Our Team

Pattie Hamann, Founder and CEO

Pattie Hamann has been an effective champion for students and communities in need for over a decade. As founder and CEO, she is responsible for advancing the mission of the organization, managing day-to-day operations and activities, and ensuring the organization's financial health.

Pattie places an emphasis on working with students in need and their families, because she believes that equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to help themselves escape poverty and in turn, give back to their communities. This supports her founding mission of building a brighter future by helping our children today.

Her vision is to ultimately close the gap in student confidence between low-achieving and high-achieving primary schools as children from low-income households face significant barriers that often persist throughout their school years.

Because these disadvantages typically start before students enroll in school, her programs provide a three-pronged approach to address these inequities by providing vital materials and holiday gifts for children of disadvantaged families within her community. In addition, her flagship program, Box for School, provides teachers with tools they need to ultimately make a difference in the lives of their students in need. In support of these programs, she has successfully organized a like-minded community of businesses and philanthropists that fund the organizations operating budget and allow 100% of online donations to go directly to the program.

Pattie founded Erica Rae's Kids, a charitable organization, in 2010 following the loss of her daughter, Erica Rae. Her goal was straightforward, perpetuate her daughter's socially conscious values by providing essential school supplies for students in need in the Denver area. She started with one corporate partner and cash donations in increments of $50 or less. Since then, her programs have supported numerous disadvantaged families and more than 16,000 students in need—and received awards from charitable watchdog organizations such as Great NonProfits.

Board of Directors

Mike Caldwell

Lisa Fadio

Lisa Fadio is a self-employed entrepreneur in the field of neurophysiology technology. She is board certified in her field and has been in her career for over 35 years with affiliations to many healthcare cooperation's and private practices.  Lisa currently resides in Aurora and is single mother of two daughters, one of which is adopted from foster care, raised a nephew since the age of 12 and now has two grandchildren. Her passion has always been helping those in need and giving back to the community. In addition to serving of the board of Erica Rae's Kids and beyond charitable interest, Lisa is passionate about health and fitness and enjoys skiing, boating, running, horseback riding, cross fit training and yoga.

Gay Johnston

Gay Johnston is a mother, grandmother and professional that supports a group of over 700 people. She is the “go to” person for new employees and effortlessly supports this group with work needs and issues that surface. She continues to improve the overall work environment which makes the duties of managers and supervisors less distractive to the everyday work environment. Gay has over 34 years of customer service experience successfully dealing with a wide diverse customer base calmly achieving successful outcomes while giving truthful guidance and or advice. She takes her family, work and volunteer time very seriously and relishes the challenges each of those roles place on her. Multitasking, caring, planning and problem solving are her robust attributes. Overall she has volunteered her time for 10 years within different organizations supporting people of need. After the unfortunate loss of her grandson, she realized that life was to short and wanted to help others who are less fortunate. She feels a sense of accomplishment and sometimes overwhelmed by the joy of giving or doing for others.

Lisa Lessard

Lisa Lessard has been a contributor to Erica Rae’s Kids since the inception of the organization. She is passionate about improving her community by helping both children and homeless animals and is a staunch believer in the positive difference that can be made in a child's future. Lisa has a degree in business management and is a manager at a brokerage firm.

Tammera Simons

With a solid background in project coordination and operations, Tammy has a unique blend of charisma, business skills and passion for community service. As a long-term and dedicated member of the team, she participates in fundraising efforts and volunteer coordination.

Justin StChristopher

Vicki Bias

Vicki Bias had spent 27 plus years with Continental Airlines until the 2012 merger between Continental and United Airlines followed by continued her service with the company; 15 of those years were in the field where she gained knowledge as a Subject Matter Expert having done everything but fly a plane, fix a plane or be a flight attendant. Ms. Bias entered Continental’s Technology department as an SME and quickly went back to school to finish her degree in IT. She considers herself a translator as she speaks “airport”, “airport systems” and “technology” and can assist the business groups and development teams more efficiently communication in application design and development. Ms. Bias represents her company at industry standards organizations to develop and maintain XML standards for exchange communication between airlines, airports, governments, US FAA, ACI EuroControl, DoD, Global Distribution Services and Online Travel Agencies.

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We are honored to be recognized as a 2015 TOP-RATED NONPROFIT by GreatNonprofits. Being on the Top-Rated list gives donors and volunteers more confidence that we are a credible organization. A very warm thank you to all our supporters who posted such a large number of online reviews on our behalf.