Board of Trustees


Rev. Aline Silva

Rev. Aline Silva Graduate of the University of Kansas and Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Rev. Aline Silva, currently serves as Clergy Outreach for the Colorado Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. She is the youngest female pastor to lead a church in the American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountains. She describes herself as an American Baptist pastor, preacher, coach, and organizer. She laughs out loud, dances, and follows Jesus as she advocates and works for justice.


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Betty Field

Betty Field was born and raised in North Dakota, but raised her family in Rapid City, SD.  While living in South Dakota Betty worked in the Human Services field as a Youth and Family Crisis Intervention Specialist for several years before becoming the Executive Director of the Black Hills Center for Equality. She has called Colorado Springs home since 2011.  Since moving to Colorado Betty has served as a volunteer Community Action Team Leader for Planned Parenthood of the Rockies, ran for Federal office and has continued her advocacy for reproductive choice by taking part in many educational, volunteer and activism opportunities.


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Rev. Nina Churchman

I worked as a Civil (Environmental) engineer at EPA’s regional office in Denver for 14 years in the hazardous waste and Superfund sections. I was ordained as an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of Colorado in 1995 and served in parishes in the metro area for 20 years. I also worked as a chaplain at University Hospital in Aurora. I previously served on the CORCRC board for about 10 years.


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Gail deVore

Gail deVore has lived in Colorado for more than three decades, serving on many local and national Boards of Directors. She is passionate about reproductive health rights and access to healthcare. She is a founding board member of the Nightscout Foundation, an organization focused on creating solutions for diabetics to better manage their condition. She is also on the board of the National Council of Jewish Women, Colorado Section, serving as VP of Public Relations. NCJW is coalition member of CoRCRC. Ms. deVore is regularly at the Capitol to testify in committee and to meet with various elected officials supporting the ACA, reproductive rights, prescription pricing, and other issues affecting women, children, and families. Ms. deVore’s career began as a student organizer in Kansas, then brought those skills to Colorado where she...


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Tatiana Lopez

Hello! I am so excited to be apart of CORCRC and help bring the organization to the Colorado Western Slope, a place that could definitely use the resources that CORCRC provides! I’m a student at Colorado Mesa University, majoring in Communications while also doing a minor in Political Science. I’ve been working in the non-profit sector since high school. I publish a monthly newsletter for Shimmer Sparkle Shine, a non-profit that, works with young girls and pre-teens to educate them on the importance of self-worth and feeling comfortable in their own skin. I am also the vice president of the newly formed AAUW (American Association of University Women) CMU branch, which I like to think is the next step above Shimmer Sparkle Shine, working to help empower women in their careers and...


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Message From The President

With autumn quickly approaching the CORCRC calendar is filling up with some interesting activities and events.  We hope you will participate with us and be energized to help in the faith-based work we do for reproductive freedom. Board of Trustees There have been many changes in board composition.  Among those who have left the board this year are Barbara Lee, Joelle Takahashi, The Rev. Ruth Rinehart and The Rev. Katie Kandarian-Morris.  The Rev Greg Garland retired as of the Annual Meeting. Additions to the board have included Gina Harvey, Rabbi Roberta Becker, Taylor Soderborg, Amy Brown, and The Rev. Tamara Boynton. Officer changes included Rev. Val Jackson’s resignation as President and election of Sen. Betty Boyd, Trudy Brown stepping down as Treasurer and the election of Rabbi Birdie Becker, and the recent...


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Dr. Maryam Guiahi

Dr. Maryam Guiahi is Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Family Planning, University of Colorado School of Medicine.  Dr. Guiahi trained at a Catholic hospital for her OB-GYN residency and since that time she has been interested in how religious institutional restrictions impact women’s access to family planning services and OB-GYN residency training.  Maryam lives in Cheesman Park with her husband and son.


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Rev. Tamara Boynton

Rev. Tamara Boynton is a mother, a minister, and an organizational specialist. She has lived in Colorado since 1993. She received her BA from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and her M.Div. from Iliff School of Theology in Denver. She is an ordained clergy in the United Church of Christ and has served as campus minister CU-Boulder, as Minister of Education and Spiritual Formation in Lakewood and Denver, as solo Pastor at Berkeley Community Church, and as Associate Conference Minister (twice) for the Rocky Mountain Conference of the UCC. She has worked extensively with children, youth, young adults, and adults in camping, experiential education, mentoring, and retreats throughout her life. More recently, her work with churches and non-profits has piqued her interest in the psychology of organizations as...


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Taylor Soderborg

Taylor Soderborg

Taylor Soderborg is a 5th year joint MD/PhD student in the Medical Scientist Training Program at University of Colorado. Her current research focuses on the role of the early infant gut microbiome in metabolic disease risk. She plans to become an Ob/Gyn physician. Taylor was raised in San Francisco, California and attended Oberlin College where she graduated with high honors in Neuroscience. Taylor is currently one of the steering committee leaders for Medical Students for Choice interest group which works to promote awareness of and engagement in topics related to women’s reproductive justice.


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Joelle Takahashi

Joelle Takahashi is a medical student at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. She was born and raised in Hawaii and moved to California to receive a BA in psychology from Pepperdine University. Joelle has dedicated her time as a medical student advocating for women’s rights in medicine. She is currently the director of the Medical Students for Choice student interest group and coordinates monthly campus events to increase awareness and student engagement. Her current research focuses on Catholic hospital restrictions and limitations on women’s healthcare.


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Michelle Sheehy

Michelle Sheehy joined the CORCRC Board in 2014. She is a Colorado native and upon completing her degree in Philosophy she took off for Los Angeles where she received her MA in Bioethics. She has a strong interest in sexual and reproductive health. Michelle is Co-Chair of the Education and Outreach Committee, coordinating and organizing events. She’s a strong advocate for birth-control and access to sexual and reproductive health services. She currently is working at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains as a Clinical Research Assistant. She enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, and spending quality time with friends and family.


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Rev. Dr. Stephan Papa

Rev. Dr. Stephan Papa is a Unitarian Universalist minister; he served the First Universalist Church in Denver from 1982-2001; in 1984 with Dorotha Howe, he started the Freedom Fund, which provides financial assistance to women choosing to have an abortion.  Stephan has served on the CORCRC Board for many years.  He has a BS in Education, a Masters, and a Doctor of Ministry degree.  He has served five congregations in different parts of the country and worked for the Unitarian Universalist Association.  After forty years in the professional ministry he has retired and lives in Denver with his wife Patty Prevost.


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Rev. Dr. Valerie Jackson

Valerie L. Jackson is the senior pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Aurora, Colorado. She also serves the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) via the Commission on The Status and Role of Women, The Ethical Education Task Force, and The District Superintendent’s Committee. She earned her Doctor of Ministry degree from the Iliff School of Theology with research in Homiletics, Womanist Theology, and Black Church Studies. The project title is A Critical Analysis of Preaching in the National Baptist Convention, USA, Incorporated: The Socio-Cultural and Existential Reality of Women. In addition, she has a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Education from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia; and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Tufts University in Medford, MA. Moreover,...


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Marcia Helfant

Marcia Helfant currently serves as CO. State Policy Advocate for the National Council of Jewish Women, a grassroots social justice organization that emphasizes quality of life issues for women, children and families. Growing up in New York City, and living in Philadelphia for many years, Marcia received a B.A. degree from Queens College, the City University of New York, with a major in history; and an M.A. degree in Political Science from Hunter College, the City University of New York. After teaching history in New York City Public High Schools for 9 years, Marcia left to raise a family. Having moved to Philadelphia during those years, and developing an interest in political advocacy, she attended Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Science and Social Research, earning an MSW degree, with an emphasis...


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Gina Harvey, M.M., M.Div.

Gina Harvey, M.M, M.Div, is a Member in Discernment in the United Church of Christ tradition. She is a recent graduate of Iliff School of Theology where she received her Masters of Divinity with a certificate in Pastoral and Spiritual Care. Gina is currently finishing a chaplain residency program in Metro Denver and serving the congregation at Mayflower Congregational Church as music director and ministry assistant. Before answering her call to ministry, Gina had a career in music performance and education. Gina lives in Westminster, CO with her 16-year old daughter Sofie and her partner, Dee.


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