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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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

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.

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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Flor Vasquez Solis

Bilingual Sexual Assault Adovate

Flor is a Bilingual Advocate at Bright Future Foundation. Flor was born and raised in Vail, CO. She joined the team in July 2023. She completed a 3-year apprenticeship program with Career Wise Colorado through Can Do Multiple Sclerosis, focusing on nonprofit work. Additionally, she has worked with Mountain Youth, and Roundup River Ranch. Flor’s passion to the nonprofit world grew when she went on service trips with Children’s Global Alliance to Nicaragua and Tanzania as a Student Volunteer and as a Student Mentor. She is extremely passionate in giving back to her community and serving others. Flor’s mission with Bright Future Foundation is to provide support and guide any survivor that walks into our doors. She is grateful that she is in a position to serve others in her career. Flor is currently pursuing a Social Work degree at Colorado Mountain College. On her free time, Flor enjoys spending time with loved ones, traveling, going to concerts, and fishing.  

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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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Nina Campanile, Psy.D., LP

Clinical Supervisor

Nina Campanile is a licensed psychologist and the Clinical Supervisor at the Bright Future Foundation. She 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, personality 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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Clinical Staff Psychologist

Alexa is a Clinical Staff Psycologist at the Bright Future Foundation. She recently graduated with her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University, in San Francisco, California. Alexa has been fortunate to work with a variety of diverse populations with various presentations, including survivors of sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence, childhood abuse, kidnapping, and gender-based violence. She has also supported clients with PTSD, psychosis, substance use, acculturation stress, mood disorders, personality disorders, depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, relational stress, crisis stabilization, and more. Her research focuses on adolescent interpersonal violence. Alexa’s mission is to provide accessible and trauma-informed clinical care through a lens of social justice, intersectional feminism, and cultural responsiveness.

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María Hornedo-Santiago

Bilingual Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow

María is a bilingual (English/Spanish) Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow at the Bright Future Foundation. She recently graduated with her Clinical Psychology Doctorate (Psy.D.) from Ponce Health Sciences University in Puerto Rico. She has clinical experience with diverse and marginalized populations. She also has worked with survivors of domestic violence and gender-based violence, clients with PTSD, mood disorders, personality disorders, anxiety, and more. María has four years of training and experience as a DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) therapist, working with clients with borderline personality disorder, suicidal ideation, and self-harm behaviors. Her research focuses on domestic violence, gender-based violence, and the LGBTQIA+ community. As a therapist, María wants to create a safe, trauma-informed clinical approach that takes into consideration diversity and context.

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Natalia Garcia

Psychology Intern

Natalia Garcia, MA, AMFT is a fourth-year clinical Psy.D. student at Alliant International University San Deigo, and currently serves as a Doctoral Intern at Bright Future Foundation. She received her Masters of Arts in Clinical Counseling from the University of Point Loma Nazarene, San Diego. She has experience working with primarily Spanish-speaking Latinx families, children, and adolescents.  She has experience providing therapeutic interventions in clients’ homes, women’s shelter, trauma focused clinics, and a special education school for children with severe behavioral needs. Natalia previously worked for New Alternatives INC. TBS in San Deigo where she served clients all over the San Diego County for 6 years as both a behavioral coach and case manager. Her clients included children who have survived trauma and abuse, in foster care, or required behavioral support due to symptoms related to their mental health diagnosis. Her areas of interest include forensic assessment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and child development.

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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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