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The Blue Bench

As metro Denver's only comprehensive sexual assault support & prevention center, The Blue Bench works tirelessly to eliminate sexual assault & diminish the impact it has on individuals, their loved ones & our community by providing a safe space for survivors & a platform for advocates.

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Staff

Part Time Staff:
9
Full Time Staff:
22
Contract Staff:
2
Volunteers Annually:
90
Retention Rate:
77%

Eileen Holtry, Director of Operations
Start Date:

Eileen joined The Blue Bench team in February 2015. Eileen has over 15 years' experience in a senior financial role in both nonprofit and not-for-profit organizations, including 12 years with the Boulder Chamber of Commerce. Prior to her work with nonprofits, Eileen spent 10 years in various accounting roles with for-profit businesses. In addition, Eileen oversees Human Resources and IT and ensures organizational processes run smoothly and efficiently.

Susan Roman, Director of Development
Start Date: 2020

Susie joined The Blue Bench team as the Director of Prevention and Education in 2014. She is responsible for expanding scientifically-supported approaches to prevention and education through community collaboration and effective communication strategies. She brings with her 13 years of experience in non-profit programming and workshop facilitation in the fields of sexual violence and mental health She completed her Master's degree in Gender and Women's Studies at the University of British Columbia and has extensive experience as a campus sexual violence prevention workshop facilitator.

Jacquelyn Aamodt, Director of Client Services
Start Date:

Jacquelyn Aamodt, LSCW, is the Director of Client Services at The Blue Bench. At The Blue Bench, Jacquie oversee client services, including individual and group therapy, the 24-hour sexual assault hotline, and case-management and advocacy services. Her philosophy in working with survivors of sexual assault is strengths-based, client-centered, trauma-informed and one that considers the whole person. She is inspired by the strength, resiliency and beauty of the human spirit and believes it is important to "trust the wisdom of the heart". Jacquie came to The Blue Bench with over 15 years of experience in the Mental Health and Human Services field. Originally from NYC, she received her Master's in Social Work from Columbia University. In 2007 Jacquie re-located to Denver, where she worked for 4 years as the Director of Residential Programs at Denver Children's Home. It was through this experience that she had the opportunity to receive intensive training in the Neuro-Sequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), and had the opportunity to learn and implement specific trauma-focused interventions based on brain development. When not at The Blue Bench, Jacquie enjoys outdoor activities, cooking and reading as well as spending time with friends and family.

Karmen Carter, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2011

Karmen brings with her a deeply-held passion for The Blue Bench's mission and over 25-years of experience in building strong teams, fostering strong relationships and providing sound fiscal management. Prior to 2011, Karmen served as Executive Director of Judi's House, Director of Programs for the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center and most notably, previous Executive Director of the Rape Assistance & Awareness Program for almost eight years.. In addition to serving as Co-Chair of the Denver Sexual Assault Interagency Council and many other work related task forces, she is a volunteer in a lot of community efforts. Karmen currently serves on the Board of Directors of Reach Out and Read Colorado.

Boards

Board Type:
Local
Meetings per Year:
6
Term Length:
2
Term Limit:
3
Total # of Board Members:
13
Clients on Board:
Yes
# of Client Board Members:
3

Board Demographics:

Female:
9
Male:
4
Transgender Female:
0
Transgender Male:
0
Gender Other:
0

Black or African American:
0
Asian:
0
White:
11
Hispanic or Latino:
1
Multiracial:
0
American Indian or Alaska Native:
0
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander:
0
Other Ethnicities:
1

Average Number of Years Current Board Members Have Served on Board

2

Attendance Percentage for Board Meetings

71%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute Dollars

100%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute In-Kind

100%

Percentage of Board Members that have Completeted the Colorado Secretary of State's Nonprofit Board Member Course:

20%

Nonprofit completed the Colorado Nonprofit Association's Excellence in Principles & Practices Recognition Program?

No

Committees

Board Development
Board Development / Board Orientation
Board Governance
By-Laws
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / PR
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Development / Funds / Grants/ Gifts
Executive
Finance
Financial Analysis
Fund Development
Fundraising
Governance
Marketing
Nominating
Public Relations/Communications
Special Events
Special Events (Golf Tournament

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