Resident Leader Council


Jim Hannifin

Jim is a member of the Northwest Aurora Neighborhood Organization/NANO and has been the manager of a day labor hall for over twenty years. Jim would like to find and implement synergies between the Anschutz Medical Campus and the surrounding neighborhoods that include: well-paying jobs, public transportation, exercise and recreational activities, and access to healthy food. Jim has a positive attitude, is a genuine team player, gets things started, and is committed and very courteous of his peers.

Jim's Personal Network

Northwest Aurora Neighborhood Organization (NANO)
Lions Club
Stapleton Parks Advisory Group


Glen Jackson

Glen attended the Family Leadership Training Institute and is part of Moorhead Recreational Center’s staff. He is a man of faith and works to support those in need, including supporting youth in the northwest Aurora to seek new educational opportunities, serving the homeless, and starting a youth boxing program to help get kids off the streets. He would like to see the Anschutz Medical Campus promote classes or certified trainings within the community.

Glen's Personal Network

Moorhead Rec Center Youth Programs, Aurora
Food Bank of the Rockies, Aurora
Hoffman Youth Center, Aurora
Family Leadership Training Institute, Aurora
City of Aurora
New Testament Christian Church, Aurora
Fight for Christ Community Outreach
Riviera Motel, Aurora
Aurora Interfaith
A1-Boxing Gym


Brenda R. Mendoza O.

Brenda is an honors graduate of Hinkley High School and is currently majoring in Molecular Biology and International Studies and minoring in Economics at CU Denver. Brenda has volunteered in the community as an interpreter in parent-teacher conferences in order to increase involvement of Hispanic parents in their children’s education. She has volunteered in local programs helping as a tutor for middle school children in Aurora. Brenda believes that education is the key to success and that college students as well as professionals must help in their community motivate youth. Additionally, she wants to see college education become more accessible to all community members.

Brenda's Personal Network

Hinkley High School, Aurora LIGHTS
University of Colorado Denver
University of Colorado Denver Alumni Association
Denver Health
Clyde Miller Middle School
Aurora Community Connection


Khoa Nguyen

Khoa attended Hinkley High School and is currently a senior at CU Denver. He volunteers at the Anschutz Medical Campus-Emergency Department. Khoa would like to encourage youth to become participants in their communities. He believes that being a leader requires effective listening skills, a positive attitude, and being a friendly and committed team player – all attributes that Khoa exudes.

Khoa's Personal Network

Hinkley High School, Aurora LIGHTS
Reisher Family Scholarship
University of Colorado Denver
University of Colorado Hospital-Volunteer Services


Sharon Nine

Sharon enjoys learning about resources and sharing with all those in need. She describes herself as a confident leader, a problem solver, being committed to helping, and a creative, friendly and outgoing per-son. Sharon is excited to represent her community at the Resident Leadership Council.

Sharon's Personal Network

2040 Partners, Aurora
Aurora Inner Faith Community Service
Moorhead Food Bank, Aurora
Aurora Exchange Timebank
Resident Leadership Institute, TDF
Little Flower, Catholic Charities, Aurora
Aurora Hopes for Ministries
Second Chance, Aurora
Aurora Commissioners for Seniors
Globeville, Illyria Swansea (TDF and Together CO), Denver
Paris Elementary, Aurora


Jiden Rai

Born in Bhutan, Jiden spent more than 18 years in Nepal as a refugee and traveled to the United States in 2009. Jiden currently works as a Program Manager of Global Bhutanese Community Colorado, Inc (GBCC), is the Founder/Director of Namaste Entertainment, and is on the Board of Di-rectors of Organization of Bhutanese Communities in America (OBCA) and the Kirat Rai Society of America (KRSA). He is passionate about lead-ership and empowering youth to become leaders in their communities. Jiden is motivated, energetic and has a great teamwork attitude.

Jiden's Personal Network

Colorado African Organization
Colorado Refugee Service Program
African Community Center
Lutheran Family Service Rocky Mountain
Burma Community Ranger
Right for All People
Aurora Central High School
Asian Pacific Development Center
Metro Community Providers Network
Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America
Namlo International
Aurora Time Bank
Mercy Housing
Colfax Community Network
Office of Refugee Resettlement
Spring Institute
Rocky Mountain Friends of Nepal
Nepali Ghar
Nepal America Journalist Association
International Nepali Literature Society
Community Enterprise Development Service
Kirat Rai Society of America
Organization of Bhutanese Communities in America
Laxmi Narayan Vedic Sewa Center
New life Church
Place Bridge Academy
Association of Bhutanese in America


Maria Saldaña

Maria is a parishioner at Saint Therese Catholic Church and is currently working for Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver. Maria has volunteered for over five years working with youth groups including teaching catechism at Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Maria would like to grow as a leader in her community and create a strong connection and reciprocity between Anschutz Medical Campus and the Aurora community. “I de-sire for the Aurora residents to be informed and proactive residents so the Aurora community can grow as a whole and benefit from the surrounding organizations.”

Maria's Personal Network

Saint Therese Catholic Church, Aurora
Saint Pius X Catholic Church, Aurora
Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Aurora
University of Colorado Denver
Centro San Juan Diego, Denver
Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver


Leela D. Timsina

Leela was a school principal back home in Nepal and member of Pokhara Jaycees. Leela’s interest is focus in volunteering, advocating and helping people in need. He was a teacher for 16 years and recently started working as a Clinical Operations Manager at Metro Community.

Leela's Personal Network

Denver Public School, Steering Committee: Curriculum Designing for Mathematics
Asian Education Advisory Council, Denver Public School 2013
Global Bhutanese Community Colorado
Aurora Immigrant and Refugee Task Force
Asian Alliance of Colorado


Lah Say Wah

Lah Say graduated from Hinkley High School and the Community College of Aurora and currently attends UC Denver. She speaks Karen, Thai, Burmese and English. Lah Say is passionate about youth, especially in the Aurora refugee communities, and wants to encourage them to attend college and obtain jobs. She describes herself as a team player and wants to support others with her hard work and experience as a resident leader.

Lah Say's Personal Network

Hinkley High School, Aurora LIGHTS
Golden Gate Christian Ministry, Centennial
University of Colorado Denver
Colorado Burma Round Table Network (CBRTN), Aurora
Colorado Karen Community, Aurora
Karen Baptist Church, Aurora