Leadership

Leanne Wheeler has been a board member of The Reciprocity Collective since 2016.

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Leanne Wheeler

Leanne is the President and CEO of Good to Great Engineering and Technical Services; and Founder and CEO of The Wheeler Advisory Group.  In both roles, she brokers collaborative initiatives with the Department of Defense, Defense Contractors, Nonprofit Organizations and Local Government, to solve real world problems through win – win solution sets.  A Veteran of the US Air Force,she holds an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Electronic Systems Engineering Technology, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems (Regis University 2000) and will complete a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems in December 2017 (Regis University).  She resides in Aurora, Colorado and enjoys community involvement, higher learning, professional and leisure reading, fine dining, ballroom dance, international travel, a variety of athletics and quality time with a host of nieces, nephews, and Godchildren.

 

 

Nathan Stern has been a board member of The Reciprocity Collective since 2016.

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Nathan Stern

Nathan is a Broker Associate with Feder Commercial Realty Advisors, a retail-focused brokerage firm responsible for leasing, tenant representation and investment sales.  He is also the President and Co-Founder of DRI Goods, Denver’s Retail Incubator.  A Denver native, Nathan received a B.A. in management from the University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill (2009) and Master of Urban and Regional Planning and Master of Business Administration Degrees of University of Colorado / Denver (2013).  Nathan also serves of the board of Re:Vision and as Co-Chair for the Denver Carolina Club.  Nathan enjoys spending time with his wife Broooke and daughter Lily, playing soccer and strategic board games.

 

Jill Sikora Farnham has been a board member of The Reciprocity Collective since 2016.

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Jill Sikora Farnham

Jill is the Vice President of Finance at Mile High United Way and is responsible for the daily planning and implementation of the financial management activities of the organization.  With more that thirty years of financial experience, Jill has spent much of her career providing strategic leadership for some of Colorado’s most recognized non-profit organizations, including the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority, Family Tree and the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.  Jill’s experience includes financial management and compliance for approximately $25 million in federal grants, coordination of financial operations and compliance for a Federally Qualified Health Center, overseeing internal and external reporting and auditing, budget development, and property tax exemptions.  She holds a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting.  Jill has been actively involved in several professional and community organizations including the Colorado Nonprofit Association, Aurora Economic Development Council and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Colorado.

 

Earscell Mallard has been a board member of the Reciprocity Collective since 2017.

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Earscell Mallard

Earscell is a Peer Mentor for the Housing First Team at The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.  He works directly with individuals who are experiencing homelessness guiding and supporting them in gaining housing, jobs, sobriety and community.  He also works at the Clubhouse in the CCH Stout St Location leading groups working on their recovery.  Earscell readily shares his own life’s experiences to understand and connect with the individuals that he works with.  Earscell is a strong advocate for employment as a cornerstone to stability in housing and health. 

 

Janet Polsinelli has been a board member of The Reciprocity Collective since 2017.

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Janet Polsinelli

Janet retired after 30 years of federal government employment with the Internal Revenue Service.  Most of her experience was in Facilities and Human Resources, with responsibility for managing an organization of over 400 employees across the Western US. In her career, Janet served as Project Manager for real estate lease negotiations, design, budget management, and build-out of office space across the United States. She developed and delivered training classes on office design and equal employment; she served as a Human Resources/Labor Relations manager and facilitated a nationwide reorganization of her department.  After retirement, Janet was involved with a Denver production company, participating as the business manager for a documentary featuring an Air Force Academy cadet class. She still enjoys consulting on interior design projects.

 

Larry DeVries has been a board member of The Reciprocity Collective since 2017.

Larry has experience at every level of the restaurant industry from restaurant employee to senior executive.   While most of his career has been in line operations, he has significant experience in HR, Training, Field Marketing, and Financial Analysis. Larry has designed equipment, processes, and computer systems, and have been involved in the acquisition of capital. He is currently a Partner at National Retail Concept Partners, a  company that  specializes in growth or turnaround of larger businesses in the Hospitality Sector.  His specialties are HR planning and management, Operations, Financial controls, Field Marketing, Financial Planning and Analysis, People management, Supply Chain management, Purchasing, and Project management.  He previously was Vice President of Operations of APEX Restaurant Group. 

 

Annetta Montoya has been a board member of The Reciprocity Collective since 2016.

Annette started her career as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers and spent 31 years in the Oil and Gas Industry with three different companies.  She held the position of Vice President for two of those companies and managed all aspects of the accounting and financial reporting functions for each entity.  A Denver native, Annette received her B.S. in Accounting from Regis University, located in Denver, Colorado.  She has served on the Board of the Learning Source and currently serves as Treasurer and Secretary for the Reciprocity Collective.  

 

Mary A. Putman is the Founder and Executive Director of The Reciprocity Collective.

 

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Mary A. Putman

 

Mary found her place in the world of Social Justice in 2011 when she opened the Social Enterprise Pizza Fusion for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.  With over 35 years in the hospitality business as an Executive Chef, General Manager, Operations and Creative Consultant, Event Planner and Estate Manager, to develop and direct the program and business operation challenged Mary to utilize every aspect of her experience, intuition, creativity, intelligence, humility, energy and heart.  After four years in operation the program successfully advanced over 100 formerly unhoused individuals to sustainable employment.  The practice of Servant Leadership inspired Mary to carry forth the experience of Pizza Fusion to found The Reciprocity Collective.  She also volunteers at The Gathering Place, for the Close To Home Campaign and Aurora@Home.

 

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