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Our Founder

Ms. Dianne Cooks

CEO - Executive Director

Passionate, Loving, and a Visionary, Dianne Cooks has been part of the faith-based community for several years, which is an integral part of the Montbello and far northeast Denver community.  She serves a myriad of families throughout the greater Metropolitan Denver area administering several community programs in the areas of education, health and wellness and many others.

Her tireless efforts has brought her countless accolades and awards. Her passion to help any and everyone is her drive through her Faith in God to impact lives one Family at a time.

The greatest among you will be your servant. ~ Matthew 23:11

Awards and Accolades


• August 2007- Excellence in Leadership Award (from Pastors Leon & Yvonne Emerson.

• October 2008Peaceful International Conflict Resolution Award.

February 2009Bettye Emerson Award for educating youth and families.

• December 2011Kathy Hill Young Award for leadership in the community.

April 2012 - Di Holmes - Harambee Non Violence Organizational Award.

April 3rd 2013 - FAVA was invited to be a guest of President Barak Obama for his address on gun control at the
   Denver Police Academy.

October 2015Unsung Hero Award (from Steps to Success).

April 2016Strengthening the Families Communities Award (Denver Public Safety Youth Program).

2016 – Dianne Cooks was honor with two proclamations, one  from the Council of the City and County of Denver and
   the other Mayor Michael Hancock, proclaims June 25th 2016 to be known as Dianne Cooks and Families Against
   Violent Acts Day
for her committed service and dedication to the community.

December 2018 – Dianne retired from Denver Public Schools with 28 years serving as Family Liaison Specialist
   working with families.

• Most recently on February 28th 2019 she was honor as one of the "African American Who Makes a Difference"
   by the Denver Urban Spectrum Rosalind Harris.

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