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Our Board of Directors follows the Carver Policy Governance and Aligned Influence organizational model. The board has four main responsibilities in advancing our mission: overseeing the CEO, setting organizational policy, serving as a link to our stakeholders, and assisting with fundraising. One hundred percent of our Board of Directors contributes financially each year.
We typically have vacancies on our board at the beginning of each year as members serve for a limited term. If you’re interested in joining the board, we’d love to hear from you. We strive to create and maintain a board that mirrors the community we serve. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dan has been a resident of Lafayette since 2014 and joined the board in 2018.
Originally from Texas, he moved to Colorado to pursue an Engineering degree at CU Boulder. Passionate about outdoor recreation, he now refuses to leave.
Dan is a co-founder of a local cybersecurity consulting company, Rule4. He is a diehard Colorado Buffaloes and Dallas Cowboys fan, and he loves adventuring in Colorado with his wife and dog.
Originally from Lima, Peru, Mabel’s involvement with Sister Carmen began in 2016 with providing child-care services. Later, she began facilitating different programs for parents and other support groups. She joined the board in January of 2020 and currently serves as Co-Chair.
Mabel works for a business agility company and lives in Erie, CO. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, paddleboarding, and doing outside activities with her friends and her dog, Winston. She also enjoys visiting her daughter who lives in NYC.
Joseph (Joe) DiRago
Joe, a real estate attorney, was introduced to Sister Carmen Community Center (SCCC) when he led a legal clinic at the Center to provide legal advice to participants free of charge. He joined the board in January 2020 and currently serves as Board Secretary.
Originally from Chicago, Joe, his wife, and two kids live in Gunbarrel and enjoy skiing, hiking and traveling.
Maria-Soledad (Soledad) Diaz
Born in Chile, Soledad studied Social Sciences and Law at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and Professional Photography at Universidad del Pacifico. She has dedicated her professional life to serving underprivileged communities and has focused her work in equity, social justice and anti-violence work.
Currently, Soledad is the Shelter Program Director for SPAN (Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence), Chair of the Community Advisory Board for the Downtown Boulder Partnership, and is committed—through her work in all its different ways and forms—to strengthening our sense of community and becoming a part of each other’s solutions.
Residing in Erie, Sarah works in the field of philanthropy and also teaches college courses. She has three children—one in college and two in high school.
She enjoys time with family and friends, engaging in creative endeavors, and enjoying nature.
Dave has lived in Louisville and Lafayette for 40 years and joined the board in 2017. Originally from the UK, he and his wife, Nancy, have three children—all grown and living in the area—and four grandkids. Dave and Nancy also volunteer at the Sister Carmen Food Bank.
Prior to his recent retirement, Dave worked in Information Technology. He enjoys traveling, being outdoors, hiking, cycling, and riding his motorcycle.
Jacqueline (Jackie) Molenaar
Jackie has spent most of her life in Boulder County. She is a Lafayette resident, along with her husband, Keith, and two daughters, both currently in college.
Jackie is a former corporate finance professional who pivoted her career to work for non-profits. She has been employed by Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, and Blue Sky Bridge. She is currently a yoga instructor for CorePower Yoga and the Lafayette YMCA where she also serves on the Arapahoe Branch Council. During her free time she loves to run, hike, bike, ski, and travel.
Russ has lived in Lafayette for 30 years and has been on the Sister Carmen Community Center (SCCC) board since 2019. Russ and his wife, Giselle, have volunteered at SCCC in a variety of ways over the last 25 years—from food drives, to working in the food bank, to helping with fund raising activities.
Professionally, Russ is a financial advisor who works with individuals and small businesses on group retirement plans. Russ enjoys skiing, hiking and mountain biking.
Casey and her family have been residents of Lafayette for six years, and she joined the Sister Carmen Community Center board in 2023.
Casey works in cybersecurity and has held a variety of marketing and project management roles throughout her career. During her free time, you’ll typically find her and her family at the Rec Center soccer fields or pool, walking around Waneka Lake with their Golden Retriever, or at the library.