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 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, Chief Financial Officer

Patti Ketchner, Chief Financial Officer, 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, Chief Financial Officer

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

Ana Fernandez Frank
Public Policy & Community Outreach Coordinator
303.951.7668

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

Courtney G. Schwartz
Director of Programs
303.951.7680

Case Managers

Christina
Case Manager, Children’s Program
303.951.7686

Crystal
Case Manager, Basic Needs
303.951.7702

Denise
Case Manager, Basic Needs
303.951.7662

EFAA BOARD & COMMITTEES

BOARD OF
DIRECTORS

Joshua Sroge, President
Keely Cormier, President-Elect
Jerry Comer, Secretary
Kristin Moseley, Past President
Garrett Marsilio, Treasurer
Jahnavi Brenner, HR Chair
Susi Gritton, Programs Chair
Kevin Luff, Strategic Education and Endowment Chair
Lisa Bowen
Leslie Durgin
Martine Elianor
Karyn Kagiyama
Jessica Klotsche
Ema Lyman
Adriana Palacios
Shauna Schmitz
Nathalie Smith
Karin Stayton
Julee Stephenson

DEVELOPMENT
COMMITTEE

Keely Cormier, Chair
Mark Biggers
Jerry Comer
Lenora Cooper
Martine Elianor
Miriam Gilbert
Jon Gordon
Tracy Gray
Matt Honea
Jessica Klotsche
Christina Lui
Katia Olivera
Julee Stephenson

FINANCE
COMMITTEE

Garrett Marsilio, Chair
Susan Graf
Drew Lyon
Britt Pearson
Scott Reardon
Joshua Sroge
Shauna Schmitz

STRATEGIC EDUCATION
COMMITTEE

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

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Susi Gritton, Chair
Elena Aranda
Penelope Bennett
Mark Biggers
Ema Lyman
Chris Ray
Ardith Sehulster
Carmela Weber

HR COMMITTEE

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

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Josh Sroge, President
Keely Cormier, President-elect
Garrett Marsillio, Treasurer Chair
Jerry Comer, Secretary
Jahnavi Brenner, HR Chair
Susi Gritton, Programs Chair
Kevin Luff, Strategic Education Chair

ENDOWMENT COMMITTEE

Kevin Luff, Chair
Mark Biggers
Dan Day
Andy Franklin
Jon Gordon
Kristin Moseley
Aaron Spear

PARTICIPANT ADVISORY COUNCIL

Ambrosia Berg
Lisa Bowen
Lenora Cooper
Rebecca Herr
Jody L
Noemi Lastiri
Heather Osborn
Adriana Palacios
Christopher Wakefield

CELEBRATION GUILD TEAM COMMITTEE

Christine Case, Guild Co-Chair
Jessica Klotsche, Guild Co-Chair
Camberley Bates
Heather Boelens
Lenora Cooper
Erica Holwick
Carrie Landin
Tara Lund
Rhonda McCay
Kristin Moseley
Britt Pearson
Traci Rivinus
Diane Scott
Deborah Yurkunas

DEI COMMITTEE

Kristin Moseley, Chair
Mark Biggers
Cat Bode
Jahnavi Brenner
Keely Cormier
Martine Elianor
Karyn Kagiyama
Garrett Marsilio
Shauna G Schmitz
Suzanne Stoller

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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