Dear Sharing Connexion Community,
You may have seen the previous announcement about the departure of Operations Director, Emily Nilsen. We wish her all the best in her future career endeavors and we are grateful for her accomplishments and assistance in this transition process.
We are excited to announce two new interim positions and additions to the Sharing Connexion team. Cherie Talbert is our new Interim Executive Director and Stefanie Fox is our new Interim Program Director. Cherie will keep our operations and board management performing well. Stefanie will direct the Real Estate Impact and Real Estate Rescue programs. Both Cherie and Stefanie bring a tremendous amount of expertise and passion.
Cherie Talbert, Interim Executive Director
Chérie Talbert, M.A., CPC is an executive leader and process consultant with more than 20 years of experience. After years of advising and running businesses, a major trade association, community organizations, political and issue campaigns, and government/nonprofit sectors, she joined Design Group International as a senior process consultant to support leaders and to pursue her passion for expanding her consulting for organizations of all sizes and sectors. Chėrie was the first female CEO of the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver, a senior vice president, a long-term government and public affairs executive, an executive director, and has managed multiple quasi-municipal land use and development entities called Special Districts under Colorado Revised Statute Title 32, while managing a large State Authority made up of Governor appointees, local elected officials and technical advisors. Chėrie serves as an Executive Board Director for a large University’s Women’s Leadership Institute and is a public speaker, facilitator, and executive coach.
Stefanie Fox, Interim Program Director
Before joining the staff of Sharing Connexion as Interim Program Director of Real Estate Impact Lending and Real Estate Rescue, Stefanie served on the board of directors since 2019. During the organization’s rapid growth, she helped craft the organization’s loan policy and procedure, sat on the fund management committee and acted as a liaison with the board in determining which projects to invest in. In her new role Stefanie participates in the Small Preservation Network Committee and represents Sharing Connexion in the coalition. This is a collaborative group of CDFI and nonprofit partners working on preservation projects with existing multifamily housing stock., as a part of the Real Estate Rescue (preservation) work. She looks forward to managing the impact loan fund, in anticipation of the AHIF23 grant opportunity.
Stefanie spent close to 5 years working at Colorado Enterprise Fund, as its Senior Community Lending Officer. In this role, she was doing outreach to entrepreneurs facing barriers to capital, but also working with community and banking partners to find opportunities to deploy capital.Stefanie conducted financing consultations through the State of Colorado’s Small Business Development Center (SDBC) network in Metro Denver, she partnered with Denver’s Department of Economic Development Office (DEDO) for gap funding and CEF lending programs. Stefanie was also the program manager for the Town of Parker’s revolving loan fund in partnership with CEF. Frequent guest on panel discussions and subject matter expert related to small business financing and the benefit of microloans on economic development.
As you may have seen in the previous announcement, we also added a new full-time member to our team in January, and we would like to officially introduce him as well. Steve Shineman is our new Senior Vice President. Steve will direct all our fundraising efforts and lead the Real Estate Donation program.
Steve Shineman, Senior Vice President
Steve Shineman, MBA, CFP comes to us from Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation where he was the Senior Vice President, Philanthropy for the past five years. Steve led the development efforts of several business units of the Foundation and was a valued member of the Executive team. Prior to joining Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation, he was at the University of Denver where he served from 2014 to 2018 as the Executive Director, Gift Planning. Before moving to Denver, he was the Director of Gift Planning for Texas Christian University (TCU) for five and a half years. He holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP©) designation and works with donors, advisors, and colleagues on exploring current and deferred giving options. Steve was also a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors from 2002 to 2009. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Communications from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida and earned his Master’s in Business Administration from Texas Christian University. Steve and his wife live in Denver with their two kids.
We encourage you to reach out to any of these staff members during this transition process. Welcome to the team, Cherie, Stefanie, and Steve!
Board President and Founder of Sharing Connexion