Board of Directors
OCR's Board of Directors
The Colorado Supreme Court appoints the nine-member child’s representative board (Board) in accordance with the requirements and qualifications found in Colorado Revised Statutes § 13-91-104(2). The Board must consist of three attorneys, three advocates for children in the court system, and three citizens. There must be no more than five members of one political party and six of the seven congressional districts must be represented on the Board. The Board serves without compensation and works cooperatively with OCR’s Executive Director to provide fiscal oversight, participate in policy and funding decisions, and assist in GAL and CASA training, as needed. The diverse and experienced Board represents all seven congressional districts and has a balance of Republican and Democratic members.
(Former) Senator Al White
Rep. | Third Congressional District | Citizen
Senator White has long been a public servant in his community of Winter Park and as a member of the Colorado Assembly, first in the House of Representatives (2000-2008) and then the Senate (2008-2010). Senator White served as Assistant Majority (Republican) Leader, Vice Chair of the Business Affairs and Labor Committee, and member of the Joint Budget, the Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the Education Committees. He also served on the Water Resources Review and the Legislative Audit Committees. He was the House appointee to the Colorado Tourism Office board. During his 10-year service in the General Assembly, Senator White has consistency supported OCR’s Mission and sponsored S.B. 10-43 which established the OCR as a permanent state agency.
Speaker Mark Ferrandino
Dem. | First Congressional District | Citizen
Speaker Ferrandino is the chief financial officer for the Denver Public Schools and, until January 2015, was speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives. In seven years representing Denver in the state legislature, he personally sponsored the enactment of civil unions for same-sex couples, the expansion of Medicaid in Colorado, a crackdown on payday lenders and an overhaul of the state’s funding formula for its public colleges and universities. Previously he was a senior budget analyst for the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing under Gov. Bill Owens; a program analyst for the United States Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General; and a policy analyst for the White House Office of Management and Budget under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
Mary Ann Liston
Rep. | Fifth Congressional District | Attorney
Mary Ann Liston is an attorney who has worked at Holme, Roberts and Owen, Winston and Liston and the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Ms. Liston also served as a guardian ad litem with the Office of the Guardian ad Litem in Colorado Springs for seven years. Ms. Liston served on the 4th Judicial District Model Court Project and chaired the Visitation Committee in the 4th Judicial District. She retired from the Office of the Guardian ad Litem in 2012.
Dem. | Seventh Congressional District | Advocate
Don Moseley is the Executive Director of Ralston House, a child advocacy center in Arvada, Colorado. He has provided advocacy, victim services and case management at Mount Saint Vincent Home, Adams Community Mental Health Center, Citywide Case Management and Samaritan House. Mr. Moseley has served on the Colorado Department of Human Services Child Fatality Review Team, the Colorado Human Trafficking Council and the 1st Judicial District Victim and Witness Assistance and Law Enforcement Board (VALE).
Rep. | First Congressional District | Citizen
Kelvin Nicholson is a licensed psychotherapist with expertise in working with children and adults in crisis. He is a former foster parent who has served as the Director of a therapeutic group home. He has also served as a case manager with Maple Star, a child placement agency.
Unaffiliated | Fourth Congressional District | Advocate
Gwen Schooley has served as the Executive Director of A Kid’s Place / CASA Program and Child Advocacy Center in Weld County since 2008, responsible for agency administration, grant writing, financial and staff management. Previously, she was the Executive Director of Child Advocacy Resource and Education, Inc., a family strengthening agency in Greeley, for 10 years. She has also worked as a Parent Program Coordinator and Parent and Child Educator. Ms. Schooley is a current Board Secretary of Colorado CASA, Treasurer of the Colorado Children’s Alliance Board and is a member of the Statewide Crime Victim’s Services Board and the Weld County Family, Youth and Child Commission. Ms. Schooley graduated from the State University of New York at Oneonta with a degree in Home Economics with an emphasis in Child Development and holds a Masters in Agency Counseling with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Northern Colorado.
Dem. | First Congressional District | Attorney
Barbara Shaklee is an attorney who served as guardian ad litem for ten years prior to joining the Human Services Section of the Denver City Attorney’s office. Ms. Shaklee was with that office for twenty two years and served as the Child Welfare Division Director and then Human Services Section Director. She retired in 2014. Ms. Shaklee has served on numerous policy committees, including the Governor’s Child Welfare Action Committee and is a past editor of the Juvenile Law Column of The Colorado Lawyer.
Unaffiliated | Sixth Congressional District | Attorney
Maria Valdez has represented children’s best interest as a guardian ad litem in dependency and neglect, delinquency, paternity, truancy and high conflict domestic relations matters since 1999. Ms. Valdez also serves as a guardian ad litem for adults and represents parties in contempt proceedings and immigration matters. Prior to opening her solo practice in 1999, Ms. Valdez served as an Assistant District Attorney in Weld County. Ms. Valdez is fluent in Spanish and has served as a volunteer attorney with Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network.
Dem. | Second Congressional District | Advocate
Marc Winokur, Ph.D., has been the Director of the Social Work Research Center of Colorado State University since 2004. Dr. Winokur received his Ph.D. in Education and Human Resources Studies with a specialization in Research Methods and Program Evaluation and has nine years of applied research and program evaluation experience in child welfare. He has conducted studies on differential response, kinship care, foster care, residential placements, adoption, family preservation, family treatment drug courts and juvenile sexual offender treatment. His additional research interests include family engagement practices, trauma screening, assessment and interventions and safety and risk assessment in child welfare. Dr. Winokur is a widely respected expert who advocates for children in the court system through the establishment of best practices in child welfare. His research is utilized nationally in child welfare cases.
Youth Advisory Member (non-voting)
Victoria Black, “Tori,” is a former foster youth and the current youth advisory member of the OCR Board. Tori entered foster care at the age of three and was in and out of care in several states until she emancipated from the Arapahoe County Department of Human Services in 2007. Since that time, Tori has been an advocate for foster care reform and the protection of rights for foster children. In 2012, Tori graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with her Bachelor’s degree in History and an emphasis on women’s history and the history of social movements.
Tori currently works at Mile High United Way for Bridging the Gap, a program which helps foster youth bridge the gap between foster care and adult self-sufficiency. Tori is also a member of the Colorado chapter of Foster Care Alumni of America and she sits on the board for Clothes to Kids of Denver. In 2012, Tori received an Excellence Award from the Colorado Department of Human Services for her work on a youth leadership board. In addition to these projects, Tori works as a mentor to former foster youth, she volunteers her time by reading to a third grade student each week, she assists in teaching foster parent training classes, and she sits on a question and answer panel for prospective foster and adoptive parents.
Tori is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada but she has also lived in Idaho, Oregon, Montana, New Mexico, California, and Colorado. Tori’s hobbies include cake decorating, baking, and spending time with her three dogs. Tori is an advocate for social change and system reform and, ultimately, she believes the foster care system can save lives, like it did her own.
OCR’s Board of Directors meets quarterly and meetings are open to the public. If you’d like to attend an upcoming Board meeting, please RSVP at least a week in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.