CWC Board Bio Information

Christina Harris (Chair) has a wide variety of experience which includes 6 years in operations and supervision, 7 years experience in volunteer recruitment, development and training, 6 years in ministry leadership, and 3 years in departmental infrastructure and program development. Christina has served Cold Weather Care for 6 years as Host Coordinator, Steering Committee Member, and Communication Chair. She currently serves as the Board Chair, and as Ministry Lead for North Metro Church. As the Board Chair, Christina plans and facilitates board meetings using the overall vision and mission as a guide, delegates activities appropriately, acts as the liaison between the Board and the Executive Director, and works hard to ensure effective teamwork and ongoing skill building of the group.

Lisa Geels  has 23 years of experience in Information Technology consulting and management, with experience in leadership, budgeting, organization, and process design. Her expertise includes the management of large, complex system development, implementation and integrations. Lisa has been involved with Cold Weather Care for 5 years as a Host Coordinator and as the Finance/Fundraising Chair of the steering committee before it became a 501 (c) (3) board of directors in the summer of 2016. In her role as the Finance Chair, she monitors and oversees funding and financial record keeping- establishing accounting procedures, grant writing approaches, and the tools and processes for conducting CWC’s summer fundraising gala event for which she also fills the role as event coordinator.

Dawn Semmen has 30 years of operations experience. She has developed operational infrastructures consisting of policies, procedures, and staffing systems in the corporate and vocational ministry world serving a variety of organizational types. Dawn is a Director at Northern Hills Church in Brighton where she provides staff oversight of more than 300 volunteers. She has been involved with Cold Weather care since its inception in 2008 and was instrumental in the collaboration, planning, development, and implementation of the operations, policies and procedures still in place. She has also been an integral part of the outreach and development process of casting vision and presenting to existing partner churches, and served as Steering Committee Chairperson for three years before a.

Cecelia Siefken, affectionately called “Cece” by many, is an accomplished manager/co-owner of a successful hairstyle business, operating locally for the last 16 years.  While at The Gathering Church, Cece has volunteered with Cold Weather Care for five years.  During that time, she served as both the Volunteer and Meal Team lead, additionally performing the duties of Host Coordinator for two of those years and Ministry Lead for one year.

Prior to her time with The Gathering, she was a member of Jacob’s Well, a small church that is no longer in existence.  While there, she worked in Children’s Ministry for seven years and writing the complete curriculum for preschool through fifth grade for three years, before taking the role as the Children’s Ministry Lead for one year. Cece attended the Global Leadership Conference while at Jacob’s Well along with receiving formal leadership training. Cece is constantly taking new classes to keep her skills up to date with the rapidly growing demands of the service industry.

Troy Geiser has been a small business owner in the greater Denver area for seven years. He manages all aspects of business success, including customer expectations, the scheduling of materials ordering and all contractor work for a direct broker of manufacturers of carpet and hard flooring products. Troy, who holds a Bachelors of Science from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder,  has more than 20 years experience in Information Technology, where he was involved in software development. He is the men’s ministry lead  for a group serving widows and single mothers, has been involved with Cold Weather care for two years, and has served as director on the board since 2016.

Cheryl Stoddard worked in Information Technology for more than 35 years in roles that included systems analysis, computer specialist, systems management, software development, and project management.  She was considered a national expert on reporting software, and has taught classes to hundreds of people on the use and implementation of such software. As a project manager for FDA’s largest data warehouse and reporting system, Cheryl was responsible for writing contracts, and working with the contract office to advertise, evaluate and award contracts that represented millions of dollars to support systems required to be operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  As a project manager she lead a team of approximately 30 government and contract employees.  Cheryl is certified in project management by George Washington University, and has served Cold Weather Care for 4 years filling the role of transportation lead for 3 years and overnight host 1 year.

Bret Roby owns and operates a successful financial advising business specializing in retirement planning sense 2009, and is the host of Retirement and Income Radio that airs on multiple stations in the Denver area offering advice on retirement planning and preservation of assets. Bret has served as a Sunday school teacher for 8 years and is also a member of North Metro Church Safety Team for the past 2 years. Mr. Roby’s involvement in the community reaches outside of the church where he is also on the board of directors for The Haven community as the acting Treasurer of the board. Bret’s involvement with CWC started with his serving as a overnight host which he has done for the past 7 years. He started on the CWC board of directors in 2015 and serves at Secretary of the board.

Daniel Miles has more than 25 years experience as a small business owner. (Fill in here with what that experience is-not in a lot of detail but enough for readers to know what skills you possess). He has served Cold Weather Care in various capacities for more than four years (fill in with a couple examples and when you came on the board). Before his time at Cold Weather Care, Daniel served on the board of directors of Hands & Feet Ministries and Dennison Community Support Fund. He is an advisor for (explain very briefly what this is), and has served for more than two years as a youth pastor and elder on the board of the Central Bible Church.