THE CYL FAM

COLORADO YOUNG LEADERS STAFF

A good lookin’ team, if we don’t say so ourselves.

Jennifer Landers

Executive Director
jen@coloradoyoungleaders.org

“Youth isn’t a limitation; It’s the beginning of a long life of opportunty and possibility.”

Lauren Steavpack

Program Director
lauren@coloradoyoungleaders.org

“Our CYLers have a strong passion for life and it’s why I love what I do!”

Hayley Krawitz

Recruitment & Outreach Coordinator
hayley@coloradoyoungleaders.org

“Pessimists complain about the wind. Optimists expect it to get better. CYLers adjust the sails.”

SUMMIT GUIDES

Summit Guides are there for your students through their journeys – they are the fun adult leaders who facilitate the Leadership Exploration Meetings.

Erica Rewey

Pikes Peak Chapter

“Even after nearly 20 years of being a professional educator, I continue to be impressed and inspired by the young leaders I get to work with at CYL.”

Maddy Gawler

Central Denver Chapter

Colorado Young Leaders is the one group that always says YES in a society that always says no to youth. It is the group that builds students up, helps them find their passion and sends them out into the world with experience talking the talk and walking the walk.

Mac Harper

Arapahoe County Chapter

“The youth have always been considered the future, but I enjoy that CYL provides opportunities for passionate youth to change the now. You shouldn’t have to be an adult to change the world; You just have to have all of the qualities of being a leader, and these kids do.”

Karla Aldaraca

Northeast Denver Chapter

CYL helps students find their voice in their community. Then gives them the tools to persuade their passions. The students never fail to surprise me with what their passionate hearts achieve. I can proudly say I have learned so much from the voices who will lead the future.

Kelley Birschbach

Douglas County Chapter

“When you were young, didn’t you want to be given the tools and guidance you knew you could trust to become all you wanted to be? That’s CYL and that’s my role.”

Kelly Dohn

Jefferson County Chapter

There are no boundaries or confinements to leadership. CYL is a place for Young Leaders to come together to see what happens when they explore the limitless impact they can have on their community. 

YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD

The Youth Advisory Board is a vital part of CYL’s leadership. These high schoolers take on helping our staff & board to guide the program, inspire new service adventures, participate in fundraising, and become ambassadors for positive change in their schools.

Avery R.

President
Heritage High School

“Leadership to me is the ability to make a team work cohesively by utilizing the unique strengths of every individual.”

Riley R.

Vice President
Standley Lake High School

“Leadership to me does not mean being the loudest voice in a room nor does it mean to mandate action, it means being able to find common ground, communicate effectively and accomplish a goal.”

Sophia B.

Secretary
Cherokee Trail High School

Leadership is the effective communication and relationship one holds within the group to achieve a common goal. Amidst popular perception, a leader should not create hierarchy through their position, as a leader cannot exist without the collaboration of its participants. ”

Morgan D.

Recruitment Chair
Wheat Ridge High School

“Leadership is someone who can listen and work with others while also completing a goal. Leaders are always open to do anything.”

Lauren G.

Cherry Creek High School

“Leadership is empowering others to embrace themselves and others, explore their passions, and become active community members. It involves listening, organizing, and inspiring all while remaining open-minded and confident.”

Charlie S.

Colorado Academy

“Leadership is when someone takes charge of a group and helps them reach their goal.”

Katie B.

Cherry Creek High School

“Leadership to me means being able to bring people together and making sure everyone’s voice is heard. A leader cannot be successful if they are not willing to compromise and listen to everyone. However, a leader still has to be independent and know their own values so that they can guide people through obstacles. “

Eden M.

STEM School Highlands Ranch

“Leadership to me is doing what is moral and positive to most people and the community whether it advantages you or not and whether it gives you a good image or not.”

Taelyr R.

William J. Palmer High School

“Leadership is the ability to effectively conduct a group while you are a part of the group and participate in the same activities. Leadership means to be able to guide people where they need to go with as much or as little help as they request.”

Ethan W.

Rock Canyon High School

“Leadership is not telling people what to do, it is giving an example of what to do, by guiding and encouraging people in their pursuits.”

Lillian D.

STEM School Highlands Ranch

“Leadership is the ability to help others best achieve goals and passions that you share with them. Great leaders throughout history are not management, or simply inspirational themselves, and are instead defined by their ability to best involve other people in their cause.”

Gia W.

East High School

“I think being a leader means advocacy for those who, for whatever reason, have not had the opportunity for effective change. I think it means being a person who is trusted to unite people instead of separate them and stay positive in any situation.”

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Nicole Mahobian

Founder & President of the Board

Nick Moscaritolo 

CYL BOD Treasurer
SVP Finance, CFO at Lodging Investors Holdings, LLC

Liz Palmquist

Public Outreach at Zoeller Consulting

Jodi Harmon

Regional Band District Manager at Wells Fargo

Angela Han

VP, Customer Success and Professional Services at NextGen Venture Partners

Paul Bauer

Clinical Professor Emeritus at The University of Denver

Crystal Ware

Director of Partner Performance at Location3

Stephanie Mendrala

Instructional Coach, MARS Team Educational Outreach
STEM School Highlands Ranch

Claire Frey

Owner, Cadeau College Planning

Shawn Ouellet

Director of Project Management, Peak Resouces

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS BOARD

The CYL Young Professionals Board is a is a group of socially-minded change makers who have a strong desire to lead and participate and are ready to help us empower a new generation of youth leaders.

Brianna Huynh

Chance Villarreal

Claire Jene

Devon Wolfe

Emily Wolverton

Gabe Revnew

Jeremy Sarby

Kristen Falcone

Maddy Gawler

Mallory Schmitz

Wade Stembridge

Will Palmquist


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