Artwork by Carmen Melton



Project Worthmore’s staff comes from a diverse array of backgrounds, cultures and experiences. Our team of 40 speaks 29 languages and come from a dozen countries.

Frank Anello

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Carolyn Anello

Co-Founder and Clinical Program Director

Erika Bodor

Managing Director

Anne Kedl

Volunteer Coordinator

April Paw

Aly Spiess

Manager of Finance

Liz Holdeman

English Language Instructor

Katie Pham-Moo

English Language Instructor

Walid Al Ani

Community Navigator Program Director

Dr. Manisha Makhija

Chris Corrigan

Director, DeLaney Community Farm

Lindsey Perriman

Food Share Director & Communications Coordinator

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.

Amber Hill

Board Secretary

Amber resides in Denver where she serves as the Owner & Mediator at Hilltop Mediation.

Camille Howells

Board Member

Camille is a nonprofit consultant and former development director who brings fundraising and community relations expertise to the board. She has a heart for the marginalized and has worked on community development and educational equity issues over the course of her career. She resides in Wheat Ridge with her family.

Daphna Kapnik

Board Member

Daphna is a Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Little Kickers Swim School, which promotes water safety and a lifelong love of swimming for children of all ages. Prior to starting Little Kickers in 2014, Daphna worked both in Denver and Washington, D.C. on various international leadership and women’s empowerment programs.

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.

Susie Lewis

Board Member

Susie served as Project Worthmore’s Director of Marketing & Events for three years before joining the Board in summer 2019. Her experience also includes working on issues of social and environmental justice within the food system, designing and leading experiential learning programs for executives around the globe, and overseeing software teams in her current role as Product Owner at CKD Technology Partners. She is fluent in Spanish, an aspiring potter, and happiest taking walks in the woods. Susie has a BS in Advertising from the U of Florida, and an MBA from the U of Colorado, Boulder.

Mia Ariela Allen

Board Member

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.

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.