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Freedom from Sexual Violence

Board of Directors

AlisonChairperson: Alison McCarthy, MSW, Assistant Director of Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention, Regis University
CCASA Agency & Individual Member
Denver, CO

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.

 

Angela Sillias-GreenSecretary: Angela Sillas-Green, MA, LPC, A New Leaf Therapy, LLC
CCASA Individual Member
Pueblo, CO

Angela is a counselor in private practice. Her prior experience includes being a social worker with middle school-aged youth in Alamosa and being the prevention education specialist and child therapist for Tu Casa, Inc., a dual domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy agency in the San Luis Valley for 7 dedicated years. 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. She recently received the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s 2017 Outstanding Leadership in Domestic Violence Advocacy award. She has a history of presenting on youth advocacy and trauma informed practices in prevention programs. She also participated as a member of the Latina Leadership Network offered by CCASA. Angela feels truly blessed to have so many great opportunities and wants to expand the mission of CCASA with her experience.

 

Member: Nissa Baker
CCASA Individual Member
Denver, 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.

 

kristinMember: Kristin Bantle, Principal, De-Escalation Nation, LLC
CCASA Individual Member
Steamboat Springs, CO

A college graduate in the early 90’s from the University of Montana, Kristin Bantle moved to Michigan and began a career as a social worker specializing in domestic violence and sexual assault cases. As her caseloads grew so did her realization that law enforcement needed women. She enrolled in the police academy and was hired prior to graduation. Kristin spent 12 years as a sergeant, detective, diver and hostage negotiator, before moving her family to Colorado where she continued her career in law enforcement. Then, after experiencing sexism and misogyny, Kristin decided to come forward about her experiences. She is now writing her story, volunteering, doing advocacy work, teaching at the community college, and she has started a company called De-Escalation Nation, LLC, which bridges law enforcement and communities through education. She has a Master’s degree in psychology and communication. In her spare time, Kristin loves living in the mountains, camping with the family and looking forward to tons of snow this winter to snowboard!

 

Member: Jessica Ferko, Air Quality Planner, Regional Air Quality Council
CCASA Individual Member
Denver, CO

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.

 

Member: Tammy Hollister, Human Resources, Naropa University
CCASA Individual Member
Broomfield, CO

Tammy was born in England and grew up in New Zealand for most of her life. In 1998 she met her now-husband, who grew up in Boulder, and since then has had family and ties in both New Zealand and Colorado. She has two children, a daughter, aged 11, who was born in Colorado and a son, aged 8, who was born in New Zealand, In 2015, she and her family moved back to Colorado. Tammy studied Hotel and Institutional Management in University, but soon moved her career into Human Resources, as she most enjoys working with people. She has been working in Human Resources for 14 years, and recently passed her Professional in Human Resources certification; a US based HR qualification. Tammy is passionate about using her knowledge to help people and making the world a better place for her children. She hopes that she’ll be able to use her experience in Human Resources to provide support to CCASA and the people they serve directly and indirectly.

 

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