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Working with a Purpose
Executive and Development Director
Nicole DeVries, our Executive Director, leads the Wellspring staff in carrying out our mission to empower the lives of our STARS. Her passion is bringing people together to accomplish great things that make a big difference in our community. Nicole works alongside the board of directors to develop the vision for Wellspring and manages the day to day operations of Wellspring. Nicole comes to us with 15 years of nonprofit and ministry experience. She has her BA in Business and Economics from Westmont College and is a licensed CPA. When not working at Wellspring, she loves to hang out with her family, eat chocolate and read. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Castle Rock with her five children and loves being a part of the Wellspring community.
Mary Lou Fenton
Mary Lou Fenton is the founder of Wellspring. It was her love for her children, her desire to give her youngest daughter with disabilities the best life possible, her faith in God, and her husband's constant encouragement that inspired her to start Wellspring. Her background involves being a social worker, working with homebound elderly, homeless, and unwed mothers. Mary Lou loves to travel, especially to places she’s never been. Some of the places on her bucket list include Alaska, Australia and Israel. On the weekends, you’ll find Mary Lou hanging out with her family and friends and riding her bike.
Director of Operations
JoAnn Gonzales our Director of Operations ensures that the business aspect of our organization stays on track. JoAnn has an extensive and varied background in operations and business management working with everything from billion dollar global technology supply chain companies to small business owners. JoAnn and her family love to travel and enjoy all of the wonderful outdoor activities Colorado offers.
Peter Barber is our Development Director, responsible for cultivating a culture of development at Wellspring, including fundraising, marketing, and sponsorship opportunities. He’s also out in the community sharing the Wellspring story. Peter has an M.A. in Leadership and is a nonprofit leader with a fine-tuned sense for building culture and weathering adaptive change. When not working at Wellspring, he loves to hang out with his family, play soccer, read interesting stories, and cheer for his favorite sports teams.
Natalie Ali is one of our incredible resource coordinators at Wellspring. Prior to fulfilling the role of a Resource Coordinator, Natalie was one of our innovative program teachers. During that time, she got to know our STARS as individuals and brings that knowledge to her role as Resource Coordinator. Drawn to the water, Natalie enjoys all the water sports, especially kayaking, paddle boarding, boating, and loves to travel to Hawaii. Her favorite sport to watch is football. On the weekend she loves to be with her teen daughters and Wheaton Terriers. Natalie’s favorite drink is Cinnamon Dolce Latte and she loves Italian and Indian food.
Leslie Beauchamp is our energetic Dance, Nutrition and Fitness teacher. Leslie's passion for movement, health and fitness are an inspiration to our STARS and give them the tools they need to make wise choices and take good care of themselves. Leslie spends her free time working out at our community partner facility CrossFit. Leslie is a health nut, but even she enjoys pizza and a good pumpkin spice latte every once and a while!
Office Administrative Coordinator
Michelle Cattapan is the Office Administrative Coordinator. Michelle has had many hats in working with children, but most recently worked for the Army at Ft Carson's Warrior Transition Battalion in the Adaptive Recondition Program for wounded or ill soldiers. In another life, she was a gemologist and loves to make jewelry as a result. Michelle is crazy about animals, especially her pups, and enjoys being with her dogs and baking.
Brianna “Bri” Delmont has a long list of food industry experience that led her to becoming the Wellspring Bakery Manager. From helping on her family’s food trucks, to being a barista, in addition to various bakery experiences as a pastry chef in various settings. She brings a wealth of experience to share with our STARS in bakery class. Bri loves baseball, especially the Minnesota Twins, and in her spare time will hang out in her favorite coffee shop, hike with her dog, Milo, and binge watch True Crime. Bri is a sucker for seasonal drinks at Starbucks and also cross stitches.
Lynsdie Kenny is one of our amazing Program Teachers. She teaches our Mindful Movement, Art Therapy, Chapter Chat classes and more! Lyndsie has taught special education for five years. She loves traveling to the mountains, going on walks with her family, doing home DIY projects and shopping for home décor. Lyndsie is an avid soccer player. She also loves art, music, going to the movies and cooking. Lyndsie is married to her high school sweetheart. They have two adorable children and a sweet pup named Benni.
Whitney Kurka is a Resource Coordinator here at Wellspring and provides quality oversight of each STARS' services and care while maintaining HCPF compliance standards. Whitney has worked with people with disabilities since she was 16. From being a CNA, to direct ABA therapy with children, to case management with a CCB she is happiest when her life is being enriched by others. Whitney loves spending time with family and friends experiencing cultural events.
Jill Magliocco teaches Art Therapy at Wellspring. In 2014, she and her husband transferred to Colorado from Wisconsin. Before Wellspring, Jill lead art therapy in a long term care dementia unit. She has worked with the Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Wisconsin as a consultant assisting long term care facilities in opening their own specialized dementia care units. She was able to stay at home for several years before re-starting her career working with homeschool families. Jill and her husband have two grown children in Minnesota and Wisconsin. On the weekends, you’ll find Jill spending time outdoors with her husband and Cocker Spaniel. She also loves exploring new ways to be creative!
Lead Program Teacher
Pamela Shields joined our Wellspring team last summer as a program teacher. The STARS love her Chapter Chat classes. Before Wellspring, Pamela was a tutoring business owner, taught diverse preschool and elementary school aged children, and worked with developmentally disabled adults by teaching job skills. Pamela loves enriching the lives and teaching those whom she serves. When not working, Pamela likes to be with her college-aged son, teenage daughter, her husband and her dogs watching movies and listening to music. Pamela loves to be outside and is an animal lover. She also loves to dance, watch baseball, soccer and running.
Bakery Assistant Manager
Kristin Arzbaecher is the Assistant Bakery Manager here at Wellspring. Before Wellspring, Kristin worked in several different bakery settings, from resorts and restaurants to small scale bakeries. Through her experiences, Kristin learned that she loves the environment of a smaller bakery because it allows her to create unique and one-of-a-kind products for our customers. Kristin is from Milwaukee, and came to Colorado for culinary school. Kristin loves Breckenridge and on the weekend, you’ll find her watching movies or baseball, snowboarding, completing a puzzle, or hanging out with friends and family.
Kyle Bowen is a fun loving teacher that engages our STARS in many of our physical fitness classes. Having a learning disability as a child made school very difficult for Kyle growing up. It was a long path, but Kyle eventually graduated from Regis University with a 3.8 GPA. Kyle brings a unique skill set to Wellspring, as he grew up attending special education classes. Kyle's understanding of our STARS and their unqiue needs makes him a STAR favorite.
Debbie Costello drives the van for Wellspring and transports our amazing STARS to and from Wellspring. Debbie manages all our transportation logistics with our Wellspring vans. Debbie loves to travel anywhere. Before Wellspring, she worked in retail as a manager and then a buyer. She also used to run a business with Southern Living at Home for twelve years! Debbie loves chocolate, and on the weekend you’ll find her swimming at the Rec Center, hanging with friends and family, or doing yoga! Debbie and her husband are empty nesters and parents to twins and two other daughters who have blessed them with 3 grandchildren.
Jennifer Kolb is the Billing Specialist at Wellspring and handles all of our medicaid billing. Prior to joining Wellspring, Jennifer had spent 16 years as a stay at home mom. She still dedicates her free time to her kids activities, but you will find her reading or snow skiing if she can.
Liz Kutt is the Program Manager at Wellspring. She loves confetti, breakfast food, getting outside and soccer. Before Wellspring, she worked at Children’s Hospital on the Oncology Unit, then at Respite Care, Inc. It was at Respite Care, Inc. that she discovered her love for working with individuals with special needs. Liz grew up in Castle Rock and recently moved back to be closer to family. On the weekends, you’ll find Liz hiking with her husband and dog or doing yoga. Liz is passionate about our USA soccer teams and loves to travel anywhere with a good beach, rich culture, and good food!
Mariah Moore is the Manager of Strategic Development at Wellspring. She loves being with and working with people with special needs. Before working at Wellspring, Mariah spent six months in India working at an orphanage for children with special needs. Mariah loves to travel and would love to go back to India, as well as explore New Zealand and Ireland. She is a busy mom of twin girls and loves to spend time with them and her husband. One will often find Mariah checking out new coffee shops, visiting antique stores, and exploring new trails to walk with her family on the weekends.
Lead Program Teacher
Regina Siddiqui is one of our beloved program teachers. Regina has a Special Education degree and has taught elementary, high school and young adults in various school settings. At Wellspring, Regina teaches many of our learning and enrichment classes and you will often find her working one on one with one of our STARS, helping them complete a knitting or sewing project. Her patience and gentle spirit with our STARS allows them to achieve their goals. When she is not at Wellspring, Regina spends time with her family and friends, cooking, going to concerts, dancing and making jewelry.
Program Support Teacher
James Ruden is one of our incredible Program Support Teachers. James is a naturally curious person and learning is a passion. James is currently pursuing a teaching degree. He also has four years of experience working with special needs children/teens. James was born and raised in a small town in North Dakota. He moved to Colorado in 2007. He is married with a daughter. He has two dogs (Riley and Seamus). He competitively played football for over 10 years. His favorite team is the Minnesota Vikings. James loves anything outdoors, especially fishing. He loves learning about different cultures, history, and science.
Office Manager and Development Coordinator
Michelle Barszcz is our Office Manager and Development Coordinator who is here, there, and everywhere at Wellspring! She has several years of experience as an administrator in the nonprofit world. With a BA in Psychology and a background in the market research industry, as well as experience in different volunteer settings, Michelle fits in well at Wellspring. Michelle loves being outside, whether it is camping or hiking. Photography is a passion of hers and she loves sushi, soccer, and being with her family.
Lead Program Teacher
Cindy Bray is our amazing Performing Arts teacher at Wellspring. Cindy has been a professional actress, singer and choreographer in the greater Denver area since graduating college. She has worked in many of the local theatres throughout the front range. She has also co-choreographed several shows with Phamaly Theatre Company in years past. Cindy brings her love for the stage to our STARS through her Page to Stage, Improv, Rhythm and singing classes.
Art Studio Manager
Sarah Deakin is our Art Studio manager. She helps our STARS learn how to create beautiful art through ceramics and woodworking. Before Wellspring, Sarah was a house painter and a basketball coach. Sarah is a Colorado native and has a homemade trailer. She loves to hike, camp, rock climb and road bike in the mountains with her husband Nathan. Moab is a favorite destination and ultimate frisbee is a favorite sport. Sarah clearly likes to have fun and her passion for life is evident in her bubbling personality! Her favorite coffee is a cold sweet cream and she loves to eat sushi!
Pete Galligan brings his love for adventure to our STARS through his Photography, Adventure, Zoology and Sports Talk classes. Pete has been married to his high school sweetheart for 24 years. They have two daughters and two Chiwenies, Nemo and Colby. Pete loves the Dallas Cowboys, chocolate and taking photos everywhere he goes!
Ben brings his love of the earth and gardening to our STARS at Wellspring as our Garden Manager and Teacher. Ben has owned his own landscaping and garden business for many years and loves to helps our STARS learn about horticulture in his classes.
Virtual Program Manager
Caitlin Madden is one of our beloved Art Studio teachers. Before Wellspring, Caitlin spent a year in Hong Kong teaching English and outdoor education. Caitlin has experience working with children of all ages with special needs. An artist herself, she shares her passion with our STARS through teaching various art classes at the studio such as ceramics, drawing, mosaics and painting! Caitlin loves to hike, bike, mountain climb, ski and listen to live music, which you’ll find her doing on the weekends.
Alison Weber is our program teacher at Wellspring, helping out at Help and Hope, our local task force for Douglas County. Alison also teaches in the bakery and helps our Giving Back class give to the community. Before Wellspring, Alison worked with special needs adults in Memphis, TN. Alison loves the beach, going to the lake, hiking, and being outside. Every summer, Alison takes a road trip with her family and has a goal to visit all 50 states! Originally from Alabama, Alison has lived the last 7 plus years in Colorado with her husband and two children.
Program Support Teacher
Bethany Marti joined the Wellspring team as one of our excellent Program Support Teachers. Before coming to Wellspring she worked as an aid in elementary special education and as a lead teacher in early childhood education. She is currently studying behavioral health science. Bethany is newly married to her high school sweetheart. She has a crazy husky named Kyah. Bethany loves to paint, dance, and strives to have a fun and be an energetic influence on everyone that she meets.
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