The A Team

 

Lauren Desutter

Project Director

 
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Lauren holds a MA in Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration from the prestigious Josef Korbel School of International Studies with concentrations in International Development and Nonprofit Management. She also holds a BS in Economics from Texas A&M University. She has consulted for numerous NGO’s around the world, streamlining project management systems and creating monitoring and evaluation strategies. Working across multiple sectors such as global health, microfinance, and community development, has cemented her passion for building underlying economic capacity - the only sustainable solution to endemic cyclical poverty. She currently resides in Colorado Springs with her husband and 2 children, ages 15 and 8.

 

Jessica birkello

Project Coordinator

After obtaining her B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in Human Psychology from Liberty University, Jessica longed to share her business knowledge and experience with those that could benefit, specifically those in impoverished communities. This led her to join the mission of Alternativ in January 2017. Prior to her joining the A Team, Jessica was the general manager for a company that grew twice in size over a five-year period. Her background working in business domestically furthers her passion to see community and economic development mature worldwide through sustainable and practical methods of implementation. She is a proud native to Colorado Springs and enjoys hiking, strong cappuccinos, and international travel.

 
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 Aja Riesberg

Development Coordinator

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Aja has a BS in Business Management from Bay Path University with honors. She has primarily worked in investment banking, with a wide range of experience in marketing and communications, relationship management, and event planning. Additionally, Aja is also a certified ESL instructor and has volunteered her time to serve a number of organizations and schools in the Colorado Springs community. Aja is excited to bring her years of talent in multiple arenas to impact the lives of those in poverty all over the globe. She currently resides in Colorado Springs with her family.


  Carles Fernandez,   Graduate Intern    Carles , a multilingual professional, who is specialized in international import-export negotiations with Asia and Europe and has over three years’ experience in management, is obtaining his MBA at Colorado State University with a focus in finance. He also has a BS in Business Administration from Open University of Catalonia. He has world-wide working experience on three different continents: Australia, Europe, and North America. While living and working in Spain, Australia, France, and The United States, Carles took the opportunity to immerse himself in the cultures and languages found there. As of now, he speaks not only his native Spanish and Catalan, but also French and English fluently. His experiences abroad showed him a different perspective on the world, and the world of business. Now he aims to make an impact on global finance with a purpose. Presently, he is living in Colorado Springs with his wife; finally settling in the United States.

Carles Fernandez, Graduate Intern

Carles, a multilingual professional, who is specialized in international import-export negotiations with Asia and Europe and has over three years’ experience in management, is obtaining his MBA at Colorado State University with a focus in finance. He also has a BS in Business Administration from Open University of Catalonia. He has world-wide working experience on three different continents: Australia, Europe, and North America. While living and working in Spain, Australia, France, and The United States, Carles took the opportunity to immerse himself in the cultures and languages found there. As of now, he speaks not only his native Spanish and Catalan, but also French and English fluently. His experiences abroad showed him a different perspective on the world, and the world of business. Now he aims to make an impact on global finance with a purpose. Presently, he is living in Colorado Springs with his wife; finally settling in the United States.

  Duy Dao,   Marketing Intern    Duy  is originally from Vietnam. He is currently working on his Business Management degree at University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Prior to interning at Alternativ, Duy has been a nail technician and an assistant manager at two local nail salons. His aspiration is in business development and entrepreneurship. He currently find a way of doing so at Alternativ. His hobbies include talking a solitary walks in the morning, skating and reading.

Duy Dao, Marketing Intern

Duy is originally from Vietnam. He is currently working on his Business Management degree at University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Prior to interning at Alternativ, Duy has been a nail technician and an assistant manager at two local nail salons. His aspiration is in business development and entrepreneurship. He currently find a way of doing so at Alternativ. His hobbies include talking a solitary walks in the morning, skating and reading.


Alternativ Advisory Board

 
                            Kim McClelland    Kim  is a native of Colorado Springs and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, including an emphasis in Elementary Education. Kim holds a Masters in Education, Leadership and Administration from Jones International University. McClelland served as  the Executive Director of the Colorado Digital BOCES in Colorado and founded the organization in 2013.  Formerly, she served for 4 years as the Zone Superintendent of the iConnect Zone in Falcon district 49 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. While serving as the iConnect Zone’s superintendent in District 49, McClelland earned a national award for innovation and transformation in education, and has been a speaker for the District Administration Leadership Institute, EdWeek, Colorado Blended and Online Learning conference, and other districts throughout the country. She has served on a statewide committee to support authorizers for the Colorado league of charter schools and NACSA and served on state level legislative commissions for online and blended learning. Kim currently serves as  the Executive Director/Principal of New Summit Charter Academy.

                          Kim McClelland

Kim is a native of Colorado Springs and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, including an emphasis in Elementary Education. Kim holds a Masters in Education, Leadership and Administration from Jones International University. McClelland served as  the Executive Director of the Colorado Digital BOCES in Colorado and founded the organization in 2013.  Formerly, she served for 4 years as the Zone Superintendent of the iConnect Zone in Falcon district 49 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. While serving as the iConnect Zone’s superintendent in District 49, McClelland earned a national award for innovation and transformation in education, and has been a speaker for the District Administration Leadership Institute, EdWeek, Colorado Blended and Online Learning conference, and other districts throughout the country. She has served on a statewide committee to support authorizers for the Colorado league of charter schools and NACSA and served on state level legislative commissions for online and blended learning. Kim currently serves as  the Executive Director/Principal of New Summit Charter Academy.

  Jenna Wagner    Jenna  holds a Bachelor of Science in Operations and Human Resource Management, as well as certificates in International Business and Supply Chain Management from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She also holds Certificates of Biblical Studies and Business Ministry Leadership from Torchbearers International, New Zealand. Jenna spent ten years in corporate analytics, consulting, and project management, enabling Fortune 500 clients to optimize their customer experiences, improve operations, and implement new strategic partnerships. In 2016, after a trip to Africa with a community development organization, she shifted gears to work specifically in addressing physical and spiritual poverty. She is currently a freelance consultant focused on operational efficiency and effectiveness in the non-profit and social enterprise sector. Jenna lives in Colorado and enjoys traveling, volunteering at her church, reading, and playing in the great outdoors.

Jenna Wagner

Jenna holds a Bachelor of Science in Operations and Human Resource Management, as well as certificates in International Business and Supply Chain Management from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She also holds Certificates of Biblical Studies and Business Ministry Leadership from Torchbearers International, New Zealand. Jenna spent ten years in corporate analytics, consulting, and project management, enabling Fortune 500 clients to optimize their customer experiences, improve operations, and implement new strategic partnerships. In 2016, after a trip to Africa with a community development organization, she shifted gears to work specifically in addressing physical and spiritual poverty. She is currently a freelance consultant focused on operational efficiency and effectiveness in the non-profit and social enterprise sector. Jenna lives in Colorado and enjoys traveling, volunteering at her church, reading, and playing in the great outdoors.

 

Caitlin “Cat” Campbell

Caitlin has a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of Colorado, is an IRS Enrolled Agent and is certified as a Financial Coach through Crown Financial Ministries and Dave Ramsey’s Lampo Group. She has been coaching clients through their financial challenges and opportunities since 2003 and helping her clients through tax problems since 2011. She is the current President of the Colorado Chapter of National Association of Tax Professionals.

  Mike Roth   Originally from New Jersey,  Mike  graduated from West Point and entered into an 8-year period of service with the Army as a Commissioned Officer. Much of his service was devoted to cultivating and developing strong military leadership worldwide. His vast background of lifeguarding, coaching, firefighting, and military expertise are reflective of his devotion to help and serve others. In addition to his international scale of experience, Mike now primarily focuses on investing in his local community of the Pike’s Peak Region as a financial advisor.

Mike Roth

Originally from New Jersey, Mike graduated from West Point and entered into an 8-year period of service with the Army as a Commissioned Officer. Much of his service was devoted to cultivating and developing strong military leadership worldwide. His vast background of lifeguarding, coaching, firefighting, and military expertise are reflective of his devotion to help and serve others. In addition to his international scale of experience, Mike now primarily focuses on investing in his local community of the Pike’s Peak Region as a financial advisor.


New Horizons Foundation Board of Directors

 
      Steve Prensner ,    President

    Steve Prensner, President

        Lauren Libby ,  Chairman  

      Lauren Libby, Chairman 

       Bill Moritz ,  Vice President

     Bill Moritz, Vice President

               Jerry White

            Jerry White

             Barbara Tompkins

         Barbara Tompkins

              Dave Gresham

            Dave Gresham

               Gary Daniel

             Gary Daniel

          Kirk Humphreys

        Kirk Humphreys

                Gail Jones  

              Gail Jones 

             Ron Halverson

           Ron Halverson

               Tom Madison

             Tom Madison

The Alternativ Project is under the fiscal management of the New Horizons Foundations. New Horizons supports the charitable objectives of their projects. They currently have over 300 projects helping people change the world by turning their vision into reality.