Board of Directors

BOARD CHAIRAlfonso Trujillo (web2)

 Alfonso Trujillo joined the CLLARO Board of Directors in June 2015. He is the Vice President of Finance and Administration for Coblaco Services and served as the former Vice President of InnovAge Care Management, an affiliate division of InnovAge.  Alfonso is a proven visionary, innovative, and strategic executive focused on business strategies that optimize the customer experience while attaining financial goals. He is a business administration professional and expert in managing sales and marketing teams, developing products and services, implementing multi-million dollar projects; and monitoring operational performance. Alfonso has over twenty years of health care experience with a comprehensive understanding of the economic and regulatory structures of Medicare, Medicaid, and Commercial health insurance. He is Mission-driven, and passionate about actively serving the community.



Dr. Mike Cortés joined the CLLARO Board of Directors in March 2014.  He was a member of the Board of Directors of CLLARO’s predecessor, the Latin American Research and Service Agency (LARASA) from 1996-1998.  Mike is a Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Denver where he teaches courses in Policy Development and Analysis and Social Policy Advocacy.  He holds a Colorado Latino Age Wave Fellowship to study and assist organizations addressing injustices against older Latinos.  Previously, Mike held faculty and administrative appointments at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of San Francisco, the University of Colorado Denver, and the University of Denver.  He was the founding Vice-President for Research, Advocacy, and Legislation at the nation’s largest advocacy and community development organization for Latino minorities, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) headquartered in Washington, D.C.  He chaired the Board of Directors of the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest.  Mike was Director of Planning, Finance, and Administration in the Corporate Community Affairs Department at Levi Strauss & Co. and the Levi Strauss Foundation.  He has conducted research, testified before legislators, organized and consulted to nonprofit corporations and voluntary associations, and served on boards of directors, advisory committees, and government commissions in numerous communities and states across the nation.  Mike earned the M.P.P. and Ph.D. degrees in public policy at the University of California at Berkeley, and the M.S.W. with a specialty in community practice and social action at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.



Leslie Colwell serves as the Vice President of K-12 Education Initiatives, leading the Campaign’s work to improve education in the state of Colorado. Before joining the Children’s Campaign in August of 2014, Leslie worked to facilitate partnerships and produce policy agreements, especially in the area of education, as an Associate at The Keystone Center. Her professional experience includes working as Legislative Director for State Senator Mike Johnston, managing his education policy portfolio (including his office’s work on HB12-1238, Colorado’s READ Act, and SB13-033, ASSET) and directing a policy fellowship for educators for three summers. Leslie has also worked on Teach For America’s alumni team, and before that taught 6th grade Math and Earth Science as a TFA corps member at Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School in Los Angeles.


 Chris Martinez has lived in Montbello for almost 40 years. He has always been involved in the community as an activist and involved in many political campaigns. He also has a long history of involvement with the Montbello and Green Valley Ranch schools. He is currently a member of several community and civic organizations. Over the years he has been involved in several community organizations, many times in a leadership role. Mr. Martinez currently is Director of Small Business Opportunity Division under the Office of Economic Development for the City of Denver. His professional career included Sales and Marketing for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Denver Branch where he retired from after 35 years. Mr. Martinez received his B.S. from Regis University. Chris Martinez and his wife Terry have two adult children and five grandchildren. They have been members of the Church of the Ascension, Montbello Catholic Parish for over 35 years.

Dr. Sharon Bailey is the Director of Policy Research for the Office of Denver’s City Auditor. She also currently acts as the Chair of the Colorado Black Roundtable and formerly served as a member of the former Denver Public Schools board. Dr. Bailey earned a PhD in Public Administration from the University of Colorado. On the DPS board she served as liaison to the Colorado legislature, a member of the City-Schools Coordinating Council, and as national co-chair of the Council of Great City Schools Task Force on Urban Education.She has worked as an administrator at Metropolitan State College and as a consultant to a number of agencies and organizations, including the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and as a member of the University of Colorado’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity. In the auditor’s office she chaired a collaborative effort to update the city’s fiscal rules and has led the move to stabilize the use of technology in its business processes.Bailey is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions and received the 2005 “Legacy of Service” award from Princeton, her alma mater.

Eddie Koen currently serves as the Colorado Executive Director for College Track, a comprehensive education nonprofit serving students for 10 years from the summer before 9th grade through college graduation.  He also consults nonprofits on recovery and vulnerability management.  Prior to working with College Track, he worked in business development with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, where he was responsible for managing their corporate leadership team helping to raise 30 Million in income for their “World of Hope Campaign.” He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alabama, Masters of Public Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a law degree from Samford University, and he is currently studying at Harvard University, completing his Masters of Liberal Arts in Management.


Derek Okubo is a Colorado native and was raised in Littleton, Colorado graduating from Arapahoe High School. Derek then attended the University of Northern Colorado and graduated with a degree in Psychology and double minors in Communications and Sociology. Derek was hired by Big Brothers of Metropolitan Denver as the services coordinator for Denver County. Three years later, Derek started the Big Brothers High School Program where he utilized high school students as mentors and tutors to the 500 children on the waiting list. Derek was appointed Governor Roy Romer’s staff as a community liaison to northeast Colorado. A few years later, Derek was hired by the National Civic League (NCL, the nation’s oldest “good government” organization) as the Assistant Director of Community Services. Through July 2011, Derek rose through the NCL ranks becoming the Senior Vice President where he oversaw NCL’s projects and programs.In July 2011, Derek was appointed Executive Director of the Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships by Mayor Michael B. Hancock. In this role, Derek oversees eight offices and 10 mayoral appointed commissions. The agency acts as a conduit of communication and convener of problem solving between local government, non-profits, businesses and residents.



Ana Rojas-Artica was born in Peru, South America, and raised in Leadville, Colorado.  She received her degree in International Affairs at CU Boulder and studied abroad in Seville, Spain.  She has traveled through Europe, Africa, Mexico, Central America, South America, Canada and the United States.  She is passionate about dance and music; Rojas founded Baila Conmigo International Dance, participated in the CU Marching Band, and the Jefferson County Community Band.  She is a proud grandmother of 5.




Kirsten Vermulen is Program Director for the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation where she oversees issues-based leadership development programs for business and civic leaders and partnership initiatives. She began her nonprofit career managing donor development initiatives at the historic Colorado Chautauqua Association in Boulder, Colorado. Kirsten is a graduate of Ohio University (B.A. in English and Theater) and Northpark University (Master of Nonprofit Administration). She currently serves on the CLLARO and B:Civic boards of directors and as chair of the Colorado Civic Health Network. Her past service includes: Director of Education and Member Programs for Housing Colorado; the Human Services Network of Colorado board; Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver associate board; National Philanthropy Day in Colorado steering committee; Daniels Fund scholar selection; Mile High United Way literacy partner. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, Scott. In their spare time, Kirsten and her husband lead an award-winning, 40-member performance troupe.