying the hiking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing out their back door!  Jen also is volunteers on BFF’s Crisis Hotline.

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Jae Dee Wood

Shelter Manager

Jae Dee joined us in 2018 after finishing her year of service with AmeriCorps VISTA with another advocacy nonprofit. As Shelter Manager, she oversees the BrightHouse and works closely with residents on their road to safety and self-sustainability. Jae Dee always focuses on assessable, cultural responsive and trauma informed practices in her advocacy work. Jae Dee is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health at Colorado School of Public Health. Jae Dee graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Arkansas. Jae Dee enjoys being outside in Eagle County as much as possible by hiking, skiing and camping.

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Alma De Lara, MSW

Advocacy Supervisor / Rapid ReHousing Coordinator

Alma is the bilingual advocacy supervisor at Bright Future Foundation as well as the Rapid ReHousing Coordinator. Before working at Bright Future Foundaiton, she volunteered and interned in various capacities for years. She also has experience working as a volunteer probation officer for Mesa County’s 21st Judicial District as well as working with perpetrators and survivors. Her undergraduate degree is from Colorado Mesa University where she majored in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology. She was in honor societies for both oher areas of study as well as a Reisher Scholar. Most recently received her Master’s in social work from the University of Denver and was one of the My Future Pathways recipients. She completed her intermships at Bright Future Foundation working on the prevention side of the organization and Colorado Mountain Medical as the behavioral health navigator. Alma has lived in the valley for almost 20 years, enjoys hikes with her puppies, reading, board games, and spending time with loved ones.

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Leslie Cano

Bilingual Advocate

Leslie is a bilingual and bicultural advocate at Bright Future Foundation. Before working with BFF, Leslie worked in the school district as a Preschool Teacher Assistant for 6 years and has worked with YouthPower365 and Mountain Youth throughout her high school and college career. Although, she loved working with kids, Lelsie has found her passion in working with survivors and working for non-profit organizations. Leslie has her Associates in Psychology and is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work at Metro State University in Denver. Leslie has lived in the valley for 23 years and enjoys going on walks with her dog, board games, traveling and spending time with her loved ones.

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Jo Pennock

Youth Advocacy Manager / Buddy mentors Program Coordinator

Jo is the new Youth Advocacy Manager for Bright Future Foundation. While she has loved every place she’s lived, she tries to avoid the question, “Where are you from?” because she never knows how to answer it. The first 22 years of her life were spent in Northern California and Cape Cod, MA with regular visits to Eagle County to see her dad and sisters. After graduating from Smith College with a degree in sociology, she spent 2 years in Boulder, CO before moving to Almeria, Spain to teach English. When it was time to return “home”, Jo knew she was headed to the Rocky Mountains to be closer to family. Once re-adjusted to the altitude, she began her work in the nonprofit world first at Walking Mountains Science Center and the Family Learning Center as an educator, and eventually at Vail Health Foundation as their Development Associate. Currently, Jo is a Girl Scout troop leader, Crossfitter, TikTok recipe enthusiast, and thrift store fanatic.

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Kaitlyn Lindsay

Psychology Intern

Kaitlyn Lindsay is a pre-doctoral clinical psychology intern at Bright Future Foundation. She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in French from the University of California at Riverside and received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at Alliant International University—San Diego where she is working toward her Doctorate of Psychology. Kaitlyn has worked at several different types of sites throughout her training primarily focusing on acute crisis stabilization, correctional work, and trauma informed care.

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Sandra Zuazo

Psychology Intern

Sandra Zuazo graduated from the University of California-Los Angeles with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in Spanish. Afterward, she attended Alliant Internal University- Los Angeles where she earned an M.A. in clinical psychology and is in the process of obtaining her doctorate. Before Bright Future Foundation, she worked in a community mental health agency, a domestic violence shelter, a homeless shelter, a school setting, and a private practice. In the agency, she is responsible for providing clients with trauma-informed care and psychological services.

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Nina Campanile

Clinical Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Nina Campanile is a Clinical Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Bright Future Foundation. She recently graduated with her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from William James College, in Newton, MA. During her training, Nina was fortunate to treat a variety of populations with various presentations, including individual, family, and couples therapy, refugees and immigrants, crisis assessment and stabilization, substance abuse, complex trauma, mood disorders, and psychotic disorders. Nina’s mission is to provide trauma-informed care while utilizing a culturally responsive approach. Nina also received her BA/S from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is thrilled to be back in the Colorado community.

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Mariana Rojas

Violence Prevention Youth Advisor 

Mariana Rojas is the Violence Prevention Youth advisor at Bright Future Foundation. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree or Arts in Psychology at Colorado Mountain College. She grew up in the Vail Valley and is part of the LatinX community. Mariana is fluent in both English and Spanish and received the Seal of Biliteracy in high school. During high school, she was involved in the community which included being a part of The Cycle Effect and the Hispanic Mentors group in Battle Mountain High School.

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