Artwork by Carmen Melton


Project Worthmore’s staff comes from a diverse array of backgrounds, cultures and experiences. Our team of 25 speaks 19 languages and come from a dozen countries.

Frank Anello

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Erika Bodor

Managing Director
English, French, Hungarian

Anne Kedl

Volunteer Coordinator

April Paw

Office Manager
English, Burmese, Karenni

Aly Spiess

Manager of Finance

Liz Holdeman

English Language Instructor

Katie Pham-Moo

English Language Instructor
English, Burmese

Walid Al Ani

Community Navigator Program Director
English, Arabic

Kai Ra Myitung

Health Screener
English, Kachin, Burmese

Chuck Coffey

Marketplace Manager


Keely Yang

Food Share Coordinator


Hsar Dah

Delivery Driver
English, Karen

Worthmore Clinic

Carolyn Anello

Co-Founder and Clinical Program Director

Dr. Manisha Makhija

Dental Director, DDS
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

Katey Westergren

Treatment Coordinator
English, Spanish

Menbere Debada

Dental Front Office Personnel
English, Amharic, Guragigwa

Shayma Ahmed

Sterilization Tech
English, Arabic

DeLaney Community Farm

Chris Corrigan

Director, DeLaney Community Farm

Hamadi Mayange

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

Pronie Mukarurangwa

Lead Farmer
English, Kinyarwanda, Swahili

Ahmed Yusuf

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

Klaw Reh

English, Karenni

Marie Murekatete

English, Kinyarwanda, Swahili

Board of Directors

Noelle Shearer

Board President

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.

Eric Rothaus

Board Vice Chair

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.

Tamara Smith

Board Treasurer

Tamara is the Owner and Chief Financial Officer of Gibson Athletic, a manufacturer of fitness and therapy equipment. Tamara has been involved with Project Worthmore as a Family Partner and English language volunteer for several years. She resides in Denver with her husband and three boys.

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.

Michael J. Schwab DMD

Board Member

Dr. Schwab graduated from Tuft College of Dental Medicine in 1980.  During his 35 years of private practice in Denver Colorado, he spent 5 years as a Dental Director for two major insurance companies advocating for both dentists’ and patient’s rights. He has been a clinical instructor at CU School of Dental Medicine using the Worthmore Clinic as a teaching and research facility. His area of expertise for the JCNDE is Dental Ethics and Practice Management.

Melissa Theesen

Board Member

Melissa is an entrepreneurial professional with leadership experience across four continents. As Executive Director, she led the ECDC African Community Center of Denver and Children’s Future International toward new and sustainable revenue streams and partnerships. Melissa has built successful enterprises, fostered innovation in refugee resettlement, sustained international nonprofits during natural disasters, and consulted with the United Nations. Currently, Melissa is the Owner and COO of Apollo Energy, a solar company pioneering affordable solar ownership along the front range of Colorado and Wyoming.

Maytham Alshadood

Board Member

Maytham is Congressional District Director, a Transplant Medicine RN, a Healthcare Researcher, and a Community Advocate.  A native of Iraq, he moved to the U.S. in 2008 after serving as a Combat Interpreter with the U.S. Army. Maytham founded DRIVE Project, a nonprofit that focused on refugee and immigrant empowerment. Through DRIVE Project, Maytham was able to advocate for a law that enabled refugees and immigrants to qualify for in-state tuition upon resettlement. For his advocacy, Maytham was presented with an Immigrant Liberty Award by RMIAN, named a rising political star by Denverite, presented at TEDxMileHigh, and featured on the cover of 5280 magazine as one of 15 “Disrupters” who are changing Denver. 


Nazrawit (Naz) Medhanie

Board Member

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.

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.