Michelle Avila, P/T Intern and P/T Temporary Program Assistant    303-292-41115

Ms. Avila is a senior at Metropolitan State College and will be graduating with a BA in Social Work.  She is completing her internship requirement 16 hours/week at El Centro for the 2016/17 school year.  Born in Mexico City, Michelle brings her personal experience assisting family member’s access resources and navigating systems as an immigrant.  Michelle is also working temporarily between 16-24 hours supporting the employment program and workers with accessing resources and with job delegation daily and with overall management of the center. She assists in offering trainings and facilitating meetings and events.

Sandra Medina, Employment Program Coordinator/Front Desk
303-292-4115 ext. 100

Ms. Medina became familiar with El Centro through her father who worked as the Employment Coordinator during the organization early years.  In April of 2009, the founding Executive Director recognized her potential and offered her a part time position as her assistant.  Since then Sandra has taken on the responsibility of Employment Coordinator mentored by her own father who for health reasons could not continue in his position.  She is a full time staff member, responsible for employer interface and support and collaborates with the membership on services and programs. She also plays an integral role in the administrative tracking of activities and office management.

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

Ms. Shikes has been with El Centro for 6 years, she first joined in February 2011 as Interim Executive Director. In 2012 she and the Board made the decision to implement a co-leader model in which she would become the Chief Operating Officer.  This model launched El Centro into its next phase of development and by July 2015, Ms. Shikes naturally stepped into the role of Executive Director. During her time at El Centro she has developed a keen understanding of the role that worker centers play locally and nationally and has been instrumental in developing partnerships with a community of funders and ally organizations to build capacity for El Centro. She has extensive experience both as a manager, fundraiser and a consultant for a variety of nonprofit organizations, and served as Executive Director for both Intercambio de Comunidades Denver and the Rise School of Denver. Previously she worked 8 years at Family Star, Inc. where her position evolved from bilingual office manager to Acting Executive Director and then Associate Director. She spent three years living in San Jose, Costa Rica working for the Institute for Central American Development Studies. She possesses a Bachelors degree in Foreign Languages from Pitzer College, in Claremont, CA, and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver where her focus area was Nonprofit Management.