The Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers who are highly motivated and dedicated to the mission of Family Promise of Greater Denver. Each board member is personally committed to giving time, talent, and financial support to Family Promise.
Jessica joined the Family Promise board after moving to Denver from New York.
In Denver, she reviews research for the Institutional Review Board of Kaiser Permanente Colorado. “My main focus in this role is to assure that there are appropriate ethical measures in place to protect the rights and welfare of people participating as subjects in research studies,” she said. “This is a rewarding position with a mission to support research that can be translated into clinical practice, health promotion, and policies to influence the health of individuals and populations.”
Jessica also has a passion for community service and joined AmeriCorps VISTA after graduate school.
“This is where my journey with Family Promise began. I served as a Development and Outreach Coordinator with Family Promise of Western New York,” she said. “After completing my VISTA service, I joined the Board of Trustees to continue to support the mission of the organization.”
Jessica has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Urban Planning with a specialization in Community Development. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors and loves to snowboard and hike!
Board Vice Chair
Nora first became involved in Family Promise in 2011, when she began working at the national office in Summit, New Jersey as a program associate. One of the things she loved most about the program was how it motivated the interfaith community to walk the walk in a cost-effective and systemic way. One of her favorite Family Promise memories is watching her younger brother and two FP guests share spooky stories around a fake campfire at a congregation (Despite being double their age, I think I was the only one to have nightmares that night).
Nora received her BA in Public Health Studies at Johns Hopkins University and JD at Cornell Law School. After practicing law in New York and Detroit, Nora recently relocated to Denver to practice at the litigation boutique Wheeler, Trigg, O’Donnell LLP.
Alan joined Family Promise because he cares deeply for the Family Promise mission and purpose. He has a strong desire to serve families who are facing housing and employment challenges. Alan works in the financial services industry and personally experienced the fear of homelessness and unemployment during the last economic recession. He recognizes that the current Denver housing market poses great challenges to families despite a growing local economy and longs to bring awareness to the issue of homelessness and solutions to area families in need.
Alan has four children; three boys and a girl, ranging from ages 3 to 15. Much of his free time is devoted to supporting their extracurricular activities. He also volunteers as a teacher and leader for AWANA Clubs youth ministries. Alan is currently employed with Denver Community Credit Union, where he serves as the Accounting Manager. He has been with the credit union for over ten years and has been in the financial services industry since 1995. Alan recently obtained his associates degree and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree with Adams State University. Alan is excited to be part of the Family Promise board and looks forward to many years of service.
Denis joined the Family Promise Board of Directors in 2016 and serves as its Treasurer. Professionally, Denis is a real estate investor with Ascentris, a Denver-based private equity firm. Originally from Chicago, Denis is also a proud Wisconsin Badger.
“Homelessness is particularly heartbreaking when children and families are impacted; I truly value the way Family Promise strives to fight homelessness through self-sufficiency,” Denis states. “I am very excited to be a part of the Board and look forward to helping Family Promise and its great team continue the mission.”
Governance and Personnel Committee Chair
Katie has served on the Family Promise board for more than 15 years.
The organization was in need of a lawyer on the board, and Katie stepped forward. “I was able to see our wonderful organization grow from one part-time employee to what we have now. I was also able to see so many families helped by Family Promise,” she said. “The biggest pleasure has been working with so many extraordinarily dedicated staff and volunteers. It’s uplifting”.
After growing up in a small town in New Mexico, Katie went to college at Yale University. She was a member of the debate team before transferring and graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas. She attended law school at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C. – working for a congressional representative and as a law clerk for the U.S. Department of Health, Education & Welfare while she was in school.
Upon graduation, Katie returned to the west and began working as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor. She litigated employment law cases in a six-state area before retiring recently.
In her free time, Katie Vigil enjoys singing in the choir, playing hand bells and working in her yard!
Events Committee Chair
Almost a Colorado native after 37 years here, Pat’s background is in hospitality and destination sales. Calvary Baptist Church and Jacki Loftis got Pat involved with Family Promise in 1999. Since then she’s served as the Fundraising Chair for numerous years and on the board for 9 years. When not soliciting auction items for Warming Ways for Winter, Pat enjoys time skiing and hiking with her husband Steve and son Jack.
Family Promise exists to end homelessness one family at a time, a focus that drew Mary Durbin-Shopnitz to the board.
“I value the ways in which Family Promise empowers families to become self-sufficient; the community volunteers are equally empowered as they become part of the solution to homelessness issues,” she said.
Mary recently retired after serving as a Colorado teacher for 30 years – 23 years in special education at the high school level and seven years as an elementary school teacher and librarian.
She has a Bachelor of Arts in social sciences, master’s degrees in rehabilitation counseling and educationally handicapped from the University of Northern Colorado, and a third master’s in information literacy from the University of Colorado Denver.
Mary is a third-generation Colorado native and loves the outdoors! She’s passionate about traveling and knitting, but also loves to volunteer – donating her time to Community Purls, Collier Hospice Center and DenverWorks.