Our Staff

 

 

Kat Lilley-Blair, 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, Director of Development 

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.

Joyce Randall, Family Support Coordinator 

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.

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.

Kala Roquemore, Family Services Manager

Kala is a Colorado Native who lives in Manitou Springs. She has spent many years doing outreach for those who are differently abled and LGBTQIA Youth. Kala is very active in the Pikes Peak Region's theatre scene as an actor, director, and designer. She enjoys a healthy mix of hard work and leisure and is looking forward to serving her community with the wonderful crew at Family Promise.

Erin McNab, Family Services Manager

Erin has worked in housing and mental health programs for more than 7 years. She graduated in 2013 with a BS in psychology. After graduating she was employed in multiple roles at Family Promise. Erin chose to come back to Family Promise because she is committed to helping families   at-risk of or experiencing homeless to become stable and sustainable.

Julie Robards, Family Services Manager

Julie was born in Panama City, Panama. She is grateful to have experienced a variety of different cultures, having moved across the United States and living overseas, due to her father being active duty in the U.S Army for 26 years. She has resided in Colorado Springs since 2005; she can speak three different languages, English, Spanish and Italian. She is a mother to a beautiful little girl age 6. She feels greatly fulfilled when she is able to help others in her community. She started working in the mental health community in 2016 and is committed to helping families  at-risk of or experiencing homelessness to become stable and sustainable. Fun fact about her, she is OBSESSED with the color Pink

Ainsley Karr, Family Support Specialist 

Ainsley has spent the last nine years of her life living in the Springs. She is finishing up her schooling at Community Prep this winter. She has a love for hiking, animals and the environment. Ainsley hopes to continue working in non-profit organizations throughout her career. 

Kat Steele, Family Support Specialist 

Kat Steele is a Family Support Specialist at the New Promise Family Shelter.  She has an Associate's degree in Occupational Services which has been used in the medical field previously.  She was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho and has lived in the Colorado Springs area for 17 years.  In her spare time she loves doing arts and crafts with her family and traveling to new places.  During her time here in Colorado Springs she has utilized the many resources within our community and is excited to be a part of a wonderful organization that is helping families gain independence and stability.

Lane Heinz, Family Support Specialist 

Lane Heinz is a Family Support Specialist at the New Promise Family Shelter in Colorado Springs, where he works to help facilitate the needs of families and staff. He graduated from Colorado Mesa University with a bachelor’s degree in Musical Theater in 2013.  After graduation he moved to Oregon where he continued to pursue community theater until finding a permanent position as a Creative Designer for Portland Escape Rooms. After a few years of this he moved back to Colorado Springs. He is currently also a member of service staff at Carter Payne’s Local Relic.

Adalina Lilley-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.

Timotheus Cross, Facilities 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.

Nyx Archuletta-Henderson, Safety & Security Lead

Nyx 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, Nyx 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.

Nicholas Lilley, Safety & Security Technician 

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. 

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.

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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