Who We Are

Meet the Staff

Chief Executive Officer, Stephanie Miller
Stephanie takes a vision and makes it reality through collaboration and sound strategic planning. She is responsible for the leadership, planning, implementation and monitoring of all aspects of The Delores Project to ensure efficient operations, trauma-informed program delivery, fiscal responsibility and staff development. Stephanie is also committed to the organization’s mission to provide a place where guests and residents feel supported and empowered as they begin to move on their paths towards stability. She brings over 23 years of leadership and clinical experience, and most recently served as the Vice President & COO for a nonprofit organization that provides subsidized housing, housing support services, case management, mental health, and substance abuse treatment programs. Her core values are deeply rooted in social justice and servant leadership, and believe that every person deserves dignity, respect, and equal access to critical resources such as housing, healthcare, education, and employment. Stephanie joined The Delores Project in April 2019.

Community Engagement Director, Sierra Trujillo
Sierra joined The Delores Project in April of 2013. She is responsible for maintaining the operational performance of the organization, managing volunteer engagement, community outreach and gifts in-kind. Before joining The Delores Project, Sierra was a regular volunteer at TDP. Her work experience includes skills from the service industry, law, and non-profit public policy arenas. She studied Political Science and History at the University of Colorado Denver. A native to Colorado,  Sierra enjoys the outdoors, live music and spending time with her family.

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 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.

Program Director, Emily Wheeland
Emily began working at Delores as a Resident Assistant in February of 2015 and since that time has served in multiple roles within the organization. As Program Director Emily supervises shelter and permanent supportive housing program managers and oversees all PSH and Delores shelter programming and operations. Prior to working at The Delores Project Emily worked with women, children and transgender people experiencing homelessness and poverty at another Denver 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 reading, writing, crafting, cooking, baking, traveling and finding new adventures with her family.

PSH Program Manager, Paige Dennis
Paige oversees and implements supportive services for The Delores Apartments Permanent Supportive Housing. Permanent Supportive Housing is a low barrier intervention that is designed to meet the needs of chronically homeless individuals and families by providing housing stability. PSH strives to combine affordable housing assistance with voluntary support services such as ongoing individualized case management, community engagement opportunities, and increased access to healthcare and employment services. Paige oversees one Peer Housing Advocate and two PSH Program Assistants to ensure that all residents have access to the tools needed to achieve housing stability and an increased quality of life. Paige joined The Delores Project in December 2018 after serving for a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Metro Denver Homeless Initiative and Stride Community Health. With a bachelor’s degree in Public Health, combined with a dual concentration in Addiction Studies and Psychology, Paige takes a comprehensive approach to working with residents on developing a sense of self-efficacy to actualize their goals.

Shelter Manager, Tera Bock
Tera joined The Delores Project as a Resident Assistant in 2014 and has held numerous positions in the shelter since then. As the Shelter Manager, Tera supervises the Resident Assistant team and the service delivery and operations of the shelter. Prior to working at The Delores Project, Tera worked for several years as a case manager, community activist and organizer for the rights of those experiencing homelessness in Austin, Texas. Tera earned a Master's Degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University. She brings to her work a vision for creating and upholding a dignified and supportive environment for individuals to pursue personal growth and recovery. She specializes in cultivating inclusive and Trauma-Informed healing communities and spaces.

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.

Volunteer Coordinator, Lilly Redford
Lilly joined the team in August 2018 as Volunteer Coordinator, assisting the Community Engagement Director in working with volunteers. Lilly was a volunteer before starting with The Delores Project, providing her skills as a hair stylist to the guests. She has lived in Colorado since she was four, and enjoys all the outdoor activities the state has to offer, along with spending time with friends and family (including her two cats), and seeing live music. Lilly holds a degree in Gender Studies and Nonprofit Management from Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Resident 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.

Board of Directors

Reid Rector, President
Gibson Dunn

​Anna Angel, Secretary
Ogletree Deakins

Brad Arnold, Treasurer
Cherry Creek Public Schools​

​Debra Ellis
Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture

​Elizabeth Gundlach Neufeld
Retired

​Patricia Lobato
ALPS, A DST Company

​Eric Marburger
ESM Consulting

Tyler Nemkov
United States District Court

Cindy Prado-Gutierrez
Employers Council, Inc.

Sue Reilly
Group 14 Engineering

Brenda Vasquez
Denver Public Schools