A Program of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center
A Program of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center

Outreach Fort Collins Staff

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 Specialist



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 as an Outreach Specialist. 


Kyle Oliver, Part Time Outreach Specialist

Kyle moved to Fort Collins at the beginning of 2020 after returning from service in the Peace Corps. His background work is rooted in HIV/AIDS outreach and education and high-risk populations. He is excited to start this new chapter and to learn more about the area and those who call it home.


Erin Penner, Part Time 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.


Phil Sickels, Part Time 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. Phil works Thursdsay, Friday, and Saturday afternoon and evenings.


Andy Sprain, Outreach Specialist



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.

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