"The only way to do great work is to love what you do." - Steve Jobs


Chanda Hinton Leichtle

Executive Director & Founder
Ms. Hinton has her undergraduate degree in communications from the University of Denver.  She is an advocate for persons with disabilities and sits on many committees related to that population. She recently completed her Masters in Non-profit Management at Regis University.


Christopher Pierce

Development Director
Christopher has over 25 years of nonprofit leadership experience that spans the multifaceted operations of grassroots and national organizations, fundraising over $20M to date. For seven years, he was the Executive Director of Camping Services for the YMCA of Greater Seattle, managing one of the Nation’s largest YMCA youth/teen/family camping programs. In 2012, he was inspired to begin PEAK | 3 Nonprofit consulting, and worked collaboratively alongside key-decision makers to successfully guide nonprofits in strategically increasing the capacity to serve more constituents and effectively obtain mission objectives. His experience also includes Executive Director of YMCA Camp Shady Brook in Colorado and Director of Camp Mihaska with the Salvation Army of Greater St. Louis. Above all else, Christopher is most proud of being a father of two active Colorado Boys. He also enjoys music, history and independent films in his free time.


Emma Gardner

Development Associate
She graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor’s in Speech, Language, and Hearing, Sciences and a certificate in Technical Arts & Media. She has years of experience advocating for mental health as an active volunteer with To Write Love on Her Arms. She is excited to be joining the Chanda Plan Foundation to support and drive growth and development.