Symposium Presenters

Agueda Morgan
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.

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.

Anne 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 roll 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.