Artwork by Carmen Melton

The Team

Project Worthmore’s staff comes from a diverse array of backgrounds, cultures and experiences. Our team of 33 speaks 19 languages and come from a dozen countries.

Frank Anello

Co-Founder and Executive Director
frank@projectworthmore.org

Erika Bodor

Managing Director
erika@projectworthmore.org
English, French, Hungarian

Anne Kedl

Programs Manager
anne@projectworthmore.org

April Paw

Office Manager
april@projectworthmore.org
English, Burmese, Karenni

Marlene Desmond

Volunteer Coordinator
marlene@projectworthmore.org

James Laurie

Community Engagement Coordinator
jamie@projectworthmore.org
English, Spanish, Japanese, Swahili

Aly Spiess

Manager of Finance
aly@projectworthmore.org

Tahira Ahmadi

Case Manager
tahira@projectworthmore.org
English, Farsi, Dari, Pashto

Fayaz Amiri

Case Manager
fayaz@projectworthmore.org
English, Farsi, Dari, Pashto, German, Urdu, Hindi

Mariah Miller

Community Navigator
mariah@projectworthmore.org
English, French

Connie Hwang

English Language Instructor

Katie Pham-Moo

English Language Instructor
katie@projectworthmore.org
English, Burmese

Chuck Coffey

Marketplace Manager
chuck@projectworthmore.org

Keely Yang

Food Share Coordinator
keely@projectworthmore.org

Mirza Rodriguez Calzada

Food Share Assistant

English, Spanish

Hsar Dah

Delivery Driver
English, Karen

George Askew

Security

Beheshta Amiri

Babysitter
English, Dari

Worthmore Clinic

Carolyn Anello

Co-Founder and Clinical Program Director
carolyn@projectworthmore.org

Dr. Manisha Makhija

Dental Director, DDS
dr.makhija@projectworthmore.org
English, Hindi, Sindhi, Marathi, Punjabi

Dr. Michael Plous

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Ala Shamam

Extended Duties Dental Assistant
English, Arabic

Narges Mowahedi

Extended Duties Dental Assistant
English, Farsi

Htee Ku

Extended Duties Dental Assistant
English, Karen, Burmese

Anthony Huynh

Registered Dental Hygienist
English, Vietnamese

Shayma Ahmed

Dental Assistant
English, Arabic

Katey Westergren

Treatment Coordinator
English, Spanish
dentalclinic@projectworthmore.org

Menbere Debada

Dental Front Office Personnel
English, Amharic, Guragigwa
dentalclinic@projectworthmore.org

DeLaney Community Farm

Andréa Wilkins y Martínez

Farm Director
andrea@projectworthmore.org
English, Spanish

Oliver Bolz

Assistant Farm Director
oliver@projectworthmore.org
English

Hamadi Mayange

Lead Farmer
English, Arabic, Italian, Somali, Maay Maay, Swahili

Ahmed Yusuf

Lead Farmer
English, Somali, Maay Maay, Italian, Swahili, Arabic

Klaw Reh

Farmer
English, Karenni

Abubakar Rasulo

Farmer
English,  Maay Maay, Somali, Swahili

Soe Reh

Farmer
English, Karenni, Burmese

Board of Directors

Tamara Smith

Board Chair

Tamara graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in international relations. She is currently a Masters in Social Work candidate at MSU-Denver. Tamara is a small business owner in the health and wellness space and a long-time volunteer with Project Worthmore. Her passions include promoting health and wellness within the refugee community, as well as with children who have experienced trauma or mental health crises. Tamara resides in Denver with her husband and three boys. In her free time, Tamara enjoys distance running, biking and pickleball.

Nazrawit (Naz) Medhanie

Board Vice Chair

Naz is Director of Talent and Culture at Rose Community Foundation, where she provides human resources and people operations leadership.  She has more than a dozen years of international development experiences, including knowledge management and analysis of Sub-Saharan African enterprise development and trade programs, delivering trainings in Kenya, and implementing holistic child development programs in Ghana.

Originally from Eritrea, Naz was raised in Sweden, where she was resettled as a political asylee in the early 1980s, and moved to the U.S. to attend college in the mid-90s.

Erik Roach

Board Treasurer

Erik is a longtime Colorado resident and has been a supporter of Project Worthmore for many years. As an engineering Director in the energy industry he has experience with team leadership, economic evaluation, operational analysis and general problem solving. Erik has a Bachelor’s of Geology from Colorado University, Boulder and a Masters in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He lives in Denver with his wife and two daughters and is passionate about the history, community and culture of the city.

Mia Ariela Allen

Board Secretary

Mia Ariela Allen is focused on improving programmatic structures and creating equitable learning opportunities for English Language Learners. Mia is a consultant, coach, teacher, and provides professional learning in-service opportunities throughout the United States, Canada and Central America. Mia is currently working in both the traditional and digital publishing industries reviewing and creating student-centric English Language Development literacy-based resources.

Eric Rothaus

Board Member

Eric is the Deputy State Treasurer for Colorado and has worked in public service for the vast majority of his career. He also serves as the Chair for the City of Denver’s pension plan. Eric also spent several years in the nonprofit arena as the Director of Operations for the Denver Biennial of the Americas, an organization focused on building international relationships across the Western Hemisphere through arts and culture. Eric is a Colorado native who lives in Denver.

Noelle Shearer

Board Member

Noelle became involved with Project Worthmore upon moving to Denver in 2016. Her passion is to see unity developed by people learning from each other in authentic relationships. She has served in pastoral ministry and the arts in Columbus, Ohio for many years, and in Denver since 2016. Noelle holds a B.A from The Ohio State University and an M.A. from Ashland Theological Seminary. She resides in Denver with her husband and three teenagers.

Brian Decker

Board Member

Brian works for the KONG dog toy company in Golden, Colorado in Corporate Partnerships and Marketing.  Brian previously worked in the wine industry in Santa Barbara, California before moving back to his native Colorado to get his MBA at the University of Denver. He currently lives in Lakewood, CO with his brother and 3 dogs.

Greg Corbin

Board Member
Greg is a small business attorney and owner at Signal Law. Greg graduated from Kansas State University with a BA in Philosophy and Political Science and earned his JD from Boston University School of law. In his free time, Greg runs, bikes, hikes, and camps with his wife Meryl and their energy-filled pup Luna.

Enas Alsharea

Board Member
Enas is an intercultural champion award winner, a dentist and a refugee, born and raised in Iraq. She holds an M.S. in Orthodontics from the University of Baghdad. Before being resettled in Colorado with her family in 2014, she worked with Relief International in Kurdistan/Iraq. Through providing entrepreneurship consultation, she was supporting internally displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees in establishing camp-based businesses. In Colorado, Enas served refugees via advocacy, research, public speaking and health navigation. Prior to being a board member of Project Worth more, Enas volunteered as a dental assistant in the Worthmore Clinic.
Currently, Enas is finishing her final term at the school of dental medicine and looking forward to being a licensed dentist in United States. When not working or studying, she enjoys hiking, rock climbing, belly dancing and hand crafting with her two children.

Tyler Carner

Tyler is an Executive Vice President at CBRE and focuses on industrial real estate for his day job.  As a 21 year old Tyler had a powerful experience to help a large amount of Tibetan Refugees on their journey to the safety of the UNHCR that has forever shaped his compassion and desire to aid the refugee community.  Tyler graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder and lives in Denver with his wife and two young children.