Paula Schriefer joined Spring Institute for Intercultural learning as President & CEO on October 20, 2014. She came to Spring Institute from the State Department’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs, where she was a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian affairs. Prior to assuming this position, Ms. Schriefer was vice president for global programs at Freedom House, where she oversaw Freedom House’s global activities on freedom of expression, internet freedom, religious freedom, and advocacy efforts at the United Nations.From 2006-2011, Ms. Schriefer was Director of Advocacy for Freedom House, overseeing all of its outreach and communications activities, including foreign policy advocacy, press relations, and coordination with international organizations. From 2001 to 2006 she served as its Director of Programs, overseeing nearly two dozen major program initiatives and thirteen overseas offices established to support independent media, open and transparent governance, civil society development, justice sector reform, and the defense of human rights.
In addition to Freedom House, Ms. Schriefer has worked at the National Forum Foundation and the National Endowment for Democracy. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. degree in Russian Area Studies from the University of Denver and completed coursework for an M.A. in Russian and Eastern European Studies at George Washington University.
Mark comes to Spring Institute with 30 years of experience in accounting and finance and over 14 years of experience overseeing the financial management of nonprofits. Most recently, Mark served as the Finance Manager for the Forest Guild, a nonprofit involved in collaborative efforts to impact governmental forest policy and as Finance Manager for Southwestern College, a nonprofit graduate school in psychological counseling and art therapy. Mark relocated to Denver from Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Jessie is continuing her education, aiming for a Master’s degree in Organizational Development with a focus in Human Resource Management and Leadership from Regis University.
Ms. Hawthorn earned her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado Denver with an emphasis on adult ESL instruction in 2004. She also holds a TESOL Certificate and the Adult Basic Education Authorization (ABEA). Along with 11 years of experience teaching adults in Colorado, Ethiopia, and Mexico, Ms. Hawthorn has experience providing training and technical assistance to grantees throughout Colorado and facilitating program improvement efforts during her tenure at the Colorado Department of Education from 2008 to 2014. Prior to joining Spring Institute, Ms. Hawthorn coordinated the pre-employment training program at Lutheran Family Services Refugee and Asylee Programs.
In 2011, Mr. Huie completed an MA in the Linguistically Diverse Education program at University of Colorado Denver. After teaching English in Mexico and the U.S. for six years, he worked as the Academic Pacer at Aims Community College in Greeley from 2014 to 2016. At Aims, he helped to establish the process for students to participate in a program to prepare them for the Accuplacer entrance exam.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, running, hiking, and reading.
Ms. Soto earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver. During her undergraduate studies, she interned in the Department of Radiology at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus and managed a small business in Louisville, CO. Before officially joining the team, she volunteered as a teaching assistant in the Community ESL classes at Spring Institute.
Colorado Welcome Back
Before joining Spring Institute Mr. Jutson managed the Health-Med Programs for the local office of Kaplan. He also was a conference producer for IIRME in Dubai, where he organized medical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical conferences. Mr. Jutson is an experienced international teacher of English, having done so in Dubai, Buenos Aires, Seoul, Prague and Yokohama and has traveled to almost 60 countries.
Mr. Jutson holds an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Denver and a B.A. in Neuroscience from Macalester College, MN.
Prior to joining Spring Institute in 2015, Ms. Miller was the Work Skills Instructor for Goodwill’s Career Connection Center at Place Bridge Academy, a hub for refugees and immigrants. Ms. Miller also worked with the African Community Center, a refugee resettlement agency, where she served as a Job Skills Trainer for the Safari Thrift Training Program and assisted their Job Development team. Ms. Miller holds a M.A. in International & Intercultural Communication from the University of Denver and a B.S. in Organizational Communication from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Communications and Outreach
Prior to joining Spring Institute, Ms. Welch ran her own communications agency and was the Senior Director of Strategic Communications and Marketing at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. Her in-depth experience in the nonprofit sector includes Board memberships in Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Museo de Las Americas.
Marta was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. She came to the U.S. at the age of nine as a political refugee and has lived in Denver for the majority of her life. She is a Spanish/English translator and gained extensive experience as a project/program manager during her career in the telecom industry. Marta also has a BS in Business Administration and attended the University of Denver for her MA in Communications.
Intercultural Training & Consulting
Maria was born and raised in Salamanca, Spain. She has a BA in Business Administration and she is a Certified Cultural Competency Trainer by the Cross Cultural Health Care Program. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Organizational Development and Leadership at Fielding University.
Ms. Kramer earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, NC, and spent four years teaching ESL abroad to medical providers and contracted with companies that were relocating employees to the United States. After returning to the United States, she taught at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins prior to beginning at Spring Institute in 1997.
She has a special interest in health and literacy and has presented at numerous regional, state, and national conferences.
Prior to joining Spring Institute, Mr. Hutabarat worked as a project manager in another non-profit in San Bernardino, California, creating connections between various non-profits, businesses, school districts, and government agencies to support the local community there.
Mr. Hutabarat holds an M.A. in Management from University of Redlands and a B.S. in psychobiology from La Sierra University.
The Interpreter Network
Mr. Boydston holds a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and has extensive experience in program coordination with multiple non-profit organizations. He served in the Peace Corps in Togo from 2009 to 2011 where he worked as a natural resources management agent, focusing on food security and rainforest conservation.
Mr. Boydston has a passion for linguistics and foreign languages, and enjoys working to coordinate interpretations for rare languages spoken across the region.
Born in Budapest Hungary, Tamas moved to the United States in 1999. He attended university at Metropolitan State University of Denver, spending one year abroad in Fribourg, Switzerland studying at the University of Fribourg. After graduating with a B.A. in German and French, he spent a year in San Juan, Puerto Rico learning Spanish.
At Spring Institute Tamas is excited to do everything he can to help everyone have access to the public services they deserve.
The Spring Café & Learning Center
Marin has always been passionate about international food, and views it as a window into diverse cultures abroad and at home. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BA in International Affairs and a Geographic Concentration in Asia. In 2013 Marin received a Fulbright research grant to live in Southwest China to research changing trends in diet, agriculture and food culture.
In her free time Marin practices Yoga, Capoeira, Improv Dance and numerous outdoor activities. Not surprisingly, she also enjoys gardening, cooking, nutritional studies and anything that has to do with eating good food!