About the Localworks Staff



Carolyn DoranEvents Manager

Carolyn Doran has been working in the nonprofit and public sector for over 20 years with experience in event management, volunteer coordination, public relations and community outreach. Before starting her work with Localworks, Carolyn was a Program Director for Tesoro Cultural Center, a small cultural center that develops programming related to Colorado History. Carolyn managed numerous events including a historic lecture series, silent and live auctions, fundraising events and two large public art markets–an Indian Market & Powwow and a Spanish Colonial Art Market & Rendezvous. Carolyn earned her BA in Communications from the University of Colorado at Denver. She returned to school in 2005 and earned another BA in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting. Carolyn is excited to be working in Wheat Ridge. She and her husband live close by and can often be found enjoying Crown Hill with their dogs or on their bikes. During her free time, Carolyn spends time oil painting, reading, gardening and camping.


Colleen O’BrienBookkeeper

Colleen has a passion for supporting local and socially driven businesses and believes that local businesses are key to affecting change in the economic, cultural and social environment. She has a Bachelors in Economics and Masters in Business, with a work experience in a variety of fields from banking, to real estate, to non-profits. Currently Colleen is using her expertise to provide business support to local small business and startups. She considers herself a jack of all trades and provides assistance with everything from social media to finance.

Colleen is a Colorado native and went to school at the University of Colorado. She has spent a few years out of the state living in California and traveling the world. But something always brings her back to Colorado. She currently lives in Wheat Ridge and enjoys living close to Denver and close to the mountains. Colleen is passionate about the outdoors, living sustainably, gardening and travel. She likes to spend her weekends camping, listening to live music and enjoying a Colorado craft beer.

Chelsea BunkerCommunity Engagement Coordinator

Chelsea Bunker, a fourth generation Colorado native and a Wheat Ridge High School graduate, holds a B.A. in Communications from University of Colorado at Denver. Her diverse professional background includes public and private sector procurement, government contracting, supplier diversity, as well as sales, marketing and communications.

Passionate about building positive relationships within the community and living local, joining Localworks was a natural fit. When she is not working or volunteering, Chelsea devotes her time to being a mother, enjoying local restaurants and breweries with family and friends and being a self-proclaimed “crazy dog lady.”

Ashley HollandMarketing and Events Coordinator

Ashley Holland is originally from Akron, Ohio, and attended Denison University. While in college, she worked for her campus’s women’s center which sparked her scholastic and professional interest in nonprofits. During her career, Ashley has worked or interned for nonprofits in Ohio, South Africa and Colorado. Most recently, she finished an AmeriCorps VISTA year as the Marketing Associate for Community Resource Center in Denver. Ashley has a passion for community development and is thrilled to join the Localworks team. If she is not in the office, she is probably hiking, running, reading or dreaming up future travel plans.

Jenny SnellActivate 38 and Events Coordinator

Jenny brings a true passion for alternate transportation and community building.  She is a firm believer in the perspective change that happens when you walk or ride a bike-the way we see our community, each other, and life in general, changes.  She enjoys getting to know people and bringing them together.  Raised in a small town in Texas, knowing and helping neighbors was a way of life from early on.  These habits certainly carry over to her current life here in Wheat Ridge; Jenny adores her neighbors and community.

Jenny holds a BS degree from the University of Houston in Sports Administration, with a minor in Health.  She has years of experience working in the cycling community, from running bike shops, to planning and volunteering at various events and races. She enjoys cycling of all types, and getting outdoors in general with her family.  She may also be found at one of Colorado’s many craft breweries, or an outdoor concert.