Meet The Team
Kimberly is the mother of Halston and the founder of Halston's Hope Foundation. She has a Bachelors degree from Oklahoma State University in Sociology and is the owner of MMDay Properties which provides housing to parolees. She currently volunteers for Bessie's Hope playing the piano for the residents at Cedars Healthcare Center and also for Lakewood Villa.
Chuck Adams is Halston's stepdad. Chuck holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Kansas. He is the owner and president of 1UP Aerial Drone Services. Chuck is a FAA Part 107 certified pilot and tenured IT, Cloud industry veteran who spent 25+ years in the high-tech industry.
Melanie Hallowell received a BS in Hospitality Management from University of Delaware and completed a Software Engineering Apprenticeship. She is the Director of Operations for a startup internet service provider bringing broadband to underserved Colorado communities. A key responsibility of Melanie's is leading HHF's web and social media outreach.
Leadership expert Bob Vanourek is the former CEO of five companies and the author of two award-winning leadership books. He devotes his time to numerous nonprofits and is a leader in Colorado in the Conscious Capitalism and Better Angels movements.
Cheryl has a dual Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science and Sports Event Planning from Metropolitan State University in Denver. She is currently involved in the Colorado Association of Realtors, MCPN Gala Committee, Golden Civic Foundation, and ARC Gala Committee. Cheryle has been on BOD for D.A.R.E. Colorado and Healthcare Network, and has spent many hours volunteering at the Steadman Research Institute to advance the cause, prevention and treatment of orthopedic disorders.
Richelle Marek has an MS Human Service Administration/Gerontological Services from Saint Joseph's University and a BA Human Service from State University at Buffalo. She is currently pursuing a certificate in grief counseling. She fosters senior dogs and supports animal rescue through processing rescue applications for various organizations. Previous roles include participation in Hoarding Task Force of Bucks County, PCA Annual conference training and volunteer of Bessies Hope serving seniors.
Kelley DeCleene has served in the field of education for over 30 years in inclusive settings, self-contained programs and non-profit environments. She currently teaches Understanding Autism and Inclusive Arts at the University level, serves as a chairperson on the Special Needs group within NAEA and CAEA, and works at Access Gallery in Denver as the Education Director. She earned her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin, as well as an Autism Specialist certificate and National Board Certification.
A graduate of the University of Illinois, Chuck started his career as a business journalist with financial services, marketing, and residential real estate among the areas he covered. He then joined a marketing agency in Chicago where he was a lead strategist and member of the management team. He was worked with several non-profits over the years.
Organizations that we have aligned with that share our mission and vision.
Kirk Johnson, MA, LPC, LAC
South Platte Counseling
Kirk has spent over two decades helping clients overcome emotional distress and psychological pain. Kirk's treatment approach addresses the entire person promoting healing in the body, mind, and soul.
West Pines Behavioral Health
For more than 30 years, West Pines has provided complete behavioral health services for people experiencing addiction, substance abuse, and mental health conditions. Their holistic approach to treatment focuses on one's physical, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being.
Jefferson Center For Mental Health
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Robbie’s Hope mission is to cut teen suicide rates in half by 2028. They empower a generation of teens to let each other know it’s ok, to not be ok. Robbie's Hope inspires young people to have HOPE (Hold on Pain Ends) in an effort to fight the horrible suicide epidemic.