Senior Management Team

David Henninger
Executive Director

David E. Henninger has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1973, as a co-founder and executive director of Bayaud Enterprises, Inc., which has been in operation since May of 1969 first as a program of the State of Colorado and then incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1972. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Administration from the School of Business at the University of San Francisco and pursued doctoral studies in public administration with an emphasis on nonprofit management at the University of Colorado/Denver. He has served as a Board member of numerous nonprofit organizations including: Mental Health Assoc. of Colo. (includes being Board Chair twice), The Legal Center (Serving People With Disabilities) (includes being Board Chair), Center for Nonprofit Excellence (includes being Board Chair), Colorado Association of Nonprofit Organizations (CANPO – now known as the Colorado Nonprofit Association) (includes being on the founding Board), and several others. For the past 19 plus years, Mr. Henninger has served as an affiliate faculty member in the Masters of Nonprofit Management Program at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. He has facilitated courses in History, Theory, and Future of Nonprofit Organizations; Governance of Nonprofits/Organizational Change; Leadership; and Critical Issues in Nonprofit Organizations. He has been a featured speaker at various association meetings and has received numerous honors and recognition as a passionate advocate for the nonprofit sector.

 

Lauren Patti

Lauren Patti
Chief Operating Officer

Lauren Patti started with Bayaud Enterprises in 2012. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Oregon where she majored in Psychology and Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Spanish. Her ongoing education in the fields of project management & leadership, supported employment, public benefits systems, and health insurance & equity enable her to provide appropriate oversight of all direct service programs within Bayaud. She possesses over 13 years of experience working in government and nonprofit human services. Ms. Patti has extensive knowledge of many benefits programs and systems such as Ticket to Work through the Social Security Administration, Health First Colorado (Medicaid), and others. Ms. Patti acts as the local Denver Metro area SOAR lead and coordinates community wide efforts and collaborations related to SSI/SSDI advocacy and its related health promoting benefits. She is committed to providing programs and services at Bayaud that honor each individual’s path to self-sufficiency and employment by ensuring all participants have access to customized health and wellness assessments paired with customized employment services.

Susan Williams Robinson
Director of Document Destruction

Susan Williams Robinson has been with Bayaud Enterprises since 2005. She graduated from CSU with her Bachelor in Business Administration and is from Colorado. Susan has worked in nonprofits since 1993 and brings her diverse experience working with individuals with barriers to employment to Bayaud. Susan started at Bayaud working with TANF participants and moved to sales for the Document Destruction department in 2008. She is now the Director of Document Destruction and oversees the entire shredding operation. Bayaud has several social enterprises and the document and hard drive destruction services have reached thousands of customers in the greater Metro Denver Area since 2002 while providing jobs to individuals with disabilities.

Chris O’Conner
Director of Federal Contracts

Mr. O’Connor has worked at Bayaud Enterprises since 2005, and has over 20 years of experience in the Human Services environment. He also serves the Safety Coordinator for the organization, ensuring overall health and safety for Bayaud programs. Chris provides administrative oversight to several Federal Contracts, which provide supported employment to over 100 employees on a daily basis. He received a BA in Psychology from Colorado Mesa University, in Grand Junction, Colorado.

 

Tammy Bellafato

Tammy Bellafato

Executive Director

Tammy Bellofatto joined Bayaud Enterprises as Executive Director in October 2019.   With her 11 years of experience in vocational services Tammy brings passion and dedication to her new role.  Tammy was previously Director of Vocational Services at Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and has dedicated her career to advocating for marginalized people.  She has worked with many Denver programs designed to help those at risk.  In 2019 Tammy was appointed to The Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans to advise the Secretary of the Veterans Administration on homeless issues affecting veterans.  She was co-founder of Taskforce Denver Homeless, a grass roots organization to combat homelessness.  Tammy is a member of Patient Centered Outcome Research Community Advisory Panel for Denver Health, a Community Advisor for Patient Stakeholders Council for Kaiser Permanente and Denver Health, and a member of Metro Denver Homeless Initiative Employment subcommittee. From 2014-2016, Tammy served as Chair of The Denver’s Road Home Employment Subcommittee.  In 2016, she received an Acknowledgement from City of Lakewood Veterans Court for outstanding work in the community with offenders and in 2018 she received the Philosophy of Service award from The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless Member.

Virginia Ortiz

Chief Development Officer

Virginia has developed, directed, and supported sustainability of international, national, and local non-profit and faith-based organizations for more than 30 years. A graduate of the National Community Development Training Institute and non-profit leader, she is skilled in the areas executive level non-profit management, fund development, program development, affordable housing, and community economic development. She also studied at Metro State University and Trinidad State Junior College. Before joining Bayaud, Virginia held executive level positions with Mile High Ministries, Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics, ACCESS Housing, The Archdiocese of Denver, Colorado Foundation for Families and Children, and NEWSED Community Development Corporation.  Additionally, she has held mayoral and gubernatorial appointments on the Denver Board of Zoning Appeals, Colorado Correctional Industries Board, and the Denver Neighborhood Health Program Board. Virginia has also served on numerous charter school and non-profit Boards including: Ricardo Flores Magon Academy, KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy, Activate Work, Inc., Denver Community Reinvestment Alliance, Elyria/Swansea Community Economic Development Corporation, Hispanics of Colorado, Servicios de La Raza, Chinook Fund, National Catholic Campaign for Human Development, and the UCD Community Development Work Study Program.

Sue Richardson
Director of Employment & Opportunity Center

Ms. Richardson has been with Bayaud Enterprises since 1987 and is a Certified Vocational Evaluator. Sue holds a Master’s degree in Education and Counseling from the University of Nebraska, Kearney. She serves as an active member of the Colorado State Rehabilitation Council.  Sue strives to maintain Bayaud’s focus on participant choice in all aspects of evaluation, work adjustment, career training, job placement and job retention services.

Scott Kerr
Director of Business Development

Mr. Kerr has been with Bayaud Enterprises since 2009.  Scott joined Bayaud Enterprises after completing graduate work at the Iliff School of Theology.  With his team, Scott strives to bring a holistic approach to ending the poverty cycle with individuals and families by providing comprehensive employment services, while also investing in leadership development opportunities for participants.