Throughout 2023, Illuminate Colorado has been committed to building our capacity to strengthen families.

Earlier this month, we met seven new team members who joined Illuminate in the summer, increasing organizational capacity and furthering our mission to strengthen families, organizations and communities to prevent child maltreatment. Today, we meet the rest of our new staff who joined us this past fall!

Meghan Bellamy, MPH

Strategic Initiatives Associate

Meghan Bellamy (she/her/hers) joined the Illuminate team in September of 2023 as a Strategic Initiatives Associate. In her role, Meghan provides support to the Strategic Initiatives team on SuPPoRT Colorado efforts. 

Meghan understands that collaboration and connection is critical to creating lasting change, and is excited to be at an organization that values these methods. She is passionate about child and family wellness, and creating equity for those with more complex needs. 

In her role, Meghan will provide essential capacity to Illuminate’s bahvioral health initiatives. 

JoAnn Garbiso, AAS ECE

Lead Child Care Teacher

JoAnn Garbiso (she/her/hers) joined the Illuminate team in September of 2023 as the Lead Teacher on mobile child care classroom Caramel in Pueblo, Colorado. In her position JoAnn plans, organizes, implements, and delivers an early childhood program curriculum to enrolled children’s individual and group educational, intellectual, physical, social, and emotional needs.

She is passionate about being part of the beginning stages of a child’s education, and is always excited to see their successes as they grow up!

JoAnn’s expertise as an early childhood educator will allow Illuminating Child Care to continue to provide high-quality child care to families in Pueblo.

Trisha Halencak

Circle of Parents General Program Manager

Trisha Halencak (she/her/hers) joined the Illuminate team in October of 2023 as the Circle of Parents General Program Manager. In her role, Trisha provides technical assistance and support to Circle of Parents facilitators across Colorado. 

Trisha believes in the power of protective factors to improve outcomes when times are challenging, and loves to guide others to find their own personal strengths and supports. 

In her position, Trisha will help caregivers find the peer support and connection to community resources they need in order to strengthen their families and raise thriving children.

Tani Korb

Executive Assistant

Tani Korb (she/her/hers) joined the Illuminate team in October 2023 as the Executive Assistant. In her role, Tani supports the Executive Director through calendar management and organization, scheduling, travel planning, note taking, and general office support. 

Tani deeply resonates with Illuminate’s values and mission, and is grateful to be able to contribute to the growth of the organization. 

Tani’s expertise will provide increased capacity to the Execuitve Team, helping the entire organization function effeciently and effectively.

 

Nicole Leung

Communications Manager: Web & Design

Nicole Leung (she/her/hers) joined the Illuminate team in October of 2023 as the Communications Manger: Web & Design. In her role, Nicole manages Illuminate Colorado’s websites, focusing on creating visually appealing and user-friendly web experiences that align with Illuminate’s mission and goals. Additionally, she works on various graphic design projects, both digital and print, to support Illuminate’s initiatives and outreach efforts.

Nicole’s expertise in website development and graphic design will help all of Illuminate’s programs and initiatives to thrive by providing user-friendly and informative materials and resources.

Shana Shaw

Circle of Parents Specialty Program Manager

Shana Shaw (she/her/hers) joined the Illuminate team in October of 2023 as the Circle of Parents Specialty Program Manager. In her role, Shana oversees the promotion, development, implementation, and expansion of the Circle of Parents model in Colorado, with a focus on Specialized Parenting and Caregiving.

Shana believes that her purpose in life is to build safe havens where people can heal from their trauma(s) and learn to pay it forward.

In her position, Shana will help caregivers in complex situations find the peer support and connection to community resources they need in order to strengthen their families and raise thriving children.

Meet the rest of the Illuminate Colorado team!  

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