Helping Single Parents in Larimer County, Colorado


Our Staff


Tracy Mead, Executive Director

Tracy has worked in the realm of poverty alleviation since 2007 and joined the Project Self-Sufficiency team in January 2015. She earned her undergraduate degree (BS) in Finance and Political Science from the University of Dayton and her Master’s Degree in International Business Studies from the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining Project Self-Sufficiency, she worked as Executive Director at Education & Life Training Center and before that, she held roles in sales, operations and management in the construction equipment and coffee retail industries. Contact Tracy


Audrey McElwain, Associate Director

Audrey joined Project Self-Sufficiency in June 2013. She has worked for over 10 years at various non-profits in a fundraising and management capacity, including United Way of Larimer County, American Cancer Society and Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina. She returned to her hometown of Fort Collins with her family and is thrilled to apply her skills at Project Self-Sufficiency in operations and business management, database management, donor relations, grant writing, and staff management. She earned a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from Duke University in June 2014. Contact Audrey 


Stephanie Slayton


Stephanie Slayton, L.C.S.W., Program Director

After a brief internship in 2006, Stephanie joined Project Self-Sufficiency in 2007 as an Advisor in Loveland. She is a graduate of the Colorado State University Master of Social Work program and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education at East Carolina University, graduating Summa Cum Laude and Student of the Year. Stephanie’s work history includes foster care coordination and teaching. She also has background as a research assistant and program evaluator for C.S.U.  Contact Stephanie


Nicole Gawronski


Nicole Gawronski, B.A., Advisor (Fort Collins)

Nicole has been a Project Self-Sufficiency Advisor since September 1992. She has previous counseling experience with Alternatives to Violence and the Women’s Center of Larimer County. Nicole was a volunteer Project Self-Sufficiency Advisor while employed in both of these positions. She holds a BA degree in Social Work from CSU.  Contact Nicole


Michele Scheetz


Michele Scheetz, M.Ed., LPC, Advisor (Fort Collins)

Michele Scheetz has been a Project Self-Sufficiency Advisor since January of 1998. Her work experience includes employment as a research assistant at CSU, counselor and coordinator for Planned Parenthood, and youth counselor for Urban Peak. Michele earned her B.A. in Sociology and completed her Masters of Education in Community Counseling at CSU. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Contact Michele


Maggie Murray


Maggie Murray, M.A., Advisor (Fort Collins)

Maggie has been employed as a Project Self-Sufficiency Advisor since December of 2000. She has seven years of experience with the CSU Center for Community Participation in a variety of roles, including Transition Specialist, Project Coordinator, and Lead Employment Consultant. Maggie also has five years of teaching experience at a variety of levels. She completed her M.A. in Education at the University of Northern Colorado and a B.A. in Sociology.  Contact Maggie


Amanda Chenkin

Amanda Chenkin, M.Ed Advisor (Loveland)

Amanda joined the Project Self-Sufficiency team in April 2015 as an Advisor. Her previous experience includes several years working in the human services sector, including working with adults with developmental disabilities in employment services.  Amanda is also a Returned U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer. She holds a M.Ed degree in Education and Human Resource Studies, specializing in Career Counseling from CSU (2015). Contact Amanda



Hannah Bade, B.S.W., Advisor (Loveland) and WomenGive Navigator

Hannah is a Fort Collins native and has a BSW from Colorado State University. She volunteered with Crossroads Safehouse since she was 16 and, eventually, became an employee as a Youth and Family Advocate from 2013-2015. She subsequently worked as a special education para-professional through Poudre School District working with students who have serious emotional, learning and developmental disabilities. She has training in trauma-informed care, crisis management, behavior change/intervention and working with individuals with disabilities. She is working as the WomenGive Navigator, combined two roles into one - scholarship work through United Way of Larimer County and case management at Project Self-Sufficiency.

 Susan Dominica


Susan Dominica, M.A., Special Projects Coordinator

Susan has been employed with Project Self-Sufficiency since September 1998. She coordinates the Cars for Families Program - receiving car donations and coordinating car repairs She also coordinates computer donations, assists with other special projects, and is the office manager for our Fort Collins office. Susan worked for GIS World as the Human Resource and Office Manager. Susan holds a M.A. degree in Social Science from the University of Northern Colorado and a B.A. in Sociology.  Contact Susan


Connie DeMercurio


Connie DeMercurio, Finance Coordinator

Connie began as a volunteer for Project Self-Sufficiency in 2001 and joined the staff in 2003. Her duties include processing all accounts payable and accounts receivable, publishing the quarterly newsletter, overseeing various children's programs including: Boundless Children’s Fund and the “Cool Kids" Back-to-School Clothing Fund, and the Holiday Sponsorship Fund for our families. Connie also assists with a variety of administrative and fundraising duties.  Contact Connie



Diane Ellsworth, Special Events and Volunteer Coordinator

Diane began as a volunteer for Project Self-Sufficiency in 2013 and joined the staff in May 2014. She has experience in libraries and retail management. Diane graduated from Colorado State University with a BS in Business Administration. Diane’s past volunteer involvement includes Boy Scouts of America, PTA, Bridgeway, Terra Center for teen pregnancy and Project Self Sufficiency.  Contact Diane


Jason Johnson, Loveland Office Manager

Jason joined our staff in September 2016. He is born and raised in Greeley and earned his degree in Art & Design with an Art History emphasis from University of Northern Colorado in 2013. Having been raised in a single-parent household by his father and sister, the mission of Project Self-Sufficiency is meaningful and he looks forward to pursing a career path in the nonprofit arena. Contact Jason