Eric, Vice President of Environmental & Regulatory Affairs at Slawson Companies Inc., has been in the oil and gas industry for 21 years. Eric owned and operated his own oil and gas regulatory compliance company in Wyoming for 7 years. He has served in various leadership roles with his previous company, including being the Newfield Foundation’s Rocky Mountain representative for 5 years. Through this foundation, Eric learned about and became involved with Growing Home. He had an immediate connection and appreciation of Growing Home’s mission, dedicated staff and valuable community services. Eric and his two sons have been volunteering at Growing Home over the past three years. He continues to be passionate about local organizations and programs that support families in need and help children live healthy and successful lives.
Kay Dragon, Vice Chair
Kay is the Associate Executive Director of Finance at National Institute for Trail Advocacy, a national not-for-profit organization located in Boulder. She spent nearly 10 years of her career as an auditor and consultant, working primarily with governmental and not-for-profit entities and another 17 years working in management of not-for-profit organizations. Kay loves Growing Home because she has a passion for assisting families as they struggle with some of the issues life dishes out, and understands some of the area challenges since she and her husband raised their family in old Westminster. She also serves on the Editorial Board of the Colorado Society of CPA’s News Account. Outside of work, she recently earned a 2nd degree black belt in karate and runs occasional half marathons. She shares a home with her husband, and enjoys frequent visits with kids and grandkids.
Bev Bishop, Secretary
Bev Bishop, happily retired since 2006, is active in the community of Westminster, and lives about six blocks from Growing Home’s offices. Besides volunteering at the food pantry several days a week for the last four years, she is also a member of the City of Westminster’s Inclusivity Board, and was previously on the Parks, Recreation, and Library Board, as well as the Adams County Cultural Council. Never having had children herself, Bev feels a strong commitment to contributing to Growing Home, whose mission provides her a way of giving back to the community. During her paid working years, Bev worked in several occupations, including being a teacher, bookstore manager, secretary, and 24 years as a human resources professional.
Kathleen Drozda, Founder Emeritus/Treasurer
Kathleen is the recently retired Pastoral Nurse Coordinator at St. Anthony North Hospital, and holds her RN, BSN, and MSN. She supports the mission of the hospital through services in the communities surrounding St. Anthony North; targeting those who are elderly, underserved, uninsured, disenfranchised or at-risk, and promoting wellness as a lifestyle. Kathleen has served Growing Home and the Board of Directors in a variety of ways over the years, most currently as Treasurer of the Board. Kathleen has been a Host Site Coordinator for the Interfaith Shelter Program, a committee member, active volunteer, and helped establish the Med Van Program that provides health services for Growing Home Families. When Kathleen is not working, she enjoys time with her husband Gregg and their two dogs. High on her list of favorites are reading, baking, snowshoeing, and exploring the endless beauty of Yellowstone.
Eric SundbergBoard Chair
V.P. of Environmental & Regulatory Affairs, Slawson Companies, Inc.
Kay DragonVice Chair
Associate Executive Director, Finance, National Institute for Trail Advocacy (NITA)
Kathleen DrozdaFounder Emeritus/ Treasurer
Faith Community Nurse Coordinator, St. Anthony Hospital North Health Campus (retired)
Leslie has been involved with Growing Home since 2009 when she moved to Denver from Austin, TX. She is currently the Operations Assistant at Aether Investment Partners, an investment management firm, but spent the first 10 years of her career working in public education and the nonprofit sector. Leslie previously worked as an Educational Case Manager for the First Generation Student Success Program at the Community College of Denver, helping first generation college students navigate a path to academic success and for Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Texas as the Educational Services Manager, providing college readiness programming and post-secondary scholarships to Little Brothers and Sisters in grades 6 – 12. She holds a Master of Education in Counseling (MEd) from Sam Houston State University and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Music from Texas Lutheran University. Leslie is passionate about education and believes it is the key to ending poverty for kids and families.
Tina is the Assistant Vice President of Marketing for a credit union based in California. As a Not-for-Profit, the credit union encourages employees to give their time back to the community so over the last ten years Tina has been involved with food banks, domestic violence awareness groups and donated her marketing expertise pro bono through the Taproot Foundation. She has been involved with Growing Home since moving to Colorado and joining the marketing committee in 2015 and then the board in 2017. She is passionate about helping families and children end the cycle of poverty. She has earned her BA in Sociology from Humboldt State University and BS in Marketing from Colorado State University and is currently working on her Master’s in Organizational Leadership. She is married with one son and a Lab named Lilly. In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, traveling and wine tasting.
Lynn is a consultant and, with her husband, Bryan, owns and operates WelkerPR, Inc., dba Welker & Fevold PR, providing public relations, marketing, fundraising, government affairs, business strategy and graphic design services. She has experience in both the public and private sector (energy, healthcare and social services) providing her with insight, background, and understanding in community outreach, stakeholder management, regulatory policy, governmental processes, and business operations. Lynn is relatively new to Growing Home having started by helping to wrap presents for families in need prior to Christmas in 2017. After learning that the homeless population is primarily young children, Lynn became interested in learning about ways to be more involved. She started by serving on the Sustainable Funding Committee and now serves on the Board. In her free time, Lynn’s favorite gig is being “Auntie Lynn”. She loves to spend time with her husband and family, help on her folks’ ranch, hunt, trap, fish, hike, workout, travel, snowboard, and judge pageants.
Mary Ellen Litzau
Mary Ellen Litzau is a retired Colorado native who enjoys cooking, painting, traveling and spending time with friends and family. Mary Ellen first became involved with Growing Home many years ago through the Adopt-A-Family program and the Canopy program through her church. She became more involved with Growing Home on a weekly basis following retirement in 2013 by doing office tasks, serving as an Ambassador and as a member of the Sustainability Committee. Prior to retirement, she worked in credit unions as a human resource professional and served on various committees and boards in the industry. Mary Ellen is passionate about meeting basic needs of food and shelter for families and more importantly helping others move beyond their current circumstances to a more stable environment.
Assistant Vice President, Ventura County Credit Union