Our Board of Directors:
Expertise: Marketing / Event Planning; Project Management
Melanie has been an active member of The Family Center for several years, most recently as President of the Board. Her passion for diverse education and the Latinx community stems from her Argentine heritage and an appreciation of nurturing the minds and souls of children from having her own children. Professionally, she has worked in Project Management, Consulting, and most recently criminal investigative work with Latinx members. In her free time she loves to travel, play golf, and play games with her family.
Expertise: Human Resources
Beth and her partner moved to Fort Collins from Washington, DC in 2018. She immediately focused on identifying opportunities to contribute to the positive growth of her new community, and was fortunate to begin her volunteer work with The Family Center/La Familia in spring 2018 and has served as Vice President of the Board of Directors since January 2020. Beth has a 40-year career working with non-profit health-related organizations in the Washington, DC area. She retired in 2014 after nearly 25 years with Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States as Vice President of Human Resources and also served in a variety of sales and marketing leadership roles. Beth enjoys walking, biking, playing golf and pickleball and exploring beautiful Colorado!
Expertise: Marketing and fundraising
Tricia Canonico and her husband moved with their two older children to Fort Collins in 2010. Shortly after arriving they had their third child and Tricia has been busy volunteering in the community ever since. She first started volunteering in her children’s schools and still runs the book fair at Zach Elementary. Since then she has been involved with Moms Demand Action and the Colorado Coalition against Gun Violence. She has also been active creating fundraisers when she sees a need – first with Love for LIzzy, to raise money for a local teen battling cancer and in 2020 in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic with Feed the NoCo Frontline that raised $40,000 to purchase meals from struggling restaurants to feed overwhelmed frontline workers.
Tricia has been volunteering for the Family Center for the past three years and joined the board in 2020. She is currently serving as Secretary of the board. Tricia won election to the Fort Collins City Council in April 2021 and is also serving the community in that capacity.
Expertise: Operations and Business Services
Dan moved to Colorado in July of 2019. He and his wife reside in Johnstown. Dan joined the board of The Family Center in October 2020 and is currently the Treasurer. Dan has been active in the non-profit sector for the last 25 years. He co-founded The Tenacious Group in 1996, providing directed services to gang-impacted and at-risk youth. Furthermore, Dan was a public-school administrator for the last decade, providing educational opportunities to students from under-served communities. Dan and his wife Paula are involved in a variety of volunteer and social services initiatives including homelessness, and youth motivation & purpose development. Dan and his wife are empty-nesters, with adult children in CA and CO, and 2 grandchildren. They stay busy, though, with 3 unruly but spoiled dogs!
Expertise: Social work, community resources, program management
Vanessa Fewell, MSW is a parent of a child in the The Family Center/La Familia El Nidito program. Vanessa received her Master of Social Work degree from CSU in 2006 where she worked closely with families in the Poudre Valley Mobile Home Park teaching adults English as a Second Language and providing after school services for elementary aged students. Vanessa has designed and implemented social service programs across the spectrum – from indivdiual and family serives to policy development and advocacy. She currently works at the Larimer County Department of Human Services which administers public benefits to eligible households. Vanessa is passionate about social, racial, and economic justice and truly believes that the work of The Family Center/La Familia is vital to improving our community for all of its residents.
Emma Goulart is a Licensed Acupuncturist in Northern Colorado and is currently finishing her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (April 2021)! In her undergraduate studies, Emma majored in both Spanish and Family and Human Services in order to do Social Work in her home state of California. After graduation, she traveled in South America and during her travels she decided to return to the United States and pursue a career in medicine in order to support people with their health. While maintaining her acupuncture practice, Emma is excited to serve on the board for La familia as both an advocate and ally to the families seeking community and support. Emma is thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful organization.
Expertise: TFC parent; Training & program development, CSU
Latoya Noel is a working mother of three 3. Her husband and she have benefitted from the amazing childcare services at The Family Center for five years. She joined the board after the birth of her twin boys. She understands that the benefits of quality and affordable childcare services are essential to the empowerment of women to drive a strong and thriving community. This year of the pandemic has truly emphasized the significance of quality childcare providers like The Family Center, which do more than “watch” children but nourish a child’s confidence and sense of self.
She currently works at Colorado State University as an Assistant Director of Advising Training & Development. Where she works alongside a community of people that strive to create equitable educational environments to increase graduation rates and eliminating opportunity gaps. She is very passionate about creating space for others around her to be able to apply their passion and talents on a team. Her upbringing as a military kid exposed and developed her global perspective. She advocates for social change that benefits us all and not just a few.
Expertise: Nurse at Larimer County Nurse – Family Partnership
Expertise: Equity / Inclusion / Diversity
Interested in joining our board?
We are actively seeking new Board members! Please consider applying your expertise to our growing Latinx focused childcare and education center. You’d be involved in monthly group meetings, sharing ideas on committees, and actively taking the lead on areas that align with your strengths. Expected time commitment varies from 1-4 hours per week (at this time it’s mostly virtual).
Why join our team?
You get a valuable seat at an amazing organization – play a key role in strategizing.
It feels good and you’re making important decisions alongside other diverse but equal individuals that have the same goal of helping TFC/LF.
Your voice will be heard – and it has an impact.
You’ll care more than you thought you could.
¡Estamos buscando activamente nuevos miembros de la Junta Directiva! Considere aplicar su experiencia a nuestro creciente centro de educación y cuidado infantil enfocado en Latinx. Estaría involucrado en reuniones de grupo mensuales, compartiendo ideas en comités y tomando activamente el liderazgo en áreas que se alinean con sus fortalezas. El compromiso de tiempo esperado varía de 1 a 4 horas por semana (en este momento es principalmente virtual).
¿Por qué debería unirse a nuestro equipo?
Obtiene un asiento valioso en una organización increíble y participa en la elaboración de estrategias.
Se siente bien y está tomando decisiones importantes junto con otras personas diversas pero iguales que tienen el mismo objetivo de ayudar a TFC/LF.
Su voz será escuchada — y tendrá un impacto.
Le importará más de lo que pensaba.