UpLift employs full-time staff who are dedicated to the students they serve, providing consistent and dependable guidance and support 24/7/365.
There is a leadership transition occurring at Colorado UpLift that has been a work in progress for the past two years. The executive board and Mike Painter led a planning process to ensure the next leader at UpLift would have a smooth transition.
Effective 7/1/2017 Mike Painter will no longer be Chief Executive Officer. Mike is stepping down after having served as CEO for 12 years. Do not be alarmed, Mike is not leaving UpLift. Mike is going to continue to help fund-raise and be an integral part of the development team at UpLift.
Gabe Trujillo, who was previously President, has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer. Gabe has worked at UpLift alongside Mike Painter for the past 6 years. Gabe has previously served as a principal, teacher, coach in the Denver Public Schools. Congratulations and good luck to Mike and Gabe!
"I am excited and blessed to have an opportunity to lead an amazing organization with great history. UpLift has served in our communities and has done tremendous work transforming the lives of at-risk, inner-city kids. I believe in the mission because I too was an at-risk, inner-city kid who had a mentor transform my life. I am thankful to have worked under the leadership of Mike Painter and under the tutelage of our great founder Dr. Kent Hutcheson. I want to continue to lead UpLift on the pathway our amazing leaders have paved. I know we have some real challenges in front of us. But challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. Be assured that our commitment to kids in Denver and Aurora Public Schools is as strong as ever. Our mission will not change. We will fortify. We are committed to transforming our communities." - Gabe Trujillo, CEO