Catch Up with the Volunteer Resources Team

Nancy Blevins, Volunteer Resources Coordinator

Nancy works with kitchen and office volunteers in Denver, and coordinates volunteer groups.

Where are you from? How long have you lived in Colorado?
I am from Denver. I hold a BS and BFA from Metropolitan State University and a Master of Humanities from University of Colorado. I have also lived in California, New Mexico, and Arizona.

What brought you to Project Angel Heart?
My life philosophies are mirrored by Project Angel Hearts core values of Community, Compassion, Excellence, Inclusivity, Stewardship, and Sustainability. I think these are important values to live and work by.

What’s your favorite thing to do in or around Denver?
Be outdoors. I garden, hike, and paint en plein air.

If the world were ending tomorrow, what would you eat for your last meal?
A salad of fresh mixed greens, a steamed artichoke, some steamed asparagus, an avocado, and a bowl of ice cream.

What’s been your favorite thing about Project Angel Heart so far? What are you looking forward to?
My work here allows me to feel that I am making a difference in the quality of life for other people. I look forward to creating positive change by helping to further the organization’s goals and values.


Tommy Mulvaney, Volunteer Resources Assistant

Tommy works with Project Angel Heart’s community outreach team, community service volunteers, and groups. He also assists the development team in planning and organizing events.

Where are you from? How long have you lived in Colorado? 
I am originally from Arlington Heights (a suburb just north of Chicago) but moved to Denver from Birmingham, Alabama. I have lived in Denver a little over a year and a half. 

What brought you to Project Angel Heart?
I started as a volunteer looking to give back to the community and build connections.  

What’s your favorite thing to do in or around Denver?
I love to go to concerts, shop at record stores, taste beers, and hike in the mountains.

If the world were ending tomorrow, what would you eat for your last meal?
My mother’s homemade lasagna would be my last meal.

What’s been your favorite thing about Project Angel Heart so far? What are you looking forward to?
My favorite part about Project Angel Heart so far would be the clients’ smiles when I hand them their bag of food for the week. I would love to see Project Angel Heart expand to cities outside of Denver and Colorado Springs, and eventually outside the state of Colorado.


Matt Nigro, Distribution Coordinator

Matt oversees distribution in Denver and works with Friday delivery drivers. He also works to optimize maps and routes for all deliveries.

Where are you from? How long have you lived in Colorado?
I’m originally from Aurora, but my family moved when I was eight, so my childhood was split between Colorado and Massachusetts. In 2012 I was looking for a new adventure, so I packed whatever fit in my truck and made my way back towards the mountains.

What brought you to Project Angel Heart?
I wanted to be part of an organization with an ambitious mission. I love the culture of sustainability, and that Project Angel Heart strives not only to strengthen people through meals, but also to strengthen the health care world long-term through progressive research and advocacy.

What’s your favorite thing to do in or around Denver?
A hike or a visit to the Wild Animal Sanctuary are two favorites. I also love exploring town for new restaurants and breweries.

If the world were ending tomorrow, what would you eat for your last meal?
One last pizza!

What’s been your favorite thing about Project Angel Heart so far? What are you looking forward to?
I love the warm feeling throughout the building. It’s impossible to walk through Project Angel Heart without seeing smiles and hearing laughter. I look forward to helping increase our impact on neighbors and healthcare, while maintaining the personal touch Project Angel Heart is known for.


Cortney Paddock, Volunteer Resources Coordinator

Cortney works with Saturday delivery drivers and coordinates all volunteers for Dining Out For Life, A Taste for Life, Pie in the Sky, and other events.

Where are you from? How long have you lived in Colorado?
I’m a local! I grew up in the suburbs of Denver, have two degrees from Colorado State University, and am a lucky owner of a house in North Park Hill.

What brought you to Project Angel Heart?
I wanted to work with an organization that really dedicates itself to its mission. I applied for my current job seven years ago when I was fresh out of college but didn’t get it. I’ve come full circle being a Volunteer Coordinator now!

What’s your favorite thing to do in or around Denver?
Eat! I love to explore and support Denver’s culinary scene. I also love live music! We are lucky to have such a destination music scene considering the elevation.

If the world were ending tomorrow, what would you eat for your last meal?
Korean BBQ with all the sides.

What’s been your favorite thing about Project Angel Heart so far? What are you looking forward to?
Everyone works as a team! The staff work hard to support each other. Our volunteers are extremely dedicated. Together we all work  to accomplish an astonishing amount to support our neighbors in need. I’m looking forward to helping our organization grow and benefit more people.


Mark Smith, Volunteer Resources Manager

Mark oversees the volunteer program, audits volunteer data and hours to make sure we can accurately track volunteer contributions, and works to continually improve and advance volunteerism (at Project Angel Heart and nationally!).

Where are you from? How long have you lived in Colorado?
I am a native of Colorado, born at Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Denver. I grew up in Lakewood, and lived there until 2003 when I moved to Henderson.

What brought you to Project Angel Heart?
I have known about Project Angel Heart for many years and when I saw a job opening in my field, I knew I wanted to bring my strengths and personality to support the volunteers and staff. I also have personal stories about someone dying from a disease, and Project Angel Heart helps heal me.

What’s your favorite thing to do in or around Denver?
I love to explore the mountains and sure enjoy live performances – comedy, dance, plays, you name it! And, did someone mention tacos?

If the world were ending tomorrow, what would you eat for your last meal?
As usual, my food mood changes quickly, so today I would go for some homemade mac and cheese and some delicious green chile!

What’s been your favorite thing about Project Angel Heart so far? What are you looking forward to?
A day doesn’t go by that I’m not humbled by the generosity and kindness of amazing people giving back to their community. I just love our volunteers, who so caringly and lovingly give their heart and soul for our clients! Having recently been appointed to the national Board of Directors for the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE), I’m looking forward to using my platform on a national level to talk about the amazing work and dedicated volunteers that are connected to Project Angel Heart.


Mike Yost, Distribution Assistant

Mike assists with packing and distributing meals. He delivers meals to Colorado Springs in the freezer truck each week, and also delivers meals to patients participating in our Meals for Care Transitions program.

Where are you from? How long have you lived in Colorado?
Divide, Colorado. Moved back to Colorado in 2002.

What brought you to Project Angel Heart?
I volunteered for Project Angel Heart and met the clients, putting a face to Project Angel Heart’s mission to feed those struggling with life-threatening illnesses.

What’s your favorite thing to do in or around Denver?
Walk around the city with my camera taking photographs.

If the world were ending tomorrow, what would you eat for your last meal?
A large pan of brownies, followed by a plate of chile rellenos smothered in copious amounts of green chili and a bottomless cup of black coffee to wash all that happiness down.

What’s been your favorite thing about Project Angel Heart so far? What are you looking forward to?
Meeting our clients. Our continued expansion in our mission.


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