The original team that founded DEVO in 2003 has since evolved into a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of 6 City employees and a Standing Director, LaTonya Lacy, the Mayor’s Office Director. Other members of the board include: Derek Hoyt, Denise Maes, Anne Kemmerling, Amber Campbell, Whitney Hixon, and Aiste Misiunaite.
Each committee member plays an active part in the management of DEVO and in coordinating the many volunteer opportunities. The DEVO committee meets the first and third Thursday morning of every month to share ideas, discuss proposed volunteer opportunities, and plan upcoming volunteer events. Board members serve in three year terms and come from a variety of city agencies including Parks and Recreation, Environmental Health, Denver County Court, Denver Human Services and the Denver Public Library. Collaborating with each other allows each member to bring their unique skills and talents to form a well-rounded team.
The heart and soul of DEVO are the 1200 city employee volunteers, family members, and friends who have given thousands of hours of their personal time to DEVO sponsored events. This represents tens of thousands of dollars in volunteer time value.
Derek Hoyt - Chair
Derek Hoyt grew up in Wichita, KS; he moved to Denver, upon graduating from Wichita State University, to pursue a career in public service. He is an Operational Supervisor for Denver County Court’s General Sessions and Criminal Division, contributing to the quality services his organization provides to the City & County of Denver and its customers. Denver’s charitable services and numerous non-profits are what make the City & County a world class leader. Derek volunteers for many organizations and spends time fostering rescue dogs. He is proud to be a DEVO board member and looks forward to the future progress of the organization.
Amber Campbell - Secretary
Amber Campbell has worked for the City and County of Denver for 4 years. Previously she worked for 5 years for the City of Aurora. She is currently employed as an Administrative Citations Case Manager for the Department of Environmental Health while also pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Land Use with a Minor in GIS at Metropolitan State University. Amber hopes to expand her career opportunities within the City. In her free time, Amber enjoys spending time with her husband, two dogs and cat. She is also an avid reader and read 172 books in the year 2014!
Aiste grew up in Lithuania, and after studying Public Administration at Mykolas Romeris University she moved to Denver where she graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in Environmental Policy and Management. She now works for the Environmental Health Department for the City and County of Denver. In addition to being an animal lover, Aiste enjoys adventures in Colorado's beautiful outdoors.
Denise Maes - Vice Chair
Denise Maes, a Judicial Assistant III, has worked for Denver County Courts since May of 2013. While expressing her love of volunteering during a one-on-one meeting, Denise's supervisor suggested she join DEVO as a Board Member. She has been an active member since. Denise worked in a few different positions for Denver County Court and is currently a Clerk for Judge Adam Espinosa. She really enjoys the projects that DEVO is involved in as it is very rewarding to have the chance, along with other Denver employees, to give back to the Denver community through the work place. She looks forward to many more years of volunteering with DEVO!
Anne Kemmerling - Outreach Coordinator
Anne Kemmerling, Manager of Innovation and Strategy at the Denver Public Library, has worked for the Library for 8 years in different branches and in different positions. She has been volunteering since grade school. In her free time, Anne enjoys yoga, exploring new restaurants, and internation travel.
As the Outreach Coordinator, Anne would love to hear from any organizations looking to get involved with DEVO. For any inquiries about partnering with DEVO please contact Anne at DEVO@denvergov.org
Whitney Hixon - Events and Communications
As a Colorado native, Whitney enjoys contributing to her community through her work in the Excise and Licenses Department as a Program Coordinator, fostering dogs for Saving Dobermankind, and assisting the Denver Asset Building Coalition during tax season. Previously she worked in Marketing Research after attending the University of Colorado in Boulder. Whitney's DEVO goals for 2017 are to paint 10 homes during Paint-A-Thon, and organize at least 2 volunteer events per month.
LaTonya Lacy - Standing Director
LaTonya Lacy has been employed with the City and County of Denver Mayor’s Office for over 20 years and has worked with four mayoral administrations. She has held numerous leadership roles in the Mayor’s Office with a focus on administration and leadership. She has expertise in management, special projects/events, and human resources.
She began her career under Mayor Webb’s administration as a Special Projects/Events Coordinator and currently serves as the Director of Administration in the Mayor’s Office. She manages the day-to-day operations of the office and administration, human resources, contracts, special projects/events, and an office budget of nearly $3 million.
LaTonya is active in numerous campaigns and initiatives within the City and County of Denver with a concentration on employee recognition. Currently, she serves as the Chair of the City Spirit committee, where she coordinates citywide events including a lunch for nearly 11,000 city employees. She is also the Chair of Project Denver Delivers, a mayoral initiative that showcases City employees, and serves as the Co-Chair of 5281, an employee recognition program that honors employees that exemplify the STARS values (Service, Teamwork, Accountability, Respect and Safety) and promote achievement of Sustainability goals. Additionally, she serves as the Standing Director of Denver Employee Volunteer Organization (DEVO), a non-profit organization with a focus on city employee volunteerism for projects within the City.