Executive Director

Hilary (Lenz) Simmons, MPH

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

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

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. 

Operations Director

Jessica Wall

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.

Northern Colorado Coordinator

Steve Courts

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.

Western Slope Coordinator

Rick Smith

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!


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