Meet the Team
CEO and Executive Director of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado and the Colorado Institute for Social Impact, BBB’s recently restructured Foundation. Jonathan is a Colorado Springs native, a recognized Leader in Colorado by the Beanstalk Foundation, and a 2016 Rising Star Award recipient by the Colorado Springs Business Journal. In his current position since June 2015, Jonathan has increased awareness of the importance of integrity and trust in business, and has revitalized the BBB brand that has played a crucial role in our community for more than 35 years.
Previously, Jonathan served as Vice President of AspenPointe Enterprises, where he spent 14 years building a stronger community through social enterprise, solving prevalent social issues, and serving disadvantaged populations. Jonathan is one of the co- creators of the Peer Navigator Model, an innovative peer support model for the military that was presented to the White House Joining Forces Team and has been featured in the New York Times and Time Magazine. Jonathan is currently building the Colorado Institute for Social Impact, which seeks to educate organizations on the power of the emerging Fourth Sector of the economy and uses entrepreneurial strategies to solve social issues in our community.
Jonathan is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Business at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and currently serves on the following community boards: Colorado Chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance (past Chair), Pikes Peak Workforce Investment Board, Junior Achievement Board, The Resource Exchange Board, Vice Chair of Silver Key Social Enterprises, PPCC Business Advisory Committee, Innovations in Aging Collaborative Board, Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center Advisory Board and the SHIFT Thrift Store Board. Jonathan has a Masters in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado Health and Sciences Center.
Stacey Burns is thrilled to be a Native of Colorado, living in various regions of the state all of her life, but has spent a majority of her career in Colorado Springs. She has been a strong advocate for Social Impact Businesses, veterans’ transition programs, as well as healing through the arts. She started the Spotlight on Hope event to increase behavioral health awareness and was one of the creators of the Military Creative Expressions program in conjunction with the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Stacey’s absolute favorite part of any opportunity is to develop mutually beneficial partnerships and to help people find their potential.
Stacey is currently the Vice President of Business Innovation at Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado and the Colorado Institute for Social Impact (CI4SI). The Colorado Institute for Social Impact seeks to educate organizations on the power of the emerging Fourth Sector of the economy using entrepreneurial strategies to solve social issues in our community.
Stacey is currently working to increase the understanding and measurement of Social Return on Investment (SROI) through CI4SI, a process she has been developing since 2009. Prior to that she spent over 12 years at AspenPointe helping people realize opportunity through Social Enterprise and other programs.
Stacey was chosen in 2015 to become a Beanstalk Foundation Leader and is a member of the El Paso County Community Services Block Grant Advisory Board. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English from CU-Boulder and a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from CU-Denver Health Sciences. Stacey loves reading, movies, water skiing, and most of all spending time with her daughter.
Gina Sacripanti is the Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado and the Colorado Institute for Social Impact. As the builder of marketing, communications and events that serve to promote both organizations’ vision, she is dedicated to innovative ideas and storytelling that drive greater community engagement and involvement among business communities.
Gina has over 20 years of experience in the not for profit financial services and media industries leading events, community outreach, sponsorships, media relations, marketing, and internal and external communications. Prior to her current role, Gina was a marketing consultant for a national credit union whose membership comprised of employees of The White House, FDIC, Fannie Mae, and National Science Foundation and was responsible for building a marketing department and financial literacy programs. Gina also served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for The Washington Examiner, the second largest news media organization in the DC-metro area. In this position, Gina was responsible for increasing brand equity and creating sponsorships and promotions of DC’s signature events, including The National Cherry Blossom Festival, Marine Corps Marathon, National Memorial Day Parade and pro-teams Washington Nationals, Washington Redskins, and Washington Capitals.
Gina did her undergraduate studies in marketing at Villanova University and has a MBA from George Washington University. She currently serves on the Development Committee of Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, Marketing Chair of the Pikes Peak Region Small Business Week, and is a member of Half the Sky Giving Circle. Gina also served as the Vice Chair of the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative.
Nicola Roark is the Vice President of Development and Operations for the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado and the Colorado Institute for Social Impact. Nicola has over 20 years of professional Operations and Marketing experience and has had the opportunity to help shape the cultural development of businesses of various sizes by organizing people, process and programs to drive strategic initiatives. Nicola builds strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders by contributing to the ideation, problem solving and project delivery process.
Nicola has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of North Wales in Great Britain and Master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. In addition to being an alumna of UCCS, Nicola is also the co-chair of the UCCS College of Business Alumni Outreach Committee and a member of the College of Business Alumni Leadership Team. Nicola also volunteers for DECA, an international association preparing leaders and entrepreneurs for careers and education in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and other business areas.
Originally from Manchester, England, Nicola has lived in Colorado Springs since 1995 and is proud to call it home. Nicola is especially excited about the possibilities and potential afforded to Colorado Springs and its community in driving the evolution of business by organizing and providing education about Social Impact and the Fourth Sector.
At CI4SI, we have expertise across several areas. We are available for speaking engagements, for Keynote Addresses, board presentations, seminars, and much more!