Our Staff

 

 

Kat Lilley, Chief Executive Officer

Kat is a Colorado native who has 12+ years’ experience in business management and development, and a degree in Business Administration.  Kat has had close ties to Family Promise of Colorado Springs since 2013, when she and her children experienced homelessness and were guests in the Interfaith Hospitality Network.  Once stably housed, she and her children volunteered with various congregations to provide meals and overnight hosting.  In November 2014, Kat joined the Family Promise Finance Committee, until she joined the staff in March of 2015.  Since that time, she learned she has a passion for working to improve supports for families experiencing housing instability, and loves having the privilege of walking alongside families in our community.  Kat currently serves on the Family Promise National Board of Trustees and on the Pikes Peak Continuum of Care Board of Directors.  She is also a member of the Family Promise National Guest Advisory Council.  She keeps herself busy away from work spending time with her kiddos and sending love to her sailor daughter.  Hooyah Navy!

Crystal Karr, Director of Operations

Crystal loves to find the joy in the messy and muddy areas of life.  She is dedicated to improving this crazy world we share for the betterment of all. She has a BA in Psychology from Ottawa University and a M. Div. from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, MO. Much of Crystal’s career has been rooted in the issues of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse. Crystal preaches on the side and is approved for Ordination in the United Church of Christ. Crystal, aka Yeti, is a proud member of the Pikes Peak Roller Derby Dames. She is obsessed with skating, tattoos, and Colorado Hot Springs. 

Andrea Grebas, Volunteer Manager

Andrea is a Colorado Springs native, with an 11 year stint in Denver, after graduating college from Concordia University Seward. She has a passion for giving to others, so she has dedicated her career to nonprofits and started her journey at Glen Eyrie as the Volunteer Coordinator. While living in Denver, she worked at an at-risk all girls treatment center as a therapeutic school counselor, direct care professional and special events coordinator. Prior to relocating back to Colorado Springs and taking on the role of Volunteer Manager at Family Promise, she helped people with disabilities obtain and maintain community employment and provided case management services to TANF recipients in Douglas County. She has a deep passion for her career and loves spending time with her family and friends in the mountains, hiking and camping.

Desiree Myers, Lead Family Services Manager

Desiree is a Colorado Native, born and raised in Denver and has lived in Colorado Springs for about ten years.  She considers her self to be a child stuck in an adult's body and a major nerd due to her love of all things Disney and her constant obsession with Sailor Moon.  She has a BA in Visual and Performing Arts from UCCS and an AA for Dramatic Arts from Otero Junior College and is looking to go back to school for social work/sociology.  Desiree has worked in social work for four years and is looking to continue her journey in helping those in need.  She is also an active member of the local theater community, a current board member of the new theater, Funky Little Theater Company, and as performed in various community and professional theater productions throughout the town -- and has acted in a few local independent films.

Angela Terrazas, Family Services Manager

Angela is a Colorado native born and raised in Colorado Springs. She graduated from Harrison High School, attended Pikes Peak Community College and University of Phoenix, studied Business Management. Angela has a passion to serve, to help empower people to navigate life's daily challenges. She has advocated for struggling families in our community for over 5 years. She loves spending time with her family & friends, married to her husband Raul for 20 years, they have two grown children, a grandson and another on the way! She loves music, dancing and is a sports fan of professional boxing, high school and college wrestling and mostly Chicago Bears football! 

Heather Johnson, Family Services Manager

Heather is a Family Services Manager at the New Promise Family shelter and has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. She has had the pleasure of serving as a case manager in a correctional setting and in the outpatient mental health field. Heather pairs her personal experiences in tragedy and triumph with her education and work experience in hopes to "pay it forward" and help others with a hand up in life to succeed. 

Frances Gomeztagle, Family Services Manager

Frances has lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado since 2002. Before Family Promise she worked as a school counselor, free lance writer, room service attendant and political canvasser. She loves spending time with her dog and her daughter, seeing live music, making jewelry and spending time with friends. She can’t say enough about how she loves the Colorado Springs community.

Joyce Randall, Family Support Specialist 

Joyce graduated from Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida in 1995 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and from Argosy University in 1999 with a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling.  She continued her education in the doctoral program at Argosy University in 2001.  She has over thirty years’ experience in the mental health and substance abuse treatment field.  Previously employed by Coastal Behavioral Healthcare in Sarasota, Florida, she held several leadership positions, including supervisory responsibilities related to mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment, program management, Federal grant management and a liaison for community-based organizations. She coordinated the review and implementation of clinical procedures and policies, developed curriculums for women’s treatment groups and ensured program goals and objectives were met.   She has experience in and a passion for addressing women’s issues and provided program development, counseling, training and monitoring of a Women’s Block Grant funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).   She is a Colorado Springs small business owner and has been a resident of Colorado Springs for the past eleven years.

Monica Sewell, Family Support Specialist 

Monica was born and raised in Texas, and moved to Colorado Springs in 2018. She is Mom to three beautiful children.  In addition to her role at Family Promise, Monica is a full time store manager for Family Dollar. Working both jobs gives her the joy of working with the community and helping any way possible.  After being in the program once, Monica knew she wanted to do more and wanted to eventually be a bigger part of Family Promise, wanting to help pay it forward in any way she can. Monica LOVES working with families and playing with all the babies!

Nicholas Lilley, Family Support Specialist 

Nicholas was born and raised in Colorado. He loves the mountains, and enjoys hiking and camping when he gets the chance. He loves video games and programming and aspires to, someday, develop his own games. He loves to read fantasy books; dragons being his favorite mythical creature. He is also a big fan of watching scary movies and TV shows. Nicholas loves working with Family Promise, as it gives him a chance to give back to the community which helped him and his family when they needed it most. 

Adalina Blair, Facilities Manager 

Adalina is a Colorado Springs native, who has a strong desire and ongoing attentiveness to give confident hope to our guest families through assisting with transpiration and to navigate families through tough times.  Adalina enjoys working on cars and collecting rare Air Jordan sneakers.  She has an adventurous, positive attitude which looks to the future, and a genuine unique strength for commitment and compassion.  She is a NAMI advocate and CPR certified, and has an exceptional sense of humor.

Terrence Ikener, Facilities Technician

Terrence finds purpose and joy in helping others. He loves his work at Family Promise because he knows and sees that he makes a difference in the lives of the people finding support. Terrence loves working on cars and snowboarding in his spare time.

Mariya Archuletta, Safety & Security Lead

Mariya has worked in security for over three years. They grew up in Colorado, all around the Rocky Mountains, studying art and art history for several years. Along with their studies, they spend their spare time creating canvas paintings. When not working or spending time with their art studies, Mariya enjoys consuming spooky TV shows and podcasts. They also enjoy spending time with their pets and partner taking in the beautiful sights Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas have to offer.

Timotheus Cross, Safety & Security Technician

Timotheus is originally from Wisconsin. He moved here in the early 2000’s to Park County where he discovered his love of the mountains. Since arriving here he has enjoyed living on both the front range and the western slope. He is a very caring and protective person by nature of those he cares for. He enjoys standing up for those who may not be capable of standing for themselves. Empathetic, yet very no-nonsense attitude toward growth and progress in the face of hardship. He is a believer in a higher power with no restrictions on titles or religion. His hobbies are Fitness, Reading, and Cooking (All could use a bit more commitment). He joined the Family Promise team because he believes in what they are doing and wishes to become involved in altruistic causes.

Tyron Ikener, Safety & Security Technician

Tyron is a Colorado native, born and raised in Colorado Springs. He graduated Rampart High school and went on to further his education graduating College Americas medical specialist program with an Associate's in medical specialties and applied sciences. Tyron is skilled in converting conflict scenarios into positive outcome through effective, situational problem solving. In Tyron's down time he enjoys searching for new music, spending time with his family and living a healthy and positive lifestyle.

Emily Whitworth, Program Development VISTA

Emily is a Colorado Springs transplant from Cleveland, Ohio.  She started her university studies at Kent State University and then transferred to Cleveland State University in 2014 with a major in Anthropology. As someone who has experienced homelessness, she has understanding and empathy for those going through similar experiences. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, games, and playing her bass guitar.

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Call us:

719-329-1244

New Promise Family Shelter:

719-358-6220

Find us: 

519 N. Tejon St. Colorado Springs, CO 80903

New Promise Family Shelter:

1647 S. Nevada Ave  Colorado Springs, CO 80905

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