Amy Czulada, Worker Center and Outreach Coordinator
Amy Czulada joined El Centro in June 2017 and is responsible for the daily workings of the center and expanding membership of the organization. She graduated from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver with a master’s degree in International Studies, with concentrations in migration and human rights. She is originally from Philadelphia, PA, where her family, including her beloved niece and two nephews, still resides. She lived and worked in El Paso, TX at the US/Mexico border from 2011-2013, organizing border immersion delegations, teaching English and Citizenship classes, and doing immigration casework for survivors of violent crimes. For the past two years, she has worked on the Just Wages Project at the University of Denver, which conducts quantitative and qualitative research on day laborers’ experience with wage theft in Colorado. She also has worked with the Wage Theft Direct Action Team for almost two years and currently coordinates the team, which negotiates with and pressures employers to pay their workers when they have failed to do so.
Tony Lemus, Program Director
Tony was hired in October 2017 to oversee the design, development and execution of El Centro’s programs. He possesses a law degree from Guatemala where he is from as well as certificates in Public Management and Political Strategies acquired in Costa Rica and Taiwan. He brings an experience of more than 20 years in the non-profit and public sectors, where he has worked with multicultural and underprivileged communities in the fields of education, leadership training, and human development. His experiences, and the relationships he has developed over the years, have shaped a strong passion for social justice and fair treatment for all. He has lived in Colorado for more than 15 years, where he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, exploring new restaurants, feeding his love for books and film, and traveling.
Nancy Rosas, Leadership Development and Campaign Director
303-292-4115 ext. 102
Nancy just celebrated her 9th year anniversary working with El Centro. She is a Latina with a strong commitment to life, hope and justice for all people. Nancy has over 20 years of committed service to social change through her work in urban and multicultural communities in Central America and in the United States. The focus of her work has been education, organizing, and accompanying in solidarity the journey of low income, working women and youth in their own social and economic development while honoring their wholeness. Nancy’s undergraduate work was in International Studies and she holds a Masters Degree from the Iliff School of Theology and is an ordained minister. Nancy works part time in her role at El Centro and part time as the Minister for Spiritual Formation at the Washington Park United Church of Christ.
Sarah Shikes, Executive Director
303-292-4115 ext. 105
Since 2011 Sarah has provided leadership and managed operations as well as resource development for El Centro. During her 6+ years with the organization, she has developed a keen understanding of the role and potential of Worker Centers like El Centro, locally and nationally. Sarah has been instrumental in developing partnerships with a community of funders and ally organizations to build capacity for El Centro to sustain and grow. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for 20 years in Denver, 10 in the role of Executive Director. Sarah holds a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Colorado Denver and a BA in Foreign Languages from Pitzer College, Claremont, CA., Sarah spent three years living in San Jose, Costa Rica working for the Institute for Central American Development Studies and learned to speak fluent in Spanish. Sarah is a Denver native and loves to travel, walk and spend time with family and friends.