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MEET OUR STAFF

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Chief Financial Officer/ Interim Director - Cristie Martin

Cristie Martin officially took on the leadership of WSCC in September 2015 after joining WSCC as the Chief Financial Officer in August 2014. She is a proven leader in non-profit management, public administration, and program development with strong organizational, management, fundraising and problem solving skills. Prior to her employment at WSCC, she successfully ran a community development organization in Commerce City called Community Enterprise. While there, she grew the agency’s budget by four times. 

Phone: 303-733-4643 ext. 105
Email: accounts@wscc-denver.org

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Director of Community Partnerships - Darin Duran

A native of Denver, Darin has worked for both the City of Denver in marketing and operations as well as the private sector. He previously owned his own small business for nearly a decade before choosing to shift into the Non-Profit realm. He's been heavily involved as a community organizer in the Highlands, including various small business associations, fundraising, and cultural events. He has pushed largely for the protection of historic sites and buildings across Denver.
 
Phone: 303-733-4643 ext. 100
Email: darin@wscc-denver.org

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Preschool Director

Blake Garces

My name is Blake Garces and I would like to start out by saying how grateful I am to start my journey with WSCC. I was born and raised in New York City and joined the Marine Corps shortly after high school. After my military service, I knew I always wanted to be a teacher and begin that journey in my life and I never looked back since then. I have been in the Early Childhood Education field for 13 years now and can proudly say that this is my passion and motivation in life. I have lived in Colorado now for four years and love every bit of it! I enjoy camping, hiking and going to drive in movies. My mother and my family are my biggest inspiration and now so is WSCC : ).


Phone: 303-733-4643 x106
Email: Blake@wscc-denver.org

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Pre-K Teacher 

Holly Kokkonen

My name is Holly and I am thrilled to be a part of the WSCC community! I am originally from Maple Grove, MN. I moved to Colorado in 2005 after falling in love with the mountains and the music.  I knew from a young age I adored children and connected with them naturally.  When I was in High School, I took an ECE class where I visited a first-grade classroom and knew this was the path for me! I pursued a career in ECE at Winona State University where I worked on the college campus with all age groups.  Once I graduated with my B.S. in Early Childhood Education, I went on to teach kindergarten, worked in preschools, and then worked as a nanny for over 15 years!  The last few years I have returned to the classroom where I enjoy being a part of a community and building strong bonds.  I absolutely love what I do, connecting and making a positive impact in the lives of children.

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Director of School Aged Programming

Luke Watkins

A recent graduate of Colorado State University, Luke attained his Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. During his time in
college, Luke worked with children of all ages. He has worked on an individual and group level with elementary, middle,
and high school students. Since a young age, Luke has known his calling has been to work with children. He hopes to provide a fun and educational environment for the the school aged program. Luke is hoping to go back to college in the near future to pursue a degree in education. In his free time, Luke loves to watch the local Denver sports teams, play video games, and visit local breweries. 


Phone: 303-733-4643 ext. 101
Email: luke@wscc-denver.org

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Pre-K Teacher

Heather Cleveland


Hello, my name is Heather Cleveland and I am so excited to join WSCC!  I am on my 4th year of teaching early childhood, and I absolutely love it.  In 2004 I moved to Colorado to start the restaurants that my family still owns in Colorado Springs.  Before I began teaching, I built longboard skateboards,  custom art frames, and also taught Pilates (all things one does with an English degree, haha).   I moved to Wash Park in 2010 and haven’t left because I love it here!    I am the mother of 3 children, 4 dogs, 1 cat, and a hamster named Tina Turner.   Two of my children attend South High School and one attends college in Boulder.  In my free time I love spending time with my children and animals, hiking, snowboarding, yoga, pilates, woodworking and writing.  I am currently writing social emotional children’s books that my daughter illustrates.  Thank you so much for warmly welcoming me into the school!

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