City Year Denver board
Local community and business leaders work together to advance our mission to ensure public schools are places all students can thrive.
Allison McGee Johnson retired in 2018 with more than 25 years of experience in communications and public relations for public, private, government and nonprofit entities. Her most recent clients included the Colorado Department of Transportation, a government ethics watchdog, and a shopping center developer. Johnson focused her efforts on community relations, public affairs, media relations and crisis communications, and now lends her expertise to Denver community organizations on a volunteer basis. Allison has contributed her time in several ways to the Denver community, in particular as chair of the public relations committee for Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, as board president of the Montessori Academy of Colorado, as a fundraiser for Stanley British Primary School and for East High School After Prom, and as chair and then treasurer of the board of directors for Urban Peak. She is currently a member of the board for the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center.
Sam Bailey leads Amazon’s economic development efforts for the Mountain West region. Former roles include VP of Economic Development for Metro Denver Economic Development Corp., and various business development roles in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development & International Trade.
With over 18 years of management consulting experience, Sabah Cambrelen is a dynamic business leader. She has a proven ability to effectively direct the formulation and execution of new business strategies and reengineering projects to achieve organizational imperatives.
Ann Wilson is the parent of a student who experienced the positive impact of City Year Denver. She works at PEAK Parent Center, a nonprofit that supports families who have children with disabilities and works to advance the full inclusion of people with disabilities in their schools and communities. She has a range of experience, including corporate law and international business, and volunteers with a variety of organizations.
Sara Hazel (she/her/hers) is the Vice President of Development at the Denver Public Schools Foundation. Sara has worked at global, national, and local non-profit organizations, and has over fourteen years of nonprofit development and leadership experience. Prior to joining the City Year Denver Board, she served as a City Year mentor for multiple years. She loves the nonprofit sector and fundraising because of a desire for social justice and the ability to help donors navigate a path to support a mission that they can impact
Jesse Ogas is the Executive Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Engagement at 9News. Previously, Jesse served as ED/CEO of Firefly Autism and Director of Community Relations for Denver Public Schools. He was the 2021 9News Leader of the Year.
Brian Sandy served as the President of IMA Select, a premier insurance advisor for businesses, individuals and families throughout the West and Midwest. He retired in April 2022. Brian is active in his community and was formerly the Chair of the City Year Denver Advisory Board, the IMA Foundation Board and Warren Village. He continues to serve on the City Year Denver Board, the Denver Metro Chamber Economic Development Board of Governors and is a member of the Rocky Mountain YPO Gold chapter.
Dr. Anthony Smith is the Deputy Superintendent of Schools for Denver Public Schools, where he leads the schools and academics divisions. Dr. Smith aspires to change the face of education so that ALL students benefit from the opportunities afforded through an outstanding education. He has served in various school and district leadership roles.
Andrew Treaster is in-house counsel at DaVita Inc. where he manages a broad range of payor litigation, vendor disputes, and bankruptcies. Prior to joining DaVita, Andrew practiced commercial litigation at a large international law firm for seven years.
Wendy Ralston is an Audit Partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP. In her role, she delivers external accounting and auditing services to public and private clients. She predominately serves clients in the consumer business sector.
Whei Wong is the Associate VP of Marketing and Brand Strategy at MSU Denver. She is a strategist, storyteller, communicator and creative thinker who has held a variety of communications roles in higher education and K-12 education. Whei also is a former TV reporter.
Dustin Tollefsrud is the Director of Customer Experience (CX) for the Mountain West Region. In this role, Dustin leads and manages the strategy for customer experience efforts across the region. He oversees all CX initiatives including elevations, customer callbacks, and key behaviors, as well as ongoing leadership and management of strategic process efforts across the region.
Michelle DeVoe’s practice focuses on environmental litigation, environmental and energy regulatory matters, oil and gas regulatory and compliance matters, and transactional work. She regularly counsels clients on environmental liability and compliance concerns. She also represents real estate and development clients in transactional matters involving environmental issues.
Sarah counsels a wide array of clients on regulatory, policy, and compliance matters related to climate change, including the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), the Clean Air Act (CAA), and other state and international initiatives on transportation sector greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Sarah is a leading strategic advisor on carbon capture, storage, and utilization (CCUS) and other energy transition-related opportunities.
While at Stanford Law School, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal.
Sarah has a passion for public education and is greatly looking forward to supporting City Year Denver’s important work.