Leadership Team 2021-04-21T16:24:04+00:00

Leadership Team

Denise Peters
Denise PetersCEO

Denise comes to Extended Hands of Hope not only with a passion to help these precious girls, but also the high-level nonprofit management skill necessary to continue Extended Hands of Hope’s proud tradition of excellence and champion its growth. With a degree in Psychology, Master’s work in BioPsychology, and over twenty years’ experience as a nonprofit leader, Denise has devoted her career, and her life, to the needs of others.

In her off hours, Denise loves to lead yoga classes, bike, hike, read, write, garden, volunteer, and study and meditate on God’s word.


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Our Valuable Team Members

Jenny CatlinDirector of Programs
I fight every day so each girl knows their past does not define their future.

Jennifer holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University. Jennifer has worked in corrections and human services for over 20 years. Having risen from abuse, addiction, and homelessness, Jenny brings a unique perspective to every aspect of trauma informed care and harm reduction. By merging her professional experience in academia, corrections, and mental health, she has developed successful and sustainable methods for meeting clients where they are at and helping them build and follow their own paths to personal and professional recovery.

Tessa WoodCommunity Programs Director
I fight every day so each girl can hear they are cared for and valuable.

Tessa holds a BA in Peace Studies from Naropa University and a MA in Social Justice and Ethics from Iliff School of Theology. Before starting her role with the community program, she was the Program Manager from Avanti House, and Program Coordinator and Facilitator with Creative Strategies for change, incorporating social justice education, the arts, and restorative practices. Tessa is also the founder of the Carbondale Community Food Coop, a community owned local grocer. Tessa is passionate about social justice food justice, restorative practices, and community.