HOPE Board Members

Carol Bouchard


Carol was Born Hays, Kansas and was one of seven children (six sisters and one boy). Her father was a welder and mom worked in the restaurant industry, from cook to owner and everything in between. They both instilled in their children an unwavering faith in God’s plan and a solid work ethic. After tiring of tornadoes, the family moved to Denver when Carol was in 2nd grade. She attended Englewood High School and upon graduation, she spent a year working at Swedish Hospital. She completed her LPN in 1972 and went on to work at Craig Hospital for 2 ½ years. After Craig Hospital, Carol spent the next 5 years away from the healthcare industry caring for her two young sons, Kevin and Russell. In 1980, Carol began what would become her life-long career of working for both people with disabilities and folks with head injuries, assisting them with handling the activities of daily living. In 1984 this path led her to a position with a small company called Accents on Independence (AOI) handling many different roles. While at AOI, Carrol married Harold Bouchard in 1986, a quadriplegic and an activist in the disability movement focusing on accessibility. In 1989, Carol along with two other colleagues began running AOI and in 1994 Carol become sole owner of AOI and remained in that capacity until 2013. During her almost 30 years at AOI, Carol witnessed firsthand the struggles that many of AOI’s clients and people in society were having with access to sufficient food resources and decided to launch in 2007 Helping Our People Excel (HOPE), a non-profit aimed at fighting hunger. To this day, HOPE continues the original mission. In 2016, after 30 years of an inspiring, joyous and love filled marriage, Carol’s husband Harold passed away peacefully. Carol feels blessed and gives credit to God for having been able to lead such a rich and purpose driven life serving others. She currently channels her considerable energies into her family, HOPE and settling in her new home.

Michael Sutherland


Mike Sutherland is a third generation Denver native who lived in the Park Hill neighborhood until he moved to Centennial with his wife, Kathy Sutherland, and their children in 1994.  Mike graduated from the University of Denver with a B.S.B.A. in Management. He earned his J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.  He is Benefits Counsel for the Fire and Police Pension Association of Colorado (FPPA), part of Colorado state government.  Before FPPA, Mike practiced law in the private sector in the areas of estate planning and administration, workers’ compensation and personal injury litigation. He has served as the managing shareholder of three Denver law firms and financial director of one law firm.  Mike serves on the Professionalism Coordinating Council for the Colorado Bar Association. He joined the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce in 2004, and he serves as Vice-Chair of the Chamber’s Legislative Action Committee.  In 2005, Mike was appointed as a Commissioner on the City of Centennial Planning and Zoning Commission where he continues to serve.  He is a past member of the boards of the Centennial Council of Neighborhoods and the Foxridge Improvement Association.  With his family, Mike enjoys biking, hiking, politics, skiing, spectator sports, and traveling, in addition to being active in his church and charitable organizations.

Mark Ryan


Mark Ryan originally from New York where he attended Power Memorial and studied Economics at Queens College of the City University of NY. Currently he is a partner of the Corriere Ryan Group at Keller Williams Realty in Lone Tree. Previously he spent 25 years on Wall Street. He is passionate about serving others.  He has served on the Boards of SECOR, the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, the Arapahoe Youth League among others. He volunteers at his church and has coached numerous sports teams. In his spare time, he volunteers. He last won the Boston Marathon in 2015 (just checking to see if you are reading this)

Norman Stucker

Board Member

Norman was born north of the border and graduated with a Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, he came south to attend Dallas Theological  Seminary and 25 years ago moved to Denver where he obtained his MBA from the University of Denver.  He is currently the General Manager for the Colorado office of PADT, a mechanical engineering services firm and previously spent time in the commercial real estate industry.  Previously he has served on the Board of the Urban League of Metro Denver, the South Metro Chamber of Commerce as well as his local church and other community organizations.

Bart Sayyah

Board Member

Bart Sayyah has called Colorado home since 1977.  After completing both his undergrad and graduate work at Colorado State University studying both Economics and Spanish, he spent many years working in the financial services industry for various firms such as Charles Schwab and Instinet.  He has also had a life-long commitment to serving others having volunteered for such organizations such as MDA, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Theatre in the Park and Project Angel Heart, to name a few. Most recently, Bart worked for the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce as the Director of Economic Development from 2004 thru 2011.  In that capacity, he collaborated with regional organizations as well as local and state governments on attracting and retaining companies vital to the economic health of the south metro Denver community.  Bart is the proud father of three incredible children; Madison, Lucas and Sydney.  He also likes to fly-fish, cook and spend time with his lobster.

Emily Eyre

Board Member

The story of Emily is one of hometown values, family and dedication. She was born in the scenic front range mountain town in Grand Junction. Coming from from a family with deep roots in Colorado spanning generations; Emily supports and raises her family in the city of Centennial. She is an expert on many aspects on the greater Denver Metro area and beyond.

Growing up, Emily was a promising academic and recipient of various grants and scholarships. Today, Emily holds a bachelor’s degree, and is continuously committed to expanding her education and professional designations to provide the best possible services to her clients. As an avid supporter of her community, Emily serves as a critical member of a foundation that is active in supporting humanitarian efforts and charitable organizations in Colorado. Notable organizations that Emily has assisted include the Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Zoo, Natural History Museum and she has a personal campaign to further educational opportunities for children.

Emily is an active, experienced Realtor with a rapidly approaching GRI designation, among other certifications. Her spare time is often spent on home improvement projects, and she has developed a particular aptitude at kitchen and bathroom tiling, as well as creative interior painting. She is known to her family and friends as a person of intense loyalty and integrity. She is a committed and affectionate mother and a talented and inspiring wife.

Emily is excited to hear and be a part of your story today!

Neil Ayervais

Board Member

Neil Ayervais is a lawyer practicing corporate, transactional and healthcare law with his offices in Littleton. He is a 42 year resident of Colorado where he and his wife, Jan, have raised two sons, Kyle and Evan. Neil has been active in charity work, principally involving childrens’ causes such as caring for and treating abused children, educational opportunities and school reform initiatives. Neil has been a director of the Littleton Public Schools Foundation and on numerous committees in the Littleton Public Schools; a past member of the board of directors of Family Pathways and of the National Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.  He brings to the HOPE board his experience with charities and professional legal counsel.

Bob Muni

Board Member

Bob has served on a number of boards for non-profits, reaching: the underserved, at risk youth, schools and churches. No one should go hungry or without shelter in this community. There is so much needing to be done.

He and his wife of 41 years, Kathy have 5 married children and 7 grandchildren.  Bob & Kathy both work at Silver Leaf Mortgage, loving and serving their clients well.

Steve Abreu

Board Member

Steve has lived in Colorado most of his life. He attended high school in the Denver area and went on to receive his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University. He became interested in volunteering for HOPE after touring the facility and understanding more about the mission. He really liked the idea of converting slightly used clothing and household items into food for people in need. 

Because of his extensive background in the retail industry, he believes he can make a positive contribution to the Thrift Store operations. Steve has owned and operated retail businesses and has worked for national retail companies. Most recently, he has been with Target and Joseph A. Bank, where he served in management and leadership roles.

Steve enjoys hiking, skiing, and an active lifestyle. He is the father of two children; however, his most important role has been co-parenting a Great Dane with his wife.

Peter Jones

Board Member

Peter Jones is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster who has been a presence on Colorado’s media scene for more than three decades.  Since graduating from the University of Colorado School of Journalism, he has reported for Billboard, National Public Radio, America Online and The Christian Science Monitor, among others. In Colorado, Peter’s work has appeared in 5280, The Colorado Statesman, and on Colorado Public Radio. He has also been a radio talk show host, most memorably for the controversial Prove It!, where he delved playfully into the world of unproven claims and attracted a degree of international attention. Closer to home, the longtime Englewood resident is dedicated to making things better in the south metro community, which he has called home since 1996. He is also a father, an avid music fan, a film buff and a less-than-limber yoga practitioner. 

Arlene Zaffle

Board Member

Arlene Zaffle has enjoyed traveling all over the country, her wanderlust is undoubtably genetic.  Her parents were born in different countries and she and her siblings were all born in different states.  She has reinvented herself many times. After graduating college she worked as an archaeologist doing pre-highway construction archaeological impact statements.  This mosquito and poison ivy infested endeavor was followed by the much more rewarding past-time of computer sales for Xerox.  Their exit from the computer field followed Arlene’s transfer to commercial real estate leasing. Again in Ohio she was a Founding member of CREW – Cleveland (Commercial Real Estate Women). Her decade in that field was followed by the second and final move to Colorado, motherhood and a final career change to founding an online fitness company which offered tangible rewards to being physically active.  Her company, MakeItMe, provided fitness challenges to the city of Aurora, the South Metro Chamber of Commerce and numerous other groups and individuals in the greater Denver area.  During this time she was appointed to the Colorado Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness (Hickenlooper). Now retired, Ms. Zaffle fills her days with vegetable gardening and annoying her children and grandchildren.