Before joining the team full-time, he spent time interning at the City and County of Denver and the City of Miami. While in Denver, Nathaniel assisted Peak Academy with facilitating and innovating the training curriculum.
With the City of Miami, he worked in the Strategic Planning Office assisting with projects for the three-year strategic plan and the Miami Innovation Academy. Through his internship experiences, Nathaniel built a strong love for process improvement and public service.
Nathaniel grew up in Aurora, Colorado, and received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL), majoring in English with a minor in Public Relations.
Drew comes to Peak with a background in sustainability and a business degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He specializes in helping employees build trust on their teams, and facilitating departmental strategic planning and goal setting. His belief is that everyone’s voice matters and he strives to create opportunities for individuals to express their ideas and find productive ways to implement them.
In college, Drew was a Division 1 athlete and received Academic and Athletic All-American honors, and he competed in the 2008 Olympic Trials. He grew up in Aurora, CO and currently lives in Denver with his amazing wife Megan and his cat and dog, Loki and Remus.
Alongside a great team of professionals, he facilitates process improvement events, trains employees of governments, non-profits and other enterprises (nationally, abroad and at all levels) in the principles and methods of “Lean” and other change management tools like PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act/Adjust).
Jerraud believes that “sharing and talking about these tools can help enterprises identify and sustain the elimination of any waste found within any process. Thus resulting in happier customers, a more effective and efficient process, as well as a better product or service overall.” Jerraud holds a BFA (in Integrated Arts) from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Katie is a Process Improvement Analyst with Denver Peak Academy.
Katie has spent the entirety of her career in public service, which has included non-profit consulting, healthcare, and higher education sectors. In her previous positions, she often found herself leading her work teams to create more efficient and effective processes. As a Denver-area native, she is especially excited to apply these skills helping Denver be the best city in the nation.
In particular, Katie is energized by the empowering transformation people experience as they identify actionable items to improve their work. When not at work, Katie enjoys spending time with her husband (Nick) and pup (Conrad), traveling, and being an active Coloradan.
Katie holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Brown University, respectively.
Andy came to Peak after spending three years working as the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator at the Denver Animal Shelter. Andy loves to meet, train, and work with employees across the City to continuously make Denver a better place to work and live.
Andy is particularly passionate about helping employees eliminate the things that bug them within their work processes, resulting in greater job satisfaction and enjoyment. When not working, Andy enjoys spending time with his wife, Erin, and his daughter, Ada.
Andy grew up in SW Kansas and received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Washburn University (Topeka, KS), majoring in Marketing and Management.
Melissa Wiley is the manager of Denver Peak Academy. She has been with Peak since it started in 2012 and served as the lead analyst for Denver Animal Protection and the Department of Excise and Licenses before leading the team. Prior to joining Peak, Melissa worked for the United States Department of State and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She started her career in public service as an aid to the U.S Economic Advisor to Northern Ireland during the Peace Process.
Melissa holds a Master’s Degree in public administration from the University of Pennsylvania. Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Melissa now lives in a suburb of Denver with her husband, Craig, and daughter, Sydney Jo. Her mission is to infuse greater joy into every aspect of public service.
Megan was first introduced to Peak Academy in 2014 when she took the Black Belt training as the Community Relations Manager for the Town of Frederick. During her nine years in Frederick, Megan created the town’s community outreach programs and department while also empowering staff internally to improve processes and enjoy coming to work every day. Megan is beyond excited to be working where she lives, helping the people that serve her community reach all their wildly important goals. When not at work, Megan makes up songs with her daughter Leona, attends Rockies games with her husband Zach and gives belly rubs to her big dog, Blue.
Megan holds bachelor’s degrees in Journalism Studies and English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from the University of Denver.
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