Jolene Cardenas, Director of Communications and Development
Start Date: 2018
Jolene joined CCASA in April 2018. She moved to Colorado in 2014. Most recently she held the position of Communications Manager at the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR) based in Denver. Throughout her experience she has applied various communication models to grassroots organizing and lifting up voices of marginalized communities. Her undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. She has over a decade of media experience in radio, print, and television. She graduated in 2015 with a Master of Humanities from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio where she also received a certificate in Women's Studies. Her graduate thesis project was a focus on communication between women in higher education.
Brie Franklin, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2014
Brie joined CCASA in December 2014 with over 16 years of experience in the movements to end sexual and domestic violence. She worked as an advocate and educator at both rural and urban community-based advocacy organizations in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon as well as in New Zealand. She also worked at the state level administering rape prevention and education funds and providing training and technical assistance on a wide range of topics relating to sexual violence intervention and prevention. Prior to joining CCASA, Brie was the financial director at a local sexual assault advocacy organization and was also involved in legislative and policy work in Oregon. Brie has a Masters degree in Sociology and a Graduate Certificate in Non Profit Management.
Jennifer Hankel, CFCEP Research Assistant
Start Date: 2017
Jenni joined CCASA in November 2017 as the Research Assistant for the Colorado Forensic Compliance Evaluation Project. Her dedication to social impact was sparked conducting community outreach in Tamil Nadu, India and later as a development intern for a nonprofit serving women exiting the sex trade in West Bengal, India. As a graduate student, Jenni served as an intern at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs developing training tutorials for United Nations staff. Additionally, she worked as the Associate Director of Research for the Human Trafficking Center at Denver University where she trained graduate researchers and supported the development of a global Human Trafficking Index. For the past four years, she has collaborated with University of Wyoming researchers to collect and publish data on the experiences of street-involved women exploring trauma and the influence of dominant cultural norms. Currently, Jenni is an Impact and Learning Analyst at Mile High United Way where she leads program evaluation and strategic intention capacity building for partner organizations. She graduated with an MA in International Human Rights from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver.
Kathy Holland, Financial and Grants Manager
Start Date: 2017
Kathy joined CCASA in December 2017. Previously, she was a Financial Specialist at the Division of Criminal Justice, Office for Victims Programs where she administered the Colorado Sexual Assault Victim Emergency (SAVE) payment program and managed financial aspects of SASP, VALE, VAWA, and VOCA grant programs. Her experience also includes many years of providing administrative, grant, and program management within the medical field. In her spare time, Kathy volunteers with the Littleton Police Department as a victim advocate. She holds a BS in Journalism/Communications from Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
Lisa Ingarfield, CFCEP Director
Start Date: 2017
Lisa joined CCASA in November 2017 as the Project Director/Principal Investigator for the Colorado Forensic Compliance Evaluation Project. She has over 15 years' experience in sexual assault response and prevention in Colorado. She earned her PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Denver in 2014. Her research focused on sexual violence victim advocacy and the manifestation of bias in advocacy relationships. She previously served as a board member and then board chair for CCASA. She most recently worked for the Office for Victims Programs, Division of Criminal Justice as the director of the Sexual Assault Response Program, assessing the state of forensic compliance in Colorado as well as developing data collection strategies to better understand problems and successes with criminal justice response to sexual assault. She is now an independent research and evaluation consultant, focusing her work on program evaluation, sexual assault research, and communication strategies.
Gina Lopez, Rural & Indigenous Communities Specialist
Start Date: 2018
Gina joined CCASA in October 2018. She is a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Towaoc, Colorado and had been the Program Coordinator for the Tribe's first-ever tribal comprehensive victim services from late 2015 to 2018. She is also the co-chair of NAUHZCASA (Navajo, Apache, Ute Hopi, Zuni Coalition Against Sexual Assault) and is a board member for Restoring Ancestral Winds, a Utah-based non-profit coalition. Gina completed her high school education at Sherman Indian High School in Riverside, California, a residential boarding school for Native American high school students from across Indian Country. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice/Criminology from Metro State University.
Maria Mendez, Training and Technical Assistance Manager
Start Date: 2018
Maria joined CCASA in September 2018. She has been in the gender-based violence prevention field for 7 years. Previously working at Colorado College as the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, she developed a new confidential student group to provide information to peers about Title IX processes and resources. Prior to that, she worked in Bakersfield, California at the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault in the Prevention Education Department, and created a Media Literacy Program focusing on how gender norms portrayed in the media influence our views on relationships and consent. She earned a BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and an MA in Media Psychology from Fielding Graduate University.
Agueda Morgan, Director of Programs
Start Date: 2015
Agueda joined CCASA in July 2015. She has worked in the field to end sexual violence since 2006, when she began volunteering on the hotline at Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA) in Boulder County. From 2007-2015, she worked in a paid staff position at MESA providing direct client services to survivors of sexual violence through case management and advocacy; managing their 24-hour English and Spanish crisis line; coordinating, training, and supervising advocates; providing community outreach and education to the Latino/Hispanic community; and collaborating with other community services providers through the local sexual assault response team and other efforts. Agueda's experience also includes working for the Women, Infant and Children program in Denver. She received a B.S. in Health Care Management and Nutrition from Metropolitan State College of Denver and is currently completing a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Gender-Based Violence at the University of Colorado Denver.
Raana Simmons, Director of Policy
Start Date: 2015
Raana joined CCASA in November 2015. She also serves on the policy committee for the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence. Her experience includes working for a variety of community-based organizations as a prevention educator, community organizer, awareness campaign director, and direct services advocate in the field of anti-violence. Prior to joining CCASA, she managed a sexual assault center serving both rural and urban counties of West Central Florida where she forged new partnerships with community members and organizations to coordinate survivor-centered services in marginalized and historically disenfranchised communities. Raana holds a BS in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations from the University of North Florida, and a MPA with a concentration in Gender-Based Violence from the University of Colorado-Denver.