Our hard working team is constantly on the lookout for new ideas and programs that get more people involved, inspire philanthropy and power community.

We are a team dedicated to sharing big ideas and visions, innovative strategies and hard work. We love being part of an organization that is creating tangible change.

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Kayla Arnesen, APR

Director of Strategic Communications

720.898.5919

Kayla Arnesen, APR

Director of Strategic Communications

"I care about ensuring the health, safety and security of children and animals."

720.898.5919
karnesen@CommunityFirstFoundation.org


Prior to joining Community First Foundation, Kayla served as a marketing and public relations strategist at Denver Health. Previous positions include marketing and communications leadership roles with Rocky Mountain Health Plans and PacifiCare of Nevada.

Kayla earned her master’s degree in Mass Communication at the University of Denver and her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication at Colorado State University — Pueblo. She is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America.

Community Participation:

  • Arvada Economic Development Association, Retention Committee
  • Good News Coalition, Steering Committee
  • Institute for Leaders in Development, Communications Chair
  • Jeffco Schools Foundation, Hero Awards Nomination Review Committee
  • National Philanthropy Day in Colorado, Steering Committee
  • The Communications Network, Denver Chapter Founding Member
  • Jefferson County Leadership Program, Class of 2016

Angela Bevacqua

Senior Communications Specialist

720.898.5909

Angela Bevacqua

Senior Communications Specialist

"I care about the environment, the arts, and health."

720.898.5909
abevacqua@CommunityFirstFoundation.org


Prior to joining the Foundation in 2004, Angela worked in marketing communications for the specialty foods industry. She has experience in brand identity, promotions, event planning and art direction.

Angela received her bachelor’s degree in English from Barnard College at Columbia University in New York City.

Community Participation:

  • Intercambio Connecting Communities, English teacher, 2016 - present
  • Cooking Matters program of Operation Frontline, health class assistant, 2010 - 2015
  • Boulder International Film Festival, festival volunteer, various years
  • Downtown Boulder Inc., ambassador, summer 2010
  • Colorado Shakespeare Festival, former public relations volunteer
  • KGNU Radio, former volunteer news writer/announcer

Memberships:

  • Colorado Foundations Communicators
  • ComNetworkDenver

Jenica Tomdale

Communications Coordinator

720.898.5938

Jenica Tomdale

Communications Coordinator

"I care about empowering women, strengthening families, reducing the stigmas of mental health, and improving health care in our community."

720.898.5938
jtomdale@CommunityFirstFoundation.org


Prior to joining the Foundation in November 2017, Jenica served at a local tech startup as a Marketing Coordinator. Prior to her move to Colorado in 2016, she served at various for profit and nonprofit organizations in Texas. Her experience ranges from social media marketing to project management to event planning.

Jenica earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Communications from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas.

Community Participation:

  • The Justice Run to End Modern Slavery, Runner, October 2017
  • Denver Community Church, Volunteer Childcare Worker, 2016 - Present
  • Denver Community Church, Volunteer Small Group Leader, 2017 – Present

Valerie Brown

Meeting Space Administrator

720.898.5906

Valerie Brown

Meeting Space Administrator

"I care about equal access and opportunity for the marginalized and outcast."

720.898.5906
vbrown@CommunityFirstFoundation.org


As the Foundation’s Community Meeting Space Administrator, Valerie is accountable for day-to-day operations of the organization’s public meeting space.

Prior to joining the Foundation in 2015, Valerie worked as an office administrator at Gill Foundation. Before that time she served as a development associate at Up With People.

Valerie studied dramatic theater at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.