2022 – 2023 Board
Kathleen Buchholz (Treasurer) 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.
Christiane B. Meyer, MD worked as a primary care physician and research scientist, with a focus on community based participatory research, at the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University. Christiane’s holistic approach to life has guided her journey through body, mind and spirit. After working in primary care and mental health research, Dr. Meyer has pursued a M.A. in Theology and studied the application of spirituality to our everyday lives. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Tent (www.thetent.space), a nonprofit committed to fostering relationships, through guided dinner conversations, that transcend barriers imposed by social constructs of race and biases. Dr. Meyer is originally from Rio, Brazil, and values greatly our ability to come together in taking action that brings positive change.