CCASA is recruiting new board members to fill immediate vacancies. We are looking for individuals with a diverse and broad range of strengths, skills, and experience who are interested in having a positive impact on the community. Click here to download the board interest information packet. CCASA Board Meetings are generally held the first Monday of every month at 6:00pm in Denver (contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for specific location information). There are periodic exceptions, usually due to holidays on the regularly scheduled meeting dates. The Board of Directors meets on the following dates in 2016:
January 4, February 1, March 7, April 4, May 2, July 11, August 1, September 12, October 9, November 7, December 5
Sarah Shepherd joined the Board of Directors in July 2014 and became the Vice Chairperson in May 2015 and Chairperson in June 2016. Sarah is the Executive Director of IMPACT Personal Safety of Colorado and President of Circuit Rider of Colorado LLC. She has worked with IMPACT Colorado since 2011, a member organization of CCASA, and has enjoyed developing it as the newest Not-for-Profit Chapter within the IMPACT International Affiliation. Aside from her work with IMPACT, Sarah runs a government management consulting company, serving local government Boards, Towns, Special Districts and Associations across the State. Sarah values CCASA because of its dedication to serve Colorado’s unique and diverse communities, and is excited to use her skills to support its important work and growth! Sarah attended St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM for her Bachelor’s degree, and the Marchutz School in Aix-en-Provence, France for Master’s work. She loves white-water rafting, gardening, and telemarking–but is up for anything in the outdoors.
Secretary: Ana Balzar, LCSW, Outpatient Mental Health Clinic, Department of Veterans Affairs
CCASA Individual Member
Ana Balzar joined the Board of Directors in March 2015 and became Secretary in June 2016. She is a licensed clinical social worker working in the Outpatient Mental Health clinic at the Department of Veterans Affairs. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver, and a Bachelor’s degree in the Study of Women and Gender and Comparative Literature from Smith College. Ana is deeply committed to ending rape culture and creating a society free from sexual violence. Her passion for this work inspired her to become a social worker, and she is currently working towards establishing her own private practice providing trauma treatment and yoga therapy to help clients heal and flourish in their lives. Ana is very excited and honored to be a part of the CCASA Board of Directors and looks forward to contributing and supporting the important work CCASA does in the community.
Treasurer: Sabine Bendenoun, M.S., Management Consultant
CCASA Individual Member
Sabine joined the Board of Directors in May 2016 and became Treasurer in June 2016. Sabine has seen first-hand the devastating effects of sexual assault on all aspects of a woman’s life. This has fueled her passion to support survivors through their healing process and work with health care providers to integrate trauma informed care in their practice. She is French-American and has over 15 years management consulting experience working with public and private sector organizations in the United States and Europe. Her expertise lies in collaborating with senior executives and business managers to integrate environmental sustainability and social responsibility in organizational strategy, culture and operations. She holds a Masters in Quality, Environmental, Health & Safety Management from the Centre D’Etudes Supérieures Industrielles in Nancy, France and a B.S. in Economics from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. In her free time, Sabine enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, yoga and salsa dancing.
Member: Alison McCarthy, MSW, Project Manager, Spark Policy Institute
CCASA Individual Member
Alison joined the Board of Directors in August 2016. She is a project manager at Spark Policy Institute, an agency working on implementing innovative solutions to society’s complex problems. After working as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, she pursued her passion for social justice and earned her Masters of Social Work and Animal Assisted Social Work Certificate from the University of Denver. She is originally from France and lived in Singapore, Egypt, Dubai, and Australia before settling in Colorado; all the moving around has definitely infected her with the “travel bug” and she plans to continue her exploration of new places every chance she gets. Outside of work, Alison enjoys baking, powerlifting, and playing with her rescue dog Grace. In addition to serving on CCASA’s Board of Directors, she volunteers on The Blue Bench’s sexual assault hotline.
Member: Angela Sillas-Green, MA, LPC, Prevention Education Specialist and Counselor, Tu Casa, Inc.
CCASA Agency Member
Angela Sillas-Green joined the Board of Directors in September 2016. She is the prevention education specialist and child therapist for Tu Casa, Inc., a dual agency focusing on supporting healthy, violence-free lives and relationships for all children and adults in the San Luis Valley. Angela has been with the organization since 2010. In pursuing her passion to help others she obtained her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health, her bachelor’s in Psychology and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Her most recent accomplishment was presenting at the 2016 Colorado Advocacy in Action (CAIA) Conference on Youth Advocacy in Prevention Program. She will soon be presenting in the fall at the Colorado Youth Matter’s Raise the Bar Conference. She also participates as a member of the Latina Leadership program offered by CCASA and CCADV. Angela feels truly blessed to have so many great opportunities.Angela is originally from California. She migrated to Colorado 15 years ago where she lives with her husband and two children. In addition to her dedication to her work and her family, she spends some of her free time as a certified Zumba instructor. She finds it empowering and a great way to have a mind-body connection, as well as just have fun dancing.
Member: Tina Hageman, MSW, MBA, Division Director of Child and Youth Services, Family Tree, Inc.
CCASA Individual Member
Tina Hageman joined the Board of Directors in September 2016. With over 20 years of experience in social service delivery and nonprofit program leadership, Tina Hageman currently serves as the Division Director of Child and Youth Services at Family Tree. Prior to her work at Family Tree, Tina held leadership positions at a rape crisis center in Birmingham, Alabama, a domestic violence agency in Dallas, Texas, and a school-based collaboration to prevent truancy in St. Louis, Missouri. Most recently, Tina managed a research project studying domestic violence and animal abuse and taught at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work, where she still serves as an Adjunct Professor. Tina earned a MSW and MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, where she also taught as an Adjunct Professor.