2021 – 2022 Board
Kathleen Buchholz currently serves as Vice President/Controller for Lightpath Fiber. Prior to Lightpath, Kathleen served as Senior Vice President of Financial Systems and Integration for Zayo Group, where she led the seamless integration of people, systems, and processes during business acquisitions. She is known for her mentorship, development and support of both the individuals and teams that she manages over her career. She has led several initiatives to support the people of Paix-Bouche, the village where she was raised in Dominica. Kathleen was a wonderful proponent of the partnership between YWCA Boulder County and Zayo Group, including hosting the YWCA STEM E3 Program.
Gayle Doud leads Product for JumpCloud’s Growth Engineering team, which uses data driven experiments to improve user experience and improve core metrics for the business. A member of Boulder’s Tech community for nearly a decade, she’s passionate about empowering female leadership and equality. Gayle is a board member of Ellevate Boulder, a mentor for the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business, and a contributing member of the Feed the Frontlines effort for Boulder County during the Spring 2020 pandemic response. Gayle and her partner, Jeff, live in Boulder and enjoy cooking, traveling, and fly fishing together.
Betsy Doughty is the Vice President of Corporate Marketing for Spectra Logic Corporation, a Boulder-based technology organization. Betsy is co-chair of two industry groups, the Active Archive Alliance and the Tape Storage Council. She is also chair of the WILD Council, a non-profit in Boulder, Colorado, for women leaders to network, mentor students, and give back. She earned a BBA in Management and Marketing from the Price School of Business at the University of Oklahoma. She is an avid traveler, reader, fitness enthusiast, and bulldog mom.
Angelique Espinoza 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 interim director for the Museum of Boulder in 2019. 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.
Deidre Farrell (President) is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional with Thrivent Financial where she specializes in retirement distribution and tax planning. Deidre received her BA in Accounting from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI and her MBA from the University of Connecticut. A strong volunteer in our Boulder community, she is active with the Boulder Rotary Club, Trinity Lutheran Church and Habitat for Humanity. She enjoys swimming, reading, playing pickleball, trying new restaurants, walking her dogs and travelling with her family.
Karen Furlani (Vice President) is Vice President, Enterprise Risk Program Manager, at 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 (Secretary) was born and raised in Torino, Italy. She is CMO at Colson Health, and co-founder of Olistica, a marketing and e-commerce business. She began her career 13 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 lent her marketing + 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.
Amber Hickory is Chief Marketing Officer for RMB Capital and former 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.
Denny 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.
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.
Fern O’Brien is founding partner of O’Brien Law, P.C. She advises clients on domestic and international transactions, including debt and equity financing, securities issues, mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiations, licensing agreements, franchise and product distribution issues. Among her most recent community leadership roles, she served as board president of Attention Homes (now TGTHR), vice president of the Boulder County Estate Planning Council, and board vice president of the Downtown Boulder Foundation.
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 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 (Treasurer) 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!
Andrea Steffes-Tuttle is the founder of Think Better Marketing, where she advises and consults with software companies on their marketing and go-to-market strategies. She also hosts a podcast, Community Returns, that educates listeners on how to invest in and contribute to their communities. She is passionate about issues of equality, education, localism, and climate and is involved in several organizations focused on these causes.
Alondra Vazquez is Business Operations Coordinator for Coopera Consulting and formerly the Hispanic Segment Manager at Elevations Credit Union. Her passion has been educating the front-range community on financial stability since 2014. Born in Mexico and moving to Longmont at the age of 8, she considers herself a true Colorado native. Alondra loves supporting small businesses and volunteering at local non-profits. During her free time, you can find Alondra playing softball in Boulder, soccer in Longmont, or walking the trails with her German Shepherd dog Rocky.