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Mail: 201 E Colfax Denver, CO 80203

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Contact your point person for answers to program questions and support with applications, reviews and technical assistance needs.


Meet Our Leadership Team

Brehan Riley

Brehan Riley, MS, RD, SNS

Executive Director

Oversees

  • Management of all child nutrition programs administered by CDE; Coordination of program goals and objectives; Management of program budgets related to federal, state, and grant funding.

Cell Phone  720-202-3338

Krista Garand

Krista Garand, SNS

Supervisor

Oversees

  • Coordination of nutrition program operations and related grant activities, strategic planning and quality improvements. 

Cell Phone  720-413-6310

Kerri Link

Kerri Link, MS, RD, SNS

Supervisor

Oversees

  • Strategic priorities of child nutrition programs and compliance for the unit. Interpretation and implementation of state and federal statutes, rules and regulations for child nutrition programs.

Cell Phone  720-660-5499

Ashley Moen

Ashley Moen, MS, RD, SNS

Supervisor

Oversees

  • The unit's strategy for training, communications and marketing/outreach; Personnel management and internship program.

Cell Phone  303-868-7192

Lyza Shaw

Lyza Shaw, MS

Supervisor

Oversees

  • Financial and technology management for the unit and child nutrition programs including coordination of financial reporting.

Cell Phone  303-854-4915


Meet Our Program Managers

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Erin Opgenorth, RD

Nutrition Programs Manager

Services Provided

Oversight, program management and strategic direction for:

Cell Phone 720-822-1883

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Vacant

Review Manager

Services Provided

Oversight, program management and strategic direction for:

Email  

Cell Phone  

Sharon Murray

Sharon Murray, MHSE

Training and Communications Manager

Services Provided

Oversight, program management and strategic direction for:

  • Unit training and technical assistance plan for child nutrition programs
  • Professional development for the unit
  • Unit communication
  • Advisory Council for School Nutrition

Cell Phone  720-584-1962

Jenny Herman

Jenny Herman

State Nutrition Programs Manager

Services Provided

Oversight, program management and strategic direction for:

  • Healthy School Meals for All program, Child Nutrition Lunch Protection Act, Smart Start Nutrition program and the Breakfast After the Bell Nutrition program
  • Nutrition programs for pre-Kindergarten
  • Assists new sponsor onboarding

Cell Phone  720-812-3119

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Justin Carter, MBA

Farm to School Coordinator

Services Provided

Oversight, program management and strategic direction for:

Cell Phone  720-708-7626

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 Meghan Perkins, RD

Data Manager

Services Provided

Oversight, program management and strategic direction for:

  • School Nutrition Unit data, including data requests and reporting
  • Program claim and application quality assurance 
  • Supports unit evaluation efforts

Email  perkins_m@cde.state.co.us

Cell Phone  720-626-3558

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Matt Hairgrove

Technology Manager

Services Provided

Oversight, program management and strategic direction for:

  • Child Nutrition Programs technology system
  • Unit technology and infrastructure 

Meet Our Subject Matter Experts

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Diane Matthews

Senior Consultant II

Oversees

Services Provided

  • Conducts training, technical assistance, and monitoring for sponsors

Cell Phone  720-595-8042

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Beverly Leveque, MPH, RD

Senior Consultant II

Oversees

Services Provided

  • Conducts training, technical assistance, and monitoring for sponsors

Cell Phone  720-595-8071

Vivien Skrupskis

Vivien Skrupskis, BA

Senior Consultant II

Oversees

Services Provided

  • Conducts training, technical assistance, and monitoring for sponsors

Cell Phone  720-672-4243

Nell Dochez

Nell Dochez, MPA

Senior Consultant II

Oversees

Services Provided

  • Conducts training, technical assistance, and monitoring for sponsors

Cell Phone  720-948-5145

Amanda Gersabeck

Amanda Gersabeck, RD

Senior Consultant II

Oversees

Services Provided

  • Conducts training, technical assistance, and monitoring for sponsors

Cell Phone  720-814-6943

 

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Vacant

Senior Consultant II

Oversees

  • Maximizing federal funds for the Healthy School Meals for All program
  • Provisional Programs (Community Eligibility Provision and Provision 2)
  • Wages and stipends for the Healthy School Meals for All program 
  • Assists with school and summer eligibility

Services Provided

  • Conducts training, technical assistance, and monitoring for sponsors

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Cell Phone  

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Madeleine Breza, MPH

Senior Consultant II

Oversees

  • Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer Program
  • Site Monitoring
  • Assists the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
  • Assists Provisional Programs

Services Provided

  • Conducts training, technical assistance, and monitoring for sponsors

Cell Phone  720-471-7049

Becca Boone

Becca Boone, MA

Senior Consultant II

Oversees

Services Provided

  • Conducts training, technical assistance, and monitoring for sponsors

Cell Phone  720-450-4357

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Michelle Monge

Senior Consultant I

Oversees

  • Food Safety

Services Provided

  • Conducts training, technical assistance, and monitoring for sponsors

Email monge_m@cde.state.co.us

Cell Phone  720-616-0462

 

 

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Sirui Mi (Sir Ray), MA, MS, RD

Senior Consultant II - Nutrition Training Specialist

Oversees

  • New director onboarding
  • Professional Standards
  • Unit-wide outreach and marketing
  • Supports implementation of the unit's training and technical assistance initiatives

Services Provided

  • Conducts training, technical assistance, and monitoring for sponsors

Email mi_s@cde.state.co.us

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school nutrition team member Rachel Matson

 Rachel Matson

Program Support

Services Provided

  • Coordinates administrative and personnel processes
  • Supports training, communications and personnel management

Email  matson_r@cde.state.co.us

Cell Phone  303-929-6396

 

State Agency Partners

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)

Contact the CDPHE for more information on the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) within child care centers/family child care, adult day care programs, afterschool programs and the supper program.

Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) - USDA Foods

The Food Distribution Programs unit facilitates the ordering and distribution of USDA Foods (formerly "commodities") to decrease school nutrition and summer food service program costs.