2016 Presenters

Cesar Cervantes

Cesar Cervantes currently serves as Director of Student Life at St. John’s College. He is also the former dean at United World College USA and...
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Professor Jennifer Wadwha

Professor Jennifer Wadwha Co-Presenter Jennifer Wadhwa teaches in the Civil Litigation Clinic at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she supervises law...
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Michelle Spradling

Michelle Spradling has been the Project Director of the Sexual Assault Interagency Council (SAIC) for approximately 7 years. SAIC is Denver’s Sexual Assault Response Team...
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Arash Jahanian

Arash Jahanian is a civil rights and employment attorney.  His practice includes fighting discrimination and harassment, as well as police brutality and prison abuse.  He...
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Alicia Aiken

Alicia Aiken Since 2011, Alicia Aiken has been the Director of Confidentiality Institute, a national organization empowering people to protect privacy for crime victims. Additionally,...
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Sarah J Berg

Sarah J Berg Sarah J. Berg is the Director at The Phoenix Center at Auraria (PCA), a campus-based interpersonal violence advocacy and prevention office serving...
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Megan McGee Bonta

Megan McGee Bonta Megan McGee Bonta has been the Community Integration Services Coordinator in the Western Slope office of Catholic Charities since 2009.  She has...
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Darlene Brace

Darlene Brace Darlene Brace LCSW, has worked with Alternative Horizons a non-profit Domestic Violence victim’s advocacy organization in Durango for 10 years.  Currently she works...
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Megan Burch

Megan Burch Megan Burch is an Outreach Advocate for Family Tree’s Domestic Violence Outreach Program. In this role, Megan provides domestic violence consultation for Jefferson...
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Connie Burk

Connie Burk co-founded the first regional LGBT survivor services in Kansas over 20 years ago. Since 1997, she has directed The Northwest Network of Bisexual,...
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Camilo Casas

Camilo Casas Camilo Casas has worked as a journalist as well as in a range of human services from public health interventions, to emergency medicine,...
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Jackie Cash

Jackie Cash Jackie Cash holds a BA in Social Work from CSU and a JD from the University of Denver, College of Law and has...
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Claire Chadwick

Claire Chadwick Claire Chadwick is a recent graduate from Ohio University with a degree in Gender and Social Justice. After graduating from Ohio University, Claire...
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Lindsay Christopher

Lindsay Christopher Lindsay began working with survivors of domestic violence during her senior year of college after taking a Violence Against Women and Girls class. ...
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Beth Collins

Beth Collins
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Cheryl Davis

Cheryl Davis Cheryl Davis, M.A., LPC,     Cheryl has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and is a licensed psychotherapist in Colorado.  She is the Manager of...
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Gary Dawson

Gary Dawson & Amber Urban The presenters are Gary Dawson, Senior Deputy in the Special Victims Unit, who successfully used a facility dog during a...
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Jennifer Eyl

Jennifer Eyl Jennifer Eyl is an Attorney and Licensed Professional Counselor who has been working in the fields of domestic and sexual violence since 1994. ...
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Karen Foley

Karen Foley Karen Foley, MSW, CDP is a National Trainer on Domestic Violence, Chemical Dependency and Trauma. She works with the National Center on DV,...
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Laura Franklin

Laura Franklin, Detective, Sex Crimes Unit, Denver Police Department: Laura Franklin joined the Denver Police Department in 2006 and was assigned to patrol in District...
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Tina Hageman

Tina Hageman Tina O. Hageman, MSW, MBA, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work and Project Director...
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Kazi Houston, MSW, JD

Kazi Houston, MSW, JD Kazi Houston, MSW, JD is the Client Services Manager at Project Safeguard, a domestic violence legal advocacy organization in the Denver...
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Kristiana Huitron

Kristiana Huitron Kristiana Huitron, of CCADV, has been working for peace and equality for over a decade. She has worked as a Promotora de Salud...
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Tanya Kearns

Tanya Kearns Tanya Kearns is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Yoga Teacher. Working as a trauma therapist and advocate, Tanya utilizes mindfulness and yoga...
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Janet Kerr

Janet Kerr Janet Kerr has worked for the prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence since 1986.  Ms. Kerr is a consultant providing training and technical...
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Tomei Kuehl, MPA

Tomei Kuehl, MPA (Sexual Violence Prevention (SVP) Unit Supervisor). Tomei joined the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in January 2013. She began her...
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Professor Tamara Kuennen

Professor Tamara Kuennen Tamara Kuennen teaches a litigation clinic in which law students represent survivors of domestic and sexual violence.  She is also a board...
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Ashlee Lewis

Ashlee Lewis Ashlee Lewis, Executive Director, has been serving at DVI for over four years. During the 4 years, she worked as Victim Advocate, Statistician,...
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Terry Glenn Liley

Terry Glenn Liley Terry Glenn Lilley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. ...
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Andrew Luxen

Andrew Luxen, Deputy District Attorney, Sex Assault Unit, 2nd Judicial District: Andrew Luxen is a senior deputy district attorney with the Denver District Attorney’s Office....
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Casey Malsam

Casey Malsam Casey Malsam has worked as a Victim Advocate at Colorado State University for 5 years. She also teaches as an Adjunct Professor for...
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Amy Miller

Amy Miller Amy Miller is the CCADV Public Policy Director. Since 2008, Amy has passed 9 domestic violence bills and influenced hundreds of state and...
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Andrea Mohamedbhai

Andrea Mohamedbhai Andrea’s practice area currently focuses on family immigration, employment discrimination and civil rights. She regularly works close with Spanish-speaking clientele to ensure that...
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Qusair Mohamedbhai

Qusair Mohamedbhai Mr. Mohamedb­hai advo­cates for the rights of employ­ees in the workplace and for the civil rights of all indi­vid­u­als against gov­ern­men­tal and insti­tu­tional...
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Jessica Naberhaus

Jessica Naberhaus Jessica is a Senior Social Caseworker with Denver’s DHS Adult Protective Services. Jessica has worked with the aging population for seven years in...
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Barbara Paradiso

Barbara Paradiso Barbara Paradiso has worked on behalf of victims of domestic and sexual violence for more than thirty years as an advocate, administrator and...
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Gosia Pastusiak

Gosia Pastusiak Gosia joined MESA as the Volunteer Coordinator in March 2015. In her role at MESA, Gosia oversees the recruitment, training and sustaining volunteer...
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D’Wanna Powell, MA, LPCC

Mrs. Powell is passionate about combatting all forms of oppression and providing hope and healing to survivors of trauma. This passion inspired her to apply...
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David River

DAVID B. RIVER is the Deputy Director of Program Development for the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence and former Co-Facilitator of the Santa Fe...
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Jeannie Rodriguez

Jeannie Rodriguez Jeannie Rodriguez graduated from Gallaudet University in Washington DC. She worked in DV/SA field for approximately ten years working with Deaf and hard...
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Tsunemi Maehara Rooney

Tsunemi Maehara Rooney Tsunemi Maehara Rooney, M.A. Licensed Professional Counselor with a B.A. in Psychology from University of Colorado at Boulder in 1998 and Maters...
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Gary Sanford

Gary Sanford Mr. Sanford is currently Executive Director of the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative (MDHI). MDHI is the continuum of care for the seven county...
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Angela Sillas-Green

Angela Sillas-Green Angela has her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health and her bachelor’s in Psychology. She is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).  She...
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Judge Spahn

Judge Spahn became a Denver County Court judge in October 2014. During her first year, she presided over Denver’s County’s designated civil protection order courtroom. ...
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Lynne Sprague

Lynne Sprague Lynne is the Director of Advocacy and Co-Executive Director at Survivors Organizing for Liberation (SOL). A Texas transplant, Lynne became political around her...
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Pat Tessmer

Pat Tessmer Pat Tessmer is the CCADV Program Director, providing training, technical assistance and advocacy. Before joining CCADV in 2010, Pat spent nearly 20 years...
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Kelley Therese

Kelley Therese Kelley is a Violence Prevention Educator at SPAN, working with youth organizers to promote social justice and resist violence. She started engaging in...
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Kristin Toombs

Kristin Toombs is the Homeless Programs Manager at Colorado’s Department of Local Affairs, Division of Housing. The Homeless Programs Team provides leadership on homelessness and...
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Guadalupe Uribe-Joyner

Guadalupe Uribe-Joyner Guadalupe was born and educated in in Mexico City.  She has a bachelors degree in Social Work and 2 years in Social Anthropology....
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Sharon Villanueva

Sharon Villanueva Sharon Villanueva works for the County Sheriffs of Colorado as the Project Manager for the Colorado VINE Program. She came to this role...
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Lydia Waligorski

Lydia Waligorski Lydia Waligorski is the Public Policy Director for the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and has been an advocate and counselor for survivors...
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Laura Wolf

In her practice, Laura advo­cates on behalf of employ­ees fac­ing labor law vio­la­tions and dis­crim­i­na­tion in the work­place as well as for indi­vid­u­als suf­fer­ing from...
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Kathryn Woods

Kathryn Woods Kathryn Woods, MSW MPA LCSW is the Assistant Director for Victim Services at the Women and Gender Advocacy Center at Colorado State University....
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Victoria Ybanez

Victoria Ybanez Ms. Ybanez (Navajo, Apache and Mexican) has been working to end violence against American Indian/Alaskan Native women for 30 years. She developed and...
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