Beatriz Bonnet

Beatriz Bonnet

(she, her, ella)

Chair
Highlands Ranch

Beatriz Bonnet has served on the board of CCLP since January 2021. She recently retired as owner, President and CEO of Syntes Language Group, Inc., an award-winning international communications firm. A sought-after speaker, diplomatic translator, and marketing consultant, Ms. Bonnet has addressed audiences in Argentina, Canada, Austria, Germany, Finland, the Czech Republic, China, and throughout the United States.

Ms. Bonnet previously served as President of the National Association of Women Business Owners-Denver. She has served as board member for the American Translators Association (ATA), the American Red Cross Mile High Chapter, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Metro State College’s Center for Innovation, and the Founders’ Committee at the Center for the Advancement of Business Leadership and Entrepreneurship at The Women’s College, University of Denver. She was a judge for the Denver Business Journal Outstanding Women in Business from 2006 through 2017 and was member and Secretary of the Water for People Board of Directors (2018-2023).

Ms. Bonnet holds Bachelor of Music (magna cum laude) and Master of Music degrees in Flute Performance and Music Theory from the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University.

Ana Fernandez Frank

D. Dontae Latson, MSSA, LCSW

(he, him)

Vice Chair
CEO, Family Tree
Denver

Dontae Latson is a servant executive leader with over 25 years of experience and nearly 20 years as an executive leader in the human services arena. Dontae believes in serving all people, but his true passion is working in and working for underserved people and communities, particularly people of color and other marginalized groups. Dontae is a community connector, convener, executor, and collaborator. Dontae currently serves as the CEO of Wheat Ridge based non-profit, Family Tree. Family Tree is committed to addressing the interconnected issues of child abuse, domestic violence and homelessness.

Lynn Borup

Lynn Borup

(she, her)

Member
Mtn2Lk Health Brokers
Telluride

Lynn joined the CCLP Board in June 2022. She brings 30+ years of extensive healthcare experience in executive leadership roles in both the nonprofit and for-profit arenas. Working across multiple states and in diverse communities, she has focused on serving vulnerable populations. As the first executive director of Tri-County Health Network, Lynn dedicated 12 years developing programs and initiatives to advance health equity and promote racial justice, inclusivity, and cultural understanding throughout rural southwest Colorado. She has spearheaded expansion strategies and successfully led development teams for a number of health plans including Anthem, Colorado Choice Health Plans, and Inland Empire Health Plan. She holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Colorado State University. Lynn enjoys skiing, playing hockey, and experiencing Colorado’s beautiful outdoors with her husband and their three sons.

 

Carol Brite

Carole Brite, CPA

(she, her)

Budget Committee Chair
Chief Financial Officer, LENA Foundation
Denver

Carole joined the Board of CCLP in June 2022.  She is currently the CFO of LENA Foundation whose mission is to transform children’s futures through early talk technology and data driven programs. Carole has over 25 years of leadership experience first as an audit partner for RSM and then with several mission driven nonprofit organizations, including as the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois and the COO of Financial Health Network and the CAO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver. Carole earned a BS in Accounting from Indiana University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

 

Ana Fernandez Frank

Ana Fernandez Frank

(she, her, ella)

Member
Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA)
Boulder

Ana joined the Board of CCLP in June 2023. She is the Public Policy and Community Outreach Coordinator at EFAA-Emergency Family Assistance Association- in Boulder, CO working to raise awareness on the broader, systemic issues affecting economically challenged families and individuals in our community, elevating their voices so we may work collaboratively to create local solutions. In this role she collaborated with CCLP and quickly realized her alignment with CCLP’s mission and the impactful work they do. Ana is passionate about social and economic justice and she greatly enjoys the beautiful Colorado outdoors.

Ana earned a BS in Economics from Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina), a MA in Development Management and Public Policy from Georgetown University (Washington, DC) and a Certificate in Non Profit Leadership & Management from Austin Community College (Austin, TX).

 

Miriam Goetzke

Miriam Goetzke

(she, her)

Member
CoBank
Denver

Miriam is a Colorado native. She attended Spelman College and graduated from the University of Denver. Her desire for social justice and activism started early in life. It was cultivated by listening to stories of her mother, father and brothers fighting for change, be it getting the first African American on the Colorado Symphony, protesting for better labor rights. She began participating in peaceful protest as a child marching for Martin Luther King Jr. to have a holiday. Miriam found her own voice in activism while living in Germany. While there, she volunteered with Amnesty International helping refugees seeking asylum in Germany to navigate the system. She also spent time at Inci e.V. helping Turkish women newly arrived in Germany to negotiate German society. Upon returning to Colorado, Miriam has volunteered with organizations such as CASA and the Red Cross.

Nicholas Heimann

Nicholas Heimann

(he, him)

Member
Fort Collins

Nicholas earned his Master of Public Health degree from the Colorado School of Public Health in 2015 and maintains interests in environmental health, health impacts of our built environments, and the sense of belonging and social capital developed through the arts and culture. Since then, he has engaged in work related to equitable community engagement and community building, mentors public health and other students and young professionals, and aims to contribute further to reducing disparities in our Colorado communities. Nicholas is passionate about the people who make up our communities and co-creating ways to support their priorities.

 

Jose Vasquez

Jose L. Vasquez, Esq.

(he, him)

Member
Colorado Legal Services
Denver

Jose L. Vasquez is the Supervising Attorney of the Consumer Law Unit in the Denver office of Colorado Legal Services (CLS), where he specializes in consumer bankruptcy and foreclosure/homeownership defense. He also oversees the Foreclosure Project, funded by the payment of mortgage settlement funds, which employs attorneys within CLS to provide foreclosure assistances to clients on a statewide basis. Prior to joining Colorado Legal Services, Mr. Vasquez was in private practice where he focused on consumer bankruptcy representation as well as serving as a Staff Attorney to a Chapter 13 bankruptcy trustee. Mr. Vasquez has been a speaker on various housing and consumer rights topics at numerous conferences, seminars and events. He received his B.A. from Miami University in 1988 and his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 1991. Mr. Vasquez is a member of the Colorado Supreme Court Civil Rules Committee, and previously Chair of the Council of Advisors on Consumer Credit with the State of Colorado.

HEALTH:
HEALTH FIRST COLORADO (MEDICAID)

To maintain health and well-being, people of all ages need access to quality health care that improves outcomes and reduces costs for the community. Health First Colorado, the state's Medicaid program, is public health insurance for low-income Coloradans who qualify. The program is funded jointly by a federal-state partnership and is administered by the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing.

Benefits of the program include behavioral health, dental services, emergency care, family planning services, hospitalization, laboratory services, maternity care, newborn care, outpatient care, prescription drugs, preventive and wellness services, primary care and rehabilitative services.

In tandem with the Affordable Care Act, Colorado expanded Medicaid eligibility in 2013 - providing hundreds of thousands of adults with incomes less than 133% FPL with health insurance for the first time increasing the health and economic well-being of these Coloradans. Most of the money for newly eligible Medicaid clients has been covered by the federal government, which will gradually decrease its contribution to 90% by 2020.

Other populations eligible for Medicaid include children, who qualify with income up to 142% FPL, pregnant women with household income under 195% FPL, and adults with dependent children with household income under 68% FPL.

Some analyses indicate that Colorado's investment in Medicaid will pay off in the long run by reducing spending on programs for the uninsured.

FOOD SECURITY:
SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP)

Hunger, though often invisible, affects everyone. It impacts people's physical, mental and emotional health and can be a culprit of obesity, depression, acute and chronic illnesses and other preventable medical conditions. Hunger also hinders education and productivity, not only stunting a child's overall well-being and academic achievement, but consuming an adult's ability to be a focused, industrious member of society. Even those who have never worried about having enough food experience the ripple effects of hunger, which seeps into our communities and erodes our state's economy.

Community resources like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, exist to ensure that families and individuals can purchase groceries, with the average benefit being about $1.40 per meal, per person.

Funding for SNAP comes from the USDA, but the administrative costs are split between local, state, and federal governments. Yet, the lack of investment in a strong, effective SNAP program impedes Colorado's progress in becoming the healthiest state in the nation and providing a better, brighter future for all. Indeed, Colorado ranks 44th in the nation for access to SNAP and lost out on more than $261 million in grocery sales due to a large access gap in SNAP enrollment.

See the Food Assistance (SNAP) Benefit Calculator to get an estimate of your eligibility for food benefits.

FOOD SECURITY:
SPECIAL SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION PROGRAM FOR WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN (WIC)

Every child deserves the nutritional resources needed to get a healthy start on life both inside and outside the mother's womb. In particular, good nutrition and health care is critical for establishing a strong foundation that could affect a child's future physical and mental health, academic achievement and economic productivity. Likewise, the inability to access good nutrition and health care endangers the very integrity of that foundation.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition information for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding postpartum women and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

Research has shown that WIC has played an important role in improving birth outcomes and containing health care costs, resulting in longer pregnancies, fewer infant deaths, a greater likelihood of receiving prenatal care, improved infant-feeding practices, and immunization rates

Financial Security:
Colorado Works

In building a foundation for self-sufficiency, some Colorado families need some extra tools to ensure they can weather challenging financial circumstances and obtain basic resources to help them and their communities reach their potential.

Colorado Works is Colorado's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and provides public assistance to families in need. The Colorado Works program is designed to assist participants in becoming self-sufficient by strengthening the economic and social stability of families. The program provides monthly cash assistance and support services to eligible Colorado families.

The program is primarily funded by a federal block grant to the state. Counties also contribute about 20% of the cost.

EARLY LEARNING:
COLORADO CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CCCAP)

Child care is a must for working families. Along with ensuring that parents can work or obtain job skills training to improve their families' economic security, studies show that quality child care improves children's academic performance, career development and health outcomes.

Yet despite these proven benefits, low-income families often struggle with the cost of child care. Colorado ranks among the top 10 most expensive states in the country for center-based child care. For families with an infant, full-time enrollment at a child care center cost an average of $15,140 a year-or about three-quarters of the total income of a family of three living at the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).

The Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) provides child care assistance to parents who are working, searching for employment or participating in training, and parents who are enrolled in the Colorado Works Program and need child care services to support their efforts toward self-sufficiency. Most of the money for CCCAP comes from the federal Child Care and Development Fund. Each county can set their own income eligibility limit as long as it is at or above 165% of the federal poverty level and does not exceed 85% of area median income.

Unfortunately, while the need is growing, only an estimated one-quarter of all eligible children in the state are served by CCCAP. Low reimbursement rates have also resulted in fewer providers willing to accept CCCAP subsidies.