Sara Fuentes has been involved in various facets of private and public business administration for over 24 years. Ms. Fuentes ran the Denver Minority Business Development Center for the U.S. Department of Commerce, for 14 years. She served on the Board of Directors of Minority Enterprise and Educational Development until her selection as Executive Director of the organization; served on the board of the Small and Disadvantaged Business Opportunities Council (SADBOC), Partners For Colorado Small Business, member of the Denver Public Schools Business Diversity Outreach Program Council (BDOP), Past-Chair- Asian Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and past board member on the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. As part of MEED’s HOPE Scholarship Program, she has helped set up and given out over $400,000 in scholarship awards to deserving minority youth. Sara has received numerous awards for her efforts in the community.
Shenia is an accomplished professional trainer and public speaker with a strong drive to coach and influence others in a number of ways. Strongly committed to helping others in personal and professional development with more than twenty- four years of experience in human resources and leadership roles. Believes each and every one of us should be life-long learners. Thrives in atmospheres where individual thoughts and contributions are welcomed and encouraged to become collaborative forms to launching success.
Shenia has been actively involved in the community participating and volunteering with Junior Achievement, Komen Race for the Cure, making Strides Against Breast Cancer, The HOPE scholarship committee, City of Aurora volleyball coach, Aurora Girl’s Softball Association board member, Dakota valley PTCO member, Sky Vista PTO member, Sharing Tree coordinator, and a Ronald McDonald House meal provider for more than four years. Shenia is a native of Denver CO who graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1985 and earned her MBA from Regis University in 2005 and was named in Manchester’s Who’s Who 2007. Shenia also teaches part-time at Regis University and Community College of Denver when she is not spending time with her husband and three children.
Part Time Project Coordinator
"Impacting Disadvantaged Students & Minority Businesses for Success"
Yvette De La Cruz is the Community Outreach Developer in the Volunteer Engagement Department. Yvette offers a diverse background with experience in marketing, management, teaching and small business ownership. She brings extensive experience in communicating, educating and motivating diverse populations. Her strong networking skills make her a natural leader with a passion for giving back. One of her roles at 9Health Fair is to help fair sites through all the phases of planning. Her grassroots marketing strategies are helpful with the growth of participants and volunteers.
Yvette is a Denver native and has a degree from Metropolitan State University in Hospitality, Meeting and Travel Administration, with an Emphasis in Event Planning. She joins us from Emily Griffith Technical College where her functions included management instructor, career coach and marketer. She enjoys spending time with family, friends and being outdoors as much as possible.
MEED is looking for volunteers to serve in our Board and to all of our various events. Please contact our MEED office for more information.
Tony has over 17 years of experience in the banking industry here in Colorado. Tony is focused on developing “relationships” with his clients. He uses a consultative approach to determine which banking products and services are best suited for his clients needs after looking at their whole picture first.
Tony focuses on helping his clients with their depository accounts and also provides financing for their businesses through lines of credit, equipment financing, the purchase or refinance of commercial real estate, and SBA financing.
Tony enjoys gardening, landscaping and working at the farmer’s markets during the summer. He also enjoys spending “quality” time with his wife and 3 children.
Yvette De La Cruz
Krystal Than is currently the Regional HR Manager for Walmart covering Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. Krystal has over 12 years of progressive experience in HR and is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder.
She is also a current board member at the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) and Theatre Esprit Asia (TEA). She has always had a passion for non-profit work and has supported organizations like: Firefly Autism, Heritage Camps for Adopted Families, Children’s Hospital, Sox Place, and more.
Krystal is a native to Colorado, a proud wife and mother to a son.