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Hameeda Abdul Kadir
Communications and Development Lead

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Hameeda has been a part of the Building Bridges Legacy since 2013, joining the Building Bridges MEUS (Middle East US) program when she was only 16. Later, she returned to join our Alumni Fellowship in 2016 . Hameeda is passionate about justice, conversation, and youth empowerment.

The Building Bridges Experience has played an essential role in her career path and journey so much so that she has earned a Bachelors in Human Services with a concentration on Youth. She believes in the power of listening and wants to give each young person that comes through our doors the Building Bridges experience that made her who she is today.

She spends her free time laughing with friends, eating food from around the world and travelling to new places.

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Celeste Alamillo
Youth Program Coordinator

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Celeste is a former participant of the Building Bridges Transform program. She graduated from Gateway High School in 2020. Currently, she is majoring in Social Work at Metropolitan State University of Denver.  She’s very passionate about making change in the world, social justice, and advocating for human rights. Her hobbies include reading, listening to music, and creating colorful makeup looks!

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Zenat Shariff Belkin

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Coming soon!

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Megan Devenport
Transition Consultant

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Born on July 5, Megan has spent her life making sure to never miss another party. Her brightest fireworks include endless curiosity, the ability to have fun doing absolutely anything, and an apothecary cabinet of knowledge she’s tucked away in her brain. At home, her wife Alyssa says Megan is the family’s MVP of patience, being brave, faking it until we make it, and task completion.

Megan knows at least a little about a lot and has a dynamic skill-set that ranges from baking pies to “almost right” home improvement to organizational change management. She transitioned out of her role as Executive Director at the end of 2021, supporting the organization as it transitions into the next chapter of cooperative governance.

Megan received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver and her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign.

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Jess Godinez
MSW Intern

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Jess, raised in East Palo Alto, California, received her BA in Multicultural Gender Studies from California State University, Chico in 2018. She recently moved to Denver to pursue her Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in Organizational Leadership and Policy Practice at University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work. Jes is passionate about social justice and wants to work with her community for collective healing/community care with love.

She looks forward to building her leadership skills, growing, and continuing her journey to break down oppressive systems. During her free time, she loves to snuggle with her cat, Binx, and enjoys dancing and boxing as a form of self-care. You are more likely to find Jes at coffee shops around Denver as she loves her Cafecito.

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Mia Kleine
MSW Intern

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Mia, born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, moved to Denver in 2017 and received her BA in Sociology with a Minor in Writing Practices from DU in 2021. She is currently pursuing her Masters’s in Social Work with a concentration in Organizational Leadership and Policy Practice at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work. Mia is passionate about social justice, equity, and really values leaning into the strengths that each community brings to the table.

In her free time, Mia loves to watch movies and TV shows, play Guitar Hero, and is dedicated to reaching her reading goals. She loves traveling and exploring new parts of the world. When she isn’t in school, Mia spends as much time as possible at home in the company of family and dogs.

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Maggie Lea

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Born and raised here in Denver, Maggie took a 10-year hiatus to check out both coasts before returning to her beloved home. She received a scholarship to play Division I soccer at Duke University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with minors in Business and Sociology. After a brief stint in DC working in government public relations, she worked for several years for a whistleblower law firm in San Francisco, assisting attorneys in litigating fraud against the government. Back in Denver, Maggie earned a Master of Arts degree in Conflict Resolution at the University of Denver, where she found her love for facilitation and mediation. It was here that she learned about Building Bridges, and she applied their foundational approach to conflict to her budding Restorative Justice program for undergraduate students facing conduct violations. Maggie now works in nonprofit for a local collaborative, Mile High Connects, focused on building a racially equitable, resilient Metro Denver through affordable housing, accessible transportation, and economic opportunity. 

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Maren Miller
Community Training Manager

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Maren is a former art teacher, turned artist, reiki practitioner, consultant, coach and facilitator.  She is passionate, driven and committed to the work of racial and educational equity, as well as critical self-development and healing. She wants to empower humans, to be conscious, reflective, change makers. She desires to work with humans whom have the will to look inward and view the world through a critical and restorative racial lens. For the betterment of self, but also for the greater good of all.

She brings with her, 10 years of teaching experience (BA in Studio Art and MA in Education) and (as a white womxn) desires to be a message of awareness, growth and transparency in order to help uncover and name the oppressive systems at work in our lives.  She looks forward to continue to build her capacity and interest in continuing to influence at different levels of systems, knowing how interpersonal and internal the work truly is. It is personal before it is professional.

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Nikki Murillo
Client Services Manager

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Nikki has lived and worked in Denver for the last 12 years. During that time she has served youth in a variety of settings, from after-school programming, case management and counseling to now supporting teachers and administrators in applying equitable practices in the classroom. She has supported youth and adults through social-emotional character development as well as developed programs to implement more inclusive and equitable policies and practices that enrich service delivery. She currently works at Emily Griffith High School where she supports teachers and staff in Equity and Culturally Responsive Teaching practices to address the achievement gap in our public education. She has her MSW from CSU in addition to certificates in Non-profit Administration and Social-Emotional Character Development.

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Raegan Quattlebaum 
Operations Integrator

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As a true Colorado local, Raegan first began her journey with Building Bridges during the 2015-2016 Summer Program Team. Raegan enjoys working with young people, and values youth engagement and empowerment. She fell in love with facilitation and the approach Building Bridges takes to leadership development, and she remained involved. Raegan is actively pursuing her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She believes that social learning is the key to the success of the world.

She is family oriented and enjoys spending her free time with her parents and two younger brothers. Raegan loves board and card games, listening to podcasts, and she looks forward to her monthly dose of Cats the Musical! In another life, Raegan hopes to become a YouTuber who specializes in pre-cruise packing and planning!

Following her work in DPS as a K-8 Mild/Moderate Special Education Paraprofessional, Raegan is dedicated to working with young leaders across the Denver Metro Area. Although education is and will always be important, Raegan’s heart is in the work that Building Bridges does of empathy, communication, and transformational leadership development.

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Casey Williams

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Casey is a Texas to Colorado transplant, who recently graduated from the University of Denver and the Colorado School of Public Health with a Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health. He hopes to use his lived experience as a transgender man organizing for queer health issues in Denver Metro, and intersectional understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion to dimantle oppressive structures and systems, increase empathy across lived experiences, and advance social justice in policy, between cultures, and within the workplace and rural communities.

Board of Directors

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Liz Drogin
Independent Consultant, Drogin Ventures LLC, Denver CO

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Liz (she/her) has spent most of her career working at the intersection of education, community engagement, and social justice. After completing her doctorate in Sociology, Liz spent over a decade teaching college-level sociology and academic writing courses, first at Duke University and later at the University of Denver.

More recently, Liz has worked in both nonprofit management and nonprofit consulting. As a consultant, Liz specializes in qualitative research and writing, learning experience and meeting design, and strategic planning. Her focus areas include social-emotional learning and educational equity. In January 2021, Liz returned to DU to pursue a Master of Social Work with a concentration in family systems.

In a volunteer capacity, Liz has served on Grant Beacon Middle School’s Network and School Advisory Boards, Asbury Elementary School’s Equity Committee, and Denver Parks and Recreation’s Advisory Board. In her free time, Liz keeps active with regular swimming, biking, jogging, and more recently tennis. She also enjoys exploring the beautiful outdoors with her husband and three young daughters. She looks forward to bringing along their new puppy, Lucky.

Liz can be contacted at lizdrogin[at]gmail[dot]com. She loves connecting with new people, so please don’t hesitate to reach out!

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Ashley Jaramillo
Student Events Coordinator, Community College of Denver
Board Chair

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Rachel Lynn

Rachel Lynn
Legal Director, Heska
Former Board Chair

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Rachel (she/her/hers) is an attorney at Heska Corporation, in Loveland, 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.

Rachel completed her term as Building Bridges’ Board Chair in 2021 and is excited to continue serving as a board member. 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.

Rachel can be reached at rachel[dot]lynn[at]heska[dot]com.

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Aili Miyake
Legislative Aide, Colorado General Assembly
Alum, Board Vice-Chair, Board Treasurer

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Aili is an alumnus of the Building Bridges Middle East/US program and a former facilitator for their Transform summer intensive. Her involvement with Building Bridges sparked her passion for creating a more just and inclusive world through building interpersonal relationships and changing oppressive institutions.

Aili graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology and a certificate in Peace Conflict and Security Studies. During her time in Boulder, she volunteered as a restorative justice facilitator and was a mentor for the Miramontes Arts and Sciences Program, an inclusive academic community that supports first-generation and traditionally underrepresented students. She is now working as a legislative aide in the Colorado State House of Representatives. In her free time, Aili enjoys creating art projects, baking, ice skating, and playing the ukulele.

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Robbie Roppolo
Independent Living Program Director, Atlantis Community, Inc.

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Robbie Roppolo was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in the 1900s and learned to fish before he learned to walk. He spent his last 2 years of high school in San Francisco. Robbie served in the United States Air Force as a Crew Chief on a B-1B Bomber.

Robbie moved to Denver in 1996 and started working in the Disability Community on a part time basis shortly thereafter. He joined Atlantis Community, Inc. in 2016 as an Independent Living Specialist and is currently the Independent Living Program Director. Robbie is an activist with Atlantis ADAPT/National ADAPT, and has participated in numerous local, regional, and national actions fighting for the rights of people who experience disabilities, and people experiencing homelessness.

He is also passionate about dismantling White Supremacy and crushing the Patriarchy. He is a roadie for The Wayfaring Band and has traveled across 11 states as well as Paris and Portugal with them. In his spare time, Robbie volunteers for the All Sacred Tattoo studio at their quarterly events, the money raised is donated to other non-profits in the Denver Metro area. He also volunteers at the Transformative Freedom Fund’s annual fundraiser.

Robbie also enjoys fishing, rafting, traveling, cooking, cross-stitching, hanging out with his friends, and getting tattooed. Robbie’s pronouns are He/Him/His. Robbie can be reached at nolaboy5280[at]gmail[dot]com

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Ruairhí West
Freshman, University of Colorado-Boulder
Alum, Board Secretary

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Ruairhí is an alum of the Transform and Alumni Fellowship programs. Ruairhí has also been a facilitator with the Transform program since 2020. They enjoy facilitating with Building Bridges and hope to continue community facilitation after university. In addition to continuing facilitation, Ruairhí plans to work in health policy and is currently earning their degree in political science.

In their spare time, Ruairhí enjoys spending time with their dog, friends, and family. They are excited to be continuing their board service as the organization transitions towards a more equitable leadership model.

Ruairhí’s pronouns are they, them, theirs.

Ruairhí can be reached at Ruairhi.West[at]colorado[dot]edu