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Executive and Operations Coordinator
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.
Director of Development
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 Director of Development at The Blue Bench. Chase leads The Blue Bench’s fund development efforts through 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 donors, 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 pups Kai and Dak 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.
Director of Communications
David Proper (he/him)
I work to ensure that the metro Denver community is aware of the resources and programs available at The Blue Bench and strive to engage the wider community in our work.
I joined The Blue Bench in the autumn of 2019. As a mission-focused individual, I am passionate about using communications to invite the community to join us in our mission to end sexual assault. Prior to joining The Blue Bench, I held various communications positions in the nonprofit and higher education sectors. Additionally, I serve on the board of directors of The Alexander Foundation, teach communications courses at local colleges and universities, and volunteer as a graphic designer for several political and charitable causes. When I’m not working, you can find me spending time with my partner and dog (@therealEleanorRoosevelt on Instagram), working on my personal mission to try every pizza place in the metro area, and enjoying Colorado’s blue skies.
Development Operations Coordinator
I work behind the scenes to raise vital funding and introduce our amazing work to the community through events and partnerships.
I joined The Blue Bench team during the winter of 2020. I’ve always been passionate about devoting my work to changing lives. More than once, I’ve witnessed the horrific impact of sexual violence on a loved one. Being a part of this team means channeling my creativity and passion into fighting for a world free of sexual assault—starting here in metro Denver. I’ve had the privilege of serving alongside many non-profit organizations, from youth serving causes to international efforts. My combined interest for empowering young people and advocating for survivors of violence has shaped my desire to serve with The Blue Bench. When I’m not at work, I’m likely attempting a new recipe in my small kitchen, running on my favorite trail, or scrolling animal rescue websites—dreaming of the day I can adopt a fur baby!
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.
Denver Post-Conviction Victim Advocate
Master of 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 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.
Ana Martinez, LCSW (She/her/ella)
I support sexual abuse survivors in their healing journey through individual and group therapy and support other therapists in doing the same. I also oversee our student internship program, teaching and guiding graduate students in their path to becoming independent therapists as well
I joined The Blue Bench in June of 2019. I joined The Blue Bench because supporting survivors for me is a passion and bearing witness to someone healing and overcoming their trauma is incredibly rewarding and an absolute privilege. I also enjoy working as part of a team, and love being able to support and guide other clinicians and interns in their development. Prior to working at The Blue Bench I worked as a Bilingual Therapist at The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, and prior to that had worked in various other roles providing therapy to trauma survivors or providing prevention and education services to prevent sexual violence in the community. When I am not working, I love to spend time outside running or hiking, cuddling up with my dog, or hanging out with friends and family. I also have about a hundred unfinished crafting projects going on at all times.
Bilingual Case Manager
Ariane Walder (she/her/hers)
I support our amazing Advocacy Team in providing the incredible services that they do through our Crisis Lines and Hospital Response, Case Management, and Post-Conviction Victim Advocacy. I also work directly with survivors in mitigating the impacts of sexual violence on their everyday lives and taking the steps that feel right for them.
I started at The Blue Bench in 2017 as a volunteer and then an intern! I always knew that I wanted to get involved in sexual assault prevention and care because it is too important and too prevalent not to. As soon as I started answering hotline calls in 2017, I had to do more. Later that year, I came on board as a full time staff member, bringing with me experience from the outdoor education industry, crisis counseling, and the service industry. I care so deeply about this team, about the survivors that we work with, and about the work that we do. When I’m not working, I love to adventure in nature as much as possible and have a goal of visiting all of the hot springs in the Southwest!
Caroline Yates Deffenbaugh
- Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Religious Studies - The College of William and Mary
- MSW - Colorado State University
Caroline currently works as a therapist at The Blue Bench, partnering with clients in individual and group therapy to address trauma-related symptoms and support healing. Caroline’s approach to treatment is collaborative, client-centered, anti-oppressive, and rooted in relational healing. She also specifically utilizes body-based treatment modalities.
Caroline has held multiple roles at The Blue Bench over the last five years, most recently as the Prevention Coordinator. In this role, she worked with schools and community groups to provide sexual-violence prevention and education programming and assisted in program evaluation and development. She also collaborated with students to begin the agency’s Youth Engagement Program, which supports young people in taking an active role in sexual violence prevention. Caroline has also held positions in Development and Canvass Departments, where she worked in fundraising and communications to build support for the agency.
Recipe for Self-Care: For Caroline, self-care includes being active, spending time in natural spaces, reading good books, and making music!
Prevention & Education
Interim Director of Prevention and Education
Prevention and Education Manager
Education: Currently pursuing a Bachelor's in Gender, Women & Sexuality at Metropolitan State University
Libby is the Prevention Coordinator at The Blue Bench. In this role, they coordinate 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. They also assist in data collection to assess program outcomes and areas for growth, as well as facilitation of prevention programming.
Prior to their current position, Libby first began working with The Blue Bench in 2014 as a member of the community outreach team, 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.
Prevention Training & Curriculum Manager
I create and facilitate curriculum for youth & adults and train The Blue Bench’s educators, in order to increase the wider community’s skillset and knowledge base for preventing sexual violence.
I joined the staff at The Blue Bench in August of 2019 as a Part-Time Prevention Specialist and have worked intermittently as a Curriculum Development Specialist before stepping into my current role in September of 2021. My passion for the intersections of restorative justice, education, and equity is realized in my work through the Prevention & Education department’s survivor-centered approach and anti-oppression framework. Born and raised in the Denver-Aurora Metro Area, I’m ecstatic to bring this vital care and education to my own communities and to use my lived and academic expertise in race, economic, and gender equity to imagine, facilitate, and create spaces for and futures of healing, liberation, and pleasure. Prior to The Blue Bench, I spent ten years in numerous educator and administrative positions in the arts education, nonprofit, and secondary education sectors. When I’m not working, I love to dance, competitively or socially, spend quality time with my loved ones, cuddle up with a good blanket and a candle, or participate in lively game nights!
Shevonn Damper (she/her/hers)
I coordinate program logistics, working closely with schools and community groups to schedule The Blue Bench’s ‘Pathway to Prevention’ programs. I also assist in data collection to assess program outcomes and areas for growth, as well as facilitate prevention programming.
I joined The Blue Bench in 2018 as an intern with a baseline knowledge of sexually violent behaviors. In 2019 I received my Masters in Curriculum & Instruction with a specialization in sex education from University of Denver. Since then, I continually strengthen my survivor advocacy skills and the ability to recognize sexually violent behaviors. Prevention education inspires me to help my community and be more understanding to those who have experienced trauma because when we are able to give young people consent education, something I never received, it gives me perpetual joy. When I am not working, I love movies, especially Marvel, documentaries, and science fiction. I am also one of the first people out on the dance floor because I love to dance!
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