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Dr. Van Voorhis Resume

Region & Category
Statewide, Denver Metro
Job Category: 
Administrative | Communications | Education | Executive | Programs/Services | Volunteer Management | Other

Program administrator with demonstrated ability to achieve measurable results. Experienced in functions such as strategic planning, grant writing, coalition building, policy development, advocacy, political research, office development and management, program and policy evaluation, compliance, nonprofit and political administration, media communications, program evaluation, program oversight, and budget management.

Adjunct, American Government and Politics
Aug, 2018 to May, 2019
Colorado Early Colleges, Parker
  • Lecturer on American Government and Politics. Serve as leading Adjunct for Colorado Early Colleges, teaching college courses on behalf of Colorado State University-Pueblo, and Arapahoe Community College. Coursework reviews basic political theory, governmental structure, creation and analysis of policy, and the role of individuals within the American government.
Non-Profit Consultant
Mar, 2016
Self Employed- Work was done for organizations in Alaska and Colorado
  • Complete program evaluation and reorganization tasks, assist in creating and implementing program policy, counsel agencies on marketing and development plans, complete grant writing projects, and coordinate events and fundraising efforts for various not-for-profit clients.
  • • Compose service contracts to reflect and solidify client needs, deadlines, privacy assurances, and
  • terms and conditions of payment.
Food Bank of Alaska, Employment and Training Specialist
Mar, 2016 to Jul, 2016
Food Bank of Alaska- Anchorage, AK
  • Designed and implemented the State of Alaska’s Employment and Training Program; designed pilot based on USDA regulations and policy for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) beneficiaries; trained and assisted six pilot sites in day to day implementation of the program.
  • • Formulated effective program measurements, outcomes, and data gathering procedures by
  • employing quantitative and qualitative data collection methods.
  • • Responsible for managing the relationships between the State of Alaska, FBA, and small program
  • sites.
  • • Identified new localities with food needs and conducted needs assessments to determine assistance
  • required and develop plans for providing food assistance to these populations.
  • • Formulate food program manuals and implemented policy for organization and partner agencies.
  • • Advocated for hunger-based policies and change at the local, state and federal level; composed form
  • letter for stakeholders to share with state representatives detailing our concerns and needs; testified
  • on the Senate floor as a subject matter expert regarding public need for state sponsored food
  • assistance programs in Alaska.
  • • Participated with the Alaska Food Coalition and the Food Policy Council overseeing the correct
  • implementation and monitoring of all program initiatives; facilitated discussions and appraised the
  • value of concerns regarding the effect and impact of proposed and existing policies.
Food Bank of Alaska, Director of Food Programs and Agency Relations
Feb, 2014 to Mar, 2016
Food Bank of Alaska, Anchorage
  • Advocated for hunger-based policy and change at the local, state and federal level including testimony
  • at the state legislature. Responsible for hiring, training professional development, supervision and performance reviews for seven staff members.
  • • Measurable results include the serving of over 73K Summer meals to rural children, 14K after school
  • meals to children, providing 44 sites with access to The Emergency Food Assistance Program (34 of
  • those in Rural areas), and ensuring over 18,200 boxes of food were delivery to the elderly in 2015
  • alone.
  • • Participated in advocating for Alaska’s Senate Bill 91; efforts resulted in bipartisan legislation that
  • removed barriers on SNAP access due to felony crime conviction.
  • • Received flawless State and Federal auditing reports on non-profit implementation of Federal Food
  • Programs for FY14 and FY15.
  • • Applied for, reported on, and maintained compliance with food program grants in excess of $250K.
  • • Ensured Food Bank of Alaska programs were meeting all programmatic requirements and
  • regulations, including timely reporting for Feeding America, the State of Alaska, the federal
  • government and other funders.
  • • Responsible for managing the relationships between the Alaska Department of Education and Early
  • Development, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (CSFP), FBA, Alaska Food Coalition
  • and Food Policy Council and program sites; ensured open lines of communication were established
  • and maintained.
  • • Assumed primary responsibility for assisting food pantries with best practices and training in process
  • documentation, food delivery procedures, food safety, waste prevention, and other aspects of
  • operations.
  • • Hosted seven annual food program conferences and training events for groups ranging from 40 –
  • 300+ participants; facilitated the planning of an annual organizational retreat with representatives
  • from all 300 partner agencies.
  • • Formulated and implemented polices, both internally and externally, to include policies related to
  • information collection, privacy protection, inventory documentation, and food distribution methods.
Director of Homeless and Family Services
Dec, 2012 to Feb, 2014
Salvation Army- Anchorage,AK
  • Managed and supervised 13 program directors responsible for the day to day functions of McKinnell House Family Shelter and the Family and Homeless Services division consisting of a food pantry, Clothing, Heating and Rental Assistance program, Education services, Financial Support Services, Family Services, and Shelter for up to 195 persons each day.
  • • Conducted successful analysis, evaluation, and restructure of two homeless services programs
  • resulting in a 53% higher success rate in stabilizing housing and employment.
  • • Maintained relationships with local school district to ensure that children in our facility were properly
  • enrolled in school, secured bus transportation, and ensured that they would be receiving all available
  • additional support.
  • • Formulated effective program measurements, outcomes data gathering procedures and budgets in
  • order to best predict and calculate how many families could be served.
  • • Created a development plan including fundraising and grant requests; applied for, reported on, and
  • maintained compliance with federal, state, local and foundation grants; obtained grants from
  • multiple organizations totaling over $65K and raised approximately $4K/month from small donors.
  • • Participated in and encouraged outreach opportunities to extend services to the underserved with
  • other organizations such as the Anchorage Emergency Cold Weather Plan, the Alaska and Anchorage
  • Coalition, among others.
Respite Care Provider
Feb, 2011 to Dec, 2012
Aurora Mental Health- Aurora, CO
  • Certified, in-home respite care provider. Maintained a case load of approximately 15 – 20 children. Coordinated weekly or monthly care for children ages 4-18, struggling with depression, suicidal tendencies and abandonment.
  • • Monitored progress within the respite program and interacted with therapists and families to better
  • meet the child’s needs; became familiarized with relevant treatment plans before administering care.
  • • Provided emergency respite when a child was at risk for removal from home.
  • • Maintained behavioral notes on children, documented all interactions with parents and therapists,
  • and shared records and notes with permitted persons to ensure that all stakeholders had the most
  • up- to-date information possible for each child in my care.
Ombudsman Contract Administrator
Feb, 2011 to Jun, 2011
NACC Colorado State Ombudsman Office- Denver, CO
  • Assisted in the opening and first year operations of the Colorado State Ombudsman Office. Worked with strategic planning of inter-office functions to comply with all policies impacting the Ombudsman office.
  • • Prepared daily progress reports on status of matters filed as complaints with the Ombudsman’s
  • Office and created electronic database for measuring the efficacy of the office in resolving
  • complaints, and for the need for services within the State of Colorado.
Coalition Organizer
Jun, 2010 to Nov, 2010
Coloradans for Responsible Reform-Denver, CO
  • Worked 20 hours/week on successful campaign organization to defeat proposed Colorado constitutional amendments designed to limit governmental ability to raise or borrow money.
Contracted Administrator
Dec, 2009 to Dec, 2011
Self Employed - Denver, CO
  • Participated in data collection regarding the outcomes and effectiveness of family assistance policies. Conducted research, data input, and analysis of studies. Worked for varying law offices to assist with preparation of audit files and large caseloads.
School and Location: 
Walden University- Minneapolis, Minnesota
Dates Attended: 
2016 to 2019
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Field of Study: 
Public Policy and Administration-Policy Analysis
Activities and Societies: 
Pi Sigma Alpha National Society of Leadership and Sucess Golden Key Society
School and Location: 
University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO
Dates Attended: 
2009 to 2010
Master’s Degree
Field of Study: 
Public Administration
School and Location: 
Metropolitan University- Denver, CO
Dates Attended: 
2006 to 2009
Bachelor’s Degree
Field of Study: 
Political Science and English
Contact Info
Full Name: 
Dr. Kathleen Anne Van Voorhis
21945 East Quincy Place
Aurora, CO 80015
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