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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Savita Ginde, M.D.

Dr. Savita Ginde is proud to serve as the Medical Director for Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN) an integrated health care delivery system consisting of over 20 Federally Qualified Health Centers providing primary care, dental, pharmacy, behavioral health, health education, and outreach services to the medically indigent population of suburban Denver.  Savita completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania followed by medical school in the British West Indies. She then went on to complete residency training in Family Medicine at Dartmouth followed by specialty training by completing the Fellowship in Family Planning at the University of Rochester in upstate New York. After Fellowship, Savita moved to Colorado and has ever since played a key role in providing healthcare services to the men, women, and children across Colorado. She has been...


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Rabbi Birdie Becker

Rabbi Birdie Becker has been a Jewish educator and performer for over 40 years. Rabbi of Temple Emanuel, Pueblo, she works with numerous congregations throughout Colorado and is president of the Rocky Mountain Cantors Association. Innovator of teaching techniques, she is the author of Conversations at the Well: Where Modern Life and Ancient Stories Meet. As a medical social worker, she is experienced in hospice and psychiatric social work. Becker also served as Ohio State Consultant for Volunteer Services. Certified in Genetics and Infertility, she spent over eleven years in reproductive health, and served as director of an outpatient medical-surgical clinic. Storahteller, choreographer, and cellist for the violin-cello duo “Apples and Honey”, she is a composer and performer of folk and liturgical music. Birdie is committed to the Jewish community and was honored...


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Joyce Lisbin, ED.D

Dr. Lisbin has been in the field of health education and communications for over 35 years.  She continues to combine the fundamentals of public health philosophy with her non-profit administrative experience. As the Coordinator of Health Communications at the STD Control Branch, California Department of Public Health, she created a statewide database of locally developed educational and promotional materials, conducted a wide variety of trainings, produced health promotion campaigns for the Branch, and provided social marketing technical assistance to local health jurisdictions. Dr. Lisbin has been an Executive Director of a Planned Parenthood affiliate, taught at several universities and has worked in Kenya and Sri Lanka focusing on sexual health and violence prevention. She is the co-founder of Pando Health Resources, the producer of the educational app called SmartSex™. Her interests include...


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Trudy B. Brown

I earned a BS in Business Administration from San Jose State University, San Jose, CA. I was a Massage Therapist for 10 years before retiring to follow my dreams of aiding in Reproductive Rights/Justice. Currently, I am on the boards of The Freedom Fund (which assists low-income women with funding for their choice of an abortion), the Colorado Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, where I am treasurer.  I also participate in the loosely based Colorado Reproductive Freedom Coalition. which includes representatives from PPRM, NARAL, COLOR, ACLU, League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women.  This group annually celebrates the Roe v. Wade decision and presents a Lobby Day to the legislature updating participants on any legislation that would help or hinder women in the free expression of their reproductive...


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Rev. Gregory Garland

Rev. Gregory Garland is a Colorado native, a graduate of Metro State University, and Iliff Seminary. He also did post-Graduate work at Claremont Graduate University. He is a minister in the United Church of Christ and currently serving at the United Church of Broomfield where has served since 1998. He previously served the Conference staff of the S.Calf. / Nevada Conference of the UCC, as Executive Director of the Westside Interfaith Association and served three other churches before coming to Broomfield. He has served on the Colorado RCRC since 2006 and was the 2015 recipient of the CORCRC Faith and Freedom award. He enjoys, guitar, reading, skiing, biking, hiking, running, traveling and camping.


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Sen. Betty Boyd

Born and raised in Connecticut, Betty Boyd received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Upsala College in East Orange, NJ, an institution of the Lutheran Church in America.  She did graduate work in Psychology and Social Work at Fairfield University (CT). Betty and her family moved to Colorado in 1974 and she became active in the Lakewood Community and in the faith community.  She has held congregational, synodical, and national leadership positions in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Lutheran Church Women in the Lutheran Church in America (a predecessor church body to the ELCA).  She co-chaired the transition team for the Rocky Mountain Synod when the ELCA was created through a three church body merger in 1988. As Director of the Lutheran Office of Governmental Ministry (now Lutheran Advocacy Ministry)...


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Gregory Movesian

Gregory Movesian is the Deputy Director for Development, Marketing and Communications of the Denver Scholarship Foundation as of May 4, 2015. Greg served as Canon Steward of Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral in Denver, Colorado for nine years, from 2002 until joining Girl Scouts in 2011. Greg has been a fund development professional for 30 years, having begun his career as a fundraising consultant in 1984 with the Martin J. Moran Co. in New York City. In the 1990s he worked with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. In recent years, he has served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement of The Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado and Chief Development Officer for Girl Scouts of Colorado as a member of their senior management team. Greg...


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Amy Brown

Dr. Amy L. Brown moved to Colorado in August 2017 after earning her Ph.D. in Religion and Nature from the University of Florida. Her research focused on pregnancy and the different ways anti-abortion Christians, feminists, and evolutionary biologists describe the relationship between a mother and fetus. She has spent the last 10 years teaching university courses on Religion and Women’s Studies and spends her free time fighting for progressive causes, particularly around reproductive rights and justice.   Currently, she teaches GED math courses at Emily Griffith Technical College and is a coordinator at American Water Works Association. She also enjoys crafting, singing, and enjoying sunny Colorado.


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