Executive Committee

Linda S. Jamison 
CEO & Executive Director 


As the daughter of a Colorado judge and community activist, Linda was exposed at an early age to the struggles of low-income and at-risk people in Denver and the systems that affected their lives.  This exposure drove Linda to pursue a degree in Political Science from the University of Denver, and a Master's in International Communication from American University.

Linda has since worked to implement change for more than 30 years, serving in senior positions at the US Institute of Peace, White House, UN Office for Project Services, and at non-government organizations, including a 7-year stint as the founding Dean of the Leadership Academy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  She also has extensive experience as an author, speaker, panelist, and educator.

Returning home to serve her native city and spend more time with family, Linda joined the Denver Inner City Parish. She is excited to be leading development and operational sustainability for the betterment of Denver’s vulnerable community members.

Linda has served for many years as a volunteer and board member for human services organizations that provide meals, medical support, clothing, and after school care to people in need in and around the Washington, DC, area.

Larry Martinez
Associate Director


Larry Martinez first walked into the Parish on May 31, 1994 as part of the West Side Drug-Free Youth Team. The following year he enrolled as a student at the Parish's school, La Academia, and graduated in 2000. After a 2-year hiatus, Larry joined the staff as the Office Manager and Community Resource Coordinator, and has since held many positions. Today, Larry is the Associate Director of the Denver Inner City Parish and runs all Hunger programs, including the Food Pantry and Totes of Hope.

Emmitt Milton


Emmitt joined DICP as controller in June, 2017. Previously he had been the VP for Finance and Administration for the Silicon Valley Education Foundation in San Jose, CA for 5 years after retiring from a 35 year career with Ernst & Young.  He has a BA in economics from Occidental College and an MBA from Stanford University. 
Emmitt focuses on accounting, operations, and budgeting to support the mission of the Parish.
Clarissa Gaubatz
Director of Operations


Clarissa brings over 25 years of experience in finance, budget and operations.  She is bilingual and holds an MBA from the University of the Incarnate Word. She served as the Director of Budgets at Western State Colorado University where she also taught Marketing and Business.  Her passion for education and helping those less fortunate find hope is what makes her part of the DICP team.

Leo Alirez
Leo Alirez
College View Community Center


As a Denver native, former gang member, and Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC III), Leo is uniquely qualified to serve individuals at-risk of or currently struggling with gang ties and substance abuse, while also tackling larger systemic problems that lead to these outcomes.

 For more than a decade, Leo’s collaborative efforts with Colorado judicial systems and nonprofits statewide have helped him empower former gang members to successfully reintegrate back into their families and communities.

Leo holds an honorary PhD in Human Services and a BA in Addictions, is certified through the National Gang Crime Research Center, and is recognized as the second leading Gang Expert in Colorado. He currently oversees the Life, Evolving Fathers, and Recreation programs at DICP’s College View Community Center in southwest Denver.

For his work reducing the grip of gangs and gang violence in Denver, Leo was selected in 2017 by Denver Mayor Michael B Hancock as an honoree of the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative of Denver, a nationwide initiative that works "to make the American Dream available to all boys and young men of color by eliminating gaps in their opportunities and outcomes."

Annie Green
Development and Grants Manager


For the past 25 years, Annie has served in leadership positions for various nonprofit agencies, establishing long-term and fruitful relationships with funders, while also helping to create and implement programs and services.

Annie’s passion has always been helping people. She loves being able to support and empower people in need so that they can achieve their unique dreams. At DICP, Annie enjoys the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.

Savanna Hanson
Marketing & Communications Manager


Inspired by the community focus and compassion of the Denver Inner City Parish and its staff, Savanna joined the ranks in early 2016. Stemming from her background in animal welfare, Savanna's desire to amplify the voices of those who are often silenced motivates her work. 

Anne Kleinkopf
Pastor & Programs Manager


With over 25 combined years of community service - whether practicing law, community activism, volunteer management, or serving on nonprofit boards - Anne brings to the table many levels of expertise and compassion that equip her to serve those in need of spiritual guidance, systems navigation, and most recently, plans and resources for undocumented community members in Denver.

Anne oversees the Worship, Seniors, and Support for Undocumented Families programs.

Charleen Ramirez-Mares
Principal of La Academia High School


Charleen has been a part of La Academia since she began teaching at the Parish's school in 2001. She holds a B.A. in Chicano Studies from Metropolitan State College of Denver and has worked in education for over 20 years. Her passion for social justice and experience as a first-generation graduate motivate her to foster a love of learning in her students.