Leslie has been involved with Growing Home since 2009 when she moved to Denver from Austin, TX. She is currently the Operations Assistant at Aether Investment Partners, an investment management firm, but spent the first 10 years of her career working in public education and the nonprofit sector. Leslie previously worked as an Educational Case Manager for the First Generation Student Success Program at the Community College of Denver, helping first generation college students navigate a path to academic success and for Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Texas as the Educational Services Manager, providing college readiness programming and post-secondary scholarships to Little Brothers and Sisters in grades 6 – 12. She holds a Master of Education in Counseling (MEd) from Sam Houston State University and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Music from Texas Lutheran University. Leslie is passionate about education and believes it is the key to ending poverty for kids and families.
1st Vice President, Commercial Banking, CoBiz
Leslie Gonzalez, MEdVice Chair
Operations Assistant, Aether Investment Partners
Associate Executive Director, Finance, National Institute for Trail Advocacy (NITA)
Environmental Manager, Slawson Exploration Company
Kay Dragon, Treasurer
Kay is the Associate Executive Director of Finance at National Institute for Trail Advocacy, a national not-for-profit organization located in Boulder. She spent nearly 10 years of her career as an auditor and consultant, working primarily with governmental and not-for-profit entities and another 17 years working in management of not-for-profit organizations. Kay loves Growing Home because she has a passion for assisting families as they struggle with some of the issues life dishes out, and understands some of the area challenges since she and her husband raised their family in old Westminster. She also serves on the Editorial Board of the Colorado Society of CPA’s News Account. Outside of work, she recently earned a 2nd degree black belt in karate and runs occasional half marathons. She shares a home with her husband, and enjoys frequent visits with kids and grandkids.
Gina Stepuncik, MHA, Secretary
Gina has been active with Growing Home since joining the Program Committee in 2014. Gina first learned about how Growing Home helps the people in her neighborhood after going on a tour. “The tour is a valuable first step in learning about the support services and evidence-based education programs Growing Home uses to help families from my neighborhood.” After her tour, she knew that Growing Home had the energy and momentum of something she wanted to be a part of – something that was helping change the outcomes for local, underprivileged families. Gina relocated to Denver from Chicago in 2013. She has a BS in Sociology with a double minor in Psychology and Gerontology from Illinois State University and a MS in Health Care Administration from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. She is currently a Program Manager for Health Services Advisory Group, where she conducts EQR audits of health insurance companies to ensure that Medicaid members receive the same quality and access to care that members with commercial insurance receive. In her free time, Gina enjoys trying new restaurants, gardening, hiking, playing in her Skeeball league and spending time with loved ones.
Chris has been involved with Growing Home in various capacities since 2013. Together with his wife and four children, he has stayed active with Growing Home as volunteer, photographer-in-training, committee member, and board member. In his professional life, Chris works as Senior HSE Coordinator for Crescent Point Energy. Having been blessed to earn his master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver as a direct result of the opportunities that stemmed from completing his undergraduate degree at the age of thirty, Chris has seen first-hand what a difference-maker education can be. His passion for education and his strong roots in the community Growing Home serves have proven to be a perfect fit with our mission at Growing Home.
VP Land, Cascade Petroleum
Chris Del HierroMember
Senior HSE Coordinator, Crescent Point Energy
Senior Manager of Contact Center Marketing, Genesys
Kay is Senior Manager of Contact Center Marketing for Genesys. She has degrees in Computer Science and Journalism, and her work experience includes software development, test automation, systems engineering, and product management. Kay began evaluating various volunteer organizations after her two children were in college. Once she toured Growing Home, she immediately knew this was where she wanted to spend her time. Kay says “I wanted to volunteer for an organization where I felt a deep connection with their mission, and I’ve found that here. Growing Home not only meets basic needs of families who are struggling, but understands that education is the path out of poverty. And, the wonderful cadre of volunteers translates to low overhead for staffing – over 85% of funds going directly to the programs rather than overhead. From a business perspective, that strongly resonates with me.” When not working or volunteering, Kay enjoys traveling the world, hiking Colorado’s 14’ers, skiing, reading, and spending time with friends.
Jason D. Dean
Jason has been contributing his time and resources to Growing Home since 2011. He was first introduced to Growing Home by his now wife Laura, and has increased his involvement with the organization through the years. Jason is employed as the Vice President of Land for Cascade Petroleum LLC, an upstream oil and gas company based in Denver, Colorado. His many years of experience in the oil and gas industry have given him insight into corporate strategies, core business principles and business management – which he hopes will bring value to the organization. Jason has been impressed by Growing Home’s vision for the future, and its ability to execute its programs in a cost-efficient and incredibly effective manner.
Keith is a Commercial Banker with Colorado Business Bank, focused on helping small and medium sized businesses and nonprofits. Keith was most recently involved as a Board Trustee of the CoBiz Cares Foundation, focused on providing cash grants to small nonprofits along the Colorado Front Range. After providing two grants to Growing Home in the past 4 years, Keith knew that he wanted to get more involved as a volunteer/board member. Prior to CoBiz Cares Foundation, Keith volunteered with Goodwill in various capacities and Junior Achievement. Keith is a veteran of the USAF and holds a BS and MBA in Finance from CU. Keith is passionate about the education of children and their families to ensure a strong start and ending cycles of poverty.
Kathleen Drozda, Founder Emeritus
Kathleen is the Pastoral Nurse Coordinator at St. Anthony North Hospital, and holds her RN, BSN, and MSN. She supports the mission of the hospital through services in the communities surrounding St. Anthony North; targeting those who are elderly, underserved, uninsured, disenfranchised or at-risk, and promoting wellness as a lifestyle. Kathleen has served Growing Home and the Board of Directors in a variety of ways over the years, most currently as Treasurer of the Board. Kathleen has been a Host Site Coordinator for the Interfaith Shelter Program, a committee member, active volunteer, and helped establish the Med Van Program that provides health services for Growing Home Families. When Kathleen is not working, she enjoys time with her husband Gregg and their two dogs. High on her list of favorites are reading, baking, snowshoeing, and exploring the endless beauty of Yellowstone.
Eric Sundberg, Secretary
Eric, Environmental Manager at Slawson Exploration Company, has been in the oil and gas industry for 21 years. Eric owned and operated his own oil and gas regulatory compliance company in Wyoming for 7 years. He has served in various leadership roles with his previous company, including being the Newfield Foundation’s Rocky Mountain representative for 5 years. Through this foundation, Eric learned about and became involved with Growing Home. He had an immediate connection and appreciation of Growing Home’s mission, dedicated staff and valuable community services. Eric and his two sons have been volunteering at Growing Home over the past three years. He continues to be passionate about local organizations and programs that support families in need and help children live healthy and successful lives.
Gina Stepuncik, MHAMember
Project Manager, Health Services Advisory Group
Kathleen DrozdaFounder Emeritus
Faith Community Nurse Coordinator, St. Anthony Hospital North Health Campus