What is the CTKD Community Advisory Council?
The Clothes To Kids of Denver (CTKD) Community Advisory Council is designed to provide a reservoir of leaders who would lend their knowledge to CTKD. Individuals who have demonstrated leadership and compassion for issues surrounding children in our community and who will help to support the efforts of CTKD will be invited to join the Advisory Council. Advisory Council members will remain a resource to be called upon by board members for advice and council in issues where they have expertise. The Advisory Council has neither official capacity nor authority in the governance of the organization.
Responsibilities of the Advisory Council Member
- Serve a two-year term. (May serve two consecutive two-year terms)
- Stay up-to-date on organizational information, programming and issues
- Serve as an Ambassador for Clothes To Kids of Denver in the community
- Be available to lend advice or expertise as requested by the board
- Make an annual contribution to Clothes To Kids of Denver, Inc.
- Community members with one or more of the following characteristics, skills and/or interests are sought: children’s issues, communications & public relations, non-profit financial management, retail sales, technology, politics, grant writing, special events, graphic arts, fundraising, education, social services, community leadership.
Current Members of the Advisory Council
Sue Hamblin has enjoyed a four-decade career working as a journalist, author and communications and marketing executive. She has held management positions for both advertising agencies and corporations, and most recently worked as the Executive Senior Vice President of The Quiznos Corporation. Ms. Hamblin specializes in everything from technical to advertising writing and from video production to event planning. Devoted to CTKD since its inception in 2008, Ms. Hamblin has offered marketing, networking, fundraising and video production expertise. Ms. Hamblin lives with her husband Ken and three dogs in Castle Rock and Frisco, Colorado and enjoys travelling the world and writing fiction.
Jarrod Lassen graduated from northwest Nazarene college in Nampa, Idaho, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He has been employed with FirstBank for approximately 13 years; five in branch retail operations and eight at the corporate headquarters. He is currently a Senior Vice President with FirstBank Tech Center. During Mr. Lassen’s career he has been active in various charitable activities including Junior Achievement, Denver Metro YMCA, and most recently an Advisory Board position with CTKD. In his spare time, Mr. Lassen enjoys playing and coaching basketball, running and playing with his three children (ages eight, six and three). He is also an active member of his church.
Tamisha Macklin works part-time with Bridging the Gap (BTG) and Denver Human Services and is a student at the Community College of Denver, where she is pursuing a Degree in Social Work. Ms. Macklin is a recent graduate of the BTG program, which helps youth between the ages of 14-24 who were in the foster care system. Ms. Macklin was in the foster care system from age 7 until emancipating at 19, during which time she moved between three foster homes, kinship care and six juvenile centers. As part of BTG, Ms. Macklin has travelled to Washington, DC to speak at the National Youth Permanency Conference and to Keystone, CO to speak at the National Association of Council for Children Conference. She has also participated in passing several pieces of legislation for youth in foster care as a lobbyist/educator and by providing testimony before the Colorado Legislature. Ms. Macklin is a current member of Breakthrough Series Collaborative project, where she promotes collaboration among the various stakeholders in the child welfare system. Outside of her advocacy work and school, Ms. Macklin enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to church and relaxing.
Mary Overington is one of the 4 founding members of CTKD. She is a Senior Social Worker and works as an Adoption Liaison at Denver Human Services where she demonstrates her passion for children in foster care who need and deserve to be with a family. Ms. Overington has served children and families in her thirty-year human service career through the use of her therapeutic and educational skills. Ms. Overington graduated from University of Denver with a Masters in Social Work; Fordham University with a Masters in Religion and Religious Education. She received her BS in Elementary Education from St. Bonaventure University. Ms. Overington loves concerts, attending theatrical performances, playing with multi-media, spending time with her girls Amy and Michelle and her beloved dog.
Rev. Dr. James Ryan has served as the Council Executive for the Colorado Council of Churches since February 1, 2000. Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Dr. Ryan was an active layperson while working as a systems analyst with an international corporation before deciding to enter the ministry. He served as Senior Minister of First Christian Church located in Des Moines, Iowa and then as Executive Director of the Ecumenical Ministries of Iowa before moving to Colorado. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky and his Doctor of Ministry from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri. In the Denver community, Jim was a founding Board member of Housing Justice! and served as the founding President of the Board of Eco-Justice Ministries. He has also served on the Board of Samaritan Counseling Center, Great Education Colorado, Colorado Interfaith Voices for Justice and is the founder of Colorado Interfaith Roundtable. Jim has had several publications, the most recent being Doing Justice in a Purple Congregation. Dr. Ryan’s wife, Kristin Ryan, MSW, is an elementary school principal in Littleton, CO. They have adult children and grandchildren living with their families in Iowa and Colorado. His relaxation interests include travel and golf.
Carol Winiger works for General Growth Properties as a Strategic Partnerships Representative for a multi-state region based out of Park Meadows. Previously, Ms. Winiger worked in a variety of marketing and business development positions in the shopping center industry and has served on International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) boards and committees, as well as local boards and advisory groups. For several years she handled educational outreach and broker education for the Colorado Division of Real Estate. She grew up in Colorado and received a BA from CSU and masters from CU Denver. She lives in Castle Pines with husband, Greg, their son, Evan, and dog Yahtzee.
Bill Winn retired in 2004 as Founding Partner of Winn-Marion Barber, LLP a sales and distribution company with offices throughout the Rocky Mountains. Mr. Winn was a 20 year member of the Contemporary Realist Group at the Denver Art Museum, sponsoring acquisition of paintings for the Museum from currently living regional artists, and serves on the Coors Western Art Advisory committee of the National Western Stock Show. He served on committee to draft The University of Denver Long Range Campus Use Plan published in 2002. Mr. Winn is the Founding President of Friends of the Haven, a 501 c 3 Colorado Non-Profit and has led Friends of the Haven in a successful $3.7 million dollar capital campaign to build a new 9,000 square foot Therapeutic Early Childhood Education Center for drug exposed babies. He was awarded the National Philanthropy Day “Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser” award in 2012 for his work at the Baby Haven.