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Founder and Executive Director: Lisa Steven
303.429.1012 ext. 227
Lisa Steven has more than 20 years of experience working with teen moms. She co-founded Hope House and has served as the Executive Director since 2003. Lisa has led Hope House to new levels and growth that, with a budget of over $1 million, has joined the top 10 percent of nonprofit organizations in the United States. She is a member of the CU Leeds School of Business Women’s Council and the Denver Women's Leadership Forum. In 2013, Lisa was named the Arvada Woman of the Year for her contributions to the community and also received the West Jeffco Chamber's Outstanding Women of Jefferson County Award in 2010. Lisa co-authored the Teen MOPS Handbook and worked with MOPS International on their Strategic Plan for expanding the ministry of Teen MOPS. A former teen mom, Lisa is committed to empowering teen moms in her community and across the world.


Director of Development: Lisa Schlarbaum
303.429.1012 ext. 241
Lisa Schlarbaum has been involved with Hope House since 2006: she has served on the Board of Directors, volunteered, and coordinated various activities for the organization. Lisa assumed the role of Director of Development in 2011. With over 20 years of sales experience in Consumer Goods, Performance Improvement and Forest Products Industries, she brings expertise in new client acquisition, strategic account management and client relationship development to Hope House. Lisa also was the Chairperson for the Board of Trustees at Broomfield United Methodist Church, where she is an active member of the United Methodist Women and the founder and co-leader of one of their small groups. She has also served on the Women’s Mission Team and the Ministry Council. In 2009, Lisa was recognized by the United Methodist Women as an individual who has made a significant contribution in honoring God by serving others. Lisa has a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Illinois University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix and currently lives in Broomfield with her husband Jeff and their children.


Director of Finance and Operations: Gail Strobel
303.429.1012 ext. 235

Gail Strobel comes to Hope House with over 30 years of professional management experience in the areas of finance and administration with both commercial and non-profit organizations. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University and is a certified public accountant. Gail spent her early career years with Peat Marwick (now KPMG), where she was a staff auditor and manager in the Denver practice. Gail then moved into industry and served as manager of financial reporting, as a division controller, and in various financial and administrative roles for various Fortune 100 as well as local organizations. She is a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church where she currently serves as treasurer and has previously served on the Board of Directors of Rocky Mountain Human Services (formerly Denver Options). Gail and her husband Jeff live in Boulder.


Residential Program Manager: Renee Post
303.429.1012 ext. 238
Renee Post began working at Hope House of Colorado in 2009 as a Residential Counselor. She then moved into the Case Manager position in 2010; during that time she completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Human Services. In 2013 Renee moved into the Residential Program Manager role and was named Employee of the Year. Renee has a passion to love and serve people and see them make changes in their lives and break generational patterns. She serves in missions and other ministries at her church and lives with her husband and dogs in Lakewood.



Community Program Manager: Jenny Macias
303.429.1012 ext. 228
Jenny Macias earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Communications from Colorado State University. She began working as the Mentoring Program Manager in February 2012 and transitioned to Community Program Manager in 2014. Before joining the Hope House staff, Jenny managed a mentor program for a foster care agency in Grand Junction that provided mentors for over 150 foster children each year. She was responsible for recruiting, training and managing a staff of 40+ paid mentors as well as teaching a Bridges Out of Poverty class to the teenagers in the program. The Bridges Out of Poverty class focused on providing teens with the skills they need in order to be successful when they are living on their own outside of the foster care system. Jenny loves building relationships with teen mothers and providing them with the support they need to achieve success for themselves and their children.




GED Program Coordinator:
Ashley Seastone
303.429.1012 ext. 234


Learning Lab Coordinator:
Jamie Barnes
303.429.1012 ex. 234


Residential Case Manager:
Erin Mattox
303.423.2784 ex.236

Community Family Advocate:
Julie Herrera
303.429-1012 ex.230



Early Learning
Program Coordinator:
Mria Gamble


Counselor & Healthy
Relationships Coordinator:
Trisha Daly
303.429.1012 ext. 242

Parent Educator:
Melinda Smith





Volunteer Coordinator:
Jennifer Cerf
303.429.1012 ext. 223 

PR Coordinator:
Kelly Tryba


Senior Designer:
Kendra Morrish
303.429.1012 ext. 231

 Graphic Designer:
Jessica Kenenske



Development Officer:
Tara Cox


 Executive Assistant:
Hannah Winn
303.429.1012 ext. 235



Staff Accountant:
Susan Lupo






Sara Lee

Elyse Thornburg


Sherri Juarez

 Rachel Ash



Brittany Johnson


 Lyndee James