Womxn's march denver
2020 Leadership Team
Why I March: I march because I will no longer be complacent and because I believe when we learn and grow together, the world is a better place.
Angela Astle is the Executive Producer and Founder of Athena Project, an organization that empowers women in the arts in all disciplines. She is on the Steering Committee of the Women's Collaborative and believes all womxn should feel empowered. She is the mom of two young activists in the making and partner to Jason who endlessly supports her passion and drive.
This is her fourth year of involvement with the March and her second year on the Executive Leadership Team.
Dr. Duran is currently an Assistant Director and Adjunct Professor at CCA. Her passions include providing a voice for underserved communities and affecting positive change through leadership, strategic planning, relationship building, change management, community outreach, community engagement, and organizational training.
Vanessa Michel is the Director of Communications at ACLU of Colorado and manages all external communications for the non-profit civil rights organization. She previously worked as the Special Projects Manager at Artforum International Magazine in New York. Vanessa is a first-generation American, holds a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art and Literature from the University of North Texas, and was a 2003 Yale University Resident Fellow. Her volunteer experience includes the San Diego Council on Adult Literacy, Comida Para Vida, and Meow Wolf art collective in Santa Fe. She has exhibited her artwork at Columbia University and galleries and museums across the country. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and their three dogs.
Rohini Gupta is a Clinical Psychologist. She is a core faculty member at the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP), International Disaster Psychology Program (IDP). She is the Director of the Trauma & Disaster Recovery Clinic (TDRC), which is a training clinic that provides mental health services to those who have experienced adversity and trauma. She is also Co-Founded of the Colorado Resilience Collaborative, a community based initiative aimed at addressing Identity based violence due to radicalization and discrimination. Dr. Gupta teaches courses in trauma interventions and co-leads a seminar that focuses on professional development and the supervision of clinical cases from a trauma informed and cross cultural lens. Areas of interest include the following: Trauma and trauma informed care; Vicarious trauma, burnout, and compassion fatigue in the workplace; Work with ethnic/racial minority populations; Multicultural education; Diversity/inclusivity; grief and loss; community resilience work; and Clinical training and supervision. In addition to her work at the University, Dr. Gupta owns and operates a private practice in the Denver Metro Area and is pleased to serve on the Board of the Womxn's March Denver.
As long as Suzie can remember she's been raising my hand and speaking out. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Suzie relocated to Denver in 2016 to serve a nonprofit agency. Service has always been at the core of who she is how she lives. Her career is rooted in public service and nonprofit work.
Suzie is proud and honored to serve as a member of the Womxn’s March Denver Board because she believes we have an opportunity to inspire necessary and effective change in our community. She is committed to making our home a place built on equitable values.
Jade Marquez is the Membership Operations Manager at the Colorado Technology Association (CTA). Her other professional and community involvements include Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CWCC) Young Professionals Board Member and Women in Technology Colorado Council (WIT-CO) Member. Forever curious, and a self-described learning moment enthusiast Jade's passion is to advocate for gender parity through professional and personal endeavors. When she isn’t running day-to-day membership operations or engaging community, she spends her time going to movies, watching live standup comedy, and playing with Babu her beloved Silver Shaded Persian cat.
Rufina A. Hernández, Esq., is the Associate Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and ADA Coordinator at the University of Denver, having previously served as the director of the Colorado Civil Rights Division of the State of Colorado.
A leading voice on solutions to the challenges facing African American, Asian, Latino, and Native students and teachers, Hernández has a long record of civil rights and education advocacy. Prior to returning to Colorado, she served as the executive director of the Campaign for High School Equity (CHSE), a coalition of the nation’s most prominent civil rights and education advocacy organizations focused on high school education reform and as director of NEA’s Human and Civil Rights (HCR) department at the National Education Association (NEA) in Washington, DC.
Prior to her work at NEA and CHSE, Hernández was executive director of the Latin American Research and Service Agency (LARASA), a Colorado-based civil rights organization. During her tenure there, she advocated for policy reform in civil rights issues affecting the Latino community, including health, education, employment, and immigration.
A native of New Mexico, Hernández holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Mexico and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.
2020 Heavy Lifters
Volunteers are the true power behind the march.
Chair: Genene Duran
Chair: Rohini Gupta
logistics & Volunteer
Logistics Chair: TBD
Volunteer Coordinator Chair: Suzie Schuckman
Chair: Angela Astle
Connie Lane: Stage Management
marketing & PR
Chair: Angela Astle