David was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He is married to Linda and has 3 grown children. He is a semi-retired lawyer who was an Assistant U.S. Attorney and a Colorado Public Defender as well as in private practice. In the past he has been head of many professional and community organizations including: the Denver Junior Chamber of Commerce; The Denver Democratic Party; The Association of Jewish Lawyers of Colorado; and the Federal Bar Association. Besides SWIC, David is currently on the boards of: Colorado B'nai B'rith, The Jewish Community Relations Council, ADL, The South Denver Optimist Club; The I Rude Charitable Trust; and the Colorado Hillel Council Business Board.
Mary lou vigil and family
A former educator at St. Joseph's Grade School, Morey Middle School, Abraham Lincoln High School. A teacher for 19 years, Guidance Councilor for 6 years, Dean of Students for 6 years, Mary Lou is a resident of the Westwood
Neighborhood and is an honored Elder Member of the SWIC Community.
Tony oum, Chair
Bilingual in English and Cambodian, Tony isFirstBank’s Multicultural Banking Center Senior Vice President He got his first job at the age of nine. When most kids were playing video games Tony was washing dishes, cutting carrots, and deep frying appetizers at his family’s Chinese restaurant. As a new business struggling to make a profit, it was all hands on deck. “I did a little bit of everything in the restaurant,” said Tony. Little by little the business grew and eventually it did make a profit, even helping to pay for Tony and his brother’s college tuitions.
A former Denver City Councilman at Large, SW Denver Native, Tim is the Executive Director: North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative and member of the Mayor's Cabinet The gymnasium at the Westwood Community Center is named in honor his late father, Sam Sandos who was a much loved City Councilman in SW Denver's District 3.
A Vietnam Veteran, Ray is a retired from the US Postal Service. He is a; SW Denver Neighborhood Resident, the Overland Park RNO representative to
Inter-neighborhood Cooperation (INC), former Vice President of INC and a long-time Volunteer in Police Service (VIP) to the Denver Police Department
Michelle ferrigno warren
An immigration Advocate, Co-founder of Open Door Ministries, Candidate, US Senate candidate in the 2020 general election, Michelle is the author of The Power
of Proximity, Moving Beyond Awareness to Action. She and her husband David are long-time SW Denver Residents. Having committed her life to her community and advancing equity and democratic participation, she is a nationally recognized leader, advocate, author.
DIRECTOR & STAFF
Jenny joined Southwest Improvement Council in April 1998 after receiving her associate degree in accounting from the Community College of Denver. In May of 2000 she received her bachelor’s degree in accounting and business from the University of Colorado at Denver. She has spent 15 years dedicated to providing the best possible service to the SWIC clientele. Jenny is fluent in Vietnamese and enjoys exercising and fine Vietnamese food during her free time.
Lance is a graduate of Colorado State University and has been in Real Estate for over 20 years, and non-profit management for 10 years. After obtaining his paralegal certificate in 2011, he volunteered at Colorado Legal Services before joining Southwest Improvement Council in May of 2012. Since becoming the Deputy Executive Director at SWIC, Lance has obtained HUD certification for housing counseling. He is trained in foreclosure intervention, post purchase counseling, rental counseling, homebuyer education and one-one counseling for pre-purchase. Additionally, he has attending national training’s in Cincinnati, San Diego, Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis and Spokane. A native of Colorado he and his dog Leo live in Athmar Park in SW Denver.