Ann Janette Alejano-Steele
AnnJanette Alejano-Steele serves as the research and training director of the Denver-based Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking (LCHT), a non-governmental organization that works to develop sustainable and comprehensive responses to human trafficking. LCHT is committed to combating human trafficking through community-based research: awareness and education, leadership development, and collaboration. Alejano-Steele has also been a professor in the departments of psychology and women’s studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver since 1996. Her educational background includes a Ph.D. in psychology from Michigan State University and NIH-supported postdoctoral work in psychology and medicine from the University of California, San Francisco. Her health psychology expertise has focused on local and global health access for vulnerable populations, and comprehensive services for victims of human trafficking. She serves on the steering committee of the Colorado Network to End Human Trafficking, and also serves on a key investigative taskforce led by the State of Colorado Division of Criminal Justice. Her decades of academic experience supported her role as a law enforcement trainer for the Colorado Regional Community Policing Institute (supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice). With Alejano-Steele’s various roles in the anti-trafficking movement and academe, she blended together academics with on-the-ground field experience to create a multidisciplinary undergraduate human trafficking course. Most importantly, she created and coordinated the Human Trafficking Academic Response Team, which consists of ten academic departments designed to provide wrap-around academic services for survivors of human trafficking as a form of long-term survivorship.
Joy Lujan is a senior community planner with the National Park Service Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program. Luhan holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from CU Boulder and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from CU Denver. As a planner, facilitator and mediator, Lujan helps communities work together to create visions and reach shared goals through inclusive, collaborative planning efforts involving diverse stakeholders with a wide range of perspectives on natural resource protection and outdoor recreation. As chair of the board of directors of the Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy and Research Organization (CLLARO), Lujan helped stabilize, build and strengthen this newly-merged nonprofit to focus on and achieve its vision and mission. CLLARO’s vision is to eliminate disparities in educational achievement, economic opportunity, social integration, health and well-being, and civic representation. Lujan’s commitment is to inspire people find and use their inner power, potential and passion to make positive changes in their lives and help them translate that individual power into collective action through collaboration. Lujan also founded the Center for Civility and Collaboration, LLC to bring people together to create solutions that last. The Center facilitates a shift in the process by which people have conversations complex issues and brings the skills of collaboration, shared understanding, respectful dialogue and cooperation to decision-making for successful outcomes.
Andrea Moore makes art, and makes art happen, as a writer, performer, photographer, and producer. She is passionate about using creativity as a means for cultural activism, and works to foster connections and dialogue across social and cultural lines. In addition to running her own arts company, she operates The Detached Garage artist-in-residency program, which targets and empowers emerging artists and brings art to Denver's Clayton neighborhood. She is also a co-founder of the No One Way Arts Collaborative (N.O.W.), which designs 72-hour collaborative retreats for artists to develop innovative, relevant art in both online and community settings across the country. Moore has a degree in Theatre Studies from Boston University, and her work in the theatre profoundly influences all her artistic choices. In addition to her creative pursuits, she is passionate about working with children and young adults, having worked at Adam's Camp, an organization serving the special needs community, and has a deep passion for travel. She seeks out opportunities to visit remote locations in developing countries, and deeply appreciates communicating and connecting with people across cultural lines. She supports the work of UgandaProject, which provides free education, housing, mentoring, and basic needs to students who have been orphaned, mostly due to the AIDS epidemic. Moore’s long-term vision is the culmination of all her endeavors: a retreat center that plays host to an artist-in-residence program, a community learning space, and a children’s art and outdoor adventure camp.
Kristen Race is the founder of Mindful Life, which provides brain-based solutions for schools, businesses, children, and families as they try to become more resilient to modern day stressors. Her products and services are rooted in the science of the brain with influences from the fields of mindfulness and positive psychology, designed to improve brain function and brain development in adults and children. Race has spoken nationally at the National Association of School Psychologists Conference and the International Scientific Conference for Clinicians, Researchers and Educators, as well as in local communities across the country and has appeared on many television news programs, providing parent education on topics ranging from bedtime battles to sibling rivalry. Race created and developed a unique method for teaching mindfulness skills to children and trains teachers nationwide in the program, called the Mindful Life Schools Program. The program is currently being used in schools around the country. Race has also discovered that the foundation of her work with children transfers to business leaders, executive teams, and athletes looking to perform their best by reducing stress and increasing focus. Race received her doctorate and master’s degrees from the University of Denver, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado. She currently resides in Steamboat Springs, Colorado where she can be found mountain biking, hiking, playing soccer, and chasing her kids down the ski mountain!
Tracey Stewart is the Family Economic Security Program Manager at the Colorado Center on Law and Policy (CCLP). She monitors and implements policies and programs that improve access to resources that give every Coloradan the opportunity to work toward economic stability and security. As an educator and researcher, Tracey speaks with state leaders and communities on the importance of helping Coloradans on the road to economic self-sufficiency provides research to inform Colorado businesses, governments and communities on the progress Colorado is making in its poverty-reduction efforts. Before joining the CCLP, Stewart worked with the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, where she was the project manager for the Colorado Homeless Management Information System. Before her career in the nonprofit world, Stewart was a network consultant and software application specialist. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree from the School of Education at the University of Denver. Tracey is also a volunteer board member for Worklife, a participant of the Taking Neighborhood Health to Heart community group and a member of the Denver Human Services Network. ily:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:JA;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>Race created and developed a unique method for teaching mindfulness skills to children and trains teachers nationwide in the program, called the Mindful Life Schools Program. The program is currently being used in schools around the country. Race has also discovered that the foundation of her work with children transfers to business leaders, executive teams, and athletes looking to perform their best by reducing stress and increasing focus. Race received her doctorate and master’s degrees from the University of Denver, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado. She currently resides in Steamboat Springs, Colorado where she can be found mountain biking, hiking, playing soccer, and chasing her kids down the ski mountain!
The high-altitude town of Fort Collins, Colorado is abundant in bicycles, awash in craft beer and rich in arts of all kinds. Understanding the town’s unique cultural brew begins (but only begins) to explain the novel sound of SHEL. Four sisters, raised in an atmosphere of creative freedom and diligent study, have honed their musical skills surgically sharp and blended their personalities and visions into a unified whole. They are a vocal group with outstanding instrumental capabilities and an instrumental group with a thrilling vocal attack. From their fetching, unpredictable songs to their whimsical, hand-made top hats, SHEL makes a profound impression, something they are doing to growing crowds and critical acclaim. Sisters Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza were born within five years of each other. Raised and home-schooled by a professional songwriter father and an artist mother, they dove into music young. Hannah was first to take classical lessons on piano. Then it was Sarah on violin, Liza on harp and Eva on mandolin. Liza switched to the drums upon discovery of her passion for polyrhythm. Then in the early 2000s, they started working up and performing songs with their father. Over time, Eva stepped forward as the lead vocalist. Andrew Holbrook with SHEL became SHEL with Andrew Holbrook—and then just SHEL. Nestled within SHEL’s enveloping sound, wisps of folk revival, vaudeville, renaissance fairs and steam-punk esthetic blur around one another. SHEL has achieved many benchmarks that point to a full and fruitful career ahead. They’ve played public radio’s Etown, South by Southwest, Nashville’s Music City Roots, Lilith Fair, the Four Corners Folk Festival and the International Folk Alliance Conference, among other distinguished stages, and have composed music for a national TV ad campaign.