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.
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 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 Past-President
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 is a financial advisor for, Thrivent. A strong volunteer in our the Boulder community, she is part of the Rotary Club and GALS women’s development organization. In addition she has been a partner of the YWCA through a corporate Thrivent fundraiser supporting the organization’s programs.
Karen Furlani 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.
Joanne grew up in Boulder, CO. She has built a career at the National Center for Atmospheric Research where she is currently the assistant director of the High Altitude Observatory lab. 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. She is an animal lover, but especially loves the canine variety when it comes to her pets (don’t tell the cat). 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.
Alllyn Harker is part of the team that successfully guided Boulder’s sugary beverage take to the ballot, through the election and into implementation. 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.
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.
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 President of Unself. 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 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 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.
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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.
Lisa Lesniak Secretary
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.
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Born in Denver and raised in Conifer, Anna is very passionate about the state of Colorado and those in it. Anna currently works as the Assistant Director of Corporate and External Relations at the Leeds School of Business at CU Boulder. In 2012, Anna graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Sociology. In her current role, Anna is able to combine her love of people and Colorado in a way that broadly impacts students, the community, and businesses. Anna currently volunteers as the membership coordinator for the CU Young Alumni Chapter in Denver, which aims to provide meaningful connections throughout the CU alumni-base, and the Denver community. She also participates as a member of the Boulder Leading Ladies professional group. An organization that strives to empower women and support their personal and professional goals. In her free time, Anna can be found outdoors (heliophile for life), traveling (most recent adventures include the Netherlands and Brussels), dancing (to anything and everything), and hanging with friends and family (where are all my middle children at?!).
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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 EFAA as part of their Program Development Committee. 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.
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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.
Aliena Martinez has spent more than 15 years running Product Management, Marketing and Training programs in both large organizations and start-ups. She is currently the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Latino Leadership Institute (LLI) at the University of Denver. She is responsible for identifying opportunities with and for new partners and developing strategies for increasing revenue to support the Institute’s strategic growth objectives, such as the newly developed Impact Initiative. Prior, Aliena served as Senior Vice President of Strategy & Products at Miller Heiman Group leading the product organization and the integration efforts of several companies acquired. Her professional growth is mirrored by her personal commitment to serving the community as both mentor and leader. A Colorado native, she volunteers with several organizations and is currently a board member of the 13ers Young Professionals Board – The Nature Conservancy of Colorado.
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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!
Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, Siân is 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.
Amy Mechels Reichlin, founder of Amy Reichlin Consulting, is a local coach, facilitator, and trainer in the areas of all things people: Leadership, Teams, Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness, and more. Amy has an MBA (Kellogg), Masters in Psychology (Naropa), Coaching Certificate, and certificates from the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute and Leadership Circle Profile. She is also a mentor at Techstars, Mergelane, and Travelport startup accelerators. 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 a love for people, an optimistic outlook, and delight in watching individuals and organizations thrive when equipped with knowledge and tools that can make all the difference.
Nancy Rowe President Elect
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, Mike, and golden retriever, Posey. She still loves to cook and enjoy adventure traveling and skiing.
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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.
Brittny Wilson was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She moved to Colorado in 2008 to pursue her graduate degree from Naropa University in Comparative Religion and found herself staying to start a family and build her career. Brittny has spent the last 15 years working in the nonprofit sector and is currently the Sr. Vice President of Development & Marketing at the long-standing Boulder-based nonprofit Attention Homes. She loves connecting donors to a mission and working for organizations that are geared towards helping individuals achieve self-sufficiency. Brittny is a member of the Longmont Housing Opportunities Team, a participant in the 2015-2016 class of the Institute for Leaders in Development with the University of Denver and an honoree of the Bizwest Boulder Valley 40 Under 40 class of 2017. She and her husband are kept busy at home with two young daughters and a new pup. On the weekends she can be found camping with her family, watching Buckeye football (Go Bucks!) or finding balance (both literally and figuratively) at a local yoga class.
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