Staff

Executive Director

Hilary (Lenz) Simmons, MPH

720-817-3747 | Hilary@alittlehelp.org

Hilary Simmons has over twelve years of experience as a director for various organizations and small businesses, including six and a half years as the Program Director with A Little Help. She has honed skills in servant leadership, strategic, fiscal, and operational planning, fundraising and investor relations, program development and implementation, community and relationship building, and business analytics consulting. In addition to her professional experience, Hilary founded her own LLC to perform financial analytics services, has served as a board treasurer for several organizations, and has been active in her local, and larger, community.

At A Little Help, Hilary began as the part-time Administrative Assistant and, within a year, earned and built her role as the Program Director. As a growing organization, she and former Executive Director Dr. Paul Ramsey grew A Little Help’s staff from a two- to ten-person team and expanded ALH’s impact from four neighborhoods to ten counties throughout Colorado, while maintaining a hyper-local focus in each community.

Hilary earned her bachelor’s degree from Duke University in Psychology and English and earned her Master of Public Health degree (emphasis: Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, certificate: Global Health) from the University of Pittsburgh. She serves as the Vice President of the national Village to Village Network board and on the Denver and Jefferson County Local Coordinating Councils.

Metro Denver Director

Jake Dresden

720-817-4578 | Jake@alittlehelp.org

Jake Dresden is A Little Help's full-time Metro Denver Director. Jake comes to A Little Help with close to two decades of experience at Graland Country Day School, where he most recently served as the Dean of Students and the Secondary School Counselor. Prior to those roles, he taught history and political science, chaired the History department, ran a civil rights trip to the South, coached, and co-chaired the Service Learning program. In his work at Graland, Jake was most driven to help kids grow and find their voices as members of a community. Jake will be reaching out in the community and building relationships with A Little Help’s supporters of all kinds.

Originally from Philadelphia and having lived in Colorado for the past thirty years, Jake is also an outdoorsman, starting a backpacking guide service that takes kids into the Colorado backcountry each summer. He has also coached soccer, lacrosse, and volleyball, and he and his family have volunteered with A Little Help for Service Saturdays! and as snow shovelers for the past seven years. Jake received his B.A. in History and International Affairs at Colorado College and his master's degree in Education and History from University of Colorado Boulder.

Program Director

Tanya Matthias

720-817-4744 | Tanya@alittlehelp.org

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 a few years off to raise her two children. She spent those four years volunteering and running various fundraising events and participating in a number of boards at her children’s school. Tanya has worn many hats with A Little Help, she first joined us just part-time helping in the office with our member calls then quickly moved to full time and working on events and fundraisers as our Community Outreach Director and then as our Metro Denver Director to her current positon as Program Director for A Little Help. She is thrilled to be part of such an enthusiastic group of people at A Little Help and couldn't ask for a more rewarding job. 

Northern Colorado Director

Colleen Meyer

970-829-8525 Colleen@alittlehelp.org

Colleen brings more than 20 years of experience in donor and volunteer relations where she served as the Executive Director of the Alumni Association and Managing Director of Donor Relations for CSU-Fort Collins. Colleen is a Colorado native, born and raised in Pueblo, CO and has lived in Fort Collins for 28 years.  She has been an active volunteer with National Charity League, Larimer Humane Society, and other northern Colorado non-profits.  For fun, she enjoys spending time in the mountains and on the beaches with her husband, daughter (a soon-to-be CSU Ram), and their dog Buddy. 

Colleen is a graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in Speech Communication as well as the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce Leadership Fort Collins program. She is also a professionally trained leadership coach.

Development Director

Rachel Rotach, LMSW

720-817-3366 | Rachel@alittlehelp.org

Rachel has 13 years of nonprofit experience working with family caregivers, healthcare professionals, and community stakeholders. Rachel was previously the senior director of programs for the Alzheimer's Association, Western New York Chapter, and led the strategic direction of the program department including the delivery of care consultations, support groups, education and training, respite, early-stage programs, safety services, public policy/advocacy, and outreach efforts. Her passion for strong community engagement and empowering communities to age in place led her to join A Little Help. Rachel holds a bachelor's degree in public relations from Penn State University and a master's degree in social work from the University at Buffalo, where she was a Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education scholar.

Operations Director

Jessica Wall

720-817-3732Jessica@alittlehelp.org

Jessica Wall brings her experience with nonprofits and education to the Operations side of A Little Help. She was the Student Activities Director at Florence Crittenton School, Assistant Program Director at Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver, and spent ten years working in Denver Public Schools. Jessica is from Colorado and graduated from the University of Denver. She raised her family in Denver, and they enjoy experiencing all that our beautiful state has to offer. Jessica believes that strong connections create thriving communities and is excited to be a part of the work that A Little Help does to build those connections.

Member Coordinator

Beth Berger

720-829-4356 | Beth@alittlehelp.org

Beth joined A Little Help in March of 2020 as our Operations Coordinator. She could not have asked for a more rewarding position to keep her busy during the beginning of the pandemic. She has enjoyed making connections with our members and volunteers and now serves as our Member Coordinator. Beth has experience in nonprofit operations and programming working with young families, teens, and older adults. She received her bachelor's degree from Binghamton University in Philosophy, Politics, and Law and her master's degree in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University. A mother of 3, she enjoys spending time with her family hiking, biking, and relaxing at home with puzzles and game nights.

Northern Colorado Coordinator

Steve Courts

970-829-8588Steve@alittlehelp.org

Steve was born and raised in Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. degree in Speech/Communication. Upon graduating from the U of M, he spent three years in radio before finding his calling with the YMCA. Starting out as a Youth Director for the YMCA in La Crosse, WI, he went on to have a 31 year career with the YMCA, working for 5 different YMCAs in Wisconsin, Kentucky, Ohio and finally as the Executive Director for the Rochester Area YMCA, where he retired at the end of 2016.

Steve, along with his wife, Stephanie, moved to Johnstown in December of 2017. Feeling compelled to continue to his calling for nonprofit work, he took on a contract job as a Development Specialist for the Aurora Community Connection in Denver. When the contract ended, he discovered ALH and was hired in March of 2019 as the Berthoud Coordinator.

Steve is an avid sports fan of all things Minnesota and enjoys being outdoors playing golf, hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park and camping under the stars. He and Stephanie are avid tennis players and enjoy playing bridge together. He is a current Rotarian in Johnstown and attends (with his wife) Zion Lutheran Church in Loveland.

Operations Coordinator

Emma Johnson

720-817-3652Emma@alittlehelp.org

Emma Johnson joined A Little Help as the Operations Coordinator in July of 2021. Emma was born and raised in a small town outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and has always been very passionate about helping the older adult population in any possible manner. She graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s in Human Sciences and a Minor in Gerontology in the spring of 2021. During her senior year of college, she became an intern at A Little Help, and very quickly fell in love with the mission to connect neighbors across generations to help older adults stay in the comfort of their own homes.

Volunteer Coordinator

Gisselle Rovira

970-829-8518 | Gisselle@alittlehelp.org

6 years ago, Gisselle's husband was relocated from Mexico to Denver, and soon after she started her journey with A Little Help. She had been in the world of Marketing for more than 18 years. Starting in an agency for the Hispanic Market, at Citibank, she was VP of Marketing Credit Cards for the Affluent Segment, and then she was at HSBC. Initially, she studied Fashion Design, then Marketing caught her attention, but she also obtained degrees in Art. Creativity is something that she always tries to apply not only in her professional life but also in her personal life. Because of this, she is always trying to travel and look for new places to visit. In addition, photography is something that she has recently developed an interest in. She is an animal lover and has 2 dogs and 1 cat. Through an ad on the internet, she found out about an event called "Service Saturday" that she could be a part of, while she learned more about the city and the community. Since then, Gisselle has been ever-present for A Little Help. She started as a volunteer and has now moved into the Volunteer Coordinator role. She has not stopped learning, and this is one of the most important things for her. She is more than grateful for all the support she has received from this organization and community. She couldn't be happier to be here.

Metro Denver/Marketing Coordinator

Walker Shumock-Bailey

720-817-4727 Walker@alittlehelp.org

Walker started as an intern for A Little Help in the Fall of 2021 after creating a communications plan for the organization for a class at the University of Denver. He graduated in March of 2022 from DU with degrees in International Studies and Strategic Communications and a Minor in History and came onboard as a full-time employee in May of 2022. He is excited to hit the ground running to help ALH advance its mission throughout Colorado! He is originally from Auburn, Alabama and in his free time, he enjoys watching college football (War Eagle) and hockey (Sko' DU), playing soccer, skiing, and cooking.

Western Slope Coordinator

Rick Smith

970-989-9530 | Rick@alittlehelp.org

Rick has spent his career helping nonprofit organizations meet the needs of participants, stakeholders, and clients across this country and internationally. He has led efforts to teach literacy-challenged children to read across the globe, designed university accreditation and teacher certification programs, established trust funds for people facing the emotional and financial destruction of liver transplants, organized financial assistance programs for people wrestling with the significant, and often lonely, challenges of disability, managed venture philanthropy research initiatives and clinical processes resulting in new therapeutic treatments for people with multiple sclerosis, hepatitis A, B, C, cirrhosis, and diabetes, and worked with organizations to identify more adventurous strategic initiatives so they can continue to change the world around them.

Rick is a movement-driven servant leader by nature and excited to join the team here at A Little Help.  In addition, Rick is aware and sensitive of issues surrounding the challenges and opportunities of aging having taken a several years of work to be the primary caregiver for his father with vascular dementia.

Rick is a new resident of the Roaring Fork Valley having relocated there so that his mother can be close to her sister. That said, he has been a visitor to the area for the past 20 years and grew up in the southern Rockies with a fly rod in his hand!

Operations Assistant

Gayla Dunning

720-242-9032 | Gayla@alittlehelp.org

Gayla comes to A Little Help with an extensive background in education and non-profits. After working with children either as a teacher or teacher’s aide for nearly 18 years, she felt that it was time to make a career change. Wanting to be of service to others and help with building community, she was excited to see an opportunity to do that with A Little Help. She looks forward to working as the Operations Assistant. Gayla graduated from the University of Texas Dallas with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Elementary Education. She is a proud Colorado native and a big Denver Broncos fan. Her happy place is the mountains, and she loves to hike, garden, and spend time with her family. Gayla and her husband are the proud parents of 4 adult children and 2 incredible grandchildren.

Grants

ZIM Consulting

We are thrilled to partner with ZIM Consulting for grant writing and research. In 2006, ZIM Consulting was founded because Marty and Shira Zimmerman saw a need. There were (and continue to be) an abundance of nonprofit organizations in Colorado, but many were having difficulty building the organizational capacity to truly support their missions. There also were (and continue to be) many nonprofit consultants who help nonprofits with various projects, but most of them develop plans without assisting with implementation. ZIM Consulting works with nonprofits to develop attainable objectives, set realistic benchmarks, and complete tasks on the path to achieving their goals. Find more by clicking here