Staff & Leadership



Melissa is the Network Lead serving the Colorado Afterschool Partnership (CAP). She is a trainer, educator, facilitator and motivator – helping individuals, groups and communities connect strengths, talents and resources for the greater good. At CAP, Melissa brings people together to enhance afterschool programming in Colorado through advancement in policy and advocacy.

Melissa’s service-directed, professional field experiences include administering a federal grant serving youth in workforce education and development; providing ADA accommodations for students and training for staff/faculty in higher education; directing group homes for adults with developmental disabilities; and playing hard, working hard as a recreational therapist at Tennyson Center for Children.

Melissa enjoys getting outside as much as possible; while running freely in the wind and smelling the pines of the trails, she generates energy and ideas for a greater impact to change the world!

Action Teams

Action Teams work to help CAP reach their goals. Current teams include:

Program Quality and Professional Development

This team reviews current local, regional, and national quality systems to provide on-ramps to understanding how to implement systems change through high-quality afterschool and out-of-school-time programs. Additionally, this team supports a variety of learning to promote, enhance and develop the growing afterschool youth service professional.

Policy and Advocacy

This team examines national, state and local policies supporting high-quality afterschool and out-of-school-time systems with the goal of providing education and expertise on how such policies may affect youth, families and youth service professionals while advocating for the advancement and support of equitable access of afterschool programs for all Colorado youth.

Communications and Constituency Building

This team reviews communications and governance related to promotion and capacity-building for CAP, including adapting marketing materials for special events like Lights on Afterschool and National Summer Learning Day.


This team seeks funding to develop and sustain the statewide network’s advocacy and standards development for high-quality afterschool and out of school time programs for all Colorado youth.