Anna is an activist, writer, and nonprofit professional. She currently works for the American Indian College Fund, building national partnerships to advance educational opportunities, cultural revitalization programming, and socio-economic equity for reservation-based Native communities. In addition, she serves on the development committee for the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights and as a volunteer leader with Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.
As an undergraduate and graduate student, Anna studied literature, anthropology, and women’s studies, presenting her research at both national and international conferences. Since then, she has served as a Peace Corps volunteer, book editor, and ESL instructor. Originally from Texas, she moved to Denver with her partner in 2013 for shared professional opportunities.
Anna joined the Women’s Lobby of Colorado board of directors in 2017 as a member of the legislative and policy committee.
Renée is a Colorado native from Fort Collins. She is a Front Range Field Organizer for Conservation Colorado, where she works to conserve and protect Colorado’s public lands, water, air and people. She works to mobilize her community to influence policy-makers to pass pro-conservation legislation here in her home state. She received her BA in Political Science with concentration in Environmental Politics, as well as a certificate in Women’s Studies, from CSU. Renée previously worked for the Obama Presidential Reelection Campaign as a Campaign Field Organizer for Larimer County. In her free time she is also an Education and Outreach Tour Guide at Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary in Erie, CO.
Christine E. Breen grew up in Houston, TX. As a descendent of original Colorado pioneers, Christine moved to Colorado in 2011 after obtaining her Masters in Environmental Law and Policy and J.D. from Vermont Law School.
Christine joined Cantafio Hammond in May 2013. Christine's practice focuses on Plaintiffs Employment matters including Title VII Discrimination, disability discrimination, and FMLA matters. Her practice also includes commercial and civil litigation in federal and state courts, as well as matters affecting Colorado's natural resources. No matter the issues, Christine is a strong advocate and dedicates herself to her clients.
Additionally, Christine actively advocates for women's and LGBTQ rights. She represents women, veterans, members of the LGBTQ community, and any other person who has suffered discrimination, harassment, and violation of their civil rights by their employer. Outside the office, Christine advocates for women and family rights policy. Christine is on the Board of the Women's Lobby of Colorado and occasionally testifies on proposed legislation that would affect the rights of women and families.
Christine also meets with policy makers at both the state and federal levels to advocate the civil rights of others.Give customers a reason to do business with you.
Jolene Cardenas is the Director of Communications and Development for the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) where she works diligently to raise awareness and support for survivors of sexual assault. She currently organizes the CCASA Survivor Task Force, a volunteer group that does community outreach to lift up the voices of survivors throughout Colorado.
Her professional background includes 20 years of multi-media advertising, production, journalism, and organizational communication. She has written for various publications as a columnist and reporter. She has held two financial licenses while working in retirement planning. As a retirement professional she was selected to participate in the Retirement Services Group Leadership Council.
She has been a political activist and organizer for decades as well. She has worked for several campaigns by leading volunteers and canvassing for legislators and issues that are most important to her.
Her recent past work includes communications for the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR) a reproductive justice organization created by the Latinx community. Her undergraduate degree is a BA in Communications from The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. She graduated in 2015 with a Master of Humanities, Women's Studies Certificate from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Her graduate thesis project focused on communication barriers for women attending higher education.
Peg Perl joined the Board in December 2012 and has served as Chair since May 2015. She is Principal of her own public policy and democracy education endeavor: Democracy TNG where she works with nonprofit and citizen organizations advocating for modern reforms in money in politics, elections administration and voting rights, government ethics, and open records at the state and local level, and coordinates the Courts Matter Colorado coalition of organizations focused on public education and advocacy about the federal courts. Named one of the 2017 Top Women Attorneys by Law Week Colorado, Peg has 17 years of legal and government experience. Prior to moving to Colorado in 2010, Peg held public service positions as nonpartisan counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee and as a policy attorney with the Federal Election Commission. She earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from Arizona State University. Peg also teaches as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver, Colorado Women's College and University College.
Ashley Wheeland is a long-time advocate for women and families at the Colorado Capitol. Her experience includes leadership roles with the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, One Colorado, and most recently with Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains as the Senior Policy and Political Director. Ashley is the Director of Policy at Hunger Free Colorado. Ashley has a Master's Degree in Political Science from Colorado State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Tamra DeBrady was born in Frankfurt, Germany and grew up in Fontana, California. She graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) with a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. Shortly after moving to Denver in 2009, she finished her Masters in Business Administration. Tamra is currently a Senior Manager developing clinical programs for Express Scripts Inc, a pharmacy benefits provider (PBM).
In addition to her professional career - Tamra is an activist and leader in the community. She is currently Vice President & Membership Chair for Colorado Black Women for Political Action (CBWPA). Tamra pledged Alpha Kappa Psi (AKPsi) Professional Business Fraternity as an undergrad at California State University of San Bernardino. She is a co-founder of the AKPsi Denver Alumni Chapter and is currently the Regional Manager of Professional Development for the Western Great Plains Region. She is a Precinct Committee Person (PCP) for the Democratic Party and has volunteered for multiple political campaigns.
Tamra joined the Women’s Lobby of Colorado board of directors in 2019 and is currently a member of the legislative and policy committee.
Ashley has dedicated her career to reproductive health and rights and has spent almost a decade providing direct reproductive health care. Growing up in Kansas, she started her career as a Crisis Counselor at the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center. In 2013, she began working as the Patient and Funding Coordinator for Trust Women Wichita, the clinic opened in the space where the late Dr. George Tiller practiced. Ashley moved to Colorado in early 2016 for a job with Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains where she provided reproductive health care to over 20 communities across the state. During her time at PPRM, she played an integral role in the unionization efforts of clinic staff in coordination with SEIU Local 105. Ashley is the former Operations Supervisor with Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center, the first abortion clinic in the state of Colorado. She volunteers with the Colorado Doula Project and NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, and is a member of the host committee for the Denver Reproductive Health Happy Hour. Ashley holds degrees from Wichita State University in Sociology, Psychology, Women’s Studies, and Criminal Justice and is currently working on a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration at Colorado State University. She is the Office Manager with ProgressNow Colorado and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Colorado BlueFlower Fund.
Iman Jodeh is a Colorado native and first-generation, Palestinian-American born to small business owners. A graduate of Colorado public schools, she has lived in her Aurora, family, home for 34 years, developing deep roots in her community. This also galvanized her passion for public service and community engagement. To facilitate that passion she completed her graduate degree in Public Policy, subsequently working with international non-profits to stimulate economic growth and women’s engagement in the Middle East. Iman is the first female spokesperson for the Colorado Muslim Society, the largest mosque in the rocky mountain region. In addition to her role as the Founder and Executive Director at Meet the Middle East, a locally based nonprofit that fosters relationships between the Middle East and U.S. through education, cultural events, consulting and immersion travel, she also lectures at the University of Denver about the geo-political situation in the Middle East and Islam. Iman is also the Deputy Policy Director at the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado where she monitors religious, immigration, and civil liberty legislation.
Kristen joined the Women's Lobby of Colorado representing the Denver Women's Collaborative in 2018. She also works at The Gathering Place, a daytime place for women, children, and the transgender community experiencing homelessness. Kristen has also been active with Indivisible Denver helping organize events that range between small community forums to large protests. She is the proud mom of two boys, Hayden a lover of magic and Calvin a force to be reckoned with.