I have been working as a victim advocate with DOVE since late 2011. I started in the Outreach Coordinator role, and became Program Director in 2013. It was an incredible honor to be promoted by the Board to the Executive Director position in early 2018. Working with Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and Hard of Hearing (DDBDDHH) victims and survivors within the community for the past 6+ years has taught me so much. As an advocate, I've witnessed the barriers that DDBDDHH victims/survivors often face when navigating the legal, medical, and human services systems across Colorado. These experiences re-traumatize our community members who have already gone through so much. It is my lifelong goal to try my hardest to help ensure that the needs of DDBDDHH victims are recognized and addressed in equitable ways. Additionally, I am proud to have a team of staff, volunteer advocates, and Board members who recognize the importance of racial, economic, and social justice for all. Reducing and ending the impact of abuse requires lifelong efforts to also end the discrimination and oppression of marginalized groups within our larger DDBDDHH community.
As the current Executive Director, my role is to sustain and build DOVE's financial health; work closely with our Board of Directors as well as funders; ensure DOVE's programs and activities align with our organizational mission and values; and support the needs of DOVE's staff and volunteers so that all of us can, in turn, best serve our community of victims and survivors. A Licensed Social Worker, I graduated from Gallaudet University with my MSW in 2010. When I'm not in the office or working with survivors, you can find me hiking or snowshoeing in the mountains with my two beloved dogs. If I'm not on the trails, I'm most likely kayaking on a lake, or reading a book at home!