Staff

Debbie stands in front of a red brick wall.Debbie Pope, CEO
dpope@ywcaboulder.org 303-443-0419 x101

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 is wearing glasses with a brown sweater in front of a snowy background.

Carter Angel, Persimmon Early Learning, Nutrition Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tori stands in front of a snowy background.Tori Anderson, Persimmon Early Learning, Wellness Program Coordinator
tanderson@ywcaboulder.org 303-443-0419 x110

Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, Tori has a varied background in nutrition, fitness and volleyball coaching. Prior to joining the YWCA Boulder County, she worked at local gyms and was the head coach of Boulder’s Fairview High School sophomore volleyball team.

In her role at the YWCA, she oversees the creation of age-appropriate programs for physical activity and nutrition education for Persimmon Early Learning. Tori graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s degree in General Dietetics. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, and spending time outdoors hiking, trail running, snowboarding, and camping.

 

Peggy Corwin, Persimmon Early Learning, Office Coordinator

 

Karla Canales, Persimmon Early Learning, Infant Lead 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 Children’s Alley.

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.

Robin Eastman, Persimmon Early Learning, Lead 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.

Jenny stands in front of a snowy background.Jenny Gardner, Persimmon Early Learning, Preschool Program Lead Teacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa G stands in front of a red brick wall.Lisa Gills, Grants Manager
lgills@ywcaboulder.org 303-443-0419 x104

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.

 

Robyn stands in front of a red brick wall.Robyn Hazlitt, Development and Marketing Manager
rhazlitt@ywcaboulder.org 303-443-0419 x106

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 stands in front of a red brick wall.Celina Hernandez, Persimmon Early Learning, Senior Manager, Persimmon Early Learning
chernandez@ywcaboulder.org 303-443-0419

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 stands in front of a snowy background.Kate Hise, Persimmon Early Learning, Director, ECE & Family Resources
khise@ywcaboulder.org  303-443-0419 x111

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.

Griffin stands in front of a snowy background.Griffin McKeague, Persimmon Early Learning, ECE Curriculum Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sydney Michael, Persimmon Early Learning, Infant Lead Teacher

Originally from Danville, Illinois, Sydney began working for YWCA Boulder County in the summer of 2020. Prior to joining the organization, she worked in Early Childhood Education for the past seven years.

In her role at the YWCA, Robin enjoys caring for infants in a compassionate and caring environment. She enjoys providing quality care for a wide range of infants and getting to know their families.

Sydney holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus on Child Development from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

In her free time, she likes to hike, read, and draw and paint.

Ali stands in front of a red brick wall.Ali Randall, Director of Public Relations and Marketing
arandall@ywcaboulder.org 303-443-0419 x102

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, Toddler Lead Teacher

 

Alexis stands in front of a red brick wall.Alexis Strandberg, Persimmon Early Learning, Toddler Lead Teacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Heather Thorwald Development Administrator
hthorwald@ywcaboulder.org
    303-443-0419

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.

Heather holds a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Colorado Boulder, and an M.A. in U.S. History from the University of Colorado Denver.
In her free time, she likes to read about science and history – especially British history – travel to national parks, and go for bike rides with her husband, Greg.

Vicki stands in front of a red brick wall.Vicki Tiedeman Bookkeeper
vtiedeman@ywcaboulder.org 303-443-0419 x107

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 stands in front of a red brick wall.Lisa Van der Veer, CMA, Business Director
lvanderveer@ywcaboulder.org 303-443-0419 x116

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.

 

Nicole Vollmerhausen, Persimmon Early Learning, Lead Float

Sadie stands in front of a red brick wall.Sadie Waltrip, Persimmon Early Learning, Lead Teacher, Preschool & Toddler

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tanae stands in front of a snowy background.Tanae Watkins, Persimmon Early Learning, Infant Development Center Supervisor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aimee Wilde, Facilities/Office Manager/Receptionist
awilde@ywcaboulder.org 303-443-0419 x100

Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, Aimee has a varied background in office and facilities management that allows her to handle her responsibilities at the YWCA Boulder County with calm, creativity, and ease.

In her role at the YWCA, Aimee oversees the care of the building and grounds, and makes sure everyone visiting the YWCA as well as YWCA staff has a clean, safe, pleasant, and well-cared for building to work in.

In her free time, Aimee enjoys martial arts, dancing, reading, painting, and being outside. She also owns a small farm which keeps her very busy.

 

Brittny stands in front of a snowy background.Brittny Wilson, Vice President of Development & Marketing
bwilson@ywcaboulder.org  303-443-0419 x114

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Brittny has wide-ranging experience in the nonprofit sector. Before joining YWCA Boulder County, she held several roles at Attention Homes, where she most recently served as COO.

In her role at the YWCA, Brittny provides strategic leadership, oversight and execution of revenue growth, issue awareness and community engagement. A member of the YWCA leadership team, she is an integral partner in strategic planning and partner with the CEO in leading the organization.

Brittny graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in French and Sociology and holds a master’s degree in religion from Naropa University. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family, including two young daughters, camping and exploring as many national parks as possible.

Shiquita stands in front of a red brick wall.Shiquita Yarbrough, Director, Community Engagement and Equity
syarbrough@ywcaboulder.org 303-443-0419 x103

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 will be managing core programs like Reading to End Racism (RER), Latina Achievement Support (LAS), and STEM, as well as managing and recruiting volunteers for all three programs.

Shiquita serves on the Board of Trustees for The League of Women Voters; 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.

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