Women Thriving. Colorado Rising.

Meet our people

Our board of trustees and staff is a diverse group of individuals committed to achieving gender equity. We each leverage our strengths, talents, networks, and resources to further the mission of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado. We diligently use the power of our community, philanthropy, and impact to create a future where women and girls of every background and identity can prosper.

WFCO Staff

Lauren Y. Casteel

Lauren Y. Casteel
President & CEO

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Lauren Y. Casteel is the first person in Colorado to lead three foundations and possesses more than 20 years of philanthropic leadership as well as a career-long dedication to inclusiveness. Lauren is an experienced and recognized advocate for women, children, youth, and families in Colorado.

Throughout her career, Lauren has earned numerous accolades. Most recently, she received the Anti Defamation League Mountain States Region's 2018 Civil Rights Award; she received the 2016 Monte Pascoe Civic Leadership Award, presented annually by Denver’s Mayor to a member of the community; she was named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in 2015 by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce; and in 2014, she was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.


Lisa Christie
Lisa Christie
Senior Director of Communications

John Dobey
John Dobey
Vice President of Finance & Administration

Renee Ferrufino
Renee Ferrufino
Vice President of Development

Ayesha Khan
Ayesha Khan
Executive Assistant to Lauren Y. Casteel

Colleen LaFontaine
Colleen LaFontaine
Director of Development
Tracy Langworthy
Tracy Langworthy
Staff Accountant

Camisha Lashbrook
Camisha Lashbrook
Donor Relations & Communications Manager

Karen Mandel
Karen Mandel
Development & Database Manager

Louise Myrland
Louise Myrland
Vice President of Programs

Alison Friedman Phillips
Alison Friedman Phillips
Manager of Programs
Krissy Vaio
Kristina "Krissy" Vaio
Development Officer & Events Manager

WFCO Board

Steph Bruno

Steph Bruno
Chair of the Board
Certified Private Wealth Advisor at SBWA, LLC

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My parents were married in the 1940s and, as was standard then, my dad went to work and college and my mom stayed home and raised the kids. At the time my mom thought that was a pretty good gig, but by the time I (the last of 5 children) came along, my mom had decided it wasn’t such a hot deal to be financially dependent on someone else. Given this she raised me to get a good education and to become financially self-sufficient. My dad was a child of Italian immigrants and went on to have advanced college degrees and loved being a chemist until the day he retired.

Inspired by both of them, I worked through high school and college and earned degrees in both finance and English. I started my career in private banking, but to obtain financial security and to learn from bright minds I went to work for a Fortune 100 financial firm. There I got to see the financial world from behind the wizard’s curtain and obtained many of the industry’s best certifications such as certified financial planner, chartered life underwriter, and accredited investment fiduciary.

I then returned to personal advising, advancing to run the wealth management shop for a large regional accounting and consulting firm. I learned the value of working in collaboration with all of a client’s advisors. After a while, I realized that although the work we were doing was very good, our clients were still not any happier for it. We could provide the best financial plans and great investments, but we failed in helping our clients utilize their resources to make a difference in their lives. I made a decision to increase the scope of my work to help my clients truly succeed and manage their wealth around their values and life’s goals. Also, to increase the level of planning I could bring to clients, I completed the certified private wealth advisor program.

Today I have a practice where I am not constrained by the solutions I offer or the services I provide. My money story has very much influenced my financial life and I find the same is true with my clients. I help people improve the impact of money in their lives.

Philanthropically, I honor my mother’s legacy by volunteering as a trustee for The Women’s Foundation of Colorado where we help women and their families move from poverty to prosperity for a greater Colorado. I also serve on the board of the Colorado Zoological Trust and am a member of the Leadership Denver Class of 2014.

I live in Denver with my husband Steve, his smart daughters, Emma and Leah, and our blended dog family.

Vice Chair
Katie Kellen, Wells Fargo
Jennifer Cottrell, Pinnacle Healthcare Consulting
Christina Ortiz, Skylight a division of PorchLight Real Estate Group
Dolores Atencio, University of Denver Colorado Women's College
Catherine P. Bennett, Round-Up River Ranch
Debbie Chandler, EngageHealth Innovations, LLC
Jennifer Colosimo, FranklinCovey
Mary Davies, government/public affairs consultant
Kim Desmond, Denver Office of Women & Families
Kelley Duke, Ireland Stapleton
Kami Guildner, Kami Guildner Coaching
Nancy Hartley, Colorado State University
John Ikard, Colorado Concern
Pat Kendall, Colorado State University
Eunice Kim, Northern Trust
Patti Klinge, Klinge/McArthur, LLC
Vijay Kotte, DaVita
Brook Kramer, Wells Fargo
Johanna Leyba, community volunteer
Adrienne Mansanares, Planned Parenthood
Trish Orman, Colorado State University-Pueblo
Lisa Pease, nonprofit consultant
Patty Powell, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Joyce Vigil, Robb & Vigil, LLC


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