A Woman's Place is governed by a talented group of community leaders who are committed to seeking justice for domestic violence victims and preventing the continuation of relationship abuse in Weld County.
Board of Directors
Board Chair - Esperanza Del Toro Ortiz, 19th Judicial District Probation
I have served on the A Woman’s Place, Inc. Board of Directors since March 2014: as Vice Chair from 2015 to 2016 and as Board Chair since January 2016. I moved to Weld County in 2004 and work in the community. Serving as a Board Member has given me an unique glimpse into the generosity of the people in Weld County and their resilient spirit and an opportunity to connect and bond with a wonderful cross-section of community members that serve. This experience continues to fortify my commitment to help empower families and children in my community. Developing a connection with AWP has been a transformational experience as a professional and more importantly, as community member. I hope to continue to help A Woman’s Place, Inc. grow and develop services for families in need.
Vice Chair - Heather Allen, Weld County Combined Courts
“You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for them or to them.” This has always stuck with me and guided me to be in roles of helping other individuals. I am very fortunate to not have experienced domestic violence myself but, I have observed the impacts and ripple effects of domestic violence in my career. It is a great privilege to be able to work with A Woman’s Place, which allows individuals to have somewhere safe to live and receive counseling while they change their lives.
TREASURER - Kelly Urwiller, Flood and Peterson Insurance
Serving on the Board for A Woman's Place provides a great opportunity for me to give back to our community. I have been so blessed by my family and I believe everyone deserves to feel safe in their own home. A Woman's Place offers invaluable services to the people of Weld County.
SECRETARY - Amy Rourke, JBS USA
Being on the Board for A Woman’s Place has been both and honor and a privilege. The services that this organization provides to Weld County are invaluable and the dedication and passion that I have seen from the director and the employees is nothing short of amazing. I serve on this board as a way of giving back to a community that has given me and my family so much. I am grateful for the opportunity and hope that I can be a part of helping domestic violence victims overcome their obstacles and move forward with their lives.
Dawn Berg, JBS USA
Serving on the Board of A Woman’s Place has been an honor and a privilege. At one point in my life, I was a victim of domestic violence and felt there was no way out or around my devastating situation. I thank God for people in my life that were there to mentor and guide me; because of them I can say “I am a survivor." Being a part of this great nonprofit organization is a way for me to give back, pay it forward and to hopefully let others know they too can overcome and eventually grow from their circumstances. AWP is a place for people to rest and recover and learn how to move on to a meaningful, respectful way of life. I am very proud to say I am a part of this organization.
Erin Brady, Max Muscle
I was an officer for the Greeley Police Department for 11 years and A Woman's Place was a huge resource for me as a police officer. I am thankful for A Woman's Place and honored to be on the Board to give back to the Greeley Community.
Ginny Hogan, Colorado Premium Foods
It is an honor to serve on the Board for A Woman’s Place. The benefit of joining this nonprofit board isn’t just giving back to my community, but specifically empowering victims of domestic violence to know their self worth and ability to use their own survival stories to pay it forward for others. The advocacy program at A Woman's Place is a resource that Weld County is known for: it helps protect victims while playing a safe and supportive role in teaching self-sufficiency to go out in the world after abuse.
Diane Miller, Retired from Aims Community College
During my career in education at Aims Community College, I participated in Leadership Greeley and served on several United Way committees. Upon retirement, I wanted to continue to be positively involved in our community and thought that perhaps I could serve/volunteer in the non-profit arena. As my interests include advocating for women and children (as well as education for all), A Woman’s Place was a natural fit for me. AWP contributes significantly to our community by offering safe housing and by supporting, educating, and mentoring those who have unfortunately suffered from domestic violence.
PATRICK T. ROCHE II, JD, WELD COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Being on the Board of A Woman's Place is a true privilege. Being a prosecutor, I deal with domestic violence cases on a daily basis, and I see firsthand the enormous impact that it has on the victims and their families. Providing a safe, secure, and supportive place for victims to stay is the first crucial step in getting the victim out of the DV relationship; that is why I am on the Board at A Woman's Place.
SGT. ZACH ST. AUBYN, GREELEY POLICE DEPARTMENT
As a Sergeant with the Greeley Police Department, I have seen first-hand the damaging effects of domestic abuse. The victims in these cases have a tremendous support system within A Woman’s Place. I am grateful for the opportunity to be on the Board of Directors, and look forward to actively supporting this important resource for the community.
Helping others has been a life-long passion of mine. As a nurse, educator, wife, mom, and grandma, servant leadership along with empowering others is something I have tried hard to model. A Woman’s Place is an incredible organization that educates, supports, and empowers individuals suffering from domestic violence. I believe strongly in the work of the staff and volunteers and am committed to do my part as a Board member.
Administrative Staff & Directors
Diane Heldt, Executive Director
Shantel Blea, director of safehouse operation
Daniela Tijerina Benner, Grants Director
Brittany Hernandez, Youth and families director
Dolly Rivera, Legal services director
Desiree Trebilcock, Intervention, treatment & technologies director
Danielle Rodriguez, Outreach & volunteer Services Director