Carol Miller's career has focused on working with students who have special needs. She has taught special education classes, tutored academically at-risk students from kindergarten through 12th grades, and developed educational programs in low-income neighborhoods. As the current co-director of the Rocky Mountain Intercultural Institute, Ms. Miller is an experienced intercultural trainer and has facilitated workshops on intercultural skillfulness for public schools, universities, public and private non-profit agencies. Ms. Miller received her Bachelor's Degree in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado and her Master's Degree in Educational Administration from Colorado State University. She is the former director of the Fort Collins Even Start Family Learning Center, a federal program that focuses on early educational intervention for academically at-risk families. Ms. Miller worked for two years with the Colorado Hispanic Institute as a technical consultant and curriculum writer / trainer for VISIONES, a multicultural leadership development program. She also worked as the development specialist for the Latin American Research and Service Agency (LARASA) in Denver, Colorado where she co-wrote Parenting for Academic Success, a curriculum manual to help parents become stronger supporters of their children's education.  She is the author of Mentoring Teens: a Resource Manual, and Intercultural Leadership Skills for Teens.

Board of Directors

Carol Miller

M.Ed. /  Executive director

Executive Director

Anna Marie Almanza

ICB Board Member 

Key Communities, Colorado State University

Anna Marie has over 8 years of higher education experience where she has served as an Admissions Counselor and Recruitment Specialist in both 2 and 4 year schools in and out of the state of Colorado. She has also served as an Academic Advisor with the Educational Talent Search (TRiO) Program. She is passionate about working with underrepresented populations, especially assisting students to achieve academic success and have access to higher education. She has worked with groups such as the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC), “Keeping the Dream Alive” Planning Committee and 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.

Salomé Cardona, MOM

ICB Board Member / Certified Facilitator

The Access Center, Colorado State University

Salomé Cardona is a proud parent of her college-age daughter Aliyah.  Parenting has provided a positively wonderful opportunity for continued learning and teaching about the world together.  Salomé’s career at Colorado State University began in 1995, and her current position involves youth outreach concerning higher education choices in her current position with The Access Center.  She is also a member of the National Hispanic Institute, serving to advance the educational aspirations of thousands of high school age Latino youth.  She shares her spirited energy in building community fellowship through involvements with ICB, in public schools, at Timberline Church, and as a Premier Designs Jeweler.  Much of her time is spent with family here in Northern Colorado where she was born and is still growing up.

Brenda Guzman

M.S./ Board Member and ICB Facilitator

Matthew's House, School-Based Navigator

Family to Family

Brenda Guzman earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Central American University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Colorado State University.  She has taught Spanish, math, and science to K-12th grade students in the Greeley, Longmont, and Fort Collins, Colorado school districts.  Brenda worked as a project coordinator for the Community Empowering Youth / Community Organizing to Reach Empowerment Center, where she worked with youth and their families to reduce crime and promote education in high-risk neighborhoods.  She is originally from El Salvador, a native Spanish speaker, and an excellent cultural mediator for the Latino community.

JoAn Hopkins, M.S., ICB Facilitator

Retired Psychiatric Nurse

JoAn Hopkins is a retired psychiatric nurse who has worked in hospitals, the National Center for Child Abuse in Denver, Public Health, and as a Larimer Mental Health Nurse and Coordinator of Consultation and Education. During this time, she coordinated the Sexual Assault Victims Assistants advocates. While volunteering with the Red Cross, she 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.

Kaustubh Kaushik

Treasurer and ICB Facilitator

Student, Fossil Ridge High School

Kaustubh is a student at Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins. He served on the student council at his school for six years and was a Youth Library Leader for the Fort Collins Library Pals program for three years. He served as a youth coordinator for the Indian Association of Northern Colorado for the past three years. Kaustubh is on the tennis team at Fossil Ridge High school, and he is a library leader for the Fort Collins Public Library Teen IRS program. He volunteered to be the ICB treasurer as he has a passion for accounting and finance.

Varo Maldonado

Board President and ICB Facilitator

SER SCSEP Colorado

Varo worked for many years as an admissions counselor for Colorado State University.  Currently he is the SER Senior Community Service director for Larimer and Weld Counties, Colorado. He Served on the Larimer County Workforce Center Investment Board for three years and is now a member of the Weld County Workforce Investment Board and the Fort Collins School Accountability Committee.  He is also a member of the Cinco-Cinco Scholarship Fundraising Committee.   

Jessica Kerr

Board Member

Owner, Lanikamal Photo Studio

Director, Cultivating Capacities, GSO

Jessica is the owner of Lanikamal Photo Studio, the director of Cultivating Capacities, GSO, and the Animator for the Junior Youth Group in Windsor, Colorado. She facilitates community art projects that integrate experiential learning and a passion for creativity. She is an experienced grassroots community builder who holds the conviction that all human beings are essentially noble and have capacities and talents that can contribute to the betterment of community and that our diversity adds to the beauty of humanity.

Carmen Mendoza

M.Ed., PCC, Board Member

CONNECTIONS Heart Centered Coaching

Carmen has a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Northern Arizona University and a Masters of Education Degree from Colorado State University.  She is a Reiki 3 practitioner and has training in drug abuse prevention. She is currently the owner of CONNECTIONS (Heart Centered Coaching) and worked as the Director of Colorado STAND (Students Taking a New Direction) Drug Prevention for middle and senior high school students at Colorado State University for ten years.  Her professional career includes being the advertising sales representative for radio stations and the CSU Collegian, a seasonal park ranger for the National Park Service, and owner and operator of Jazzercise classes.  She is a current member of the Fort Collins Elks Lodge 804, the Colorado Tartan Day Council, the International Coach Federation and is Vice President of the Mujeres de Colores organization, as well as a past board member for Museo de los Tres Colones. 

Laurel LeXuan Milliken

B.A., B.S. / Board Secretary-Treasurer

IT Specialist, Colorado State University

Laurel was born in Vietnam and moved to the Fort Collins area when she was nine years old.  She graduated with honors from Colorado State University, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She is currently a Master of Science student in Business Administration – Computer Information Systems, at C.S.U.  Her work experience includes working for organizations in Fort Collins, Centennial CO, Washington, D.C., and at Colorado State University.  She is a world traveler and explorer.

Logan Miller
Student, Fort Collins High School

Logan is a senior at Fort Collins High School. He is an active member of the Community of Christ Church, a member of the National Honor Society, and a co-coordinator for the 2016 Crop Walk. He is also on the Fort Collins High School tennis and track teams.  He has been an ICB teen facilitator and workshop table leader for two years. He joined the ICB Board because he believes he can contribute a unique perspective as a high school student who has friends that don't participate much in anything and who understands what motivates these students to get involved.

Anthony P. McGlaun, M.A.
Professional Singer, Community Activist

Anthony McGlaun, a Detroit, Michigan native, received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from Morehouse College and a Master of Music Degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Upon his return to Detroit, Anthony joined the faculty of Marygrove College where he served as Director of Vocal Activities and Assistant Professor of Music from 2004-2009. He was also a member of the Michigan Opera Theater Chorus. In 2009, Anthony relocated to New York City to pursue a full-time performance career. During that time, he appeared in a national tour of Porgy and Bess and a national broadcast of the Messiah as Tenor Soloist. Anthony has appeared as Sportin' Life in The Skylight Music Theatre's production of The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, performed the role of PoPo in the Chicago premiere of Troubled Island, and Robert in the world premiere of Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom. Anthony has also made role debuts with the Lyric Opera Company in Chicago and the San Franciso Opera.

Megan Sadar
ICB Facilitator
Freshman, Colorado State University

Megan is a graduate of Rocky Mountain High School and is currently a freshman at Colorado State University. She was a member of The National Technical Honor Society and the Family and Consumer Community Leaders of America. Megan says she is passionate about the Intercultural Leadership Skills for Teens workshop and want to contribute as much as she can, as well as generally be more involved with ICB activities.

Yan Xue
ICB Facilitator
Graduate Student, Colorado State University

Yan received her Bachelors of Arts Degree from Qingdao University in Quingdao, China, majoring in English. She came to Fort Collins in 2017 to earn her Master's Degree in Anthropology at Colorado State University. She is a Teaching Assistant for the CSU Department of Cultural and Global Systems and a board member of AGE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES. She has worked as an Abroad-study Consultant in China and as a tutor for the English Department of the Jin Shi Education Institution in China. She speaks Mandarin, English, Japanese, and beginning Spanish.

ICB Board of Advisors

David Brooks

M.S.W. / 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.  David was the the Outreach pastor for the Vineyard Church of the Rockies, coordinating programs to provide services and resources to communities in need. David and his family currently live in Kansas City, where his wife is attending medical school.

Richard Salas, Ph.D.

Advisor, Board Member Emeritus


 

Dr. Rich A. Salas  is an assistant professor and serves as the Director for Multicultural Affairs at           Des Moines University. DMU is a small, private medical school located in Des Moines, Iowa.  In this important role, Dr. Salas is responsible for multicultural programming and providing students/faculty/staff training in the area of cultural competency.  Prior to this role, Dr. Salas served as Associate Director for El Centro and Greek Life at Colorado State University (CSU).  In this dual role, Dr. Salas served and supported all students to be successful. In his primary role at El Centro, Rich assisted Hispanic/Latino/Chicano students with the transition to the university. 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. His commitment to celebrating diversity and his rich Mexican American culture have inspired many students at all levels to take pride in themselves without compromising the importance of completing an education. Dr. Salas has presented leadership and culturally relevant workshops at the local, state, and national levels. Dr. Salas is also an accomplished musician and has played guitar professionally for over 20 years with his band Grupo Aztlan.  Dr. Salas served on the ICB Board of Directors from 2011-2012 and now presently serves in the capacity of ICB Board of Advisor.

 

 

 

Caroline Tu Farley, M.S.

Advisor, Board Member Emeritus 

Caroline Tu Farley graduated from the University of Colorado with a Master’s Degree in Journalism/Education.  She has worked for Westword Newspaper (Advertising), Denver Broncos Football Club (Public Relations Dept), J. Walter Thompson Advertising Agency (Project Manager in NYC), Integrated Medical Systems (Trainer) and for Alaken Publishing (Business Manager).  Past volunteer experience consists of participating in several Asian American organizations in Denver, political organizations, the Fort Collins Human Relations Commissions (2003-2006) and as the Poudre High School IB Parent Representative for the past two years (2011-2013). Caroline is one of the founding members of the Fort Collins Not in Our Town Alliance (FC NIOTA – see www.ftcollinsnotinourtown.org) and has served as a Council Member since 2006. She is currently the Program Director for the Linda and Gene Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainability.

Jennifer Sanchez Stephenson

M.A., CACII, N.C.C. 

Advisor, Past 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.

Dan Melendrez, M.Ed.

Board of Advisors

Dean/Athletic Director

Platte Valley Middle School

Dan has a Master of Education Degree in Education from Colorado State University, with an emphasis on Educational Leadership and Renewal and Change.  He has a Colorado Principal Licensure.  Dan has been an English Teacher at Victory English School in Taiwan and China, a secondary social studies teacher for Global Academy, Poudre School District, and an assistant principal for ENGAGE Academy, Weld County District 6, in Greeley Colorado.  Dan was the Expelled and At-Risk Student Services Coordinator for the Thompson School District, in Loveland, Colorado. Currently, he is the Dean of Staudents and Athletic Director for Platte Valley Middle School.

Tony Espinoza

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

Tony Espinoza is a veteran teacher in 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. His involvement in the school district has included curriculum development and implementation of the Advanced Placement, the International Baccalaureate, and the Heritage Spanish Speakers programs. He has served on numerous committees, task forces, and diversity programs over the years at Rocky Mountain and Poudre High Schools and has been a sponsor of many student organizations. 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. His recent involvement has included Intercultural Community Builders coursework. Tony is an ICB certified facilitator for Intercultural Leadership Skills for Teens.

 

ICB Certified Facilitators

Jose Sandoval

M.S., ICB Facilitator

Jose Sandoval is spiritual healer and owner of Interventions Harmony, in Fort Collins Colorado. He graduated from Colorado State University with a Master's Degree in Social Work. He has extensive experience working with youth for Larimer County Department of Human Services, Foothills Foster Care, Turning Point, and other Larimer County programs. He was a middle school counselor at Lincoln Middle School for three years. He is bilingual in Spanish and English. Jose is an ICB certified facilitator for Intercultural Leadership Skills for Teens.

 

 

Natasha Salas Sjoholm

 ICB Facilitator

Tasha Sjoholm became interested in teaching Intercultural Skills through her love of travel; she has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Mexico, the former Soviet Union, as well as several other countries. Tasha comes from a multi-cultural family, with a mother of German descent and a father from Mexico.  A Culinary School graduate, she developed an even deeper appreciation of cultural difference by exploring traditions that involve food and celebrations. Her work in the hospitality industry has allowed her to work with and for people from amazingly diverse backgrounds. She served as the office manager and technical assistant for the Rocky Mountain Intercultural Institute. Tasha enjoys making a difference in her community by volunteering for organizations that are important to her.

 

 

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.