Brandi Lynn Nieto, Chair

 

Brandi Lynn Nieto joined our Board of Directors in 2016 and became our Board Chair this fall! Brandi Lynn has served in various legal positions throughout her life, including as a judge and now as the owner and attorney of her own law firm in Greeley. She was recently honored as an Advocate for Women and Children in the Outstanding Women of Weld County Gala with A Woman’s Place, Inc. Brandi Lynn is an amazing representative of The Greeley Dream Team, and we are excited to honor her in today’s Board Spotlight!

What is your favorite part of serving on the Board of Directors?
My favorite part of serving on the Board of Directors of The Greeley Dream Team is getting to know more about the students we serve. I love the Missional Moments that we have at the beginning of every Board meeting that highlights one student. We get to learn about that individual and the programs they are participating in through our organization. I have also served on the scholarship committee more than once, and each time I have been so impressed with the applications and all that these students have overcome to get where they are!

What influenced you to serve on the Board for the Dream Team?
I have served on several Boards in the 15+ years that I have lived in Weld County. I enjoy giving back to my community and participating in community events whenever possible; this was instilled in me at a young age, and I hope to instill it in my children.

 

What does it mean to you (personally and/or professionally) to serve on the Board?
As someone who didn’t have many, if any, family members who had pursued higher education, there were lots of things I didn’t know or understand as a junior high or high school student about how to achieve my educational and career goals. Many of the services that The Greeley Dream Team provides fill in those gaps for similarly situated students. It would have been such a blessing to have been involved in an organization like The Greeley Dream Team when I was young – that makes me want to continue to work to keep this organization in place and serving children that need it.

What advice would you give a Dream Team student whom one day wants to work in your field?Don’t give up on your dreams! Don’t listen to nay-sayers or people who encourage you to achieve less than you dream! Research, make a plan, ask for help, shadow a mentor, and study!

What did you study in college?
I have an Associate of Science Degree in Behavior Science, achieved my Baccalaureate of Science Degree in Sociology with an emphasis on Criminology and a minor in Psychology, and earned my Juris Doctorate Degree in 2003.

What inspired you to work in your field?
Currently, I own and operate my own law firm, where I contract with the State of Colorado to serve as a Guardian Ad Litem and Child Legal Representative. I contract with a School District to prosecute Truancy cases in Weld County. I also serve as a part-time Municipal Court Judge in Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont & Thornton. I have chosen each of the jobs because I feel that they are professions that help others or serve the community as a whole, which is very fulfilling.

What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
I enjoy spending my free time with my family traveling or attending community events. I also enjoy hiking, crafting, reading, and listening to books.

Brandi Lynn Nieto, Chair

Brandi Lynn Nieto joined our Board of Directors in 2016 and became our Board Chair this fall! Brandi Lynn has served in various legal positions throughout her life, including as a judge and now as the owner and attorney of her own law firm in Greeley. She was recently honored as an Advocate for Women and Children in the Outstanding Women of Weld County Gala with A Woman’s Place, Inc. Brandi Lynn is an amazing representative of The Greeley Dream Team, and we are excited to honor her in today’s Board Spotlight!

What is your favorite part of serving on the Board of Directors?
My favorite part of serving on the Board of Directors of The Greeley Dream Team is getting to know more about the students we serve. I love the Missional Moments that we have at the beginning of every Board meeting that highlights one student. We get to learn about that individual and the programs they are participating in through our organization. I have also served on the scholarship committee more than once, and each time I have been so impressed with the applications and all that these students have overcome to get where they are!

What influenced you to serve on the Board for the Dream Team?
I have served on several Boards in the 15+ years that I have lived in Weld County. I enjoy giving back to my community and participating in community events whenever possible; this was instilled in me at a young age, and I hope to instill it in my children.

What does it mean to you (personally and/or professionally) to serve on the Board?
As someone who didn’t have many, if any, family members who had pursued higher education, there were lots of things I didn’t know or understand as a junior high or high school student about how to achieve my educational and career goals. Many of the services that The Greeley Dream Team provides fill in those gaps for similarly situated students. It would have been such a blessing to have been involved in an organization like The Greeley Dream Team when I was young – that makes me want to continue to work to keep this organization in place and serving children that need it.

What advice would you give a Dream Team student whom one day wants to work in your field?
Don’t give up on your dreams! Don’t listen to nay-sayers or people who encourage you to achieve less than you dream! Research, make a plan, ask for help, shadow a mentor, and study!

What did you study in college?
I have an Associate of Science Degree in Behavior Science, achieved my Baccalaureate of Science Degree in Sociology with an emphasis on Criminology and a minor in Psychology, and earned my Juris Doctorate Degree in 2003.

What inspired you to work in your field?
Currently, I own and operate my own law firm, where I contract with the State of Colorado to serve as a Guardian Ad Litem and Child Legal Representative. I contract with a School District to prosecute Truancy cases in Weld County. I also serve as a part-time Municipal Court Judge in Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont & Thornton. I have chosen each of the jobs because I feel that they are professions that help others or serve the community as a whole, which is very fulfilling.

What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
I enjoy spending my free time with my family traveling or attending community events. I also enjoy hiking, crafting, reading, and listening to books.