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 COO, Nim guides the operations of CEF through strategic direction and support with an emphasis on leveraging technology for scale and efficiency. Prior to joining CEF in 2018, Nim spent 20+ years managing all facets of early stage and high growth businesses including C-Level positions in Finance, Operations and Technology. He is active in the non-profit community holding multiple board and consulting roles over the years. Nim holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of Georgia as well as a Master of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Emory University.
As Director of Business Development, Lewis supervises loan officers reaching underserved small business markets. He also oversees lending in Northern Colorado 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 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 Director of Finance, Tina directs all financial operations including accounting, budgeting, financial reporting and loan servicing for the organization. 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. Tina is an active CPA in Colorado and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Accounting degree from Portland State University in Oregon.
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 municipalities, and also worked with the Colorado SBDC network and the US Peace Corps-Baltic States in small enterprise and community development. Alisa earned her master's and bachelor's degrees from American University in Washington, D.C., and is the recipient of several awards for her innovative approach to reaching new markets.
As Director of Operations, Teresa oversees our office administration including day-to-day activities, human resources, staff supervision, and vendor services. Prior to joining CEF in 2006, Teresa developed and managed the customer service department and staff of a title insurance company, combined with over 20 years of additional experience in private-sector sales, marketing and customer service. Teresa holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Denver.
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 and is a Vietnam War veteran. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Finance from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
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 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. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
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 Community Lending Officer, Stefanie 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 2018, Stefanie worked in mortgage banking, business startup and development, and marketing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, as well as an MBA in Business Management and Entrepreneurship, from Florida Atlantic University.
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 Senior Loan Closing Specialist, Renee coordinates the pre-underwriting and closing of our loans with staff and borrowers 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 Loan Closing Specialist, 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 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 Portfolio Manager, Lizette supports loan servicing and disbursements, along with related reporting 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.
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.
Andy has been a business entrepreneur and educator for more than three decades, overseeing numerous business ventures in the accounting, real estate, hospitality and healthcare industries. He has held positions with the international accounting firm Deloitte, owned a private accounting practice, was a developer and independent broker in residential and commercial real estate, and was a principal in hospitality consulting and development companies. He worked with international hotel companies such as Choice Hotels, Radisson, and Interstate Hotels. Since 2007, he has been in business as an independent Health and Life Insurance Broker and was among the first to become certified with Colorado’s Connect for Health Marketplace. Andy has held full-time faculty, lecturer and adjunct faculty positions in business, accounting and teacher education at universities and community colleges in Metro Denver and Boulder. At the University of Colorado-Boulder, he completed doctoral coursework in Business Administration and earned an MA in Education. He is CPA certified with licenses in real estate, insurance, accounting and teaching. Andy joined the BAS team in 2007.
Jason is a bilingual Spanish-speaking business consultant. He has experience founding/co-founding and leading two Colorado startup firms for over 5 years, combined with more than 20 years of operational and financial leadership experience earned while employed at Fortune 500 firms, large and mid-sized corporations, and in state and federal government. His expertise encompasses retail, real estate (commercial and residential), financial services, insurance, manufacturing, education (for-profit and not-forprofit), energy, medical and high tech sectors. He particularly enjoys working through and developing frameworks to address the regulatory, marketing and operational challenges facing small business owners in rapidly-changing markets. Jason teaches finance, economics and business management at the University of Colorado at Denver. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in international economics and Spanish from the University of Illinois-Champaign, graduating with distinction, and an MBA with a finance concentration from the University of Chicago. Jason’s family has worked in entrepreneurial ventures for decades so he appreciates and enjoys working with the many passionate entrepreneurs who are CEF borrowers. Jason joined the BAS team in 2016.
Sydney brings over 14 years of business experience in all aspects of QuickBooks. From training individuals and groups in setting up their QuickBooks to helping them complete reconciliations, reports, quarterly reviews, payables and receivables, Sydney empowers small business clients to master this accounting program on MAC or PC platforms. Serving various businesses in manufacturing and maintenance industries to professional firms and food service providers, Sydney helps clients, either remotely or onsite, in the Denver Metro area and nearby suburbs to manage their accounts so they can grow their businesses and be successful. Prior to coming to Denver and opening her QuickBooks consulting firm, Sydney lived in New York City where she managed an information services center for American manufacturers. She holds a master’s and a bachelor’s degree, and enjoys music, concerts, movies, ballroom dancing, museums and good conversation. Sydney joined the BAS team in 2009.
Chris is founder and managing owner of CR-Law LLC in Denver. He advises clients on legal and strategic issues facing growing and established companies. As companies chart their course, from raising funds to deploying capital, making acquisitions, exit planning, and laying the proper legal foundation upon which the company can thrive, it is important they work closely with their attorney. Chris is a trusted advisor and provides customized solutions to address his clients’ specific needs. With a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Fort Lewis College in Durango, plus a master’s in finance and JD from the University of Denver, Chris understands the complex needs facing today’s businesses. In addition to providing legal services, Chris also is a commercial real estate broker assisting clients in finding the optimal home for their business or real estate investment. Chris joined the BAS team in 2016.
Barb advises clients on business growth and tax planning, joint ventures, exit and succession planning, employment law, and other business matters. Business owners and advisors seeking counsel on business growth and tax planning, as well as, exit and succession planning are often in constant contact with their attorney. Barb is a trusted advisor to her clients and provides proactive and strategic options to fit their needs. Prior to joining the Minor & Brown team in 1985, Barb completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in 1974 and went on to graduate from the University of Colorado-School of Law in 1984 with Order of the Coif honors. In addition to all of her legal responsibilities, Barb has one more responsibility to uphold at all times - provide her office with a mascot! An animal lover, Barb is an official Puppy Raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind and is rarely seen around the office without a new, four-footed recruit. Barb joined the BAS team in 2012.