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BOARD of DIRECTORS

Board Meetings
The ICB Board of Directors is a 12-member working board that meets six times a year, usually on Saturday mornings.  Each board member supports ICB through fundraising, workshop facilitation, and/or program development.


Board Application Process
If you are interested in becoming an ICB Board Member or a member of the ICB Board of Advisors, please email the ICB Director at camil@frii.com for an application.


 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Carol Miller

M.Ed. / Executive Director

Carol Miller is a Poudre School District teacher of home-bound students. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado and her Master's Degree in Education Administration from Colorado State University. She was co-director of the Rocky Mountain Intercultural Institute and worked as a technical consultant for the Colorado Hispanic Institute and the Latin American Research and Service Agency, in Denver, Colorado. Carol likes hiking, reading good books, and spending time with family and friends.

Become the Change you want to see in the world.-Ghandhi

BOARD of DIRECTORS

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Varo Maldonado

Board President and ICB Facilitator

Varo retired from Colorado State University after 24 years as an administrator in the Office of Admissions.  He served as a Northern Colorado Case manager for the SER National Senior Community Service Employment Program, helping senior citizens to enhance their skills with the goal of attaining gainful employment.  He has served on the Larimer County and Weld County Workforce Center Investment Boards and was a member of the National Hispanic Institute board of directors and president of the Colorado Educational Services Development Association (CESDA).  He is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Spanish and completed graduate coursework in guidance and counseling.  In his spare time, he likes to play golf, play in pool table leagues, help his wife with gardening, and read non-fiction type books.

"The future belongs to those who take care of the present"

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Anna Marie Almanza

ICB Board Member

Anna Marie is an Admissions Counselor and Recruitment Specialist for Colorado State University. She is passionate about working with under-represented populations, especially assisting students to achieve academic success and have access to higher education. She has worked with the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC), “Keeping the Dream Alive,” and the Colorado Coalition for the Educational Advancement of Latinos (CoCEAL). Anna Marie has her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Regis University and is currently the Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator for Key Communities at Colorado State University.
 

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Ainhoa Flores

ICB Board Member / Certified Facilitator

Ainhoa is a student at Colorado State University. She moved to Colorado from Venezuela five years ago. Her first ICB workshop was in December 2017. In Ainhoa's words, "I've been working with this wonderful group ever since. I love helping people, being kind, and spreading positive energy among everyone. My goal in life is to be my best self while helping others become the best version of themselves, too."

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Kavya Kaushik

ICB Board Member / Certified Facilitator

Hello, my name is Kavya Kaushik, and I am a Junior at Fossil Ridge High School, in Fort Collins, Colorado. I enjoy participating in extra-curricular activities such as tennis and art class. I have performed for many ICB events with Indian Classical dance and later joined the ICB board where I have become a facilitator. I enjoy being a part of ICB and want to make a difference with more youth having a voice in our community. Being a part of this group has given me the amazing opportunity to meet new people and develop leadership skills and for that I am grateful. I am excited to see what's more to come with this group! 

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JoAn Hopkins

ICB Board Member / ICB Facilitator

JoAn Hopkins is a retired psychiatric nurse. She coordinated the Sexual Assault Victims Assistants (SAVA) advocates and participated as a Mental Health counselor in many national disasters. In 2008, she was given the Lily National Award for services to depressed clients and her work with women. She currently volunteers at the First United Methodist Church with seniors and is a facilitator of the grief group. She has also been on medical missions to Guatemala, Bolivia, and on Indian reservations. In the Methodist Rocky Mountain Conference area, she is a social action coordinator that promotes education and work in areas of racial justice, economic justice, human trafficking, and immigration.

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Marisa Katsianos

ICB Board Member / ICB Facilitator

Marisa  is a 10th grade student at the Grove School in California. Going to public school for the first time after years of homeschooling, she has had many chances to implement what ICB teaches about kindness, interpersonal communication, and adjusting from one culture to another. Marisa enjoys reading fantasy-dystopian novels (and just about anything she can get her hands on), playing music, gardening, and being with her family.

 

"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."

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Lisa Sadar

ICB Board Treasurer

Lisa Sadar is a passionate early childhood advocate with an equal passion on equity and inclusion.  Lisa currently works for Weld County's Early Childhood Council at the United Way of Weld County where she supports child care programs and helps to inform policy where ever she can.  Her experience includes supervising staff, managing grant funded efforts to support child care programs navigating the early childhood systems in Colorado and helping them access grant funds, managing the Expanding Quality in Infant and Toddler Care (EQIT) efforts, and working on numerous systems level issues impacting young children and their families.   Lisa has degrees from CSU and UC Denver with her master’s in Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies.  Lisa is a Buell Early Childhood Leadership Alumni.   Lisa serves on boards or otherwise volunteers ICB, LAPP which is an animal assisted therapy/activity organization,  is a board member of the Licensed Family Child care Association, the Colorado Association for Family Child Care, and serves on the guiding committee for the Colorado Coaching Consortium along with many other early childhood related committees.  Lisa enjoys time with family, time in nature and opportunities to travel.

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Carmen Mendoza

ICB Board Member / ICB Facilitator

Carmen comes from a diverse and eclectic background. She has worked with the National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, as a secondary teacher, sales rep, Jazzercise owner, and now has a career in training, professional life coaching , and working with LED infrared lights to enhance one's well being. Her degree in Sociology and Masters in Secondary Education, along with working with the public, has added to her strengths in making a difference for others. Carmen currently lives in the Mojave Desert where she hears the coyotes sing against the backdrop of brilliant stars in the night sky.


Who you are and what you do impacts the world. What is your impact?

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Logan Miller

ICB Board Member / Certified Facilitator

Logan is a student at Front Range Community College studying integrative health. He started with ICB in 2014 when he attended his first workshop. He became an ICB lesson facilitator and eventually joined the Board of Directors two years later. He is a Fort Collins High School graduate and still has very close connections with the Poudre School District. He has been very involved in his community and loves the city that he calls home. 

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Megan Sadar

ICB Board Member / Certified Facilitator

Megan is a graduate of Rocky Mountain High School where she was involved with the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) and Family, Career, Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). She is currently a student at Colorado State University studying Family and Consumer Sciences and Education. She has been on the ICB Board of Directors since 2015 and has been actively involved in workshop facilitation and curriculum writing.

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Rose Prieto

ICB Board Member / Researcher

Rose is a professional Research Assistant for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She has a Bachelors Degree from Arizona State University and a Masters from the University of Colorado. She enjoys watching Japanese animation and learning different languages.


Remember to live my life so that my loved ones need never worry.

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Anita M. Petke

ICB Board Member / Community Engagement Specialist

Anita is a community Engagement Specialist for the Desert Beacon and serves as the Board Secretary for the Twentynine Palms Business Association. She networks extensively within the business sector of the Morongo Basin, in California.

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BOARD of ADVISORS

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David Brooks

Former Board President / Certified Facilitator 

David Brooks is an experienced youth and adolescent development counselor.  His professional work has included developing programs for youth in a therapeutic residential setting and collaborating with non-profit and faith-based organizations to develop leadership skills for youth in under-resourced neighborhoods.  He has provided college and career counseling for high school students and their families and served as a resident manager of Upward Bound students at the University of Hawaii. He graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a Bachelor's Degree and from Colorado State University with a Master's Degree in Social Work.

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Richard Salas, Ph.D.

Advisor, Board Member Emeritus

Dr. Rich A. Salas  is an assistant professor and serves as the Chief Diversity Officer for Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Salas served as Associate Director for El Centro and Greek Life at Colorado State University (CSU). Rich earned his Master’s degree in Human Resources and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at Colorado State University.  Dr. Salas has helped organize and facilitate several K-16 leadership conferences and retreats. He has more than 30 years of grassroots organizing, empowering and working with educators and communities to improve the educational attainment of Hispanic/Latino students. Dr. Salas has presented leadership and culturally relevant workshops at the local, state, and national levels. Rich serves as Treasurer for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) and also serves as a Human Rights Commissioner in Iowa. Dr. Salas is also an accomplished musician and has played guitar professionally for over 30 years with his band Grupo Aztlan and now with his West Des Moines band, Guitarras ATM. 

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Caroline Tu Farley, M.S.

Advisor, Board Member Emeritus

Caroline graduated from the University of Colorado with a Master's Degree in Journalism/Education. She has worked for the Westword Newspaper, Denver Broncos Football Club, J. Walter Thompson Advertising Agency, Integrated Medical Systems, and Alaken Publishing. She has participated in several Asian American organizations in Denver and the Fort Collins Human Relations Commission. She is a founding member of the Fort Collins Not in Our Town Alliance. She is currently the Program Director for the Linda and Gene Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainability.


Only understanding and compassion can dissolve violence and hatred.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

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Jennifer Sanchez Stephenson

ICB Board of Advisor / Past ICB Board President

Jennifer Stephenson graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Master's Degree in School Counseling and Clinical Counseling.  She has worked as a counselor at Lincoln IB Middle School, Centennial High School, Larimer Center for Mental Health, Turning Point Center for Youth and Family Development, and Wingshadow Center for At-Risk Youth.  Jen currently works as a Substance Abuse Counselor for Touchstone Health Partners, in Fort Collins. She is a volunteer for SART (Sexual Assault Resource Team), CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), and the Restorative Justice programs.  She participated in the University of Northern Colorado-Catalyst: A Social Justice Retreat in 2009, The Diversity and Education Workshop in 2010, and was a group leader for ICB's Intercultural Leadership Skills for Teens workshop in February 2011.  Jen is interested in reaching out to the community to help every individual feel that they belong and are appreciated.

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Tony Espinoza

M.Ed., ICB Board of Advisors and ICB Facilitator

Tony Espinoza is a retired teacher with the Poudre School District. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish Language and Literature from Colorado State University and has completed additional coursework at three universities in Spain. He enjoys traveling and has visited many countries where he has had the opportunity to experience the culture and meet many interesting people. He is a member of several professional organizations and is actively involved in the local and state teachers’ associations. Tony is also involved in the Fort Collins community and is active at two local churches. He has taken numerous diversity classes and workshops during his long tenure as a teacher. Tony is an ICB certified facilitator for Intercultural Leadership Skills for Teens.

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Laurel Milliken

ICB Board of Advisors / Website Design

Laurel Milliken lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.