Kawana Gaylor is the Transitional Specialist for both the Shore and Bijou homes. Kawana has been with the organization since July 2019. Kawana has worked at Aspen Pointe and Springs Rescue Mission with adults experiencing mental illness, and substance use, individuals within the judicial system, and homelessness. She studied Psychology at Ashford University and obtained her CAC in 2016. If you would like to contact Kawana, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (719) 578-1629.
Sarah Stacy is the Family Services Transitional Specialist for Ithaka and has been with the organization since May 2018. After several careers in the public sector, Sarah chose to apply her talents and skills to participate in the solution for homelessness in Colorado Springs. It is the mission of Ithaka that connects her to her work here – believing that everyone deserves a home and working to see the most vulnerable in our community housed. She developed homeless services based on the idea that the broad solution to homelessness is relationship and connection at Springs Rescue Mission, has spoken at national conferences helping other cities to develop relation-based services and is now applying that knowledge and model to housing services at Ithaka. Sarah’s next goal is to be chosen to give a TEDx talk sharing ways to turn relationships into the confidence required to recover from chronic homelessness. If you would like to contact Sarah, you can email her at email@example.com or call (719) 578-1629.
Amanda McDermith is the Operations Manager for Ithaka and has been with the organization since February 2019. Amanda has a passion for providing professional and compassionate service to those who are in difficult and stressful situations in the Colorado Springs community. Amanda obtained her Bachelor of Social Work from Colorado State University-Pueblo and has worked with several nonprofits in the city over the last 12 years, including the YMCA, TESSA, Pikes Peak United Way, and was eventually drawn to Ithaka due to the organization's passion for serving those with the highest vulnerability. Amanda is a third-generation native of Colorado Springs and loves animals, hot springs, music, and reading. If you would like to contact Amanda, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (719) 578-1629.
Christopher Webber is the maintenance manager at Ithaka and has been with the organization since October 2018. Christopher coordinates and facilitates all maintenance for the properties at Ithaka, including inspections of buildings and land, renovating older facilities, and maintaining properties. Christopher has worked in the maintenance industry for the last 20 years in many different fields. He has many achievements from replacing the water mainline for the southern side of the Air Force Academy, maintaining a botanical garden in Hawaii, and maintaining hundreds of properties in the Colorado Springs area. Christopher helps Ithaka Land Trust provide a safe and comfortable place to live and a hand up to people in need and smiles while doing it. He has been trained in many skills from electrical installation, concrete, carpentry, and plumbing. His dedication to helping people while providing excellent craftsmanship is what he takes pride in most. During his off time Christopher loves to spend time in the outdoors exploring and learning about new skills he can harness to further his education. He is an avid fisherman who enjoys stream fishing in the mountains to deep sea fishing oceans around the United States. He also enjoys camping, hiking, and four wheeling in his custom jeep rock crawler.
Emily Newhouse is the Community Coordinator at Ithaka and has been with the organization since September 2019. Emily is excited to be a part of Ithaka’s mission and the impact they are making in Colorado Springs. Her three years as an educator cultivated a passion for connecting to the community and building relationships. Emily is originally from Michigan where she graduated from Calvin College, and outside of work spends as much time in nature as she can. If you would like to contact Emily, you can email her at email@example.com or call (719) 578-1629.
Tim is a new member of the Ithaka team as of January 2020. Due to some challenges in his past where a mentor helped him turn his life around in a positive way, Tim has developed a newfound passion for serving others through mentorship. Tim highly values working with both men and women who have or are experiencing challenges related to homelessness, drug and alcohol use issues, incarceration, and reintegration into society. Through his own personal growth journey, Tim has recognized a desire to aid disadvantaged or misunderstood populations of people in a nonjudgmental way. Tim is motivated to empower individuals who are seeking physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual stability.
Autumn Patton comes to us from Austin, Texas, as a third-year AmeriCorps VISTA Member. She holds a BA in Interdisciplinary art and Design and has a diverse background in non-profit management, sustainability, and trauma-informed care. The impact of trauma and mental illness on her family has informed her passion for building community as well as her dedication to uplifting those who face the highest barriers to achieving security and safe housing. For one year, Autumn will work to increase Ithaka's social media and community outreach capacity! Please feel free to email Autumn at Marketing@ithakaland.org with any marketing related concerns.
Anjuli Kapoor has served Ithaka's residents as Executive Director since October of 2017. With two Master's Degrees and a certificate as a certified mediator, Anjuli spent the first ten years of her professional life in higher education before moving into the private nonprofit sector. After three years with Fostering Hope Foundation working with youth in foster care and corrections, she moved onto Director-level positions. Anjuli's personal struggles with mental illness and childhood trauma help to inform her approach to care and leadership for our organization. She cultivates a unique staff of culture built on relationships, with kindness, compassion, and integrity leading the way. In her short tenure, Anjuli has overseen the creation and implementation of Ithaka's two programs, expanded full-time staff from two to six, increased Ithaka's revenue through outside foundation support, and built new partnerships to help combat homelessness in our community. If you would like to contact Anjui, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (719) 578-1629.
AmeriCorps VISTA- Marketing and Outreach Coordinator