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

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Lauren Y. Casteel (she/her)
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 (she/her)
Vice President of Communications

John Dobey
John Dobey (he/him)
Chief Financial Officer

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Kaylyn Fern (she/her)
Development Officer

Renee Ferrufino
Renee Ferrufino (she/her)
Vice President of Development

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Erica Jackson (she/her)
Digital Marketing Specialist
Phone: 303-285-2966
Colleen LaFontaine
Colleen LaFontaine (she/her)
Director of Development

Tracy Langworthy
Tracy Langworthy (she/her)
Staff Accountant & Office Manager

Camisha Lashbrook
Camisha Lashbrook (she/her)
Donor Relations Manager

Karen Mandel
Karen Mandel
Development & Database Manager

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Louise Myrland (she/her)
Vice President of Programs

Alison Friedman Phillips
Alison Friedman Phillips (she/her)
Director of Programs

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Manushkka Sainvil (she/her)
Executive & Board Coordinator


WFCO Board

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Joyce Vigil
Chair of the Board
Attorney & Owner at Robb & Vigil, LLC

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Joyce is an attorney and owner of Robb & Vigil, LLC in Pueblo, Colorado.

"We are all aware of the challenges that women and girls, particularly those of color, face in these challenging times.The WFCO Board of Trustees and the staff are working daily to effectuate systemic change for the betterment of all of Colorado. We will continue to boldly meet the current challenges and I invite all to join us."



2021-22 Board of Trustees photo collage

FY 2021-22 Board of Trustees

Top Row (L to R): Debbie Chandler, Jennifer Cottrell, Kim Desmond, Helen Gair, Gracie Gallego, Ken Gart, Gerri Gomez Howard
Second Row (L to R): Raynard Gray, Julie Groves, Katie Kellen, Brook Kramer, Johanna Leyba, Adrienne Mansanares, Sonya Marques-Correia
Third Row (L to R): Christina Ortiz, Jim Reuter, Jamey Seely, Sue Sharkey, Danielle Shoots, Faye Tate, Kim Tobin
Fourth Row (L to R): Joyce Vigil, Sue Wagner, Elizabeth S. Wiley, Tania Zeigler

Adrienne Mansanares, Planned Parenthood
Jennifer Cottrell, Pinnacle Healthcare Consulting
Christina Ortiz, indieDwell

Debbie Chandler, Matthews-Vu Medical Group

Kim DesmondDenver Office of Equity and Social Innovation

Helen Gaircommunity volunteer

Gracie Gallego, Heritage Title

Ken Gart, The Gart Companies

Gerri Gomez Howard, Gomez Howard Group

Raynard Gray, Xcel Energy


Julie Groves, Groves Law, LLC

Brook KramerWells Fargo

Johanna Leyba, community volunteer

Sonya Marques-Correia, Margulf Foundation

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

Sue Wagner, Bank of Colorado

Elizabeth S. Wylie, Snell & Wilmer, LLP

Tania Zeigler, Burn Bright Coaching & Consulting, LLC


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