Nicole Mahobian, Founder & Board President
Education: MA Secondary Education, emphasis in Experiential Education, University of Colorado; BA English, University of Kansas
Family: Aurom, Husband; Matthias, Son; Linda & Michael, Mom & Dad; Meghan & Patrick, older sister & brother-in-law; Declan, Beacan, and Cormac, triplet nephews
Most Representative Colorado Landmark: “Mt. Crested Butte for it’s abundance of extreme, rugged terrain to ski & explore, for it’s ability to stay true to it’s roots as “the last great ski town,” for the smiles and laughter I’ve shared with Aurom and friends there, and for the inspiring people, athletes, and non-profits that derive from the small town.”
Colorado Young Leaders is “an authentic, purposeful, & fun pursuit of a full life.”
Brandon Reyna, Board Vice President, District Manager – One Main Financial
Family: Married to Kristy and blessed with two incredible kids, Kylie and Caden. Father and mother, Miguel and Roxanne and sister Chantal.
Most Representative Colorado Landmark: Colorado is about family, community and a sense of adventure. Rocky Mountain National Park embodies that for my family with the countless memories we have created there, the wonderful friends with whom we have gathered and the adventurous exploration of the park’s endless natural beauty.
Colorado Young Leaders is “a movement to empower young leaders to live a life filled with passion, vision and purpose and an opportunity to learn about who you are and become who you want to be.”
Sandy Sarge, Board Treasurer & Finance Committee Lead, President – Sarge Financial
Education: Master of Accountancy, University of South Carolina (Graduate Student of the Year); Bachelor of Business Administration-Marketing, minor in Behavioral Sciences, Texas A&M University
Family: wonderful husband, Bill; 2 amazing sons, Colin and Tucker; 2 great stepchildren, Megan and Alex; and my mom Nancy
Most Representative Colorado Landmark: I love the beauty of the Rockies in the distance because every day they look different. It’s like getting a present whenever I look to the west. Being from the East Coast, I got the same sense of awe and wonder from the Atlantic Ocean. It reminds me that there is something greater than us in the universe.
Colorado Young Leaders is “relevant and empowering, allowing teens to embrace their passion to make a difference while learning life-long leadership skills.”
Michael DeSimone, Board Secretary & Platform Committee Lead. Regional Sales Manager – BlueTarp Financial, Assistant Coach Rock Canyon High School Softball, Confirmation Core Team Member – St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church
Education: BS – Economics, University of Colorado Boulder; MAOM – Operations Management, University of Phoenix
Family: Married to Beth DeSimone for 25 years and blessed with three incredible kids; Nicole, college senior, college athlete, Psychology and Nursing Major; Rachel, high school senior, high academic marks, senior Young Life contributor; Ryan, new high schooler, compassionate and service minded young man; Colorado Native
Most representative Colorado landmark: Steamboat Lake State Park has provided our family with many memories and visions of our place in this community and the greater world. The beauty, inspiration and pleasure that we have derived from God’s blessings and this uniquely beautiful environment have fueled within our family a love for Colorado, nature and our fellow man.
Colorado Young Leaders is…“an opportunity, if not a mandate, to prepare the generations of youth in our community to achieve their ultimate best version of themselves with confidence and the support of those around them. To create within our youth the power to achieve tremendous personal satisfaction and development but to also accomplish this while benefitting and improving our general society.”
Jill Stark, Board Member & Fundraising Committee Lead. Sales Vice President – Communications Industry
Education: Bachelor of Science from the University of Colorado Boulder Leed’s school of business
Family: Husband Gary, kids Wesley, Libby and Mary Jane
Colorado Young Leaders is “a community focused on service, acceptance and learning…and having fun along the way.”
Marco Dorado, Board Member, Executive Program Coordinator – Latino Leadership Institute at the University of Denver
Education: Program Coordinator, Latino Leadership Institute at University of Denver
BSBA, University of Colorado Boulder
Family: Parents, Josefa and Marco, brothers Alejandro and Jesus, sister Lucy, and niece Yanely
Most representative Colorado landmark: The Flatirons in Boulder embody the essence of Colorado; the point where the Great Plains converge with the Rocky Mountains. A location where adventure meets passion, where entrepreneurs, leaders, community members, intellectuals and freethinkers come together.
Colorado Young Leaders is…the catalyst that is transforming the idea of what it is to be a leader and empowering Colorado’s youth to be the change they wish to see in the world. .
Jennifer Landers, Board Member. Principal at Jaybird Group
Education: MBA, emphasis on Organizational Communication, University of Denver. Bachelor of Science in Marketing, University of Wyoming
Family: Married to my life and business partner, Scott, and am a Mom to two amazing teenagers, Olivia and Jay.
Most Representative Colorado Landmark: While probably not listed anywhere as a Colorado Landmark, one of the Colorado highlights that has a place in my heart is Vail Pass. If you have ever coasted down the 3,000 vertical feet of the Vail Pass paved bike path you know its beauty. The mountain splendor, surrounded by snow-capped peaks, and waterfalls is punctuated by the fresh mountain air. Just like in life there are ups and downs, while the descent is thrilling it is the challenging climb that always leaves me with a memorable sense of achievement.
Colorado Young Leaders is “an open door to new opportunities and possibilities for young adults in Colorado. Those who enter will be setting the stage for a lifetime of empowerment, leadership, and service. “