Our Staff Members

One Colorado’s statewide staff works out of offices in Denver, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, and Durango to effectively advocate for the needs and priorities of LGBT Coloradans all across the state. Field offices are run by regional organizers. Meet the staff:

Dave Montez

Dave Montez

Dave Montez is the Executive Director of One Colorado and One Colorado Education Fund, overseeing the development and strategic advancement of both organizations’ vision and overall mission. Prior to joining the One Colorado team, Dave served as the acting president of GLAAD. During his tenure there – where he also served as Chief of Staff –Read more >>

Daniel Ramos

Daniel Ramos

Daniel Ramos is the Political and Organizing Director, leading One Colorado’s work to mobilize, educate, and engage the LGBT community around important issues. Before taking on this role, Daniel served as Director of Safe & Inclusive Schools, managing our safe schools program. Prior to joining One Colorado, Daniel served as an Organizer for the StonewallRead more >>

Don DeAngelis

Don DeAngelis

Don DeAngelis is the Southern Colorado Field Organizer for One Colorado, coordinating the organization’s efforts and alliances in Colorado Springs, Pueblo and the surrounding areas. Originally from Colorado Springs, Don returned to Colorado after serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in the rainforest of Panama where he organized rural community groups to improve educational and economic opportunities. Prior toRead more >>

Heidi Jeanne Hess

Heidi Jeanne Hess

Heidi Jeanne Hess is the Western Slope Field Organizer for One Colorado, coordinating the organization’s grassroots efforts, developing diverse coalitions, and bridging gaps within LGBT communities in Grand Junction and along the Western Slope. Heidi is relatively new to Colorado, having moved to the Western Slope in 2009 from North Dallas, Texas. Born and raisedRead more >>

Laura “Pinky” Reinsch

Laura “Pinky” Reinsch

Laura ‘Pinky’ Reinsch is the Communications and Online Organizing Manager for One Colorado. Prior to joining the One Colorado team in September 2014, Pinky was the Political and Organizing Director at NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, working on reproductive health, rights, and justice issues. Pinky was born and raised in Colorado Springs, got her nickname (and a bachelor’sRead more >>

Lauren Cikara

Lauren Cikara

Lauren Cikara is the Safe Schools Manager at One Colorado, working to ensure LGBTQ and allied students are safe and respected at school. Lauren has been working with and for students for over 14 years. Most recently, Lauren was an Education Program Specialist for the Responsible Sex Education Institute at Planned Parenthood of the RockyRead more >>

Leo Kattari

Leo Kattari

Leo Kattari is the Health Policy Manager at One Colorado, working to ensure LGBT Coloradans have access to safe, affordable and adequate healthcare. Before joining the team at One Colorado, Leo was the Training and Education Manager at Colorado Youth Matter. In this role, he worked to build communities of askable adults to ensure young peopleRead more >>

Leslie Channell

Leslie Channell

Leslie Channell is the Administrative and Accounting Associate for One Colorado, working with the Executive Director to ensure smooth functioning of the office, oversee the day-to-day accounts receivable and payable, and assist staff with their work towards One Colorado’s mission. Leslie has a background in non-profit arts management and after receiving her BA in MusicalRead more >>

Luke Matney

Luke Matney

Luke Matney is the Southwestern Colorado Field Organizer, working to achieve One Colorado’s goals for Durango,  Telluride, Gunnison, Alamosa, Cortez, Pagosa Springs and all the smaller surrounding communities. He builds diverse coalitions between the LGBTQ community and allied groups in the region, coordinates grassroots efforts and works with local leaders and organizations in what, in manyRead more >>

Willie Recht

Willie Recht

Willie is One Colorado’s Development Director, overseeing and implementing the fundraising strategy, event planning, and donor relations for the organization.   Most recently, Willie served as Manager of Donor Relations & Women’s Philanthropy for JEWISHColorado (formerly the Allied Jewish Federation). While there, he worked with top professional and lay leadership to grow their annual campaign to $10Read more >>