Our Staff & Board
Co-Founder, Community Organizer and Director of Finance & Operations
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.
Mental Health Program Manager and Bilingual Therapist
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, training, 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.
Community Organizing Program Manager
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.
Food Sovereignty Program and Finance Manager
(She, Her, Ella)
Daianna is from Acapulco, MX but grew up in Chicago, IL. With a background in hospitality management, and mental health event coordination, especially for fundraising, she holds many skills that are essential in Commún’s program operations. She has been at Commun since October 2021. At Commún, Daianna has taken on the role of our bilingual food program and finance manager. Dianna does this work because as an immigrant and DACA recipient, it is important for her to uplift community members and share resources they would otherwise not know about. She does this work because everyone deserves the better life they come looking for and equitable opportunities to reach that goal. In her free time Dianna enjoys doing yoga, loves camping, and has a passion for hosting gatherings.
Social Media Coordinator and Communications Specialist
(She, Her, Ella)
Nahomy, born & raised in the Denver metro area. She is the Social Media & Communications Specialist at Commún. Nahomy loves being able to work within her community and FOR her community.
Along with her position at Commún, she also works with a partner organization, Sheridan Rising Together for Equity, as an administrative assistant.
Nahomy is passionate about her community and supporting their growth and she can’t think of a better place to be to do just that.
Manager of Youth Mental Health and Food Sovereignty Programs
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.
Co- Founder, Executive Director
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.
Co- Founder, Resource Navigator, Food Share Coordinator, Community Organizer
(She, Her, Ella)
Mi nombre es Martha, y soy Co-fundador de Commun. Soy Navegadora de Recursos, Organizadora Comunitaria, y Coordinadora del Banco de Comida porque mi pasión es poder ayudar a la comunidad. Trabajar en Commún es una gran satisfacción para mí porque ayudamos a la comunidad y ver felices a las familias es la mejor recompensa. Me encanta ver como en Commun los voluntarios se sienten en un lugar seguro y con un ambiente de compañerismo. Me encanta bailar, escuchar música y pasar tiempo con mis hijos y nietos.
Case Navigator and Intern Therapist
Viviana De La Torre
Vivi was born and raised in the southwest Denver area, and has an immense amount of love for her neighborhoods, Westwood and Ruby Hill. As a daughter of immigrant parents, she is very proud to be giving back to the community that raised her. Her experience in case management comes from working in the areas of probation, nonprofit, and with first generation college students. As a bilingual (Spanish) case manager, Vivi loves connecting with people and collaborating to find resources in the community. Vivi attended Regis University where she graduated with a Bachelors in Sociology and Criminal Justice. While at Regis she minored in Peace and Justice where she discovered her passion for social justice. Currently she is at Metro State University pursuing a Masters of Social Work. Once she becomes a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Vivi plans to work with Latinx families and youth involved in the criminal system. As a strong believer in somatic healing Vivi loves providing trauma informed yoga, and ear acupuncture to the communities she serves.
Mental Health Therapist
Board of Directors
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.
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.
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, 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.
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