Kirby Rising

MacKenzie Pitcher

Kirby is from Sutherland Nebraska. He received his B.S. in Education from Chadron State College and has worked in higher education for over 12 years. He has worked in various roles with higher education within Admissions and Student Services. Currently Kirby is working on his master’s degree in Development Practice from Regis University. He believes that there is not a … Read More

Andy Tucker

MacKenzie Pitcher

As a Colorado native and DPS South High School alumnus, Andy believes access to higher education should not be a privilege for only some Colorado youth, but an opportunity for all. After working in a small business and corporate setting for many years, Andy came to the realization that social impact organizations were where his passions truly lay. This led … Read More

Masha Myslovskaya


Masha was born in Sevastopol, Ukraine and moved to the United States on her third birthday. In 2012, she moved to Denver and is proud to call Colorado home. As a first generation college graduate, Masha is a fierce advocate for student success. In 2016, she joined Governor Hickenlooper’s administration in the Office of Correspondence and Constituent Services. Masha was a Policy Aide and Special Assistant to the Chief of … Read More

Ben Stevens

MacKenzie Pitcher

Ben is a native of Rochester, Minnesota and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at St. Olaf College. He then completed a year of full-time volunteer service at Denver’s SAME Cafe through the Urban Servant Corps, which ignited his interest in launching a career in the nonprofit sector. His service experience opened the door for him to Marquette University’s Trinity … Read More

Joe Camacho

MacKenzie Pitcher

Originally from California, Joe was raised in North Denver. He graduated from Denver Public Schools (DPS) and is a DSF Alumnus. Joe attended the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) where he graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology and Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership. It was at UNC where he developed a passion … Read More

Cynthia Gallegos

Caroline Glynn

Cynthia Gallegos, a Colorado Native, graduated from John F. Kennedy High School and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a minor in Spanish in the fall of 2016. Most of her career has been in the nonprofit sector from grassroots organizing to executive leadership. She found herself higher education first as a Metropolitan State University of Denver work-study student in the counseling center. Later, she worked as a temporary hire in the office of admissions and as a financial … Read More

Taylor O’Donnell

Caroline Glynn

Taylor is a Colorado Springs native and a first-generation college student. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion from Colorado College. She loved working with youth throughout high school, but it wasn’t until college that she discovered her passion for mentorship and education advocacy. After working in admissions, she knew she wanted to continue in a field where she could guide … Read More

Stephanie Dewald

Caroline Glynn

Stephanie is originally from Truckee, California where she gained her first experiences working with students in the nonprofit sector. She recently graduated from Colorado College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and continued strengthening her passion for empowering youth through advocacy support and educational opportunities. Stephanie is thrilled to be a part of Denver South’s DSF … Read More

Angelica Lopez-Rodriguez

Caroline Glynn

Angelica (Angie) Lopez-Rodriguez was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She is a first-generation Mexican-American woman who earned her bachelor’s degree in human services with a concentration in high-risk youth from Metropolitan State University of Denver in fall 2016. Through various work-study and internship opportunities she received in college, she developed a passion for college access work and went on … Read More

Joseph Odhiambo

MacKenzie Pitcher

Joseph is passionate about connecting with people from around the world. He has lived in three continents and has worked in multi-cultural environments throughout his life. He started his accounting career in the United States, at Centennial Airport, Colorado, where he worked in a semi-government environment and was part of the team that established the Centennial Airport Foundation with responsibilities … Read More