WHO WE ARE
ACC was founded in 2008 to address a gap in services for low-income, Spanish-speaking immigrant families in North Aurora.
We aim to increase access to health and access to education for all local families.
Develop the capacities of underserved families, increase access to resources and promote social equity.
Foster healthy, interdependent communities by recognizing and engaging people’s capacities
Ingrid Wicker, Acting Interim Executive Director & Director of Operations
Ingrid Wicker joined the ACC in August of 2020 as the Director of Operations. She has a strong background in operations and technology management across the business and nonprofit sectors, focused on health and education. Ingrid was attracted to Aurora Community Connection because it allowed her to bring all her expertise and community interests to the organization.
Ingrid emigrated to the U.S. from Mexico in 2008 to join her family. She has a master’s in Information Technology Management from the Universidad TecMilenio and a bachelor’s degree in Administrative Information Systems from the Technologico de Monterrey.
Around the time she immigrated to the U.S. she started her nonprofit career working for the Dominican Home Health Agency, Colorado Latino Leadership and Research Organization, and the John Corcoran Foundation in operations and program management.
Ingrid takes great pride in ensuring that ACC’s systems and programs are efficiently serving the community and her work contributes to helping make people’s lives better. It warms her heart every day when she sees young people come for tutoring, families enrolling in health insurance for the first time and young mothers learning to be their children’s first teachers.
Outside of work, Ingrid is a cycling enthusiast and advocate for safety and access. For Ingrid, cycling promotes not only physical health, but also the health of the community and our environment. She advocates for cycling as a means of transportation, not only for recreation.
Teresa Torres, MPH, Programs Manager
Teresa Torres began as a volunteer at ACC in 2011 and has been a full-time employee since 2015. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado, as well as a master’s in public health from Capella University. Teresa was born in the United States but spent her high school years with her family in her parents’ hometown of Jalisco, Mexico. Prior to working at ACC, Teresa worked at the Tri-County Health Department, with the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Teresa is a trained nutritionist, certified lactation counselor and licensed daycare provider with over 10 years of experience teaching preschool. Teresa is also a certified Health Insurance Navigator. At ACC, Teresa has helped families apply for public and private health insurance, as well as navigate community-based health resources. She also teaches a weekly Cooking Matters class at ACC. Teresa was recently promoted to the position of Programs Manager because of her demonstrated skill in the area of staff and program management. Teresa and her husband live in Denver with their son, Leonardo, and return to Jalisco, Mexico every November to be with extended family.
Nohemi Burciaga, Wellness Programs Manager
Nohemi Burciaga holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She began working at ACC in 2014 as a family advocate, drawn to the role by her desire to work with Mexican-American immigrants. Nohemi later became ACC’s Family Programs Coordinator, working alongside various community partners to implement parenting programs. In 2017, Nohemi transitioned to a role with Arapahoe County, where she worked in the Child Protection Services Division, providing parent education and case management through trauma-informed practice, and supporting parents in creating nurturing environments for their children. In 2019, Nohemi returned to ACC, where she currently works as Wellness Programs Manager, developing programs that meet the mental health needs of both youth and adults. Nohemi grew up in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors meets monthly to ensure that Aurora Community Connection is effective, viable and sustainable. In 2019, the Board is focusing on expanding ACC’s marketing and outreach efforts, planning fundraising activities and revising the organization’s strategic plan.
Community Advisory Board
The Community Advisory Board is a group of local representatives who meet monthly to discuss emerging community interests and needs. The insight and expertise of Community Advisory Board members informs ACC’s program development and strategic planning.