Our Staff & Board
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Bilingual Child and Family Therapist, Adjunct Professor (she, her, hers)
Margaret Brugger is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has over 20 years working to create healthy communities and families. Margaret graduated from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work in 2007. She works with diverse populations, both in Denver and internationally, specializing in working with people with mental health challenges, severe trauma, developmental delays, and immigrants and refugees. She is skilled at leading trainings, groups, and presentations on topics such as self-care, self-esteem, trauma in immigrant communities, and vicarious trauma. Margaret is a current adjunct faculty at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work and supervises masters-level social work interns.
Educator, Environmentalist, Community Organizer
(she, her, hers)
Andrea works with both youth and the Spanish speaking community in Southwest Denver & the City of Sheridan to restore healthy urban waterways and organize for environmental and social justice. She holds a BA and MA in Community Education from Goddard College and serves as chair to the Harvey Park Sustainability Team. Andrea has over 10 years experience in community education and environmental justice, including work for the Sierra Club, San Benito Rising, Santa Cruz Water Department, Amigos de las Americas, and Instituto de la Naturaleza y Sociedad de Oaxaca. She lived and worked abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico, for two years.
Board of Directors
Director, Community Language Coop
Indira is a small business owner, community organizer and advocate. She has been living and organizing with the low-income and Spanish-speaking community in Southwest Denver and Sheridan for over ten years. She supports Commun with authentic engagement, translation services, and accountability to impacted populations.
Executive Nonprofit advisor assisting local Denver nonprofits in fundraising, strategic planning, and executive succession planning
Wendy is a fundraising and organizational leader with over 20 years professional experience in both associations and non-profit organizations. She supports Commún with executive director coaching, fundraising support, and event planning
Dr. Lydia Prado
Executive Director, Lifespan Local Change Partnerships
Dr. Lydia Prado is the Executive Director of Lifespan Local Change Partnerships, which activates community-driven solutions to collectively identified challenges by partnering across sectors, breaking barriers and elevating community voices. By maximizing sustainable assets within a neighborhood, Lifespan Local is able to reimagine what is possible, creating community spaces where health and wellness thrive.
Dr. Prado approaches her work from a systems and strengths-based perspective, with an emphasis on diversity, equity and community-based leadership. Dr. Prado is a place-maker, convening partners with a shared commitment to healthy living and social change.
Before starting Lifespan Local, Dr. Prado spent 17 years with the Mental Health Center of Denver as the Vice President of Child & Family Services. She is the project visionary behind the Mental Health Center of Denver’s Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being, an innovative community center in Northeast Park Hill that promotes well-being across the lifespan. The site features an inclusive preschool, a full service dental clinic for children, a one acre urban farm, 5,400 sq ft aquaponics greenhouse, horticultural therapy spaces, community gardens, teaching kitchen, community room, gymnasium and a full array of mental health services for all ages.
Director of Finance and Operations, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers
Kelly has over 15 years of work experience in nonprofit accounting and leadership. She supports Commún with accounting, bookkeeping, grant writing, and financials.
Student, Whittier College
Damar has been organizing youth in the Sheridan and Southwest community since she was fifteen years old. As a student, she advocates for the rights of black, brown, and immigrant youth in the school system. She is a freshman at Whittier College studying political science and a supervisor of a youth employment program in Denver. Damar supports Commún in centering youth, community, and immigrant voice.
Dr. Scott Nebel
Dr. Scott Nebel is a licensed psychologist who earned his doctorate from the University of Denver in 2008. He has over 15 years of experience in the community mental health field as both a direct service provider and program manager across a multitude of clinical settings, including outpatient, community-based, and residential contexts. Dr. Nebel has extensive experience in program development and clinical supervision through his ongoing work at the Mental Health Center of Denver, where he has worked for over 10 years and presently serves as the Director of Clinical Services for Child & Family Services. He is committed to the advancement of quality mental health services and enhancing the well-being of our broader community.
Executive Director, The Center for Trauma & Resilience
Cathy Phelps, M.A., LCSW is the Executive Director for The Center for Trauma & Resilience (CTR) Denver, Colorado. CTR is a 30 -year old nonprofit agency recognized as a national model for providing culturally and linguistically responsive services.
The agency provides a 24-hour hotline, crisis counseling, case management, advocacy and crime prevention education. The agency offers specialized services for children, seniors and a legal immigration program and trauma-sensitive yoga and auricular acupuncture. The agency is home to The Translation & Interpreting Center, which provides 40 languages and dialects and is an earned income venture for CTR.
In April 2019, CTR was named in the top 5 of the Best Nonprofits to Work For in the United States by The Nonprofit Times.
In 2016, Cathy published, Nonprofit Transformed, a book on compassion, fatigue, self-care, and resilience which discusses the institutionalization of wellness programs in nonprofits.
The agency has been featured on Oprah Winfrey’s “Pay It Forward” program. Also, in ‘The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s: “Employee-Wellness Programs Pay Off in Productivity and Morale.” They have been recognized by The Denver Foundation in “Inside Inclusiveness: Race, Ethnicity and Nonprofit Organizations.”
Cathy earned her Master of Arts in Medical Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Denver and additionally, graduated with her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver. Concurrent with her position at The Center for Trauma & Resilience, she teaches for Metropolitan State University.
Cathy strives to cope with the stress of leadership by prioritizing her health and well-being. She actively pursues her interest in African and Latin dance and is a licensed Zumba instructor. She is a member of a local book and bicycle club, and was recently certified as a Hatha yoga teacher and Auricular Acupuncturist.
Cathy is a perennial student of Spanish and American Sign Language. She sets boundaries for her work and maintains them, even when some flexibility could prove to be advantageous to her career. She credits these self-care activities for her ability to grow, even flourish, in a field where burnout and vicarious trauma regularly takes a toll on service providers.
Dr. Holly Capello
Dr. Holly Cappello obtained a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Denver, a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been the supervisor of the Trauma-Informed Care department at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Ft. Logan for the past six years. Before this, she worked as the director of Child & Family South Outpatient Clinic, Integrated Health Care, and Assessment Services at Aurora Mental Health Center for 15 years. She has written blogs and presented at conferences on trauma-informed care throughout Colorado. Holly has been a board member for Resort 2Kindness, a nonprofit organization focused on providing support for individuals facing adversity. In her 20+ year career, she has been devoted to helping underserved populations in Colorado and Texas.
Affordable Housing Developer, Colorado Lookout LLC
Leigh brings wide-ranging experience in corporate governance, public policy, fair trade and not-for-profit management to his advocacy on affordable housing and other equity issues. He is excited to help Commún apply proven practices and creative innovation in service of our extended community.
Sister Lydia Peña, SL, PhD
Sister Lydia Peña served on the founding Board of Rose Community Foundation, Rocky Mountain PBS, the Women’s Forum, and on the Blue Ribbon Committee for the Design of DIA. She chaired the Commission on Cultural Affairs for the City and County of Denver, and served on the board of the Women’s Foundation.