Our Team

Ceyl Prinster
President and Ceo

What is your grand vision for Colorado’s entrepreneurs and small business community? What is your role in this future?

I want Colorado to be the national leader. I want our state to be known as the best place to start and grow a business. I want my role to be a champion for small business and an advocate for equitable access to small business resources for people from all socioeconomic backgrounds.

Ceyl Prinster
President and Ceo
ceyl@coloradoenterprisefund.org

CEF-proud since 1987

What is it about your personality that aligned you with CEF?

I like the mix of business and mission. It’s intellectually challenging and emotionally rewarding to be helping people along their path of small business ownership and growth. Small business owners are truly trailblazers which is a mindset I relate to. I have always forged my own path whether that’s being among the first female graduating class at my alma mater, Notre Dame, to being an early advocate for expanding access to capital to grow the small business economy. With CEF I get to see people who are excited about their businesses. This touches me on a personal level. The impact these businesses have on their communities feels like we are making a difference on a larger scale.

What is it about Colorado that makes it so incredible?

Colorado is a place where people are welcoming, friendly and positive. This combination of culture means that we work together to accomplish big goals like few other places.

If you had a band, what would it be called and why?

I’m all about being a catalyst for success so my band would be called The Atomics. I like to set a rhythm for continued momentum so I’d play the bass guitar or the drums.

If you could choose one place in Colorado that epitomizes the state’s grandeur, where would that be?

Every visitor and Coloradan needs to experience Maroon Bells near Aspen.

If I had a magic wand, I’d…. make the world a place where everyone has clean water and enough food to eat.

Nim Patel
COO

What does your ideal future look like for entrepreneurship and small business in Colorado? 

My vision for entrepreneurship in Colorado is one of a level playing field.  The work we are doing at CEF to provide opportunity to those who may not be able to access it through traditional lending outlets is part of that leveling. I would like to continue the support this vision through my work here at CEF.

Nim Patel
COO
nim@coloradoenterprisefund.org

CEF Circa 2018

• Guides the operations of CEF through strategic direction and support with an emphasis on leveraging technology for scale and efficiency. · 20+ years of experience in all facets of early stage and high growth business including C-Level positions in finance, operations and technology.

• Active in the non-profit community holding multiple Board roles in the past and currently.

• Earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of Georgia and a Master of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Emory University. Non-practicing CPA.

What is it about your personality that brought you into the Operations role at CEF?

I have been in the startup world for over 20 years and enjoy every minute of it. I know firsthand how hard it is to start a business as well as the effort it takes to help support businesses on their journey. I feel like my collective experiences not only help CEF in our own growth but ultimately helps us better support our amazing borrower partners.

If you had a band, what would it be called and why? What instrument would you play?

We’d be the Wandering Stoics because I am a wanderer and a stoic, and I’d rock the banjo.

How do you do Colorado?

Coloradans are the best at embracing the “work hard, play hard” mentality. I explore Colorado any way I can from camping in a tent or a camper to staying with friends or checking into a hotel. Two of my favorite Colorado destinations are Red Rocks, especially with out-of-town guests, and Telluride.

If I had a magic wand, I’d….be able to fund every entrepreneur I met.

Lewis Hagler
Director of Business Development

What is it about your personality that aligned you with CEF?

I owned my first business at age 19 and have owned 8-10 businesses since, depending on how you count them. It’s in my blood.

Lewis Hagler
Director of Business Development
lewis@coloradoenterprisefund.org

CEF-proud since 1994

• Monitors portfolio and credit quality, and 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.

• 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. Was the Director of the Small Business Development Center in Boulder, a Leading Edge Instructor for the State of Colorado, and also a for-credit instructor of business planning and related courses at Front Range and Arapahoe Community Colleges.

• Holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma.

What does the future for small businesses and entrepreneurs look like in Colorado?

Returning to local ownership and production so we can make the loans that make this happen.

What does Colorado do better than any other state?

Our knowledge base combined with entrepreneurial attitude should keep us in the front of the pack if we can limit the role of government in over-regulating small business.

What is your absolute favorite place to take people visiting from out of town?

I take people to the pistol range by the dozens per year. I am an instructor and shoot at least 10,000 rounds per year.

When you’re exploring Colorado, do you go with tent, camper, couch surf, or hotel? What is your favorite in-state destination?

Grand Lake….no camping!

Carrie Hanson
Director of Development

How do you effect change?

I connect investors to CEF borrowers whose lives are changed because of their small business success.

Carrie Hanson
Director of Development
carrie@coloradoenterprisefund.org

Joined Team CEF in 2017

• Oversees the creation and implementation of fundraising plans and strategies to increase new and existing funding sources that support our loan programs and services such as obtaining grants, contracts, and impact investments from corporate, foundation, and government entities.

• Served as Vice President of Development for Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain, Inc., in Denver and also worked in commercial real estate as an analyst and mortgage director.

• 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.

How did you find your way to CEF?

I have a background in finance and nonprofit development, so this is the perfect combo.

Where is Colorado’s entrepreneurial spirit headed?

It will be driving more capital investment to help diverse small business owners build their dream businesses.

Where do you take out-of-towners visiting Colorado?

Garden of the Gods

If I had a magic wand, I’d….get everyone excited about investing in CDFIs to leverage their money to make a difference in their community.

Alan Ramirez
Director of Strategic Lending

What is it about your job that makes you feel like you’re making a difference?

I started right when the recession was hitting, an interesting time to be around small business. Businesses were calling and asking us to save them. We got past that difficult time and now we’re helping businesses grow and expand. Having those two perspectives from the early times to greater and bigger things has helped me see the big differences we have made.

Alan Ramirez
Director of Strategic Lending
alan@coloradoenterprisefund.org

CEF-proud since 2007

• Oversees our loan production strategy and team. Also consults with potential applicants about their business plans, performs credit analysis and loan underwriting, provides ongoing business advisory services to borrowers, and manages loan activity in the Denver Metro area and other parts of the state.

• Worked as a loan consultant for Pulte Homes and is fluent in Spanish.

• Earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in International Business from Regis University in Denver.

What is it about your personality that aligned you with CEF?

I’m purpose driven by nature and motivated by helping others. Many years ago while backpacking through South America, I learned more about Micro-Finance. Having the opportunity to witness how a micro loan was helping individuals create income or wealth for their families had an impact on me. By working at CEF, it allows me the opportunity to support entrepreneurs with starting or growing their businesses, which has been a great fit for my own personal and professional development. I’m very proud of the work we do here and look forward to continuing to support and improve our community and economic development in Colorado.

What is your vision for entrepreneurship in Colorado heading into the future and what do you want your role in it to be?

The future is exciting. We have a stronger purpose and drive, there’s a lot stirring. I feel the diversity of industries will help keep us strong despite the national economy. CEF has a good pulse on the Colorado market and tech will play a big role. I would love to see more referrals coming to us from businesses. I want to help people build their credit and push them to resources to build their business plan even if we can’t give them the loan so that instead of saying no, we’re saying “just not now.”

If you had a band, what would it be called and why? What instrument would you play or would you be lead vocals?

I think it would be called Sancocho (pronounced San-Ko-Cho), a traditional soup with variations across Central and South America and the Caribbean. The roots of our music would be in salsa, reggae, funk, jazz, rock-n-roll, heavy with a big percussion and horn section. We’d be the best band you never heard of! Weapon of choice would be guitar!

If I had a magic wand, I’d….end poverty!

Tina Robinson
Director of Finance

What is your vision for entrepreneurship in Colorado heading into the future and what do you want your role in it to be?

I see socially responsible and creative entrepreneurs, and see supporting CEF to promote more social responsibility.

Tina Robinson
Director of Finance
tina@coloradoenterprisefund.org

CEF circa 2012

• Oversees corporate accounting and finance, prepares our budget, audit and other financial presentations, and compliance matters.

• 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.

• Is an active CPA in Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Portland State University in Oregon.

What aspects of your job make you feel like you’re making a difference?

My compassion for equity in opportunity is very much in line with CEF’s mission.

What makes Colorado stand out?

We balance pro-business and pro-environmental efforts.

What is your absolute favorite place to take people visiting from out of town?

Garden of the Gods

Tent, camper, couch surf, or hotel?

A camper anywhere in the mountains.

If I had a magic wand, I’d…. get rid of human greed!

Teresa Vanderbosch
Director of Operations

What was the shift that brought you to CEF?

I went from corporate America to non-profit so that I could do something more than just focus on the bottom line. I have a strong servant’s heart and am drawn to non-profit work that’s built on a mission.

Teresa Vanderbosch
Director of Operations
teresa@coloradoenterprisefund.org

CEF-proud since 2006

• Manages our day-to-day office operations and supervises our Pre-Underwriting and Closing staff.

• Developed and managed the customer service department and staff of a title insurance company, bringing over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and customer service. 

• Earned her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Denver. 

How do your talents make an impact at CEF?

I’m a very detail-oriented, systems-driven person, so I was able to map out the entire loan process and do trainings. I like to make things work as efficiently as possible.

If you had a band, what would it be called and why? What instrument would you play or would you be lead vocals?

Moonlight Orchestra and I would be lead vocals. Think Glenn Miller meets Frank Sinatra.

What is your absolute favorite place to take people visiting from out of town?

Vail Village for a ride on the gondola.

If I had a magic wand, I’d…. travel the world and find some way to volunteer at each place.

Fena Flores
Director of Marketing

Bio coming soon!

Robert Anderson
Business Acceleration Services (BAS) Manager

If I had a magic wand, I’d….accelerate the progress of all people on this planet to achieve about 90% of why we’re here. This personal evolution would not mean we’re all done. It would just mean we’re all similarly evolved so the chance for strife would be small.

Robert Anderson
Business Acceleration Services (BAS) Manager
robert@coloradoenterprisefund.org

CEF circa 2010

• Manages our team of in-house small business consultants trained to help our borrowers succeed.

• Has a track record of small business success, identifying harmful constraints and implementing solutions to restore long-term organizational and financial health. Also served in various senior management roles in high-tech businesses with national and international presence. Is a lecturer in the Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado.

• Earned his Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Arkansas and an MBA from the University of Memphis.

What is it about your job that makes you feel like you’re making a difference?

My consulting team is small so I get to help nurture the team’s professional growth and offer a business practice approach to a non-profit train of thought. Practices need to be the same as for-profit, so I’m bringing that for-profit perspective to the non-profit.

Why is Colorado such fertile ground for small businesses and entrepreneurs?

Colorado is a good place for entrepreneurship. It’s definitely a place where young people can make a name for themselves. We’re in the right place where entrepreneurs like to be.

If you had a band, what would it be called and why? What instrument would you play or would you be lead vocals?

In my fantasies, I am John Lennon, playing his six string Rickenbaker. George is still alive, and the four of us are performing in the Royal Albert Hall before the Queen.

What is your absolute favorite place to take people visiting from out of town?

The Continental Divide above the Loveland ski area.

Hannah Gushurst-Jones
Loan Closing Manager

What does Colorado do better than any other state?

Colorado’s got it all! From a business perspective, I would say that one thing Colorado businesses do extremely well, probably better than anywhere else, is collaborate.

Hannah Gushurst-Jones
Loan Closing Manager
hannah@coloradoenterprisefund.org

With CEF since 2012

• 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.

• Joined CEF originally as a Loan Processor/Closer and was promoted to Loan Officer in 2016 before being hired as the new Loan Closing Manager in 2018.

• 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.

What is it about your personality that aligned you with CEF?

I feel very strongly about the social and economic impact small businesses have on their communities and working for an organization that supports those efforts has been the perfect fit. Fresh out of school and starting at CEF, I never imagined that I would be as fortunate as I have been to work for an organization that suits my personality so well. I’ve been able to grow professionally with a company that is making a difference in our communities, I find the work intellectually challenging which keeps me engaged, and I get to work with like-minded people who share my passion for the work we do. Being a part of someone’s journey in pursuing the American Dream, whether we play a small role or we’re instrumental in making it happen, is deeply rewarding.

What is your vision for entrepreneurship in Colorado heading into the future and what do you want your role in it to be?

I see innovation with socially and environmentally minded companies. I see Colorado companies setting the standard for the new way to operate, with profit still being an important piece, but impact into the communities and the environment being the true driving force behind decision-making.

If you had a band, what would it be called and why? What instrument would you play or would you be lead vocals?

‘Hannah and the Banana Peels’. We’d be a mix between indie and country music, I would play guitar and be the main vocalist, although all band members would have the opportunity to take the lead from time to time if they wanted.

Tent, camper, couch surf, or hotel?

My favorite in-state destination is my family’s very rustic cabin in Rand, Colorado. Beyond the endless amounts of childhood memories, it’s at the base of a mountain range, there’s tons of wildlife and beautiful scenery to explore, and on clear nights, the stars are unbelievable – you can see the Milky Way which is one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen firsthand!

Robert Lohringel
Asset Quality Manager

What is it about your job that makes you feel like you’re making a difference?

Seeing the joy in our borrowers’ eyes after working out their issues.

Robert Lohringel
Asset Quality Manager
bob@coloradoenterprisefund.org

CEF-proud since 2008

• Ensures the security of all borrower assets and oversees any legal actions involving our borrowers.

• Spent 25 years at Citibank as a Portfolio Manager and is a veteran of the Vietnam War.

• Holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Finance from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

What is it about your personality that aligned you with CEF?

The friendliest atmosphere, attitude and the desire to help small business, new and existing, succeed.

How does Colorado excel?

Colorado provides many different routes to go to and obtain financing.

Tent, camper, couch surf, or hotel?

Hotel near Norrie, Colorado for great hiking and fly fishing

If I had a magic wand, I’d….travel the universe and see the wonders of space.

Anne Misak
Healthy Foods Program Manager

What’s next for small business in Colorado?

We need to diversify entrepreneurship in Colorado to insure everyone who has the passion and commitment can open their own business. I want to continue to work to support diverse entrepreneurs and create a stronger ecosystem for low-income entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color.

Anne Misak
Healthy Foods Program Manager
anne@coloradoenterprisefund.org

With CEF since 2015

• Develops, manages and promotes our Healthy Food Fund (HFF) program providing access to capital for small food-related businesses serving low-income communities in Colorado.

• 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 for healthy food access included community assessments, program evaluations, grant reporting and strategic planning.

• 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.

How did you and CEF connect?

I am super committed to our mission of providing capital to businesses that have been left out of mainstream finance, particularly, businesses serving the diverse communities in Colorado. I was also excited to help grow our Healthy Food Fund to increase healthy food access in Colorado.

What is it about your job that makes you feel like you’re making a difference?

We have supported over 35 businesses so far through our Healthy Food Fund. These businesses are providing access to healthy food in their communities. Many of them were not able to access capital except through CEF. I love working with these amazing business owners who are dedicated to serving their communities and making Colorado a healthier place to live.

What is a must-see in the state for visitors?

Rocky Mountain National Park or anywhere in the mountains so they can get a taste of the amazing public land that we have access to in Colorado.

Tent, camper, couch surf, or hotel?

I tent or hammock camp a lot. I also enjoy cabins. I love visiting all the hot springs in CO and pretty much anywhere in the mountains. I have a soft spot for RMNP since that’s where I met my partner.

Lizette Schaser
Portfolio Manager

What’s in your entrepreneurial crystal ball for Colorado?

It’ll be exciting to see the act of imagination of Colorado’s entrepreneurship being brought to life. My role is being a part of CEF’s team as we provide operational guidance to entrepreneurs and small business development.

Lizette Schaser
Portfolio Manager
lizette@coloradoenterprisefund.org

With CEF since 2017

• Supports our loan portfolios and disbursements, accounting reconciliation and financial reporting plus report developments and special projects.

• Worked at Kaiser Permanente in Claims Accounting and Financial Planning & Performance as an interim Financial Analyst.

• Attended Colorado Technical University where she earned her Master’s in Finance and Bachelor’s in Accounting with a strong focus on Information Technology.

What do you and CEF have in common?

I’m service-oriented and enjoy seeing to other peoples’ needs. Your Colorado shout out? We keep our state clean, rank high in fitness and other healthy metrics.

If you had a band, what would it be called and why?

The Immovables. CEF stands firms in building a strong community or at least a foundation for capacity. I’d play the keyboards.

If I had a magic wand, I’d…. end war, restore peace and feed the poor.

Marcia Johnston-Walden
Senior Credit Analyst/SBA Loan Specialist

Where does Colorado excel?

Variety of outside adventures coupled with strong arts throughout the state. I think we also like new things, which gives people the opportunity to try new ideas.

Marcia Johnston-Walden
Senior Credit Analyst/SBA Loan Specialist
marcia@coloradoenterprisefund.org

CEF Circa 2009

• Analyzes credit and financial reports to determine the risk involved in lending money or extending credit to our applicants, and serves as our SBA Community Advantage 7(a) loan specialist.

• Worked in various capacities for a community bank as loan officer, interim loan operations supervisor and loan reviewer.

• Holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

What drew you to CEF?

I like to learn new things and know how they work. I enjoy learning about the different industries we help. The types of businesses are endless so we get to learn a lot.

What is your vision for Colorado’s entrepreneurs?

My belief is that entrepreneurship will continue and be stronger. Colorado has so many talented, committed, and innovative people, and I think people are always looking for something new/different. Our borrowers are very tenacious and determined to realize their dreams.

What is your absolute favorite place to take people visiting from out of town?

My family lives in Colorado, so when they visit I like to take them to whatever special is happening in and around Denver. This varies by season, but can be concerts, plays, the neighborhood shops, or outdoor activities or visiting a new borrower that I know interests them.

If I had a magic wand, I’d…. like all people to feel good about themselves, get what they need to succeed by their definition, and feel happy.

Edgar Silerio
Community Lending Officer

Bio coming soon!

Stefanie Fox
Community Lending Officer

What is it about your personality that aligned you with CEF?

I enjoy developing relationships in the community and getting connected with entrepreneurs to help grow their business. I feel I am making a difference when I can help a local business expand, whether they are reaching more customers or providing more jobs to Coloradoans.

Stefanie Fox
Community Lending Officer
sfox@coloradoenterprisefund.org

Joined Team CEF in 2018

• 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.

• Previously employed in mortgage banking, business startup and development, and marketing.

• Holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, as well as an MBA in Business Management and Entrepreneurship, from Florida Atlantic University.

What do you see for the future of entrepreneurship in Colorado and where do you see yourself in this future?

I am fascinated by how much locals love to support small business here in Colorado. As our state undergoes tremendous growth, not only in population but in the variety of people starting a business, the team at CEF plays a crucial role. We can help a small business owner just getting started that may have been turned down elsewhere. That borrower will make a positive impact in their community and our local economy.

What is your fantasy rock band and what would you play?

My band would be called Guns & Roses since I loved the rock bands of the 80’s/90’s but with a fun and refreshing twist. I would play guitar.

Your ideal taste of Colorado?

I love giving visitors a mix of the Colorado experience. Spending some time downtown, exploring RiNo or visiting some breweries. Then taking them to the mountains for a hike or other mountain fun depending on the season. When I’m exploring Colorado, tent camping gives me an appreciation for our wilderness but I would never say no to some pampering at a mountain resort hotel. My favorite destination is Breckenridge; I love the old mining town feel and the buzz on Main Street. It’s hard to beat a day on the slopes.

If I had a magic wand… I’d make sure my kids would always listen to me.

Renee Vander Veer
Senior Loan Closing Specialist

What energizes you?

For me there is always a MOMENT, usually at the closing table, where I connect with a borrower and I can really feel how much this opportunity means to them – their success is my success and I am genuinely honored to be a part of each customer’s story.

Renee Vander Veer
Senior Loan Closing Specialist
renee@coloradoenterprisefund.org

With CEF since 2013

• Coordinates the pre-underwriting and closing of our loans with other team members to ensure proper supporting documentation.

• Provided support to local small businesses in the area of employee benefits as an account manager for a local insurance brokerage firm.

What brought you to CEF?

I love helping people! As a Colorado native who grew up in small business (my family has owned and operated a pet shop in Denver for over 25 years), CEF’s mission is very near to my heart and I am so proud to be a part of this team.

What do you see for Colorado’s entrepreneurial future?

I’d like to see Colorado continue to be a leader in small business and for CEF to really become the go-to lender for entrepreneurs in the state. It would be really amazing to see CEF become more involved in a meaningful way with under-represented communities.

If you had a band, what would it be called?

That’s a tough one for me as I’m more of a behind the scenes person but if I had to pick … I’d have to channel my inner Beyoncé because she embodies female empowerment.

If I had a magic wand, I’d….be off to Hogwarts!

Amanda Peck
Loan Closing Specialist

What do you see in the Colorado entrepreneurial crystal ball?

In a growing community like ours, I would like to see barriers to financing for minorities and women-owned businesses reduced or eliminated.

Amanda Peck
Loan Closing Specialist
amanda@coloradoenterprisefund.org

CEF Circa 2016

• Coordinates the pre-underwriting and closing of our loans to ensure proper supporting documentation.

• Worked at Luther College as a Residence Hall Manager and in the Center for Global Learning coordinating study abroad programs and advising students.

• Earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Language and International Studies from Luther College with a regional focus on Latin America.

What is it about your job that makes you feel like you’re making a difference?

Interacting with our customers, helping them learn and grow their business, seeing the work they put in and then being able to sit across from them at the closing table and get them started – it all keeps me motivated to continue this work. Some of them have been told, over and over, that their dream is not worthy, their credit too poor, their ideas too risky; we are able to finance an opportunity for them and their families. It’s so worth it when you see them out in the community.

What does Colorado do best?

Colorado knows beer and our small business owners know brewing. I trust them with my Friday nights.

What is your absolute favorite place to take people visiting from out of town?

When I have out of town visitors I try to explore new places each time! It is a great excuse to take a new mountain drive or try a different hiking trail or brewery. That being said, the Mount Evans wilderness area is a beautiful and easy drive from Denver.

If I had a magic wand, I’d….end all human rights violations. Travel the world. Have an endless supply of chocolate-glazed donuts.

Stephani Meyers
Loan Closing Specialist

What is it about your job that makes you feel like you’re making a difference?

Seeing all of the businesses in Colorado and in my neighborhood that wouldn’t exist without us.

Stephani Meyers
Loan Closing Specialist
stephani@coloradoenterprisefund.org

Joined Team CEF in 2017

• Coordinates the pre-underwriting and closing of our loans to ensure proper supporting documentation.

• Worked in the legal field as an executive assistant in Denver and as an immigration paralegal in Chicago.

• Has a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Public Affairs, with a Certificate in Sociology, from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Your vision and your role for the future of Colorado entrepreneurship?

Vision: Business corridor improvements, creating more walkable neighborhoods, providing community wealth building, and a diverse economy.

Role: Helping small businesses succeed. Colorado points of pride: Coffee and sunsets!

Tent, camper, couch surf, or hotel?

Tent in Mesa Verde National Park.

If I had a magic wand, I’d….provide everyone with a free, high quality college education.

Olivia Chen
Loan Coordinator

How do you feel like you’re making a difference through CEF?

When I get to sit down with the borrowers at closing and see how excited and appreciative they are.

Olivia Chen
Loan Coordinator
olivia@coloradoenterprisefund.org

With CEF since 2017

• Coordinates the pre-underwriting and closing of our loans to ensure proper supporting documentation.

• Worked for the University of Notre Dame Public Affairs Department as part of an off-campus educational initiative, and for Notre Dame Trio Programs as a Program Liaison and Baccalaureate Advisor. Also interned for the South Bend (Indiana) School Corporation.

• Graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Constitutional Studies.

What is your vision for entrepreneurship in Colorado heading into the future and what do you want your role in it to be?

I’d love to see CEF continue to grow and help more communities all over the state.

What does Colorado do better than any other state?

Mountains

What is your absolute favorite place to take people visiting from out of town?

Coors factory

If I had a magic wand, I’d….

travel all the time without the hassle of airplanes.

Robin Ramsouer
Lending Assistant

Why did you connect with CEF?

I worked in a cabinet-making small business. It was definitely not an easy job and sometimes the money didn’t always come in. I also worked in insurance, stayed home with kids, did administrative work. I like that CEF is trying to help people’s dreams come true. Like my dad used to say, this world was started with small business. 

Robin Ramsouer
Lending Assistant
robin@coloradoenterprisefund.org

Joined Team CEF in 2010

• 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.

• Employed many years as an administrative assistant in various industries.

• Completed professional training during the years she held administrative positions.

What is your vision for entrepreneurship in Colorado heading into the future and what do you want your role in it to be?

I think that it’s getting stronger. I think there are more people who have these dreams and want to put their vision into it. 

What is it about your job that makes you feel like you’re making a difference?

I’m on the front line, when people are pretty close to applying but aren’t quite ready. I help them think of things they haven’t thought of. I help them put together a business plan. I recommend they talk to a small business development center. Sometimes they just want to talk and I talk them through the process. People want to be heard. They want someone else to be excited, giving them the positive feedback makes them feel better. 

Cass Hayes
Executive Assistant