Senior Management Team
Mary Zanotti, CEO
For over 20 years Mary Zanotti has worked in many different capacities changing the lives of young people in Colorado. Mary has been a leader within CYC since 2008 during which she has overseen dramatic growth. Mary was appointed as CYC’s Executive Director in July 2015 and was previously Associate Director. Prior to her work at CYC, Mary worked for Urban Peak, a local nonprofit serving youth experiencing homelessness. She currently serves as the Board Chair for the Community Resource Center.
Mary earned her B.S. in Psychology and her M.A. in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado.
Vanessa Notman, Director of AmeriCorps Programs
Vanessa started with CYC in 2011 and worked for four years supporting students in Englewood and Denver as well as specifically working with youth involved in the juvenile justice system. In 2015, CYC started its own AmeriCorps program (Corps for a Change) and Vanessa transitioned to develop and manage this program. In 2017, CYC acquired Colorado Reading Corps, a literacy-based AmeriCorps program, and Vanessa now oversees both AmeriCorps programs. As an AmeriCorps alumni herself, Vanessa holds a strong sense of service.
Vanessa has B.A. in English and Women’s Studies from Michigan State University and is working on finishing up her Masters of Arts in Counseling at Regis University.
Julia Hughes, Director of Development
Julia Hughes has worked in the nonprofit sector for nearly 20 years, beginning with her service as an AmeriCorps member. Julia went on to oversee two AmeriCorps programs in both Dallas and Denver. Her experience spans from program development and volunteer management at the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, to grant writing and development at Urban Peak and most recently Mile High United Way. Under her leadership at Mile High United Way, Julia rebranded the Women United affinity group, increasing its impact by boosting engagement opportunities and fundraising efforts in partnership with 1600+ women each year. A graduate of the Institute for Leaders in Development program at the University of Denver, Julia now serves on the Steering Committee.
Julia has a B.A. in Advertising and English from Southern Methodist University.
Twanisha Parnell, Director of Finance and Administration
Twanisha has worked in the nonprofit field for over 20 years. She joined CYC in 2009 as the Office Manager and quickly worked her way up to oversee the finance and administration department.
Twanisha started giving back to her community at an early age. In high school, she volunteered to tutor younger students in her free time. Prior to joining CYC, Twanisha spent 16 years at Hope Communities working in the administration, program, development, property management, and finance departments.
Having a passion for growth and success, she continued her education and Twanisha earned an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration.
Nick Conner, Reengagement Program Director
Nick started with CYC in 2015 and has served as the program manager of several programs, including the Reengagement Program, the High School Advocate program, the 9th grade Intervention Program, and the Colorado Reengagement Network. Prior to joining CYC, Nick was the Director of Prevention Programs at Washington County Youth Service Bureau in Montpelier, Vermont. In this role, Nick oversaw two drop-in centers, a street outreach program, and a 21st Century afterschool program. Nick also served on the Washington County Diversion Program Board supporting young people in the juvenile justice system.
Nick holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Kent State University.
Board of Directors
Corporate Social Responsibility Senior Manager
Tax Partner and Vice Chair, Non-For-Profit Services Group
Vice President of Support Services
Owner and Manager
Blanchard Family Wines
Ed Cannon, Ph.D.
University of Colorado – Denver
Commercial Real Estate Advisor
Insurance and Risk Management Consultant
Dan Jorgensen, Ph.D.
Accountability Support Manager & Education Coordinator
Colorado Department of Education
Principal Project Engineer
The Tech7 Company
President/Executive of Design
nested design + build
Retired Attorney and former Reading Corps AmeriCorps tutor
Hall & Evans LLC
Senior HR Manager
Erickson Living/Wind Crest
Broker Associate, Realtor
Live Urban Real Estate
Marina M. Mendoza, PhD
Director of Enrollment and Evaluation
Denver Preschool Program