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 Director 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.”
ASHLEY WARNER THOMAS was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. After nearly a decade of living and working in Europe, she returned back home in 2020 with her husband and dog. She gave birth to her son in 2022 and found the amount of gear and supplies needed overwhelming. Shortly after, she discovered WeeCycle and the impact the organization was having on local families in need and the environment and couldn’t wait to get involved. Ashley works in the technology sector where she provides strategic guidance to clients across multiple sectors. Outside of work, Ashley loves hiking, traveling, and volunteers to support organizations focused on women, children, and the alleviation of poverty. She holds a Master’s Degree in Law with Merit from the University of Bristol and a BA in International Affairs and Political Science from the University of Colorado.
KATIE WIENECKE is the current Corporate Engagement Officer for the Denver Public Schools Foundation. She works to connect the Denver business community to classrooms to accelerate learning in Denver Public Schools. She drives all aspects of corporate engagement for the DPS Foundation. Prior to joining the DPS Foundation, Katie was the manager of the Smart-Girl Program at AllHealth Network and has worked with the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, serving as Interim Manager of Community Investments and Initiatives. Katie holds a Masters in International Administration from the University of Denver with a focus in gender, economics and development and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wyoming. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. In her free time she serves on the Board of Directors for Zonta District 12 and enjoys playing in the city with her husband, Dan, and children, Regina and Danny.
MIKE TURNOCK was born and raised in Colorado. Mike went to Cherry Creek High School and the University of Northern Colorado. He received a degree in finance with a minor in Mandarin Chinese. Mike and his wife are the parents of two daughters and have one more on the way! In his free time you can find Mike spending time with his wife and kids, at the gym, or spending time with friends golfing or at breweries. Mike became involved with WeeCycle after volunteering at a distribution event at North Middle School. The event really opened up his eyes to the impact WeeCycle has on our community and he wanted to become more involved.
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.”
ERICA SLAIN grew up in Illinois and settled in Denver after numerous moves around the country. She is the National Director of People & Culture at a mid-size accounting firm and is excited to bring her human resources expertise to the WeeCycle board. Like many of the other WeeCycle board members, and as a mom of two hooligans, she began to consider “what do you do with all this stuff?!” That’s when she discovered WeeCycle, and was impressed with the far reaching impact it has in the community. In her very spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, wine, and baking sourdough bread with her starter named Pepe.
MONIQUE THOMPSON lives in Denver with her 4 year old daughter. She is originally from the beautiful island of Barbados, and visits often. She graduated from Regis university with a BS in psychology and also has an AA in Early childhood development. She currently works for the Denver Department of Human Services. In her spare time she likes going on adventures with her daughter, trying new food crafting and spending time with family and friends. She has worked for a partner site before she was a board member and she saw firsthand how vital and essential WeeCycle is to families living below the property line. As the cost of living increases, WeeCycle alleviates a little of the stress for parents not to have to choose between paying their electric bill and buying items their little ones need. It was nice seeing the gratitude each parent had when they were given items to help their child. This is one of the many reasons that she’s excited to be part of WeeCycle.