Sheri A. Mintz MSW, LCSW

Executive Director

Sheri holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Drew University and a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University with a concentration in clinical practice in health, mental health and disabilities. Post-graduate work includes a certificate in clinical field work supervision from Fordham University. Formerly a private practitioner, Sheri has provided individual, couples and group therapy for clients of diverse ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds. Presently the Executive Director of Bright Future Foundation, Sheri is the authorized agent for Bright Future and is responsible for all fiscal, clinical, technical, legal and policy aspects of the organization. During the course of her career she has supervised numerous human service disciplines including child protective services, adult protective services and developed adult and child case management initiatives. In addition to her work at Bright Future, Sheri has served as co-chair of the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence and as Vice-President of the Eagle River Youth Coalition. Sheri is a dynamic leader and public speaker with a lifelong commitment to advocacy and philanthropy on behalf of at-risk and underserved populations.

Casey Wolfington PsyD

Clinical Director

Dr. Casey Wolfington, is a licensed clinical psychologist with a concentration on the assessment and treatment of trauma in children and adolescents. Dr. Wolfington has been working with youth victims of trauma for over ten years and specifically with youth victims of violence for over eight years. Dr. Wolfington completed her postdoctoral training at The Children’s Hospital in Denver, as the hospital’s first Vollbracht Psychology Fellow. She has presented at several local and national conferences on various psychiatric topics including The Impact of Pediatric Trauma and Identifying Trauma and Abuse in Teen Populations. Dr. Wolfington oversees all advocacy services and coordinates mental health/counseling services for youth victims. Dr. Wolfington also serves as the training director for Bright Future’s student internship program.

Kristi Bloodworth Esq

Staff Attorney/Legal Advocacy Coordinator

Kristi Bloodworth is the Staff Attorney/Legal Advocacy Coordinator for Bright Future Foundation. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Kentucky, as well as a Juris Doctor degree from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. She has been licensed to practice law in Colorado since 2000. After working in private practice in the Vail Valley for several years, she joined Bright Future Foundation in April 2010. In addition to her work at Bright Future, she serves on a Domestic Violence and Domestic Relations task force coordinated by the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in an effort to advocate the interests of domestic violence victims through legislation.

Holly Kasper-Blank

Program Sustainability Manager

Holly Kasper-Blank was awarded her Master in Social Work from University of Denver in 2005 and holds a Bachelor in Psychology from University of Texas at Austin. She recently worked as Manager of Children, Family and Adult Services at Eagle County and started at Bright Future Foundation in December 2014. Holly has over 14 years of experience working with children and families in human services fields including child welfare, early childhood education, and adult protective services. Her role at Bright Future includes grant management, overseeing the Crisis Hotline and volunteers and supporting the clinical team.

Claudia Hurtado-Myers Esq

Housing Manager

Claudia Hurtado-Myers coordinates and oversees the implementation of the Ensuring Freedom Housing Program, a grant opportunity increasing survivor access to safe, long-term housing and to help provide additional supports survivors need to rebuild their lives. Claudia provides tailored supportive services, including landlord, community, and housing stakeholder outreach and collaboration, coordination of direct financial assistance for victims, and agreements with partners.

Michelle Arana

Advocate/Shelter Coordinator

Michelle Arana joined Bright Future Foundation in September of 2012 as our Shelter Coordinator and Bilingual Advocate. Prior to joining our team, Michelle worked for Eagle County Health and Human Services. Through her expertise, Michelle is able to guide shelter clients through the often confusing public assistance system and community resources. Michelle is responsible for the day-to-day operations and oversight of Freedom Ranch Safehouse and provides advocacy services to any and all shelter clients in need of assistance. In addition, Michelle also participates in the Child Protective Team and the Immigrant Community Committee.

Hope Flores

Advocate/Transitional Housing Coordinator

Hope Flores has been with Bright Future Foundation since 2007. As Bright Future’s Bilingual Advocate and Transitional Housing Coordinator, Hope enjoys the opportunity to work closely with clients on a daily basis. Hope is responsible for coordinating the Transitional Living program which provides a limited number of families with temporary housing upon leaving the shelter. In addition, she provides intensive case management to all families enrolled in this program to ensure that upon completion, the families have achieved both financial and personal independence. Hope was awarded a Purple Ribbon Award for Outstanding Domestic Violence Advocate in 2014 by the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Janet Casson

Buddy Mentors Program Manager and Youth Violence Prevention Specialist

Janet Casson joined Bright Future in November 2016. As Buddy Mentors Program Manager, she coordinates all Buddy Mentor activities, including junior and senior buddy recruitment and mentor training. Janet also implements Bright Future’s youth violence prevention programs, EmpowerMENt and EmpowHERment, in local schools. As an educator, she has taught drama, music, and yoga to students of all ages. Janet earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa in Communication and Theatre Education and completed a graduate certification in Drama and Theatre for Youth through the City University of New York in Manhattan.  Connection to community, empathy for all, and cultivating curiosity are Janet’s main goals in her professional and personal life. She believes that working with youth is a privilege and is one of the most poignant ways to implement and nurture these skills.

 

Mike Santambrogio

EmpowerMENt and EmpowHERment Program Manager and Youth Violence Prevention Specialist

Mike implements and teaches the violence prevention programs, EmpowerMENt and EmpowHERment, within Eagle County schools. He also works with our Buddy Mentors Program Manager to coordinate buddy events. Prior to joining BFF, Mike worked with The Youth Foundation implementing and facilitating youth programming, and then Eagle County Schools where he implemented AVID, a post-secondary readiness program. His extensive background ranges from teaching elementary students the importance of health and fitness in fun and creative ways, to helping students get ready for life after high school. Mike has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is nearing the completion of a master’s degree in counseling from Regis University in Denver.  Outside of work, he has volunteered as the program coordinator for The Cycle Effect empowering the lives of young women through mountain biking.

Melanie McKinney

Business & Communications Coordinator

Mel McKinney manages Bright Future’s communications and marketing, provides development and event support, and coordinates business operations. Mel received an Associate in Radio/T.V. Production from Virginia Western Community College and studied broadcast journalism at University of Colorado, Boulder. Mel is completing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration through Colorado Mountain College where she has been awarded several scholarships and is on the President’s List and the Dean’s List. She serves on the executive boards of Vail Valley Business Women and Eagle County Gives, and she is an ambassador for Vail Valley Partnership. Outside of work Mel enjoys volunteering for local non-profits and enjoying the many outdoor recreation opportunities offered in Colorado.