2017 Board of Directors
Diana Goldberg – Diana has been the Executive Director of SungateKids since 1996. Diana is a graduate of Columbia University and the University of Virginia School of Law. She practiced law with the firm of Davis, Graham, and Stubbs and then with the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Denver. She served as Executive Director of the Central Visitation Program before joining SungateKids.
Jade Woodard – Jade is the Executive Director of Illuminate Colorado: a united network of four established organizations partnering to build brighter childhoods through education, advocacy, and family support. Jade has a BA in Social Work as well as her MPA in Public Administration.
Darla Stuart – Darla is the Executive Director of the Arc of Aurora. has been involved with The Arc for more than 22 years. Throughout Ms. Stuart’s tenure at The Arc of Aurora, she has lead local, state, regional, and national projects impacting the lives of people with developmental disabilities. Ms. Stuart has co-authored two nationally-distributed training manuals, “People with Developmental Disabilities and the Justice System: Access Denied” and “Have We Gotten Too Big for our Genes.”
Ms. Stuart is an accomplished organizational strategist and has been responsible for leading and supporting multiple systems change efforts to improve the lives of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Ms. Stuart is credited for providing critical insight and guidance to the 2008 Colorado Legislative Interim Committee to address the waiting list for persons with I/DD as well as a multi-year Legislative Task Force on Abusive Caregivers and People with I/DD. Ms. Stuart has led an effort to partner with the National Adult Protective Services Association partnering on a national resolution to address the abuse of vulnerable adults. In the 2012 Colorado Legislative Session, Ms. Stuart was instrumentally involved with obtaining a wide berth of community support that, ultimately, was responsible for the passage of HB 1085 Hearsay Exception for Persons with Developmental Disabilities.
Over the past five years under Ms. Stuart’s leadership, The Arc of Aurora has hosted more than six statewide trainings focusing on creating understanding and collaboration between disability, victim assistance organizations, sexual assault nurse examiners, law enforcement and district attorneys on the impact of violence against people with developmental disabilities. Additionally, Ms. Stuart has been asked to speak at statewide and national trainings on the incidence and impact of violence and crime against people with developmental disabilities. Further, Ms. Stuart has managed two Department of Justice Office of Victims of Crime partnership grants providing training nationwide on the impact of violence of persons with developmental disabilities
Gina Maione Earles – Gina has been the Executive Director of Blue Sky Bridge in Boulder since 2012. Under her guidance, this Child Advocacy Center is expanding its facilities, programs, and presence throughout Boulder County. She has extensive experience with numerous non-profit and for-profit organizations across the country. Gina was CEO of Mothers & More, where she re-positioned this 25 year old non-profit to embrace the current environment for women, Managing Director at Engineers Without Borders-USA, where she enhanced the organization’s infrastructure to meet the needs of tremendous expansion and put the organization on a solid path to support developing communities worldwide, and a founding Board Member at Studio Arts Boulder, working toward creating an arts campus. Gina received her BA from Northwestern University and MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.
Paula Bragg – Paula Bragg is the founder and Executive Director for S.A.R.A., Inc., (Sexual Assault Response Advocates) the rape crisis center and nationally accredited child advocacy center serving the Thirteenth Judicial District, seven counties in Northeastern Colorado. Paula has 30 years of experience working in victim services including Victim Compensation, Local VALE, and Victims’ Rights. She worked for over 19 years as the Director of Victim Services in the District Attorney’s Office and 10 years with S.A.R.A., Inc. She served on the Victims of Crime Act Board for over 15 years. She worked on subcommittees for Local VALE and Victim Compensation Standards, and on the Governor’s Coordinating Committee on Victims’ Rights. She was on the Board of Director’s for COVA for 18 years serving as Regional Representative, Vice-President, and President.
Kendra Dunn – Kendra Dunn is the Child Maltreatment Prevention Director for the Office of Early Childhood, Colorado Department of Human Services. Ms. Dunn oversees a child maltreatment prevention unit comprised of the Colorado Children’s Trust Fund, Colorado Community Response Program, Promoting Safe and Stable Families program, SafeCare Colorado, and the Family Resource Center Program. She currently serves as a co-chair for the Colorado Strengthening Families Network, board member of the Colorado Children’s Alliance, co-backbone for the Colorado Essentials for Childhood Project, and board member of the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds.
Ms. Dunn has worked in the child maltreatment prevention field for 19 years. She has a special interest in building the public will necessary to ensure healthy child development for all children. Her background is in family support, adult education, and organizational development. Ms. Dunn was the founding Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Colorado. She has also held positions with the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, Prevent Child Abuse of Metropolitan Washington, and the D.C. Children’s Trust Fund. Ms. Dunn studied psychology at American University in Washington, DC.
Debi Grebenick – Debi Grebenik trains internationally and is known for her expertise in healing child trauma. She also trains on Vicarious Trauma within child welfare and judicial systems as well as for first responders and medical professionals. She is known for her engaging and enthusiastic presentations on healing for children, youth, families, teams, and systems.
Her education includes a Masters’ Degree in Social Work; a Master’s Degree in Religious Education; a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Innovation from the University of Colorado.
Debi is the Chief Knowledge Officer of Alia, a new nonprofit organization focused on innovations for people and systems impacted by childhood trauma. Previous to Alia, Debi served as the Executive Director of Maple Star Colorado, a child welfare agency providing foster care, domestic violence advocacy, human trafficking services, clinical services, autism supports, placement prevention, and other innovative programming.
Under Debi’s leadership, Maple Star grew and one of their innovative programs was accepted into the Colorado Compendium of Promising Practices. Maple Star led the state of Colorado in innovative programming.
In 2014, Debi was awarded the 360 Degree Leader of the Year of Providence Service Corporation out of 11,000 employees. She was also appointed by Colorado’s Governor to serve on the Human Trafficking Council where she chaired the task force on standards. Recently in 2017 she was awarded the outstanding adjunct faculty of the year award for Newman University where she’s taught for the past 11 years in their Master’s of Social Work program where she created a class on Traumatology.
Debi’s mission is for everyone to have the “aha” moment about the impact of trauma on their personal and professional lives. What she is best known for is her love of the color pink, her 7 grandchildren, and Starbucks as well as her nonstop energy.
Karen Meyer – Karen Meyer, Vice President, Sales & Partnerships – Welltok
Becky Miller Updike – Becky Miller Updike, Ph.D. serves as Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center in Denver, CO. Becky has 22 years of experience in policy, advocacy and research. Most recently, Becky served as Vice President, Child & Family Services for Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains. Prior to that, Becky was Colorado’s first Child Protection Ombudsman. Becky was Executive Director of Colorado Judicial Institute and has represented Tennyson Center for Children and several other child-serving agencies in the advocacy and policy research areas, and was an Aide in US Congress and in the Indiana legislature. Becky currently serves on the boards of Illuminate Colorado and Colorado Children’s Alliance, and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. Becky was recognized by the Denver Business Journal as a top 3 finalist for Top Women in Business in 2010 and 2012.
Lauren Morley Hutto – Lauren Morley Hutto, MSW, LSW, is the Coaching Manager for the Colorado Child Welfare Training System, based at The Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect. Lauren is also the President of Ignite Coaching and Consulting, which provides coaching, training, consulting, and facilitation services to engage individuals, teams, and organizations to maximize their personal and professional potential. Lauren has over 16 years of experience as a clinical social worker, coach, trainer, facilitator, and board member in the child welfare and human services fields. This experience includes serving as the Caseworker Training Specialist/Practice Coach for the Jefferson County Department of Human Services and as a Victim Services Coordinator (and backup Forensic Interviewer) for Safe Shores – The D.C. Children’s Advocacy Center (Washington, D.C.).
Cheri Jahn – State Senator Cheri Jahn served 8 years in the Colorado House of Representatives before being elected to the Colorado Senate. Her Senate district is in Jefferson County. Senator Jahn sponsored the CCA legislation expanding the Surcharge fund. She is a former family advocate.
Lynn Rioth – Lynn Rioth is recently retired from the Western Regional Children’s Advocacy Center where she was an Outreach Coordinator for the thirteen western states. She provided training and technical assistance on a local, state, and national level. She was also an accreditation site reviewer for the National Children’s Alliance. Lynn graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in Communication. Lynn lives in Colorado Springs.
Gwen Schooley –Gwen has been the Executive Director of Life Stories Child & Family Advocacy (formerly A Kids’ Place) and CASA Program since 2008. Previously, she was the director of a Family Strengthening agency in Weld County for 10 years where she started a Supervised Visitation Program. Her background is in counseling, parent education, and non-profit management. She is originally from New York and has lived in Colorado since 1981. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics with a concentration in Child Development and Consumer Economics and a Master’s Degree in Agency Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. Gwen serves on the Colorado Crime Victims’ Services Board, the CASA in Colorado Board and the Weld County Family, Youth and Child commission.
Joanne Sprouse – Joanne Sprouse is a Breckenridge resident for over 30 years as well as a weekend Denver resident. She has worked for the Summit County Department of Social Services for approximately 28 years, in a variety of positions including Child Welfare, Economic Security, and Child Support Services. She has a BA in Psychology as well as her MPA In Public Administration. Joanne has served on numerous boards and committees relating to child well-being and safety including the Child Support Commission, Colorado Family Support Council, Colorado Council of Mediators, Summit County Early Childhood Options and Child Protection Team.
Amy Stephens – Former Colorado House Majority Leader Amy Stephens is a Principal in the Public Policy and Regulation practice at Dentons, where she leads the firm’s Colorado Government Affairs practice. Her practice focuses on advising clients on legislative issues and providing expertise derived from her extensive experience in public office.
Ms. Stephens is a former member of the Colorado House of Representatives where she represented District 19 from 2007 to 2015. In her first year in office, she was elected as House Minority Caucus Chairman and later served as State House Majority Leader. As a member of the Business Affairs, Judiciary, Health & Environment, and Health Insurance & Human Services Committees, she developed a keen understanding of issues that impact business.
In addition to her service in public office, Ms. Stephens ran her own small business that provided communications, public affairs, grant writing, program development and outreach services to private business, non-profit organizations, and health organizations. From 1991-2001, she managed public policy for a Colorado non-profit where she developed policy strategy on choice in education, youth risk avoidance issues, media literacy, welfare reform and parent/teen communication.
Ms. Stephens has been recognized as “Legislator of the Year” by numerous businesses and organizations in Colorado, including the Colorado Technology Association, Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Economic Development, Colorado Dairy Farmers Association, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Colorado Women’s Chamber and Colorado Mental Health America. She has been recognized as one of the “Five Rising Stars” of the Republican Party and “Colorado’s Most Influential Women” by The Denver Post.
Colorado Chapter Coordinator
Andi Leopoldus – Andi has been the Colorado Chapter Coordinator since 2005. She has managed three other associations in her career. Andi serves as the Chapter’s lobbyist, also. With more than 25 years of experience at the Colorado Capitol, she is knowledgeable and respected at the Legislature. Andi has a B.A. in English from the University of Colorado-Boulder and an M.P.A. from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. She is the mother of two adult children and four grandchildren. Andi and her husband live in Colorado Springs.