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Our leadership team sets the vision for the department and guides staff in our mission to partner with the community to protect those in harm’s way and help all people in need. They also provide oversight of service delivery; policy development and compliance; strategic planning; coordination with the Mayor’s Office, City Council, the City Attorney’s Office, and the Office of Children’s Affairs, among other city agencies and departments; as well as coordination with other counties, state and federal legislators the State Department of Human Services, and the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.


Executive Management Team:

  • Don Mares, Executive Director 
  • Jay Morein, Chief of Staff 
  • Joe Homlar, Deputy Executive Director, Protection and Prevention 
  • Todd Jorgensen, Deputy Executive Director, Assistance Programs
  • Julie Smith, Director of Marketing and Communications 
  • Katie Smith, City Attorney’s Office, Director of Human Services Section
  • Kat Barker, Director of Human Resources 

Community Forum Announcement

Tuesday, April 18      6 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 22    9 – 11 a.m.

Denver Human Services (DHS) receives and disburses property taxes collected in support of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Historically, those funds have been used to purchase services through the local community centered board, Denver Options, Inc., dba Rocky Mountain Human Services. An ordinance passed by Denver City Council authorizes DHS to purchase services from either the community centered board or other entities or organizations that provide such services. 

DHS will be convening two forums to hear from the community regarding the use of the dedicated property taxes. Each forum will be held at Denver Human Services headquarters, located in the Richard T. Castro building at 1200 Federal Blvd., just a few blocks south of the Sports Authority Field. 

Please RSVP your attendance by April 14 by contacting Brenda Lechuga at, or by calling 720-944-2670. If you are unable to attend either of the forums but would like to provide written feedback, please let Mrs. Lechuga know.


Advisory Board

The Denver Human Services Advisory Board advises the Department Director and provides consultation about issues that are core to our vision and values.

The Board meets quarterly and the public is invited to attend. Board  meeting dates/times are posted below.

Advisory Board Members

  • Ismael Guerrero – Board Chair
  • Mark S. Trast
  • Christine Benero
  • Rev. Marjorie Lewis
  • Amy Latham
  • Shawn Johnson
  • Don Mares

Welfare Reform Board

WRB Ordinance

Current members of the Denver Welfare Reform Board:

  • Denise Bryant, Office of Economic Development Director (Board Chair) 
  • Jeff Fitzgerald, Business Community Representative (Board Vice Chair) 
  • Don Mares, Executive Director of Denver Human Services
  • Elizabeth Horn, Service Provider
  • George Brantley, Hope Center
  • Marjorie Lewis, Human Services Board Member 
  • Penny May, Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Michael B. Hancock 
  • Councilman Rafael Espinoza, City Council District 1 Representative 
  • Councilwoman Stacie Gilmore, City Council District 11 Representative
  • Sarai Williams, Community Representative 
  • Tammy Mulligan, DenUM Service Provider Representative

Welfare Reform Board – Denver Human Services Staff List 

Legislative Liaison

The work of the is important in developing and implementing public policy for the Department and educating the community about the impact of such policy.

The Liaison provides support of the Denver Human Services by: 
  • Monitoring and working on state and federal legislation that impacts our clients and staff;
  • Closely tracking state and federal budgets and fiscal policy as they apply to DHS;
  • Working with the rule-making bodies of state agencies, such as the Colorado Dept. of Human Services, the Colorado Dept. of Health Care Policy & Financing, and the Colorado Dept. of Revenue, to implement new state policies and legislation;
  • Representing DHS in community groups that advocate on public policy issues relevant to the Department and important to clients and staff;
  • Working with elected officials to provide information about DHS and to help resolve the concerns their constituents may have with DDHS.

Welfare Reform Board

Learn more about the Welfare Reform Board by visiting the link below:

Useful Phone Numbers

Child Abuse Hotline
Statewide: 1-844-CO-4-Kids (264-5437)
or in Denver: 720-944-3000
Adult Protection Hotline
DHS Customer Service


Colorado Relay/TDD

Child Support Services

Foster Care

GIVE Denver
720-944-GIVE (4483)

Denver City & County Information