As President and CEO, Ceyl oversees the strategic growth and daily operations of CEF. Prior to joining CEF in 1987, she worked for United Bank and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Ceyl recently became a Denver Foundation Trustee where she serves on the Economic Opportunities Committee. She is also on the Boulder Economic Council, Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council, Governor’s Small Business Council and St Anthony’s Health Foundation. Ceyl graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Notre Dame in the first female class. She also served as Notre Dame Alumni Association Board President and University Trustee. Her business and community service awards include the Denver Business Journal Outstanding Woman in Business, US Small Business Administration Financial Services Advocate of the Year, and University of Notre Dame Tom Dooley Award. Ceyl is a frequent local and national speaker on the community impact of small businesses, their role in economic development, and their need for access to capital.
As Director of Credit, Lewis monitors portfolio and credit quality. He also manages our Northern Colorado lending activity including consulting with potential applicants about their business plans, performing credit analysis and loan underwriting, and providing ongoing business advisory services to borrowers. Prior to joining CEF in 1994, Lewis was the Director of the Small Business Development Center in Boulder. He is an entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience owning and operating a variety of successful business ventures with special knowledge of the restaurant and food service industry.
As Director of Lending, Alan works with CEF’s Director of Credit to manage the loan portfolio as well as supervising CEF’s loan production team. Alan also consults with potential applicants about their business plans, performs credit analysis and loan underwriting, provides ongoing business advisory services to borrowers, and oversees loan activity in the Denver Metro area and other parts of the state. Prior to joining CEF in 2007, Alan worked as a loan consultant for Pulte Homes. He is fluent in Spanish.
As Director of Marketing and Communications, Alisa leads our promotional initiatives to enhance awareness of CEF programs and services among small businesses, financial institutions, community partners and funders in Colorado and nationally. Prior to joining CEF in 2014, she managed marketing and outreach campaigns for area nonprofits, universities and local municipalities, and also worked with the Colorado SBDC network and the US Peace Corps in small enterprise and community development. Alisa earned her master's and bachelor's degrees from American University in Washington, D.C., and is fluent in Estonian and German.
As Director of Development, Carrie oversees the creation and implementation of fundraising plans and strategies to increase new and existing funding sources that support our loan programs and services. This funding includes obtaining grants, contracts, and impact investments from corporate, foundation, and government entities in Colorado and nationally. Prior to joining CEF in 2017, Carrie served as Vice President of Development for Junior Achievement (JA) Rocky Mountain, Inc., based in Denver. She also worked in commercial real estate as an analyst and mortgage director. Carrie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls with additional leadership training from Impact Denver and the Penn State JA Executive Program.
As Controller, Tina oversees corporate accounting and prepares our budget, audit and other financial presentations. Prior to joining CEF in 2012, Tina worked as an auditor and consultant at Arthur Andersen and Andersen Consulting, ran her own business for five years, and became a controller and director of finance in various private equity companies. She is an active CPA in Colorado.
As Asset Quality Manager, Bob ensures the security of all borrower assets and oversees any legal actions involving our borrowers. Prior to joining CEF in 2008, Bob spent 25 years at Citibank as a Portfolio Manager.
As Loan Services Manager, Angela manages the loan portfolio administration and documentation activities for CEF. She prepares our billing notices and loan disbursements, maintains several databases, and provides vital information for CEF reporting purposes. Prior to joining CEF in 1997, Angela was a Documentation and Funding Administrator for Newcourt Financial and worked as a senior accountant for Citicorp Retail Services.
As Operations Manager, Teresa manages our day-to-day office operations. She also supervises our Pre-Underwriting and Closing staff. Prior to joining CEF in 2006, Teresa developed and managed the customer service department and staff of a title insurance company, and brings over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and customer service. She earned her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Denver.
As Senior Credit Analyst, Marcia analyzes credit and financial reports to determine the risk involved in lending money or extending credit to our applicants. She is also our SBA Community Advantage 7(a) loan specialist. Prior to joining CEF in 2009, Marcia worked in various capacities for a community bank as loan officer, interim loan operations supervisor and loan reviewer.
As Senior Loan Officer, Mike consults with our applicants about their business plans, performs credit analysis and loan underwriting, is involved with ongoing business advisory services to borrowers and also conducts marketing visits with our community partners and referral sources. Prior to joining CEF in 2012, Mike served in Iraq with the United States Army. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a double emphasis in accounting and finance from the University of Colorado.
As Healthy Food Program Manager, Anne develops, manages and promotes CEF’s Healthy Food Financing (HFF) Program providing access to capital for small businesses serving low income communities in Colorado. Prior to joining CEF in 2015, Anne was a consultant with Opportunity Finance Network in Philadelphia, a national association of community development financial institutions that invest in programs benefiting low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged communities. Her consulting work supporting healthy food access includes community assessments, program evaluations, grant reporting and strategic planning. Anne earned her Master of City Planning degree in community and economic development from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College in Ohio.
As Senior Processor/Closer, Renee coordinates the pre-underwriting and closing of our loans to ensure proper supporting documentation. Prior to joining CEF in 2013, Renee provided support to local small businesses in the area of employee benefits as an Account Manager for a local insurance brokerage firm.
As a Processor/Closer, Amanda coordinates the pre-underwriting and closing of our loans to ensure proper supporting documentation. Prior to joining CEF in 2016, Amanda worked at Luther College as a Residence Hall Manager and in the Center for Global Learning coordinating study abroad programs and advising students. Amanda earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Language and International Studies from Luther College with a regional focus on Latin America.
As our Loan Closing Specialist, Stephani coordinates the pre-underwriting and closing of our loans to ensure proper supporting documentation. Prior to joining CEF in 2017, Stephani worked at CEF and in the legal field as an executive assistant in Denver and as an immigration paralegal in Chicago. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Public Affairs, with a Certificate in Sociology, from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
As a Processor/Closer, Shannon coordinates the pre-underwriting and closing of our loans to ensure proper supporting documentation. She joined CEF in 2016 as Executive Assistant to the President and CEO, and was promoted to her current role in 2017. Prior to CEF, Shannon served as AmeriCorps Member with the American Red Cross. Shannon has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Notre Dame. She also has internship experience working with domestic and international microlending organizations.
As Lending Assistant, Robin helps pre-screen our applicants, conducts site visits with our borrowers and referral sources, represents CEF at outreach events, and provides administrative support to the lending team. Prior to joining CEF in 2010, Robin spent many years as an administrative assistant in various industries.
Robert manages our team of in-house small business consultants trained to help our borrowers succeed. He has a track record of small business success, identifying harmful constraints and implementing solutions to restore long-term organizational and financial health. Prior to joining BAS in 2010 and becoming its Manager in 2011, Robert served in various senior management roles in high-tech businesses with national and international presence. He is also a lecturer in the Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado. Robert earned his Master of Arts in English from the University of Arkansas and an MBA from the University of Memphis.
As Staff Accountant, Lizette supports loan portfolios and disbursements, accounting reconciliation and financial reporting along with report developments and special projects. Prior to joining CEF in 2017, Lizette worked at Kaiser Permanente in Claims Accounting and Financial Planning & Performance as an interim Financial Analyst. Lizette attended Colorado Technical University where she earned a Master's in Finance and Bachelor's in Accounting with a focus on Information Technology.