It is time for nonprofits and leaders in our community to come together to understand and implement change in our organizations and our community. Let’s start the conversation and commit to the improvements we need to advance our practices on how we impact and serve others in 2022.

Registration is free to all community members. Listen, Learn & Create Change is presented by Mountain Metro Association of REALTORS.

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training

December 6, 2022 | 6 – 8 pm

Please join us at CAE on Tuesday, December 6 as CAE offers important and FREE suicide prevention training for our community. Shawna Fritzler, certified QPR trainer from the DeAngelis Foundation, will present this 2-hour training in person at CAE.


  • How to Question, Persuade and, Refer someone who may be suicidal
  • How to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide
  • The common causes of suicidal behavior
  • The warning signs of suicide
  • How to get help for someone in crisis

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) is a gatekeeper course focused on reducing suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical, and proven suicide prevention training. This training is specifically focused on youth suicide prevention and is ideal for community leaders, parents/guardians, and youth serving personnel; however, the skills of QPR transfer to suicide prevention for all ages.

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Shawna Fritzler:

Prior to joining the Jeffco DeAngelis Center Foundation as Business Manager, Shawna has volunteered for the organization since our formation. Shawna’s professional background includes consulting on nonprofit management, grant management, communications, IT administration, human resources, commercial real estate development, and construction management.

Shawna joined in supporting the Jeffco DeAngelis Foundation due to her advocacy for school safety and the incredible work of the Jeffco Schools safety and security team. She believes that if our organization can share our expertise with others, school and community safety will be improved for everyone. “As school safety is the number one concern of families, the work of the Jeffco DeAngelis Foundation is crucial and the best work I can spend my time supporting!” Additionally, Shawna is a certified suicide prevention trainer and has trained over 3000 people.

Fall Panel: Developing Safe & Inclusive Spaces for Artists & Communities

TBD, 2022 | 5:30 – 7 pm
Panel Moderator: Louise Martorano – Executive Director, RedLine

5:30 – 6 pm: Drinks & Networking
6 – 7 pm: Panel Discussion

The Center for Arts Evergreen & RedLine Contemporary Art Center will be collaborating on how to develop safe and inclusive spaces for artists and communities. The discussion will be anchored by projects, organizations, and artists that exemplify this practice.


Louise Martorano is the Executive Director of RedLine, a non-profit contemporary art center and residency located in Denver, Colorado. RedLine’s mission is to foster education and engagement between artists and communities to create positive social change. Under her leadership, RedLine has received the Denver Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (2014 & 2015), the Greenway Foundation’s “Partner in Change” award, acknowledged by Denver Public Schools for excellence in community engagement, and has presented and organized over 100 exhibitions over the past 10 years.

Martorano holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder and M.H. from the University of Colorado, Denver with a focus in Contemporary Art History & Music. In 2017, she was awarded a Livingston Fellowship from the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation for promising nonprofit leaders who hold significant leadership roles in Colorado’s nonprofit sector. She also sits on the advisory committee for the Visiting Artist, Scholar & Design program at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, is the Board Treasurer for the Global Women’s Empowerment Fund, and is on the Board of Trustees for the Harmony Hammond Trust. Contact Louise at lmartorano[@]


Ellamaria Foley-Ray – highlight:

Tara Rynders – Project Highlight: The Clinic / First Do No Harm

Tanya Mote – Project Highlight: Drama vs. Trauma

Moe Gram – Project Highlight: Creating Space 

Past Events and Recordings:

October 5, 2022 | 5:30 - 7 pm We welcome several speakers invested in the mental well-being of our community's youth. The conversation will be moderated by Robert Franklin, Head of Diversity, Health Equity, and Inclusion for Children's Hospital Colorado. Our guest panel for the evening includes:
Katherine Reed - Manager and Art Therapist, Ponzio Creative Arts Therapy Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado
Jasmine Chu - Arts Coordinator, Ponzio Creative Arts Therapy Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado
Heather Aberg - Executive Director, Resilience 1220
Meagan Andersen - Art Therapist

April 5, 2022 | 5:30 - 7 pm | LGBTQ Allyship: Doing the Work to Be There for Others Featured Speaker: Luke Colaciello - Executive Director of Congregation Beth Evergreen ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Luke Colaciello (he/him) is the Executive Director of Congregation Beth Evergreen, a Reconstructionist synagogue situated in the foothills of Colorado. With a diverse background in the arts, science, marketing, and advocacy, Luke brings a dynamic approach to his work and to his life. Prior to this role, Luke was the Brand Manager of The Regis Company, a leadership development consulting firm, but his academic background is in the sciences. Luke earned his master’s degree in materials science from the Colorado School of Mines in 2017. During this time, he volunteered for two years as the Director of Digital Storytelling on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of Out in STEM Inc., an international non-profit serving individuals at the intersection of queer identity and the STEM professions. This work included co-facilitating LGBTQIA+ allyship (Safe Zone) trainings to faculty, staff, and students at Mines. Since joining Congregation Beth Evergreen, Luke has facilitated two Safe Zone trainings for the congregants as well as led the congregation’s first-ever Pride Shabbat. He is currently a Hineni Fellow (part of a one-year leadership program for queer Jews) and part of the adjunct teaching faculty at the Kabbalah Experience where he co-teaches courses on Tarot and astrology using a Kabbalistic lens. Luke enjoys spending time in the foothills with his dog and taking improv classes through the Evergreen Players. Watch Recording from April Panel
January 27, 2022  |  5:30 - 7 pm | Creating a Compassionate Community Moderator: Alisha Andrews - Director of Equity and Employee Experience, Denver Art Museum The first installment of Center for the Art Evergreen's "Listen, Learn, & Create Change" speaker series focused on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Moderated by Alisha Andrews - Director of Equity and Employee Experience at the Denver Art Museum. Panel guests: Adeeb Kahn - Vice President of Social Responsibility and Executive Director of the DDCO Foundation for Delta Dental; Jesse King - Founder and Chief Leverage Strategist for Fulcrum Advisors LLC; Julia Fliss, M.Ed. - Middle School Educator at Evergreen Middle School; Rabbi Benjamin (Jamie) Arnold, Congregational Rabbi at Congregation Beth Evergreen. Watch Recording from January Panel

Additional dates to come as speakers are engaged.