OUR TEAM

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KATHERINE NEWELL, MDiv. (she/her)
Spiritual Director

Katherine Newell is an interspiritual minister and transformation specialist dedicated to serving human beings seeking awakening and alignment. As a fourth generation member of the New Thought movement, she weaves Althea’s historic legacy with innovative, accessible visions to manifest a spiritual center like nowhere else.  

With a Masters in Divinity from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Regis University, her background is steeped in holistic healing, rituals, conflict management, and facilitation. Prior to her position as Althea’s Spiritual Director, she provided personal and organizational development for leaders in ministerial, tech, business, public service, education, and nonprofit sectors. 

She has previously served as a hospital trauma chaplain at NYU and VCU medical centers, a legislative chief of staff for two Colorado state representatives and a senator, and a community collaborator with local nonprofits and interfaith activists. Katherine honors the call to ministry through working with revolutionary leaders to foster empathy-building, social/eco justice, and holistic integration of change. Her mission and methods cultivate a more peaceful, equitable, and sustainable world.

SARMA ILGENFRITZ (she/her)
Volunteer Coordinator

Being a mother and grandmother has taught me that everything works best when kindness, compassion, and fun are present.  I'm good at seeing the best in people, and my joy is hearing others speak their truth and be enlivened by it.   I believe that “everything one needs can be found in your community.”  This philosophy, coupled with 23 years of Human Resources experience, is making this position an absolute joy.

Sarma assists with:

 

“I found my spiritual home at Althea.  The friendly face that greeted me at the beautiful front door was all it took.  A safe, welcoming, engaging center."

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RICK STANTON (he/him)
Director of Operations

Rick Stanton started in the role of Althea's Operations Director in August 2021. Rick first found Althea Center while working in Althea's building at St. Francis Center where he is a Case Manager for people experiencing homelessness. He began attending services and other offerings at Althea and found a spiritual home. Rick is a pianist and loves making music with singers and other musicians.

Rick assists Althea's community with 
 

  • Coordinating guest speakers & guest musicians

  • Digital & Print communication 

  • Budgeting & finance

  • Accompanying musicians as a pianist at Althea

  • Scheduling rental space 

STEPHANIE WHITEHOUSE (she/her)
Digital Communications Director

Stephanie graduated with a BA in Interactive Media and Design in 2020 from James Madison University. It was after a year of service with the Colorado Episcopal Service Corps working at the St. Francis Center for Employment that she came to know Althea's vibrant, welcoming community. She later joined Althea in the role of Digital Communications Director in August, 2021, working virtually from her new home in Houston, TX. When she's not working, Stephanie enjoys running, relaxing with friends, and striving for the least amount of guesses in Wordle.

Stephanie Althea's community with 
 

  • Generating online content to keep Althea's community connected & informed through items such as: Newsletters & social media posts

  • Digital & print design 

  • Generating campaigns for fundraising & events/classes hosted by Althea

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DARRELL JOHNSON (he/him)
Building Manager

For the past 25 years, Darrell has worked as Resident Manager of Chesney-Kleinjohn Apartments, providing affordable housing to individuals living with HIV/AIDS.  He has sung with the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus and many other Choruses in Denver and the metro area.  Darrell currently sings with Sage Singers and The Boulder Chorale.  He’s honored to be the current caretaker of Althea’s beautiful structure.

Darrell assists Althea's community with:
 

  • Keeping Althea's historic grounds clean & safe

  • Updating outdoor signage to promote Althea within the community

  • Ensuring Althea has enough supplies for Sunday

  • Assisting our guest speakers/musicians with sound checks & preparation for Sundays

  • Performing often as a featured musician (vocalist) at Althea