Teva Sienicki has been the President and CEO of Growing Home for fourteen years. She is passionate about building equity and closing the achievement gap for low-income kids. Under her leadership, Teva has transformed Growing Home, which began as a small shelter program serving 30 families into a comprehensive anti-poverty organization that serves over 4,600 families annually. Her leadership style emphasizes data-driven decision making, coalition building, and team development to ensure the most effective outcomes for Growing Home’s families and community. By bridging gaps between research, practice, and policy development, Teva aims to scale Growing Home’s high quality direct service strategies while advancing thinking and systems change to build equality of opportunity for all.
In 2015, Teva was awarded the prestigious Livingston Fellowship, which selects Coloradans with exceptional leadership ability and promise for significant and unique contributions to the nonprofit sector to receive funding and support to enhance their personal and professional development. In 2014, Teva was one of 10 local leaders selected for the Full Pantries, Full Lives Leadership Institute, a two year fellowship to elevate thinking and push for reforms around hunger issues in the Denver Metro area. Teva currently serves as chair of the governing board of the Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County (ECPAC), a partnership of Adams County agencies working to prepare young children for success in school and life. She also participated for several years in the Adams County Youth Initiative (ACYI) steering committee and co-chaired their Third Grade Reading Committee, and served for several years on the executive team of the Adams County Homeless to Home Partnership. Teva also volunteers in her children’s schools, co-founding and co-chairing the diversity and inclusivity task force at her sons’ charter school, chaperoning field trips and coaching their 6 and 7 year old YMCA soccer team, which she describes as her biggest leadership challenge to date.
Teva completed her Master’s Degree in Intercultural and International Management with a focus on community development and training from the School for International Training in 2001. She completed a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from the University of Puget Sound and found the year spent abroad in PacRim to be one of the most formative in her life.
Pell Fender, Development Director
Pell Fender comes to Growing Home as the new Development Director. Pell has 33 years of experience as a fundraiser, working in education and homelessness. Most recently he served as Colorado International School’s part-time development director. He holds two degrees from Stanford University, has taught in the California community college system, and spent six years in the wine business. Pell and his wife, Peggy, moved to Denver to be closer to their son, Christo, and his family. His daughter, Kerry, is a librarian at a school in Silicon Valley. In his off time Pell likes to hike, swim, and watch (and ride) trains.
Anita Deshommes, MBA, CFO & COO
Anita Deshommes has worked in the non-profit/human services field for 15 years. With 11 years of financial management experience in both non-profit and private sectors, Anita brings knowledge and fiduciary expertise to the organization, along with her MBA from Colorado State University. Anita is on her 12th year with Growing Home. Previously, she was responsible for managing operations for a health care revenue recovery organization with a multi-million dollar budget. Anita has shown a life-long commitment to working with diverse groups and individuals. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Haiti, she implemented a micro-credit program to help locals. She has worked with victims of torture as a cultural broker and speaks and writes advanced level Haitian Creole.