• Researched, wrote and published a public policy research paper instrumental in changing Colorado Medicaid regulations, on gaps in access to mental health services to children on Medicaid with co-occurring developmental disabilities, written with a CU Law grant under the auspices of Colorado Legal Services
• Wrote and published an epic mythological novel based on complex dynamical systems
• Helped design and implement an innovative urban outreach program
• Drafted a well-circulated legal brief regarding the risks and challenges of implementing improved mental health screening and services in the public schools (“Building Bridges”)
• Researched and drafted entries for a pamphlet on braiding and blending funding streams for child and family services; organized and facilitated a healthcare focus group in Spanish
• Founded and presided over a Community Outreach Network as a teacher, a Community Organization seeking to implement a volunteer tutoring and mentoring program as a resident, and an International Relations Club as an undergraduate student
• Formerly on the board of directors of Colorado Latino Leadership, Research and Advocacy Organization (CLLARO, formerly LARASA) and was the public policy committee chair; and currently on the board of directors of CHARG (mental health) Resource Center
• Helped establish and initially co-hosted a Spanish language political radio program in Denver
• Have experience as a public speaker and guest on local radio and television talk shows
• Am a 2010-2011 Colorado Leaders Fellow with the Center for Progressive Leadership
• Am a former candidate for the Colorado House of Representatives
CO Professional Teaching License: 112996, exp. August 4, 2019
Cherry Creek Schools January 2016-Present
Spanish and ELA Teacher (co-teaching in Language Arts and Math) at West Middle School
Denver Public Schools August 2012-August 2015; August 2002-August 2004
Secondary (High School and Middle School) Social Studies and Spanish English Language Acquisition Teacher (ELA-S certified), Kepner MS (Student Advisor), CPA, Abraham Lincoln HS, West Generation Academy, West HS, and Montbello HS
Jefferson County Public Schools August 2005-August 2007
High School Social Studies and Spanish Teacher
Alameda and Ralston Valley High Schools
Littleton Public Schools August 2004-August 2005
Middle School Social Studies Teacher for At-Risk Youth (Pathways)
University of New Mexico January 1998-May 1999
Adjunct Faculty in Sociology Department
Taught Dynamics of Prejudice and Social Problems
University of Connecticut August 1989-May 1996
TA, RA, and Lecturer in Sociology Department; Taught Introduction to Sociology, Social
Problems, Social Change, Complex Organizations, Criminology
Legal and Public Policy Experience
Attorney Registration #43153
Spark Policy Institute
Independent Consultant February 2013-March 2013
Focus Group Facilitator re: Health Care Access
University of Colorado Law School/Colorado Legal Services
CU Law Judicial Fellowship October 2011-February 2012
Researching Medicaid-eligible children’s access to mental health services.
Center for Systems Integration
Independent Consultant May 2010-October 2010
Summer Intern June 2009-July 2009
Representative (now Senator) Andy Kerr
(Then) Assistant House Majority Leader, Colorado House of Representatives
Spring Extern January 2009-April 2009
Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network
Summer Intern June 2008-August 2008
The University of Colorado Law School; Boulder, Colorado
Juris Doctor Degree, May 2010
Recipient of the Bernard J. Seeman Scholarship for Academic Excellence
Caplis & Deasy Cup Mock Trial Competition Semi-finalist /“Best Oralist,” 2007
Don W. Sears Award for greatest contribution to classroom experience, 2009
Metro State College of Denver; Denver, Colorado
August 2002-May 2004 (Professional Teacher License; renewed 2009)
The University of Connecticut; Storrs, Connecticut
Master of Arts, Sociology, August 1991
Various honors and awards
(Taught classes in Complex Organizations, Social Change, Social Movements,
Social Problems, Criminology, and Introduction to Sociology)
Southern Illinois University ; Carbondale, Illinois
Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, May 1989
Various honors and awards
Languages Spanish (complete fluency and literacy)
Military United States Army, Infantry May 1982- May 1984
Life Experience Lived in Mexico, 1999- 2002; World Travel, 1979-1980, 1984-1986
Past Volunteerism Big Brothers, crisis intervention hotline, Stony Creek Elementary School events
Honors and Professional Training:
Avid Summer Workshop, July 29-August 1 2012, Philadelphia, PA.
Recipient of the Bernard J. Seeman Scholarship for Academic Excellence, CU Law 2007-2008
Caplis & Deasy Cup Mock Trial Competition Semi-finalist and “Best Oralist,” CU Law Nov. 2007
Don W. Sears Award for contribution to classroom experience, CU Law 2009
Pre-AP training, January 2006. GESA training, December 2005-April 2006.
“Future Search” workshop, November 2005. Action Team facilitator.
Littleton Public Schools Foundation Firstbank Grant for “Material and Ideal Geographic
Systems,” awarded November 15, 2004.
World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C. Summer Institute on International Affairs,
June 28-July 2, 2004.
National Council of History Education Certificate of Appreciation, awarded March, 2004.
Southern Illinois University Dean’s List, Spring 1987- Spring 1989. (Graduated Cum
The Louis and Monica Petroff Award for outstanding undergraduate sociology student.
The Southern Illinois University Department of Sociology Special Honors Award.
The Illinois Sociological Association’s Undergraduate Paper Competition (which paper I
presented at the annual meetings of the ISA), 1988.
Various scholarships and grants at the University of Connecticut, 1989-1996.
The Ron Taylor Award for outstanding graduate research paper at the University of
Golden Key Honors Society.