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Our Staff

  • Linda Mitchell - Executive Director Click to expand

    Linda Mitchell
  • Alison Adsit - Development Manager Click to expand

    Alison Adsit

    I’m incredibly excited to join mpowered as the first ever Development Manager to help take fundraising, events, and communication with our community to new heights! I’m passionate about fundraising because it connects leaders and members in our community to the challenging work our financial coaches dive into every day in a tangible way. From my first day here at mpowered, it’s been clear that our programs should continue to grow to serve the very real need of financial security.

    I completed my Master of Social Work at the University of Denver in June of 2017 proceeding a Bachelor of Social Work from Colorado State University and a handful of years in grant writing and fundraising in the Northern Colorado nonprofit sector. As a fairly new resident to Denver, I spend my time outside of mpowered exploring all things Denver, hiking through the mountains that tower in our backyards and laughing with my friends and family.

  • Katy Rogers - Human Resources Director Click to expand

    Katy Rogers

    I joined mpowered in 2009 as Program Director and later moved into the role of Human Resources Director. Prior to joining mpowered, I worked in the domestic and international microfinance industry for more than six years. My work with small business clients taught me the importance of unbiased financial coaching based on individual personal situations and goals. At mpowered we provide this trusted guidance to hundreds of individuals and families every month. I hold a BA in Business/Economics from Wheaton College in Illinois and an MBA from the University of Colorado at Denver. Outside of mpowered I am honored to serve on the regional advisory board of HOPE International, a Christian faith-based, nonprofit organization focused on alleviating physical and spiritual poverty through microenterprise development. I’m originally from Minnesota and I currently live in Evergreen, Colorado with my husband and children. 


  • Brian Palmeri - Financial Education Program Manager Click to expand

    Brian Palmeri

    I have served on the mpowered team since August, 2013 – initially as a Personal Finance Coach and since July, 2017 in my current capacity.  I came to mpowered after having worked in a number of professional capacities: as a volunteer manager; as a financial services representative (Prudential); at a shelter where people experiencing homelessness access services (St. Francis Center); at a transitional housing and early childhood center program (Warren Village); and with an education-focused youth development AmeriCorps program (City Year).  These experiences, as well as my personal service experience as a Youth Development Volunteer in the Peace Corps (St. Lucia in the Eastern Caribbean) and as an Urban Servant Corps volunteer (Denver), have provided me with a foundation for understanding how life-giving service can be.  Outside of my professional life, I enjoy cycling, hiking, cooking and ice hockey.  I am grateful to be a part of the mpowered staff as we work towards a promising future with our participants.

  • Stephanie Insinna - Operations Manager Click to expand

    Stephanie Insinna

    I joined mpowered as the Office Manager in April of 2017. I received my Master of Arts in Social Change from Iliff School of Theology and have over fifteen years in both the corporate/for-profit and nonprofit sector doing business analysis as well as process and program development. I am pasionate about co-creating community and working toward achieving mpowered's mission of empowering people to transform their financial futures.


  • Lydia Ruter - Program Manager Click to expand

    Lydia Ruter

    I joined mpowered in February 2013 as the Lead Personal Finance Coach in the new Living Cities Financial Empowerment Centers program.  My background is in social work and I am passionate about working in partnership with low-income families to meet their goals and achieve greater stability.  Previously, I worked at Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver in their family services department.  I worked with families to support them in reaching their goal of homeownership through Habitat, including improving their finances and paying down debt.   It sparked my interest in working primarily with families on financial education and financial goals. I am thrilled to be a part of this innovative partnership between community nonprofits, the city of Denver, and mpowered.

  • Melissa Duncan - Personal Finance Coach, Team Lead Click to expand

    Melissa Duncan

    I joined mpowered in 2008 with a Master’s Degree in Counseling. As a personal finance coach, I provide an enriched and supportive environment for our clients as they move through their financial journey while facilitating them to become advocates for themselves. I work directly with the Debt Management Program client base as well as helping to support our Bankruptcy and Credit Wellness Programs. Outside of mpowered, I love to play sports, read, and most of all spend quality time with my husband, young daughter and our families.

  • Mariette Candelon - Bilingual Personal Finance Coach Click to expand

    Mariette Candelon

    I joined mpowered as a Personal Finance Coach in March 2017. I feel so fortunate to be able to be part of the organization’s mission, and help individuals and families on the path towards financial self-sufficiency. I look forward to providing them with knowledge and resources available so that they can write their own financial story. Besides living and working in France, I have had the chance to be an educator for 7 years in Vietnam. I have continued in the education field in the US with Denver Public Schools, before transitioning into the finance industry with Fidelity Investments. These combined experiences naturally led me to this current role, but being surrounded by team members who are so passionate about making a positive impact in the community and in people’s lives adds even more to my daily motivation. 



  • Carli Cisna - Personal Finance Coach Click to expand

    Carli Cisna

    As one of the newest members of mpowered, I am so thankful to be a part of an organization that is at the forefront of personal finance education and coaching industries. I am originally from Thousand Oaks, CA but grew up in Boulder, CO. Since graduating from Seattle Pacific University in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies - Spanish, I've been inspired to use Spanish in any and all parts of my life. When I'm not at mpowered, I can be seen going to concerts, frequenting the mountains, traveling abroad, and spending time with friends and family. I look forward to growing and learning in this role, as well as empowering individuals and families to think, act, and feel differently about their money.

  • Anaïs González Castellano - Personal Finance Coach Click to expand

    Anaïs González Castellano

    I joined mpowered as a Personal Finance Coach because I believe in everyone's right to achieve financial self-sufficiency. I'm happy to be part of an organization that shares my values and strives to make a difference by providing tools and support that are accessible to all people.

    My professional background is in nonprofits, adult education, and cross-cultural communication. Before joining mpowered, I worked as manager of the adult education and immigration programs at Chinese Mutual Aid Association, a human services agency in Chicago. Prior to becoming a manager, I taught English as a Second Language to adults of various cultural and educational backgrounds, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon. My experience helps me build a strong rapport with people of all walks of life, and identify what best fits their needs.

  • Rachel Levy-Culler - Bilingual Personal Finance Coach Click to expand

    Rachel Levy-Culler

    I joined mpowered as a Bilingual Personal Finance Coach in September 2017. As I pursued my Master of Social Work (MSW) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, it became clear that my passion and niche within social work was asset building and financial stability for individuals and families with low incomes. Fortunately, I was able to work as a financial coach in South Florida after receiving my MSW. I look forward to becoming a better, stronger coach. I have a Bachelor of Arts from Appalachian State University. After receiving my this degree, I served as a Small Business Development Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Peru, where I became fluent in Spanish. I have also worked at a Women, Infants, and Children clinic; as a migrant farmworker health outreach worker; and as a coordinator of a small business boot camp program. When I’m not at mpowered, I am working side jobs to pay of my student loan debt faster, running, hiking, and exploring Colorado.

  • Edith Reed, AFC - FEC Personal Finance Coach Click to expand

    Edith Reed, AFC

    I joined mpowered as a Certified Financial Counselor (AFC®) in 2013. I’m passionate about helping individuals realize their strengths, self-worth and build confidence to reach their personal and financial goals. I enjoy working with diverse populations and I believe in meeting people where they are, providing a safe, nonjudgmental space where individuals can explore their values & identify their own definition of financial success. I enjoy inspiring them to push beyond barriers, limitations and even mindsets to enjoy their own sense of financial wellbeing at each stage of their journey. I’m also excited to be serving in the community alongside other organizations through integrated partnerships helping individuals and families to become self-sufficient. When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with family & friends, hiking, exploring Colorado, listening to music and reading.


  • Kate Sanks - Personal Finance Coach Click to expand

    Kate Sanks

    I am delighted to be part of mpowered’s dedicated team, where I offer my passion to make a positive difference in people’s lives and where I have the opportunity to encourage financial self-sufficiency.  I believe that the values mpowered has facilitates a highly effective, sincere and heart-centered service for our clients, in which I’m quite in alignment with.


  • Yannek Smith - Bilingual Personal Finance Coach Click to expand

    Yannek Smith

    I joined mpowered as a Personal Finance Coach in March 2017. It is an honor to be a part of an organization that has demonstrated excellence in the field of financial education.  My background is in education and the non-profit sector and includes experience in the areas of microfinance, Human Rights, and English and French language teaching. I have lived, worked and studied in South America—mainly in Chile—for nearly four years. In 2014, I completed a dual Master Degree in Public Administration and International Relations. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, cycling, and running as well as just about every sport under the sun. I am an avid fan of all types of music, both as a listener and player. I am thrilled to be in a position to assist a diverse client base in defining and accomplishing their financial goals.


  • Oscar Torres - FEC Personal Finance Coach Click to expand

    Oscar Torres

    Being part of a positive environment that puts people at the helm of their financial lives is tremendously rewarding. That's why I joined the mpowered team during the summer of 2015 as a bilingual receptionist. Having that first contact with clients and knowing they're one step closer to achieving their goals is a powerful feeling. With a background in customer service, communications and a passion for languages, I feel right at home. As a recent Denver transplant, most of my free time is spent walking around the various city parks or visiting all the incredible sites this place has to offer. I equally enjoy reading about political economy, learning new languages, and personal finances.

  • Athena Vigil - Office Coordinator Click to expand

    Athena Vigil

    I came to mpowered in October 2017. I am excited to be part of a team who is passionate about helping others achieve their financial goals. I am a driven individual who enjoys helping others and excited to be part of mpowered! A team who is eager to help the community.  “Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours!” (Les Brown)  I come with my knowledge from CSU-Pueblo, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and from Pueblo Community College Associate of Applied Science in Computer Systems.  I am fluent in Spanish being raised by my mother, who is originally from Casas Grandes, MX and my Father, who is a retired Military Veteran. My hobbies include working on my health goals, listening to positive and inspiring pod casts.  My spare time I spend time with my family, learning new languages and cultures. I like to spend additional time learning about endangered species and look for opportunities, I can help. I enjoy learning about new technology geared towards renewable energy!