Larry DeVries / Chair
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.
Lance Schendorf / Vice Chair
Lance had a successful 25+ year career in finance, operations and human resources working in the landscape and other industries in Arizona, California and Colorado. He is currently enrolled at Metropolitan State University of Denver where he expects to graduate in May, 2019, with a degree in Human Services – Nonprofit Management. He’s a member of Colorado Career Development Association, Human Services Network and the Colorado Nonprofit Association, among others. Lance is a memeber of the LGBTQ Community and has experienced homelessness. Lance believes that by coaching and mentoring, we can support individuals who have experienced homelessness or incarceration to lead a life that includes the joy of feeling valued.
Delores (Dee) Clark / Treasurer
Dee Clark has been interested in working in the community around issues of Social Justice and has interned with The Denver Foundation for the completion of her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. Dee is a StoryTeller and Project Manager for the Close To Home Campaign, sharing her experiences of being un-housed with her family. Dee currently is founding and developing “UndieNeath the Surface” a public donation drive for new underwear to be distributed to individuals who are experiencing homelessness.
Greg Smith / Board Member
Greg has 30 years of financial and operational experience across several industries with a major focus in restaurants. He has worked for Koch Industries, Pizza Hut, Little Caesars, owned and operated his own restaurant franchise, and worked extensively in chain restaurant turnarounds and restructurings. He has also served as CFO and controller of firms in manufacturing, engineering and software development. From 2001 through 2007 he worked for Koch in Wichita KS. Koch is the largest privately held company in the world with diversified businesses in energy, finance and manufacturing. His primary work was improving then selling a $75 million portfolio of distressed restaurant loans, recovering 92% vs. an industry norm of 60%. His experience includes technical financial and systems as a CPA with Price Waterhouse. At Pizza Hut in the early 1990s he directed capital planning, strategy and new unit development for the then-new Pizza Hut delivery business. “Greg is excited about the chance to use his business and restaurant background to help develop program to guide individuals who have experienced homelessness to personal and professional success.
Leanne Wheeler / Board Member
Leanne Wheeler has been a board member of The Reciprocity Collective since 2016.
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.
Lynn Parker / Board Member
Lynn Parker has been a board member of The Reciprocity Collective since 2017.
Lynn Parker, LCSW, PhD, is a professor emeritus with the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work, an American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists approved supervisor, and therapist in private practice Lynn’s focus is on social justice issues in families, couples, and society. She conducts research and writes about how to address power, privilege, and oppression in therapeutic work. Her book with Rhea Almeida and Ken Dolan-DelVechio, Just Families in a Just Society, details such an approach. She is also currently writing a book compiled of stories of liberation and resistance based on interviews with her community partners in Mexico.
Earscell Mallard / Board Member
Earscell is a Peer Mentor and Case Manager 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.
Lisa Duran / Secretary
Lisa has worked for over 30 years in the nonprofit sector and grassroots social justice work. Before becoming a consultant to nonprofits, she served as Executive Director of Grassroots Grantmakers, a national membership organization of foundations and other funders working to lift up grassroots voices and leadership in philanthropy. Lisa holds a B.A. and M.A. in Political Science and completed coursework at the School of Public Affairs at UC Denver. From 1995 to 2014, she worked, first as a volunteer and then 11 years as Executive Director, with Rights for All People, Colorado’s first immigrant-led immigrant rights organization based in Aurora, Colorado. In 2015, RAP merged with the Colorado Progressive Coalition and became Colorado People’s Alliance, continuing the legacy of progressive change established by both organizations. While at RAP, Lisa also led the establishment of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition and the Aurora Human Rights Center, an immigrant and refugee integration project in Colorado’s most diverse city. Her experience includes service as Executive Director of the Clínica Tepayac, bringing culturally appropriate health care and preventive health services to the medically underserved in the Denver region; work with the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training and the Labor/Community Strategy Center. Lisa’s graduate studies included a focus on philanthropy, foundations, race, and social movements. In her organizing work she developed popular education practices that stress the co-creation of knowledge, the importance of participant stories in building relationship, and the necessity to productively address imbalances of power and privilege.
Emily Sanders / Board Member
Emily is a 2016 graduate of University of Colorado / Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Business Innovation and Analytics. Emily is a grant writer and nonprofit consultant at Zim Consulting. She is a new member of Elevate Denver’s 2018-2019 leadership cohort and board member for The Reciprocity Collective. While attaining her degree, she developed a profound interest in using qualitative and quantitative research to gain insights and help others. Emily has worked and volunteered with nonprofits for the past eight years and is dedicated to incorporating nonprofit work into her career.
George Seals has been a board member of The Reciprocity Collective since 2017
George currently works as a Certified Peer Navigator with Volunteers of America / Veterans Housing. A Veteran, George has experienced homelessness and struggles with recovery from substance abuse disorder and he works in his community to share his experience with others to help them succeed. George recently completed his Bachelors of Public Administration.
Mary A. Putman is the Founder and Executive Director of The Reciprocity Collective.
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.
Valerie Hackett is a Peer Mentor – KMSSA – Denver Zoo
Valerie is the first Peer Mentor Trainer of TRC and is well suited for the position. Her first two years of employment at the Zoo, Valerie was un-housed, facing the challenges of that experience with strength and professionalism. She offers the employee participants that she works with a great customer service record, positive attitude and detailed hospitality training in all areas of the concessions within the Denver Zoo. Her compassion, sense of self and understanding of the challenges faced by our participants, enable her to be a supportive and safe anchor for the individuals that she works with.
Terri Hoopes has been an Advisor to The Reciprocity Collective since 2016
For the past nineteen years she has assisted small businesses and not for profit organizations establish reliable accounting systems. Focusing on management’s questions, she develops and tailors systems and reports to address each organization’s particular concerns. By providing managers with timely, pertinent, information, they become more effective mangers and can focus on their mission. Her admiration and respect for those in the non-profit world, directed her to specialize in non-profit organizations. She assisted numerous organizations move from manual to computerized systems. She helped turn a debt-ridden organization which was about to have to close, into a viable, debt free organization with a half million operating reserve and a $2.5million budget. In addition, Terri has assisted in the startup of four for profit and three non-profit organizations; ranging from operating budgets of $5,000 to over $6million. Far more than a typical CPA, Terri’s services include finding funding opportunities, researching and obtaining all necessary licenses, permits, and insurances, and developing strategic and operating plans.