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Colorado Advocacy in Action » Training and Education to End Domestic and Sexual Violence » 2014 Presenters

2014 Presenters

    • exhibitor - Angela Mackey

      Angela Mackey 

      Angela Mackey has been a domestic violence and sexual assault advocate at Tri-County Resources for seven years. Ms. Mackey is a certified mediator and facilitator and has been facilitating the domestic violence support groups for 6 years. She was a co-located advocate for DHS/TANF for two years in Delta Co.  She is the Chair Person for CCADV's Public Policy Committee and an active member of Access to Justice in the 7th Jud.  She has been cross training as a civilian advocate with NCDSV for 2 1/2 years as well as on going training in Trauma Informed Care.  Ms. Mackey brings a fresh perspective ...

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    • exhibitor - Becky Owens Bullard

      Becky Owens Bullard 

      Becky Owens Bullard is the Project Director for the Denver Anti-Trafficking Alliance (DATA), a multidisciplinary collaborative creating a victim-centered, multidisciplinary response to human trafficking in Denver. Ms. Bullard is also a national trainer specializing on the intersections of human trafficking and other forms of abuse. Ms. Bullard previously worked for Polaris Project where she created the Human Trafficking Power and Control Wheel, numerous trainings and multiple trafficking victim assessment tools.

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    • exhibitor - Andie Lyons : Co-Presenter

      Andie Lyons : Co-Presenter 

      Andie Lyons has spent the last 10 years working with and for empowered youth communities in Colorado. Her previous professional roles have included working with youth on violence prevention, community organizing and the creation of safe communities; training and technical assistance for youth, schools and service providers on LGBTQ youth competency; special event logistics and planning; program development and facilitation on a wide variety of topics including gender, writing for social justice and youth organizing; and supporting adult allies in collaborative work with youth. Andie holds a Ma...

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    • exhibitor - Becca Bolden

      Becca Bolden 

      Becca Bolden, MSW, Research Manager at Colorado Youth Matter Becca Bolden first began working in the youth sexual health field providing support and counseling for pregnant and parenting students through the Denver Public Schools Teen Parent Program. As an intern for Colorado Youth Matter, she helped develop and conduct research for the statewide document Youth Sexual Health in Colorado: A Call to Action. Her involvement with this project led her to work for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to plan the statewide launch of the Call to Action. Her return to Colorado Yo...

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    • exhibitor - Katie Ashby

      Katie Ashby 

      Katie Ashby: Katie joined the SAVA Center following her graduation from Bowdoin College with a BA in Anthropology and Chemistry. During her time at Bowdoin, Katie developed her interest in violence prevention as a student leader of Safe Space, a campus advocacy group providing support and resources for sexual assault survivors. She pursued her passion surrounding community-based and women’s health through a senior honors thesis investigating institutional regulation of women’s access to reproductive health services in Ecuador.  Katie loves working with middle-schoolers and exploring the world ...

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    • exhibitor - Audrey Swenson: Co-presenter

      Audrey Swenson: Co-presenter 

      Audrey started working with SAVA while she was still in high school as a SART Peer.  During college, Audrey became the Coordinator of the Women’s Resource Center on campus. Through this position, she expanded sexual violence prevention programming on campus; something that had never existed before on campus. After graduating, Audrey became the SART Peers Coordinator in 2010. Audrey asserts “it has been such a joy working for SAVA in addition to the Poudre schools. Not only do I believe in the programming we do, I have seen it shape lives and entire communities’ perceptions and feelings around ...

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    • exhibitor - Rabbi David Gertz, MS, NCC

      Rabbi David Gertz, MS, NCC 

      Rabbi David Gertz, MS, NCC is a Rabbi and child and family therapist in Denver, Colorado. He is a WINGS group facilitator where he leads a weekly support group for adult men who were sexually abused as children. In his private practice he works with children ages 4-12, with issues such as sexual abuse, anger, ADHD and families impacted by divorce.

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    • exhibitor - Emily Tofte Nestaval, MSW

      Emily Tofte Nestaval, MSW 

      Emily Tofte Nestaval, MSW is the former Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center (RMvlc). She joined RMvlc in December 2012 and left in April 2014 when she moved to St. Paul, Minnesota where she currently resides. Emily received her master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan in 2007 and holds two bachelor's degrees (Psychology and Criminal Justice) from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She has been working in the field of domestic and sexual violence intervention and prevention since 2001. Previously, Emily was the Executive Director of H.A.V.E....

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    • exhibitor - Kelly Dixon, J.D.: Co-Presenter

      Kelly Dixon, J.D.: Co-Presenter 

      Kelly Dixon, J.D. is the Legal Director of the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center.  She joined the organization in October 2012.  Kelly obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The Colorado College in 1996 and her Juris Doctorate from The University of Colorado School of Law in 2003.  Kelly began her legal career with the National Judicial Education Program as a Research and Project Attorney working on issues related to sexual assault.  In 2005, she became a Prosecutor in Colorado's 18th Judicial District and served in their Arapahoe and Douglas offices for two and a half years.  ...

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    • exhibitor - Sheri Kembel, MSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P

      Sheri Kembel, MSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P 

      Sheri Kembel, MSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P  Ms. Kembel currently is the Coordinator for the Sexual Assault Examiner program contracted through the Sexual Assault Response Advocates (S.A.R.A.), Inc. in Fort Morgan, Colorado. She is a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner for pediatric, adolescent and adult patients. She has persisted through many obstacles and the “you can’t do that’s” since the inception and through the continued development of this rural medical forensic examination program. She is a member of the Morgan County SART Team which incorporates medical forensic exam and forensic interviewing p...

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    • exhibitor - Wendolyne Omaña Warner

      Wendolyne Omaña Warner 

      Wendolyne Omaña Warner is from Mexico.  She moved to Durango four years ago after deciding to follow her heart.  She loves arts and being creative.  She likes to write and to play with her photographic camera.  Because she is a very empathic person she likes to be around people who have respect for others’ points of view and who also believe in love and in compassion for others.  She has been working with the immigrant community for three years and with survivors of domestic violence for more than eight years.  Her experience as a spoken woman started in Mexico after studying communications an...

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    • exhibitor - Renee Roberts

      Renee Roberts 

      Renee Roberts works as the Youth Violence Prevention Educator at SPAN. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to empower youth to advocate for equity for all people.

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    • exhibitor - Amanda Kemphues: Co-Presenter

      Amanda Kemphues: Co-Presenter 

      Amanda Kemphues works as the Prevention Education Coordinator with Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA). She is also a counselor on MESA's rape crisis hotline.

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    • exhibitor - Kathi Fanning

      Kathi Fanning 

      Kathi Fanning is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s in Counseling degree from the University of Oregon.  She has worked as the Director of Training for The Denver Center for Crime Victims since 1990.  Her focus has been in trauma and trauma recovery as well as assisting those impacted by secondary trauma through counseling and education.  She has been a presenter for the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance statewide conference as well as a frequent panel member.  Locally she provides training for the Denver Police Department, businesses, community groups, schools, hospit...

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    • exhibitor - Janice Rhyne, MNM: Co-Presenter

      Janice Rhyne, MNM: Co-Presenter 

      Janice Rhyne, MNM is the Director of the Translation & Interpreting Center (TI Center), the social enterprise of The Denver Center for Crime Victims. She is a graduate of the Regis University Masters of Non Profit Management Program.  Working with the TI Center capitalizes on her business and community focus, as she is able to indirectly help victims of crime by providing free language services, supported by federal and local funding. Outside of her work at DCCV she has developed a line of aromatherapy products specifically made to help prevent and treat stress. Janice received her trainin...

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    • exhibitor - Janine D’Anniballe

      Janine D’Anniballe 

      Janine D’Anniballe has been dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and training of sexual assault issues for over 18 years. Currently, she is the Director of Emergency and Community Services at Mental Health Partners in Boulder, Colorado. Previously, she was the Executive Director of Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA). Dr. D’Anniballe has provided training and consultation to attorneys, law enforcement, military personnel, mental health professionals, victim advocates and University staff in more than 30 states.

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    • exhibitor - Lora Blakeslee Atkinson: Co-Presenter

      Lora Blakeslee Atkinson: Co-Presenter 

      Lora Blakeslee Atkinson for over 19 years has been dedicated to the change that nonprofits provide the community. She joined Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA) as the Executive Director in March 2012. Lora earned her masters degree in nonprofit management from Regis University. Prior to joining MESA she held leadership positions with Mental Health Partners, Blue Sky Bridge (co-executive director and board chair), and Boulder County Rape Crisis Team, later MESA, (director of business).

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    • exhibitor - Joe  Cannata

      Joe Cannata 

      Joe  Cannata  has  been  working  on  victim  issues  since  1987  when  his  daughter,  Lynn  Cannata,  was  murdered  by  her  boyfriend.  He  has  been  instrumental  in  having five  victim  rights  laws  passed  including  “Lynn’s  Law “ in  2004  (named  after  his  daughter)  which    requires  violent  offenders  to  serve  75%  of  their  sentence  before  being  eligible  for  parole.    Joe  and  his  wife,  Kaye,  sold  their  dry  cleaning  business  of 31 years, in 2007,  to  devote  100%  of  their  time  to  their  newly  formed  non-profit  organization,  Voices  Of  Victims, ...

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    • exhibitor - Tina O. Hageman

      Tina O. Hageman 

      Tina O. Hageman is the Project Director of the Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence and Animal Abuse research project and an Adjunct Faculty at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. She has worked as an advocate for over 10 years, previously serving as Executive Program Director at a domestic violence program in Texas and Program Coordinator and Case Manager at a rape crisis center in Alabama.  Tina holds a Masters of Social Work (MSW) and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Washington University in St. Louis, where she also served as an Adjunct Faculty.

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    • exhibitor - Silvia Gonsalez: Co-Presenter

      Silvia Gonsalez: Co-Presenter 

      Silvia Gonsalez, a native of Denver Colorado, was introduced to Servicios de La Raza in 2001 when she became a participant of the youth program.  She successfully completed the program in 2005 and graduated from Denver North High School in 2006.  After starting as a Servicios employee in 2009, Silvia became the Program Coordinator for Servicios’ Victims in Safe Transition and Self-Sufficiency Program (VISTAS) in 2010. Primarily her work focuses on victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.  She’s actively involved with various community coalitions and boards advocating for victims and...

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    • exhibitor - Sarah Williams

      Sarah Williams 

      Sarah Williams is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She serves as Victim Advocate and Counselor at the Office of Victim Assistance at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Sarah is a member of the Boulder County Transgender Survivor task force and identifies as a SOFFA. Sarah is personally, professionally, and politically dedicated to educating herself and other cisgender people on how to be a better ally in the world and as service providers

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    • exhibitor - Lindsey Rawson: Co-Presenter

      Lindsey Rawson: Co-Presenter 

      Lindsey Rawson serves as the Legal Advocate for Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence in Boulder.  In this role she provides advocacy, support, and resources to survivors of domestic violence who are dealing with civil, criminal, or immigration issues.  Lindsey has been in this role for over a year and has served as a member of the Boulder County Trans Survivors Task Force for a year.

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    • exhibitor - Meghann McCluskey, LCSW, RYT

      Meghann McCluskey, LCSW, RYT 

      Meghann McCluskey, LCSW, RYT, is the Southeast Office Therapist with The Blue Bench: Putting an End to Sexual Assault Through Prevention and Care (formerly known as the Rape Assistance and Awareness Program). In 2012, Meghann completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with Qi Yoga in Denver. Meghann now teaches community yoga classes with Qi and also co-created and implemented The Blue Bench’s Trauma Sensitive Yoga program.

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    • exhibitor - Linda Mikow, MA, LPC

      Linda Mikow, MA, LPC 

      Linda Mikow, MA, LPC, has been a Forensic Interview/Therapist since 2002, and has conducted more than 2,800 forensic interviews.  She has worked for Ralston House since August 2006.  Linda has over 20 years of experience working with abused children and their families.  She worked at Family Tree Women In Crisis, a shelter for battered women and their children, for 12 years.  Linda did individual and group counseling with the children in the shelter.

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    • exhibitor - Karla Hallacy: Co-Presenter

      Karla Hallacy: Co-Presenter 

      Karla Hallacy, MA, LPC, joined Ralston House as a Forensic Interviewer/Therapist in 2009.  Before Ralston House, she was a case manager for Family Tree's Housing program and for the Volunteers of America's Brandon Center, working with domestic violence victims, and families who were homeless.  Karla was also a therapist at Family Tree's Gemini adolescent program and the Community Family Resource Team providing intensive, in-home services.  She has over 15 years of experience.

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    • exhibitor - Dr. Michelle Herrera

      Dr. Michelle Herrera 

      Dr. Herrera holds a Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness practices.  She specializes in working with children who have experienced trauma.  She has experience in providing counseling services for a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues in an agency, hospital, and private practice settings.  She has also taught master level courses at local universities.

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    • exhibitor - Stacy Sheridan: Co-Presenter

      Stacy Sheridan: Co-Presenter 

      Stacy Sheridan joined the WINGS staff in 2011 as the Program Director and Clinical Supervisor.  Stacy graduated with her Masters in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado at Denver and has been a practicing clinician for the last 10 years, primarily working for the County on the Intensive Treatment Team. This work involved intensive therapy with parents and children around abuse and neglect and the trauma that accompanies these issues.  Stacy also has a private practice in which she specializes in working primarily with families and adolescents, specifica...

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    • exhibitor - Darla Stuart

      Darla Stuart 

      Darla Stuart has been the Executive Director of The Arc of Aurora for more than 21 years.  The Arc of Aurora provides advocacy support with and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families.  Throughout Ms. Stuart's tenure at The Arc of Aurora, she has co-authored two nationally-distributed training manuals, "People with Developmental Disabilities and the Justice System: Access Denied" and "Have We Gotten Too Big for our Genes."  In addition, Ms. Stuart has served as Project Supervisor for two DOJ/OCV nationwide projects devoted to addressing victimizatio...

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    • exhibitor - 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 in rural Nebraska with migrant and immigrant workers.  She developed an organization which trained and educated Promotor@s using a leadership development model, to prevent, confront, and heal Latin@ communities from sexual and domestic violence.  Also addressing larger issues of access within the mainstream community, the promotor@s used culturally generated framework and services.

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    • exhibitor - Silvia Gonsalez

      Silvia Gonsalez 

      Silvia Gonsalez, a native of Denver Colorado, was introduced to Servicios de La Raza in 2001 when she became a participant of the youth program, WIA program.  She successfully completed the program in 2005 and graduated from Denver North High School in 2006.  She came back to officially work for Servicios as an administrative assistant in 2009.  In 2010, Silvia became the Program Coordinator for Servicios de La Raza’s Victims in Safe Transition and Self-sufficiency Program (VISTAS). Primarily her work focuses on victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.  She’s actively involved with ...

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    • exhibitor -  Stephanie Covington, PhD, LCSW

      Stephanie Covington, PhD, LCSW 

      Dr. Stephanie Covington is a clinician, author, organizational consultant, and lecturer.  Recognized for her pioneering work in the area of women’s issues, Dr. Covington specializes in the development and implementation of gender-responsive and trauma-informed services in both the public and private sectors.  Educated at Columbia University and the Union Institute, Dr. Covington has served on the faculties of the University of Southern California, San Diego State University, and the California School of Professional Psychology.  She has published extensively, including eight manualized treatme...

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    • exhibitor - Sarah Lipka

      Sarah Lipka 

      Sarah Lipka is a Staff Attorney at Colorado Legal Services in Pueblo, Colorado. She has been with CLS since 2008 and has also worked in the Denver and Alamosa offices. Mrs. Lipka specializes in family law with a focus on domestic violence issues as well as foreclosure defense. She is working with the Pueblo County Pro Bono Project to establish the Pueblo Protection Order Clinic. Mrs. Lipka received a Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado School of Law in 2007.

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    • exhibitor - Monica Colvig, Esq.

      Monica Colvig, Esq. 

      Monica received her BA from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado in 2002 with a major in Latin American history. She received her Juris Doctor from Lewis and Clark School of Law in Portland, Oregon in 2005 where she also served as president of the Minority Law Student Association and received the Cornelius Honor for scholarship, leadership and contribution to the law school community.  She practiced law in Portland for three years before returning home to Colorado with her family. Monica has worked for the non-profit organization, Alternative Horizons for the past five years as attorney ...

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    • exhibitor - Jill Gruenberg

      Jill Gruenberg 

      Jill began her work in the field of sexual assault advocacy as an advocate for Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA) in Boulder, CO. In 2004, Ms. Gruenberg returned to the Roaring Fork Valley and began work at RESPONSE: Help for Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, located in Aspen, CO. As the Advocacy and Prevention Program Coordinator, Ms. Gruenberg provides individual advocacy and support, court advocacy, school - based prevention education programming, and community-based outreach and programming. Ms. Gruenberg currently participates in the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) for...

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