The original team that founded DEVO in 2003 has since evolved into a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of up to 9 City employees and a Standing Director, LaTonya Lacy, the Mayor’s Office Director. Current members of the board include: Derek Hoyt, Amber Campbell, Carlos Rios, James Warren, Brooke Grohs, Ben Levek, Aiste Misiunaite and Kris Barrow.
Each board member plays an active part in the management of DEVO and in coordinating the many volunteer opportunities. The DEVO board meets the second Thursday 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 Denver County Court, Denver Human Services, Public Health and Environment, Denver International Airport 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 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 enjoys promoting opportunities that give volunteers a sense of immediate impact. He is proud to work alongside the other DEVO board members and looks forward to the future progress of the organization.
Amber Campbell has worked for the City and County of Denver for 5 years. She is currently employed as an Administrative Citations Case Manager for the Department of Public Health and Environment. She is also pursuing a Bachelor of Science In Geographic Information Systems Technology at the University of Arizona, which she hopes will help expand her career opportunities within the City. In her free time, Amber enjoys volunteering, spending time with her husband, two dogs and cat. She is also an avid reader and aims to read at least 100 books every year.
Born in Medellin, Colombia in April 1986 and then moved to the U.S. in 2002 pursuing the American Dream (now jokes about the real meaning of the American Dream which is falling asleep while driving on the highway after a 14-hour shift). Lived in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and moved to Denver, CO in March 2016. Loves Colorado and its outdoors and Denver’s very dog-friendly environment.
Carlos’ main reason for being part of DEVO is a desire to help others and impact the lives of everyone in the community. Carlos has been part of volunteer organizations in the past and has always strived to help the organizations grow. Most notable in Carlos’ volunteer history was his involvement in Love.Hope.Serve, a volunteer organization based out of the Greater Miami Metropolitan area. Love.Hope.Serve assisted in and funded the building and maintenance of a church and a school in a small village in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.
Carlos has two dogs and enjoys exploring the outdoors with them on a bi-weekly basis. He also enjoys playing video games, biking and spending lots of time with friends and family. Carlos’ favorite place in Colorado is Glenwood Springs although he states he’s still got a lot of places to explore and enjoy.
James Warren has worked in Denver since May of 2017 for the Denver County Court in the General Sessions/Criminal Division and has been involved as the Outreach Coordinator and Social Media/Market Coordinator for DEVO since January. He is passionate about volunteering and supporting nonprofits and spends many-a-weekend volunteering at different events around the city. When not volunteering or working, James enjoys riding his bike around town, studying for school, or reading a good book.
Brooke Grohs is a Denver native and has worked at in several different capacities at the Denver Public Library since the Green Valley Ranch branch opened in 2011. She received her B.A. in International Relations from Centre College and her M.A. in International and Intercultural Communications from the University of Denver before working for several years in the non-profit sector. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family, as well as volunteering her time for a variety of organizations in the Denver area.
Ben Levek is from Upstate NY, in the beautiful Finger Lakes region. He is Grants Manager for Denver Human Services. With a graduate degree and background in Urban and Regional Planning and Community Development, he has a wealth of experience in financial resource development for public and non-profit sectors. Ben approaches professional challenges as a platform to impact change and considers DEVO service as an opportunity to create and sustain innovative public – private partnerships with positive impacts for volunteers and the community. In 2017 he was recognized as a “changemaker” in the Denver community. http://joiningvisionandaction.com/changemaker-profile-ben-levek/
Beyond grants and DEVO, Ben is married to Karen, father of their two sons, Jake and Zach, and relishes international travel, devoted to hiking, bicycling, yoga, good food, health and well-being, sustainable community, reading Scandinavian murder mysteries and more.
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 Department of Public Health and Environment for the City and County of Denver. In addition to being an animal lover, Aiste enjoys adventures in Colorado's beautiful outdoors.
Kris Barrow is the wellness administrator at Denver International Airport. Kris has worked for over 12 years in the health and wellness industry implementing programs that focus on employee and community health, engagement and morale. Volunteer work is something that has always been an important part of his life and is something that he takes a lot of pride in participating in. Kris has worked extensively with Children’s Hospital Colorado, Make A Wish Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and many other organizations. Kris is married with three kids, and enjoys everything that the Colorado outdoors has to offer!
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.