Leadership Team 2019-01-19T20:27:38+00:00

Leadership Team

Jennifer Hoelscher
Jennifer HoelscherChairwoman of the Board
I fight every day so each young girl gets the childhood she deserves.
KristenFounder & Chief Executive Officer
I fight every day so every girl realizes just how strong she is and how strong she can still be.

Kristen has a degree in Computer Science and studied business in Denver, CO. Kristen is a 2018 graduate of the Social Enterprise Exchange Cohort through Community Resource Center. She worked as a Procedure Analyst at Halliburton and then transitioned to Real Estate before beginning her work in anti-trafficking. She was first introduced to human trafficking and exploitation in 2004 during a mission trip to Pattaya, Thailand. She witnessed first-hand the reality of trafficking and exploitation that was taking place overseas. She has spent over 14 years educating herself on the issue of trafficking in order to understand where it was happening, who it was happening to, why it was so prevalent, and what she could do to help.

During her studies, she began to learn that human trafficking was not just an overseas issue but was the 2nd largest organized crime and the fastest growing crime in the USA. She also learned that her home state of Colorado, was one of the largest hubs for sex trafficking of minors.

After learning about the extreme need for safe housing and supportive services for survivors of sex trafficking in Colorado, she formed a small group of people to begin getting started on changing this reality. Extended Hands of Hope was formed in late 2013 and has grown significantly since then. Extended Hands of Hope’s programs include Avanti House Safe Home, Carriers of Hope Mentoring, Community-based trauma specific treatment, and Forward Learning Academy.

Kristen has presented on the realities of sex trafficking and exploitation to many local businesses, churches, schools, and other groups. She is very passionate about raising awareness of this evil and motivating people to get involved in the fight against it, and supporting survivors. Kristen experienced sexual exploitation, sexual assault, and rape as a youth and young adult, and has always been drawn to do what she can to help others that are experiencing abuse and injustice. She knows through her own life experience, that hope for a better future is 100% possible! Kristen has been married to Bobby for over 14 years and has 2 amazing children.
SamanthaDevelopment Director
I fight every day because I know these girls are worth it!

An Arkansas native, Samantha has always been passionate about the human and equal rights of all individuals. At an early age, while serving in a summer youth employment program for teen boys and girls of color, Samantha discovered what would eventually become what she calls her “zeal”, serving others through the nonprofit sector. For nearly fifteen years, Samantha has been committed to serving underserved, underrepresented, and marginalized adults and children.

While serving in the nonprofit sector, Samantha acquired a variety of skill-sets and expertise in advocacy, managing and directing programs, fund development, and capacity building to name a few. These skills have ultimately helped her to best serve others and organizations, such as Extended Hands of Hope. Given the recent year’s decline in giving across the country and the devastating impact it has on numerous organizations, Samantha developed a greater interest and drive for philanthropy and fund development. This has ultimately led her to further her education and work to complete her studies in Nonprofit Management and Organizational Leadership at Regis University in Denver, Colorado.

PhyllisFinance Manager
I fight every day because I believe in bright futures and whole hearts!

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Our Valuable Team Members

Christine, LPCClinical Director
I fight every day because no one deserves to be exploited.

Christine attended Truman State University for her undergraduate studies, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in English. During this time she was heavily involved in research, serving on multiple research teams and presenting at various regional and national research conferences. Christine’s primary research interest has always been trauma, with a special interest in forgiveness and expressive writing interventions as a means to alleviate symptoms resulting from traumatic events.

After graduation, Christine went on to obtain a Master’s of Science in Clinical-Counseling Psychology at Illinois State University. Here she focused her research on the long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse and the ways in which these variables cause survivors to become more likely to be sexually revictimized on college campuses. After receiving her master’s, Christine moved to Colorado where she has spent the past three years as a mobile crisis therapist for the Community Crisis Connections crisis continuum, working in emergency rooms and in the community at the request of the state suicide hotline and first responders, such as police. During this time Christine continued to feel a passion to work more specifically with survivors of trauma, leading her to find Extended Hands of Hope where she is happy to work on a dynamic team dedicated to empowering survivors of trafficking.]

BarbSpecial Education Director - Forward Learning Academy
I fight every day because education is the gateway to a new life for our girls.
Barb has been working in the special education field since 1986. The majority of her time has been in residential, day treatment, hospital and juvenile justice settings with a brief period of time as a special education teacher in the public school setting.

Barb has taught Sped 101 at the college level and has successfully coached teachers through understanding special education foundations and pillars in order to pass the PLACE test. In May 2010, a colleague and Ms. Taylor opened their own business (PALS4Ed) to assist residential, day treatment and juvenile justice schools with their special education needs and helping to design sustainable education systems. Recently, PALS4Ed conducted a school audit for a charter school, starting with the enrollment process, RtI, 504, IEPs and all the systems in use. Barb has also written a “Getting to Know You” module for students in an on-line forum.

Barb has assisted with writing successful grants for juvenile justice schools. Barb enjoys assessing new students as they come into schools, working with new educators, and speaking to small groups. She is a lifelong learner and a native of Colorado.

AngieResidential Coordinator/Case Manager
I fight every day so each girl knows their past does not define their future.

Angie is a survivor of profound physical abuse, including the occult practices and prostitution by parents for the first 11.5 years of her life. She is now working as a Residential Coordinator/Case Manager within Avanti House Safe Home. Her life’s mission is to be part of communities and cultures that promote healing and restoration in the lives of others. Angie volunteered for 6 years as a victim advocate for Greeley Police Department and worked with 9 other counties within Weld County. She responded, supported and empowered victims of crime. While serving in a volunteer victim advocate role, she worked with adults with disabilities in residential and host home setting for 10 years. Angie managed, coordinated and provided support and services to ensure everyone received the best services possible. Angie is passionate about trauma-informed care for survivors of exploitation, trafficking, and abuse.]

TessaResidential Program Manager
I fight every day so each girl can hear they are cared for and valuable.

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Chelsea, LSWCommunity-based Mental Health Therapist
I fight every day because I believe that with the right tools and support, girls can thrive!

Chelsea attended Seattle Pacific University for her undergraduate studies, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Applied Human Physiology and a minor in Theology. During her time in Seattle, Chelsea’s passion for social justice and freedom brought her to lead an anti-human trafficking group of community members and students with a focus on education and prevention of human trafficking. After graduating, Chelsea moved to Costa Rica to learn Spanish and volunteer with organizations focused on anti-human trafficking efforts, social justice, and community improvement. Upon returning from Costa Rica, Chelsea obtained her Masters of Social Work with a focus in Clinical Mental Health and a certificate in Working with Latinos in Social Work from the University of Denver.  Her studies focused on clinical trauma therapy for sexual abuse and sexual assault survivors. Chelsea opened a private practice in Denver, Colorado after graduating and continued to pursue her passion in working with survivors by working in a direct care position at a safe house part-time. This led her to Extended Hands of Hope and to becoming our Community Mental Health Therapist.

Chelsea grew up in Colorado where a love for mountains, outdoor activities, and exploring keeps her in a life of adventure during her free time. Her dream is to one day open a wilderness therapy program for survivors of sex trafficking, combining her love for the outdoors and her passion for holistic freedom.

Board of Directors

Lyndsey Wellens
Lyndsey WellensSales Leader, State Farm Northwest
Lyndsey Wellens is the Territory Sales Leader with State Farm Insurance Companies, serving the Denver Metro area. She started with State Farm in 2004 as an Agent and has held various field leadership roles since 2007. She is a Chartered Financial Consultant and a Retirement Income Certified Professional. She has her Masters of Science in Management and Organizational Leadership with the American College and a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. In her free time, Lyndsey serves in Women’s Ministry with Discovery Christian Church. She and her husband, Brad, enjoy golfing, rugby, and enjoying the Colorado outdoors.
Paul Vitek
Paul VitekFinancial Consultant - The Liberty Family of Oilfield Companies

Paul is currently serving as an executive consultant to Liberty Resources, Liberty Oilfield Services and PropX. Formerly, CFO of Liberty Resources LLC, a Denver based oil and gas exploration and production company. Served as CFO of CARBO Ceramics Inc. (NYSE: CRR), the world’s largest manufacturer of ceramic proppant used in the stimulation of oil and gas wells from 1988 to 2009. Directed all of the company’s finance and administrative activities during its transformation from a privately-held corporation with $13MM in annual revenues to a NYSE-listed company with a market capitalization of over $1 billion. I was a key contributor to the company’s financial and operating strategy and was also heavily involved in the company’s manufacturing and distribution activities.
His specialties include: Financial management, investor relations, human resources, mergers and acquisitions.

Patty Davies
Patty DaviesHuman Resources, Community College of Denver
Patty Davies has over 25 years of Human Resources experience. Patty currently serves as the Director of Human Resources at the Community College of Denver (CCD). She has been with CCD for over ten years and previously held the positions of HR Assistant Director and HR Specialist. She is passionate about Human Resources, CCD and its mission and values. Prior to CCD, Patty held various positions within Human Resources. Patty’s earlier career experiences include working as a chemist with Coors Brewing Company for eleven years.Patty holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Counseling, a Master’s Degree in Marriage & Family Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Colorado Denver. She obtained her Senior Professional Human Resources Certification (SPHR) in 2006 and is a Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SP).Patty is married, has two adult children and one grandchild about to make her entrance to the world. She loves her German Shepard named Zascha. Her other hobbies include horseback riding on her horse Jazmine and spending time with friends and family.

Community Leaders of Hope Committee Members

Daniel Ryley
Daniel RyleyChair of the Committee
Dave Reppe
Dave ReppeCommittee Member
Jeremy Anderson
Jeremy AndersonCommittee Member
Alli Aman
Alli AmanCommittee Member
Kristie Hart
Kristie HartCommittee Member
Chad Meredith
Chad MeredithCommittee Member