Who We Are

Our Mission
"Enriching the lives of families, one community at a time."

Our Purpose
We have people ask all the time what it is that Joyful Journeys does. It's hard to answer in just one short sentence because we do so much. Just to highlight a few so that you know where your support dollars go, this is us in a nut shell. 
We help improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods by providing critical human services like feeding and clothing the homeless, tutoring struggling children, exercise and nutrition classes, building community gardens, cleaning the streets, helping struggling families over the holidays, providing resume building assistance and household budgeting classes and always offering love and support to everyone we can! 

I love my life and am so grateful to be living out my purpose. Thank you all that have supported us as we couldn't have done it without you. Donations are always needed and VERY MUCH appreciated to continue the work we do our very best to complete. Please consider getting involved. I love you guys and thank you always for supporting me in my dreams.   ~Tasha VanMarter

Board Of Directors
Tasha VanMarter

Hi! My name is Tasha VanMarter and I am a huge fan of the outdoors. I love to run, hike, snowboard, back country, exercise and I absolutely LOVE my dog. I have a Masters in Sociology and have dedicated my life to helping others improve theirs.  I believe that it's not what you have in life that's important, but what you give to those around you...even if all you can give is a smile.
Tia Loera-

My name is Tia and I'm an active mother of 4 wonderful children who live and breath soccer. I love to volunteer at my children's school and do all that I can to be a positive role model in their lives. For fun, I play indoor soccer and go on exciting adventures with my family to grow as a woman, mother, and person. 
 Sue Holley
Sue Holley


Hello!  My name is Sue :) As the mother of 4 children and 7 grandchildren I am always involved in something. I love helping my family and am excited to be a member of the Joyful Journeys Community Enrichment team. On my down time, my husband and I enjoy participating in poker runs, motorcycle rides and watching my kids and grand kids sporting events. We have a very active family and believe that as a group nothing can bring us down.

 Craig Luckey
I am a life-long resident of Thornton and I am now raising my family here. I am also a small business owner who is very active in the local political arena. I have always had a passion for giving back to the community and for helping children. I have coached youth football for the last 13 years in the same league that I played for when I was a child. I look forward to helping Joyful Journeys continue their great work and I strive to help every child in need.

Erik Aragon
Hello my name is Erik Aragon and I am born, raised and continue to live in Thornton. I love our community and what JJ’s provides to help improve a place where I live. I have a beautiful wife and three beautiful daughters. One of my greatest joys is being a family man who loves and provides for his family. My hobbies and passions are athletics. I currently coach a high school baseball program. I love working with kids and having a positive impact on their lives.

Rhonda Pylican

Rhonda Pylican retired from her position as Director of Human Resources at the Community College of Denver in May 2015 after 31 years in the field.  She currently works part-time for the college as a Civil Rights Investigator and also enjoys spending time with her two beautiful grandchildren, hiking with her husband and their two new puppies. On top of participating as an active board member with Joyful Journeys Community Enrichment she loves volunteering to transport animals in need to non-kill shelters, foster homes and new adoptive homes. 
Rhonda has been involved in numerous professional and non-profit organizations over the past 25 years and has held the office of President and Secretary for the College/University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR).  Rhonda also served as President, Vice President and Secretary for the Gymnastics Unlimited Parent’s Club and established a non-profit (501(c)(3)) parent’s club for the Cheer Central Suns.  During her time with the parents club she organized, and participated in, numerous fundraising events and was instrumental in obtaining a BINGO license and managing this fundraiser for both clubs.

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