Project VOYCE Staff

Candi CdeBaca

Executive director

As a Denver native, Candi has more than 10 years working with youth. Candi is a fierce advocate for educational equity with personal knowledge of education inequities as a first-generation high school graduate from an inner-city high school.  Candi was one of the first appointments to the Denver Mayor's Commission on Youth, and the first youth appointed to the Denver Mayor's Latino Advisory Council. She was the first and youngest dual-degree graduate from the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work while she was a Daniel's Fund Scholar. She was a New Leaders Intern and Fellow with the Center for Progressive Leadership in Washington, DC. Her experience spans grassroots organizing, organizational development & leadership, lobbying, policy development & analysis, evaluation, compliance and administration. 

 

Brea Zeise

Co-Executive Director

Brea grew up in Owatonna, Minnesota and graduated from James Madison University majoring in marketing and minoring in sociology. First joining the organization as an AmeriCorps VISTA, Brea’s currently holds the role Co-Executive Director at Project VOYCE, focusing on resource and organizational development, building capacity and moving significant funds to the organization. Brea has had a variety of professional and personal experiences she brings to the table. Brea created and implemented a successful crowdfunding campaign and was awarded $10,00 for a nonprofit client while participating in the Google Online Marketing Challenge. Brea also led an alternative spring break trip for a group of college students, facilitating discussion and critical reflection around issues of homelessness and addiction. She can be reached at breaz@projectvoyce.org

 

Angela Moran 

CoMmunity engagement director

Angela Moran is the Community Engagement Director for Project Voyce.  She received her Master’s in Public Affairs/Public Policy from the University Of Colorado School Of Public Affairs. Prior to joining the PV team, she developed over ten years of community engagement and youth development experience that led her to work for Oregon Partnership in Portland, Oregon where she graduated her coalition Community Action To Reduce Substance Abuse (CARSA) as a Drug Free Communities (DFC) grantee while becoming an Ambassador for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) located in Washington, DC, Pikes Peak United Way, Junior Achievement, and more. Her work has been recognized by the Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske while working on the nationally recognized Above the Influence Campaign (ATI). Her group SMASH – Students Making Ads for Social Health – was given the annual Public Safety Award for project work aimed at reducing drug use. Her work on Students Creating Entertainment for Neighborhood Empowerment (SCENE) was recognized by several county commissioners, police bureaus, and community members. She is a member of several community based groups with focus on service and outreach which include Big Brothers Big Sisters, Young Education Professionals, Mile High Young Professionals, Colorado Black Health Collaborative, Colorado Black Women for Political Action, and more.  She can be reached at angela@projectvoyce.org

 

 

Sylvie Lerner

EQUITY & JUSTICE DIRECTOR 

Sylvie is a Denver native and a graduate of East High School. She became politicized through her time at American University (Washington, DC) where she received a BA in Sociology and a minor in Spanish. Through her time in college, Sylvie had the opportunity to participate in a study abroad in Mexico (Chiapas, Tlaxcala, and Mexico City) where she and the other members had the privilege of learning from three different social movements working to create autonomy and alternative realities, among them being the Zapatista movement. Sylvie has worked for DC Public Schools and has worked as an Organizing Apprentice for ONE DC (Organizing Neighborhood Equity) where she learned more about the displacement of longtime residents of color to large scale development and luxury housing. After moving back to Denver in 2015, Sylvie has worked as an Organizing Apprentice for a worker’s union, and helped negotiate and win a union at a large hotel in Denver, also participating in the ratification of a new contract that is more equitable and just for service workers. Sylvie comes to Project VOYCE after working with students at North High School and is excited to represent PV as the Equity and Justice Director fueled by Paolo Freire’s theory of popular education and humanizing spaces for young people.  She can be reached at sylvie@projectvoyce.org

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Paris Ferribee

Marketing & communications director

Paris Ferribee is originally from Colorado Springs, CO and is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder with Bachelors' in Communication from the College  of Media, Communication, and Information and Business Marketing with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship from the Leeds School of Business. Paris currently works for Project VOYCE, a non-profit in Denver, CO with a mission to "develop future leaders in underrepresented communities by training and employing youth to work on real life school and community challenges". As their Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Paris is responsible for a number of tasks, including updating and maintaining Project VOYCE's social media presence, designing flyers, graphics, e-vites, and other marketing material for major events hosted by Project VOYCE, etc. Paris has had a number of opportunities, including working for the University of Colorado Boulder Alumni Association and Decibel Marketing Group. She was the Treasurer for the Zeta Pi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and past president of the Black Student Alliance for CU Boulder. She is extremely excited about the projects she is apart of and wishes to be a voice for the underrepresented communities present on in Denver. She can be reached at paris@projectvoyce.org

 

Project VOYCE Interns

 

Savion Harris

Marketing & Communications Assistant Coordinator

Savion Harris is from Aurora, CO and is a senior at Aurora Central High School. Savion was one of three students to sit on the innovation board at Aurora Central High School during his Junior Year, to help rebuild school atmosphere and reactivate student engagement. Savion joined Project VOYCE also during his Junior year serving as a youth lead at  Aurora Central High School’s Project VOYCE chapter. Currently, Savion serves as the Marketing & Communications Assistant Coordinator. In his free time, Savion loves to sing, play piano, and advocate for quality education. Savion can be reached at savionharris20@gmail.com

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Leonel Ortega

Community engagement Assistant Coordinator

Leonel Ortega is from Denver, Colorado. He is currently a senior at Bruce Randolph School. This is Leonel's first year in Project Voyce, which he joined through Bruce Randolph. In the future he plans to attend college where he will pursue a career in an area that interests him, such as an undergrad in Accounting. A few passions he has are furthuring his skills in math and as well as helping others in any way he can. Leonel can be reached at leonelortega1117@gmail.com.