Denise comes to EPACENTER ARTS after many years in finance and administrative roles at Stanford University. Most recently, Denise worked at the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities where she oversaw grants, gifts, and operating funds. She brings expertise in preparing budgets, managing grant and contract proposals, and ensuring compliance with state, federal, and operational policies. Denise holds a BS degree in Information Systems Management from the University of San Francisco and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Theology with an emphasis on Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. Denise, a lifelong East Palo Alto resident, has instilled in her five children the importance of family and community. In her role as Youth Director at her church, she thrives in giving underrepresented youth experiences and opportunities ranging from camping excursions to college preparation.