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:
Arthur Gilkison, Denise Maes, Michael Ehrlich, Thomas Meiers, Derek Hoyt, Anne Kemmerling & Amber Campbell.
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 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.
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 we 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 been employed with the City for over 7 years and is currently working with the Environmental Quality division of Denver Environmental Health as an ASA IV. He has a wonderful partner of 6+ years and in his leisure time he is a mosaic artist, amateur photographer, and makes beaded jewelry.
Amber Campbell has worked for the City and County of Denver for 2 years. Previously she worked for 5 years in the City of Aurora's municipal and is currently employed as a Judicial Assistant III/Administrative Citations Case Manager for Denver's Department of Environmental Health. Her educational background is in Paralegal. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Land Use with a Minor in GIS at Metropolitan State University, and hopes to expand her career opportunities with the City and County.
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!
Derek Hoyt spent the first 24 years of his life, in Wichita, KS. He has been a resident of Denver for the past two years, with no desire to leave this great city and state. Derek is an Operational Supervisor for Denver County Court’s General Sessions and Criminal Division. The value of his work is measured by the quality of service his organization provides to the City & County of Denver. Denver’s charitable services and numerous nonprofits are what make the City & County world class. Derek has volunteered for many organizations, and spends time fostering dogs rescued by Safe Haven Rescue. Derek Hoyt is proud to be a board member of DEVO.
Anne Kemmerling, Manager of Innovation and Initiatives at the Denver Public Library. Anne has worked for the Library for over 8 years in different branches and in different positions. She has been volunteering since grade school. She enjoys yoga, exploring restaurants, and train and international travel in her spare time.
Thomas Meiers is a Denver Native with a passion for community, special events, and helping others. Privileged to be the GIVE Denver Coordinator with City & County of Denver Department of Human Services; he assist in the operations to carry out the GIVE mission to instill hope and a brighter future to Denver’s under-served community through donations and the assistance of volunteers. His responsibilities include overseeing staff and operations of the GIVE Center, planning and executing three annual drives, and supporting year-round fundraising.
Tom comes from an extensive background of event planning, catering, and hospitality management. Since being with the City & County of Denver since June of 2013 he hopes to become more engaged in the community and continue helping to better others. He's excited for the future and can't wait to bring his knowledge and experience to better assist others!
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 of administration and leadership and 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, where 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 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.
She holds a Bachelor of Science with emphasis in Business Management/Information Systems. LaTonya is also a Denver PEAK Academy Black Belt.