Current Staff

 Current Staff
Katie Armstrong
Office Manager
With Girls Inc. Since: 2016
School(s)/Degree(s): University of Georgia, Bachelor's Degree in Therapeutic Recreation
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Favorite Thing About Living In Denver/Colorado: It's beautiful and there is always something to do! I also love the snow!
What I Wanted To Be Growing Up: A garbage woman so I could ride on the back of the truck!
When I'm Not At Work I Like To: Cook, walk my dog, ski, watch TV, read, and listen to music
I Am Most Proud Of: Graduating college, living in 3 different states, purchasing a home on my own, and helping those with special needs
Girl or Woman Who Has Had A Positive Impact On My Life: My Great Aunt Polly
If I Were A Crayon, I Would Be: Purple
Words To Live By: : "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."
Favorite Food: Italian, Mexican, Chinese, ice cream, cereal, grits. I love food!
Favorite Board Game: Candy Land
Pets: Luna- 3 year old lab mix.
Pet Peeves: When things are a mess and being late
Worst Job: Receptionist at Great Clips
Job(s) I Wouldn't Do In A Million Years: Nail tech, dentist, massage therapist
If I Could Have One Super Power/Talent It Would Be: To fly.
My Motto: Everything happens for a reason, even when you can't see what that reason is. You are exactly where you are supposed to be.
The Last Time I Challenged Myself: Taking the new job at Girls Inc!
Sophie Bieluczyk
Manager of Development
With Girls Inc. Since: 2015
School(s)/Degree(s): American University, BA History
Hometown: Woodbury, CT
What I Wanted To Be Growing Up: Police Officer
When I'm Not At Work I Like To: Read, cook, complete crossword puzzles, explore new places in Denver, and spend time with my friends
I Am Most Proud Of: My two years of national service with AmeriCorps NCCC and my year of service with AmeriCorps VISTA
Words To Live By: "Why not go out on a limb? That's where all the fruit is."-Mark Twain
Favorite Board Game: Cranium, Risk, Battleship
Melina Bixler
Director of Program Development
With Girls Inc. Since: 2015
School(s)/Degree(s): BS Psychology, University of Colorado at Denver; MA Gender, Culture and Media, Goldsmiths University of London
Hometown: Manitou Springs, CO
When I'm Not At Work I Like To: Swim, bike, climb or go to slam poetry events
Words To Live By: "It always seems impossible until it's done." -Nelson Mandela
Favorite Food: Indian or Turkish
Favorite Board Game: Pictionary
Coffee or Tea: Black tea with milk
If I Could Have One Super Power/Talent It Would Be: Teleportation-so I could visit friends and family any where in the world at any time.
Sara Jean Cardona
Manager of Elementary Programs
With Girls Inc. Since: 2006
School(s)/Degree(s): Metropolitan State University of Denver B.A. Behavioral Science Minor Business Management
Favorite Thing About Living In Denver/Colorado: The mountains (all year-camping, snowboarding, hiking, ATVs)
When I'm Not At Work I Like To: Spend time with my family and be active outdoors.
Favorite Food: Pizza and Wings
Pets: German Shepard-Sarge
Coffee or Tea: Both
Pet Peeves: People who lie!
Re Gupta
Youth Educator
With Girls Inc. Since: 2016
School(s)/Degree(s): FSU-_Recording Engineering/Production Reinforcement, SNHU- Social Psychology with a minor in Community Sociology, concentrated on Urban Adolescent Females.
Hometown: Detroit Rock City
What I Wanted To Be Growing Up: Independent
Girl or Woman Who Has Had A Positive Impact On My Life: My dance-mama, Deborah Roe; she was my teacher, mentor, proxy-mother, therapist, nutritionist, drill sergeant, role-model, and now my guardian angel. I owe much of who I am entirely to her.
Words To Live By: Only those brave enough to dance in uncertain darkness see the stars…
If I Could Have One Super Power/Talent It Would Be: I DO have superpowers and talents!
My Motto: What other people say about me is none of my business
Caitlin Long
Eureka! Coordinator
With Girls Inc. Since: 2010
School(s)/Degree(s): BA Cultural Anthropology & Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies - University of Colorado at Boulder, M.Ed. Curriculum and Teaching - Teachers College, Columbia University
Hometown: Fort Collins and Denver, CO
What I Wanted To Be Growing Up: Soccer Player and Tornado Chaser
When I'm Not At Work I Like To: Ride my bike, watch movies/shows, read, hang out and explore with my family and friends
I Am Most Proud Of: My unwavering ability to have faith in the process
Girl or Woman Who Has Had A Positive Impact On My Life: Dr. Stephanie McCall, my friend, mentor, and professor at Teachers College
If I Were A Crayon, I Would Be: Gray
Words To Live By: "Respect the complexity, don't drown in it" –Rosi Braidotti
If I Could Have One Super Power/Talent It Would Be: To understand and speak any and every language
Lakeysha Molock
Manager of High School and College Prep Programs
With Girls Inc. Since: Off and on since 2003
School(s)/Degree(s): University of Colorado at Boulder, B.A., English Literature & Secondary Education.
When I'm Not At Work I Like To: Hang out with family and friends, read, SLEEP, all while enjoying the simple pleasures in life.
Girl or Woman Who Has Had A Positive Impact On My Life: It's the combination of my Mom, Grandma, and Auntie Ann!
Worst Job: It definitely would have been telemarketing in college.
If I Could Have One Super Power/Talent It Would Be: I'd probably be invisible.
Karla Ortiz
Community Educator
With Girls Inc. Since: 2016
School(s)/Degree(s): University of California Los Angeles, Anthropology B.A. and University of New Mexico, Elementary Education
Hometown: Anaheim, CA
When I'm Not At Work I Like To: Read, ride my bike, dance, go to concerts, start DIY projects, and spend time with friends
Favorite Food: My mom's pozole
Pets: I have no pets, but I do have plants I take care of and who take care of me
Coffee or Tea: Tea
Patricia Brijida Ramirez
Programs Administrative & Evaluation Coordinator
With Girls Inc. Since: 2005
School(s)/Degree(s): San Jose State University, B.A., Sociology/Criminology; University of Colorado at Denver, M.P.A., Public Administration.
Hometown: Salinas, California
Favorite Thing About Living In Denver/Colorado: The snow.
What I Wanted To Be Growing Up: A veterinarian.
I Am Most Proud Of: Myself!!
If I Were A Crayon, I Would Be: Brown
Words To Live By: "Si se puede!"
Favorite Food: Menudo
Pets: 4 legged female wolf...or at least she is indigenous of the wolf family
Coffee or Tea: Both
The Last Time I Challenged Myself: Every day!
Devin Romano
Youth Educator
With Girls Inc. Since: 2014
School(s)/Degree(s): Bachelors- CU Boulder Double major in Psychology and English Literature, Masters- Currently attending Metro State University for Social Work
Hometown: Louisville, CO
What I Wanted To Be Growing Up: Vet
When I'm Not At Work I Like To: Hike with my dog, spend time with family and friends
I Am Most Proud Of: Inspiring girls to be strong, smart, and bold!
Girl or Woman Who Has Had A Positive Impact On My Life: My Mom
If I Were A Crayon, I Would Be: Purple
Words To Live By: "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."- Eleanor Roosevelt
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Board Game: Life
Coffee or Tea: COFFEE Every time!
Pet Peeves: Aggressive drivers
Worst Job: American Eagle Outfitters in High School
Job(s) I Wouldn't Do In A Million Years: Any job that doesn't allow me to work with kids.
My Motto: Turn your cant's into cans and your dreams into plans!
Angel Shabazz
Community Educator
With Girls Inc. Since: 2011
School(s)/Degree(s): Criminal Justice, Minor in Human Service
Hometown: Denver
Favorite Thing About Living In Denver/Colorado: The beautiful weather and the mountains.
When I'm Not At Work I Like To: Hangout with my kids and eat good food.
I Am Most Proud Of: Going back to school.
Girl or Woman Who Has Had A Positive Impact On My Life: My sister and best friend.
Coffee or Tea: Sweet Tea!
Worst Job: Construction with high school boys.
If I Could Have One Super Power/Talent It Would Be: Being super strong and super smart.
My Motto: I will believe it when I see it!
Jeslin Shahrezaei
Director of Development
With Girls Inc. Since: 2009
School(s)/Degree(s): Florida State University B.A. Political Science and International Affairs; University of Denver M.A. International Affairs and Development
Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Favorite Thing About Living In Denver/Colorado: The beautiful mountains that provide a backdrop to our lives here.
What I Wanted To Be Growing Up: Garbage man and princess (simultaneously)
When I'm Not At Work I Like To: Hang out with my husband and kids doing projects around the house.
I Am Most Proud Of: My education. I worked hard and have accomplished a lot even when I wasn't sure how I was going to do it.
If I Were A Crayon, I Would Be: Burnt Sienna
Words To Live By: "Our Similarities bring us to a common ground; Our Differences allow us to be fascinated by each other."
Favorite Food: Tacos!!!
Favorite Board Game: Scrabble
Pets: A mischievous Border Collie, Kitty and a Miniature American Eskimo, Sushi
Coffee or Tea: Yes Please!
Pet Peeves: People who leave their blinkers on long after turning.
Lupe Tapia
Manager of Middle School Plus Programs
With Girls Inc. Since: 2006
School(s)/Degree(s): Currently attending Metro State College (Denver), candidate for a bachelors degree in Sociology, Westwood College of Technology, Medical Assistant diploma.
Hometown: Greeley, Colorado
What I Wanted To Be Growing Up: Teacher
Girl or Woman Who Has Had A Positive Impact On My Life: My mother Melecia Tapia, my mentor Dr.Priscilla Falcon and any woman who stands up for social injustice.
Words To Live By: To tell a woman everything she may not do is to tell her what she can do. -Spanish Proverb

History is herstory, too. -Unknown
Sonya Ulibarri
President & CEO
With Girls Inc. Since: 2012
School(s)/Degree(s): University of Colorado at Denver - Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Psychology
Hometown: Thornton, CO
What I Wanted To Be Growing Up: A Mexican folkloric dancer
Girl or Woman Who Has Had A Positive Impact On My Life: My mother, sister, and daughter â" all three strong, resilient, loving, and authentic women.
Words To Live By: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ~ Margaret Mead
Coffee or Tea: Coffee with lots of milk, sugar, and whipped cream!
Pet Peeves: Political attack ads and people who cut in line.
Worst Job: Scrubbing stains on the cement at Water Word when I was fourteen.
Josie Valadez Fraire
Community Educator
With Girls Inc. Since: 2016
School(s)/Degree(s): B.A. in Psychology, B.A. in Ethnic Studies, Certificate in Women and Gender Studies | University of Colorado at Boulder
Hometown: Tapias de Santa Cruz, Zacatecas, México
When I'm Not At Work I Like To: Spend time with family and friends, participate in community serving events, write poetry, and dance (Mexica danza)
I Am Most Proud Of: The resilience and strength of my communities, my identities, my ancestors , our ways, and our youth!
Girl or Woman Who Has Had A Positive Impact On My Life: My mama, my ancestors, womxn warriors across marginalized communities
Favorite Food: Mama's cooking and tacos
My Motto: In Lak'ech Ala K'in (I Am You and You Are Me)
Barb Valdez
With Girls Inc. Since: 2016
School(s)/Degree(s): Metropolitan State College / Behavioral Science / Minor Bilingual-Bicultural Education
I Am Most Proud Of: Being first generation Mexican American woman who is the first to graduate from college in my family of 11 children and changed the norm that "college is" an option!
Girl or Woman Who Has Had A Positive Impact On My Life: My daughter, Meaghun
Words To Live By: "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Eleanor Roosevelt
Favorite Food: If I were lost on a deserted island, I could live on Chips N Salsa alone!
The Last Time I Challenged Myself: Everyday!
Alba Valerdi
Community Educator
With Girls Inc. Since: 2010
School(s)/Degree(s): University of Colorado Denver, BA in Psychology, Minor in Visual Arts
Hometown: Denver, CO
Favorite Thing About Living In Denver/Colorado: Our crazy weather along side the mountains, can't forget our sunsets.
What I Wanted To Be Growing Up: Tattoo Artist
Words To Live By: "Art is the only way to run away without leaving home."
Favorite Food: Ceviche, crab legs, shrimp cocktail. I'm a seafood gal.
Pet Peeves: When people chew gum loudly.
If I Could Have One Super Power/Talent It Would Be: I would love a photographic memory (eidetic memory) & to fly!
Monica Villalobos
Manager of Social Enterprise
With Girls Inc. Since: Off and on since 1999.
School(s)/Degree(s): University of Southern Colorado, B.A., Psychology, Minor - Women's Studies & Chicano Studies.
Hometown: Brighton, Colorado
What I Wanted To Be Growing Up: Figure skater, mechanic or astronaut.
When I'm Not At Work I Like To: Read or work on landscaping projects
I Am Most Proud Of: My family.
Girl or Woman Who Has Had A Positive Impact On My Life: My partner, mom, sister, and amazing nieces.
If I Were A Crayon, I Would Be: Silver
Words To Live By: "Don't let yesterday use up too much of tomorrow."
Pet Peeves: People who complain too much and inconsiderate drivers.
Worst Job: Telemarketing in college - I had the 6:00am until 10:00am shift.
Job(s) I Wouldn't Do In A Million Years: Prison guard.
Carrie Webber
Manager of Volunteer Programs
With Girls Inc. Since: 2013
School(s)/Degree(s): Bachelor of Science, Journalism
Hometown: Whitehall, Michigan
Girl or Woman Who Has Had A Positive Impact On My Life: My nieces inspire me every day. They teach me more about life than they'll ever know.
Words To Live By: "The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem." ― Theodore Rubin
Favorite Board Game: Scrabble, of course.
Pet Peeves: When I have the perfect mix of coffee, cream and sugar in my cup and my server, who means well, dumps in more coffee before I can decline. :)
My Motto: Attitude is everything!
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