Case Manager, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community
Jorge Amaya grew up in south central Colorado in the San Luis Valley, where his family operated a farm and ranch, and graduated from Alamosa High School. In his early schooling years, he attended Colorado’s last one-room country schoolhouse in Mt. Pleasant. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Adams State University in Alamosa where he also wrestled. Mr. Amaya has more than 40 years of nonprofit management experience. He most recently was the Director of Family Services for Flatirons Habitat for Humanity and has also been the Northern Colorado Regional Manager with Rocky Mountain SER/Jobs for Progress.
Mr. Amaya has also been active in education reform. He was Executive Director of the Colorado Alliance for Reform in Education (CARE) and Executive Director of Adams County/Communities in Schools, Inc. Mr. Amaya is familiar with the needs of transient students and their families. He helped open the first computer-based Learning Centers in several communities in Colorado and developed a program that linked students in the Adams County school districts with community resources. Mr. Amaya has worked in charter schools and as a Case Manager in inner-city schools in north Philadelphia. He coached wrestling in the public school system in several northern and south central Colorado communities.
In 1997, Mr. Amaya was named “One of the 52 Most Influential Hispanics in America.” He was the Executive Director of the Northern Colorado Latino Chamber of Commerce, State Director of the Colorado League of United Latin American Citizens and former State President and co-founder of the Colorado Hispanic League. Mr. Amaya has also served roles in statewide and local government. His Alamosa County Commissioner role earned him notoriety as the first-ever Latino to win and the youngest-ever to serve. He was on the board of the Greeley Planning and Zoning Commission and was appointed by Gov. Romer to the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Self Sufficiency.
Mr. Amaya currently resides in La Junta with his wife Celeste.
Michael Bautista, Ph.D.
Director of Construction, Flatirons Habitat for Humanity
As the chair of the HOPE Board of Directors, Dr. Michael Bautista brings 30 years of experience in education. Currently, he is with Flatirons Habitat for Humanity as their Director of Construction. Dr. Bautista serves on the boards of Zikr Dance and the Denver Ballet Theater. He holds an undergraduate degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Vocal Music and Opera, a Master’s degree in Technical Theater and Design, a Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Arts and a Superintendent and Secondary Principal Certification.
Dr. Bautista has held a variety of positions in both local and national organizations and had the opportunity to develop and manage numerous programs and facilities. In the education sector, he has worked at both the higher education and public school levels, as well as started a magnate school that achieved the highest standardized test scores in the school district and the State of Colorado. Dr. Bautista points to a cross-disciplinary approach for the success of his magnate school. In fact, while in the public schools and higher education, he helped write curriculum and create programs that integrated subject matters and disciplines. His travels around the world have strengthened his belief that students must be educated in a variety of manners to fit their learning style.
In the arts, Dr. Bautista has freelanced as a theatrical designer, photographer, and consultant and opened two performing arts centers. He has done theatrical designs for high schools, community and regional theater, and regional opera companies. Dr. Bautista has been involved in 120 projects involving sets, lights and costumes, with a world premiere scene design for Opera Colorado’s “La Curandera” by Robert Xavier Rodriguez.
Director of Education, The Denver Foundation
With a firm belief in engendering students to become life-long learners and productive citizens by providing them a quality education and instructional environment, Collinus Newsome is adept at curriculum development and effectively adapting various teaching methodologies to diverse learners. She skillfully leverages strategic leadership strengths to cultivate effective educational partnerships among teachers, parents, students and the community.
Ms. Newsome began her career at an after-school program for inner-city youth. In addition to developing curriculum for and building relationships with youth, she established an English as a Second Language program for adults in the community.
Ms. Newsome received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Illinois and a Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado.
Director, Government Relations - Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
Joe Rice is Director of Government Relations for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. He is responsible for the management of legislative and regulatory matters at the state and local level for Space Systems Company, which employs more than 15,000 people and generated more than $8 billion in sales for the Lockheed Martin Corporation in 2011.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in August 2011, Mr. Rice served two terms in the Colorado state legislature as State Representative for the 38th House District of Colorado from 2007-2010. While in the legislature, he focused on economic development and transportation, passing legislation that resulted in significant jobs creation across the state. He also previously served as the mayor of Glendale, Colo., from 1996-2003.
He currently holds the rank of Colonel in the United States Army Reserve with more than 25 years of military service. Mr. Rice's military service includes peacekeeping operations in Bosnia and five combat tours of duty in Iraq, which included establishing the first post-Saddam Baghdad City Council and serving as advisor and military liaison to the Council (2003-2004); advising on interactions between military forces and the Iraqi government (2005 and 2006); facilitating development of the Iraqi Security Forces (2009); and implementing the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq and developing enduring partnerships between US and Iraqi forces (2011). He is Airborne and Ranger qualified. Mr. Rice also serves as adjunct professor of history, government and public administration at the University of Phoenix, Colorado Campus.
Mr. Rice earned an Associate’s degree from the New Mexico Military Institute, a Bachelor's degree in History from Metropolitan State College of Denver, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver and a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. For his distinguished military service, he has received two Bronze Stars, the Combat Action Badge for action under enemy fire and the Expert Infantryman’s Badge. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Sister Cities International and has been involved since 2003 with the Baghdad-Denver Region Partnership, a cultural and professional exchange program between Iraq and the United States.
Kimberly (Kim) Rossi
Vice President of Commercial Insurance, AssuredPartners of Colorado
Kim Rossi is an insurance consultant with AssuredPartners of Colorado/The Wright Group. She began her career in insurance in 1992, working as a workers’ compensation underwriter for Pinnacol Assurance. Ms. Rossi transitioned to the agency side of insurance in 2000 and joined The Wright Group, which was purchased by AssuredPartners in 2014. As a licensed Colorado Insurance Producer, Ms. Rossi helps her clients design insurance and risk management programs that are both cost effective and comprehensive. A Colorado native, Ms. Rossi earned a Bachelor of Science from the Business School of the University of Colorado after graduating from Wheat Ridge High School.
Ms. Rossi and her husband, John, have a teenage son. She spent many of her son's grade-school years volunteering in his elementary school, including participation on the Collaborative School Committee (CSC) and as a Cub Scout leader.