About

Our Mission

Build women’s economic, social, and cultural capital because powerful women build healthy families and thriving communities.

Meet Our Team

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Sade Cooper | sade@chicdenver.org

Co-Founder
Chief Executive Officer

​”Our duties naturally emerge from such fundamental relations as our families, neighborhood, workplaces, our state or nation. Make it your regular habit to consider your roles-parent, child, neighbor, citizen, leader -and the natural duties that arise from them. Once you know who you are and to whom you are linked, you will know what to do.” (Epictetus)

I credit this core philosophy when leading and serving others. My roles, past experiences, relationships with others and connection to my community, are the leading factors to my innate responsibility to do the work I do.

​”To start something is to change everything” – Sadé Cooper

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Hilari Smith | hilari@chicdenver.org

Co-Founder
Chief Operations Officer

​Being taught the importance of family and community relations at a young age, I know the positive affects of being surrounded with love and support in your life, and the difference it can make without it. I believe we often forget we have all been blessed with a superpower, which is the ability to Love. My personal commitment to invest back into my community and the women and girls who mirror who I am stems from my inherited responsibility to love.

​”It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” – Audre Lorde

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Katherine Casey, ED.L.D. | katherine@chicdenver.org

Chief Stratagy Officer

​All young people are intelligent, creative, and filled with potential. After fifteen years in public education, I believe deeply in the power of our youth and the urgency of the work we must do to make our communities safe, equitable, and sustainable. With faith in children and refusing to accept inequality as a given, I commit to supporting allied efforts that enable educational, social, and economic justice. I believe that WE are the ones we have been waiting for: the change we need will come from the collective passion, wisdom, and capacity that exists within our communities.

​”Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.” – Fannie Lou Hamer

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Donna A. Cash, M.A. | donna@chicdenver.org

Director of Education

I am inspired by the idea that freedom is available through knowledge and see it as a privilege to create opportunities through CHIC to educate our children in the essence of who they are, their ability to create the life they want and become the best leaders and innovators of our tomorrow.

“It is based upon the false notion that there is only a limited and particular amount of freedom that must be divided up between us”Audre Lorde

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Darcie Ezell | darcie@chicdenver.org

Director of Workforce

Every woman has insight and wisdom that needs to be heard. As women, we come from a place of compassion, intelligence and grace AND we are not run by our ego’s. Women have been and continue to be silenced, marginalized and oppressed by men, society and systems. We know our worth and are coming into our power as daughters, mothers, sisters, friends and colleagues. CHIC is changing the narrative and creating power, opportunity and wealth in the lives of girls & women. I could not be more honored to be part of this team of women who are working and living tirelessly to empower and support all of us.

“I raise up my voice not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard…..We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.”Malala Yousafzai

Aubriele Mason aubrie@chicdenver.org

Education Coordinator

 Working with youth in this capacity allows me to develop a new purpose each day.  I believe it is so important as a community to empower our youth to be lifelong learners who are confident, healthy and loved.  When we commit to providing a safe spaces for youth and families to feel empowered to take on the world and make changes, we will create generational emotional wealth for families in our community.  Focusing on the development of the whole child and supporting their emotional intelligence and healing is my goal. I lead with love in all I do and want to continue to be a light for families and youth in the community.

 “If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love.”

-Maya Angelou

Michaela’ Lewis  michaela@chicdenver.org

Workforce Coordinator

When I think of all of the constant love, support and positive energy that was poured into my life, especially from women, I know that I have to continue to invest in those around me. There are so many individuals that have not tapped into their full potential, and I believe I am at CHIC to help women tap into the greatness that lives within them. 

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way”

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Sheriece Hurd sheriece@chicdenver.org

Re-Entry Specialist

Dedication can become transformational when you are willing to follow your passion. I finally have the opportunity to help amend women’s lives from unfortunate circumstances and inequities that have limited their opportunities to success. As a result of following my passion I am happy to be a part of a team that is solution based, giving hope to those who may have lost it, and believeing in dreams that with support and resouces can easily become real.

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world”

-Mahatma Gandhi II

Jamarian Evans jamarian@chicdenver.org

Re-Entry Coordinator

I believe that it is my duty as a woman to speak up and share my story to empower, uplift and model self-love to other women.

As a woman of color and mother I am commited and passionate about ending generational trauma and showing young women and their families that trauma can be turned into triumph with the support of community and people who genuinely care.

 “At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished…It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.”

-Denzel Washington

Noel Emerson noel@chicdenver.org

Re-Entry Elementary Coordinator

You’ve got a friend in me! After working in education for 12 years I have a strong belief that every child needs someone in their life that will be their biggest cheerleader, supporter and caring person they can depend on. That’s my life long commitment to the families, students and community that I serve.

Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection

-Rita F Pierson

Jalesa Grace jalesa@chicdenver.org

Education Impact Specialist

Self Love, mental wellness and mentorship is important to me, as well as collaborative efforts with community leaders to create safe places of fellowship.  I hope to plant my feet firm in CHIC and offer support and healing to women in Colorado and beyond.

“Passion is Energy.  Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you”

-Oprah Winfrey

Mercy Kibet
mercy@chicdenver.org

Executive Assistant

The importance of community was something that was instilled in me at a very young age. Community is where we find our sense of belonging and support. I was immediately drawn to CHIC due to community being in the name and one of the main objectives. It is through community that we are able to advocate for and create change. At CHIC, I am able to give back to and be involved with my community simultaneously.

“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.”

– Helen Keller

Veronica Bell
veronica@chicdenver.org

Sr. Edu Impact Specialist

I believe that education and community are the bedrock of a successful, choice-filled life in which we can seek our own version of freedom. Educating and nurturing the souls of young people has been an important part of my life since I was a teenager. Over the last six years, I have had the honor of serving diverse populations of students in public, private, and charter schools in South Carolina and Colorado. I recognize that I drink from a well that I did not dig. I have been empowered by my community and hope to continue the legacy of those before me by empowering others at CHIC.

“I celebrate teaching that enables transgressions – a movement against and beyond boundaries. It is that movement which makes education the practice of freedom.”

-Bell Hooks

Changing lives one woman at a time.

Collaborative Healing Initiative within Communities (CHIC) helps families break intergenerational cycles of poverty and violence. We strengthen families and communities by strengthening women and girls. We fill a critical gap in the landscape of institutions and service providers by offering culturally-relevant, whole-family, female-focused supports that directly intervene in the systems that most frequently fail communities: education, workforce, and criminal justice.

How We Work – CHIC Values and Working Commitments

Invest in women – We believe that investing in the health, wealth, and wellbeing of women strengthens families and communities.

Support families – We believe in wrapping supports around the families of the women we serve.

Mentor mind, body, and spirit – We believe in healthy living, health relationships, and healthy decision-making.

Develop positive identity – We believe in personal and collective pride, efficacy, and power.

Cultivate capital – We believe that connections between families, institutions, and service providers strengthens the social fabric in our communities.

Innovate – We believe that we must adapt to fill unmet needs, find unrealized opportunities, and better serve our changing community.

CHIC Denver

CHIC offers a variety of services in intervention and prevention that address economic deprivation, mental health, youth violence and the overall stability of the family.

Address: 10115 E. Colfax Ave. | Aurora, CO | 80010
Email: info@chicdenver.org
Phone: 303-366-9312