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.
M.Ed. / Executive director
Board of Directors
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.
ICB Board Member / Certified Facilitator
Ainhoa is a student at Fort Collins High School. She moved to Colorado from Venezuela three 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.
Board Treasirer and ICB Facilitator
Kaustubh is a senior at Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins, Colorado. He is the current Treasurer of the Fossil Ridge FBLA chapter, the president of the National Business Honors Society, and a member of five other honors societies. He is an avid tennis player as he played 3 of his 4 years on the Fossil Ridge varsity tennis team, and he is also a state tennis champion. He is a member of the Youth Advisory Board for the City of Fort Collins. He is current the treasurer of ICB as he exemplifies his passion for finance and accounting.
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.
ICB Board Member and Facilitator
Bella is a high school student at Compass Community Collaborative School in Fort Collins, Colorado. She is the founder of Agent Dancers, a grassroots dance group that empowers and inspires youth through positive change and the arts. She strives to be the change through learning and action while mentoring peers.
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.
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.
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.
ICB Board Member & Facilitator
Jadan is a high school student at Compass Community Collaborative School, in Fort Collins, Colorado. He is on the IT team at his school and for ICB.
ICB Board Member & 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.
ICB Board Member & 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.
ICB Board of Advisors
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
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.
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
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
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.
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 for an application.