Jolie Brawner – Executive Director
Phone: 303-733-4643 ext. 102
Jolie Brawner joined WSCC as Executive Director in July, 2016. She fell in love with our Center during a year and a half stint as Administrative Assistant and then Community Program Coordinator here in 2014. Jolie holds degrees from the University of Florida in History and a Master’s Degree from Florida State University in International Affairs. She spent several semesters abroad in Eastern Europe which only solidified her love of getting to know new people, multi-cultural interaction, and developing community. She is excited to bring her diverse skill set to our family, and is eager to grow with the Community Center. Jolie was instrumental in starting our Going Green Initiative two years ago, and is thrilled to continue that program. She is a resident of the West Washington Park neighborhood since 2013 , and in her spare time enjoys camping, backpacking, and enjoying all Colorado has to offer with her fiancé Joey and their best friend Hermes the pug.
Cristie Martin officially took on the leadership of WSCC in September 2015 after joining WSCC as the Chief Financial Officer in August 2014. She is a proven leader in non-profit management, public administration and program development with strong organizational, management, fundraising and problem solving skills. Prior to her employment at WSCC, she successfully ran a community development organization in Commerce City called Community Enterprise. While there, she grew the agency’s budget by four times.
Carrie Lapham – Children’s Program Director
Phone: 303-733-4643 ext. 101
Carrie is a native of Colorado, currently living in Aurora. Her first job is as a parent to one beautiful daughter who is 17 and is a senior in high school this year.
She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science from Metro State College of Denver and has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 20 years. She has been a Center Director for nonprofit programs in Denver for over 8 years, and worked as an Education Supervisor for a year and a half prior to becoming a Director. She is passionate about providing the best care and education for the youngest of children, and also passionate about inclusion and diversity. She believes that we, as early childhood educators, are providing the foundations for lifelong learning by building positive relationships and encouraging self-esteem, independence, socialization, and self-control skills.
Carrie enjoys trips to the mountains, traveling, shopping and volunteering together with her family. I believe strongly that parents are children’s first teachers and I look forward to partnering with WSCC parents in their children’s education!
Jennifer Crandell – Education Coordinator
Jennifer has been working as a preschool teacher for the past six years in Denver. She also has experience as an after school program teacher at Cory Elementary. Jennifer holds an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in History, with a minor in Elementary Education, and is planning to attend Graduate School soon. She has extensive experience in planning and implementing different types of activities for many ages of children, and always ensures a fun and safe, atmosphere for the children she works with.
Rebecca Armentrout – Teacher
Rebecca Armentrout joined Washington Street Community Center in November of 2014. With a Bachelors in Psychology with a focus in Child Development and Parenting from Metropolitan University of Colorado, she has worked in Early Childhood Education since 2004 in a variety of community based programs. As an Early Childhood Specialist she has been an advocate for ECE Quality Improvement and Social Emotional Education. Working within programs such as Denver Great Kids Head Start and Arapahoe House, she has carried with her the importance of working with families and the community as partners.
Gaby Castillo – Teacher
Gaby is originally from California and has now been in Colorado for four years. She has several years experience working with children and absolutely loves it! She has studied and tutored abroad teaching English and Spanish in Mexico, Spain, Chile and Argentina. She believes her role as an educator is to recognize each student’s individuality and help them cultivate their unique qualities in a creative and positive environment.
Sandra Smith – Teacher
Sandra has been a preschool teacher for 25+ years. She believes openness is the key to accepting that all children have the potential to be successful, and learn things at their own pace, safely and confidently. In 1981, Sandra received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute. After graduating, she went onto receive a Master of Arts in Visual Art at the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1987. Sandra moved to Colorado in 1992. She attended The Community College of Denver and the Metropolitan State University of Denver taking Early Childhood courses to further her education from 2012 to 2015. Sandra has joined Washington Street Community Center because of our personable family environment and warm, compassionate teachers. She is thrilled to be teaching with small class size offering opportunities to teach in a one-on-one learning environment.
As an Early Childhood Teacher, Lexie is focused on creating an engaging environment where children feel safe exploring the world around them. She believes preschool is the perfect place to inspire a lifelong love of learning! Lexie is finishing her bachelor’s degree in social work at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She plans to attend graduate school and continue her career in early childhood education as a clinical social worker. Lexie is a Colorado native and likes yoga, art and live music.
Bryan Sherva – Teacher
Bryan was born in Minnesota and lived there for 25 years. He worked at Oxbow Creek Elementary for 2 years as a reading tutor as well as a before & after school child care assistant. Bryan believes all children should have a hands-on learning experience in and out of the classroom. He is currently taking classes at Red Rocks Community College towards becoming an elementary teacher. His loves are camping and going to concerts. He is also diehard Minnesota Vikings fan. SKOL.
Moira Smith joined WSCC as Administrative Assistant in July, 2016. She is a new resident of Denver and West Washington Park, coming to us most recently from Minnesota, and originally from Annapolis, Maryland. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Carleton College and majored in Studio Art. She is excited to bring her energy, enthusiasm and ideas to the WSCC family. In her spare time, Moira enjoys hiking, cooking, making art and spending time with her boyfriend, Andre and cat, Sasha.
Anita Martin – Graphics & Marketing
After serving on the WSCC Board of Directors for several years, Anita joins WSCC in Marketing & Communications. She holds a degree in Speech Communications from Colorado State University, owns and operates her own graphic design company, and has been a proud resident of the West Washington Park neighborhood since 1996.