Karmen Carter is the Executive Director of The Blue Bench. Karmen brings with her a deeply-held passion for The Blue Bench’s mission and over 25-years of experience in building strong teams, fostering strong relationships and providing sound fiscal management. Prior to 2011, Karmen served as Executive Director of Judi’s House, Director of Programs for the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center and most notably, previous Executive Director of the Rape Assistance & Awareness Program for almost eight years.. In addition to serving as Co-Chair of the Denver Sexual Assault Interagency Council and many other work related task forces, she is a volunteer in a lot of community efforts. Karmen currently serves on the Board of Directors of Reach Out and Read Colorado.
Director of Finance & Operations
Alberta Perez is the Administrative Assistant of The Blue Bench and is responsible for greeting clients and general office operations. Alberta brings more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit administration. Prior to joining the team at The Blue Bench, she was the Clinic Administrative Clerk at Denver Health Medical Dental Clinic. Alberta holds three associate degrees in Business/Administration.
Recipe for Self-Care: When away from the office, Alberta enjoys cooking, baking, crafts and spending time with her grandchild and family.
Masters of Public Administration – University of North Carolina, Pembroke NC
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – University of North Carolina, Pembroke NC
Chase is the Development Coordinator - Special Events & Sponsorships at The Blue Bench. Chase leads The Blue Bench’s centerpiece fundraising events and community engagement events around the Denver metro area while cultivating and stewarding dedicated corporate and organization partnerships in the community. He works closely with dedicated community businesses and organizations to help raise awareness while raising vital funding for The Blue Bench’s powerful programs and services.
Prior to working with The Blue Bench, Chase has led fund development and fundraising activities for a variety of nonprofit organizations, first responder agencies and local governments for over a decade. He has raised over $3 million for organizations through grant writing, individual and major donor development, capital campaigns, sponsorships and special events. Before entering the world of nonprofit fund development, Chase was responsible for developing and implementing county-wide emergency planning, evacuation routes and emergency shelter management for several coastal North Carolina counties.
Recipe for Self-Care:
Chase enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and husky-golden mix pup through hiking, camping and just being surrounded by nature. He also has been a hobbyist glassblower since 2016 and makes a variety of décor and jewelry items.
Education: Bachelor of Arts in English – Utica College
Master of Arts in Communication – University of Colorado
David leads all marketing and communications efforts at The Blue Bench including content development, website design and management, and social media and digital engagement.
Before joining The Blue Bench, David held various communications position in the nonprofit sector and higher education, including at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and the University of Denver. He also attended American University’s School of Communication in Washington, DC (ABD – PhD Communication). David’s studies focus on the communications efforts of social movements and nonprofit advocacy groups. Additionally, he teaches courses in communications and volunteers for several local organizations providing public relations and graphic design work.
Recipe for Self-Care: David enjoys spending time with his dog, distance running and cooking.
Director of Client Services
Jacquie Aamodt, LSCW
Education: Masters of Social Work - Columbia University, New York, NY
Jacquelyn Aamodt, LSCW, is the Director of Client Services at The Blue Bench. At The Blue Bench, Jacquie oversee client services, including individual and group therapy, the 24-hour sexual assault hotline, and case-management and advocacy services. Her philosophy in working with survivors of sexual assault is strengths-based, client-centered, trauma-informed and one that considers the whole person. She is inspired by the strength, resiliency and beauty of the human spirit and believes it is important to “trust the wisdom of the heart”. Jacquie came to The Blue Bench with over 15 years of experience in the Mental Health and Human Services field. Originally from NYC, Jacquie re-located to Denver in 2007, where she worked for 4 years as the Director of Residential Programs at Denver Children’s Home. It was through this experience that she had the opportunity to receive intensive training in the Neuro-Sequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), and had the opportunity to learn and implement specific trauma-focused interventions based on brain development.
Recipe for Self-Care: When not at The Blue Bench, Jacquie enjoys outdoor activities, cooking and reading as well as spending time with friends and family.
Masters in Counseling Psychology- University of Denver, CO
Bachelor of Science in Psychology - Colorado State University, CO
Carley is the Clinical Manager at The Blue Bench. A former intern at The Blue Bench, Carley rejoins the team with strong agency knowledge and particular skill in psychoeducation about sexual assault for secondary survivors.
Prior to working with The Blue Bench, she worked at Salvation Army Harbor Light where she provided individual and group addiction counseling for men in a relapse prevention program and case management to veterans regarding housing, budgeting and greater self determination. She also taught life skills and mindfulness classes and was instrumental in designing and implementing the curriculum. Carley has also worked as Clinical Intern at The Gender Identity Center of Colorado, providing services for individuals questioning or transitioning their gender identity and as a Crisis Line Volunteer at Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence where she provided support and safety planning to individuals experiencing domestic violence. In this role, she also performed intake evaluations and screenings for individuals coming into the shelter.
Recipe for Self-Care:
Carley loves hiking, yoga, swimming, working out, playing with her Australian Shepherd, watching movies, camping, skiing, weekend trips around Colorado, and spending time with her friends and sister.
Denver Post-Conviction Victim Advocate
Currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Social Work - Colorado State University, CO
Bachelor of Science in Social Work - Metropolitan State University, CO
Casey is the Post-Conviction Victim Advocate serving Denver and the 2nd Judicial District. She provides representation and support for survivors of sexual assault as they navigate the probation system following their perpetrator’s sentencing in the criminal justice system.
Prior to working with The Blue Bench, Casey worked at Gateway Domestic Violence Services in roles spanning from emergency shelter advocate to legal advocate in Gateway’s Court Advocacy Program. In these variety of roles she assisted in educating and empowering survivors of intimate partner violence in many aspects ranging from seeking shelter, creating safety plans to understanding their rights within the courts.
Recipe for Self-Care:
Casey loves reading, hiking, spending time with friends but can also be found binge watching the newest Netflix shows in her downtime.
Jefferson Co. Post-Conviction Victim Advocate
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications - Metro State University, CO
Lindsay serves as the Post-Conviction Victim Advocate for sexual assault cases within Jefferson County and the 1st Judicial District. She advocates for victims and their families as a victim representative on the teams who are supervising and treating the offender while they are on probation.
Prior to working with The Blue Bench, Lindsay served as a Victim Advocate Specialist for the Adams County District Attorney’s office. In this role, she assisted victims of all types of crimes during the prosecution of their offender’s case. Before finding her passion for victim advocacy, Lindsay worked in non-profit development with The American Indian College Fund and The University of Colorado.
Recipe for self-care: Lindsay loves spending time with family and friends and her precious dog, Honey. She is an avid reader and often has several books going at once. She loves relaxing on a patio with an ice-cold beverage. She also likes to be active outdoors and enjoys dance, swimming and CorePower Yoga.
BA English and BBA Business Administration from University of San Diego
Graduate Certificate in Spirituality and Social Change from Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
Amelia Gentile-Mathew is the Volunteer Coordinator at The Blue Bench. In her role, she manages the organization's 100+ volunteers and administers The Blue Bench's 40-hour hotline advocacy training.
Before being a part of The Blue Bench, Amelia worked as the Against Sexual Violence Campaign Coordinator for Goldsmiths College, University of London, where she established the Good Night Out bar safety campaign at Goldsmiths, served on the college's Sexual Harassment Advisory Board, piloted prevention and education programming, and provided student advocacy.
She has also worked as a behavioral therapy technician for children, helping children attain successful self-regulation and enhance socially important behaviors, and as a research assistant for CLGS, where she conducted research at the intersection of academic religious scholarship, faith communities, and LGBTQIA+ people and organizations.
Recipe for Self-Care: Amelia likes to go spinning, grow fresh foods and cook with them, leatherworking, and reading about and learning new things, especially about evolutionary psychology, geologic time, video games, and space.
Southeast Office Therapist
Masters in International Disaster Psychology- University of Denver, CO
Bachelor of Science in Psychology – Saint Joseph’s University, CO
Michelle is the Southeast Therapist where she provides trauma-focused therapy for individuals and groups. Michelle joins the team with a strong passion for providing services to sexual assault survivors and their loved ones. Michelle has a special knowledge about the impact of sexual assault in college settings and crisis intervention services.
Prior to working with The Blue Bench, Michelle worked at Aurora Mental Health Center providing individual and group services to those within the criminal justice system. Michelle’s interest in supporting sexual assault survivors began during her undergraduate education when she became a member of a sexual assault awareness and prevention program at Saint Joseph’s University. During this time, she provided psycho-educational presentations to a number of campus organizations. She also supported survivors through crisis intervention services via a 24/7 hotline and hospital accompaniments. Since then, she has strengthened her skills and knowledge in a number of different settings including interning at the Clery Center, SafeHouse Denver, Lutheran Family Services, and Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation. Michelle has also worked in residential settings providing trauma-informed care and crisis intervention to children who have experienced abuse and neglect.
Recipe for Self-Care:
During her free time, Michelle loves spending time outdoors, attending yoga classes, exploring different parts of Denver, and spending time with her friends.
Education: Masters in Social Science Administration
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Cognitive Science.
Ana is the Bilingual Therapist at the Blue Bench. She is responsible for providing trauma-focused therapy to The Blue Bench’s monolingual Spanish-speaking clients and working with the Latinx community in a culturally informed way. Ana’s philosophy of healing focuses on client-centered and strengths-based care and she is specifically trained in TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing).
Before working at the Blue Bench Ana worked in a similar role as a Bilingual Trauma Therapist at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, providing trauma-focused individual and group therapy to the Latinx community and beyond in Cleveland, OH. Ana’s passion for sexual violence prevention work began in college where she helped coordinate awareness events such as Take Back the Night as a member of the Sexual Abuse and Violence Educators group, and facilitated peer presentation around sexual assault prevention and healthy relationships as a SMARRT leader. Ana furthered her skills in working with trauma survivors as a social work intern at Cornerstone of Hope Grief Counseling Center and at MetroHealth Medical Center’s Emergency Department. Ana also developed specialized skills in working with children as a Bilingual School-Based Therapist at Applewood Centers, Inc.
Recipe for Self-Care:
Start with two cups of running, three spoonfuls of puppy cuddles, and a dash of arts and crafts. Steadily add hiking and ukulele playing to your liking and combine with a healthy serving of quality time with friends and family for a complete recipe to a happy and healthy Ana.
North Office Therapist
Prevention & Education
Director of Prevention & Education
Education: Masters in Gender and Women's Studies - University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Susie joined The Blue Bench team as the Director of Prevention and Education in 2014. She is responsible for expanding scientifically-supported approaches to prevention and education through community collaboration and effective communication strategies. She brings with her 13 years of experience in non-profit programming and workshop facilitation in the fields of sexual violence and mental health.
Prior to her current position, Susie served as the director of programs at the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) where she translated her passion for program development and evaluation into high impact public education and support resources for individuals and families affected. She has extensive experience as a campus sexual violence prevention workshop facilitator through the Sexual Assault Support Center in Vancouver, B.C. and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Recipe for Self-Care: When not working, Susie is off picking up new hobbies and enjoying the mountains with friends and family.
Prevention Training Manager
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Religious Studies - The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
Caroline is the Prevention Coordinator at The Blue Bench. In this role, she coordinates program logistics, working closely with schools and community groups to schedule The Blue Bench’s “Pathway to Prevention” programs and developing relationships with community partners. She also works in curriculum development and data collection, gathering data to assess program outcomes and areas for growth. She continues to facilitate Prevention workshops, with a particular penchant for the middle school curriculum.
Previously, Caroline was a Canvass Director for Grassroots Campaigns, Inc. in Philadelphia, PA and locally, working with a variety of national non-profits to raise funds and community awareness. She first began working at The Blue Bench in the canvass department and returned as a Prevention Specialist in October, 2014. Since then Caroline has taken on numerous roles within the organization including Prevention Specialist and Development Assistant.
Recipe for Self-Care:
Caroline enjoys singing with Safonia, a local women's choir and running.
Education: Currently pursuing a Bachelor's in Gender, Women & Sexuality at Metropolitan State University
Libby is the Prevention Assistant at The Blue Bench. In their role, they assist the Prevention team in data collection and analysis as well as facilitation of prevention programming in schools. Before their current role, Libby was part of The Blue Bench's community outreach team for three years, speaking with community members across Metro Denver about the organization's work and sharing resources.
Recipe for Self-Care: Spending time with their second family, hiking, traveling, thrifting, and cooking.
Our Prevention Specialists are trained to facilitate numerous comprehensive, age-appropriate and scientifically supported prevention education programs in schools, businesses, bars and more.