Karen Allen, M.A.

Executive Director

Karen became the Executive Director of CHF in 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

Finance 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


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.

 Deanna Mayberry

Case Manager and Development Coordinator

Responsible for the guidance, educational growth, and motivation of those in the Colorado Homeless Families’ program as well as CHF Development work. Deanna earned her Bachelor of Environmental Design with an emphasis in Urban Planning in 2015. Deanna came to CHF with a background in Real Estate Development in the affordable housing market. Deanna is actively involved with a nonprofit that works with women in Mexico City that have been rescued out of human trafficking. Deanna and her husband are Colorado natives. Together, they enjoy hiking, running, biking, and most things outdoors.

John Knippa

Case Manager

John began serving as a volunteer with CHF in January 2019 and now works as a Case Manager. John has worked in residential home-building for some 20 years, has a B.A.in Business. He is working toward a M.A. in Chaplaincy/Counseling through Denver Seminary. John and his wife, Sara, are celebrating 10 years of marriage this year. They enjoy visiting family and adventuring in the Rocky Mountains. He has volunteered as a companion with a hospice and as a mentor in a recovery program. John has also served as a prayer minister and bible-study group facilitator.

Tammy Pritchard

Office Manager

Over the last 15 years, Tammy worked for CHF as the receptionist for three years and served on our Board of Directors for two years.  She returned to CHF in 2019 with additional experience from working in human resources at an engineering firm, supporting pastors at a large church and school administration for a private school.  Tammy has her Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Colorado Christian University. Tammy was born in Thailand and loves Mexican food.

CHF contracts with experienced counselors:

Angie Dancer, MAPC, Trusted Health Network
LeAnne Downing, RN, BSN, Certified Life Coach, Light Foot Coaching
Eric Epstein, Consultant, The E Agency
Frances Forgione, MSW, LCSW, LAC of Denver Counseling, Executive Life Coaching
Angie Johnston, MA, Trusted Health Network
Jolene Miller, MA, LPC, 4 Gateways Coaching
Dr. Reggie Moore, PhD, NAC, ACS The Timothy Mission
Mark Whitney, MA, LPC of Magnus Opus Counseling