Tracy Bachrach Ehlers Ph.D. (Boulder, CO) Founder of Women Work Together, Ehlers is a Cultural Anthropologist and Associate Professor Emerita who recently retired from the University of Denver where she specialized in the study of women, women’s work, and gender relations in Latin America and urban, inner city America. Her books include Silent Looms: Women and Production in a Guatemalan Town (University of Texas Press 2000), and Sugar’s Life in the Hood: The Story of An Ex-Welfare Mother (University of Texas Press 2001). She lives in Boulder, CO with her husband, Michael Ehlers and their Golden Retriever, Tootsie.
Diane Dvorin (Boulder, CO)has over 35 years of experience in both the private and public sectors, helping companies and organizations devise and execute strategies for innovation and change. She combines her eclectic experience in marketing, public relations, organizational development and entrepreneurial startups with her Spanish fluency and long-standing passion for social justice to put it all together as co-founder of Women Work Together. Politically active, Diane often volunteers locally and nationally to promote citizen engagement, tackling issues such as voter turnout and election integrity. Thanks to her diverse networks, she brings invaluable social capital wherever she goes. Diane spends whatever time she can with extended family and friends, hiking, skiing, cooking, caring and sharing.
Lucy Fuentes (San Pedro Sacatepéquez, Guatemala) is a life-long resident of San Pedro Sacatpéquez and has been involved with WWT since its inception. In Guatemala, one of the many ways she works on issues of girl’s and women’s leadership is through her local, weekly TV and call-in radio programs (Con Mirada de Mujer – A Woman’s Viewpoint and Con Voz de Mujer – Women’s Voices). As San Pedro’s first call-in show for women, Con Voz de Mujer raises issues about women’s lives, challenges, and rights. With her husband, former San Pedro Mayor, now representative to the National Congress Dr. Antonio Orozco, she has led several San Pedro delegations to Spain to strengthen exchanges and programs around issues of women’s health, local economic development, and fair trade. In her private life, Lucy is the mother of 3 adult daughters and grandmother of 3. She is an active businesswoman, owner of Hotel Miralvalle and her popular restaurant, La Suprema where single mothers are offered jobs, steady salaries, and guidance to better manage their lives.
Felicity Hannay (Golden, CO) was a natural resources attorney for 30 years, first with Denver law firm Davis, Graham & Stubbs, and subsequently as Deputy to then-Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar. When Salazar was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Felicity decided to retire from the law, and to more actively pursue her long-time commitment to the education and advancement of girls and women as leaders in their communities. From 2005 to 2012 she served on the Board of Friendship Bridge, a nonprofit that provides microcredit plus education and microenterprise training to rural Guatemalan women living in poverty. She also serves, since 2003, on the Board of AfricAid, a non-profit supporting secondary school education, mentoring, and leadership training for tribal girls in northern Tanzania. In 2009, when Felicity heard a presentation by WWT founder Tracy Ehlers about women and development in Guatemala, she responded to Tracy’s call for volunteers to help with workshops that summer in San Pedro Sacatepéquez. The rest, as they say, is history!
Jerrie Hurd (Boulder, Co) has published novels, essays, short stories, nonfiction books, and worked as a journalist. She is best known for her novels: Miss Ellie’s Purple Sage Saloon, Kate Burke Shoots the Old West, and The Lady Pinkerton Gets Her Man. She teaches fiction seminars for various universities and writer’s organizations. She has also taught literature and basic writing at Clark College and Mercer County Community College. She lives in Boulder with her husband, a Great Dane puppy name Oz, and a cat that sleeps behind her computer monitor whenever she’s working. She has two grown sons and three grandchildren.
Laura McCutchen, (Boulder, CO) brings years of accounting and non-profit management experience to the WWT board. She’s been to San Pedro Sacatepéquez twice with Women Work Together, contributing greatly to our work there. Her interest in Central America dates back to high school when she lived in Honduras as part of the first group of students sponsored by Amigos de las Americas. Since then, she has traveled often in Mexico and Central America.As a longtime member of Zonta International, Laura has a keen sense of world citizenship. While her now-adult children were growing up, the McCutchens hosted exchange students from all parts of the globe. Laura moved to Boulder in 1972 and recently retired as Business Manager of the YWCA. In addition to Latin culture, Laura enjoys textiles, dramatic arts, playing hand bells and reading.
Theresa Preston-Werner, (San Francisco, CA) I have spent the better part of the last decade studying women, work, and inequality in Costa Rica while I completed my PhD in Anthropology at Northwestern University. Never satisfied unless I’m running full speed, I’ve also published several articles on material culture in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, volunteered at San Francisco’s Women’s Building and 826 Valencia, assisted the development staff at the Women’s Funding Network, worked on the training staff for San Francisco’s AMIGOS chapter, cooked delicious meals for too many dinner parties at my home in the Mission, and birthed a beautiful son. In May 2011, I connected with fellow anthropologist Tracy Ehlers and began working with Women Work Together to develop and evaluate their programs.
Nicky Wolman, MA, (Denver, CO) has spent her career helping young people find their way into productive adult lives. With an advanced degree in counseling, she worked in school and community settings designing and implementing prevention and intervention programs for youth ages 5-18. She has been a consultant with the US Department of Education in recognizing Blue Ribbon school programs. Nicky has served on the Board of Directors in the prevention field; women’s health, education and safety; and the cultural arts. As a volunteer, she has tutored English learners, supported grieving adults, and designed community and family education programs. Nicky enjoys hiking, biking, reading, traveling to other countries, cultural activities, and spending time with family.