Meet Our Team



Lynn Ann Huizingh

Executive Director of Development

Lynn Ann has served our shelter guests since 2013. Over the years she has developed a deep love and passion for our guests, the volunteers who join us, and celebrated the Kingdom partnerships God has brought about as a result of this work.


Christy Smith

Executive Director of Operations

Christy started as a volunteer with Severe Weather Shelter Network in 2015 and quickly became connected to the ministry. Being homeless herself several times as a child, she felt compelled to help the homeless population in a way that mattered. She became an employee in 2017 serving in multiple roles such as the Leadership Team, Transportation Coordinator, and Management of Operations.


Karen Primus

Administrative Assistant

Karen joined the team in May 2022 as the administrative assistant. She has a heart for people and helping people who don’t really have a voice in society. She has a creative background with a BFA in Dramatic Arts and loves to use the skills she has learned to help others. She is excited to be able to assist in the process of helping people experiencing homelessness.

Board Members

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Jen Bock

Board Member

Jen leads the clinical operations of AllHealth Network, a Community Mental Health Center serving the south metro Denver region, where she has been an employee for 18 years.  She has a passion for leadership and a love for working with individuals with chronic mental illness and substance use challenges striving to build programs that provide opportunities for wholehearted recovery and equitable access to care. She joined the board of Severe Winter Shelter Network in March of 2023 as a way to give back to a cause that is important to her heart and the community. Jen is married and has a 16-year-old son. 

Corey Garris

Corey Garris

Board Member

Corey Garris is the Lead Pastor of Arvada Vineyard and helps lead the Mile High Vineyard family of neighborhood churches. He joined the staff in January 2014 because he had a desire to work with a passionate team committed to building a network of churches to spiritually influence the city of Denver. Corey also sits on the Board for Severe Weather Shelter Network.

Steve Persichetti

Steve Persichetti

Board Member

Steve has been involved with local homeless mitigation for over 30 years and celebrates being a part of a new chapter in life for many who are no longer enduring life on the streets. He strives to be attentive to the Holy Spirit’s nudges to engage for a better tomorrow for those folks whose paths cross with his. He has met children, and even grandchildren of some of those folks who are enjoying a better life now.

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Randy Weinert

Board Member

Randy has had successful careers in both the private and nonprifit sectors. In his primary career, he had the responsibility for the effectiveness of advertising for many of the world best known brands. After retiring, he became the Director of Communications for Catholic Charities and later, served  as Manager of Volunteers, Community Outreach, and Development for Community Table. Both he and his wife volunteer with SWSN.

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Berzette Green

Board Member

Berzette Green is a Case Manager and Housing Specialist at Mission Arvada of The Rising Church. Berzette has successfully helped house over 500 individuals who were considered chronically or literally homeless. Berzette’s professional goals are to further her education and continually increase her knowledge of available or potential resources to help those in need. In her free time, Berzette enjoys camping, fishing, and playing basketball with her family and friends.


Ben Renkoski

Board Member

Ben is an aerospace engineer who loves living in Arvada and going hiking with his wife and two daughters. Ben started volunteering with SWSN almost as soon as he moved to the Front Range and immediately felt the connection with the community and saw the difference it could make. He is passionate about doing all we can to help those experiencing homelessness and is so honored to be able to serve as a board member.

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Jason Overholt

Board Member

Being introduced to the shelter network in 2022, I instantly saw the hands and feet of God at work. I have been blessed to become a small part as both a board member and volunteer. My life has been spent in the construction industry. The shelters values align with the values my partners and I embrace in our business model. That is, loving people, building relationships, learning their hopes and dreams and adopting the achievement of those goals as our own.
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten we belong to each other” Mother Teresa

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Sheryl Reicher

Board Member

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Susan Mueller

Board Member