Artwork by Carmen Melton

The Team

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

Programs Manager

April Paw

Office Manager
English, Burmese, Karenni

Marlene Desmond

Volunteer Coordinator

James Laurie

Community Engagement Coordinator
English, Spanish, Japanese, Swahili

Aly Spiess

Manager of Finance

Reche Mouwembe

Community Navigator
English, French, Kikongo

Tahira Ahmadi

Case Manager
English, Farsi, Dari, Pashto

Fayaz Amiri

Case Manager
English, Farsi, Dari, Pashto, German, Urdu, Hindi

Connie Hwang

English Language Instructor

Katie Pham-Moo

English Language Instructor
English, Burmese

Kai Ra Myitung

Babysitter + Health Screener
English, Kachin, Burmese

Chuck Coffey

Marketplace Manager

Keely Yang

Food Share Coordinator

Hsar Dah

Delivery Driver
English, Karen

Mariah Miller

Community Navigator Intern
English, French

George Askew


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

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

Tamara Smith

Board Chair

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.

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.

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.

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.