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, juvenile forensic evaluations, substance abuse treatment, domestic violence, and sexual assault.

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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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Grace Anshutz, CFRE

Development Manager

Grace is a graduate of DePauw University where she received her Bachelor of Arts while studying Communication and Spanish. Grace comes to BFF after serving as at another local nonprofit where she led the organization through unprecedented fundraising growth and strategic development. Excited to continue her career in fundraising at BFF, Grace is pursuing her M.A. in Philanthropic Studies from the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Grace is a Certified Fund Raising Executive. Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International which include tenure in the profession, education, and demonstrated fundraising achievement for not-for-profit organizations. They have also passed a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a fundraising executive, and have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights. Passionate about adventure, advocacy, and authenticity; Grace is always seeking new people to meet, community engagement opportunities, and book recommendations.

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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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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.

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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

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.

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Giselle Azcona

Bi-Lingual Advocate

Giselle is a Bilingual Advocate at Bright Future Foundation. Giselle graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Psychology and Counseling from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) in 2018, and is working on receiving her Masters in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Denver (DU). Giselle has experience working with children and teens 1-on-1 on the autism spectrum, students with disabilities, and as a behavioral health advocate. In her free time, she enjoys photography, reading a good book, and traveling the world.

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Leslie Cano

Bi-Lingual Advocate

Leslie is a bilingual advocate for Bright Future Foundation. Before Bright Future Foundation, Leslie worked with the Eagle County School District as a Preschool Teacher Assistant for 6 years. She has an Associate’s Degree of Arts in Psychology from Colorado Mountain College and is working toward her Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Social Work from Metro State University in Denver. Leslie has lived in the valley for 23 years and in her free time she enjoys camping, hiking and traveling.

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Diana Loera

Youth Violence Prevention Specialist

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.

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Sophia Peaco

Psychology Intern

Sophia is a bilingual psychology trainee and a doctoral candidate at Clinical Psychology at Albizu University’s Miami campus.  She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida, as well as a Master’s degree in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University.  She also obtained a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Albizu University.  Sophia’s clinical experiences in school, community, and private practice settings have enabled her to provide psychotherapy and assessment services from an integrated theoretical perspective to people of various ages and socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds in South Florida.  She has conducted trauma-informed individual psychotherapy and employed techniques such cognitive restructuring, diaphragmatic breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, social skills training, personal narrative writing, and mindfulness to decrease the frequency and intensity of feelings of anxiety and depression in children, adolescents and adults.  Sophia’s interests include Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Existentialism, emotional intelligence, as well as anxiety and depressive disorders.

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