Sheri A. Mintz, MSW, LCSW

Executive Director

Sheri holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Drew University and a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University with a concentration in clinical practice in health, mental health and disabilities. Post-graduate work includes a certificate in clinical field work supervision from Fordham University. As the Executive Director of Bright Future Foundation, Sheri is the authorized agent for Bright Future and is responsible for all fiscal, clinical, technical, legal and policy aspects of the organization. During the course of her career she has supervised numerous human service disciplines including child protective services, adult protective services and developed adult and child case management initiatives. In addition to her work at Bright Future, Sheri has served as co-chair of the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence and as Vice-President of the Eagle River Youth Coalition. Sheri is a dynamic leader with a lifelong commitment to advocacy and philanthropy on behalf of at-risk and underserved populations.

Casey Wolfington, PsyD

Clinical Director

Dr. Casey Wolfington is a licensed clinical psychologist with a concentration on the assessment and treatment of trauma in children and adolescents. Dr. Wolfington has been working with youth victims of trauma for over ten years and specifically with youth victims of violence for over eight years. Dr. Wolfington completed her postdoctoral training at The Children’s Hospital in Denver as the hospital’s first Vollbracht Psychology Fellow. She has presented at several local and national conferences on various psychiatric topics including The Impact of Pediatric Trauma and Identifying Trauma and Abuse in Teen Populations. Dr. Wolfington oversees all advocacy services and coordinates mental health/counseling services for youth victims. Dr. Wolfington also serves as the training director for Bright Future’s student internship program.

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.

Holly Kasper-Blank, LSW

Sustainability Director

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.

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.

Janet Casson

Youth Violence Prevention Manager

Janet Casson joined Bright Future in November 2016 as the Buddy Mentors Program Manager. At the start of 2019, she took on the role of YVPM, coordinating all Buddy Mentors events, including junior and senior buddy recruitment and mentor training, as well as heading up the facilitation of Bright Future’s school-based prevention programs, EmpowerMENt and EmpowHERment. As an educator, she has taught drama, music, yoga, and social-emotional exploration to students of all ages. Janet earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa in Communication and Theatre Education and completed a graduate certification in Drama and Theatre for Youth through the City University of New York in Manhattan. Connection to community, empathy for all, and cultivating curiosity are Janet’s main goals in her professional and personal life. She believes that working with youth is a privilege and is one of the most poignant ways to implement and nurture these skills.


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 Specialist

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 21 years, enjoying the hiking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing out their back door!

Dean Hayes

Psychology Intern

Dean Hayes has worked in a number of previous clinical settings, including community mental health, college counseling centers, and at-risk youth development.  In all cases, he is most interested in working with rural and under-served populations.  His attention is drawn to studying how early life experiences influence relationships throughout one’s life.  Dean has take the time to triangulate onto his passion.  He received his BA in anthropology from Sewanee: The University of the South, his MA in linguistics from the University of New Mexico, his MS in Counseling Psychology from Auburn University, and is completing his PhD in counseling psychology at Auburn University.  Dean personally finds that individual clinical work is the ideal medium for improving society.

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.

During the course of her career, Catherine has worked in marketing and communications across multiple disciplines, co-founded a publishing company and a global education company serving disadvantages communities in more than 60 countries, and built a mobile literacy program to teach pre-school children the basics of literacy in Kampala, Uganda with funding from an All Children Reading USAID grant.  She has lived in Germany, Guatemala, and Portugal.  She is a published author and editor.

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.

Dayanara Guillen

Youth Advisor

Dayanara became a part of the Buddy mentors program when she was six ears old and has been an active Junior Buddy since then.  Her strong desire to give back to the program has led her to become a Youth Advisor for Bright Future.  In this role, she hopes to make sure every child in the program is happy and safe and to support their families to the best of her ability.