Outreach Fort Collins is a professionally staffed, on-the-street team that builds relationships with community members, service providers, businesses, and city services as a means to effectively address and de-escalate disruptive behaviors downtown.
Nick Verni-Lau, Program Director
Nick has years of experience working with a variety of homeless and at-risk programs, including work in street outreach, housing, case management, and program development. After working in various homeless programs in Denver, Nick began his work as Program Director in Fort Collins in 2016.
Lisa Dunworth, Behavioral Health Clinician
Lisa joins our team as part of the SummitStone Health Partners Homeless Services team. Lisa completed her Masters of Social Work in May 2016 at Colorado State University and has been volunteering, interning or working as a service provider within the homeless community since 2012.
Emily Harms, Outreach Team Manager
Emily has a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications from CSU, and eight years experience as a corporate recruiter. After a year of volunteering with Homeless Gear’s Street Outreach Team, Emily took a leap of faith switching professions. She has now been working with Outreach Fort Collins for over four years.
Erin Penner, Outreach Specialist
Erin graduated from the University of Kansas in 2018 with her Bachelors in French and International Studies. She worked at the Lawrence Community Shelter as a Direct Service Advocate. Erin moved to Fort Collins just before joining the Outreach team in August of 2020.
Cara Romero, Outreach Specialist
Cara earned her Bachelor's in Communications Studies, followed by a Masters of Tourism Management from CSU, focusing her education on health promotion and destination marketing. She has worked in a variety of positions in the Old Town Fort Collins area ranging from holistic health care and substance abuse prevention to education and event planning. Cara joined Outreach Fort Collins in January 2021 and feels blessed she can give back to her community in creative and meaningful ways.
Phil Sickels, Outreach Specialist
After 10 years as Advocate for Special Assistance Mental Health Client in the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System Office of Human Rights, he retired and moved with his family to Fort Collins. Phil practiced Music Therapy working with a wide variety of seriously mentally ill populations in southern California over 13 years. Phil joined Outreach Fort Collins in November 2019 and enjoys being out on the streets meeting a wide range of people.
Andy Sprain, Strategic Engagement Manager
Andy grew up in Loveland and has lived in Fort Collins since 2007. Andy has ten years work experience in the non-profit sector and holds a Masters of Theological Studies. Andy joined the team as an outreach specialist in November 2017.
Dylan Starks, Outreach Specialist
Dylan recently moved to Fort Collins from Shreveport, Louisiana. Dylan has years of experience in supportive services having worked in a variety of positions, including overnight shelters, day shelters, street outreach, and, most recently, permanent supportive housing. Dylan enjoys the rewarding work of helping others.