Our Board of Directors is a volunteer team that provides strategic guidance and financial oversight for Building Bridges.  These dynamic leaders set the direction for the organization, and drive our financial and programmatic strategies.

Hameeda Abdul Kadir

Hameeda Abdul Kadir
Senior, Metro State University of Colorado

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I am a student at Metropolitan State University, majoring in Human Services and Counseling, with a concentration in High Risk Youth.  I’m passionate about change, justice, and dismantling systems to make them more just and inclusive.

Celeste Alamillo

Celeste Alamillo
Junior, Gateway High School in Aurora

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Celeste is a former participant of the Building Bridges Transform program. She is a junior at Gateway High School, and enjoys getting involved in her school’s community. She’s very passionate about making change in the world, and advocating for human rights.
Brittney Bobadilla

Brittany Bobadilla, MSW
Board Secretary

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Brittney earned her Masters of Social Work degree at The University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work where she focused on Public Policy and Organizational Leadership. Brittney currently works for Boulder County in Child Welfare as an Ongoing Caseworker.

She is a first generation citizen; her family is originally from Mexico. She is passionate about advocating for immigrant rights, social justice, and the empowerment of marginalized communities. She is dedicated to upholding the ideals of justice, equality, equity for marginalized communities, and the progression of these ideals. She believes in the empowerment and encouragement of young folks to realize their potential, and in collaboration with Building Bridges, hopes to spread this message of empowerment to youth and their communities.

Brittney has been in Colorado for the past fifteen years, originally from Richmond, Kentucky, and has spent time living in Mexico.

Brittney’s pronouns are she, her, hers.

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Eliza Buyers, MD
Adolescent Gynecologist, University of Colorado

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Eliza provides teen, gynecologic care at Children’s Hospital of Colorado. Her clinical focus is on managing common and complex adolescent gynecologic conditions and working with teen patients who have physical and developmental disabilities. She frequently provides continuing medical education to other health providers on management of adolescent reproductive health concerns, sexual health, contraceptive counseling, and long acting, reversible contraception.

She received her M.D. from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia; previous to this, she graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Art History and Women’s Studies.

Since making Denver her home over 20 years ago, Eliza has been involved in several non-profit organizations, working on efforts related to reproductive health care, comprehensive sexual health education, and youth development. She currently is an emeritus board member of Girls Inc of Metro Denver. In her free time, she loves mountain biking, yoga, and traveling with her family to meet new people and eat local food.

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Natalie Chisholm
Stylist, The Storybrick Salon

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Rachel Lynn

Rachel Lynn
Associate, Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
Board Treasurer

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Rachel is an attorney at Snell and Wilmer LLP, in Denver, Colorado. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Rachel graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in accounting and political science. Rachel graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in May, 2016.

In the community, Rachel has participated in Impact Denver, a program that links young professionals with a nonprofit for a 6 month project improving the nonprofit’s business processes. Rachel also coaches a Girls on the Run of the Rockies team, which gives 8-10 year old girls the opportunity to participate in physical activity after school and teaches lessons on empowerment and self-image. Above all, Rachel is interested in the perpetuation of diversity in the Denver community and serves as her law firm’s contact for the Center for Legal Inclusiveness, the Women’s Bar Association, and the firm-wide Diversity Committee.

Rachel serves as Building Bridges’ Board Treasurer. She brings innovative thinking and collaboration skills. With an accounting and corporate law background, Rachel is experienced in identifying business as well as legal issues that may need to be addressed.

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Darion Mayhorn
Drought Coordinator, Bureau of Reclamation, US Dept. of the Interior

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Darion Mayhorn is the Bureau of Reclamation’s Drought Coordinator.  In this position he responds to congressional inquiries, develops and maintains the multi-million dollar annual budget, develops agency policy, and coordinates and communicates with stakeholders and internal staff to support the planning and implementation of actions that build long-term resiliency to drought across the West.

He received his BS in Civil Engineering and Applied Math from Saint Louis University, and a MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.  He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Colorado.  Darion was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, but has made Denver his new home.  His hobbies include traveling, reading, biking around the city, and going to ramen and pho restaurants.

Jalisa Williams

Jalisa Williams
Founder and CEO, Soulflower Denver and Yemaya Innergy Therapeutics
Board Chair

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Jalisa Williams is a mindfulness educator, utilizing her background in social justice work and yoga to provide tools for people to take care of themselves. She is a small business owner with a private therapy practice called Yemaya Innergy Therapeutics and an adjunct faculty at Regis University teaching a course titled Thugs, Hoes, and Hip-Hop examining implicit bias and media literacy in hip-hop culture. On her free time, Jalisa hosts yoga experiences, workshops, and events correlated with mindfulness and giving back to the community with her most known being Flowetry: Poetry in Motion a community fundraiser.