Educator, Environmentalist, Community Organizer
Andrea is a community organizer and Southwest Denver resident. She holds a BA and MA in Community Education from Goddard College and serves as a community organizer with Sheridan Rising Together for Equity, on the board of the Harvey Park Community Organization, as a dispatcher and first responder with the Colorado Rapid Response Network, and on the Mayor’s Advisory Council for Environmental Justice and Sustainability. Andrea has over 15 years of experience in community education and environmental justice, working with young people and adults in English and Spanish to organize for a more just, sustainable, and resilient world. Andrea is also a musician, writing and performing music advancing social and ecological fortitude.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Addictions Counselor, EMDR trained Therapist, Acudetox Specialist
Bre Holligan is a bilingual (Spanish) Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is excited to work in Harvey Park, the community that she grew up in and the neighborhood where her family lives. As a therapist, Bre specializes in trauma work, recognizing the impact of trauma on individuals and communities. Her passion lies in creating spaces of healing. With over 10 years of experience in the mental health field, she has focused on providing individual therapy, group counseling, trainings, and support to other helping professionals experiencing vicarious trauma. She has supported individuals experiencing homelessness, addiction, and severe and persistent mental illness. She has primarily worked with communities of immigrants, Spanish speaking communities, children, families, and seniors. Bre specializes as well in somatic interventions, such as EMDR and ear acupuncture. She received her BA in Psychology, Spanish, & English Literature from the University of Denver and her Masters of Social Work from MSU Denver.
Camila is a resident of Denver and grew up in adjacent Jefferson County. She is a community organizer and facilitator working with young people and adults within the community to develop leadership skills to create change, and specifically, to co-create a joyful and equitable community space. Camila holds a Masters of Environment and a BS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. She began organizing around climate justice issues in Commerce City in 2017. Through her graduate work with East Denver Food Hub, Camila saw the food system as the nexus where we can address racial, climate, and economic justice issues, locally. In her free time Camila likes to be active through climbing and dancing, being outside in nature, and eating delicious food.
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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.
Inci joined Commún in 2022 as Community Training Manager and Program Developer. She is bilingual and bicultural and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Victimology from Universidad Nacional de Ciencias Penales. Originally from Mexico City, she has over 15 years of experience designing and implementing programs for children, women and victims recovering from the effects of domestic violence, sexual assault and trauma in English and Spanish. Inci is very passionate about reaching out within the community, being part of a movement that makes a difference in the lives of community members and providing perspective that adds to each objective and goal.
Laura is a social worker and facilitator 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. She holds an MSW from University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work, a BA in History and International Studies from the University of Richmond, and has a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. Laura enjoys camping and drinking coffee while wandering in her garden with her partner and two young kids.
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.
Robert moved to Denver in 2020 and has lived in Colorado since 2012. He is passionate about using data to learn about our world and to collectively envision new realities. They hold a BA in Political Science from Colorado College.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.