Mile High Women's Outreach Center is a registered 501(c)3, non-profit Colorado agency
Your donations are tax-deductible
Mile High Women’s Outreach Center offers restorative services to victims of sexual exploitation (sex-trafficking, commercial porn, etc) and trauma. The Members of the board of directors are trustees who act on behalf of Mile High Women’s Outreach Center’s constituents, including service recipients, funders, members, the government and taxpayers. The basic responsibilities of the board of directors include, but are not limited to:
- Determining the organization’s mission and purpose
- Supporting and evaluating the chief executive with the goals of the organization in mind
- Ensuring effective organizational planning
- Determining which of the organization’s programs are consistent with its mission and monitoring the effectiveness of these programs
- Securing adequate financial resources for the organization to fulfill its mission
- Assisting in the development of the organization’s annual budget and ensuring that proper financial controls are in place
- Defining prerequisites for potential new board members, orienting these new members, and periodically evaluating performance
- Adhering to legal and ethical standards and norms
- Clearly defining and articulating the organization’s mission, accomplishments and goals to gain support from the community and enhancing the organization’s public image
- Overall, board members have a duty of loyalty to the organization, its staff and other board members. While differences of opinion will likely arise, board members should keep disagreements impersonal. By practicing discretion and accepting decisions made on a majority basis, the board can accomplish unity and confidence in its decisions.
The board of directors should be open to self evaluation and regularly review their own composition, if any, to ensure constituent representation, board expertise and commitment. Boards also are responsible for evaluating and determining compensation for the Chairman of the Board. Board members perform their responsibilities through regular meetings and a committee structure that is appropriate for the size of the board and organization. Board members are responsible for arriving at meetings well-prepared and ready to engage in thoughtful dialogue.
Individual Board Members’ Responsibilities
Individual members of the board are required to:
- Attend all (90%) board and committee meetings and functions, such as special events
- Stay informed about the organization’s mission, services, policies and programs
- Review agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings
- Serve on committees or task forces and offer to take on special assignments
- Make a personal financial contribution to the organization
- Inform others about the organization
- Suggest possible nominees to the board who can make significant contributions to the work of the board and the organization
- Keep up-to-date on developments in the organization’s field
- Follow conflict of interest and confidentiality policies
- Refrain from making special requests of the staff
- Assist the board in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities, such as reviewing the organization’s annual financial statements
Wendy White, CEO/Vice Chair
Wendy White is Founder, Chief Executive Officer at Mile High Women’s Outreach Center. As Founder and CEO, Wendy White has created the first agency of its kind in the Denver Metro Area and is considered to be a modern day abolitionist. Wendy White is a wife, mother and sole provider of Hope-4-Youth group home since 1995. She currently manages a group of 5-8 at-risk boys, ranging in age from 13-18 years old. She provides 24-hour care and manages all the therapeutic needs of each individual child. When Wendy realized the epidemic of sex trafficking and sexual abuse in our community, she knew she needed to do something to make a difference in the lives of the victims, thus Mile High Women’s Outreach Center was founded in 2013.
Wendy’s strategic vision for Mile High Women’s Outreach Center focuses on four fundamental pillars: Healing; Training; Safe Housing and Giving Back. These are coupled in providing a quality mental health care platform to victims of sex trafficking, sexual abuse and care to the community at large; raising awareness of the epidemic issue of sex trafficking in Colorado by offering awareness trainings to the community, law enforcement professionals, the medical community and educators in hopes to save more victims of sex trafficking; opening the first of many ‘Healing Homes’ in the Denver Metro area that will address the specific issues that surround sex trafficking and sexual abuse for girls and boys between the ages of 12-18 AND eventually open a thrift store where 100% of the proceeds will benefit the center and also train individuals basic life skills. Mrs. White is leader through its creative content offerings across new and multiple platforms. Wendy White is a graduate of the school of hard knocks, LIFE.
David Casiano, Executive Chair
David Casiano is excited to join the board of the Mile High Women’s Outreach Center whose purpose is to heal, educate and empower those who have been sexually assaulted and in sex-trafficking. He has been a resident of the Town of Parker for 26 years. He began his involvement within the Town circa 1990, serving on various commissions and task forces. He was elected to the Parker Town Council in November of 2002 and Mayor in November of 2004, re-elected in 2008.
Former-Mayor Casiano,one of his proudest achievements was coordinating and implementing the arrival of 22 Iraqi high school students to Parker in 2007. These young people learned to understand America and local American teens and their parents who hosted them learned to understand Iraqi people and their issues. In 2009 he coordinated the arrival of an additional 10 Iraqi high school students. To this day, 32 Iraqi students address him as ‘Dad’ and write him every week. His other proud accomplishments include the Parker Field House, The Parker Police Department’s new facility, and the Parker Arts Cultural Events Center (PACE), as well as the East Main Street redesign, and Hess Road expansion to name a few.
Mayor Casiano served as Chairman on the E-470 Board of Directors, the Denver/Baghdad Partnership through the Denver Regional Council of Governments, chaired the Partnership of Douglas County Governments, the Cherry Creek Water Board Authority, currently serves on the Metro-Mayors Caucus, and served as an ex-officio member of the Parker Task Force. He taught at Lutheran High School of Parker, conducted classes on the Constitution and Government throughout Douglas County schools, continues to be a great supporter of the Girl and Boy Scouts of America, Demolay International, founder of Youth for Parker, and an ally to youth programs and youth endeavors throughout the Denver Metro area.
He has over 20 years experience within the private sector and incorporated those business techniques to help make Parker the town it is today. He saved the Parker taxpayers over 2.5 million dollars, helped businesses to establish and grow in Parker, continues to be the advocate for small business enterprises, and believes that the government that governs least, governs best.
Mayor Casiano was voted “Best Elected Official” by Search Parker Magazine for 2006, 2007, and 2008. In addition, he was voted “Best Elected Official” for 2008-10 by Douglas Living Magazine.
Frank Shankwitz, Advisor
Frank Shankwitz is best known as the creator and a founder of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an extraordinary charity that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. From humble beginnings, the Make-A-Wish Foundation is now a global organization that grants a child's wish somewhere in the world on a average of every 28 minutes. Frank is a U.S. Air Force Veteran and has a long and distinguished career in law enforcement. He began as a Arizona Highway Patrol Motorcycle Officer, and retired as a Homicide Detective with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, with 41 years of service.
Frank has been featured in numerous publications and television shows, and received several awards, including the White House Call To Service Award from President George W. Bush. In 2015 Frank joined six U.S. Presidents, as well as Nobel Prize winners and industry leaders as a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. In December, 2015, Frank was presented with an Honorary Doctorate Degree, Doctor of Public Service, from The Ohio State University.
Frank's life story will soon be featured in the upcoming Universal Studio's motion picture, "An American Hero". Further information is available on Frank's website - wishman1.com.
Brooke Zerbato, Secretary
Brooke Zerbato is a Colorado native and happily married with two children. She has had a passion for helping others, loves music, cooking and making people laugh.
As the granddaughter of a pastor to a small non-denominational church, she and her family have been involved in many aspects their church since she was young. She is thankful for her upbringing and that it taught her the importance of putting others first, being a light of hope and giving back.
Brooke has many years experience working in customer service and as a administrative assistant. She was introduced to Mile High Women’s Outreach Center when she was hired on as a personal assistant to Wendy White, after learning about the mission of the organization and seeing the passion Wendy had to bring hope to those have been sex trafficked and sexually abused, she realized that she wanted to be a part and join as a board member. Brooke is grateful for this experience to serve as board member, but more importantly to be a part of making Mile Women’s Outreach Center successful in changing lives for the better.
Dale Long, PC, Treasurer
Dale M. Long, P. C. CPA’s has been providing, for over 30 years, quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Dale M. Long, P. C. CPA’s expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as audits, financial statements, and financial planning. Dale M. Long, P. C. CPA’s is one of the leading firms in and throughout the Denver Metropolitan area. By combining our expertise, experience and the team mentality of our staff, we assure that every client receives the close analysis and attention they deserve. Our dedication to high standards, hiring of seasoned tax professionals, and work ethic is the reason our client base returns year after year.
Diana Burdette-Lincoln, Marketing/Fundraiser Chair
Diana Burdette-Lincoln is a Colorado native has been a Hotelier for her entire career and specializes in creative concepts and detailed Event Planning. Her most successful events have been fundraising for The Children’s Hospital Burn Camps Program and her annual fundraising efforts have contributed tens of thousands of dollars annually to enable burn survivor children to attend the National Burn Camps hosted in our backyard Rocky Mountains to allow these child survivors to experience what we, in Colorado, take for granted, the “Camping experiences”! These children experience rappelling, rafting, mountain biking and build their friendships along with their self-esteem by attending the Burn Camps Program!
Diana also worked with DRCOG with the City of Parker by hosting the Iraqi Delegates and coordinated an event with the Mayor of Parker, Colorado, Mayor David Casiano in the Lobby of one of the most advanced Hospitals in the area, Parker Adventist Hospital to enable these delegates to see a First-Class Hospital in the United States and it’s Engineered, top-notch facility for Medical Care so these Iraqi delegates could go back to Iraq and utilize their learning to build better Medical Care facilities in their home Country.
Deb Deaton, Media/Marketing Chair
Deb Deaton grew up in a small town in southern Colorado and loves being a native. She earned her BA in both Computer Science and Business at Regis University in Colorado and had enjoyed a 20 year career working in the corporate world with Fortune 100 companies and State and Local Government. At Microsoft, she worked directly with Bill Gates and introduced sales and marketing systems to senior management and over 25,000 employees that are still in use today. She took her knowledge and training and started her own consulting business in 2010, offering coaching in sales, business, and life. Deb speaks on overcoming adversity personally and professionally. Having been through severe life situations herself, from domestic violence and sexual assault, Deb teaches people to unlock their inner victor regardless of the invisible prison walls we sometimes find ourselves in.
Deb is a wife and loving mother of two wonderful grown boys and three grandchildren. She became very involved with horse rescue, realizing the emotional benefits horses offer to emotional and physical trauma of children and adults. She has taken that further offering life coaching and public speaking to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse to know that there is a way out of that lifestyle and how to achieve what you want in life. Her first book, “Prison Without Bars, Forgiveness Holds the Key”, is a story of her life and how to overcome those challenges in life. Deb was recognized on Amazon as a #1 Best Selling International Author.
Deette Kozlow, Board Member
Licensed in the State of Colorado in Property & Casualty, as well as Life & Annuities. 35 years experience coaching women's gymnastics from levels compulsory-elite, as well as two years coaching NCAA Division 1 Women's Gymnastics at Utah State University. Experienced choreographer (dkchoreography.com) training and designing routines for gymnasts levels 7-Elite, and National fitness competitors, as well as choreographing routines for over 15 NCAA Division 1 teams. Current business owner of Rip Repair, a hand salve formulated for the worlds hardest working athletes. Over 7 years experience in fundraising and event planning through the Douglas County Educational Foundation as well as through USA Gymnastics. CrossFit Level 1 Certified. 9 year member of the National Association of Women's Judges. 30 year member of USA Gymnastics.
Danni Jenkins, Board Member
Danni Jenkins grew up in the Denver Metro area and loves everything that Colorado has to offer. She earned her BA in Sociology at the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota and is currently working on obtaining her master degree as well. Danni has worked with foster families and children of all ages who have experienced trauma, abuse, and neglect through a local Child Placement Agency. Her passion is in helping children and young adults process their abusive pasts and begin to heal so that they may be productive members of their communities. Danni also spends time empowering and educating young girls as a youth volleyball coach at a local club.