Hameeda Abdul Kadir
Outreach & Engagement Coordinator
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.
Transform Program Specialist
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!
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.
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.
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.
Shift Client Lead
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.
Transform Program Manager
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.
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.
Amanda is a research assistant in social science by day and a community facilitator for white-identifying folks by late afternoon, evening, and sometimes weekend. They’re excited to continue working and growing with Building Bridges after being a participant over the past few years. They love observing the neighborhood from a window seat, spending time with hands in the dirt, pine-filled breezes during hikes, and finely chopping vegetables. Amanda’s experience in environmental education and seasonal work helps root her idealism and social change work. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies and an MSW with a policy and leadership focus. Born and raised in the St. Louis suburbs, Amanda is grateful for the community they’ve found in Denver over the past 5 years.
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.
Facilitator + Board Member
Biography coming soon!
Board of Directors
Independent Consultant, Drogin Ventures LLC, Denver CO
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!
Student Events Coordinator, Community College of Denver
Biography coming soon
Legal Director, Heska
Rachel 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 serves as Building Bridges’ Board Chair. 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.
Legislative Aide, Colorado General Assembly
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 recently 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, she enjoys creating art projects, baking, and playing the ukulele.
Aili can be reached at ailimiyake[at]gmail[dot]com
Independent Living Program Director, Atlantis Community, Inc.
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
Freshman, University of Colorado-Boulder
Zoe is an alumn of the Transform and Alumni Fellowship programs. She enjoys facilitating with Building Bridges and hopes to continue community facilitation after university. Zoe participates in competitive Irish Dance, soccer, theatre, and she runs her school’s Gay-Straight Alliance. She says she is excited to be a part of the board and help lead Building Bridges in a positive direction for years to come.
Zoe’s pronouns are she, her, and hers.
Zoe can be reached at zoewest963[at]gmail[dot]com