Leadership

Katie Thomas, JD, MBA
Executive Director and Corporate Counsel

Katie Thomas founded the Colorado Nonprofit Legal Center on April 30, 2019. She currently serves as Executive Director and Corporate Counsel for the organization.

Katie is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law and Daniels College of Business. She teaches Nonprofit Organizations, Business Law and Public Policy, and Corporations.

Katie has extensive experience and knowledge in the nonprofit sector and is the former Corporate Counsel for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Board of Directors

Officers

  • Chair – Nathaniel Quintana
  • Vice Chair – Hope Nearhood
  • Treasurer – Veronica Garcia
  • Secretary – Aimee Geurts

Directors

Veronica Garcia
Treasurer and Director

Veronica Garcia has over 12 years of audit experience within the financial services and healthcare industries. Veronica joins CNLC from FirstBank where she is currently an IT Audit Analyst (Senior IT Auditor). 

Prior to that Veronica spent some time at BlackKnight and Zayo (telecommunications) as a Senior IT Auditor. Notably, Veronica was at TIAA where she was a Senior Business Unit Risk and Controls Analyst within the Risk Oversight division and prior to that a Senior IT Auditor in Internal Audit. Veronica had responsibility for, and assisted with, assessing risks and controls for a variety of audits & process improvement initiatives. She has led complex audits and built strong relationships with audit clients and peers. Veronica was instrumental in helping to on-board and establish numerous team members across the Internal Audit Division at the TIAA Denver Office. Veronica began her professional audit career as a Consultant at Deloitte, primarily working with financial services companies, assessing risks and controls related to Sarbanes Oxley readiness assessments and other regulatory and compliance reporting. Veronica is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and working on gaining training and technical expertise in cloud and cyber security risks and mitigation. Further, she has volunteered as Co-Chair of a Denver Employee Resource group focusing on Diversity & Inclusion. 

Prior to her days in audit, Veronica also has a background in banking customer service, mutual fund and retirement plan operations. 

When not working, Veronica enjoys spending her time watching her daughter and nephews wrestle in their respective divisions and brackets. She also enjoys the outdoors and Colorado mountains while hiking and/or camping or simply enjoying the beautiful scenery on long drives through the San Luis Valley. Her ideal getaway is relaxing on a beach somewhere…anywhere nice.

Aimee Geurts
Secretary and Director

Aimee Geurts is a customer service extraordinaire with additional experience in management and marketing. She has an Art History, Theory and Criticism degree from Metropolitan State University and in her spare time, dabbles in Organizational Leadership and Development. Aimee has an Advanced Supervisory Certificate as well as a Coaching Certificate from the Employer’s Council. Her number one Strength Finder strength is Woo…meaning she excels at fun, relationship building and convincing people to do what she wants. Aimee has been a Colorado resident for 22 years, residing for the last 5 years in Park Hill with her two crazy dogs.  

Hope Nearhood, MPH, PMP
Vice Chair and Director

Hope Nearhood is currently a Senior Manager of MS Information and Resources for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, where she has worked for the last 6 years. Hope specializes in clinical content writing, healthcare access initiatives, has a Master of Public Health Epidemiology and obtained a Project Management Professional certification in 2020. Hope believes in developing sound relationships both within her formal working role and outside of that position where she does so by serving in a volunteer capacity for multiple organizations. When the workweek winds down, she enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, cycling and escaping to the mountains for camping, fishing and hiking.  

Michelle Majors
Director

Michelle Majors is currently a Senior Process Improvement Consultant at Kaiser Permanente where she has 10 year experience working in Health Care. She recently earned her Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification and enjoys teaching various process improvement tools and skills. Her education is one of her valued accomplishments, she graduated from Regis University in 2019 with her Masters in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Leadership and Management. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Mental Health & Counseling from Metropolitan State University. In addition, she is a proud alumni of the Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado. Michelle is a lifetime student and passionate learner, always eager for knowledge. 

Michelle’s hobbies include traveling, yoga, drawing, reading and watching movies on the big screen. Her happy place is new adventures and any trips that include the beach. She enjoys living in Colorado with her husband, daughter, son, and puppy. As a family, they love to travel and experience new cultures, camping, listen to music and cooking big meals. Her bucket list is something she is continuously checking items off of, and hopes her journey inspires others to live life to the fullest.

Ms. Majors is always excited to share her knowledge and business acumen as a leader, enhancing work environments and programs small to large. Organizational development and strategic planning are areas she thrives in and will contribute to CNLC’s mission. She prides herself on exceptional soft skills and a progressive, collaborative spirit. Mya Angelou said, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style,” which Michelle aspires to live by each day.

Nathaniel Quintana
Chair and Director

Nathaniel J. Quintana is a certified Results Trained Coach, a Professional Project Coach and Scrum Master; he has been a certified Project Management Professional since 2004 and has a Master of Science in Education Media Design and Technology. Mr. Quintana brings over 25 years of management as well as program/project management and training experience to his role as a Performance Coach for HarvestPM & Sr. Project Manager at Douglas County Colorado. His strategies are being implemented in a variety of industries including Non-Profits, Healthcare, Local Government, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Civil Government, Aerospace, Manufacturing, Convention Services, Call Centers and Education. As an expert in the field of performance and project management, his thought leadership has impacted several areas including communications, leadership, process improvement, project management maturity, and resource management. Nathaniel was selected as a member of the 2009 Denver Business Journal’s list of 40 under Forty.