Meet the Staff

Interim CEO, Emily Wheeland

Emily Wheeland joined The Delores Project in 2015 and has served in a variety of roles during her tenure here. She has a professional background in human services and for-profit leadership and over two decades working and volunteering with unhoused neighbors in Denver and in Portland, Oregon. Emily's work and history of community involvement is grounded in the belief that we belong to each other and has centered around racial, economic, and food justice issues. She has a bachelor's degree in Women's and Ethnic Studies from Oregon State University and a master's degree in Social Justice and Ethics from Iliff School of Theology. In her free time Emily can be found cycling with her wife, making art and music, and feeding everyone she can homemade baked goods.
Contact:, (303) 534-5411 x107


Business & Finance Director, Diana Adams
Diana is responsible for the overall financial and business management of the organization. Diana came to The Delores Project in September of 2015 after fifteen years as Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller for ALPS Financial Services, a DST Company, and had experience as an auditor with Deloitte & Touche, LLP prior to that. Diana is very active with her family and spends most of her free time with her husband and three sons. She holds a Bachelor of Science with an accounting emphasis from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Contact:, (303) 534-5411 x108


Program Team

PSH Program Manager, Paige Dennis
Contact:, (303) 534-5411 x200

Shelter Manager, Ariana Badran
Contact:, (303) 534-5411 x119

Rehousing Program Manager, Duncan Metcalfe
Contact:, (303) 534-5411 x127

Development Team


Volunteer Coordinator, Laura Smith
Contact:, (303) 534-5411 x113


Shelter Assistants
The resident assistant team is the first face that guest see when they come to The Delores Project and are a constant presence during the evenings, weekends, and overnights that the shelter is open. They work directly with guests to create a peaceful, secure environment and manage the day to day functioning of the shelter. They ensure that the guests are welcomed and safe, provide resources and referrals and help to create a supportive trauma informed experience.

Housing Assistants
Housing Assistants are the main point of contact for Permanent Supportive Housing residents, providing a safe and welcoming entry to their home. Housing Assistants connect residents to care managers, their visitors, and to each other. They are a constant presence, ensuring residents are supported and that the building is kept secure 24/7. Housing Assistants also participate in community building activities and programmatic development with residents to create a trauma-informed space and ensure residents maintain safe housing.