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2014-15 Board of Directors

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Sandy Martin - Executive Director -

Sandy was appointed the new Executive Director of the Arvada Community Food Bank in June, 2013.  She has over 30 years of extensive experience in non-profit and governmental human services management.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from Metropolitan State College of Denver and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver. Most recently she was the Chief Development Officer for Warren Village.  She served for nine years as the Head Start Director for Jefferson, Clear Creek. Gilpin and Park counties and prior to Head Start she worked for the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority as their Community Outreach and Communications Manager.  Sandy was the Human Services Director for the City of Arvada for 15 years.  Her skills include management/supervision, fund and program development, budgeting and financial management, strategic planning, goals setting, public and community relations and marketing.  She was on the original planning committee which established the Arvada Community Food Bank in 1982. (Ms. Martin's photo courtesy of Colorado Community Media.)
  Sandie Hammerly - Director of Finance -
Sandie’s experience in the nonprofit sector includes more than 20 years as an Executive Director and Board Member. Much of her career has been in support of athletics (World Flying Disc Federation, Broomfield Junior Soccer, Ultimate Players Association, and U.S. Field Hockey) and numerous, progressive positions within United Way organizations. Her skills in nonprofit management are an additional benefit to the Food Bank beyond her role as Accountant. Sandie is a graduate of Lynchburg College (VA) with a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in English and Philosophy. She is also a hard-core Bronco Fan and season ticket holder.
  Mark Stratford - Director of Food Programs -

Mark has over 10 year’s distribution management experience.  He has a Bachelor's degree in Photojournalism from Metropolitan State College in Denver. His work history includes managing warehouses, photography, and food service.


Gretchen Parker - Bridges to Opportunity Program Manager --

Gretchen brings over 20 years of experience in the human services field to ACFB’s Bridges to Opportunity Program. She began her career as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and later held a variety of positions at Goodwill Industries, including Case Manager, Employment Specialist, and Program Manager – all the tools that make her a great fit for leading Bridges to new levels of excellence. She has also worked at the Denver Department of Human Services (through Catholic Charites) and with the Colorado AIDS Project. Gretchen is a graduate of Metro State College of Denver’s School for Professional Studies and holds many certifications in specialized areas.
  Randy Weinert, MNM - Development Manager -

Randy’s background includes the development and execution of national branding efforts for products like Ivory Soap, Mr. Clean, Bounce Fabric Softener,  Chiquita Brands, Quaker Oats, and Coors Light. Named Advertising Man of the year in the Cincinnati business community, he transitioned to the nonprofit sector as Catholic Charities Director of Communications.  He holds a Masters of Nonprofit Management degree from Regis University, graduating Summa Cum Laude, with a Certification in Leadership.

  Rocky Baldassare – Warehouse Supervisor
Rocky graduated from Colorado School of Mines in May of 2014 with a degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. He briefly worked for a fracking company in West Virginia until the company he worked for went under due to oil and gas prices. After returning home, he started volunteering at the Food Bank. After several months of stellar work, he was offered the position of Pantry Supervisor. He enjoys the unique challenges of the work, the volunteers and helping others. His skills in process engineering have helped the Food Bank greatly.

  Tina Drew - Client Services Specialist -

Tina has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and graduated with honors at George Mason University.  She has experience working with a variety of populations including homeless individuals and families, at- risk families, children, and small groups.  Tina also has work experience training community volunteers in program implementation.  Tina has been very active in the Arvada community volunteering in the human services, education, and community service organizations for 10 years. 

  Jaci Hjelmgren - Volunteer Coordinator -

Jaci has a B.A. in Communication from the University of Southern Maine. Her background includes work in the multi-media industry as a developer/editor/proofreader for computer-based and instructor-led training. She brings more than 15 years of non-profit experience in program and event coordination, education, and volunteer management – including work with organizations that serve homeless/indigent women and seniors. Most notably, Jaci implemented and managed the Volunteer Driver Services program at Seniors Resource Center, where volunteer drivers provided over 1,700 seniors with more than 41,000 quality-of-life personal and medical rides.

Bernadette Velasquez – Administrative Assistant -
Bernadette has an Associate’s degree in Legal Office Management, graduated with honors Summa Magna Cum Laude from Denver Business College and also has a TESOL Certificate from the University of Colorado Denver and a Certificate as an Accounting Technician Certificate from Accounting & Business School of the Rockies.  Acquired over 15 years’ experience working with Adams 12 Five Stars School as an Administrative Assistant.  Bernadette possess the knowledge, support and sensitivity of working with individuals and groups from diverse academic, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds while establishing, maintaining, and fostering a positive working relationship.