NICOLE REINAN was born and raised near LaCrosse, Wisconsin. After graduating from University Wisconsin-LaCrosse with a major in Business Administration and a double minor in International Business and French, Nicole moved to Bangkok, Thailand to pursue her passion of volunteering by working with the Mekong Environmental Institute. Once back in the States, Nicole moved to Denver to enjoy the year-round sun and to start her career in business. As a project manager at ccintellect, a Denver-based marketing firm, Nicole managed clients’ web development projects and then moved into the security software industry with the move to Vericept Corporation. Her passion of learning called her back to Regis University of which she earned her Masters of Education and Secondary Teacher Licensure. Nicole currently is the board chair of WeeCycle and the vice chair of her children’s school parent council. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys traveling, yoga, weightlifting, knitting and spending time with her husband, Jay, and their children.
SAMANTHA THOMPSON is a Southerner by birth but a Coloradan at heart. For the past 18 years, Samantha has called Colorado her home minus a 5 year stint living in New York City. While living in Manhattan, Samantha had her dream job as an event planner working for an international law firm. She had the opportunity to work all over the world before settling down in Denver. In addition to raising a family, Samantha continued to follow her passion and started Bluebird Events. Her business allows her to do what she loves, throwing parties and organizing events, while being able to give back to the community.
CANDACE DALE is a mom to two girls who believes that it is the responsibility of the entire community to support our children. She’s proud to be a part of WeeCycle and bring her passions to an organization that helps families throughout Denver/Boulder. She was born and raised in Rochester, NY and moved to Colorado following getting her MBA from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!). She spent several years in consulting helping clients across industries to use research to understand their customer needs and deliver on them. She now works for Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s strategy team where she focuses on ensuring that every member has a personalized experience. She’s proud to be raising two Colorado girls and enjoys spending as much time as possible in the outdoors with them and her husband Andrew. Depending on the weather, weekends are spent skiing, hiking and/or rock climbing as well as grocery shopping, of course.
SIERRA SHIRLEY is a proud mom of two, who is passionate about supporting and helping others in the motherhood journey. She’s proud to join the WeeCycle organization that not only helps families in need, but also builds relationships within the community all while recycling baby gear. She has been a registered CPA in the State of Colorado for over 10 years, and currently works at Wynkoop Financial (privately held RIA) as the Chief Financial Officer. Previously, she worked at Plante Moran (previously EKS&H LLLP) where she managed financial and compliance audits for many non-profit organizations in Colorado. She graduated from the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver with both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Accounting.
JAYME RITCHIE was born and raised in New York and came to Colorado in 1996 to attend college at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she studied Philosophy. Jayme then attended the University of Denver and graduated in 2004 with a law degree and a legal masters degree in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. She practiced environmental and natural resources law and commercial litigation for several years prior to becoming a mom and creating WeeCycle to combine her passion for helping underprivileged children and environmental preservation. In July of 2019, Jayme left her position as Executive Director of WeeCycle to become the Manager of Community Relations for Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & Schreck.
MANNY RODRIGUEZ was born and raised in Mexico and he moved to the U.S. after he was done with Medical School. He moved to Colorado in 2016 and he worked for Children’s Hospital Colorado ER and Urgent Care.He loves to spend time with his daughters and wife enjoying outdoor activities in our beautiful Colorado. In 2019 he joined Southeast Denver Pediatrics. Manny decided to join the WeeCycle Board “because the organization’s vision and mission resonates with my own goals, they are practical and flexible, making a visible impact in our community while also keeping the environment in mind.”
MEGAN REES is a public relations professional, small business owner, wife and mom of two boys, two dachshund mixes and a cross-eyed Siamese cat. She has spent most of her life in Colorado, growing up in Colorado Springs after moving around the Midwest and South as a kid. Megan attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins and married her college sweetheart shortly after graduating. A lifelong passion for writing led Megan to pursue a degree and career in communications, a path that has proven to be fun, rewarding, and full of unique experiences. Megan currently serves as senior content manager for CIG Public Relations, where she develops content and guides communication strategy for a variety of clients to help tell their story. Prior to her current role, Megan was the public relations manager and spokesperson for the Dumb Friends League, the largest animal welfare nonprofit in the Rocky Mountain region. There, she gained visibility for the shelter’s homeless animals and programs through frequent interviews on TV and radio, social media, PR, events and marketing. Outside of her role as a PR professional, Megan owns an online vintage shop with her sister where she curates, styles and gives new life to secondhand vintage home décor and clothing. Megan lives in Golden and loves traveling, finding new adventures with her kids, hiking, photography, barre, and exploring the ever-growing food and drink scene in and around Denver.
PAUL PLAKSIN was born in Belarus and moved to Colorado in 1994, growing up in Aurora. Paul received a Bachelor’s degree from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder. After college, he moved to Denver, where he has been ever since. Paul currently works as an Insurance Advisor at CCIG — a privately-held, local, commercial insurance broker. In his spare time, Paul enjoys skiing and watching all Denver sports teams.
RAFAELA AGYEI is 2 parts teacher, 1 part geek, 1 part long-distance runner, and 2 parts Colorado native. Born in southern Colorado, Rafaela learned to care and help others at a young age. Her father was a nurse stationed at Evans Army Hospital on Fort Carson in Colorado Springs. Her father is the one who pushed her into the health field. Rafaela Graduated From Colorado State University-Pueblo with her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science, Health Promotion, and Recreation. After college, she worked for the Denver YMCA as a Health and Wellness Director, where she received her first board position in a nonprofit. When Rafaela wanted to do more, she decided to work with children with neurodiversity and special needs. She worked for the Cherry Creek School District for two years, while obtaining her Masters in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado. She currently works for Branson School Online, as a Special Education Service Provider for grades K-12. Rafaela chose the WeeCycle board to meaningfully contribute to an organization and its mission and to assist improve the lives of local families in need.
JOSH FORD wanted to join the WeeCycle board because he thinks Weecycle is an absolutely phenomenal organization. “They do amazing work and they truly have a heart for the world, community and each person they help. I watched as they helped families of all walks of life. Being a young father of two, I know how important the need is and WeeCycle helps fill the need. I work with young fathers across Colorado and families in general. WeeCycle has given me an opportunity to be a voice for my community and my city. I also get to serve and help and learn from some amazing people. Something unique about me is that I made a short film about stopping domestic violence, that has been viewed all over.”