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
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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.
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Why am I a bilingual social worker: I get to be part of Commun to serve in the community that I live in. I get to speak Spanish to remove the language barrier. I get the privilege to hear the community members’ stories and needs. I get to co-vision and dream with my team in creating welcoming Latinx, refugee and immigrant culturally sensitive community based services.
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Daianna Soto is one of the Bilingual Program Managers at Commun. Prior to Commun, Daianna worked as an event coordinator and hospitality manager, during this time she also organized fundraisers around mental health and suicide prevention in Chicago. She is committed to supporting people and hopes to continue learning from our community as well as become a nutrition resource.
I do this work because as an immigrant, it is important for us to uplift community members and share resources they would otherwise not know about. I do this work because everyone deserves the better life they come looking for and equitable opportunities to reach that goal.
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Laura Engelman is a Licensed Social Worker and educator working towards achieving food sovereignty and equitable, inclusive mental health care for everyone in our community. She is passionate about connecting people and plants in order to support individual mental wellbeing and community health and sustainability. Laura has over 10 years experience in sustainable food and farming and youth development with organizations such as cityWILD, The GrowHaus, Building Bridges, Long Table Harvest, and Slow Food USA. Laura graduated from University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work in 2018 and holds a certificate in Horticultural Therapy.
I am a 20 year old girl with big dreams and a person that has lots of goals in life. I am always ready to help others with whatever is needed and love to help the community.
What inspires me to work at Commun is to see how many families we help with the food boxes and with the resources we have, I feel that there is no greater reward than seeing the community happy, as a volunteer coordinator I am in charge of helping all the volunteers with whatever they need, recruiting new volunteers, informing volunteers of new events we are having in the community, managing volunteers to different roles, keeping track of volunteers work hours, and informing volunteers of opportunities where they can volunteer.
I love making my volunteers feel in a safe place where they can be themselves and not be judged. I also like to bring their cultural traditions on events that we have during our food shares.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.