The CASA Mission

To Strengthen families and communities through trauma-informed advocacy, support and services.

Karen Kaminski, Ph.D.

Karen Kaminski, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Karen Kaminski, Ph.D. was hired as Development and Grant Coordinator August 10, 2018 and moved into the Executive Director on July 1, 2019. Karen Kaminski, Ph.D. earned her Ph.D. in Adult Learning and Technology from the University of Wyoming in 2000.  Her emphasis is on experiential learning, instructional design, methods of training, and critical thinking and problem solving.  Her M.S. is in Instructional Design and Technology.  She brings over 40 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations helping them expand their services, increase development and fundraising, and enhance programs. Her work experience includes: Associate Professor and Chair of the Master of Education – Adult Education and Training at Colorado State University; Development Associate for Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center; Contract work facilitating leadership, team building, communication, and group dynamics workshops; professional ski instructor/adaptive ski instructor.
Kathi Brown, MS

Kathi Brown, MS

Advocate Manager

Kathi Brown was hired as Advocate Manager, August 6, 2018. Kathi Brown received her Baccalaureate of Arts in Criminal Justice, Baccalaureate of Science in Mass Communications and her Masters’ Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Social Psychology. Her work experience includes: Case manager for federal inmates’ halfway house, Children’s Program Manager for a domestic violence shelter, Public Relations Specialist and Program Manager for a state agency advocating on behalf of women and girls, a program consultant for a local foundation, and a child welfare supervisor.

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Rachel Liebman, MA

Rachel Liebman, MA

Program Cordinator

Rachel Liebman was hired as the Program Coordinator for Eagle County in July of 2020. Along with her husband, two kids, and rescue dog, she enjoys hiking, skiing, camping and exploring hot springs in the area. She holds a Master’s degree from Colorado State University in Communication and enjoys traveling and volunteering abroad. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Trio Therapy Partners, an organization which offers equine assisted therapy to families and individuals. She worked several positions in the non-profit sector, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver and Anchor Center for Blind Children. She additionally worked in marketing and most recently for Eagle County Schools in the CareerX program.

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Rebecca Dorn

Rebecca Dorn

Program Cordinator

Rebecca Dorn was hired as a Program coordinator in June of 2020. She holds a Master's in Non-profit Leadership from Wheelock College, with a Human Services certificate. In the past, Rebecca has worked with a variety of non-profits; most recently the Vail Valley Foundation. When not reading a newspaper article, you can usually find her doing yoga or out in the valley trying new types of coffee.

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Cathy Hyde, MA

Cathy Hyde, MA

Development & Events Coordinator

Catherine Hyde was hired as an Administrative Assistant on January 24, 2017 and was promoted to Development and Events Coordinator on July 1, 2019. Cathy Hyde received her Baccalaureate of Arts with dual majors in History and Library Science and Media, and her Masters’ Degree in Education with a concentration in Library Science and Media. Both degrees focused on curriculum building for differentiated instruction and problem solving.
 
Her work experience includes; Clerical and administrative support to management in nonprofit, real estate, property management, personal fitness, and small business enterprises; Assistant Manager in retail.

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Lisa Reeder

Lisa Reeder

Outreach Coordinator

Lisa Reeder was hired July 2020 as the new Outreach Coordinator serving Eagle and Lake counties. Living in Eagle County since December of 1995, she started her work career as a sales rep in the ski and outdoor industry traveling the mountain territory for many years. Lisa then switched her focus to operations, sales and management for Timberline Tours for the next decade. The last ten years she worked supporting events in either operations or sponsorship development for several local businesses and nonprofit organizations. She likes to spend her play time on the river and also enjoys mountain biking. Winter finds her on the ski slopes and in the back country.

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Susan Tiefenbach

Susan Tiefenbach

Administrative Assistant

Susan was hired as the Administrative Assistant for CASA in August 2019. Susan received her Certificate in Computer and Information Technology from McGill University in Montreal. Her work experience includes:   Develop IT software programs for several Telecommunication companies, Support Computer Billing Applications, Business Analyst for Telecom data collection, Gymnastics coach and Supervisor at Vail Resorts.

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Melissa Keil

Melissa Keil

Program Assistant

Melissa joined CASAcd in August 2019 as a part-time assistant to our program staff and brings expertise in graphic design and interpretation. Melissa received her Bachelor’s degree of Communications from Lima University in Lima, Peru. She also studied Business Administration at the same University. Melissa came to the US the winter of 2014 with a cultural exchange program for university students to practice English and learn more about the American culture. She fell in love with Summit County and came back in 2016 to study English full time. She currently runs a small cleaning Business, races amateur enduro mountain bike competitions and loves dirt biking and skiing.

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