Elizabeth (Liz) DiGiacomo
Liz is the Labor Standards Director with the Colorado Division of Labor Standards and Statistics, where she has worked for over seven years.
Liz joined the ACCESS Housing Board in July 2018 as a way of being more involved in the local community and a desire to help those experiencing homelessness.
Originally a Pennsylvania native, Liz has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Pittsburgh and a law degree from the New England School of Law with a focus on employment law.
Along with her husband Dave, who also happens to be an attorney, they have two small children. This gives Liz a combination of motherly insights and legal perspective that has been guiding our board operations since taking on the president role in Oct 2020.
Katelyn (Katie) Horowitz
CPA, Board Treasurer
Katie is the Vice President, Technical Accounting Consulting at Stout, Inc. In this role, Katie advises large companies on the accounting for major transactions and implementation of new accounting standards.
Previously, she led the technical accounting and financial reporting functions at Natural Grocers (NYSE: NGVC). Before moving to Colorado in 2017, she worked in PwC's audit practice in Hartford, Boston, and San Francisco and received her Bachelors in Accounting from Bentley University and her Masters in Accounting from University of Connecticut.
With this deep accounting background and a strong sense of community, Katie joined our Board in June 2019 and took on the Treasurer’s role in January 2020.
Dontae is currently the Executive Director at Rocky Mountain Communities and brings over twenty years of leadership experience and a true passion for working for underserved communities as a connecter, convener, executor and team player to our board discussions.
Prior to relocating to Colorado with his family, Dontae served as the CEO of YWCA MeLean County (Bloomington, IL) an administrator at two hospitals, and as an executive in local county government in North Carolina.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD, and a Master of Science degree in Social Science Administration with a dual concentration in Management and Community Development from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio respectively. Developing leaders, community visioning, promoting well-being, and community collaboration are among Dontae’s areas of expertise that he brings to ACCESS Housing.
Sonia has recently moved into the financial services industry leading the expansion of the Money Transfer business for Walmart and Western Union.
As a strong business and brand multicultural strategist, Sonia had worked for Johnson Diversey’s Global Marketing operations in Wisconsin along with several consumer goods and technology companies for the Mexican market prior to her move to the US in 2009 and soon after that to Colorado in 2011.
Born and raised in Mexico City, Sonia brings her creative thinking along with problem solving experiences from an international and national perspective to our local efforts. With a Marketing degree and MBA from UDLA University in Mexico City, Sonia joined the ACCESS board in October 2020.
Along with her husband Andrew, they have two energetic young children that add to Sonia’s driven commitment to education and housing as fundamental pillars to reduce inequality and her passion for ACCESS Housing’s community focus.
Carrie is currently the Vice President of Supportive Housing at Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (CCH).
With over seven years of service with CCH so far, Carrie has held such positions as contractor for the National Health Service Corp., Program Manager to Associate Director of Housing First and Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Services, the Director of Housing First and ACT Services before recently being promoted to her current role. Prior to Colorado,
Carrie worked in both child welfare and adult mental health services in St. Louis, MO most notable with the Community Mental Health Center. During her tenure there, she held several positions focusing on Community Psychiatric Support with her last position there being Director of Advocacy and Outreach. In this role, she developed two separate “high utilizer” programs designed to outreach those with high Medicaid costs coupled with chronic illnesses and severe/persistent mental illness. Along with obtaining her LCSW at that time, Carrie has a MSW from St. Louis University.
With this broad background of wrap-around services critical to servicing our many families, Carrie joined the ACCESS Housing board in February 2021 while also serving on the Clinicians’ Network Steering Committee of the National Healthcare for the Homeless.
Carla Respects Nothing
Carla is currently with the Denver Public Library system as a Peer Navigator. To this role and also her position on the board of ACCESS Housing, Carla brings a wide range of experiences from her cultural heritage as well as grassroots perspective of homelessness on families and communities.
Carla’s work includes but is not limited to being a part of the Native American Housing Circle Committee, a program with the Denver Indian Family Services, working on the Substance Abuse Navigation Steering Committee in collaboration with the Denver City and County Police Department, and the Denver Health Medical Center & Denver Cares Detox Center. Carla also serves on the Board of the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative (MDHI) as a Vice President. Prior to her role with the public library, Carla also worked at The GEO Group and UPS.
As a Native American in the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe located on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, Carla is also Certified in the roles of Addiction Peer Navigator, Recovery Coach and Addition Counselor I.
Joining the ACCESS board in December 2020, even the pandemic does not limit Carla’s passion to serve families and individuals in need as she was recently featured in the Denverite in June 2021 for her outreach work to serving the homeless where they are and connecting their challenges with important and timely services.