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
Chief Financial Officer
Renee Ferrufino
Renee Ferrufino
Vice President of Development
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Erica Jackson
Digital Marketing Specialist
Colleen LaFontaine
Colleen LaFontaine
Director of Development
Tracy Langworthy
Tracy Langworthy
Staff Accountant & Office Manager
Camisha Lashbrook
Camisha Lashbrook
Donor Relations Manager
Karen Mandel
Karen Mandel
Development & Database Manager
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Louise Myrland
Vice President of Programs
Alison Friedman Phillips
Alison Friedman Phillips
Director of Programs
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Manushkka Sainvil
Executive & Board Coordinator
Krissy Vaio
Kristina "Krissy" Vaio
Development Officer & Events Manager

WFCO Board

Steph Bruno

Steph Bruno
Chair of the Board
Certified Private Wealth Advisor at Sea to Peak Advisors

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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 split my time between Denver and Seattle with my husband Steve, his smart daughters, Emma and Leah, and our blended dog family.


2019 Board of Trustees

FY 2019-20 Board of Trustees

Front Row (L to R): Faye Tate, Johanna Leyba, Adrienne Mansanares, Gracie Gallego, Patti Klinge (2018-19 board), Nancy Hartley, Brook Kramer, Steph Bruno, Debbie Chandler, Jennifer Cottrell, Katie Kellen
Back Row (L to R): Kendra Oyen, Joyce Vigil, Danielle Shoots, Eunice Kim, Kami Guildner, Michelle Blessing, Jennifer Colosimo, Trish Orman (2018-19 Board), Kim Desmond
Not pictured: Kelley Duke, John Ikard, Pat Kendall, Christina Ortiz, Sue Sharkey

Katie Kellen, Wells Fargo
Jennifer Cottrell, Pinnacle Healthcare Consulting
Christina OrtizSkylight a division of PorchLight Real Estate Group

Michelle Blessing, ERA Shields

Debbie Chandler, Matthews-Vu Medical Group

Jennifer ColosimoFranklinCovey

Kim DesmondDenver Office of Women & Families

Kelley DukeIreland Stapleton

Gracie Gallego, Heritage Title

Kami Guildner, Kami Guildner Coaching

Nancy HartleyColorado State University

John IkardColorado Concern

Pat KendallColorado State University

Eunice KimNorthern Trust

Brook KramerWells Fargo



Johanna Leyba, community volunteer

Adrienne Mansanares, Planned Parenthood

Kendra Oyen, Kendra M. Oyen, LLC

Sue Sharkey, CU Board of Regents

Danielle Shoots, The Colorado Trust

Faye Tate, CoBank

Joyce VigilRobb & Vigil, LLC


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