Meet the Denver staff
City Year Denver’s team is made up an amazing group of idealist and passionate individuals that are committed to growing City Year’s impact throughout Denver Public Schools and the community. Made up of City Year alumni, AmeriCorps alumni, and career professionals, we truly believe our work is part of the national effort to help students and schools succeed.
Morris W. Price, Jr. is proud to serve as the Vice President and Executive Director of City Year Denver. Prior to assuming the position, Morris was the district director for Colorado's 1st Congressional District and served as the national program officer for the Gill Foundation, developing relationships and providing technical assistance and financial support to national nonprofits involved in LGBT advocacy and civil rights. Morris is a Denver native and proud graduate of Denver Public Schools. He received his BA from Colorado State University and was the recipient of the 2000 Colorado Trust Fellowship for a master's degree in nonprofit management from Regis University.
Emily Matthews proudly serves as the People & Site Operations Director for City Year Denver. In her role, Emily oversees people operations, including talent acquisition, learning and development, workforce planning and staff engagement initiatives, as well as budget design, event planning, and the operational systems required to help the site run smoothly. Emily has a Bachelor’s degree in history and Spanish and Master of Arts degree in archaeology. Emily is a Colorado native who enjoys taking her family, including her two kiddos, and a playful pup named Pickles, on many outdoor adventures.
Andy Levy is a 4th generation Denver native and a graduate of Denver Public Schools’ George Washington High School. He spent 25 years in the retail industry at Joslins and Neiman Marcus before receiving his graduate degree in nonprofit management from Regis University. Since 2005, Levy has taken a values-first approach to development work with JEWISHcolorado, The Denver Hospice and, most recently, CU’s Anschutz Medical Campus. Levy has a strong record of success mobilizing resources to grow organizational capacity and a deep connection to serving the communities of Denver.
Ashleigh Arnall is a purpose driven visionary with nearly 15 years of specialization in the areas of nonprofit, philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, and community engagement. She was born and raised in Boulder, CO and went to college at Oklahoma City University obtaining a bachelors of science degree and a master of nonprofit and leadership management degree. Ashleigh is a member of the Association of Nonprofit Professionals and the CU Boulder Corporate Social Responsibility cohort. Ashleigh serves because she believes every child deserves a champion and City Year AmeriCorps members are those champions for students and schools all day, every day. Ashleigh enjoys spending time in the mountains, reading, and exploring new restaurants.
Jessica Fagioli is a nonprofit professional with over 7 years of development and community building experience. Originally from Rochester, NY, Jessica obtained a BS in English Literature from The College at Brockport, State University of New York. From 2014 to 2019, Jessica worked with the national nonprofit KaBOOM!, helping local organizations realize their goal of building playgrounds and advancing equity across their communities. Most recently, Jessica worked with Gleaners Community Food Bank in Detroit to help them build out their development team. New to the Denver area, Jessica is a novice hiker, looking to explore some of the amazing local mountains in her downtime!
Emily Themer began her journey with City Year after graduating from Knox College. She served as an AmeriCorps member in San Antonio, Texas, where she then taught elementary school.
As the Impact Director, Emily is committed to ensuring that ACMs have a rich training program and feel prepared to serve in our partner schools in DPS.
Brittanyanne Cahill is currently serving as the Impact Coach with City Year Denver. With a focus on coaching and observation for the site, Brittanyanne supports AmeriCorps Members in all aspects of service towards achieving school based results. She is a City Year alumni and served here in Denver from 2015-2017, and continued with City Year Denver as an impact manager from 2017-2019. This year, she is excited to be supporting multiple school teams, while working to develop a community of practice and coaching for continuous improvement!
Colby A. Smith is a first-year Impact Manager and 2017-2019 City Year Denver alumna. She received a BA in English liberal arts from Southern University A&M and graduated from Lamar University with a master of education degree in clinical mental health counseling. Colby values serving others and relationship building.
Darrius Newton proudly serves as an Impact Manager at John F. Kennedy High School. He received his BA in Business Marketing at Clark Atlanta University and is currently working towards his Masters in Special Education from Johns Hopkins University. Darrius has been working in education for 3 years and continues to push for equality for LGBTQIA+ youth and children of color.
Hannah Lemon serves as the Impact Manager at Johnson Elementary School. She graduated from Boston University with a degree in international relations before serving with AmeriCorps at an early literacy non-profit. She moved to Denver from the east coast and loves the mountains but misses the Atlantic.
Ian is an advocate for educational equity, avid Orange Theory member, and foodie. He was born and raised in Sacramento, CA and went to college at the UC Riverside studying both anthropology and public policy. His professional experience includes serving two corps years with City Year Chicago and teaching for three years as a special education teacher.
Lucy Bryan is the Impact Manager at Highline Academy Northeast. She uses her past experience in higher education to support her team of AmeriCorps Members and build a strong partnership between the school and City Year Denver. Positive impact and education have always been priorities in her personal and professional life, as is petting her dog.
Nate Broeckert is the Impact Manager at Skinner Middle School. Nate has worked in education his entire professional career, serving mostly in Jefferson County Public schools. His background includes working with schools on creating positive whole child supports for students in a variety of areas, mostly during out-of-school time. He has a great deal of experience in youth development, staff leadership, and grant management and compliance. When not working, Nate is a Colorado and fitness junkie, he has competed in two Ironman competitions and ran the Colfax Marathon. Nate truly believes that education can change the world and is anxious to guide and lead the Skinner team.
Tayler Stuger earned a BA in geography from The University of Mary Washington. She later served as a City Year AmeriCorps Member (Washington D.C. ’13, ’14) and as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic (’15-’17). Tayler remains committed to serving others and loves exploring the outdoors.
As the proud Impact Manager at North High School and Lake Middle School, Tom oversees the production of the teams and manages the school partnerships. Tom is excited to have the opportunity to continue to serve AmeriCorps members while getting back to his professional roots in the classroom.