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Executive Director

Candace has been a prosecutor with the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office for 16 years.  She was most recently assigned to the Special Victims Unit handling domestic violence cases and crimes against children.  Through her work in the District Attorney’s Office she identified the need for a Family Justice Center, and with the leadership of former DA Pete Weir, made that vision a reality in PorchLight. 

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Guest Services Coordinator

Nicole has worked in Sexual Assault Prevention Education, in corporate purchasing, and in victim services at the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Nicole has found a way to help the community and utilize her skills working with staff, community partners, interns and volunteers at PorchLight. Nicole enjoys traveling around the world, exploring Colorado and spending time with her family and pets.


Development Manager

Brandon has spent the last seven years working in victim advocacy in a variety of settings including law enforcement based advocacy, court advocacy and human trafficking case management. This passion and first hand knowledge of the barriers survivors often faced in our community is a motivating factor in his work to support PorchLight's continued development and advancement. Brandon originally joined the team at PorchLight in 2018 as a volunteer, and was hired as staff in 2023. 

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Bilingual Navigator

Gioany joined PorchLight in November of 2020. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from New Mexico Highlands University and has been doing advocacy work for 8 Years. Prior to joining PorchLight, Gioany provided direct services to victims of crime and tragedy as a Victim Advocate for Brighton/Commerce City Victim Services Unit. Gioany enjoys helping people overcome tough situations and become resilient throughout the process.


Administrative Coordinator

Nanci is responsible for front desk operations and providing administrative and organizational support to PorchLight staff and partners. Nanci earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services from MSU Denver. Before joining the PorchLight team in October 2020, she worked as an administrative coordinator and paralegal in corporate operations and legal services. Nanci believes strongly in the mission of PorchLight and is excited to utilize her professional skills and experience to support PorchLight staff, partners, and Guests.  

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Prior to devoting herself to her passion as a Navigator with PorchLight, Sara could be found responding to Jefferson County’s 9-1-1 phone calls as an Emergency Dispatcher. Sara got her feet wet working in victim’s services as a Volunteer Victim Advocate with Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.  Prior to that she worked in multiple roles in a human service and public safety capacity. If you were looking for Sara on the weekends, you would most likely find her exploring mountain towns and trying out new restaurants around town.


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Administrative Assistant

Samantha has had a wide variety of experience working in human services and service industries. Before coming to PorchLight, Samantha worked in child and youth services providing supervised visits for parents and coordinating staff and volunteers to do the same. She also worked with another Family Justice Center to provide trauma-informed childcare for victims and families. Samantha is excited to use her experience and training to serve PorchLight’s guests with empathy and compassion. Catch her with her side kick, Pepper, the emotional support dachshund, and PorchLight’s unofficial mascot!



Alysia joined PorchLight in April of 2023. Prior to her work at PorchLight she worked in early childhood education, providing case management services and supporting families in working towards self-sufficiency. Throughout her career she has worked in child abuse and neglect prevention services, child advocacy, and direct services to survivors of sexual violence and outpatient mental health. She is passionate about supporting people on their journey and providing a safe space for them when they need it most.

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