Allison Barto is originally from Seattle, Washington. Allison came to Boulder in 1998 to pursue a career at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. She is currently the program manager for the James Webb Space Telescope, responsible for providing the optical elements for the 22 ft. wide telescope on NASA's next flagship astronomical observatory. When not working, she enjoys cooking, camping, hiking, and skiing with her husband, Todd, and daughter, Trevianna.
Teresa (Teri) Eastburn moved from Santa Cruz, California, to Boulder in 1997 with her husband and three children. With a background in developmental/cognitive psychology, multimedia, and educational leadership, she went to work for the Boulder Valley School District while simultaneous launching her own multimedia and video production company. In 2002, she combined her passions at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) where she managed the organization's School and Public Programs from 2005-2013. Today, Teri serves as their Ed Tech Manager and serves as the Lead for new web effort called UCARConnect that connects UCAR and its many services to its 100+ University members and educators and others interested in Earth science research and happenings. She keeps her multimedia skills up-to-date producing various products and videos for NCAR exhibits, websites, and more. She particularly enjoys staying abreast of the rapid advances in distance learning and Web analytics and helping NCAR's education division be responsive to the needs of today's science teachers and learners, as well as the trends influencing the workforce of tomorrow. She is honored to be a member of the YWCA Board of Directors and to have an opportunity to serve and give back.
Janet Eden-Harris President
Janet Eden-Harris has spent a career helping large and small companies grow, from leading marketing and strategy at large public companies, building international teams, to successfully growing a Colorado high tech start up company as CEO. Currently running her business consulting organization Eden-Harris Group, Janet is also devoting more time to pursuits she enjoys, including serving the YWCA as Board Member, mentoring other young entrepreneurs, spending time with her far-flung family, stealing time away to indulge her passion for singing, and helping local airlines make their quarterly revenue by earning frequent flyer miles that seem to never be redeemed.
Sue Fagan President-Elect
Sue Fagan has been a long-term volunteer with many organizations over the past 20 years, with a passion for fundraising for organizations that help children and families. She has been PTO President at both Mackintosh Academy and Foothill Elementary, and she has led and supported There With Care’s events and programs for six years. Before moving to Boulder, Sue and her family lived in Northern California for 5 years. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Sales and Account Management at MBS Multimode, and she has over 10 years of experience in direct marketing and business development. Sue has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a minor in Business Institutions from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She is an avid skier and tennis player, and she enjoys hiking, camping, and traveling with her family.
Courtney Gimeno is a born and raised Colorado Native. Courtney started her career in banking in 2004 as a part-time teller with Colorado Business Bank (CoBiz). While at CoBiz, Courtney assumed several different roles and responsibilities. After leaving CoBiz in 2011 to help start a new bank in Boulder, Courtney is now a Vice President, Business Relationship Manager for Centennial Bank & Trust. Her main focus is building new customer relationships and expanding existing ones in both loan and depository areas of the Bank. Courtney is a member of Boulder Community Health Ambassadors and is a volunteer for the Rocky Mountain Junior Achievement Program. Courtney has been married for 13 years and has four children ranging from the ages of 7 months to 12 years.
Joanne grew up in Boulder, CO, and attended Eisenhower Elementary, Burbank Junior High, and Fairview High School. For the majority of her career she has worked as an administrator at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, so she’s never strayed far from home. Joanne has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a Master's in Nonprofit Management, both from Regis University in Denver. She and her husband, Scott, and have two wonderful grown children and one lovely daughter-in-law. Her family is her heart and soul. Joanne is a passionate skier, cyclist and yogi. She also loves to cook and is lucky to sing in a local a capella group called 3 Story Limit and Generations Community Choir. Joanne does drop in volunteer work whenever she can and was a volunteer ski instructor for adults and children with disabilities for over 15 years.
Michaela Hayes Treasurer
Michaela Hayes has recently joined Elevations Credit Union after working with KeyBank for just under 8 years as Assistant Vice President for the Boulder office. Before moving to Colorado, Michaela worked and lived in the NY region where she was on the steering committee for Key4Women for 3 years. She currently volunteers for the Broomfield Wildlife Masters Program and enjoys educating the public on how to cohesively live with our wildlife. Michaela enjoys hiking in the mountains, cooking, and reading.
Nan Joesten Vice President
Nan Joesten is the principal and founder of Rapid Evolution, LLC, a consulting firm devoted to accelerating professional development and organizational success. Nan graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and worked for Proctor and Gamble for 10 years in manufacturing and brand management. Nan created her former firm’s women’s leadership development program and was appointed co-chair of the national women’s trial lawyers’ committee in the American Bar Association. Nan set records and achievements through her years of close connections with CU and Berkley. Nan remains active in the legal profession, providing pro bono representation through Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network. Relocating to Boulder in 2013, Nan is a member of Boulder Rotary Club and First Congregational Church.
Denny Kercher Board Advisor
Dennice (Denny) 0. Kercher has been actively involved in research in the area of understanding attributes of excellence in leadership and organizations. She brings her years of skills, experience and expertise to the arena of teaching managers the meaning of excellence in practical and usable ways. Denny has been involved in developing training curriculum in the areas of leadership and management training, as well as developing customized courses and presentations in coaching, communication, conflict resolution, team-building, and managing stress and burnout to achieve balance. She has over 25 years experience working with diverse groups in the public and private sector and has written a book: “I’m Juggling as Fast as I Can: Managing Stress, Avoiding Burnout, and Achieving Balance”. She has advanced degrees in Psychology, Business and Theology
Liz Lane is an estate planner and elder law attorney, serving clients in Boulder County and Denver. Liz grew up in urban Washington, DC, where she graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with a degree in International Affairs. She attained her law degree from Boston College Law School and is licensed to practice law in New York, California, and Colorado. In addition to her law practice, Liz has been a news and public affairs host and producer on KGNU Radio Boulder/Denver since 1994, focusing on women’s issues, economic justice, and politics. Liz is the co-Chair of KGNU’s Board of Directors. Liz also serves as Chair of the Advisory Board of the Chinook Clubhouse, a Boulder-based international program that helps adults recover from major mental illness through work and community. Liz and her husband have a son, who is a sophomore at CU’s Leeds School of Business. Their daughter, a Class of 2014 Fairview High graduate, is on a service and cultural immersion Gap year in the South Pacific and South America. When she is not busy with one of the above endeavors, Liz can be found walking her dogs, practicing yoga, or skiing/hiking in the high country.
Lisa Lesniak was born in Buffalo, NY, and grew up in Dallas, TX. She received a BA in International Relations from Tufts University in Boston, MA and a JD from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. She practiced law with various firms and on her own from 1992 until 2009. Her areas of practice included general practice, plaintiff’s asbestos litigations, general business law, litigation and acquisition. During her legal career, she volunteered at her sons’ schools and with other community ventures. She and her husband of 25 years moved with their sons to Boulder in 2008. They chose Boulder for a change in lifestyle, more outdoor activity and the environmentally-minded community. Having been diagnosed with Lupus, an auto-immune disease, as a freshman in college, she eventually received a kidney transplant in 2009. Since then, her health has improved and she remains as busy as ever with various business and volunteer activities. She enjoys spending time with her family and inspiring healthy living.
Susana Lopez-Baker began working with Boulder County Community Action Programs as the Program Coordinator for Circles, PERL and Creating Connections in August 2012. She began working as the Boulder County Program Coach for the Circles Campaign, a nationwide initiative to end poverty, in 2016. Susana is also an instructor at Front Range Community College and Dance Coach at an area high school. Previous to working for CAP, Susana worked with the Adams County Workforce and Business Center, State of Indiana, and multiple Community Colleges. Susana remains dedicated to improving the inclusion efforts in Boulder County. She is involved with the Diversity Task Force and Leadership Sub-Committee for the City of Longmont’s Multicultural Action Committee. Susana is also the president of the Brighton Montessori Board of Directors. Susana has a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Sociology from Adams State University and a Master’s Degree in Human Behaviors and Society from Valparaiso University.
Judy Lukjan is a healthcare and project management professional with 25 years experience, first as a hospital clinician/department director, and then in research and development of medical devices for the largest global medical device company. Her passion is to use medical research to achieve better patient care. Currently she supports brain and spinal surgery. Her work entails uncovering healthcare trends in literature, or creating research to support hypotheses. Judy holds a BS in Accounting from OSU, a BS in Cardiopulmonary Science from GSU and an MBA from Kennesaw University. She has a love of learning and is interested in supporting a wide variety of activities. She has lived in many states, including Alaska, but she finds Boulder, Colorado to be the best place to call her home.
Ema Lyman Secretary
Ema Lyman was born and raised in Chile, South America, and immigrated to the US in 1980. Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design and Planning- 1982 and Master’s degree in Bilingual, Multicultural and ESL Education- 2009, from CU Boulder. Ema has three adult children and three grandchildren. Worked at Boulder Valley School District since 2004, and is currently a Specialist for the BVSD McKinney Vento Program-Homeless Assistance Act. Ema is a volunteer reader for Reading to End Racism and a volunteer for Boulder Public Library Outreach Program. Interest and hobbies include: public service and social justice; arts, design, and literature; gardening, cooking, swimming, reading, watching foreign films, listening to all music, and spending time with my children and grandchildren.
Sarah Miller believes that every child deserves an excellent education. She has worked in inner-city public schools, both as a teacher and as an administrator, and in the admissions office of Amherst College, where she earned a B.A. in Chemistry. She holds a PhD from Yale University in chemical and environmental engineering, where her doctoral research produced a bio-based water purification system for removing arsenic from developing world water supplies. Currently, as assistant dean for inclusive excellence at the University of Colorado Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science, she provides vision and leadership for the recruitment, retention, and success of outstanding and diverse students, faculty and staff.
Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, Siân is well acquainted with the area. She graduated with a B. A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. During her college years Siân also studied abroad at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. While attending CU Siân worked at Premier Mortgage Group, was a ski instructor at Copper Mountain and coached soccer for her old soccer club Boulder Nova (now FC Boulder). After graduating, Siân was selected for an internship with the United States Ski and Snowboard Association in Park City, Utah. She worked with the Special Events and Foundation team helping organize events, working with the board of trustees and athletes, and planning for the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014. Siân is an active ambassador and the current Chair-Elect of YPN at BARA (Young Professionals Network at Boulder Area Realtor Association). She heads up the Smart Money Smart Moves Program which is a program that helps educate high school students about renting properties as they move on to the next chapter in life. In 2015 Sian was the youngest of four recipients that received the President’s Award from the Boulder Area Realtors Association for her exceptional service to the association. Sian is co-founder of a group called The Boulder Leading Ladies (BLL). This group is comprised of young, career driven professionals uniting to build successful relationships and set a standard of excellence within the community through educational, social, and philanthropic events. Siân enjoys being a part of the Boulder community. She volunteers at the Boulder Homeless Shelter on a monthly basis. You can always find Siân running in the Bolder Boulder come Memorial Day. During her free time Siân enjoys skiing, running, playing on her rec sports teams, playing and coaching soccer, ski instructing, traveling, hanging out with family and friends and supporting her University of Colorado Buffaloes at sporting events.
Amy Mechels Reichlin is best known for her ability to see and help actualize the power and potential of people, places and situations. She is a certified life and leadership coach with 25 years of work experience in settings that range from healthcare (Kaiser Permanente) to consumer products (Coca Cola) to high tech (women.com) and education (Mackintosh Academy, Library Foundation of San Francisco). Amy has an MBA from Kellogg, Masters in Psychology from Naropa University, Coaching Certificate from ChoicePoint Consulting and is currently enrolled in the Search Inside Yourself Engage Program (Google’s intensive emotional intelligence and mindfulness program.) She is also a mentor coach and trainer at Boomtown and Techstars, startup accelerators located in Boulder, CO. Her eclectic background and various roles (marketing, product development, research, strategy, business development, fundraising, coaching) allow her to relate to many diverse clients and experiences. She has also done systems work in for-profit, non-profit and academic settings. Creativity, awareness and skill building are at the heart of her approach, coupled with an optimistic outlook and delight in watching individuals and organizations thrive when supported and focused on their vision of change.
Nancy has worked in the financial services and payment processing industry for 20+ years, including Visa Inc, IBM Corp and smaller startups such as ClearCommerce and Women.com. She is a native Californian, born in Los Angeles. Nancy received her BA in International Relations/Political Science from Scripps College: one of the Claremont Colleges. Outside of her corporate life, Nancy is passionate about the culinary arts. She graduated first in her class from the Los Angeles Culinary Institute and became the sole proprietor of a small business, benitohouse-culinary. Nancy has continually been engaged in philanthropic activities since graduating from college supporting non-profits in various capacities including CASA of San Mateo, Share Our Strength and PARCA. She moved to Boulder from the San Francisco Bay Area in 2015 with her husband and golden retriever, Posey. She still loves to cook and enjoy adventure traveling and skiing.
Marieta Sade is currently a Vice President and Commercial Portfolio Manager at Colorado Business Bank. Marieta has a Bachelor’s degree in Literature and Linguistics. She has worked in the financial services industry for 15 years. She worked 12 years at 1st National Bank of Colorado (now FNB of Omaha), before moving at CoBiz Bank in Boulder. She and her husband of 23 years moved to Boulder in 2000. They have a son, who is a senior at DU’s Daniels College of Business. Marieta was born and raised in Albania, a small southeastern European country. In her position, Marieta does commercial credit underwriting, manages the portfolio of 5 commercial lenders, as well as her own portfolio. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, swimming and traveling.
Elaine Shannon Past-President
Elaine Shannon is currently Market President of Sunflower Bank, Boulder. She graduated, Summa Cum Laude, from Regis University with a degree in Finance. Elaine has worked in the financial services industry for 26 years. She worked 19 years at Wells Fargo and 7 years at Colorado Business Bank. She has spent her entire career in Boulder County working with a wide variety of business owners to expand and improve their operations and has enjoyed sharing in their successes. When not working, Elaine enjoys traveling, decorating and spending time with her family.