Administrative Staff

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Photo of Ashley BruscoeAshley 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.
ashley@ywcaboulder.org 303-443-0419 x115

 

Karen Hada Operations Director Photo of Karen Hada
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.
karen@ywcaboulder.org 303-443-0419 x105

 

Elly Johnson Program Manager
Elly joined YWCA Boulder County in January of 2017 after relocating to Boulder from Telluride.  A Michigan native, Elly graduated from Central Michigan University with a B.A. in Journalism and Spanish.  Passionate about creating social change, Elly has worked in the non-profit world for over 10 years.  In her varied experience she has taught outdoor education to youth, helped coordinate an artist residency program, advocated for survivors of interpersonal violence, worked on a permaculture farm, and taught empowerment programs to both youth and adults.  She is an advocate for equity and justice and is excited to be a part of YWCA’s important and powerful mission. In her free time she loves wilderness adventures, practicing yoga, and playing in the garden.
elly@ywcaboulder.org 303-443-0419 x104

 

Leah Koliha Family Services Director Photo of Leah Koliha
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.
leah@ywcaboulder.org 303-443-0419 x111

 

Emily Olson Events Coordinator  Photo of Emily Olson
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.
emily@ywcaboulder.org 303-443-0419 x102

 

Debbie Pope CEO  Photo of Debbie Pope
Debbie Pope has 17 years of non-profit management experience. She has led efforts to expand and strengthen revenue development, strategic marketing, community engagement, advocacy and services to expand and strengthen support for families battling the debilitating social and physical challenges of multiple sclerosis. Most recently, Pope was the National Executive Vice President for the National MS Society, leading a diversified revenue plan and engaging donors, communities and corporate partners to raise $172M in annual fundraising. Prior to her work with the National MS Society and throughout her career, Pope has been a strong advocate and personal supporter of critical social justice issues related to ending racism, empowering women and tackling other injustices including poverty and homelessness of women and children. As a broadcast journalist for all three major network affiliates from 1994-2000, Pope was recognized for tackling challenging community issues and bringing awareness to the rising number of homeless women and children, infringed rights for impoverished families and unjust laws and policies. Pope graduated with a B.A. in Speech Communication from the University of Minnesota. She was accepted into the prestigious Washington political journalism internship program receiving credit for her work with the ABC news program, “This Week with David Brinkley”. She is a mother to four dynamic and energetic children.  In her spare time, she enjoys painting, hiking “14ers” and enjoying time cooking with her husband, Chris.
debbie@ywcaboulder.org 303-443-0419 x101

 

Renee Rieder Office Manager  Photo of Renee Reider
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.
renee@ywcaboulder.org 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.
lauren@ywcaboulder.org 303-443-0419 x 103

 

Vicki Tiedeman Bookkeeper Photo of Vicki Tiedeman
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.
vicki@ywcaboulder.org 303-443-0419 x107

Lisa Van der Veer, CMA Business Director

After thirty plus years in financial management in the high tech sector, Lisa has turned her attention to helping non-profits achieve financial stability and process excellence.  A graduate of CU Boulder with a dual accounting and marketing degree, she has been with the YWCA since September 2017 and is very proud of its mission.  Lisa lives in Niwot and enjoys reading, taking long walks with her husband and two dogs, and is a dilettante gardener.
lisa@ywcaboulder.org 303-443-0419 x116