WeeCycle’s mission is twofold, to support families with infants and toddlers struggling to provide for their children, and to contribute to a healthier, more sustainable planet for future generations. WeeCycle walks alongside families, caregivers, and caseworkers to restore dignity for those struggling to provide for their families by connecting them to essential supplies such as formula, a safe place for their baby to sleep, a stroller so they can access public transportation and so much more.
WeeCycle is a Colorado-based nonprofit working hard to improve the lives of local families in need. We collect, “weecycle” and match essential baby gear to families through partner organizations focused on alleviating poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, teen pregnancy, under-employment and other challenges. By “weecycling” baby gear to meet children’s basic needs, we help keep them healthy and safe and contribute to a cleaner environment for their future.
In 2007, Sunny Heydorn and Jayme Ricthie were attorneys at a law firm in Denver who left the corporate world and began the career of a lifetime: motherhood. It was during a time of economic recession and, while they were able to support their families, they became concerned about other new moms and babies who had no income to buy essentials like diapers, car seats, and cribs. After researching local poverty statistics and needs, they decided to start a nonprofit called WeeCycle that would provide gently used baby gear to families in need. They used $100 from selling a futon on Craig’s List to build a website and purchase business cards, and they reached out to their neighbors, local schools and companies to gather inventory.
WeeCycle grew rapidly as they set up partnerships with other local nonprofits and began filling orders for families in need. They realized that they weren’t just helping families but also building community and connecting people, as gear donors would drive miles out of their way to donate and attach loving notes describing how to use a particular piece of equipment. The nonprofit became a catalyst for community change and human empowerment, provided ease and safety for families with infants and toddlers and gave hope for the future.
Now, more than 15 years later, WeeCycle has connected with thousands of families across the state of Colorado, has built partnerships with hundreds of nonprofit organizations doing amazing work in our communities and has become an integral part in the village it takes to raise a child.
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Lindsey Zaback grew up in South Dakota and has spent the past 14 years adjusting to “city life” in Denver. Lindsey has a B.A. in Family and Consumer Science and an M.A. in Elementary Education. She taught 1st grade for a few years before welcoming her daughter, now the oldest of three. While taking time away from her career, Lindsey replied to a moms group post and agreed to help host a neighborhood diaper drive. This drive was the catalyst for an epic journey into the nonprofit world, now a career that she cherishes. Lindsey found her niche in Development and has a real passion for fundraising and building relationships. In her free time (oxymoron..), Lindsey can be found with her kids, her bulldog Mondi and husband Rob on the ski slopes, enjoying the kids’ soccer games, camping or at a Colorado brewery.
Jana Clark has finally found her home here in Colorado after moving over 20 times in her life. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Ecology and specializes in working with children, families and communities at risk. Jana has worked in nonprofits for over 17 years in a variety of roles including disaster services, providing counseling to teenagers, child development and evaluation, and in human services. Jana is a Certified Colorado Gardner, slightly obsessed with plants, and she raises chickens and bees with her husband.
Aron Wolterstorff moved to Colorado from Alaska when he was 15 years old. He has two kids. In his free time, he enjoys woodworking and relaxing by his pond to watch the fish.
Emily Patterson grew up on a 13 acre farm in SW Colorado and loves life with her husband and 2 kids. She graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelors in Zoology. After 7 years of caring for fish at the Downtown Aquarium in Denver, Emily became a stay at home mom. She joined WeeCycle as the kids entered school and finds so much joy in helping Colorado families. Outside of work, Emily enjoys playing with her dogs, staying active, and wood burning.
Nick Ziegler grew up in the Foothills outside of Denver and after spending a couple of years in New Mexico he settled in Denver. Nick earned his BA of English from Colorado State University in 2003. After working for years in the automotive industry, Nick switched to part time work while being a stay at home dad for his children in 2012. After losing his job in a corporate merger in 2019, Nick became a VISTA Volunteer and worked with the Denver branch of ECDC/ACC helping Immigrants and refugees resettle in the Denver Metro Area. It was this experience in the nonprofit sector that spurred Nick into looking for other job opportunities that would help him give back to his community
Allison Kahlich moved to Colorado more than 10 years ago from Texas and has been loving it here ever since! After receiving her Master’s degree in Public Administration, Allison worked for several nonprofits until she decided to stay at home when her oldest son was born. She started volunteering with WeeCycle several years ago and is excited to be a part of the WeeCycle team now. On the weekends, you’ll find Allison camping, skiing or exploring Denver with her husband and two wild boys.
Kris Ritter was born in Colorado and comes to WeeCycle with 16 years of baby equipment experience. She previously owned a children’s consignment shop in southeast Aurora. After closing her business in 2019, she missed having an active role in the community and joined the WeeCycle team in 2021. Kris attended the University of Kansas where she studied Occupational Therapy and practiced in the field for 20 years. She is married and has two grown children. When not working at WeeCycle, she works as a clinical coordinator for Kansas City University finding placements for medical students and spends time with her family.
Oscar Anguiano is currently a full time student at FRCC. Oscar was born in Colorado and has lived here ever since. Oscar loves to travel, he has been to multiple parts of Mexico where most of his family is from. He loves pets and has a total of three dogs in his household. He has been part of a special program with his last job that has allowed him to work closely with multiple Non Profit organizations since 2021. In this program he met Weecycle and worked with them for about six months before he joined their team in 2022. He loved the line of work he was introduced to and knew he wanted to stick with it.
Rafaela Agyei is 2 parts teacher, 1 part geek, 1 part long-distance runner, and 2 parts Colorado native. Born in southern Colorado, Rafaela learned to care and help others at a young age. Her father was a nurse stationed at Evans Army Hospital on Fort Carson in Colorado Springs. Her father is the one who pushed her into the health field. Rafaela Graduated From Colorado State University-Pueblo with her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science, Health Promotion, and Recreation. After college, she worked for the Denver YMCA as a Health and Wellness Director, where she received her first board position in a nonprofit. When Rafaela wanted to do more, she decided to work with children with neurodiversity and special needs. She worked for the Cherry Creek School District for two years, while obtaining her Masters in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado. She currently works for Branson School Online, as a Special Education Service Provider for grades K-12. Rafaela chose the WeeCycle board to meaningfully contribute to an organization and its mission and to assist improve the lives of local families in need.
Candace Dale is a mom to two girls who believes that it is a community effort to support our children. She’s proud to be a part of WeeCycle and bring her passions to an organization that helps families throughout Colorado. She was born and raised in Rochester, NY and moved to Colorado after earning her MBA from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!). She supports high growth companies in building the infrastructure needed to scale. She’s proud to be raising two Colorado girls in Steamboat Springs, CO and enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors with them and her husband Andrew.
Ann Eldridge is the proud mom of a daughter. She is passionate about supporting and helping others and proud to be a part of the WeeCycle community. She grew up on a farm in Iowa, graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in Public Service and Administration in Agriculture. After moving to Colorado, she received her Master’s degree in Accounting at the University of Colorado at Denver. She is a registered CPA in the State of Colorado for over 20 years and currently has her own consulting
business. Previously, she worked at EKS&H LLLP as an audit manager. She enjoys exploring the beautiful Colorado outdoors with her husband and daughter and going on vacations all over the place.
Josh Ford wanted to join the WeeCycle board because he thinks Weecycle is an absolutely phenomenal organization. “They do amazing work and they truly have a heart for the world, community and each person they help. I watched as they helped families of all walks of life. Being a young father of two, I know how important the need is and WeeCycle helps fill the need. I work with young fathers across Colorado and families in general. WeeCycle has given me an opportunity to be a voice for my community and my city. I also get to serve and help and learn from some amazing people. Something unique about me is that I made a short film about stopping domestic violence, that has been viewed all over.”
Paul Plaksin was born in Belarus and moved to Colorado in 1994, growing up in Aurora. Paul received a Bachelor’s degree from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder. After college, he moved to Denver, where he has been ever since. Paul currently works as an Insurance Advisor at CCIG — a privately-held, local, commercial insurance broker. In his spare time, Paul enjoys skiing and watching all Denver sports teams.
Megan Rees is a public relations professional, small business owner, wife and mom of two boys, two dachshund mixes and a cross-eyed Siamese cat. She has spent most of her life in Colorado, growing up in Colorado Springs after moving around the Midwest and South as a kid. Megan attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins and married her college sweetheart shortly after graduating. A lifelong passion for writing led Megan to pursue a degree and career in communications, a path that has proven to be fun, rewarding, and full of unique experiences. Megan currently serves as senior content manager for CIG Public Relations, where she develops content and guides communication strategy for a variety of clients to help tell their story. Prior to her current role, Megan was the public relations manager and spokesperson for the Dumb Friends League, the largest animal welfare nonprofit in the Rocky Mountain region. There, she gained visibility for the shelter’s homeless animals and programs through frequent interviews on TV and radio, social media, PR, events and marketing. Outside of her role as a PR professional, Megan owns an online vintage shop with her sister where she curates, styles and gives new life to secondhand vintage home décor and clothing. Megan lives in Golden and loves traveling, finding new adventures with her kids, hiking, photography, barre, and exploring the ever-growing food and drink scene in and around Denver.
Jayme Ritchie was born and raised in New York and came to Colorado in 1996 to attend college at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she studied Philosophy. Jayme then attended the University of Denver and graduated in 2004 with a law degree and a legal masters degree in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. She practiced environmental and natural resources law and commercial litigation for several years prior to becoming a mom and creating WeeCycle to combine her passion for helping underprivileged children and environmental preservation. In July of 2019, Jayme left her position as Executive Director of WeeCycle to become the Director of Community Relations for Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & Schreck.
Manny Rodriguez was born and raised in Mexico and he moved to the U.S. after he was done with Medical School. He moved to Colorado in 2016 and he worked for Children’s Hospital Colorado ER and Urgent Care.He loves to spend time with his daughters and wife enjoying outdoor activities in our beautiful Colorado. In 2019 he joined Southeast Denver Pediatrics. Manny decided to join the WeeCycle Board “because the organization’s vision and mission resonates with my own goals, they are practical and flexible, making a visible impact in our community while also keeping the environment in mind.”
Sierra Shirley is a proud mom of two, who is passionate about supporting and helping others in the motherhood journey. She’s proud to join the WeeCycle organization that not only helps families in need, but also builds relationships within the community all while recycling baby gear. She has been a registered CPA in the State of Colorado for over 10 years, and currently works at Wynkoop Financial (privately held RIA) as the Chief Financial Officer. Previously, she worked at Plante Moran (previously EKS&H LLLP) where she managed financial and compliance audits for many non-profit organizations in Colorado. She graduated from the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver with both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Accounting.
Mike Turnock was born and raised in Colorado. Mike went to Cherry Creek High School and the University of Northern Colorado. He received a degree in finance with a minor in Mandarin Chinese. Mike and his wife are the parents of two daughters and have one more on the way! In his free time you can find Mike spending time with his wife and kids, at the gym, or spending time with friends golfing or at breweries. Mike became involved with WeeCycle after volunteering at a distribution event at North Middle School. The event really opened up his eyes to the impact WeeCycle has on our community and he wanted to become more involved.
Ashley Warner Thomas was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. After nearly a decade of living and working in Europe, she returned back home in 2020 with her husband and dog. She gave birth to her son in 2022 and found the amount of gear and supplies needed overwhelming. Shortly after, she discovered WeeCycle and the impact the organization was having on local families in need and the environment and couldn’t wait to get involved. Ashley works in the technology sector where she provides strategic guidance to clients across multiple sectors. Outside of work, Ashley loves hiking, traveling, and volunteers to support organizations focused on women, children, and the alleviation of poverty. She holds a Master’s Degree in Law with Merit from the University of Bristol and a BA in International Affairs and Political Science from the University of Colorado.
Katie Wienecke is the current Corporate Engagement Officer for the Denver Public Schools Foundation. She works to connect the Denver business community to classrooms to accelerate learning in Denver Public Schools. She drives all aspects of corporate engagement for the DPS Foundation. Prior to joining the DPS Foundation, Katie was the manager of the Smart-Girl Program at AllHealth Network and has worked with the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, serving as Interim Manager of Community Investments and Initiatives. Katie holds a Masters in International Administration from the University of Denver with a focus in gender, economics and development and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wyoming. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. In her free time she serves on the Board of Directors for Zonta District 12 and enjoys playing in the city with her husband, Dan, and children, Regina and Danny.
Lauren was born and raised in southern Illinois before heading to the University of Missouri- Columbia for Journalism. Her career in advertising provided her the opportunity to live in London. Chicago, San Francisco and NYC before settling in Denver. Lauren started as a volunteer with Weecycle working at mobile distribution markets and hosting donation drives. She adamantly believes that no child should lack essential items and no parent should have to live in fear of providing these needs to their children. Weecycle is set up to help close the gap in our community and Lauren is proud to be an advocate for it. When not working or volunteering, Lauren can be found with her two girls and partner Ted, training on a bike or attempting to uplevel her plant mom skills in her garden.