COLOR Board of Directors

COLOR Board of Directors

OUR FIERCE, AMAZING LEADERS

Gloria Leyba

Board Treasurer, Development Committee, gleybal@mindspring.com

Preferred gender pronouns: She, Her, Hers| From Denver, CO | B.A. in cultural anthropology (University of Colorado-Denver) | COLORist@ since 10/2008

 

Favorite thing about life in Colorado: my familia, my babies

Favorite local restaurant: Thai or Indian cuisine

Dream job: I’m living my dream job working with indigenous women in Guatemala

Job Gloria wouldn’t do in a million years: work at Walmart

Best thing about serving on the COLOR Board: the mission, it’s what we are about… working with fierce women carrying out a righteous mission.

Gloria's greatest extravagance: art work

Talent Gloria would like to have: a Tango dancer!

 

Former Colorado State Representative, Gloria is the founder of Cielo Maya, an economic development initiative for indigenous women in Guatemala where she has worked since 2001. Gloria is a recipient of the Colorado Nonprofit Association’s Public Policy Lifetime Leadership Award. Gloria has served on the Board for COLOR since 2011.

 

Elena Mendoza

Board Co-Chair, Development Committee, mrselenamendoza@gmail.com

Preferred gender pronouns: She, Her, Hers | From Wyoming | Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Elementary Education (University of Northern Colorado) | Administration and Supervision ( University of Phoenix) |  COLORistx since 2014

Favorite thing about life in Colorado: 300 days of sunshine and the mountains

Favorite local restaurant:  My mom's house

Job Elena wouldn’t do in a million years:  Pest extermination

Best thing about serving on the COLOR Board: Being surrounded by so many talented individuals who are fighting for the same cause: Equality for all

 

Elena Mendoza is currently the Assistant Principal at North Elementary in Brighton, Colorado. Elena has taught at various Denver Metro Elementary schools as an intermediate teacher and a literacy resource teacher. She is a proud Alumna of the 2012 Circle of Latina Leadership and 2014 Emerge class. Elena is strong believer in giving back to her community which is why as an Alumna from School District 27J, she has come back to work in her community. Elena is a Development Committee member and Board Secretary for Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights, COLOR. She is also a member of 27J Superintendent’s Hispanic Advisory Council. Elena currently lives in Denver and enjoys spending time with her seven nieces and nephews.

 

Dani Perea

Board Member, dani.perea@gmail.com

Preferred gender pronouns: She/Her/Hers | From Albuquerque, NM | Undergraduate English Literature (The College of William and Mary) | Graduate  Writing/Fine Arts (Simmons College) | COLORistx since 2016

Favorite thing about life in Colorado: The gorgeous silhouette of the mountains against the sky

Favorite local restaurant: Rioja

Dream job: White House Engagement and Content Strategist under the first Latinx President

Job Dani wouldn’t do in a million years: Lab testing animals for a cosmetic company

Best thing about serving on the COLOR Board: Being able to give back and provide leadership to an organization and mission I love.

Dani's greatest extravagance: Higher education

Talent Dani would like to have: To be able to dance and pop as well as the ReQuest Dance Crew.

 

Dani began her involvement with COLOR in 2015 as a volunteer and fell head over heels for COLOR’s mission and hard-working, passionate staff. By day, Dani is a growth hacker in the tech industry, specializing in tinkering with the rocket fuel that grows web traffic and social media audiences.

Dani currently serves as a board member for the Aurora Public Library. She is also a member of Emerge Colorado’s Class of 2017, a training program for Democratic women that aims to increase the number of Democratic women in public office. Dani has been an activist since high school when she staged her first sit-in at age 16, and has enjoyed making a dent in the world for reproductive justice, LGBT equality, and racial justice ever since.

Dani earned a bachelor’s degree in literature at the College of William & Mary, and a master’s degree in writing at Simmons College. In her free time, she writes sci-fi and horror novels and is a regular at Denver’s Lighthouse Writers Workshops. She enjoys locally-sourced bourbon, cozy mountain cabins, episodes of The West Wing, and political and history podcasts. Dani resides in Aurora, with the love of her life and two goofy dogs.

 

Catherine “C.” Owen

Board Member, Development Committee, owencate@gmail.com | Preferred gender pronouns: She, Her, Hers| From Denver, CO | B.A. in Psychology (Metropolitan State University) | Certificate in Public Health Sciences (University of Colorado) | COLORistx since March 2016

 

Favorite thing about life in Colorado: The sunshine and the mountains! I love the outdoors and get out whenever I can.

Favorite local restaurant: Aquascalientes on 41st & Wadsworth

Dream job: Anything on the water! I'd love to work at a Colorado lake or river renting out canoes or something. Sit by the water on my breaks.

Job C. wouldn’t do in a million years: Clean the hair out of my shower drain.

Best thing about serving on the COLOR Board: Fighting and supporting women and their families! Fighting for the good and helping make a difference!

C.'s greatest extravagance: Concert tickets

Talent C. would like to have: Surf.

 

Catherine "C." Owen holds a Psychology and Art degree from Metropolitan State University. She became certified in the Public Health Sciences from the University of Colorado in 2013. She has over 15 years of public health experience working directly with patients at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, where she currently acts as Senior Director of Surgical Services. C's passion is reproductive rights, especially abortion rights for women. She has volunteered for many reproductive rights organizations in Colorado in the past. Currently, she sits on the board for the Colorado Alliance for Reproductive Freedom (CARE) and is a member of the Development Committee for COLOR. She loves fishing, boating, and hiking in all that Colorado has to offer. She lives in Denver with her husband and two children.

 

Alvina Vasquez

Board Member, Alvinav@strategies360.com

Preferred gender pronouns: She | From Denver, CO | Undergraduate in Communications (Regis University) | COLORistx since 2010

 

Favorite thing about life in Colorado: My family

Favorite local restaurant: Pete’s Greek Town Cafe

Dream job: Communicator

Job Alvina wouldn’t do in a million years: anything with manure

Best thing about serving on the COLOR Board: developing emerging leaders

Alvina's greatest extravagance: My house

Talent Alvina would like to have: Ballet Dancing

 

Alvina Vasquez is a vice president for Strategies 360 in the Colorado office. Bringing more than 20 years of experience, she develops messaging strategies to achieve policy outcomes, manages crisis communications and leverages her sophisticated understanding of earned and paid media to reach target audiences to advance client objectives.

 

Before joining S360, Alvina led political advocacy and messaging efforts for the rising American electorate at Campaign for a Strong Colorado. For more than 40 statewide non-profits,  she developed messaging strategies to advance legislation, managed crisis communications during the presidential race and trained spokespeople that represented the diversity of Colorado’s electorate. In particular, her role as a media trainer built lasting relationship with local news reporters who often seek Alvina out for unique stories and people. Alvina began her career in Spanish language radio for Denver’s highest rated radio stations – Radio Romantica and Radio Tri-Color. With listeners across the state and many national and local businesses, Alvina honed her skill to connect sales and audience marketing opportunities. Her understanding of earned and paid media was later developed at ABC Denver’s7 and Azteca America Colorado. Her campaign success brought her the opportunity to lead branding and marketing for Azteca America Colorado, a new affiliate introduced into the market. This opened new opportunities to building news branding strategy, network marketing buys and community development campaigns.

 

Alvina was recognized as a community and business leader by the Denver Business Journal in the 40th Anniversary 40 under 40 Class of 2016. She is an alumni of the Latino Leadership Institute.  Alvina was appointed by Mayor Hancock to the  Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs. She serves on the board of the Civic Engagement Roundtable, an organization supporting Colorado’s leading progressive organizations and the Front Range Community College Education Foundation. As a greyhound owner she is an advocate for retired racers and all dogs who need to be rescued.

 

 

Stephanie Felix-Sowy

Board Member, sfelix33a@gmail.com, @Azucena1BM

Preferred gender pronouns: She, Her, Hers | From Greeley, CO | Undergraduate in International Studies, Spanish, Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies | COLORistx since 2017

 

Favorite thing about life in Colorado: Being able to see my family on a regular basis and having all four seasons in the year. Fall and the leaves changing is my favorite.

Favorite local restaurant: Love Fruition on a special occasion and any place that has good Mexican food with a good green chili

Dream job: I have my dream job!

Job Stephanie wouldn’t do in a million years: HR for a large profit

Best thing about serving on the COLOR Board: Non-stop learning from others and the organization

Stephanie's greatest extravagance: Traveling and seeing beautiful history and sights

Talent Stephanie would like to have: I would love to be able to sing...sing well

 

Stephanie Felix-Sowy serves as the External Healthcare Organizing Director for the Service Employees International Union, Local 105 in Colorado. She oversees the planning and implementation of the health care industry and organizational growth plan. She worked in Texas with the San Antonio City workers Local 5 and in various states as part of the SEIU Healthcare Organizing Division. She is an experienced campaigner in the NLRB and election procedure agreement organizing. She is an active member of the National Association of Lambda Alumni and has served on the National Board of Directors of Lambda Theta Nu, Sorority Inc. Stephanie resides in the Metro Denver area with her husband.

 

If you are interested in a position with the COLOR Board of Directors please reach us at info@colorlatina.org