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
Senior, Metro State University of Colorado
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.
Junior, Gateway High School in Aurora
Brittany Bobadilla, MSW
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.
Eliza Buyers, MD
Adolescent Gynecologist, University of Colorado
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.
Director of Infrastructure and Administration, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
As both a student alumni and former facilitator of Building Bridges’ MEUS program, Jaala is excited to support Building Bridges in a leadership capacity as the board chair. Jaala holds a Master’s Degree in International Studies, with a focus in Conflict Resolution from the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, which provides key insight and expertise critical to the support of creating powerful and effective programming at Building Bridges. Currently, Jaala is Director of Infrastructure and Administration at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and lends their extensive IT and administration experience to Building Bridges in support of organizational development and efficiency. Jaala has volunteered with a wide variety of community-based efforts in the Denver area and is passionate about organizations that strive to increase justice, equity, and inclusion.
Associate, Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
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.
Drought Coordinator, Bureau of Reclamation, US Dept. of the Interior
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.
Vice President, Broad Street Realty, LLC
Prior to joining Broad Street, Ms. Nochlin worked for Share our Strength, a national anti-hunger organization where she served as Director of Development focused on strategic partnerships, organizational advancement, special event/project management and volunteer recruitment and retention. She has served as a Director of Development and Communications for NPES, a private, non-sectarian school in Chicago where she managed a capital project campaign, strategic planning efforts, and internal and external communications. She also worked in development for Susan G Komen for the Cure and St. Vincent de Paul & Marillac Social Centers.
Ms. Nochlin resides in the greater Denver area with her husband and daughter. Melissa is an avid volunteer with Share Our Strength, a national organization working to end childhood hunger. She is also a member of Mile High United Way’s Women’s Business Alliance and helps to plan the organization’s annual Women’s Luncheon. In her free time, you will find her dining at the latest restaurant concept, snowboarding, hiking or working on her vegetable garden.