Leadership

Liddy Romero
Founder and Executive Director

Liddy founded WorkLife Partnership in 2009, building on her education, small business, and nonprofit experience to bring a new model for social enterprise to Colorado. In the last seven years, Liddy has been a catalyst for change in ways employers invest in their workforce to impact the bottom line and improve employee engagement and worker economic opportunities. Liddy has a dual role in serving as the Director for WorkLab Innovations – a network organization that will lead in the replication and scale of the “workforce sustainability model” starting in 2017.

She has 14 years of experience in working with government entities, nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Liddy serves as an executive member of the Colorado Workforce Development Council and currently sits on the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Community Development Advisory Council. She was a previous Aspen Institute Sector Skills Academy Marano Fellow.

Liddy holds a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. She lives in Centennial, Colorado with her spouse and three children.

  • Sector Specialties: manufacturing, healthcare, longterm care
  • Consultant to Human Resources
  • Public Speaker
  • Fundraising
  • Systems Change
  • Strategic Planning
  • Social Enterprise Strategies
  • Replication Consultant
  • Data Analysis
  • Ideation, Commander, Activator, Strategic , Adaptable

Mary Russell
Program Director

Mary brings 20 years of executive leadership experience to WorkLife Partnership. She previously served as Director of Career and Family Support Services Division and as Business and Employment Team Supervisor for Jefferson County Human Services.

She has given her time to serve on the Skills to Compete Advisory Council, represented Colorado to the National Association of Workforce Development Association and was honored as an Outstanding Woman by the Jefferson County/West Chamber of Commerce

Mary holds a Master of Science in Adult, Occupational and Continuing Education from Kansas State University and is a Certified Workforce Development Professional.

  • Management
  • Career Coaching
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Mentorship
  • Customer and Client Relationship
  • Financial Health
  • Tax Assistance Program
  • Loan Programming
  • Certified trainer for Financial Health Institute’s Bootstraps
  • Consultant on Staff development and performance
  • Consultant on Career Development Facilitation
  • National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, member
  • Innovative Educators, board member

Elizabeth Casswell
Operations Director

Driven by her life-long passion for causes that alleviate human suffering, Elizabeth has been involved with nonprofit organizations as a board member, volunteer, and staff member for over 30 years.

She also brings over 15 years of professional experience in operations and financial management, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Alabama Birmingham in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nonprofit Management.

  • Financial analysis and management
  • Data and IT management
  • Public speaking as advocacy for vulnerable populations
  • Operational process design and management
  • Providing high-quality support for coworkers in high stress positions

Kate Ridings
Upskill Director

Kate comes to Worklife Partnership with a background in workforce development and community education with experience leading and managing initiatives focused on community member’s economic success and educational attainment.

After earning her Master’s in Education, she decided to join the AmeriCorps team in Denver to work within lower socioeconomic neighborhoods to gain a stronger understanding of the educational and resource access available to the community. This work in community engagement fueled her interest in continuing her work in non-profit education and strategic partnerships. In addition, she has consistently worked within community education and workforce development, and was instrumental in the development of the nationally recognized workforce initiative, the WIN Program.

She is an advocate for connecting community members with the skills, resources and opportunities needed to advance to self-sufficiency and economic happiness. She brings her enthusiasm and experience in workforce initiatives and adult education and training to Worklife Partnership.

  • Workforce and career pathway development
  • Community engagement and collaboration
  • Bilingual English/Spanish
  • Career Counseling/Career Development
  • Program development and management
  • Nonprofit management

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