English, Arabic, Italian, Somali, Maay Maay, Swahili
English, Kinyarwanda, Swahili
English, Somali, Maay Maay, Italian, Swahili, Arabic
Board of Directors
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.
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 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
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
Dr. Schwab graduated from Tuft College ofDental 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 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 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
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 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 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.