• Patty Ayon

    Training Specialist

    Patricia Ayon joined the SDC in December of 2013 and brings with her over 14 years of experience in both State and County government.  Patty started her Human Services career at Adams County Department of Social Services and has worked in several departments and program areas facilitating opportunities to broaden her knowledge in assistance programs […]

  • Tammy Foster

    Training Partner - OIT

    Tammy currently works for OIT as a Training Specialist.  She started her career in Human Services an eligibility worker for all programs at El Paso and Teller counties then joined the CBMS project as a trainer in 2000. Tammy worked with EDS for a year on the data conversion team, converting the data from the legacy system […]

  • Amber Gutierrez

    Training Specialist
    Amber Gutierrez

    Amber’s career with Human Services began in September 2004 with Adams County.  She started as a TANF Assessment Specialist and over her ten year career with Adams County, she was promoted to lead worker and later to supervisor.  Most recently Amber worked in Douglas County as a supervisor for all programs.  Amber is passionate about […]

  • Jacqueline Harris

    Training Specialist
    Jacqueline Harris

    Jackie Harris joined the Staff Development Center in February 2017. She has over 10 years of experience in training and facilitating in both the public and private sector. She brings her eligibility technician skills from City & County of Denver.  Through her passion for human services, she was the co-founder and Executive Director of a […]

  • Conni Jensen

    Training Specialist

    Conni began her career in the Human Services field in El Paso County in 2007. She was a supervisor in the Aging and Adult Services Division where the team processed intake applications and re-determinations for all of the adult programs in addition to SNAP. After 10 years in the County she had the opportunity to join the Colorado Department […]

  • Michelle Martinez

    CDHS SDC Manager

    Michelle is the Supervisor for the Health Care and Economic Security Staff Development Center, CDHS staff. She has worked in the county eligibility setting since 2002. During her time in Human Services, she has worked as an Eligibility worker, Employment First Case Manager, Investigator and spent the last eight years in Adams County as a Supervisor […]

  • Michael Martinez

    Learning Management System Administrator

    Prior to joining the Staff Development Center (SDC), Michael worked for the OIT helpdesk troubleshooting technical and application related areas. Michael has a B.A. in both Psychology and Economics from Colorado State University. During this time, he served as research assistant in both Psychological and Economic labs specifically, researching emotional relationships, cognitive latency, and localized […]

  • Rebecca Ornelas

    Training Specialist

    Rebecca has a passion to help people succeed. She began her career working as a Legal Secretary for The US Attorney’s Office. She continued to move throughout other branches within the judicial system, but always felt something was missing. In 2006 she was offered a job with Human Services in Jefferson County and since then […]

  • Denise Romero-Freyta

    Program Assistant

    Denise has more than 15 years of combined experience in recruiting, technical support, project management and as an administrative assistant in the Telecom, Technology, and Finance industries. Denise’s most memorable position was working as a program manager for a company that donated voicemail services to people in crisis or transition, which enabled potential employers or […]

  • Sonia Sandoval

    HCPF SDC Manager

    Sonia is the Eligibility Training Manager for Health Care Policy and Financing and is a manager for the Health Care and Economic Security Staff Development Center.  She has many years of experience with managing teams supporting the CBMS application.  Prior to her current position, she managed the OIT/CDHS Service Desk team.  Sonia also managed the […]

  • Tiffany Spottke

    Training Specialist

    Tiffany joined the SDC in September 2016. She began her career in Human Services in 2004 and has held positions at both the State and County levels. Most recently she was a SNAP Compliance Specialist where she conducted Management Evaluations, maintained Quality Assurance data for all counties, and provided assistance in implementing changes and procedures […]

  • Keenan Wezensky


    Keenan joined the Staff Development Center in August of 2017 and brings his experience as an instructional and graphic designer to the SDC team. His background in graphic design helps him create unique user experiences with engaging content. Keenan enjoys creating illustrations, websites, icons, and other graphics. In his free time, he enjoys riding motorcycles, […]

  • Rafael Zapata

    Training Specialist
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    Rafael came to the Staff Development Center in September of 2015. His passion for helping those in need is what sparked his career within the Human Services industry. In 2008, Rafael began working in a county eligibility setting and over the course of seven years worked as a customer service representative, eligibility specialist, outreach worker, […]