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BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Lisa Lesniak, President 

A DWBC member for virtually eight years, Lisa is inspired by knowing that through DWBC she can contribute directly to our mission to educate, engage and elect in our community and across the state. No stranger to volunteering, Lisa began her community service activities in high school and says that she has done almost every volunteer job imaginable.  A retired attorney, technical writer Lisa says she maintains her strength and optimism by participating in our community to keep democracy alive. 



 Tina Marquis, Vice President

Involved with DWBC off and on for 10 years, Tina served on the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) board for 8 years.  As board president, Tina followed her passion for the public education system advocating for increased funding and inclusive policies to support all students. She hopes that her engagement with DWBC will further her goal to elect candidates who will help our students succeed with support around community-related issues like gun violence prevention, housing, and health care. When Tina wants to chill from managing a busy home and political advocacy, you’ll find her wielding a paintbrush or hiking in the great outdoors.


David M. Gross, PhD MBA, Treasurer

Originally from New York City, Dave moved to Boulder in 1995 and is an Associate Teaching Professor of Finance at CU Boulder. Dave served as a board member and treasurer of a local women's clinic, board president and treasurer of a local arts center and has provided financial consulting services to many local nonprofits. Dave is deeply committed to Democratic principles and Democratic values and believes grassroots organizations like DWBC are the best way to create change. Dave enjoys skiing, cycling, hiking and attending music and theater performances - particularly with his wife and high-school and middle-school aged children.


Carol Callicotte-Belmon, Secretary

If you want a window in Carol's commitment to making the world a better place, just visit her blog, AFrenchAmericanLife.com.  You'll find her articulate, impassioned prose about issues that concern her greatly: gun violence, immigration, and parenting with compassion and love. As a physical therapist at medical clinics for the uninsured and a volunteer for Moms Demand Action, Carol is no stranger to community organization. She credits her success as an activist to her prowess in communicating, mobilizing, and motivating people from all walks of life. A dual US/French citizen, she likes traveling to Bretagne, hiking the Rockies, and playing basketball. Watch her elbows, she knows how to block out!

Dita Hutchinson, Board Member

Dita’s experience in the financial and non-profit sectors make her uniquely qualified to serve as our DWBC treasurer.  A self-described globalist, she has lived in many places around the world and is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese.  Her international perspective translates to a deep concern about the climate crisis. A first-generation American of Chilean descent, Dita appreciates the opportunity she is afforded through DWBC to work with other committed progressives to keep Colorado trending blue and increase her impact through local activism.

Susan Boucher, Membership and Nominating Chair

When it comes to political activism, Susan has a stellar record. Previously a volunteer office manager for the Boulder County Dems, today she is a 15-year member of DWBC and chief of staff for Karen McCormick, House District 11. Strongly committed to Democrat values and principles, Susan finds inspiration when participating in the DWBC mission to educate and inspire voters. The organization enables her to reach a wide swath of voters in Boulder County communities. Susan balances her love of politics with other interests. The next time you encounter her at a DWBC get-together, ask her about dressage. Or the open book on her bedside table. Or even her favorite movie.

Sharon Conley, Member Support

It would be a gross understatement to say that Sharon has worn many hats; in fact, she can balance more headgear than a hat tree!  Before retiring in 2003 as a clinical psychologist, she applied her talents to community relations activities benefitting women, children and families in New Orleans and Kentucky. To chill out, Sharon loves to cook, exercise, garden, read, travel and hike, having recently walked coast to coast across England.  What keeps her involved with DWBC after 14 years? Sharon says she finds it a privilege to work with an outstanding, intelligent, active group of women who are passionate about working in positive ways to support constitutional democracy.


Jenn Dempsey, Meeting Hospitality Chair

Persistent. That’s how Jenn describes her greatest strength. When it comes to persistence, Jenn’s track record is solid. As a social policy analyst in New York City, she authored the first reform plan indicators report for the NYC child welfare system. Her perseverance helped raise millions of dollars for the United Way. Today, she is transitioning from social policy research to entrepreneurship, setting her sights on launching a study abroad program for neuro diverse college students. Jenn has a clear understanding of our organization’s role in the democratic process. “DWBC promotes the opportunity to hear what our elected officials are doing. Less apparent is how eager they are to hear what WE are thinking.” Jenn’s political activism is complemented by her passion for dance, cooking and impromptu travel.


Cathy Carlson, Board Member

As a national, state and local consultant, Cathy has substantial expertise in climate and energy policy, federal lands/water resources management, mining policy, and land use policies.  She also runs a Colorado initiative called Blueflower Action, raising funds to support pro-choice women candidates running for political office up and down the ballot.  Cathy’s superpower is putting people and money and ideas together.  As a new DWBC board member, Cathy wants to engage with an amazing group of women leaders (and a few good men and gender nonconforming individuals) and share her knowledge of how to raise women’s voices in politics. 


Cathy James, Communications

Cathy believes that the challenges we face around climate crisis, voting rights, racism, gun violence and reproductive rights require her to step up to protect democracy.  DWBC offers Cathy an opportunity to make a difference at the grass roots level. She finds that cycling on rail trails helps her maintain a balanced perspective during these tumultuous times.


Lisa Wade, Membership

A self-described life-long Democrat and social liberal, Lisa brings diverse volunteer and professional expertise to her DWBC board role. A powerhouse agent in the local real estate market, Lisa lends her sizable talents and energy to 100+ Women Who Care and Together Women Rise. She also serves as Federal Political Coordinator for the National Association of Realtors in Senator John Hickenlooper’s office. Lisa looks forward to continuing the hard work of making important changes to our political landscape with the DWBC. She works hard to enrich our lives today while protecting the future we all hand off to our children and grandchildren.


Barb Knapp, Communications
Tracy Zaik, Past President

Tracy has given many hours to the DWBC, having served as president for four years and in supporting roles for another four. Volunteerism has long been her lifeblood as she mentors young women and girls via the I Have a Dream foundation (link to https://colorado.ihdf.org) and works to provide educational opportunities for young women in Nepal, India and other southern Asian areas. Professionally, Tracy is a real estate agent with Compass Boulder. And when she has some free time, you’ll find her out cycling, running, climbing and skiing with family and friends.

WE NEED YOU!

DWBC is looking for volunteers to join the board of directors. Be a part of the group who makes our meetings successful, determine where the funding is applied to achieve our mission, and grow our organization.

Questions? Contact us at info@DemWomenBoco.org

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