Kawana Gaylor is the Case Manager for the Shore House. 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 email@example.com or call (719) 578-1629.
Sarah Stacy is the Family Services Case Manager 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (719) 578-1629.
Josh Murphy is our Community Coordinator, with Ithaka since May 2021. Josh moved to Colorado in 2014 and has lived on 3 continents in 6 different countries over the course of his life, including Costa Rica, Curacao, Venezuela, Haiti, and Okinawa. His career prior to Ithaka has included non-profit management, sports administration, insurance sales, software development, and other roles that let him focus on helping others and exceeding expectations. He is so grateful for the opportunity to help people in their endeavors to overcome the challenges of living here in Colorado Springs. He and his wife enjoy parenting their 4 year old foster-adopted son and their 5 year old sheepadoodle dog. Whenever he gets a chance, Josh very much enjoys hiking, biking, traveling, meeting new people, visiting the zoo, and playing ultimate frisbee. If you would like to contact Josh, you can email him at email@example.com or call (719) 578-1629.
Jonathan Royal is our Program Manager, with the organization since January 2021. Born and raised in Colorado Springs, Jonathan earned an undergraduate degree in communication and master’s degree in theology from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA. He has worked his whole career in the non-profit sector, developing holistic programs and community partnerships to alleviate the effects of poverty. Prior to coming to Ithaka, Jonathan worked at El Pomar Foundation as a Fellow and then as the Assistant Grants Manager. Jonathan is passionate about building trust and supporting under-resourced communities in Colorado. In his free time, he enjoys soccer, being in the mountains and spending time with his family. If you would like to contact Jonathan, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (719) 578-1629.
Dan Olson is our Maintenance Manager, with Ithaka since May 2021. Dan brings 20+ years of experience in the maintenance industry. A native of Colorado Springs, he is looking forward to working with Ithaka and becoming part of the team. In his spare time he loves spending time with his family and coaching his son’s baseball team. If you would like to contact Dan, you can email him at email@example.com or call (719) 578-1629.
Interim Executive Director
T. Scott Smith, M.A. is our Interim Executive Director. He is a management and organizational development consultant with over 45 years of professional experience working with local, national, and international nonprofits and governments. Scott is Managing Partner of Stonehill Consulting Group, LLC. Scott is a recognized expert in Executive Director/CEO transitions. Since 1996 he has provided emergency and transition management services to nonprofit organizations. He has served as the interim executive director or project supervisor to Interim Executive Director projects in 32 nonprofits. He has conducted over 60 successful nonprofit executive director or senior executive searches. For 10 years Scott was a member of the faculty at Regis University’s Master of Nonprofit Management graduate program. If you would like to contact Scott, you can email him at Scott@StonehillMail.com or call (303) 246-3594.
Alisa Rizo is the Bilingual Case Manager with Ithaka since September 2021. She received an undergraduate degree in Spanish with a minor in Biology from Colorado State University - Pueblo. She served in the Peace Corps as a Youth in Development volunteer in the Dominican Republic. After that she worked as an Education Advisor with the Migrant Education Program assisting families that work in agriculture. Her experience and passion for empowering the latinx community has led her to her current role at Ithaka. As a granddaughter of immigrants, her guiding vision is to use her privilege to amplify marginalized voices to see the fruition of a more equitable society. She is committed to elevating access so that marginalized communities can achieve prosperous and viable lives. She is passionate about fighting against systemic injustice, by advocating for historically underprivileged communities and empowering others to break the long lasting cycle of inequality. If you would like to contact Alisa, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (719) 578-1629.