Who We Are

OUR MISSION

EFAA provides stabilizing services, innovative programs, and transformative advocacy to strengthen families and create a thriving community.

OUR VISION

A community where everyone is stable, healthy and thriving.

We Value
Community

We know we’re all in this together. We create warm and inclusive environments, where compassion is an everyday practice and everyone feels like they belong. We focus on partnering with the people we serve and with organizations throughout Boulder County and beyond. We honor our connections and aspire to leverage everyone’s contributions for the greater good.

We Value
Resiliency

We know that those we serve are capable and powerful. We enhance people’s confidence, agency and sense of self-determination. We serve as both a safety net and a trampoline toward self-sufficiency. We are strengths-based and participant-led, encouraging people to step into their own leadership styles and stories. We believe those we serve and serve alongside are resourceful, and we prioritize dignity and personal choice.

We Value
Innovation

We know that thinking outside of the box produces transformation. We are willing to be vulnerable with our community and ourselves in order to find creative, inventive and courageous solutions. We share our knowledge and ideas, contributing to shifts in awareness, understanding and action at both individual and systems levels. We see ourselves as leaders in our field, and we are willing to experiment and to be uncomfortable to create lasting change for all.

We Value
Integrity

We know that respect is the cornerstone of relationships, and we model this throughout our organization. We engender trust by earning it through being reliable, transparent, and true to our word and our values. We honor our community by sincerely doing our best and holding ourselves accountable for our actions.

We Value
Equity

We know that access to opportunity is a key to success. We celebrate diversity, build pathways for inclusion and seek a community where identity (e.g., age, class, gender, race, etc.) does not determine advantage or disadvantage. We make decisions and allocate resources that are responsive to divergent needs. We confront our biases and aim to serve everyone in the most fair and just way. We remove barriers to services so that all community members can experience a healthy and thriving life.

We Value
Impact

We know that outcomes matter and are meaningful to our community. We succeed when we align individual needs with appropriate services, emphasizing quality over quantity. We are a results-oriented organization that pairs our goals with measurement systems to keep us focused and accountable. We believe that we are most effective when we implement timely evaluation, which informs our services and supports our sustainability.

Our History

100 YEARS A NEIGHBOR,
AND 100 MORE

Since 1918, EFAA has been a locally operated community safety net for families in times of need. Throughout EFAA’s 100 year plus history, the organization has helped tens of thousands of families get back on their feet, and been supported by tens of thousands of donors and volunteers dedicated to EFAA’s mission.

1915: LOCAL MINING BOOM

<year>1915:</year> LOCAL MINING BOOM

Boulder served as a center of trade and commerce for mining in the mountains to the West and the coalfields to the South and East. In 1915, supporting World War I efforts…

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1918: LOCAL MINING BUST COMES WITH THE END OF WWI

<year>1918:</year> LOCAL MINING BUST COMES WITH THE END OF WWI

In addition to the mining and agricultural bust that hit Boulder hard as WWI ended, the Spanish Flu epidemic took many lives, putting increased pressure on the community. Need was growing among families unable to meet…

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1920s + 1930s: HELPING FAMILIES RECOVER FROM THE DEPRESSION

<year>1920s + 1930s:</year> HELPING FAMILIES RECOVER FROM THE DEPRESSION

At the height of the Great Depression in 1932, 25% of Boulder County residents relied on some form of relief aid. The demand for help was high, but thanks to strong community support and collaborative partnerships, EFAA was able to continue to help families…

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1940s + 1950s: LOCAL GROWTH AND HIGHER EMPLOYMENT

<year>1940s + 1950s:</year> LOCAL GROWTH AND HIGHER EMPLOYMENT

After the United States entered WWII in 1941, family dynamics shifted. Women started working outside the home in greater numbers while men were away at war…

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1960s: WHOLE FAMILY APPROACH & COMMUNITY COLLABORATION TO MEET NEED

<year>1960s:</year> WHOLE FAMILY APPROACH & COMMUNITY COLLABORATION TO MEET NEED

EFAA focused on taking a whole-family approach as a way of helping children more effectively, knowing that assistance to the entire family can create a better home environment.

In 1961 the business administration of EFAA was absorbed by the United Way…

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HEAR STORIES FROM THE PAST:
“Somebody’s saying – it’s a cop, too – ‘What’s the matter?’ And before you can stop him, the youngest one pipes up, ‘We’re hungry!’

1970s: DRAMATIC INCREASE IN NEED AND COLLABORATION TO PROVIDE HOUSING

<year>1970s:</year> DRAMATIC INCREASE IN NEED AND COLLABORATION TO PROVIDE HOUSING

In 1974, Social Service Child Welfare Association of Boulder officially changed its name to Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA) to better reflect its work in the community, especially after the County Department of Public Welfare changed its name to the Department of Social Services…

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1980s: FOCUS ON INCREASED HOUSING FOR FAMILIES & HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION

<year>1980s:</year> FOCUS ON INCREASED HOUSING FOR FAMILIES & HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION

Funding for federal safety net programs were reduced dramatically, creating a rapid increase in poverty and community need. In fact, the number of children living below the poverty line in Colorado doubled in this decade…

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1990s: HOUSING & CHILDREN CONTINUE AS PRIORITY, VOLUNTEERS & FUNDRAISERS MAKE WORK POSSIBLE

<year>1990s:</year> HOUSING & CHILDREN CONTINUE AS PRIORITY, VOLUNTEERS & FUNDRAISERS MAKE WORK POSSIBLE

In 1990, EFAA saw a 25% increase from the previous year in requests for help from local families. This was in part due to a rapid rise in housing costs. As needs increased significantly, so did volunteer participation, both in numbers and in the importance of the roles they filled…

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2000s: TURBULENT ECONOMIC TIMES, NEW FACILITY FOR EFAA

<year>2000s:</year> TURBULENT ECONOMIC TIMES, NEW FACILITY FOR EFAA

In 2001, EFAA saw need increase 30% over the previous year — the biggest spike in 20 years. The following year, need increased again 40%.
This kicked off a financially turbulent decade, but despite the stagnant economy, the community rallied behind EFAA with generous donations and volunteer hours to meet need…

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2010s: EXPANDING SERVICES IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES TO FOCUS ON LONG-TERM FAMILY WELL BEING

<year>2010s:</year> EXPANDING SERVICES IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES TO FOCUS ON LONG-TERM FAMILY WELL BEING

In June 2012 EFAA further expanded its housing for families with children by purchasing a building of housing units in Louisville.

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2018: EFAA CELEBRATES ITS 100-YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

<year>2018:</year> EFAA CELEBRATES ITS 100-YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

We’re happy to celebrate a century of strengthening families!

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Our Team

Julie Van Domelen, Executive Director

Julie Van Domelen, Executive Director, is an expert in the fields of poverty reduction, social protection, safety nets, and community-driven development programs with over 25 years of worldwide experience. She comes to EFAA from the World Bank where she served as a Senior Economist and Lead Social Protection Specialist for 17 years managing multi-million dollar funding to Governments and community-based organizations in Latin America and Africa. She was one of the core team that led the World Bank to increase its support for interventions to reach the poorest households and communities to improve basic services and reduce vulnerability. She also served as the Mayor of the Town of Lyons from 2009 to 2014. Van Domelen received a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University and a Master of Public Administration from Princeton University. She is fluent in Spanish and French.

Julie Van Domelen, Executive Director

Patti Ketchner, Director of Finance

Patti Ketchner, Director of Finance, joined the staff in 2014.  She holds an MBA from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.  She has over 20 years of business, finance and management experience in diverse fields.  She most recently was the CFO of Sirna Therapeutics, where she participated in growing the organization from a small start-up to a publicly traded company that was sold to Merck for $1.1 billion in 2006.

Patti Ketchner, Director of Finance

Sue McCullough, Director of Volunteer Services

Sue McCullough, Director of Volunteer Services, joined EFAA in 2015, where she manages EFAA’s Volunteer Program, engaging more than 700 volunteers annually. She brings over 15 years of volunteer and project management experience, having directed volunteer programs at Foothills United Way and the Volunteer Connection of Boulder County after her move to Colorado in 2008. Sue holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology.

Sue McCullough, Director of Volunteer Services

Ashley Rumble, Director of Development

Ashley Rumble, Director of Development, joined EFAA in 2014. She has dedicated her career to nonprofit development. Prior to her promotion to Director, she served as the Assistant Director of Development focusing her energies on business donor development and key fundraising events. As Grants Coordinator for Live Violence Free she secured 79% of the organization’s $1.8M budget through municipal, state, and federal grants. Rumble holds a Master’s Degree in Geography from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Ashley Rumble, Director of Development

Courtney Schwartz, Basic Needs Program Manager

Courtney Schwartz joined EFAA in 2017 as our Basic Needs Program Manager. She holds a BSW in Clinical Social Work from Western Michigan University and an MSW in Community Social Work from the University of Denver. Courtney brings a decade of experience working for non-profits and government agencies in the Greater Denver metro area. Her specializations include: basic needs case management, job training and program planning. While EFAA’s Basic Needs Program Manager, she oversaw the adoption of a new internal database and helped with the organization’s smooth transition to becoming a Family Resource Center.   Courtney lives in Boulder and purposefully transitioned her career to support the residents and community in which she resides with her wife and son.

Courtney Schwartz, Director of Programs

Our Staff

Ashley Rumble
Director of Development
303.951.7696

Caleb Milne
Maintenance Supervisor
303.579.5762

Cecy Alba
Front Desk Coordinator & Information Referral Specialist
303.951.7660

Christian Phillips
Basic Needs Program Manager
303.951.7661

Courtney G. Schwartz
Director of Programs
303.951.7680

Doris Nelson
Direct Marketing Manager
303.951.7675

Case Managers

Beatriz
Case Manager, Atwood Housing
303.951.7687

Catherine
Family Learning Coordinator
303.951.7714

Christina
Case Manager, Children’s Program
303.951.7682

EFAA BOARD & COMMITTEES

BOARD OF
DIRECTORS

Kristin Moseley, President
Joshua Sroge, President-Elect
Aaron R. Spear, Secretary
Lynn Shook, Past President
Garrett Marsilio, Treasurer
Chris Ray
Leslie Durgin
Jahnavi Brenner
Jerry Comer
Karin Stayton
Karyn Kagiyama
Keely Cormier
Kevin Luff
Martine M. Elianor
Nathalie Smith
Shauna Schmitz
Susi Gritton
Jody L., Rotating Member
Lenora Cooper, Rotating Member

DEVELOPMENT
COMMITTEE

Keely Cormier, Chair
Christina Lui
Jennifer Messina
Jerry Comer
Jessica Klotsche
Jo Ann Hair
Jon Gordon
Julee Stephenson
Lynn Shook
Mark Biggers
Matt Hyde
Matt Honea
Miriam Gilbert
Nicole Perelman
Martine M. Elianor
Tracy Gray

FINANCE
COMMITTEE

Garrett Marsilio, Chair
Britt Pearson
Scott Reardon
Drew Lyon
Garrett Marilio
Chip Corboy
Joshua Sroge
Shauna Schmitz

STRATEGIC EDUCATION
COMMITTEE

Kevin Luff, Chair
Aaron Spear
Don Bishop
Julie Rogers
Karin Stayton
Leslie Durgin
Luci Sheehan
Mark Biggers
Miriam Gilbert
Nathalie Smith
Rebecca Herr

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Karin Stayton, Chair
Chris Ray
Ema Lyman
Kristin Moseley
Lillian Sutcliffe
Mark Biggers
Penny Bennett
Susi Gritton

HR COMMITTEE

Jahnavi Brenner, Chair
Dave Friedlander
Isa Fox
Karyn Kagiyama
Melanie Williams

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Kristin Moseley, Chair
Lynn Shook
Joshua Sroge
Aaron R. Spear
Jahnavi Brenner
Keely Cormier
Kevin Luff
Garrett Marsilio

ENDOWMENT COMMITTEE

Mark Biggers, Chair
Dan Day
Jon Gordon
Aaron Spear
Ken Von Wald
Kevin Luff
Andy Franklin

PARTICIPANT ADVISORY COUNCIL

Ambrosia Berg
Angie Bunish
Lisa Bowen
Lenora Cooper
Samaria Duarte
Rebecca Herr
Charlie Jensen
Andrew Quincey Jones
Jody L
Gail Smith
Monica Vargas
Christopher Wakefield

2020 CELEBRATION GUILD

Christine Case, Guild Co-Chair
Jessica Klotsche, Guild Co-Chair
Rhonda McCay
Britt Pearson
Carrie Landin
Traci Rivinus
Erica Holwick
Kristin Moseley
Rachel Lederman
Debbie Yurkunas
Camberley Bates
Rachel Lederman
Diane Scott
Julie Yudelson
Deborah Gallagher
Molly Bayer
Sue Gehlert
Tara Lund
Heather Boelens
Sharon Kincl
Lenora Cooper

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