Carmelita spearheads the beloved, decade-old Hot Lunch series, as well as countless other events the foundation convenes. She also coordinates DK’s accounting, finance, purchasing, and grant processing. Prior to serving in this role, she was an event planner for corporate, nonprofit, social and entertainment groups at the Hotel Monaco-Denver. Carmelita is on the Outreach and Development Committee of New Legacy Charter School which serves pregnant and parenting students in northwest Aurora. A Colorado native, Carmelita holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Colorado Christian University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado: Denver.
Beyond her administrative capacity, Carmelita lends her perspective and experience to multiple other projects at the foundation. Her work focuses on Opportunity Youth and increasing alternative pathways for their education. As a graduate student, Carmelita completed her capstone project with New Legacy Charter School. Carmelita sought to better understand the barriers that pregnant and parenting students face that prevent their consistent attendance in school. By learning from student-led conversations and best practices locally and nationally, Carmelita made recommendations to promote higher attendance rates among New Legacy students and their young children.