The CASA Mission

Provide court advocacy and support in the 5th Judicial District of Colorado for abused and neglected children in pursuit of safe and permanent homes.

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.
Colleen Bergman, MA

Colleen Bergman, MA

Director of Programs

Colleen Bergman was hired as Advocate Manager on March 10, 2008. Colleen Bergman received her Baccalaureate Degree in Psychology and Communication in 1999 and a Masters’ Degree in Community Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2003. Her work experience includes: Counselor for Adults with Disabilities, Program Manager of a semi-independent living program, counselor at a Residential Treatment Center for children 8-12 years old, drug/alcohol counselor, Dialectical Behavior Therapy therapist (individual and groups) and Program Supervisor of a private probation/DRC in the 5th Judicial District, Interim Executive Director, and grant writing and management.

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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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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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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. Melissa received her Bachelor’s degree of Communications with specializations in Business and Development from Lima University at Lima, Peru. Besides the five years Bachelor, she studied three years of Business Administration at the same University. Melissa came to the US the winter of 2014 as a cultural exchange to practice English and learn the American Culture during her University vacations. She fell in love with Summit County and came back in 2015 after graduating to study English full time in order to get her Masters Degree. She currently runs a small cleaning Business, races amateur enduro mountain bike competitions and loves dirt biking and skiing.

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