Presenters

KatieAbeyta

Katie graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Spanish. She worked in the domestic violence field for 5 years ...
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AprylAlexander

Dr. Apryl Alexander is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver. She received her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from the ...
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AshleyArens

Ashley Arens joined RMvlc in November 2014. Ashley obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from East Carolina University in 2009 and her MSW and Master of Science in ...
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MelodyBaker

Melody Baker is a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara (MHA) Nation in Fort Berthold North Dakota. She belongs to the Wide Ridge (Itisuku) clan and is a child of ...
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ChelseaBaldwin

Chelsea Baldwin is the Coordinator for the Domestic Violence Program offering contract management and technical assistance to funded programs, and is the System Administrator for the database, CAFE. Before joining ...
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DiegoBarrera

Diego Barrera is an activist and organizer from Northwest Arkansas. He co-founded inTRANSitive, a grassroots organization addressing the issues affecting Trans people in Northwest Arkansas. Diego has over four ...
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MadissonBednark

Madisson is the Development Director at The Initiative and is responsible for outreach, social media, marketing, and communications. Madisson received her BS in human nutrition and dietetics from MSU Denver ...
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SarahBerg

Sarah J. Berg is the Deputy Title IX Coordinator of Prevention at the University of Colorado Denver. Formerly she worked as the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator and then Director at ...
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CaseyBeyer

Casey earned her degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, which has given her the tools to challenge oppressive structures of power and privilege. Prior to moving to Denver, ...
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CherylBowdridge

Cheryl began prevention work in August of 2014. In three years Cheryl has grown fourteen class presentations a year, a support group and Girls on The Run program to presenting ...
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SherryLynnBoyles

Ms. Boyles currently serves as Executive Director of TESSA. Her background includes serving as Executive Director of the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault as well as a consultant for the ...
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Curt & ChristieBrungardt

Drs. Curt and Christie Brungardt are best known as social entrepreneurs who have worked tirelessly to address issues of injustice and inequality. Between them, they have 47 years of experience ...
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MichelleBryan

Michelle Bryan is an Outreach Advocate for Family Tree's Domestic Violence Outreach Program. In this role, Michelle coordinates and facilitates healthy relationship workshops for youth. Additionally, Michelle provides direct ...
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AnneByrne

Anne Byrne is the founder of The Blue Bench (RAAP) and played a significant role in the creation of the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Byrne served as the CEO ...
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KatieCampbell

Katie Campbell has worked in the nonprofit sector for 8-plus years and has held various positions ranging from front line service to management roles. Her previous experience includes working ...
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JackieCash

Jackie Cash has been managing the Colorado ACP since the program laws passed in 2007. She has presented locally and nationally on the topic of confidential address programs, and is ...
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NancyChavez-Porter

Nancy Chávez-Porter emigrated from Lima Peru in 2004. Nancy began her activist career at SPAN around 12 years ago; she started as the Administrative Assistant and a year ...
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NanetteChezum

Nanette is a survivor of a verbally and psychologically abusive relationship. She uses her voice to educate about the early warning signs that indicate a relationship is heading down an ...
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LindsayChristopher

Lindsay Christopher has been working in the domestic violence field since 2011. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011 with ...
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BethCollins

Beth Collins works as the Domestic Violence Program Specialist at the Colorado Department of Human Services. Before joining DVP, Beth worked at Colorado’s statewide anti-domestic violence coalition, and ...
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ShannonCollins

Shannon Collins is the Campus Training and Technical Assistance Program Manager at the Center on Domestic Violence at the University of Colorado Denver. In this capacity, she provides training and ...
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BridgettComer

Bridgett is the Owner and Lead Trainer of Rocky Mountain Self Defense in Littleton, Colorado. Bridgett fell in love with Krav Maga in 2012 while training at the Academy of ...
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ConsueloContreras

Consuelo Contreras is a Bilingual Victim Advocate/Hotline Coordinator for Tu Casa, Inc. of Alamosa, Colorado. Consuelo completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Adams State University in Sociology with ...
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AlexCook

Alexandra attended Drake University in Des Moines, IA graduating with a Bachelor’s in English Literature. After graduation, Alexandra lived in Spain working as an English tutor, moving back to ...
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LoriCuno

Lori is a Colorado native and is a devoted outdoor fan. She is very close to her family and together they enjoy camping and winter sports. Lori was born with ...
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ShannonDay

Shannon Day is the Training & Technical Assistance Manager with CCADV. She brings life experience from direct sales, public speaking, owning a business, co-founding and managing a non-profit, ...
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MichelleDixon-Wall

Michelle Dixon-Wall works with the Resource Sharing Project at the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs. In her role, she supports 18 Sexual Assault Coalitions from the Dakotas to ...
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HeidiDobbins

Heidi Dobbins is Project Safeguard’s Legal Advocacy Coordinator and serves in a supportive role to the Legal Advocates within the organization. Prior to her position as Legal Advocacy Coordinator, ...
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JennDoe

Jenn Doe has over 5 years of experience working in the violence prevention field. She has coordinated peer education programs at the high school and college levels and provides training ...
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JennDoe

Jenn Doe began her career in victim services as a campus advocate and Violence Prevention Education Coordinator. She later worked as the Outreach Coordinator for a community based domestic violence ...
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JohnDoe

Second co presenter bio...
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JaneDoe

And the third copresenter biography...
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MauraDoherty Demko

Maura Doherty Demko holds 19 years of experience in human services to include working as Executive Director for the Sexual Assault Services Organization, an Emergency Services Therapist and Team Lead ...
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MillieDuran

Casa Milagro Youth Solutions presents short inter-active theater performances on teen dating violence, males disrespecting females, bullying and gang intervention to our youth. The performances present the opportunity for ...
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BrookeEly-Milen

Brooke Ely-Milen is the Director of the Domestic Violence Program at the Colorado Department of Human Services, where she has worked since 2006. Prior to joining DVP, Brooke worked ...
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JoleneEngelking

Jolene Engelking has been with SVJI@MNCASA since 2016, providing technical assistance around systems response to sexual assault. She has a deep love of advocacy and working to end sexual ...
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JenniferEyl

Jennifer Eyl is an attorney and licensed professional counselor who has been working in the fields of domestic and sexual violence since 1994. She currently directs the Domestic Violence Program ...
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JenniferEyl

Jennifer Eyl is an Attorney and Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked in the fields of domestic and sexual violence since 1994. Jennifer is the Director of the Domestic Violence ...
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AlyssaFieseler

Alyssa Fieseler, LSW is a therapist at the Crisis Center, a non-profit agency serving survivors and child witnesses of domestic violence in Castle Rock, Colorado. Alyssa specializes in work ...
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BrieFranklin

Brie Franklin is the Executive Director at CCASA. She has over 16 years of experience in the sexual assault and domestic violence fields providing direct services as well as program ...
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AlexisFreet

Alexis Freet is Project Safeguard’s Legal Director. Alexis oversees Project Safeguard’s Lawyers for Victims Program and provides technical assistance to the four Lawyers for Victims expansion sites statewide. ...
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SteviGray

Bio coming soon......
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MelissaHaenchen

Melissa Haenchen is Manager of Outreach & Community Engagement with WINGS. Melissa holds a Bachelors degree in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies from the University of Kansas, and has been ...
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AviHaimowitz

Avi Haimowitz has been with Deaf Overcoming Violence through Empowerment (DOVE) since early 2011, starting out as Outreach Coordinator and currently serving in the role of Program Director. She supervises ...
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ElissaHardy

Elissa Hardy, LCSW has worked in long term care, hospice, Big Brothers Big Sisters, an adolescent treatment program, outpatient mental health as well as with the chronically homeless population. She ...
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AnneHellstrom

Anne Hellstrom, M.S.Ed., LPC is the Clinical Program Manager at the Crisis Center, a non-profit agency that serves victims of domestic violence. In addition to her role ...
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ErinHenry

Erin Henry is the Director of Clinical Programs at WINGS. Erin is a licensed clinical social worker, EMDR practitioner, and trauma therapist, with over 5 years of group experience....
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KathrynHolland

Kathryn Holland is the financial manager of the Sexual Assault Victim Emergency Payment Program (SAVE) which ensures that medical and anonymous reporting victims of sexual assault are provided payment assistance ...
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VeronicaHorn

Veronica Horn, Advocacy Program Director. Veronica received her M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature in 2002 and also holds a Diploma in Secondary Education; both degrees were received from ...
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KaziHouston, MSW, JD

Kazi Houston, MSW, JD is the Program Manager for the Legal Information Network of Colorado. LINC is a federally-funded project housed at Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center that is ...
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KristianaHuitron

Ms. Huitrón has been advocating for sexual assault and domestic violence survivors for more than 15 years. Working in Rural and urban settings she developed curriculum and supportive programming ...
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ClaudiaHurtado-Myers

Claudia Hurtado-Myers, has extensive experience and passion for working with survivors. In addition to being an attorney, Claudia has volunteered hundreds of hours helping survivors with legal and immigration ...
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SashaHutchings

Sasha is the Director of the Victim Services Network at the Denver District Attorney’s Office. Sasha has depth of experience working with marginalized communities, including her work as the ...
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LisaIngarfield

Lisa joined CCASA in November 2017 as the Project Director/Principal Investigator for the Colorado Forensic Compliance Evaluation Project. She has over 15 years’ experience in sexual assault response and ...
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LisaIngarfield

Lisa Ingarfield, PhD, is currently the Sexual Assault Response Program Director for the Office for Victims Program, Division of Criminal Justice, Colorado Department of Public Safety and Adjunct Faculty at ...
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TeriKarjala

Teri Karjala, owner of the Creative Counseling Center LLC is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Teri’s credentials also include being a Registered ...
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JoshKeehne

Josh grew up in Rural Colorado, then served in the Marine Corps. after high school. He then came back to Colorado to study Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Psychology. Sociology lead ...
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SophieKeeley

Sophie is a trilingual psychotherapist (English, French, and Spanish) at Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN) and works with survivors of domestic violence. She also facilitates DV101 trainings and various ...
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RuthieKolb

Ruthie Kolb has a background in reproductive health and education across the lifespan. She has been a high school math teacher, a postpartum coach, a curriculum evaluation project manager, a ...
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MariannaKosharovsky

Marianna Kosharovsky is the Executive Director of ALIGHT (Alliance to Lead Impact in Global Human Trafficking), which connects trafficking survivors to critical (and free) legal assistance through innovative technology. With ...
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TammyKuennen

Tammy Kuennen is a tenured professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Before joining DU in 2004, she was a Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow ...
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Jose JuanLara Jr

Jose Juan Lara, Jr., MS, has been involved in the movement against gender violence since 1999 in Texas and has facilitated workshops at national, state, and local conferences on crisis ...
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VictoriaLutz, JD

From 2004 to 2012 Vicki was the executive director of Crossroads Safehouse, and during the decade prior to 2004 she held the same title at New York’s Pace Women’...
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AlexandraLynch

Alexandra Lynch has been Development Director for Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN) since 2009. Among her duties at SPAN, Alexandra manages SPAN’s client database and performs data analysis ...
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JasonLyons

Commander Jason Lyons has 22 years in law enforcement, the last 6 years with Castle Rock Police Department. Commander Lyons has held assignments in patrol and investigations, as well as ...
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PamelaMaass

Starting in law school Pamela advocated on behalf of victims of violent crime as a law clerk for the Denver DA. After graduating, Pamela served as a Felony Deputy District ...
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TsunemiMaehara Rooney

Tsunemi Maehara Rooney, M.A. Licensed Professional Counselor with a Maters in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. She has been the Outreach Counseling Program Director at Safehouse Progressive Alliance ...
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VirginiaMcCarver

Virginia McCarver, Ph.D., is a researcher and strategist with Moms Fight Back, a nonprofit organization dedicated in part to providing families resources to combat sexual assault. She is also ...
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DerekMcCoy

Derek is former collegiate (University of Colorado - Business Marketing BA) and professional football player who turned his focus to social justice after ending his sports career. After spending 4 years ...
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JenniferMcCoy-Hanna

Jennifer McCoy-Hanna is a Victim Advocate at Tu Casa, but had been a hotline volunteer since 2015. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with an emphasis in ...
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ChristieMcElhinney

Christie McElhinney, MPA, is principal and founder of Third Sector Communication Strategies, a consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits, foundations and organizations committed to the common good. With 20+ ...
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KimMessina

Kim Messina is the Victim Services Coordinator for the Brighton and Commerce City Police Departments Victim Services Unit, located in the 17th Judicial District, Colorado. Kim has served in the ...
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ShannonMeyer

Ms. Meyer has over 20 years of experience working with nonprofits, primarily in the field of land conservation. She has advised staff and boards on all manner of organizational development ...
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AmyMiller

Amy Miller is the CCADV Public Policy Director. Since 2008, Amy has passed 9 domestic violence bills and influenced hundreds of state and federal domestic violence related pieces of legislation. ...
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KimberlyMoore

Kimberly Moore is a Prevention Professional with the Douglas County School District. She is a part of TEAM U.P. (Universal Prevention). The team consists of seven members that provide ...
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SarahO'Brien

Sarah O'Brien is currently a Master's of Theological Studies at the Iliff School of Theology where she focuses on theological and philosophical implications of power on social structures ...
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MargaretOchoa

Margaret Ochoa, J.D., is a Prevention Specialist with the Colorado School Safety Resource Center. She provides resources for communities to identify, prevent, and respond to sexual abuse and assault. ...
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KimberlyParker

Kimberly Parker is the Housing Victim Advocate at The Alliance in Salida, Colorado and is developing the new housing program for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. She has ...
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CassiePotts

Cassie Potts received her Bachelors in Human Services and Criminal Justice in 2002 and her Masters in Community Counseling in 2006. She is Licensed in the state of Colorado. Trainings ...
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KatiePribyl Dobbins

Katie Pribyl Dobbins has worked on the Training and Community Education Team as the Volunteer Coordinator at SPAN for the last 5 years and has worked in Boulder County non ...
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MeganRae

Megan Rae (B.A. Theatre Performance/ M.A. Gender and Women’s Studies) has presented throughout the country on utilizing theatre to transition theory to praxis. Creating “When…” Advocacy Productions ...
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ShelleyReader

Shelley Reader is the Shelter and Community Advocacy Program Manager at the Crisis Center in Castle Rock, CO. The Crisis Center is a non-profit agency that provides, shelter, advocacy ...
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SarahReimers Summers

Sarah is the Statewide Civil Legal Services Coordinator at Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center where she coordinates a project working to increase access to civil legal services for crime victims. ...
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KimReynolds

Kim Reynolds has been with the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) since June of 2010. She participates in two National Association of Confidential Address Programs (NACAP) committees and sits on the ...
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GalenaRhoades

Galena Rhoades, Ph.D., is a Research Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Denver. Her research is on romantic relationship development and functioning, and the related ...
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AshleyRiley Lopes

Ashley Riley Lopes, MPA joined the Office for Victims Programs in July of 2015 as a Grants Administrator/S.T.O.P. Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Administrator. Ashley is ...
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EchoRivera

Hi! I’m Echo Rivera and my passion is to help others create effective and beautiful presentations. As a community psychologist, I present a lot. At first, I struggled with ...
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LorettaRoss

Loretta J. Ross is one of the creators of the theory of “Reproductive Justice,” and a nationally renowned speaker and writer on women’s issues, hate groups, racism and intolerance, ...
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ZacSchaffner

Zac Schaffner is a Homeless Programs Specialist at the Colorado Dept. of Local Affairs’ (DOLA) Division of Housing. As a member of the Office of Homeless Initiatives, Schaffner works with ...
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GosiaSchmitz

Gosia Schmitz is the 17th Judicial District Sex Assault Response Team (SART) Coordinator in Colorado. Previously, Gosia was the Volunteer Coordinator for Moving to End Sexual Assault in Boulder, CO. ...
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NatashaShafer

Natasha Shafer is the PREA Coordinator for the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections. She has 20 years of experience in the juvenile justice system. She acquired her master's degree ...
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ErinShannon

Erin Shannon, MA is an Art Therapist and Social Justice Counselor working with children, youth, and families at Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN) in Boulder. Erin’s work blends ...
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RaanaSimmons

Raana joined CCASA in 2015 as the Director of Policy, bringing with her the collective experience of a prevention educator, community organizer, awareness campaign director, and advocate in the field ...
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JeanSolis

Jean has worked at The Arc of Aurora with/for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) for 25+ years. For the past 17 years she has coordinated the ...
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LynneSprague

Lynne is the Director of Advocacy and Co-Executive Director at Survivors Organizing for Liberation (SOL), formerly the Colorado Anti-Violence Program. A Texas transplant, Lynne became political around her ...
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CarmenStevens

Carmen Stevens is a Board of Immigration Appeals accredited representative and Immigrant Advocate coordinating the “Por Ti Misma” program for the San Luis Valley Immigrant Resource Center. She provides outreach ...
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JennyStith

Jennifer Stith, MAT, MA serves as Executive Director of WINGS, whose mission is to break the cycle and heal the wounds of childhood sexual abuse by providing education, advocacy and ...
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DarlaStuart

Darla Stuart, Executive Director, has been involved with The Arc for more than 25 years. Darla’s tenure at The Arc of Aurora includes leading local, state, regional, and national ...
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JodieSullivan Anderson, JD

Jodie Sullivan Anderson is the Staff Attorney at Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center who specializes in Victim Rights Act cases. Jodie obtained her BS degree in Psychology from Texas Christian ...
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TraceyTatro Swindle

Tracey Tatro Swindle is a survivor of Domestic Violence, ER Nurse, and a Sex Assault Forensic Nurse Examiner and part of CCADV's Survivor Caucus. Tracey has worked closely with ...
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EmilyTofte Nestaval

Emily Tofte Nestaval began her career as a domestic violence hotline advocate in 2001. Since then, she has been dedicated to supporting survivors and making the legal system more accessible ...
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BeckyTreece

Ms. Treece, Development Director of TESSA, has extensive experience working within the nonprofit sector in Colorado, primarily around poverty, women’s equality and empowerment, and social justice issues. Prior to ...
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OlgaTrujillo

Olga Trujillo, JD is an attorney, speaker, author and survivor. Her experience over the past 27 years has been as a private attorney, an attorney for the U.S. Department ...
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EmilyVickers

Emily attended the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago graduating with a Bachelor’s in Marketing and Management. With a background of marketing in this day and age, social media ...
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JorgeVidal

Jorge Vidal serves as the Project Coordinator for the Culturally Specific Services Program Grant (CSSP). For more than 10 years, Jorge has worked in the social work field at various ...
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JaliceVigil

Jalice Vigil is a Probation Analyst with the Division of Probation Services at the Colorado Judicial Department, State Court Administrator’s Office. Jalice has been with Judicial for 18 years. ...
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LydiaWaligorski

Lydia Waligorski is the Public Policy Director for the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and has been an advocate and counselor for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence since ...
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JenniferWalker

Jennifer Walker holds a master degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center. For the last 17 years, Jennifer has served as the ...
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AmyWarden

Amy Warden is an Outreach Advocate for Family Tree’s Domestic Violence Outreach Program. In this role, Amy facilitates healthy relationship workshops for youth and provides domestic violence consultation for ...
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CarrollWatkins-Ali

Dr. Carroll A. Watkins Ali (AKA Sadikia Ali) received her Ph. D in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology. Her academic training ...
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AngelWeant

Angel has worked in the criminal justice system for 18 years. She began her career with the Colorado Judicial Branch in the 1st Judicial District, Jefferson County Colorado, where she ...
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MarciWhitman

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AshleyWilson

Ashley Wilson, has worked in a variety of crisis setting including children's hospitals, DHS, and currently as the in house program evaluation coordinator at Rise Above Violence. Ashley has ...
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TracyWright

Tracy D. Wright is the Technical Assistance Provider and Women of Color Leadership Project Coordinator with the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA) for the National Resource Sharing Project. ...
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