Passionate individuals working towards the same mission.
Meet The Team
Founder and Executive Director
I started this organization in memory of my second child and daughter, Kenzi.
We lost Kenzi a few short months from her debut into the world — on January 23, 2007.
What remained of 2007 was understandably difficult for me and my family. Losing a child is losing a piece of yourself, and countless unfulfilled dreams and plans come along with it. As the holidays came back around again, I was reminded of the daughter I lost and the gifts I would never be able to give her. Most of all, I wished I could have given Kenzi her first Christmas doll.
I suddenly realized Kenzi’s memory deserved boundless love and gratitude. She may not physically be here now, but her existence — although unreasonably short-lived — made such an everlasting impact that we choose to do good in her name because we can only imagine how much better the world would be if she got to live in it.
No one could have ever expected incredible good to grow out of our family’s great loss, but that, in itself, proves her influence.
We established Dolls for Daughters® in December of 2007 in her memory, which has evolved into what is now known as Kenzi’s Causes.
What was built off a personal tragedy has evolved into a fulfilling, purpose-driven mission. Prior to 2007, I always strived to give back and show compassion for others. I learned a lot about doing well from my mother and applied those lessons throughout my life as an English teacher, cheerleading coach, and mother myself.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education and taught (Grades 9-12th) for three years. I also hold my masters degree in Information Learning Technology and earned a Nonprofit Management and Leadership Certification.
As Executive Director, I hold myself responsible for the overall success of this organization. Although it’s my professional responsibility, I’ve made it my personal mission to expand all our programs by connecting with donors and sponsors regularly, facilitating and attending all events and program locations, and being an available resource to the families and children in our Kenzi’s Kidz Program.
We are changing the lives of low-income families in the Colorado area because it matters. It’s just that simple. I do this work to change their lives, honor Kenzi, and make a positive change in the community. Without our cause, thousands of families and children would face their own version of tragedy — and if there’s anything I set out to do — it’s to prevent anyone from suffering any form of loss.
Events and Program Director
A natural heart for giving back and a mutual passion for supporting the work of mission-led organizations, Julie Wilson is a huge contributor to the overall operation of Kenzi’s Causes. As the Events and Program Director, Julie oversees and coordinates all events for the families in our Kenzi’s Kidz Program, as well as handles financial reporting, fundraising, volunteer functions, and runs the Longmont Toy Shop.
This has been her line of work for over 15 years, serving other well-known nonprofit organizations in the Colorado area prior to Kenzi’s Causes. Her dedication and work ethic are deeply influenced by her own childhood experiences and a deep desire to give back. Other charities Julie has played a role in operating include Denver CASA, The Ronald McDonald House, Hope Kids, and The Denver Rescue Mission — all of which are nonprofits centered around helping families, specifically children, in need.
Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and thoroughly believes in the mission of Kenzi’s Causes. We often underestimate the importance of a child receiving something new and something to call their own. Giving every child the opportunity to have a new backpack at the start of a new school year and a new toy during the holidays to bring them cheer can make a world of difference for families. Julie is honored to be a part of this work — not only because of the mission, but also because of the respect and admiration she has gained from watching Jessica turn something tragic into something beautiful and life-fulfilling.
I’m Jenniffer Barahona, a marketer with a focus on creating communities and impact. I am passionate about creating ethical marketing that helps tell stories and gives people value. I am a graduate of the University of Denver with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and gained skills in digital practices. In my free time, I love to read, try arts and crafts, and create memories with family and friends.
I have always wanted to work in a place that makes a difference and an impact on people’s lives. Kenzi’s Causes was the place for me because I saw how much effort and care they put to help others. Being able to gift a child new toys and school supplies will help them in the long run because it will be one happy memory they can always look back on. Similar to everyone else, I think it is an amazing and beautiful thing Jessica has created and I am so happy to help.
I’m Reese, a designer with 12 years of experience who values usability and clear communication. My focuses include website design, interface design (web and device applications), print and ebook layouts, ancillary graphics, and logos.
Much of my work is typographically focused. The use of hierarchy, balance and contrast dictate design choices. Textures and patterns often define my visual style, but I am comfortable in a variety of style directions. The foundations of good design principles are more important than how the design is “decorated.”
My educational background is in magazine journalism, and I bring editorial experience into design strategy.
My ideal client has an astute understanding of their own business and its needs. Clients who understand their goals, their business growth trajectory and the current issues they face within their business are a good fit for my working style. I prefer to communicate in a straightforward manner and make the project scope, schedule, and mutual responsibilities detailed and clear.
Hi! I’m Katie, a photographer based out of beautiful Colorado. I have run my business out of the deepest part of my heart for the last six years and I absolutely love what I do! I’ve been fortunate that my love of photography has also coincided with my love of traveling, allowing me to shoot weddings all across the country and even internationally. There’s a compilation of events that happened throughout my childhood that have led me to where I am now. I also believe being a Leo & only child has given me my entrepreneurial traits, but there’s nothing like the utmost support and love from my family! I received my Associates Degree in Digital Photography in 2012 right after purchasing my first home. Best year of my life! My wonderful Mom is my second shooter and we have so much fun capturing weddings together. She’s also a killer seamstress & dress designer, www.sheamariedesigns.com. I love trying new food, the color teal, laughing and living life to the fullest! You’ll often catch me in jeans, t-shirt and sneakers, eating something with peanut butter, working out, dreaming big or cooking.
I love giving back to non-profit organizations! I was honored to be the recipient of the “2015 Volunteer of the Year Award”, from Dolls for Daughters®. My work has been published in over 30 magazines and even more online blogs. I’m number 4 on the Denver A-List for Best Wedding Photographer. I also just received the Couples Choice Award for 2016 Top Rated wedding photographer on WeddingWire.
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I have a passion for helping professionals and women in businesses propel their business forward and stand out online…A Digital Marketing Strategic partner specializing in bold brand strategies, website design, and real digital marketing strategies for Women entrepreneurs In service based-businesses.
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