AboutWork Options

Helping people who have the drive to succeed learn job-ready skills, gain confidence and secure sustainable employment in the food service industry.

Work Options helps adult students prepare for, find and maintain meaningful careers in the food service industry.

We offer culinary skills training, individualized support services, life skills classes and job search support. We’re grateful to help support individuals in the community who have struggled with finding or maintaining long-term employment and seek to support individuals who are navigating the justice system, experiencing housing insecurity, or need additional workplace skills and experience. We work in partnership with students to help each individual resolve barriers to employment so graduates can find and maintain meaningful careers. 

At Work Options, we see the drive, we acknowledge the uniqueness and skill of each individual, and use a strength-based model to support students as they resolve employment barriers, learn culinary skills and increase their self-confidence.

Our Mission

To help people overcome barriers to sustainable employment by building confidence while providing resources and culinary job training.


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of Program Participants are employed after graduation


individuals obtained employment over the last25 years

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of program graduates stay employed for a year or more

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of justice-involved graduates retain employment for 1 year

Alleviating Food Insecurity During the Pandemic

At the beginning of the pandemic, and now, students are getting hands-on culinary skills practice (and giving back to the community) by preparing nutritious emergency meals. By the end of July 2021, Work Options staff and students have produced and distributed more than 85,000 emergency meals through community partnerships to families and individuals facing hunger and food insecurity


Work Options has been providing job-ready training for 25 years. In 1997, when our organization obtained its nonprofit certification, our agency was called Work Options for Women. In May 2021, we formally changed our name to Work Options to better reflect our agency’s long-standing commitment to providing job training for all individuals, regardless of gender.

Historically, Work Options has recruited and provided job-training for for individuals with minimal work experience or who are under-skilled. For many years, a majority of the students in our program were individuals who were transitioning off of public assistance and into the workplace. In 2018, we added an additional target population — individuals preparing to re-enter the community following incarceration.


Julie Stone

Executive Director

Angela O'Leary

Director of Operations

Kristi Hornick

Director of Recruitment & Engagement

Tessa Houston

Director of Communications

Yoselin Corrales

Manager of Student Services

Ben Donavan

CUlinary Program Manager

Denver Training Center

Joe Beggs

Senior Executive Chef Instructor

Now Hiring!

Sous Chef Instructor

Tamika Simmons

Education coordinator

Taylor Cunningham


Westminster Training Center

Annie Dowding

Executive Chef Instructor

Gabi Patz

Employment Specialist

Karly Santana-Morfin

Sous Chef instructor

Bryan Machesky

Line Supervisor

The Helping Hen Food Truck & Park Hill Commissary

Tealece Martin

Executive Chef instructor

Shannon Boehler

Commissary Supervisor

Felix Padilla

Food Truck Supervisor

Bishmi Washington


Mobile Culinary Classroom

Tina Wellons

Mobile Classroom Chef instructor

Ebony Magee

Mobile Classroom Assistant

Board ofDirectors

Sara Bleau, Chair

Viasat Inc.

Mimi Pullen, Secretary

Better health acupuncture

Jenna Guenther, Treasurer

ascent private capital

John Imbergamo

The Imbergamo Group

Shelly Landaal

Snooze, An AM Eatery

Anita Langemach

HDR, Inc.

Jennifer Madden

Vectra Bank Colorado

Courtney Schwartz

Emergency family assistance association

Laura Sturges

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher


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