Who We Are
Meet the Staff
Executive Director, Terrell Curtis
Terrell is responsible for the overall management of the organization. Her key roles include financial and operations management, fundraising, and building collaborative partnerships in the community. Terrell’s prior experience includes eight years at The Gathering Place, a partner agency, where she served as the Director of Communication. Terrell has been appointed by Mayor Michael Hancock to serve on the Commission to End Homelessness, and she sits on the Board of Directors for the Harm Reduction Action Center. She holds a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Terrell has been with The Delores Project since 2007.
Deputy Director, Rev. Laura Rossbert
Laura implements, oversees and evaluates shelter programming and volunteer services at The Delores Project, ensuring the safe operation of the shelter environment while assisting the Executive Director with strategic planning and coordination of the organization's projects, staff, and policy positions. Laura brings a wealth of experience from her various non-profit positions in both DC, Nashville, and Denver. She most recently served as a Field Director for a national non-profit and brings her commitments to working with the most marginalized in society to be empowered to enact change in their own lives. Laura joined The Delores Project in March 2015.
Community Engagement Director, Sierra Trujillo
Sierra joined The Delores Project in April of 2013. Sierra is responsible for maintaining the operational performance of the organization, managing volunteer engagement and gifts in kind. Before joining The Delores Project, Sierra was a regular volunteer at the shelter. Her work experience includes skills from the service industry, law, and non-profit public policy arenas. A native to Colorado, Sierra enjoys the outdoors and live music. She has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Colorado Denver.
Director of Business & Finance, 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 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’s of Science with an accounting emphasis from the University of Colorado, Boulder and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Development Director, Gaelen Hafen
Gaelen is responsible for fundraising and communications of the organization, including individual donors, corporate partners, and foundations. Gaelen came to The Delores Project in 2017 with over 12 years of development experience and is passionate about bringing donors to a nonprofit where they can build a lifelong relationship of meaningful and impactful giving. She is an experienced major gift cultivator, grant writer and prospect researcher with strategic vision. Gaelen holds a B.A. from Miami University and a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Regis University.
Development & Communications Associate, Cassandra Cordova
Cassandra Cordova joined The Delores Project in September 2015 as the Development Associate. Graduating from Seattle University with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing in 2014, she is responsible for the fundraising and development of the organization, as well as compiling guests’ stories. She brings non-profit experience and a Jesuit education to the team. A Colorado native, Cassandra enjoys hiking with her partner Matt. She also loves spending time with her family, playing with animals, reading, writing, crocheting, and attending comi-cons.
Transitional Advocate, Heather Orem
Heather manages the Steps to Stability Program, working with 22 guests at a time to move them towards stability. She coordinates Life Skills classes for all guests and provides creative and dynamic support to guests in the Steps Program to support them in reaching their individual goals. Prior to joining The Delores Project in July 2014, Heather worked as a lead case manager at The Salvation Army Lambuth Family Center, and interned at the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, bringing over 15 years of experience to her work here. Heather has a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Colorado State University and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Denver with a certificate in Animal Assisted Social Work.
Shelter Manager, Emily Wheeland
Emily has been with the Delores Project since February of 2015 and oversees all shelter operations including our extended stay Community Transitions and Community Partner programs as well as our front line team of Resident Assistant Staff. Prior to working at The Delores Project Emily worked with women, children and transgender people experiencing homelessness and poverty at another local nonprofit. Emily has a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies from Oregon State University with a focus in women's and ethnic studies, a master's degree in Social Justice and Ethics from Iliff School of Theology, and brings to her work an extensive leadership background as well as a passion for equity, justice and the spiritual care of others. In her free time she volunteers in grassroots community organizing and enjoys writing, creating art and traveling and adventuring with her partner Sara.
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.
Board of Directors
Gina Harney, President
The Catholic Foundation
Reid Rector, President Elect
Anna Angel, Secretary
Brad Arnold, Treasurer
Cherry Creek Public Schools
Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture
Elizabeth Gundlach Neufeld
ALPS, A DST Company
United States District Court
Employers Council, Inc.
Group 14 Engineering