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 Finance and Administration, Nick provides fiscal and administrative leadership to CEF. From budgeting, auditing and compliance to banking, funding and analysis, he manages our internal processes as well as our relationships with external funding partners. Prior to joining CEF in 2011, Nick spent eight years in commercial insurance operations management in Colorado and New York City. He earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder following his passion for entrepreneurship and finance as applied to small business development.
As Director of Lending, Alan works with our Director of Credit Quality to manage CEF loan production and supervises our lending team. He 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 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 Marketing and Communications, Alisa leads our promotional initiatives to enhance awareness of CEF programs and services among small businesses, financial institutions, and community partners in Colorado and nationally. Prior to joining CEF in 2014, she managed marketing and outreach campaigns for 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 a Loan Officer, Hannah consults with potential 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. Hannah joined CEF in 2012 as a Loan Processor/Closer and was promoted to her current role in 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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.
As a 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, Megan coordinates the pre-underwriting and closing of our loans to ensure proper supporting documentation. Prior to joining CEF in 2015, Megan was a project coordinator and in customer service with Xssentials. Megan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Biology from Luther College.
As a Processor/Closer, Caitlin coordinates the pre-underwriting and closing of our loans to ensure proper supporting documentation. Prior to joining CEF in 2015, she worked as a Mortgage Servicing Representative at FirstBank. Caitlin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Kentucky and her Master of Arts in Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration from the University of Denver. She also served in the US Peace Corps as a Small Enterprise Development consultant in Mali.
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 the Executive Assistant to the President and CEO, Shannon manages day-to-day responsibilities. Prior to joining 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.