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Analiese Brown the Director of Talent and Culture at CampMinder. Sharing 5+ years of experience in HR leadership roles within Boulder technology companies, she is passionate about sharing her skills to build inclusive and empowering workplace cultures.  A team captain for Dash and Bash, Analiese has already started engaging her CEO, colleagues and community in the newest event for the YWCA.

Janet Eden-Harris (Board Advisor) 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.

Angelique Espinoza is the Interim Director at the Museum of Boulder. She is a political consultant and activist and has served on multiple non-profit boards such as Open Boulder, Impact on Education, Dairy Center for the Arts, and Boulder Business and Professional Women. She served as the campaign manager for 2H Boulder Sugary Drink Tax in 2016 and was a 2016 candidate for Colorado State House. Angelique has collaborated with YWCA Boulder County in the past, and looks forward to contributing her political and multicultural acumen to the Board of Directors.

Sue Fagan has been a long-term volunteer with many organizations over the past 20 years, with a passion for organizations that help children and families. She is a Victim Advocate with the Boulder Police Department, she has been PTO President at both Mackintosh Academy and Foothill Elementary, and she has both led and supported events for There With Care 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, tennis player, and horseback rider, and she enjoys hiking, camping, and traveling with her family.

Deidre Farrell (President -Elect) is a certified financial planner with Thrivent Financial where she helps her clients plan and invest so they can reach their financial goals and live generously.  A strong volunteer in our Boulder community, she is active with the Boulder Rotary Club, Trinity Lutheran Church, Habitat for Humanity and Realities for Children.  She enjoys swimming, hiking, reading and travelling with her family.

Karen Furlani (Treasurer) is the Risk Director, Jacobs Engineering.  She brings 25+ years progressive experience in project management and global services leadership in the engineering and construction industry.  She was a former Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa Urban Environmental Management.  As the Engineer’s Week volunteer coordinator for a previous company, she liaised with local school districts and STEM teachers to develop opportunities to provide hands on STEM related activities throughout the Denver metro area.

Elisa George was born and raised in Torino, Italy. She is Sr. Director of Brand and Product at LÍLLÉbaby, maker of baby carriers. She began her career 12 years ago in Sydney, Australia, then moved to Los Angeles and more recently relocated to Boulder. Her experience ranges from brand management, product development, marketing, and strategy.  Elisa is excited to bring her skills to the YWCA. She also volunteers her time as a Partner with Social Venture Partners and has lended her marketing and communication strategy expertise to multiple nonprofits. She is an avid dark chocolate eater, a coffee drinker, a salsa dancer, and a mom.  In her spare time Elisa likes to run, hike, and explore new places to eat and drink.

Allyn Harker (Secretary) is part of the team that successfully guided Boulder’s sugary beverage tax to the ballot, through the election and into implementation. Her time as an educator has gifted her the experience of teaching across the educational spectrum: working with pre-school students, teaching at-risk high school students, and mentoring university students at the University of Colorado in Creative Writing classes. She worked as a technical writer, technical recruiter, and her guest opinion pieces focusing on health equity and sugary beverages have appeared in the Daily Camera. Her passion for politics and political progress have found her a home on the YWCA’s Board of Directors and also its Advocacy Committee. She has a Masters degree in Creative Writing and English Literature and also brings her talents as a physicist, former teacher and advocate to the YWCA.  She is currently on the Dash and Bash Committee overseeing community engagement.

Emily Hearst is the operations manager for two primary care clinics and has a Rheumatology practice at UCHealth. She has served on the Women in Healthcare Leadership Board at the University of Michigan and has extensive team leadership skills. Emily worked with YWCA Boulder County for three years as the nutrition educator and public policy coordinator and looks forward to dedicating her creativity, diligence, and project management skills to the Board of Directors.

Amber Hickory is the Executive Director, Marketing & Communications at University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business.  Her previous experience includes 12 years as Partner and President of Greeenhouse Partners.  She brings strong leadership, marketing and strategy skills to the YWCA.  In addition to being a talented profession, she was also a All-Big Ten basketball player for Northwestern University.

Nan Joesten (Past-President) 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 Procter and Gamble for 10 years in manufacturing and brand management before earning her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Nan created her former law 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 remains active in the legal profession, providing pro bono representation through Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network.  A believer in education, Nan serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Colorado Foundation and the CU-Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science BOLD (Broadening Opportunity Through Leadership And Diversity) Center’s Advisory Board.  She is also a member of Boulder Rotary Club and First Congregational Church.

Denny Kercher  (Board Advisor) 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.

Lisa Lesniak was born in Buffalo, NY, grew up in Dallas, TX and moved to Boulder, CO in 2008. 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 non-profit ventures. Currently, she and her husband of 27 years own multiple investment properties that she manages. She is also very active politically as the Democratic precinct chair for her precinct, a member of the Colorado Votes Steering Committee and Indivisible Front Range. She has two sons, Jake is a student at Colorado Mountain College and Ryan is a student at the Leeds School of Business at CU.

Siân Murphy is a Boulder, Colorado native and well acquainted with the area. She works for WK Real Estate. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. During her college years Siân also studied abroad at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. After graduating Siân was selected for an internship with the United States Ski and Snowboard Association in Park City, Utah. Currently, Siân is the Chair 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 and 2017 Siân was the youngest recipient that received the President’s Award from the Boulder Area REALTORS® Association for her exceptional service to the association. Siân is also the co-founder of the networking group Boulder Leading Ladies (BLL). Which brings young, career driven professionals together to build successful relationships and set a standard for excellence within the community through educational, philanthropic, and social events. Siân was an honoree of the BizWest Boulder Valley 40 under Forty class of 2017. 40 Under Forty recognizes emerging young leaders in Boulder and Broomfield counties who make a difference in their companies, industries and communities. During her free time Siân enjoys skiing, running, playing on her rec sports teams, ski instructing, traveling, hanging out with family and friends and supporting her University of Colorado Buffaloes at sporting events.

Veronica Orona is the former Program Director for the OUR Center in Longmont and mom to three sons. She is a graduate of the Boulder County PERL (People Engaged in Raising Leaders) training program designed to increase involvement among people of color on boards and commissions across the county ensuring authentic participation.

Nancy Rowe (President) 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, Mike, and golden retriever, Posey. She still loves to cook and enjoy adventure traveling and skiing.

Francesca Salazar-Salas is a graduate of Colorado State University of Pueblo. Francesca graduated from CSU of Pueblo with degree in Business Management and emphasis in Accounting. Francesca started in banking when she was 16 and going to high school. That is where her passion came in for helping customers! Francesca has over 19 years experience in banking. She has been in various roles with over 16 years in management she been in commercial banking, mortgage, lending and found that she most enjoyed her leadership roles on the consumer banking the most! Francesca joined the Boulder community in 2016 from Pueblo Colorado. She is strongly committed to serving the community. Her heart is her son Joseph! During her free time she can be found enjoying music, art, walks, cooking and time with family and friends!

Elaina Shively is the Director and Deputy DA, Boulder County DA’s Office Center for Prevention and restorative justice.  She brings strong experience and perspective informed by her background in criminal justice defense and prosecution, leading program development, reform initiatives and staff management.


We hope you’ll join us for our annual fundraising gala on March 7, 2020 at the JCC. Get your early bird tickets for $100 now before it’s too late. Tickets go back to original price ($125) on February 1st.