Doers & Difference Makers Fellowship

In July 2021, Boettcher Foundation announced its inaugural cohort of the Doers & Difference Makers Fellowship. A nine-month program, the Fellowship seeks to identify, celebrate, elevate, and connect community champions from across Colorado. The program elevates these individuals’ voices and amplifies their impact through structured opportunities to develop as individual leaders and members of Colorado’s ecosystem, including a financial investment, individualized coaching, and an emphasis on building connections among Fellows.

An Ideal Candidate

Ideal candidates for the Boettcher Fellowship are individuals with a deep commitment to their community and a willingness to put in the work to make things happen. A community can be defined as either a group of people living in the same place (a geographic community) or having a particular characteristic in common (an ethnic, racial, or cultural community).

They are community champions from all sectors who have a positive impact in their communities by finding creative solutions, developing and strengthening networks, or showing high levels of resourcefulness. Candidates are either the ‘doers’ who are on the frontlines of making things happen, or those who are at the cusp of something game-changing. They have big dreams though may have fewer connections. They are the people who may or may not have had a seat at traditional leadership tables but they move their community forward regardless. Candidates may not be formally recognized or celebrated, but they are recognized by their communities as key difference makers.

Candidates from rural communities or underrepresented groups will be given priority. For the purpose of prioritization points, rural will be defined as “census places less than 50,000 people and not adjacent or contiguous to an urbanized area.”
Of note, candidates who are CEOs, executives, or leadership program aficionados are not excluded from applying, but preference will be given to those who are not considered traditional leaders.

Participant Profile:

  • Fellows must be current residents of Colorado.
  • Fellows are the doers and difference makers in their communities.
  • Fellows have a demonstrated, long-term commitment to Colorado, proven personal initiative, and a dedication to lifelong learning.
  • Fellows can work in any sector or industry.
  • Fellows possess leadership potential and are active in community or public service. This can be demonstrated through their profession or volunteer activities.
  • Fellows are interested in connecting with others from across the state to learn and share resources and experiences.

2021 Cohort Profile:

  • Average number of years serving Colorado communities: 15
  • Sectors:
    • Local Government
    • Nonprofit
    • Tribal Education
    • Funding Capital for Rural Coloradan Entrepreneurs
  • Geographic spread (by county):
    • Alamosa, Garfield, Jefferson, Montezuma, Phillips, Routt

Boettcher Fellows

Identified by local leaders for their leadership potential and their commitment to the community, we are pleased to recognize the following individuals as Boettcher Fellows:

2022 Fellows

Letitica Bancroft

Youth Program Director, College Access Navigators, Fort Morgan

Chris Beasley

Youth Coordinator, Inside Out Youth Services, Colorado Springs

Shelby Clark

Executive Director of Yuma County Economic Development; Owner and Found of Shelby K Marketing, Wray

Lupita Garcia

Business Office Manager, Energy Resource Center, Alamosa

Dave Goe

Community Engagement Manager, Downtown Grand Junction, Grand Junction

Jennifer Holloway

Executive Director, Craig Chamber of Commerce, Craig

Gregory Kolomitz

President, KOLOMITZ & COMPANY, La Junta

Gillian Laycock

Assistant Town Manager, Town of Limon, Hugo

Gloria Perez

Lake County Wraparound Supervisor, Leadville

Esteban Salazar

Health and Wellness Coordinator, SLV GO!, Alamosa

2021 Fellows

Brisa Chavez

Hispanic Outreach Coordinator, Garfield County Public Health, Rifle

Trisha Herman

Eastern Community Relationship Manager, CHFA, Holyoke

Sherrell Lang

Co-Founder of Kwiyagat Community Academy (first charter school on Ute Mountain Reservation), Educator, and Volunteer, Towaoc

Azarel Madrigal

Executive Director, Southwest Community Fund, Alamosa

Mathew Mendisco

Town Manager of Hayden, Hayden

Adrian Mendoza

Counseling Manager at Denver Public Schools, Denver

The Doers & Difference Makers Fellowship is bringing together a cohort of talented individuals with a willingness to put in the work to make things happen from across our beautiful and diverse state.