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YWCA Boulder County

For nearly 100 years, YWCA Boulder County has helped women and children of all ages and backgrounds thrive. We provide services such as short-term flexible childcare, parent education classes, youth empowerment programs, racial equity programs, and more.

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Brittny Wilson, Vice President of Development & Marketing
Start Date: 2018

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Brittny Wilson has an extensive background in the nonprofit sector. Before joining YWCA Boulder County, she held several roles at Attention Homes, where she most recently served as COO.

In her role at the YWCA, Brittny provides strategic leadership, oversight and execution of revenue growth, issue awareness and community engagement. A member of the YWCA leadership team, she is an integral partner in strategic planning and partner with the CEO in leading the organization.

Brittny graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a bachelor's degree in French and Sociology and holds a master's degree in religion from Naropa University. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family, including two young daughters, camping and exploring as many national parks as possible.

Shiquita Yarbrough, Director, Community Engagement and Equity
Start Date: 2020

Originally from Chicago, Shiquita has an extensive background in the nonprofit sector. Before joining YWCA Boulder County, she worked for Community Foundation Boulder County, The Austin Housing Authority as a Property Manager, and was a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) case manager for Hurricane Katrina evacuees and a property manager for Austin Housing Authority.

In her role at the YWCA, Shiquita directs core programs like Reading to End Racism (RER), Latina Achievement Support (LAS), and STEM, as well as managing and recruiting volunteers for all three programs.

Shiquita serves on the Board of Trustees for The League of Women Voters; is an EFFA Program Committee member; and is the host of KGNU 's radio show, "Victorious Single Parents". Additionally, she co-founded Families of Color Colorado, and served as a YWCA Boulder County board member.

Lisa Van der Veer, Business Director
Start Date: 2016

Born in New Jersey, Lisa Van der Veer has an extensive background in finance. Prior to joining YWCA Boulder County, she worked as Chief Financial Officer for multiple high-tech companies in Denver and Boulder.

In her role at the YWCA, Lisa oversees finance, human resources, and legal and operations.

Lisa holds a bachelor of science degree in Accounting and Marketing from CU Boulder. She also is a Certified Management Accountant. Outside of work, she enjoys reading and walking her dogs.

Kate Hise, Director of Persimmon Early Learning
Start Date: 2018

Kate comes to the YWCA with over 20 years of experience in early childhood education in both private and public schools. In addition to classroom and administrative experience, Kate is also a HighScope certified teacher, a trained Love and Logic facilitator, and a STEM coach specializing in early childhood education.

Debbie Pope, Chief Executive Officer
Start Date: 2018

Debbie Pope has 17 years of non-profit management experience. She has led efforts to expand and strengthen revenue development, strategic marketing, community engagement, advocacy and services to expand and strengthen support for families battling the debilitating social and physical challenges of multiple sclerosis.

Most recently, Pope was the National Executive Vice President for the National MS Society, leading a diversified revenue plan and engaging donors, communities and corporate partners to raise $172M in annual fundraising. Prior to her work with the National MS Society and throughout her career, Pope has been a strong advocate and personal supporter of critical social justice issues related to ending racism, empowering women and tackling other injustices including poverty and homelessness of women and children.

As a broadcast journalist for all three major network affiliates from 1994-2000, Pope was recognized for tackling challenging community issues and bringing awareness to the rising number of homeless women and children, infringed rights for impoverished families and unjust laws and policies.

Pope graduated with a B.A. in Speech Communication from the University of Minnesota. She was accepted into the prestigious Washington political journalism internship program receiving credit for her work with the ABC news program, "This Week with David Brinkley".

She is a mother to four dynamic and energetic children. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, hiking "14ers" and enjoying time cooking with her husband, Chris.


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