Staff

Angell Pérez, M.A.

Executive Director 

 

(303) 534-6167 x2 

angell@denvervorp.org 

 

Angell Pérez comes to VORP with extensive experience in youth development and community organizing. Angell served as the Director of Teen and Outreach Programs at Girls Inc. of Metro Denver for 5 years and previous to that she was the Program Manager for Denver City and County’s Youth Opportunity Girls Empowerment Program for 5 years under Mayor Wellington Web’s Administration. Angell has also worked at other local community organizations in the Denver area such as Mi Casa Resource Center and Denver Area Youth Services.

 

Under her leadership she has been responsible for growing the capacity of these organizations and leading inclusiveness initiatives to meet the needs of youth and families in the Denver community including fundraising and expanding organizational budgets. Angell brings strong passion for community, youth empowerment and intentional anti-racist approaches in community organizing. She received an independent bachelor of arts degree in Equity and Social Justice from Metropolitan State University of Denver and a Master of Arts in Ethnic Studies from Colorado State University. Angell is also an alumni of the Community Resource Center's Non-Profit Leadership and Managment Program, the Spirit In Action; Standing In Our Power Transformative Leadership for Women of Color in Social Justice Program and The Denver Foundation's Executive Directors of Color Institute.   

 

Angell has a personal connection to VORP’s mission as both her parents were incarcerated when she was a child and she also witnessed her brother become a target of the school to jail pipeline. During the time VORP founders were convening to combat the infamous summer of violence in Denver, Angell was a teen heavily entrenched in the violence that plagued communities of color in Denver and the police response that followed. Angell witnessed many friends and family members suffer from gang murders and incarceration. These incidents transformed her life and inspired her to fight for justice in poor communities of color that experince violence and criminalization. Angell believes in the beauty of healing, intergenerational community building, resilience and strength in her community and is committed to providing opportunities for youth to reach their full potential and stay out of jail.  

 

Angell is a mother of 4 children and dedicates most of her time away from VORP in the community supporting her children and their friends sports programs and is an avid basketball fan. 

DeQuan Mack,

Program Coordinator


(303) 534-6167 x3

dequan@denvervorp.org


DeQuan Mack came to VORP as a contract Program Coordinator facilitating VORP's Boys and Men of Color Program Joven Noble. VORP is excited to welcome DeQuan to the team as a full-time Program Coordinator continuing his work with Joven Noble also managing VORP's Transformative Justice Programs such as RESTORE. Prior to joining VORP DeQuan was a non-profit consultant and former Convener/Co-Director of Let Us Rise, a Colorado based organization working to catalyze a movement of people to create systems and cultures rooted in love, compassion, truthfulness, personal responsibility and democratic participation. He is the former Executive Director of One Nation Enlightened, one of Denver's first youth organizing groups and prior to working with O.N.E., DeQuan worked for Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT) as their Director of Training, his fundraising experience also includes working for the Chinook Fund. He has extensive background in community organizing, anti-oppression training, and 

                                                                                       grassroots fundraising that includes organizing with Action for a Better

                                                                                       Community (Denver) and Californians for Justice. His community and        

                                                                                       volunteer work has been focused on youth, anti-oppression

                                                                                       issues, and eliminating racism.



Itzel Santos

Program Assitant

 

(303) 534-6167 x1 

itzel@denvervorp.org

 

Itzel is a very proud first generation Mexican Amercian with both parents being from Zacatecas, Mexico. Being the oldest and the first one to graduate from high school in her family, she wants to be the exemplary role model for her younger siblings and other young people in her community. Itzel is an alumni of Denver East high school and grew up in Denver's Park Hill neighborhood where she says she witnessed the school to jail pipeline affect many of her peers. She witnessed firsthand the inequities in discipline policies and how Brown and Black students were often targeted for harsher disciplinary actions. She feels strongly that she has a responsibility to her community and especially to the youth by participating in leadership programs such as Colorado Uplift, Readig Partners and as a Balarat counselor. Her activism has given her many skills to be an exemplary role model which she takes personally. During high school Itzel was encouraged to complete an internship which led her to one of VORP's partners, The Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition in which she interned. This experience further opened her eyes to the need to support youth to stay out of the criminal justice system. Itzel joined the VORP family because of the way VORP supports youth and provides space for them to be empowered and have a voice to combat the criminalization of youth. VORP will also be a great place for her to grow as a professional while she attends Metro State in the fall to pursue her dream of being the first one in her family to go to college and achieve her goal of becoming a social worker. VORP is ecstatic to have her join the VORP family!     

 

 

 

Board of Directors

Norm Dewhurst, Ph.d 

Board President

 

Dr. Dewhurst is a licensed clinical and school psychologist. He has been part of the mental health community in Denver for the past 43 years. During that time he has worked in public mental health, public schools and as a private practitioner. He provided mental health services to children, adolescents families and adults. He provided these services in both outpatient and inpatient settings.

 

He did his graduate training at the University of Northern Colorado and his clinical psychology training at Denver Health Medical. His dissertation was; Emotional Disturbance in Elementary School Children: Characteristics and Description.  He has been on the Adjunct Faculty at the University of Phoenix for the past 10 years and on the Affiliate Faculty at Regis University for the past year. He teaches in the Master’s Degree programs in Marriage and Family, Mental Health and School counseling.

 

Dr. Dewhurst was nominated for School Psychologist of the year in 1985. In 2011 he received the Teaching Excellence Award in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Phoenix. Also in 2011, he received the Honored Graduate Faculty award from the University of Phoenix.

 

He has served on the Board of the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program of Denver since 1995. He has been both a Board member and the Board President during that time.

David with Denver's Mayor Hancock
David with Denver's Mayor Hancock

David Henninger, M.A.

Treasurer

 

David E. Henninger has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1973, as the executive director of Bayaud Enterprises, Inc. , (Nee- Bayaud Industries) which has been in operation since May of 1969 creating jobs for thousands of persons with disability.  Bayaud serves over 1000 people a year and currently employs over 180 individuals with an operating budget of $8.2 million.

 

He obtained a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Administration from the School of Business at the University of San Francisco and pursued doctoral studies in public administration with an emphasis on nonprofit management at the University of Colorado/Denver.

 

For the past 16 years Henninger has been an affiliate faculty member in the Masters of Nonprofit Management Program at Regis University in Denver, Colorado.  He has facilitated courses in History, Theory, and Future of Nonprofit Organizations; Governance of Nonprofits/Organizational Change; Leadership; and Critical Issues in Nonprofit Organizations.  He has been a featured speaker at numerous association meetings and has received numerous honors and recognition as a passionate advocate for the nonprofit sector.

 

Deb Schafer 

 

Deb  was born and raised in Denver. She teaches English to adult immigrants and refugees. She is an artist and an organic farmer. Deb has a BA in Studio Art and a certificate in International Development. Experiences she has had visiting immigrants in detention, visiting a man on death row and working with women as a volunteer in a county jail GED program, have helped her better understand the biases and consequences of the criminal justice system. Deb became involved with VORP because she is passionate about restorative justice and wants to support alternatives to criminalizing Denver’s youth. She attends First Mennonite Church of Denver, which has a long history of supporting the work of VORP.

Feliciana Lilgerose

 

Feliciana is a Colorado native and resides in the Far Northeast community and is a mother of two children, ages 17 and 10. Feliciana has been a youth mentor, coach, board member and served on various volunteer committees in school and private organizations over the last 10 years and has always had a passion to empower our youth. After her son became involved in the Juvenile Justice system, Feliciana made it a personal mission to work with at-risk youth and also to strive to bridge the gap of the many social injustices our youth and families face. She began volunteering with VORP in early 2013 and was elected to the VORP BOD in April 2013. Feliciana is also currently serving on a Legislative Committee which is examining the rights of juvenile defendants.