Dr. Paul Leon Ramsey
Raised in East Washington Park and Historic Baker, Paul has over 25 years’ experience building organizations and promoting positive social change. He is passionate about the mission of A Little Help and the pairing of volunteers with their senior neighbors to help them stay and thrive in their homes. He is the first full-time Executive Director of our organization, has previously served as the President of the Baker Historic Neighborhood Association and of the former Broadway Merchants’ Association, and was a member of the Lincoln Elementary PTA. Paul holds a Doctorate from the Iliff School of Theology. He earned a Masters of Divinity from Texas Christian University and a Bachelor’s from Abilene Christian University. Paul delivered the Rocky Mountain News to several of our members as a boy and is a proud graduate of Denver South High School. He served as the Chair and then Vice Chair of Denver’s Commission on Aging and on its Advocacy Committee, and currently serves as the Vice Chair of the national Village to Village Network’s Board of Directors and on its Strategic Growth committee, and as a member of the Colorado Senior Lobby and Generations United. Paul is active in his children’s, Grace, Lucy, and Park, activities and is an avid reader, musician (he is the lead singer and songwriter for Leon and the Revival), aging athlete, and Denver sports teams fan. He is also the Pastor of Mayflower Congregational Church United Church of Christ in Englewood and his wife Sarah is a teacher at Cherry Creek High School.
Hilary Lenz, MPH
Hilary has worked with A Little Help since February 2012 and now serves as the Program Director. Her background includes over ten years’ experience working and volunteering with nonprofits and researching in the social psychology and public health fields. As a member of Generations United and the National Center for Creative Aging, Hilary has implemented best practices to promote intergenerational connections throughout A Little Help’s many programs and services. She also serves on the Colorado Senior Lobby, the Village to Village Network’s National Village Exchange Program committee, Denver’s Local Coordinating Council, and the Denver Metro Respite Coalition’s Advisory Board. Hilary earned her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her Bachelor of the Arts degree from Duke University.
Director of Member Growth
Amanda Gregg, MNM
Amanda Gregg joins the A Little Help team with exceptional experience and a passion for working to engage and empower older adults in the community. Over the past two and a half years, Amanda has served as the Director of the Denver Office on Aging for the City and County of Denver. In her work with the city, she moved several initiatives forward including the update of the Age Matters Report and the implementation of specified strategies and goal, as well as provided leadership and empowered the Denver Commission on Aging. Amanda earned her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. With this degree, her experience began with over six years in the nonprofit sector, previously working as the Division Director of Volunteers Services for Volunteers of America before her time with the City of Denver.
Amanda’s experience in the aging community, as well as experience in both the nonprofit and government sectors brings another perspective to our growing organization. In the position of Director of Member Growth, Amanda looks forward to utilizing her passions and strengths to spread the wonderful work of A Little Help in helping seniors thrive in their communities.
Tanya Matthias is a wife and mother of two who has lived in the Denver area since 1999. Tanya worked as the Marketing Director for an international company out of Oxford, England prior to taking time off to raise her two children. She has spent the last four years volunteering and running various fundraising events at her children’s school and is currently a member of Christ the King Roman Catholic School Advisory Board and the school’s Catholic Education Foundation. She is thrilled to be part of such an enthusiastic group of people at A Little Help.
Amanda just relocated from Fort Collins to the Denver area. She spent the past three years working as a medical receptionist while earning her Associates of Arts Degree at Front Range Community College. She plans to return to school to get her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations. In her spare time, Amanda loves to spend time with her pug Meeka, hiking, and exploring her new town with friends. She is very excited to be a part of the team at A Little Help and looks forward to growing with the organization.
AmeriCorps Encore Members
Earleen joined A Little Help through AARP Colorado, chatting with our members each week first as our Care Caller. Earleen’s background includes nonprofit and entrepreneurial experience, both domestically and abroad. She has transitioned to our Warm Welcome Captain and will be welcoming new members to A Little Help, while providing resources to our current members.
Christine (Chris) Rhodes joins us most recently from Centura Health where she led marketing and communications for the organization’s population health company– FullWell. Chris has over 25 years of experience in healthcare programs and an educational background in recreation therapy and public administration. Chris earned her Master of Science degree from Indiana University and studied Applied Communication at DU. At A Little Help, Chris will focus on outreach and resource navigation, spreading the word to folks who can benefit from the services and programming we provide.
Jill Wichlens, Esq.
Jill Wichlens is a retired attorney, having most recently served as Denver’s Assistant Federal Public Defender, Appellate Division, which included five years as the Division Chief. Jill will be helping with resourcing in the office and conducting Warm Welcome visits with new members, as well as a little snow shoveling and driving! Jill earned her Master of Law degree from Georgetown University and her JD from Washington University. When not giving folks “a little help,” Jill’s favorite hobby is playing tennis.
Eric grew up in Wisconsin and attended the University of Alaska Anchorage. While there, he decided to ultimately enlist in the Army National Guard as an infantryman. After he had enough of the dreary Alaskan climate, Eric transferred to the bright and exuberant state of Colorado and is now attending the University of Colorado Denver, where he is majoring in Environmental Science. In his free time, Eric is an avid outdoorsman who loves to camp, hike, and go fishing, all while enjoying the Colorado lifestyle.
Social Media Community Manager
Kenzi joins the A Little Help team as a social media marketing enthusiast. She holds experience with CU Denver, The Orchard, Girls Rock Denver, Colorado Detour, various musicians, hair salons, and more. In her own words, “I am also passionate about event planning and community building, and hold experience with various music festivals, local music showcases, fundraising, and more. I have a wide range of basic experience in photography and videography, and have gotten to the point of “not terrible” at graphic design work. I have a degree in Music Business from the University of Colorado Denver.” Kenzi is excited to engage our supporters, grow our digital footprint, share our stories, and continue community conversations online. If you have social media content, stories to share, or questions, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Directors
Our board members are leaders who are involved in strengthening our community and improving the lives of seniors and their neighbors. We are proud of our volunteer Board members, who donate their time and expertise to assist us in meeting the changing needs of our members and community.
Alan Walker is a retired executive who spent 40 years in the international corporate sector in the heavy equipment for mining and constructing industries. Since his retirement from Caterpillar in 2013, Alan has focused on having a meaningful impact and has served as a Commissioner on the Denver Commission on Aging, on the Denver HRCP Advisory Board, as an AARP Ambassador, and the Chair of the Volunteer Leadership Council for Denver Botanic Gardens.
Steve is the President of Coblaco Services, Inc. and brings his business acumen to the board. He serves as A Little Help’s Board Treasurer.
Angela Lichtenberger volunteered with A Little Help as the Outreach Coordinator and now serves on the board as our Secretary. Angela was a Registered Nurse and serves on our Fundraising and Development Committee to help plan Fiesta de Mayo.
Cori Keeton Pope
Cori comes to A Little Help as the President of Keeton PR, a Denver Public Relations firm. As the chair of our Creative Team, Cori is helping A Little Help’s PR and Marketing efforts.
Sean McBride, CPA
Sean has more than 15 years of accounting, finance, and business consulting experience and leads the Business Technology Services consulting area at EKS&H. Sean has brought these skills to the board to help with strategic planning.
Lori Tolle, Esq.
Lori, a native of Jefferson County, was the Deputy District Attorney with Jefferson County; special focus in “CAC” (crimes against children), serving a particularly vulnerable segment of population. She is the Board President of a Special District and a mother of three girls. Lori serves on our Growth Committee, focusing on Jefferson County.
Mike Rengel, a former New Orleans Saint, has spent his professional career as an entrepreneur, and business development and management executive with major engineering and construction management companies. Since starting his gradual retirement from CH2MHILL, Ltd in 2007, Mike he has freely given his time to a variety of nonprofit organization in the Denver Metro area, including the Mile Hi Church Foundation. During his time on the MHC Board, he was instrumental in forging a partnership with A Little Help to grow in Lakewood and Jefferson County.
Bob Brocker is a semi-retired railroad executive and management consultant. He spends the bulk of his time advocating for seniors within various nonprofit organizations: A Little Help, Colorado Senior Lobby, Advisory Council on Aging (DRCOG), and the SAPGA (Senior Action Planning Group on Aging) Technology and Innovation Committee. He is pleased to rejoin our board after serving as board Chair from 2011 through 2014 and as a volunteer since 2010.
Jonathan Mueller brings his entrepreneurial and philanthropic experience to A Little Help’s board. His past experience in fields from retail to skiing to operations gives Jonathan a unique way of looking at situations. He is the founder of The Pinecone Project and a realtor with Keller Williams Foothills, LLC.
Britt is the Vice President, Northwest Divisional Performance Manager at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She serves on A Little Help’s Fund Development team.