Administrative Staff


Ashley Bruscoe Development Director
Ashley joined YWCA in the summer of 2015 and is thrilled to be a part of our accomplishments in Boulder County. She loves nonprofit work and has spent over a decade in the industry, advocating for issues such as environmental conservation, empowerment of at-risk youth, and elimination of hunger for the elderly and disabled. She is especially passionate about our mission and is excited to build partnerships in the community. In her free time she can be found running on trails, creating nifty furniture from wood, and reading up on the latest studies in behavioral economics. 303-443-0419 x115

Karen Hada Operations Director
Like her job at the YWCA, Karen’s background is varied. Moving to Colorado in 1996, she used her mechanical engineering degree from the University of Delaware to design wheelchairs and manufacture implantable hearing aids. After a seven-month traveling adventure throughout Asia and a reassessment of life’s priorities, Karen found value alignment working at the YWCA, and has been here since 2003. Karen has been renovating her house with strawbales and loves spending time in the outdoors with husband, Ian, a structural engineer, and 3 year old daughter, Etta. 303-443-0419 x105

Elly Johnson Program Manager
Elly relocated to Boulder in August 2016  from SW Colorado, where she lived for four years in Telluride. She has over 10 years of experience working in various non-profits and has a deep passion for social justice. While living in Telluride, Elly was the Advocate Manager for the San Miguel Resource Center, an interpersonal violence crisis center for women, children, and families. In this role, Elly managed the volunteer program, worked directly with clients, and taught prevention education programs in the local schools focused on anti-violence, oppression, racism, bullying, and being an upstander. She has wide and varied experience working with youth in the United States as well as in several Latino countries, where she became fluent in spanish, leading empowerment programs for young girls and facilitating experiential education programs intersecting, social and natural environments and issues. 303-443-0419 x104

Leah Koliha Family Services Director
Leah is a Colorado native and has spent the last 12 years in the northern Front Range completing her schooling. She has a Bachelors in Secondary Education from the University of Northern Colorado and a Masters in Education and Human Development from the University of Colorado Denver. Leah’s passion for working with children has been life-long and includes experience with newborns through college-age students, with a particular interest in assessing the effects of  developmental and environmental impacts on their future successes. She is excited to share her expertise in child development with the families and teachers of Children’s Alley. She loves baking, snowboarding, and spending as much time as possible with children. 303-443-0419 x111

Emily Olson Events Coordinator
Emily is from the Bay Area and moved to Colorado in 2013 to pursue a BA in Communications at University of Colorado Boulder. She graduated in 2017 and joined YWCA shortly after. She loves event planning and has several years of experience including time on staff with the CU Alumni Association, a large resort in CA, and a private events company in Denver. She is excited to apply her skills in a manner that benefits YWCA's mission. Emily enjoys cooking, playing piano, and “all things nature” including hiking and skiing. 303-443-0419 x102

Kate Pennella Program Director
Prior to joining YWCA in May 2013, Kate was responsible for marketing and member services at the International Titanium Association.  She previously spent 13 years as the Program Director at Colorado State University, where she administered graduate and professional programs. Kate graduated from Michigan State with a BS in Education and Psychology and completed her MPA at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She enjoys international travel and road biking with her husband, Ed. They have a tandem bicycle which they have ridden across Hawaii, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado and Italy. She lives in Boulder with her husband and two cats. 303-443-0419 x108

Renee Rieder Office Manager
Renee grew up in Minnesota, yet spent half of her life in Denmark. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in International Relations and Affairs and obtained a second Bachelors Degree in Information Technology from Roskilde Business College in Denmark.  Renee moved to Boulder in 2007, and her passion for the empowerment of women and issues regarding racism brought her to YWCA Boulder County. She lives in Boulder with her sons Angelo and Andre. Renee enjoys hiking, reading, traveling, and cooking. 303-443-0419 x100

Lauren Samblanet Executive Administrator
Lauren grew up in Longmont, Colorado and graduated from CU Boulder with a BA in Creative Writing. She recently moved back to Colorado following the completion her Master’s Degree in Poetry at Temple University in Philadelphia. She has three years of administrative experience, as well as two years of experience with social media and digital platforms. As a poet, her work focuses on feminism and the effects of gender-based violence because she believes that there is too much silence surrounding women’s issues. She is passionate about YWCA’s mission and thrilled to work here. In her free time, Lauren enjoys hiking, biking, cooking and watching films.
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Vicki Tiedeman Bookkeeper
Vicki came to YWCA as a volunteer in 2006 and became staff shortly thereafter. She has a degree in Elementary Education from Valparaiso University and is a certified massage therapist. Vicki spent many years as a stay at home mother to her two daughters, Rachel and Emily, and as a community volunteer. In her free time, Vicki enjoys storytelling, playing the fiddle, hiking, biking, baking, and reading fiction. 303-443-0419 x107





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