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
Vice President 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

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Katie Kellen
Chair of the Board
Senior Vice President and Wealth Advisor at Wells Fargo Private Bank

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Katie Kellen is a Senior Vice President and Wealth Advisor located in the Denver, Colorado Wells Fargo Private Bank office. Ms. Kellen is responsible for working with high net worth clients to effectively manage their wealth by identifying each client’s unique goals and coordinating specialists in Trust, Private Banking, Investment Management, Brokerage, and Insurance to deliver full-service wealth management solutions. Ms. Kellen graduated from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA, with a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in business. She earned an MBA from Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Management. Ms. Kellen is a Certified Financial Planner™. Currently, she serves as a Board Trustee for The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, GALS Denver, and Colorado Uplift. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, hiking and spending time with her family.



2020-21 Board of Trustees photo collage

FY 2020-21 Board of Trustees

Top Row (L to R): Stephanie Bruno, Debbie Chandler, Jennifer Colosimo, Jennifer Cottrell, Kim Desmond, Kelley Duke, Helen Gair
Second Row (L to R): Gracie Gallego, Ken Gart, Julie Groves, Kami Guildner, Katie Kellen, Pat Kendall, Brook Kramer 
Third Row (L to R): Johanna Leyba, Adrienne Mansanares, Christina Ortiz, Kendra Oyen, Jim Reuter, Jamey Seely, Sue Sharkey
Fourth Row (L to R): Danielle Shoots, Faye Tate, Kim Tobin, Joyce Vigil, Elizabeth S. Wiley

Joyce VigilRobb & Vigil, LLC
Jennifer Cottrell, Pinnacle Healthcare Consulting
Kelley DukeIreland Stapleton

Debbie Chandler, Matthews-Vu Medical Group

Jennifer ColosimoFranklinCovey

Kim DesmondDenver Office of Equity and Social Innovation

Helen Gaircommunity volunteer

Gracie Gallego, Heritage Title

Ken Gart, The Gart Companies

Julie Groves, Groves Law, LLC

Kami Guildner, Kami Guildner Coaching

Pat KendallColorado State University

Brook KramerWells Fargo

Johanna Leyba, community volunteer

Adrienne Mansanares, Planned Parenthood

Christina Ortiz, IndieDwell

Kendra Oyen, Kendra M. Oyen, LLC

Jim Reuter, FirstBank

Jamey Seely, Integra Ledger

Sue Sharkey, CU Board of Regents

Danielle Shoots, The Colorado Trust

Faye Tate, CoBank

Kim TobinColorado State University

Elizabeth S. Wylie, Snell & Wilmer, LLP


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