Our Leadership

LeAnn Hait
President

Favorite Quotes:

You must be the change you want to see in the world. 

-Ghandi

 

Volunesia: The moment when you forget you’re volunteering to help change lives, because it’s changing yours!


 

I have so many favorite quotes, it’s hard to pick one.  So I picked a quote and a definition.  They both speak  so well to the power of PROJECT OUR TOWN. 

 

Why I Love PROJECT OUR TOWN:

I love PROJECT OUR TOWN because we make it easy for those that want to volunteer to connect with those that need help. 

Volunteering is magical.  The energy created when someone does something to help another -  not because they are getting paid, not because they are told to, but because they want to make life a little better for someone else – that energy infuses not only the recipient but the giver to change them both for the better. 

 

A Little About Me:

I lived in Europe when I was in middle school.  Being a part of a different culture, taught me that not everyone things the way I do, does things the way I do, or believes in what I believe.  It gave me fresh eyes to see things from a different  perspective. 

Amy Becker
Co-Founder 

Favorite Quote:

Volunesia: The moment when you forget you’re volunteering to help change lives, because it’s changing yours!

 

A Little About Me:

I grew up in Denver and from my early years as a teenager I was always involved in community service activities. 

As the Co-Founder of PROJECT OUR TOWN, I have tremendous pride in watching groups of people connect to one another and accomplish something incredible for those who are in need of help. I find tremendous satisfaction in knowing that the work I am involved with, does something to make a difference for individuals and for our community. Every act of kindness MATTERS…big or small!

 

I am committed to helping not only those in need, but also ensuring the volunteers have a meaningful experience. Helping people to build relationships with other volunteers makes every project so much sweeter.

 

​I am very fortunate to have a wonderful and supportive husband of 20 years, Jeff, who always volunteers by my side. We have twin teenagers, Corey and Chelsea, who also are committed to social action activities and youth programming in the community.

Abby Goldsmith
Vice President

Favorite Quote:

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you discover the reason why. 

-Mark Twain

I love PROJECT OUR TOWN because:

PROJECT OUR TOWN has something for everyone! I didn’t grow up in a family that did volunteer work so the task of finding something to connect to always felt overwhelming. At PROJECT OUR TOWN it doesn’t matter how much time or experience you have... you are always welcome!

A Little About Me:

I am a proud Colorado native who wouldn’t want to live anywhere else! I have a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. I began working at my family’s business, Bullock Mortuary, a few years after graduating. I consider this profession the greatest gift I could have. Each family I sat with to make final arrangements with taught me so much about life and compassion. It was an honor to help them and be a small part of that sacred space. Besides contributing in my family’s business I’ve also worked as an environmental educator, a project manager for a non-profit, a preschool teacher and a graphic designer.

 

I’m fortunate that I married my incredible husband, R.D. Sewald (also a Colorado native), 25 years ago. We have three fantastic sons; Ethan (22), Mason (20) and Truman (16). I also have 3 naughty, but loving, dogs and one 20 year old geriatric cat.

Fun Fact:

I grew up with a squirrel that my animal-loving mom rescued as a baby.

Bob Schenkenberger

Board Member

Favorite Quote:

Actually a saying or mantra... "An apple a day!" A great reminder that the little things, done consistently, are the key to success in any endeavor.

 

Why I love PROJECT OUR TOWN:

The mission of empowering people to help others speaks to me. Project Our Town fills a void that has existed between worthy organizations needing help, and the general public not knowing how to make an impact. Being leaders in making the community a better place to live is powerful, and I love being a part of it.

 

A Little About Me:

I'm a Colorado native and proud graduate of Colorado State University, with a mathematics degree. I've owned numerous businesses over the past 30 years, and enjoy implementing new technology, business/product innovation and system building. I'd usually rather be golfing, or fly fishing.

 

Fun Fact:

I never set an alarm.

Cindy Abramson
Co-Founder & President Elect

Favorite Quote:

 If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing it is stupid.

-Albert Einstein

 

...If it were my quote, I would add: “And the world would miss out on all the unique gifts the fish has to offer."

 

What I Love About PROJECT OUR TOWN:

I love the people that make up PROJECT OUR TOWN; the leadership, the participants, and the people who work at the agencies we serve. I have met so many people that I would never have had an opportunity to know. I have been inspired by them, learned from them, worked alongside them, and feel my life has been enriched in new and unique ways.  

 

The other thing I love about PROJECT OUR TOWN is our commitment to helping organizations and people who typically don’t get as much support, have as many resources, and/or are less well-known. 

A Little About Me:

Being a Co-Founder of PROJECT OUR TOWN has definitively been the highlight of my professional life. It has also had a significant impact on me personally. I don’t think I have ever worked so hard or learned so much (other than parenting), and the culmination has been life-changing and continues to leave me wanting more.

 

Most of my professional career has been in communications and marketing. I have also co-written and published two books (one is a national book award winner). Like PROJECT OUR TOWN, both books were labors of love.

 

I have two truly extraordinary adult children, and my almost perfect husband Rob and I have seven grandchildren between us! It is a gaggle of 4th and 5th generation Denver natives. If you are from Denver, odds are you are related to one of us!

Fun Fact:

I am a retired swimsuit model and an elite athlete. Not really, but wouldn't that be a fun fact?

Janet Johnstone
Secretary

Favorite Quote:

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. 

-Dalai Lama

 

Why I love Project Our Town: 

I have always felt the need to give to others through acts of kindness and service. Bringing joy to others is infinitely gratifying to me. Win-win. 

 

A Little About Me:

I am a technical writer, proofreader and editor by trade. I have written procedure and policy manuals in IT departments for varied industries, including banking, transportation and telecommunications. I also have an elementary school teaching credential, and have either volunteered in or worked for schools for decades. I began volunteering in high school at the local Head Start program. I have also volunteered at libraries, women’s shelters, religious institutions and food pantries.

 

I get a lot of joy from nurturing through cooking and gardening.  I love animals and spending time with my family and friends.

My husband and two daughters are amazing; I am so fortunate!

Fun Fact:

I love puns and punning!  My high school honors teacher said punning shows high intellect and an excellent command of language. Justification!

Kristie Russell
Board Member

Favorite Quote:  

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal”. 

-Albert Pike

 

Why I love PROJECT OUR TOWN:

Giving back to the community has always been important to me. As my kids were growing up, it was not always easy to find a project we could do together or they could do on their own or with their sports teams. POT is that “easy” button - they connect people and non-profits in a meaningful way. There is something for everyone.  

 

A Little About Me:

I am the daughter of a career Navy officer and have lived around the world. I attended the University of Southern California on a Navy ROTC scholarship and graduated with a degree in International Relations. Upon commissioning as an Ensign in 1991, I moved to Washington, DC.  During my stint in the Navy, I served as the first female Honor Guard officer and then moved into Public Relations at the Pentagon. I loved working with various agencies to help promote positive relationships between Navy service members and their communities.

 

I moved to Denver in 1996 and worked as a recruiter in the telecommunications industry for 4 years until I gave it all up to stay home with my children. My new focus was to find ways for them to volunteer together, with their sports teams, and as individuals, finding their own passions and giving back to their community.

 

I am married to Richard Russell and have three beautiful daughters and two goofy labs.  

 

Fun Fact:

I love fly fishing and have caught an 18” brown trout in MT. Best day ever!

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PROJECT OUR TOWN is a 501(c)(3) US tax exempt organization founded in 2019 and based in Denver, CO.

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