Hameeda Abdul Kadir

Hameeda Abdul Kadir
hameeda@buildingbridgesshift.org
Outreach & Engagement Coordinator

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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.

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Ellie Adelman
Facilitator

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Celeste Alamillo
Facilitator

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Jocelyne Argüelles
Facilitator

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Melanin Armendariz
Facilitator

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Erica Castro
Facilitator

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Megan Devenport
megan@buildingbridgesshift.org
Executive Director

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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 leads the incredible team at Building Bridges, which gives her the chance to inspire, mentor, connect, plan, and – most importantly – be held accountable to continue growing as a social justice leader. It’s hard work and so very worth it.

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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Amara Hobbs
amara@buildingbridgesshift.org
MSW Intern

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Amara was born and raised in Colorado. She is a recent graduate of Colorado Mesa University where she received her Bachelor of Social Work, and is currently obtaining her Master of Social Work in Organizational Leadership and Policy Practice at the University of Denver. Amara’s passion has always centered around improving the lives of others and striving to create inclusive environments, which is why she was eager to join the Building Bridges team.

Amara has previous experience within the public health realm, where she studied how social determinants of health impact individuals, families, and communities to better advocate for healthy community development which inspired her obligation to equitable work. Amara is committed to being part of a team that is working towards transformational leadership, and is dedicated to social change and empowering others.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with those close to her, traveling, listening to podcasts, trying out new recipes, and baking goodies.

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Maggie Lea
Facilitator

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Jenny Medrano
jenny@buildingbridgesshift.org
Shift Program Manager

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Jenny stumbled upon Building Bridges during one serendipitous Google search of any and all things related to her passion, “building bridges.”

Born and raised in the great city of Elgin, Illinois, Jenny is a true Chicago-area girl at heart. She has a deep love for the city of Chicago because this is where she met her first love, education. Although she is not a public school teacher like her original college plan, she still cares deeply about impacting the education system from the outside. This is why she has spent the past five years in Denver growing as a youth developer in spaces like Young Life, the Salvation Army and DSST Cole High school.

After some time working with youth, Jenny has grown especially passionate about developing strong leadership pipelines so that youth leaders have a place to flourish as adult leaders. For this reason, Jenny is committed to working with both youth and adults in the work that Building Bridges does of equity and inclusivity work.

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Maren Miller
maren@buildingbridgesshift.org
Shift Coordinator

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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
Facilitator

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Malcolm Quattlebaum
malcolm@buildingbridgesshift.org
Communications Intern

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Raegan Quattlebaum
raegan@buildingbridgesshift.org 
Transform Program Manager

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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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Amanda Roy-Bangoy
Facilitator

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Amanda Roy-Bangoy, Facilitator (She/Hers/Them/They) – Over the last 3 years, she has worked with small businesses to gain knowledge and understanding on what it takes to Manage and run small business while also developing her own goals around entrepreneurship. Her work experience includes working with the Urban Land Conservancy and Denver Preschool Program, Outreach Education with CSU Extension and Girl Scouts, and the Bureau of Reclamation.

Facilitation has been a consistent theme in all of her professional experiences and she is now utilizing her skill of facilitation as a contractor with Building Bridges. Amanda continues to facilitate with Building Bridges in various workshop series and training sessions.

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Zoe West
Facilitator

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Amanda Roy-Bangoy, Facilitator (She/Hers/Them/They) – Over the last 3 years, she has worked with small businesses to gain knowledge and understanding on what it takes to Manage and run small business while also developing her own goals around entrepreneurship. Her work experience includes working with the Urban Land Conservancy and Denver Preschool Program, Outreach Education with CSU Extension and Girl Scouts, and the Bureau of Reclamation.

Facilitation has been a consistent theme in all of her professional experiences and she is now utilizing her skill of facilitation as a contractor with Building Bridges. Amanda continues to facilitate with Building Bridges in various workshop series and training sessions.

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Casey Williams
casey@buildingbridgesshift.org
MSW Intern

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Born and raised in Texas, Casey left at his first opportunity. After completing a Bachelor of Science in Biology from New Mexico State University, he moved to Denver in 2012. Casey spent several years in Colorado’s Biotech Industry before returning to school to pursue a dual master’s degree program in Social Work and Public Health through the University of Denver and the Colorado School of Public Health. He has chosen to spend his concentration year internship in an organization committed to transformation, in the hopes that he will learn the skills necessary to become a Social Work Public Health Practitioner with the ability to create equitable organizations, systems, and institutions through transformative practices.

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[Image Description: Group photo of the 13 facilitators who supported the 2018 Summer Intensive. All are wearing black Building Bridges t-shirts, and smiling at the camera. In the front row, from left to right, Stephanie Tanny, Amanda Roy-Bangoy holding her daughter Rae, Maren Miller, Ellie Adelman, Liz Hamel, and Amanda Andrews. In the back row, from left to right, Raegan Quattlebaum, Jenny Medrano, Hameeda Abdul Kadir, Assetou Xango, Zach Gus, Marika Barth, and Abe Haile.]