Staff

Daniela Meltzer, Executive Director
As a multi-disciplinary nonprofit professional, Daniela has worked with numerous mission-driven organizations throughout her professional career. Aside from fundraising, event production, communication, and management, she brings a global perspective to the position. As a bilingual Latina from Colombia, she understands the ins and outs of immigration and is passionate about providing quality education for all.

Ruth Castillo, Program Director
A child of a U.S. military member, Ruth Castillo lived in Maryland and Panama before her family eventually settled in a small town outside of Corpus Christi, Texas. She holds a B.A. in Bilingual Education from Texas A&M and a M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. She has taught and worked in schools in the U.S. and abroad, including time spent as a teacher-trainer in Haiti. Ruth loves the philosophy of Horizons Colorado and is excited to contribute her unique administrative, teaching and training experiences to work collaboratively with the families and teachers. She is passionate about building long-lasting relationships with families to create a positive impact in the Horizons community. As an educator, Ruth takes particular interest in children’s social-emotional development, and says she especially values family involvement with the process. She is committed to the growth and wellbeing of the whole family. In her free time, Ruth likes to rock climb, dance, do photography, hike with her dog, Choco, and spend time in the sun.

Jessica
Nuñez-Hernandez, Community Liaison and Lead Pre-K Teacher
As a Horizons alumna, she brings to Horizons is my ability to relate. Jessica was also a student at Knapp Elementary and has built a great rapport with the children and their families.

Celina Gomez, Reading Specialist
She brings a passion and enthusiasm for education, with 30 years of teaching experience in Jefferson County Public Schools at a Title I school, teaching 1st and 2nd Grade and as Reading and Math Interventionist. Her first year at Horizons, she worked with the Kindergarten, and, for the past nine years, she has been the Reading Interventionist in the summer program. Celina has a BA degree in Elementary Education and Special Education and an MA in the Diverse Learner.

Jose Martinez, Director of Henning Health & Wellness Program and Operations Manager
Jose has a P.E. and Elementary Education teaching license and is also CPR certified. As a Horizons alum, he is always excited to work at Horizons because he can give students that live in his community the same experience that he had.