Welcome to the DEVO Board

The original team that formed DEVO in 2003 has since evolved into a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of eight City employees, and a Standing Director, LaTonya Lacy, the Mayor’s Office Director. Other members of the board include

Melanie Colletti, Cecilia Zapata, Arthur Gilkison, Celena Garcia, Trisha Creech, Ramundo Perez.

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, DIA, Denver County Court, Denver Human Services and the Denver Public Library and bring their unique skills and talents that combine to form for 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.

Board Members

Arthur Gilkison has been a member of the DEVO board since 2007.  He enjoys the opportunities it gives to interact with and benefit his community and the city that he lives and works in.  His favorite DEVO coordinated activity is the Annual Volunteer Fair, which connects area non-profits with citizens who have a desire to volunteer and help better their community.

I have worked for Denver County Court since May of 2014 and have been on the board for about a year now.  I learned about D.E.V.O. during a one on one meeting with my supervisor while were both expressing our love of volunteering, she suggested I join the board. I really enjoy the projects that we are involved in and it is very rewarding to have the chance, along with other Denver employees, to give back to the Denver community through our work place. I look forward to many more years of volunteering with D.E.V.O.!

Michael is a native of Denver but enjoys traveling quite a bit. He has previously lived in Phoenix and Salt Lake City for 5 years each. He has a wonderful partner, 5 years this August 18th, which is also his 6 year anniversary with the City. Michael is currently employed with the Environmental Quality division of Denver Environmental Health as an ASA IV and loves what he does for the City. In his leisure time Michael is an amateur photographer, mosaic artist and also makes women’s jewelry.

Nicolette Gonzales has worked for the City and County of Denver at DIA for 19 years, the last 6 years as a Staff Assistant in Airport Security.  She is certified in Aviation Security by the American Association Airport Executives.  Nicolette is a Denver native and has a passion for community service. During the holiday season, she works with Salvation Army to organize outreach to low-income families for Christmas gifts for their children, and organizes volunteers to work in the food bank warehouse.  Nicolette also serves on the DIA Children’s Holiday Party Committee for last 15 years. This committee provides gifts to foster children registered through Denver Human Services during the holiday season.

Ean Tafoya is a Denver native with a passion for music, sustainability, and community involvement. Ean brings an extensive background in event planning, community outreach, and volunteer activation to everything he does.  As the Legislative Assistant for the Denver City Council - Legislative Services, Ean serves all the Denver City Council members.  After work hours, Ean serves as a talent coordinator and host for the Denver Loft Sessions a biweekly local music tv show.  As an active citizen that believes everyone must do their part and that many hands make light work. This is why Ean serves on several municipal advisory committees, in addition to volunteering with several service organizations. Ean attributes his passion for life to the encouragement of his mother and childhood mentors. As a child his mother told him that being born on Earth day was a gift and that it was up to him to be the change he wanted to see in the world.

LaTonya Lacy has been employed with the City and County of Denver Mayor’s Office for nearly 21 years and has worked with four mayoral administrations. She has served in numerous capacities in the Mayor’s Office including Special Projects/Events Coordinator with Mayor Webb’s administration, Executive Assistant to former Chief of Staff Michael Bennett and Office Manager/Executive Assistant to former Mayor John Hickenlooper.  Currently, she serves as the Office Director in Mayor Hancock’s administration, where she manages the day-to-day operations of the office, human resources, contracts, special projects/events and an office budget of nearly $3 million.

LaTonya has a love for people and is active in numerous campaigns and initiatives within the City and County of Denver with a focus on employee recognition. She currently serves as the Chair of the City Spirit committee, where she raises funds to provide annual citywide events for nearly 11,000 city employees.  She is also the Chair of Project Denver Delivers, a mayoral initiative that showcases City employees. Additionally, she serves as the Standing Director of Denver Employee Volunteer Organization (DEVO), a nonprofit with a focus on city employee volunteerism for projects within the City. 

LaTonya is recognized for her entrepreneurial endeavors, including Lacy’s Chair Cover Rentals, where she utilizes her creative spirit transforming events from ordinary to extraordinary. Additionally, she was an Associate Broker for HOME Real Estate and Host Home Provider for Carmel Community Living. She is also an active member of the Salvation Army ARC Advisory Council, where she serves as the Program Chair.

LaTonya earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management/Information Systems from the University of Phoenix.

LaTonya is married to Frenchie and they are the proud parents of three children, Charles, Gerald and Ashley.

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