Board of Directors
DARREN ARMSTRONG, president
Relatively new to the Diocese of Colorado, Darren is a life long member of the Episcopal Church and has held a variety of positions and participated in a number of activities, on both a parish and diocesan level in the past.
He was born in England and spent his childhood as a member of a military family, which meant that he lived in quite a few places growing up. He graduated from Cal Poly, Pomona and spent 33 years in California before coming to Colorado in 2011. While in California, he was active in the Diocese of Los Angeles at Grace Church, Glendora and Holy Trinity, Covina. He served as member of the Diocesan Program on Youth and was a past President of the Diocesan chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians. On a parish level, he has served as a vestry member, lector and choir member as well as a salaried Youth Minister. He is presently a member at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in Denver, where he serves as Junior Warden and remains active in a variety of activities on both a parish and diocesan level. Darren also currently serves as a member of the Diocesan Commission on Ministry as well as holding s position in the High Plains Region Executive Board. He has also been a musician for St. Clare’s Ministries.
He has spent his career working in both retail management and employee training and development, most recently with Apple Inc. He has been responsible for creating, monitoring and managing multi-million dollar budgets for most of his career. He is particularly drawn to diversity outreach and Young Adult ministry, believing that these are two areas in which the Church is waiting to explode in a meaningful way.
THE REVEREND Rebecca Crummey, Executive Director of Colorado Episcopal Service Corps & Program Director of St. Columba House
The Rev. Rebecca Crummey, Executive Director, is also the vicar at the Episcopal Church of Saint Peter and Saint Mary. She is delighted that her passion for community organizing and reimagining the church is being fed by the Colorado Episcopal Service Corps. She grew up in Illinois. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a BA in French and a Master’s degree in Higher Education, she finally figured out her call and went to Seabury-Western Seminary in Chicago to become a priest. She has lived in Colorado for ten years, and feels like it is home. Besides organizing church people, Rebecca is a certified yoga instructor, loves to cook, and reads a lot. She and her husband, Rick Morris, love to spend time in the mountains and with their many nieces and nephews.
LENA SEWELL, secretary
Lena is a non-profit administrator, educator, and church lay minister, and attends Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Broomfield. She has spent the last 25+ years in the classroom and the boardroom, founding and serving various performing arts non-profits and teaching music. For the last 5 years, she has been working to develop the Broomfield Children's Chorus, a community-wide ministry of Holy Comforter.
Lena has a BS in music education, and is currently working on her Master of Non-Profit Management from Regis University. In the church, she has served several parishes and the Office of the Bishop through times of transition, providing systems and process support and helping ministry work to become more effective through administrative overview. She has served as a Vestry member, helped to write the Profile for the diocese during our Bishop search, serves as a lay member of the Commission on Ministry, and is excited to serve on the board for Episcopal Service Corps.
Lena moved to Colorado in 2012, and shares her home with her husband Matt and four (yes, four) amazing teenagers, who keep her on her toes.
MIKE WRIGHT, TREASURER
A graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio, Mike has led and administered accounting, finance, operations and facility practices for the past 30+ years predominantly in nonprofit and governmental agencies including social services, university research, international nonprofit and performing arts.
Mike's most recent work focuses on Senior Management Nonprofit Finance and Operations, including an early stint as Director of Finance & Operations at Saint John's Episcopal Cathedral. He currently works at FRIENDS FIRST, a non-profit centered on a youth mentoring program utilizing peer-to-peer engagement to make positive life choices and develop healthy relationships in our communities.
Mike is delighted to be on the board of the Colorado Episcopal Service Corps, and help make a small contribution along with many talented individuals committed to enhancing the lives of young adults and our communities.
Living in Colorado for the past 13 years, and being a member of St. Peter & St. Mary Episcopal Church community, Mike is keenly aware of the joy and blessing that moving here opened for him: new opportunities for work, friendships and the ever present outdoors that make living in Colorado so attractive. You will often find Mike out in the wilderness when not otherwise sampling the arts & entertainment scene in Denver and surrounding communities.
TAMMY CAMPBELL, board Member
Tammy Campbell is a member of St. John’s Cathedral in Denver and a native of Colorado. She is senior compliance counsel with Finastra, a global financial services technology company. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and her juris doctorate from the University of Colorado – Boulder. Tammy “married” into the Episcopal Church in 1996. Her late husband, a life-long member of the Cathedral, was laid to rest in All Souls’ Walk in 2009. Tammy has received tremendous spiritual support from the church over the years, and she welcomes this opportunity to work with the service corps. She and her teenage son are avid travelers and the proud guardians of Lucy, an 80-pound golden-doodle.
donna contreraz-wetherbee, Board Member
Donna is an American Indian, her ancestors are from southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. She is married and has an adult daughter and son-in-law. She lives in Lakewood with her husband Greg and her dog Macy. Donna and her husband Greg attend St. Peter and St. Mary Episcopal Church in Denver. Donna recently completed her doctoral degree from Capella University and is a practicing psycho-spiritual therapist. Donna began her involvement with ESC as a spiritual director about 4 years ago. She is honored to be a part of such an amazing program and loves being involved with the young adults attending the program! Donna loves to travel, enjoys learning new things, going to the movies, being outside, quilting, hanging out with family and friends, and loves to read!
MARY v. DAVIS, BOARD MEMBER
Mary V. Davis, was raised in Maryland and lived for about 20 years in central North Carolina where she attended the Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill. In Chapel Hill, she was a board member of the Johnson Service Corps, an ESC program. Mary has spent nearly 30 years working in public health applied research and evaluation and currently has her own consulting firm, Project Y Evaluation Services, LLC based in Steamboat Springs. Her passion for ESC is based in providing young adults with opportunities to explore careers in service and equity. Mary and her significant other, Louie, have been building their home in Steamboat to enjoy the greenery and scenery, ski, hike, ride mountain bikes, kayak, and usher at Strings Pavilion. They both attend St. Paul's in Steamboat.
matt mccormick, board member
Matt McCormick is an actor and performance artist currently serving the Denver community as a social worker. They regularly attend St. John's Cathedral. Matt has served/worked/volunteered at several non-profits providing direct service to the marginalized and under-served in the Denver metro area.
Originally from Alabama, Matt moved to Denver in 2016 to pursue a year of service: living intentionally in community, serving at St. Francis Center, and learning to live simply. More recently Matt works as a Medical Case Manager at Colorado Health Network and remains an on-call staff member of St. Francis Center. As a non-binary, queer Choctaw person Matt is keenly aware of oppression and injustice and works to undo the systems that intentionally oppress the poor, BIPOC, the disabled, religious minorites, and the LGBTQIA+ community, specifically gender minorities.
An avowed city dweller, Matt spends their down time taking long hikes down paved streets, communing with nature in parks and by gardening, and camping out in library stacks.
esther ou, board member
Esther Ou is a proud Colorado ESC alum from 2016-2017. She grew up with a desire to explore and revel in God's creation. Her personal faith journey has her pondering the tough questions of purpose, hope, love, and grace, but she finds divine encouragement in her Christian roots. Inspired by the ways ESC has impacted her personal development, she wanted to establish a strong alumni presence and community, resulting in her first year on the Board. Although originally from Massachusetts, Esther fell in love with the mountains and found an job opportunity to stay/live here. She enjoys dabbling in the arts, hiking, human relationships, laughter and apple cider donuts.
TIM PURVIS, BOARD MEMBER
Tim, a Colorado Native and graduate of Regis University, has worked in volunteer management for the better part of the last 5 years.
Prior to moving back to Colorado to complete his Masters in Nonprofit Management at Regis, Tim completed two years of full-time volunteer service with AmeriCorps. First he was in Baltimore, MD with Rebuilding Together Baltimore and then in Miami, FL with City Year Miami.
Tim is passionate about engaging volunteers in ways that make nonprofits and our communities better. Tim joined the Colorado Episcopal Service Corps board in 2017.
When he is not working Tim can be found hanging out with his partner in life, Mariana, and their wild puppy dog, Moonshine.
BILL STANTON, BOARD MEMBER
The Reverend William Stanton (or just “Bill”) is the priest in charge of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Windsor, Colorado. Born and raised in Colorado, Bill is very familiar with all that makes Colorado a wonderful place to live (and a wonderful place to be educated!). Bill received his undergraduate degree at the University of Northern Colorado, and then his Juris Doctorate at the University of Denver College of Law. Bill practiced law for way too many years before finally he paid attention to God’s call for him to go another direction. In 2016, Bill received his M.Div. through the Iliff School of Theology and was ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church in Colorado. Because a BA, JD, and M.Div. was not enough of an education, he also received his Associates Degree in Culinary Arts through the Colorado Culinary Institute – which has instilled in him a love of cooking (and eating). Bill is both honored to be a part of this incredible program and humbled to be given the opportunity to walk this journey with such incredible young people!
K.C. Veio, Board Member
After 13 years of working at large law firms, including nearly 10 years at Brownstein Hyatt & Farber where he was Chair of the Public Finance Department, in June of 2004, Veio co-founded Kline Alvarado Veio, P.C. with long-time friends and colleagues, Brent Kline and Rob Alvarado. Their firm specializes in representing commercial and public sector clients in various transactional contexts, including tax-exempt financings.
In addition to his professional work, Veio enjoys giving back to the community that has given him so much. Governor Bill Owens twice appointed him to the Board of the Colorado Educational and Cultural Facilities Authority with Governor Bill Ritter reappointing Veio to that Board. Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper appointed him to be a Commissioner of the Denver Public Library (where he eventually served two years as President of the Library Commission). Mayor Guillermo Vidal appointed Veio to serve on the Denver Planning Board, a position he held until 2014 when Mayor Michael Hancock appointed Veio to serve as a Commissioner of the Denver Urban Renewal Authority.
Veio resigned his position with the Denver Urban Renewal Authority in February of 2018 to accept an appointment to the Board of Directors of the Denver Health Foundation (www.denverhealthfoundation.org) , a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting the broad mission of Denver Health. Veio also serves on the Board of Directors of the Denver Scholarship Foundation (www.denverscholarship.org).
A native of Denver, Veio lives in the city with his partner, David Orlovsky.