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November 28, 2017

Board of Directors

cityWILD is honored to have such a dedicated and engaged Board of Directors.  One hundred percent of cityWILD board members contribute financially to the organization on an annual basis.  The full board meets monthly with committee meetings scheduled in between as needed.  If you are interested in learning more about our board or open board positions, please read our recruitment flier here and email our executive director, Jes Ward, at

Jaclyn King — Chair
HealthTeamWorks–Quality Improvement Coach
Jaclyn moved to Colorado in 2009 to complete her Masters of Social Work degree.  She began her career directly partnering with young people in non-profit settings, Denver public schools, the Department of Corrections and the Peace Corps.  Working to incorporate experiential education, outdoor leadership skills, yoga and positive youth development (PYD) into her daily work as an education specialist and wilderness guide.  She is passionate about engaging youth and young adults in their schools, community, family and society.  After completing her MSW, Jaclyn transitioned to working at the policy and community level in state government and non-profits to meaningfully integrating PYD at the systems level.  She serves on the leadership team for Colorado 9 to 25, a collective, action oriented group of youth and adults working in partnership so that youth ages 9 to 25 can reach their full potential.  In addition to her passion for youth development, Jaclyn spends her spare time enjoying beautiful Colorado in the outdoors with her husband and two dogs.
Resident: Denver, CO – Denver County  Term End: August, 2017

Jay Irwin- Vice Chair
CEO, CBST Adventures
Jay Irwin is an intrepid soul who is determined to inspire through adventure.   During a 23-year rewarding career in the computer software industry, Jay had the opportunity to lead and inspire companies to enhance their productivity and success through innovative software solutions.  He created entrepreneurial initiatives within some of the largest software companies in the world.  After a year-long sabbatical, Jay has successfully rounded the corner on combining his love of adventure with his desire to make a positive difference in other people’s lives.  He teaches audiences, from inner-city youth to executives, how to bring the gifts learned from wilderness experiences into daily life to create powerful and long-lasting change. Jay is an avalanche survivor, Ironman finisher, avid skier and backpacker, and a foolhardy mountain biker, but his underlying passion is being a dedicated father.
Resident: Louisville, CO – Boulder County  Term End: October 2019


Jay Cordes — Secretary
Director of Development, Colorado Mountain Club
Jay has been working in the nonprofit arena for 8 years. Starting his career developing after-school and enrichment programs for nonprofit organizations and cities in the Washington DC Metro area, he moved to Denver 4 years ago to pursue his Masters in Nonprofit Management at Regis University and is now applying his expertise as part of the Development Staff at Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, CO.  A steadfast supporter of conservation and ensuring that the great outdoors is open and available for future generations to come. Jay has a passion for experiential learning and enjoys getting outside and recharging his batteries in nature, usually with his wife and trusty canine sidekick Leroy.
Resident: Denver, CO – Denver County  Term Ends: June 2018

Charissa Murphy — Secretary

Voradel M. Carey, MNM
Project Coordinator, The Center for African American Health
Voradel has been a nonprofit volunteer and an outdoors woman for longer than she can remember.  A native San Diegan, she has resided in Colorado since 1983.  She is blessed that growing up in southern California, she was able to learn and enjoy camping, skiing, horseback riding, sailing, and hiking to name a few. She proudly admits she no longer climbs Colorado’s fourteeners because, as she states, she is “not a mountain goat.”  Committed to Denver, she is a community volunteer for many organizations and was appointed to the Mayor’s Denver African American Commission and the Mayor’s Impact Committee. Voradel also serves on the board of trustees for Warren Village and the Diversity and Inclusivity Committee for Colorado’s United States Tennis Association.  She is passionate about ensuring that youth of color are able to experience the outdoors and come to love it as she has. She believes that cityWILD is an asset to the community because it provides the encouragement, guidance, and most importantly the education and leadership development needed to support Denver youth.
Resident: Denver, CO – Denver County  Term End: July 2018

SJ Casillas
AmeriCorps, Up2Us Coach
As the first alumni to join cityWILD’s board, Sanjuana began attending cityWILD in 2006 as a sixth grade student.  She has lived in Denver’s Cole neighborhood since 2003 and attended school both Wyatt Edison Elementary School and at Manual High school.  Currently, Sanjuana is studying Anthropology and Photography at the University of Colorado in Denver. With a passion for art, Sanjuana has been actively involved in a variety of programs surrounding the Denver art scene, and she works part time at the Museum of Contemporary Art.  With the support of cityWILD, Sanjuana has had the opportunity to travel and volunteer abroad in thirteen different countries. Sanjuana believes that cityWILD helped provide the courage and experience that was necessary as a middle school student, and sees how these essential values will continue to shape students for present and future experiences.
Resident: Denver, CO – Denver County  Term End: August 2018

David Mancinelli
Teacher, Teach for Ameraica
David returns to cityWILD as a Board Member after being involved in a variety of capacities in the past including: interning while obtaining his Master of Social Work degree at the University of Denver in 2012; raft guiding from 2012-2014; and teaching workforce development in 2012.  He has a strong background in working in therapeutic and back country settings, which include drug/alcohol rehabilitation, mental health, youth, time at cityWILD, and later as a Senior Field Guide at Open Sky Wilderness Therapy in Durango, CO.  While at Open Sky, David logged over 250 professional days of guiding youth and conducting therapy in the backcountry of southwest Colorado and southeast Utah.   David believes strongly in the transformative nature of the outdoors.  His passions lie in teaching, and providing supportive, yet challenging environments to empower youth with skills and resources to experience new opportunities and learn about themselves by overcoming obstacles.  David currently is a District Executive for the Boy Scouts of America with the Denver Area Council.  In his spare time, he enjoys participating in his community, traveling, camping, as well as training for and competing in long distance triathlons including half and full Ironman distances.
Resident: Denver, CO- Denver County  Term Ends: August, 2017

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