Debbie Pope, CEO
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Debbie Pope has nearly 20 years of non-profit management experience. She has led efforts to expand and strengthen revenue development, strategic marketing, community engagement, advocacy, and services to expand and strengthen support for families battling the debilitating social and physical challenges of multiple sclerosis. Most recently, Debbie was the National Executive Vice President for the National MS Society, leading a diversified revenue plan and engaging donors, communities, and corporate partners to raise $172M in annual fundraising.
Prior to her work with the National MS Society and throughout her career, she was a strong advocate and personal supporter of critical social justice issues related to ending racism, empowering women, and tackling other injustices including poverty and homelessness of women and children. As a broadcast journalist for all three major network affiliates from 1994-2000, Debbie was recognized for tackling challenging community issues and bringing awareness to the rising number of homeless women and children, infringed rights for impoverished families and unjust laws and policies. She graduated with a B.A. in Speech Communication from the University of Minnesota. Debbie was accepted into the prestigious Washington political journalism internship program receiving credit for her work with the ABC news program, “This Week with David Brinkley”. She is a mother to four dynamic and energetic children. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, hiking “14ers” and enjoying time cooking with her husband, Chris.
Carter Angel, Persimmon Early Learning, Nutrition Coordinator
Originally from Lynchburg, Virginia, Carter currently resides in Longmont. A graduate of the University of Alabama, she holds a degree in Art. Prior to joining YWCA Boulder County, she interned as a Juvenile Probation Officer and worked at a Country Club in Virginia.
In her role at the YWCA, Carter creates the menus and cooks all the meals for Persimmon Early Learning’s students. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, reading, and throwing pottery.
Sema Barley, Persimmon Early Learning, Teacher
Tiffany Blanchet, Latina Achievement Support, Advocate
Karla Canales, Persimmon Early Learning, Teacher
Raised in Orange County, California, Karla is one of YWCA Boulder County’s longest-standing employees and has worked for both the administrative and childcare departments at the organization. Prior to joining YWCA Boulder County, she spent three years as a nanny for a wonderful family in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
In her role at the YWCA, Karla provides love and quality care to the infants in her care at Persimmon Early Learning.
Karla received a TEACH scholarship and is studying early childhood education at Front Range Community College. In her free time, she enjoys walking her beloved American Bulldog, running, and swimming.
Peggy Corwin, Persimmon Early Learning, Office Coordinator
Aracely Diaz, Persimmon Early Learning, Assistant Coordinator
Robin Eastman, Persimmon Early Learning, Teacher
A Colorado native, Robin began working for YWCA Boulder County in the summer of 2020. Prior to joining the organization, she worked in Early Childhood Education for nearly ten years.
In her role at the YWCA, Robin enjoys teaching young children in a caring and supportive environment. She loves working with children, getting to know their strengths, and helping them to learn new things.
Robin holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. In her free time, she enjoys reading and going on vacations with her family.
Kira Fling, Persimmon Early Learning, Teacher
Originally from the Chicago area, Kira has lived in Colorado for over 20 years. Prior to joining YWCA Boulder County, she worked as a preschool teacher, kindergarten teacher, and a physical education teacher.
In her role at the YWCA, she helps students develop life skills and provides children with the lessons they need to learn prior to enter elementary school. In her free time, Kira enjoys skiing, hiking, riding bikes, and playing with her dog.
Marithza Flores, Latina Achievement Support, Advocate
Marisol Garcia, Coordinator, Community Engagement & Equity
Lisa Gills, Program Officer: Grants and Planned Giving
Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Virginia, Lisa has wide-ranging experience in the development field working for local, state and national organizations including National Wildlife Federation, National Museum of the American Indian/Smithsonian Institution, The Nature Conservancy of Colorado, and Flatirons Habitat for Humanity. She has more than 15 years of experience in grant writing and has worked as a contract grant writer or as a member of the staff for organizations including A Precious Child, SafeHouse Denver, Habitat for Humanity Metro Denver and East Boulder County Artists.
In her role at the YWCA, Lisa will be telling the story of the YWCA Boulder County’s impact in the community to motivate support and funding from foundations, corporations, government and other sources.
Lisa has a degree in Rhetoric and Communications from the University of Virginia. In her free time, she likes spending time with her family and friends, listening to music, singing, hiking, gardening and reading.
Mikaela Gonzalez, Latina Achievement Support, Advocate
Kelly Hagen, Persimmon Early Learning, Teacher
Robyn Hazlitt, Director, Marketing and Events
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Raised in Salida, Colorado, Robyn has an impressive background in non-profit work. Prior to joining YWCA Boulder County, she worked for Community Foundation Boulder County, most recently as the Philanthropic Services and Communications Associate, where she provided logistical support to the Philanthropic Services and Communications teams, and assisted donors and fundholders in making a lasting difference in Boulder County. She also served as the Program Coordinator for Visionaria Peru and coordinated the logistics for a Leadership and Empowerment Program for young Peruvian women in the Sacred Valley of Peru.
In her role at the YWCA, Robyn will be working with the development and marketing teams to create efficient systems, enhance data-driven fundraising efforts, craft communications to engage our supporters, and plan events to connect our community with the YWCA’s work. Robyn graduated with honors from Colorado State University with a degree in International Studies. When she’s not crunching numbers or designing materials, you will likely find Robyn mountain biking on local trails or picking up a new hobby.
Celina Hernandez, Persimmon Early Learning, Senior Manager
Originally from El Monte, California, Celina has an extensive background in early childhood education. Before becoming Senior Manager of Persimmon Early Learning, she received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Cal Poly Pomona University, and held roles as assistant teacher, lead teacher, Infant Nursery Supervisor, and Office Manager at YWCA Boulder County.
In her current role at the YWCA, Celina helps to manage the Early Childhood Education Program. She works closely with Kate Hise, director, ECE & Family Resources.
In her free time, Celina enjoys different types of arts and crafts, especially doing DIY projects at home.
Kate Hise, Persimmon Early Learning, Director, ECE & Family Services
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Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, Kate has a wide range of experience in early childhood education (ECE). Kate has worked as both a teacher and administrator for over 20 years in Boulder County, including 17 years of direct, in-classroom experience teaching Pre-K in private school settings, Kindergarten Enrichment with Boulder Valley School District, and Special Education Support/Literacy with St. Vrain Valley School District.
In addition to classroom and administrative roles, Kate has experience as an ECE STEM coach and in the HighScope approach to learning. She is a member of the Advisory Council for the Early Childhood Council of Boulder County and is a certified classroom reliability rater for CLASS and ERS.
In her current role, Kate oversees the YWCA’s Early Childhood and Family Resource programs, including drop-in and extended child care, parenting classes, and parent engagement events.
When she is not working, you can find her on local hiking trails, or exploring off-the-beaten-path areas of Colorado. She also loves camping, paddle boarding, baking, and spending time with her two children.
Adriana Iturbe, Latina Achievement Support, Advocate
Angela Karlstedt, Persimmon Early Learning, Wellness Coordinator
Dianna McCune, Persimmon Early Learning, Teacher
Originally from South Bend, Indiana, Dianna worked in an infant room at the Center for the Homeless in her hometown. Prior to joining YWCA Boulder County, she interned as a Juvenile Probation Officer and worked at a Country Club in Virginia.
In her role at the YWCA, she enjoys teaching her “wobbler” students and loves to learn learning alongside them in the classroom. In her free time, she likes to read, run, ride her bike, and cook vegan meals.
Griffin McKeague, Persimmon Early Learning, ECE Curriculum Director
Originally from Snowmass, Colorado, Griffin grew up in Northampton, Massachusetts. She relocated to CO in 2008. Prior to joining YWCA Boulder County, Griffin worked as a lead preschool – and sometimes toddler – teacher for seven years, as the assistant director of a non-profit preschool for two years, and briefly as a director before joining the team at YWCA Boulder County.
In her role at the YWCA, she supports the Persimmon Early Learning classroom teachers in developing and implementing a high-quality curriculum and providing support to individual children and families when needed. In her free time, Griffin enjoys baking, reading, playing board games with her family, and spending time outside enjoying the natural beauty of the mountains.
April Norman, Persimmon Early Learning, Teacher
Ali Randall, Strategic Advisor, Media & Communications
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Raised in New Jersey, Ali has nearly 25 years of public relations and media relations experience. Prior to joining the YWCA Boulder County, she worked at the YWCA Princeton in Princeton, New Jersey, as well as several PR firms in the Bay Area, Denver and Boulder.
In her role at the YWCA, she will be planning and implementing marketing and PR campaigns as well as overseeing media relations and social media marketing.
Ali graduated from Lehigh University with a bachelor’s degree in English and History. In her free time, she enjoys hiking in open space with her husband and dogs, baking, and absorbing as much pop culture trivia as humanly possible.
Emily Raznick, Persimmon Early Learning, Teacher
Linda Siptroth, Director, Individual Giving and Grants
Linda moved to Colorado late in 2021; she joined the YWCA team in February 2022. During her non-profit career in Southern CA, upstate NY, and NYC, she led fundraising efforts for performing arts organizations, literary arts organizations, artists’ communities, community arts centers, hospice, and state parks. While raising her family, she also worked as a fundraising consultant, grant-writer, event planner, and copywriter for arts and environmental protection organizations.
In her role at the YWCA, she has primary responsibility for developing strategies to increase the engagement of supporters, and for growing individual giving and grant revenue.
Linda graduated from Wellesley College with a bachelor’s degree in Art History and earned her MBA at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. She enjoys long walks and podcasts, visiting museums and galleries, attending concerts, reading, and conversations about books and food.
Kim Stensler, Persimmon Early Learning, Teacher
Stephanie Sved, Persimmon Early Learning, Teacher
Heather Thorwald, Manager, Data and Information Systems
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Born and raised in Lakewood, Colorado, Heather has nearly 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Before joining YWCA Boulder County, she worked as a museum registrar, keeping track of specimens and artifacts in museum collections at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Longmont Museum, and was a Development and Communications Associate at WOW! Children’s Museum.
In her role at the YWCA, Heather provides administrative support to the development team, and plays an integral role in the organization’s database maintenance and communication with its supporters.
Vicki Tiedeman Bookkeeper
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Born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota, Vicki’s background is in elementary school level teaching, massage therapy and volunteering. She began volunteering at the YWCA in 2006, and that led to her current role with the organization.
In her role at the YWCA, Vicki oversees accounts payable and receivable, data entry, payroll, and staff orientations.
Vicki graduated from Valparaiso University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. In her free time, she enjoys playing the fiddle in a band that plays for Contra Dancing and volunteering as a storyteller for the Louisville Library and Spellbinders.
Lisa Van der Veer, CMA, Business Director
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Born in New Jersey, Lisa has an extensive background in finance. Prior to joining YWCA Boulder County, she worked as Chief Financial Officer for multiple high-tech companies in Denver and Boulder.
In her role at the YWCA, Lisa oversees finance, human resources, and legal and operations.
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and marketing from CU Boulder. She also is a Certified Management Accountant. Outside of work, she enjoys reading and walking her dogs.
Selena Vissar, Persimmon Early Learning, Teacher
Tanae Watkins, Persimmon Early Learning, Teacher
Shiquita Yarbrough, Director, Community Engagement and Equity
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Originally from Chicago, Shiquita has an extensive background in the nonprofit sector. Before joining YWCA Boulder County, she worked for Community Foundation Boulder County, The Austin Housing Authority as a Property Manager, and was a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) case manager for Hurricane Katrina evacuees and a property manager for Austin Housing Authority.
In her role at the YWCA, Shiquita directs core programs like Reading to End Racism (RER), Latina Achievement Support (LAS), and STEM,.
Shiquita serves as a Longmont City Council member; is an EFFA Program Committee member; and is the host of KGNU ‘s radio show, “Victorious Single Parents”. Additionally, she co-founded Families of Color Colorado, and served as a YWCA Boulder County board member.
In her free time, she enjoys traveling, learning about new cultures, and cooking.