Current 2020 – 2021 Board
Analiese Brown is 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.
Angelia Currie is a marketing strategist with 15+ years experience working for businesses and nonprofits. She has led creative teams in the logistics industry, for the American Red Cross, and other nonprofits. She also has a background in market research specializing in healthcare. Her philanthropic pursuits focus on humanitarianism, trauma relief, animal welfare, and climate change. Angelia earned a Master of Arts in Communications from Cal State Fullerton and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in marketing from Cal Poly Pomona. Born in South Korea to a military father, Angelia has lived in Germany, Colorado, Mississippi, and California…before realizing in 2019 that Boulder is where she really feels at home. Her wide-ranging interests include accordion playing, kayaking, sign language, skydiving, and Zen meditation. She is an animal lover, has cared for many snails, and stays positive and energized by taking regular play breaks with her three cats, Ono, Mato, and Poeia, and her dog, Wonder.
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.
Angelique Espinoza (Chair, Advocacy) 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-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 (Chair, Marketing) 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 lent 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 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.
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.
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 (Secretary) 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.
Andrea Steffes-Tuttle Bio coming soon.
Alondra Vazquez is 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.