Symposium Presenters

Raina Bayas
Deputy District Attorney
Boulder County District Attorney’s Office
After five years in civil litigation practice, Raina left her job to volunteer in Asia for 8 months. While in Nepal, she volunteered for an organization providing legal training to survivors of human trafficking. This experience spurred an interest in criminal law, specifically as it relates to victims. Upon her return to the United States, she moved to Colorado and worked at Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center as a Project Director and, eventually, the Legal Director. During her tenure at Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center, she represented numerous victims in the criminal justice system, provided technical assistance to Colorado District Attorneys’ offices, and spearheaded an Office of Victims of Crime grant to create wraparound legal services for victims. In 2014, she began her career as a prosecutor in Boulder. She’s tried a multitude of felony and misdemeanor criminal cases, and currently prosecutes cases involving at-risk victims and white collar crimes. Raina graduated from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, in 2006.

Ann Marie Doolittle
Founder and President/Chairman
Ashley Doolittle Foundation
Ann Marie started her journey to educate families about teen dating violence when her daughter, Ashley Doolittle, was murdered in June 2016 by her ex-boyfriend after their relationship ended. Ann Marie committed her time and efforts to establishing the Ashley Doolittle Foundation which received its 501c3 non-profit status in March 2017. Their mission is to preserve Ashley's legacy by raising awareness and prevention of teen dating violence, while honoring her love of our western heritage. The Ashley Doolittle Foundation has recently teamed up with One Love Foundation, a national leader in educating young people about healthy and unhealthy relationships and galvanizing them as leaders of change, to shepherd their programs into communities throughout the state of Colorado. The Ashley Doolittle Foundation held the first Escalation Workshop for students and parents earlier this year and are working to schedule more throughout the year in hopes of getting this unique program into the schools. Ann Marie holds a Master’s of Business Administration and a Bachelor's of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with the University of Colorado.

Christian Gardner-Wood
Deputy District Attorney
Boulder County District Attorney’s Office (Twentieth Judicial District)
Christian spent the first eleven years of his career at the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office before moving to the Boulder District Attorney’s Office in 2018. In his time as a Deputy District Attorney, Christian has taken well over 100 cases to trial. Christian is a member of Community Protection Division for the Twentieth Judicial District. He prosecutes major cases and coordinates outreach, policy, and legislation for the office. The vast majority of Christian’s casework for the last seven years has been focused on the prosecution of child sex offenses, child abuse, and homicide. Christian is also an instructor at both the Red Rocks Law Enforcement Academy and the Colorado State Patrol Academy. He is a frequent presenter for the Colorado District Attorney’s Council on the Role of Deputy DAs, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse. Christian also serves, by Governor appointment, as the statewide District Attorney representative to the Colorado Human Trafficking Council and has been elected by the Council to serve as Chair of the Council. Christian graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in 2007 and has spent his career as a Deputy District Attorney.

Andrea Greco
UC Health
Andrea has been a registered nurse for 13.5 years and joined the forensic nurse examiner team at Memorial Hospital in 2013. This team provides medical forensic care to more than 2200 patients per year who are victims of violence (sexual assault, intimate partner violence, child abuse, elder abuse, strangulation, human trafficking). She is dual certified in SANE-A, SANE-P as well as being a trainer on the Colorado SANE SAFE Project and a research assistant for a large NIH research study. Andrea has presented at the International Association of Forensic Nurses annual conference in 2015 along with multiple online webinars that provide education to multidisciplinary groups in the state of Colorado. Andrea provides clinical skills training through Memorial Hospital’s Simulation Laboratory, teaching sexual assault care to providers from across the US, with a special emphasis on those working in rural or underserved areas. Ms Greco’s teaching includes expert testimony consultation and teaching on issues ranging from sexual violence, intimate partner violence, human trafficking and strangulation. Most recently Ms Greco and her colleague developed a 24 hour online Advanced Forensic Nurse Examiner course. Andrea graduated with a degree in Kinesiology from Kansas State University in 1999 and with a BSN from Washburn University in 2005.

Rachel Hamilton
Graduate Assistant
Break The Cycle
Rachael is a graduate student studying for her master’s in public relations at CU Denver with a focus in gender based violence. In her current role she is a graduate assistant for the CU center on Domestic Violence. Rachael has her Bachelors in political science from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. During her time there she earned a certificate as a sexual assault and domestic violence advocate in the state of Pennsylvania, and did trainings on consent and healthy relationships for college students. She believes in not only looking at unhealthy relationships, but talking about the strength, positivity, and joy that can come from healthy relationships.

Jackson Katz, Ph.D.
Jackson Katz, Ph.D., is internationally renowned for his pioneering scholarship and activism on issues of gender, race and violence. He has long been a major figure and thought leader in the growing global movement of men working to promote gender equality and prevent gender violence. He is co-founder of Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), one of the longest-running and most widely influential gender violence prevention programs in North America and beyond. He is the author of numerous articles and two books: the classic bestseller The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help, and the critically acclaimed Man Enough? Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the Politics of Presidential Masculinity. He is the creator of the award-winning Tough Guise educational documentary series, and the recently released video The Bystander Moment: Transforming Rape Culture at Its Roots. Katz has appeared in numerous popular documentaries, including Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, Miss Representation and The Mask You Live In. His TED talk, Violence Against Women Is a Men's Issue, has over 4 million views. He has lectured and trained in all fifty states, eight Canadian provinces and every continent except Antarctica.

Jessica Ladd-Webert, LPC
Director, Office of Victim Assistance
University of Colorado, Boulder
Jessica has been with the Office of Victim Assistance at the University of Colorado Boulder since 2007. Jessica’s past work has included being a therapist, case manager and hotline supervisor with Moving to End Sexual Assault, Boulder County’s Sexual Assault Resource center, as well as police advocate for the Boulder County Sheriffs. In the spring of 2014 Jessica was a negotiator for the Department of Education's Federal Rulemaking Committee helping inform new regulations based on the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Jessica has presented locally and nationally on a variety of trauma informed practices. Her career has always focused on crisis and trauma work and she enjoys the collaboration and integrated services she provides to the CU and Boulder community. Jessica is familiar with CU Boulder as she received her BA in Psychology here. She then went on to earn a Master’s degree in Community Counseling from the University of Phoenix.

Mary Landerholm
Leadership and Engagement Manager
Laboratory to Combat Humant Trafficking
From 2014-2016, Mary worked as the Interim Executive Director of Prax(us), an agency serving youth and young adults who have been exploited. Mrs. Durant serves as Adjunct Faculty at MSU Denver’s Institute for Women’s Studies and Services, teaching the Human Trafficking class. She was selected for the Governor’s Colorado Human Trafficking Council Training Standards & Curriculum Task Force to inform training recommendations for law enforcement and service providers. In addition, Mary consults as a trainer for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) in Washington, DC. Mary is a dual degree holder from Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Department of Social Work.

Larissa Marten
Larissa Marten is a performer, writer, and theatre educator based in New York. She tours the country as an activist and educator, performing her one-woman show, I KILLED THE COW for businesses and educational institutions. I KILLED THE COW uses humor and metaphor to start a conversation and further understanding about sexual assault. Her plays have been developed and presented at the Kennedy Center, City Theatre, the Hudson Guild Theatre, and the Beckwith Theatre Company. She has been published by Solos Literary Magazine and the Texas Theatre Journal. As an actor, she has worked at the Signature Theatre, the Majestic Theatre, the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, and Queens Shakespeare. On camera, she has worked for CBS, NBC, and various independent films. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including being named Broadway World’s Best Actor. I KILLED THE COW has been named a “Top 10 Must See” by the Twin Cities Arts Reader and awarded by the International Boulder Fringe Festival, being named Most Politically Relevant. Theatre World Internet Magazine calls it, “part Dr. Seuss, part Gertrude Stein and nearly Shakespearean, chronicling a debilitating sexual assault and how she finds the inner strength to rise above it.” Larissa is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan and a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.

Derek McCoy
Director of Prevention Initiatives
Project Pave

Derek is a former collegiate and professional football player who turned his focus to social justice after ending his sports career. After spending four years as a teacher and coach in the Mapleton Public School District where he had attended elementary-high school, Derek decided to continue navigating through the world of social justice. After self-publishing two books, New Free Life and I’m Not F***ing Lyin: This is News For Love’s Intuitive Logic, Derek began to expand his skill set as a public speaker and community activist by joining the team at Project PAVE. Project PAVE is a non-profit in Denver specializing in relationship violence intervention and prevention work. He currently leads speaking engagements that emphasize the opportunity we all have to create social justice through healthy expressions of gender identity and empowering relationships. Derick graduated from University of Colorado with a Business Marketing degree.

Maria Mendez
Training & Technical Assistance Manager
Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA)
Maria joined CCASA as the Training and Technical Assistance Manager in September 2018. She has been in the gender-based violence prevention field for 7 years. Previously working at Colorado College as the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, she developed a new confidential student group to provide information to peers about Title IX processes and resources. Prior to that, she worked in Bakersfield, California at the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault in the Prevention Education Department, and created a Media Literacy Program focusing on how gender norms portrayed in the media influence our views on relationships and consent. She earned a BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and an MA in Media Psychology from Fielding Graduate University.

Jessica Moreno
Community Initiatives Manager
Break The Cycle
Jessica Moreno serves as the Community Initiatives Manager at Break the Cycle’s Austin, TX office, overseeing the organization's national training and technical assistance projects. Over the past 14 years, she has centered her work in the prevention of gender-based violence on partnerships with youth leaders and activists. Her former roles include protective order advocate, adolescent counselor, and prevention educator. She most recently worked as the Youth Engagement Prevention Coordinator at the Texas Council on Family Violence where she led the coalition's youth leadership board and a statewide community of practice for prevention educators. Jessica is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and combines her clinical background, public speaking experience, and radical play approach to facilitate experiential learning environments at local, state, and national levels. She holds a BSW from Texas State University and MSW from the University of Houston.

Agueda Morgan
Director of Programs
Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Agueda joined CCASA in July 2015. She has worked in the field to end sexual violence since 2006, when she began volunteering on the hotline at Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA) in Boulder County. From 2007-2015, she worked in a paid staff position at MESA providing direct client services to survivors of sexual violence through case management and advocacy; managing their 24-hour English and Spanish crisis line; coordinating, training, and supervising advocates; providing community outreach and education to the Latin@/Hispanic community; and collaborating with other community services providers through the local sexual assault response team and other efforts. Agueda’s experience also includes working for the Women, Infant and Children program in Denver. She earned a BS in Health Care Management and Nutrition from Metropolitan State College of Denver, and an MPA with a concentration in Gender-Based Violence from the University of Colorado-Denver.

Kara Napolitano
Research & Training Manager
Laboratory to Combat Humant Trafficking
Before completing her education, Kara spent eight years working and volunteering in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, working mostly with education based NGOs in post-conflict areas. It was during this time that she was introduced to the crime of human trafficking. Upon returning to the US she decided to attempt to affect local change by working as a researcher with the Human Trafficking Center and participating in wage theft studies in partnership with El Centro Humanitario and the University of Denver. She has worked for Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking for three years in several roles, now as Research and Training Manager. Kara holds a Master’s of Arts degree in International Development with concentrations in International Human Rights Law and Refugee Protection from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

Lizbeth Parker
Specialist in the Community Protection Division
Boulder County District Attorney’s Office
Lizbeth routinely handles consumer complaints in an effort to protect consumers against fraud, as well as reports of fraud and exploitation of elder and vulnerable members of our community. As part of the District Attorney office’s belief that education and community outreach are critical components in the fight against crime, Lizbeth conducts over 150 presentations each year on various topics designed to educate and empower community members and raise community awareness on crime prevention and public safety matters. Lizbeth graduated from UCLA School of Law in 2003, and spent her legal career practicing civil litigation before joining the office’s Community Protection Division in 2017.

Amy Pohl
Associate Director
Violence Free Colorado
Amy has worked in the field of domestic violence advocacy as both a direct service provider and at the systems advocacy level for more than 10 years. As an attorney for the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, she represented victims of domestic violence; she also developed and conducted trainings and provided technical assistance for professionals throughout Wyoming on issues related to domestic violence. As Associate Director for the Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness in California, she co-taught a course on Violence Against Women for Stanford University’s Gender Studies Department, an innovative class examining the theories behind prevention of, and response to, relationship abuse throughout the world. She also worked with student groups to raise awareness about dating violence and sexual abuse on campus. Amy joined the staff of Violence Free Colorado in 2014, where she works to call attention to the issue of domestic violence in Colorado and highlights and supports the work of domestic violence advocacy organizations around the state.