Our Staff

Veronika Clark

Executive Director veronika@bridgeofhopedenver.org

Veronika moved to Colorado after graduating from Wichita State University. She founded and developed a successful publishing company – serving Fortune 500 companies as well as National and Regional Associations. Her company excelled in design, editorial development and revenue generation to create industry specific trade journals, winning several awards along the way. After selling the company in 2014, her heart turned towards more philanthropic endeavors. As a single mother herself (going through a divorce while still pregnant), Veronika felt the Lord calling her to help single mothers in their journeys. Journeys too often steeped in survival, rather than thriving. She joined Bridge of Hope, Denver in 2022 and is excited to be part of a dynamic team working to end homelessness for single mothers and their children.

Veronika enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with family and friends during her free time. She has one daughter (a son-in-law) and two grandsons of whom she is so proud!

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Gina Abbey

Development Manager gina@bridgeofhopedenver.org

Gina was born in Amarillo, Texas, and grew up in Colorado Springs. She attended college at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and enlisted in the United States Air Force, where she served as a meteorologist for four years.
During her enlistment, she began building a business as an independent consultant with Mary Kay cosmetics. After her enlistment, she turned her Mary Kay business into a full-time career. As a Mary Kay Sales Director, she has been training, mentoring, and coaching women in their Mary Kay businesses since 2008.

Gina is passionate about encouraging, empowering, and uplifting others. Working with Bridge of Hope allows her to work in her gifts and to be the hands and feet of Christ.

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Krystal Tucker

Program Manager krystal@bridgeofhopedenver.org

Krystal was born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado. With a passion for helping people overcome life’s challenges, Krystal pursued a degree in Youth and Family Studies at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul and then attained her Master of Social Work degree at Colorado State University. Before joining the Bridge of Hope team, Krystal worked as a school social worker in Littleton, CO, and as a program manager for another Denver-area non-profit. Having worked with children, parents, teachers, volunteers, and community partners from a variety of backgrounds, Krystal has a strong appreciation for getting to know people’s stories, fostering people’s natural strengths, and finding creative and sustainable solutions to challenges. Krystal is excited to help optimize the incredible work that Bridge of Hope is already doing in the Denver area.

In her free time, Krystal enjoys mountain adventures with her husband and her black lab, Winston. She also enjoys painting, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

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Julie Mihevc, MSW

Neighborhood Resource Specialist / Head Case Manager julie@bridgeofhopedenver.org

Julie was born and raised in Pella, Iowa, and attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. After college, she moved to Denver to live and play in her beloved mountains and attended the University of Denver’s Master of Social Work program. She has 20 years of experience working with people who find themselves without homes, without jobs, and living on the margins in the southern suburbs of Denver. She worked as a case manager and program director at Adams and Arapahoe Mental Health (now All Health) Centers. She later worked at Wellspring Church in Englewood, CO, as Compassion Ministry Pastor and deacon, running a food bank, recovery program, employment program, and medical programs. She then moved into nonprofit to become the Director of Housing 180, which assists low-income adults in securing affordable housing.

Julie is excited to partner with single-mother families facing homelessness as they work to reach self-sufficiency.

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LaiShema Hampton

Neighborhood Resource Specialist / Case Manager laishema@bridgeofhopedenver.org

LaiShema was born and raised in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, and attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. After graduation, LaiShema returned to Minnesota and pursued a career in social services for five years. LaiShema assisted adolescents and their families within the school district and adults with mental and chemical health illnesses at Hennepin County Medical Center.
LaiShema moved to Denver a year ago to enjoy nature and expand her experience within social services. LaiShema looks forward to meeting new people and helping those in need become the people they have always wanted to be.

LaiShema believes that working at Bridge of Hope will be one of the highlights of her social service career.

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Kizzly Blue

Neighborhood Resource Specialist / Case Manager kizzly@bridgeofhopedenver.org

Kizzly was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, and attended Metropolitan State University of Denver. After graduation, Kizzly worked as an Advocate Supervisor in the Juvenile Courts system. Kizzly is experienced in providing trauma-informed care and consultations for crisis solutions and management for children and adults with complex needs.

Kizzly was a teenage mother who faced similar obstacles, and she is honored to mentor and support families in reaching their goals and self-sufficiency. Kizzly is family-oriented and enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and children. She loves to travel, exploring new places and cuisines while experiencing different cultures.

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Anna Painter

Administrative Assistant anna@bridgeofhopedenver.org

Anna was born and raised in the Denver area. She has worked in both the legal field and at the Learning Center of Open Door Ministries, another Denver non-profit. Anna is passionate about helping other Christians be the hands and feet of Jesus in their communities and practically loving their neighbors.

When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing the harp and piano, going to the Art Museum, and reading.

Jessica Alley

Development Coordinator jessica@bridgeofhopedenver.org

Jessica was born in Havre de Grace, Maryland, and raised in Delta, Pennsylvania. She moved to Colorado to work with a non-profit ministry- Youth With A Mission (YWAM), in 2004. During her 14 years working with YWAM, Jessica served as the personnel coordinator, food services director, and leadership team member. Jessica spent much time training volunteers to serve in both practical and spiritual ministry practices. Following her time with YWAM, Jessica worked for a local school doing family communications and engagement. She is passionate about being the hands and feet of Jesus and equipping the church to do the same.

She loves using her strengths to advance the love of Christ to all. Bridge of Hope is an excellent way for her to use her gifts to support our call to “love your neighbor.”

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