Chairperson: Jessica Ferko, Air Quality Planner, Regional Air Quality Council
CCASA Individual Member
Jessica is a lifelong feminist and environmentalist born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She received degrees in chemistry from Kalamazoo College and chemical engineering from Michigan State University. She began her professional career working in environmental consulting, first in Michigan and then in Colorado. Jessica now works as an Air Quality Planner for the Regional Air Quality Council, a Denver based nonprofit. Her career has made her a passionate advocate for policy driven, systemic change. This passion, combined with personal experience, drove her to become involved with CCASA. She believes deeply in CCASA’s focus on supporting the community through advocating for statewide systems change and providing public policy education and advocacy. Jessica hopes to continue to be a strong advocate for CCASA in the community through becoming a board member. It is her goal to leverage her existing community connections and passion for the work CCASA is doing to support the ongoing success of the organization.
Treasurer: Sarah Silvas-Bernstein, Title IX Coordinator, Naropa University
CCASA Individual Member
Sarah is a dedicated advocate, educator, and professional contributing to the eradication of sexual violence through proactive and responsive approaches for effective social change. Her work and research are rooted in the practices and principles of restorative and social justice as a means to increase institutional and personal capacity, well-being, and resilience. Sarah’s professional work as the Title IX Coordinator of Naropa University, volunteer experience with The Blue Bench and Moving to End Sexual Assault, and on-going experience as a Restorative Justice Facilitator and Community Member with local agencies bolster her commitment to lifelong and fulfilling community-based work. She holds a dual undergraduate degree in Organizational Leadership and Business Management from Graceland University. In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending quality time with her husband, walking with her dogs on the vast trails in Boulder, CO, tending to her plants, and expanding her vintage textiles collection.
Secretary: Sareen Lambright Dale, MBA, Prevention Programs Manager and Confidential Resource Coordinator for the Title IX Office, Colorado School of Mines
CCASA Agency Member
Sareen has 15 years of experience working with survivors of sexual and relationship violence and implementing prevention education and training at non-profit organizations and institutions of higher education in Colorado, Indiana, and nationally. In her role at the Colorado School of Mines, she is responsible for sexual violence prevention programming and education, supervising their peer education program, and coordinating the confidential resources team. She has served on CCASA’s Policy Committee, as well as on the curriculum development committee for revising the campus chapter of the CCASA Advocacy Manual. Her experiences have given her a broad perspective, and she is grateful every day that she is able to do this work which fills her heart and soul with purpose.
Member: Nissa Baker
CCASA Individual Member
Wheat Ridge, CO
Nissa has been an advocate for victims of crime in Colorado for the past 19 years. Her most recent employment was with the University of Denver as an advocate for the Center for Advocacy, Prevention, & Empowerment. In past positions, she worked as a Victim Witness Assistant at Adams County District Attorney’s Office, as an After-Hours Victim Advocate for the Denver Police Department, and as both Hotline Advocate and the Hotline Volunteer Coordinator for The Blue Bench (previously RAAP). Nissa also has experience working as a Case Manager with both the Mental Health Center of Denver and the Colorado Fund for People with Disabilities. She previously served on the Board of Directors for The Blue Bench from 2014-2017. As a passionate advocate for survivors of sexual violence, Nissa is dedicated to the mission of CCASA and is honored to contribute to the organization as a member of the Board of Directors.
Member: Alison McCarthy, MSW, Assistant Director of Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention, Regis University
CCASA Agency & Individual Member
After working as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, Alison 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 Ivy.