Karen Allen, M.A.

Executive Director

Karen began working at CHF in February, 2016 and became the Executive Director of CHF on July 1, 2016 when our founder, Connie Zimmerman, retired. Karen has a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Colorado Christian University (1998). Since 1990 Karen has worked in a variety of social services settings as a social worker, counselor, and nonprofit manager. Some of Karen’s most related experience includes being the Executive Director of Street’s Hope in Lakewood, a transitional housing program dedicated to helping women escape the sex for sale industry and empowering them to improve their lives. She also has experience as the Family Stabilization Manager at Daybreak (Ohio), a homeless shelter and resource center for youth where she managed three departments.

Allison Bristow, MPH

Office Manager

Allison began working at CHF in April, 2016. She comes to CHF with 24 years’ experience in managing finances for various nonprofit organizations including Street’s Hope, a transitional housing program in Lakewood, and Lookout Mountain Community Church with a one-time budget of $3.5 million. In addition, Allison served as the Treasurer on the Board of Directors for Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra, D’Evelyn Educational Foundation, and Newborn Hope.

Elaine Nava

Senior Case Manager

Elaine has been with CHF since 2005. Elaine is responsible for monitoring the growth and development of the families in the Colorado Homeless Families program. Her previous experience includes working in child care and development. Elaine also has experience leading support groups and counseling women that have been victims of trauma and abuse. Elaine has her Bachelor’s degree in Management of Human Services from CCU and an Associate’s degree in business. Elaine has volunteered her time with her husband leading Marriage Watcher’s groups as well as organizing and scheduling marriage conferences and events.

Jamie Parmley

Facilities Supervisor

Jamie has worked for CHF since 2006. Jamie and his staff oversee all of the maintenance and repair of the 40 properties that CHF owns. He has previous experience as a carpenter and was head of the maintenance department at a school in South Dakota where he supervised 4 employees and specialized in boiler repair.

Bonnie Russell

Bookkeeper

Bonnie has been on staff with CHF since 2006. Bonnie attended Phoenix College for 2 years and studied sociology, counseling and general courses. She has worked as a new business coder at an insurance company, in the school system with developmentally handicapped children, and with preschool children. She also managed bookkeeping for a gift and tea shop.

Andrey Russ

Facilities Staff

Andrey and his family are graduates of the CHF program. Andrey went on to purchase a home and has been on staff with CHF since 2011. Andrey has experience with carpentry, painting, and various other types of maintenance work. He also apprenticed to be an Electrician.

Sue Melvin

Administrative Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator

Sue joined the CHF staff in June, 2015. Sue attended college at Harbor Junior College and UCLA in California. She worked in San Francisco, CA as a District Manager in charge of a system project. Sue was previously the Director of the Crossroads Church food bank and managed approximately 60 volunteers.

Paul Kalb

Case Manager

Responsible for the guidance, educational growth and motivation of those in the Colorado Homeless Families program. Paul was an Elementary and Middle School teacher for 30 years before retiring and coming to CHF in December of 2015. He has a degree in Education with emphasis on Technology and Gifted Education from Metropolitan State College of Denver (now Metropolitan State University at Denver). He has been a Certified Conflict Manager/Mediator for the last 20+ years.  Paul has also been a mentor to many young men and women through his time in education and still is in contact with many of those students today. He also worked as a Co-Director of Children’s Ministry at Faith Bible Chapel – Carr Street Campus for 3 years.

CHF contracts with experienced counselors: Mark Whitney, MA, LPC, Frances Forgione, MSW, LCSW, LAC, and Jolene Miller, MA, LPC.