Ms. Kiehl was formerly the Director of the Women’s AIDS Project at The Empowerment Program. After leaving to practice as a Public Defender for the past 12 years, she recently re-joined as the Associate Executive Director as she transitions toward taking over as Executive Director by the end of 2018.
My name is Brenda Marquardt, I just finished the Masters of Social Work Program at MSU Denver. I spent the last year as an intern at The Empowerment Program and could not be more excited to continue my work as an employee. I will be continuing my work as a behavioral therapist, facilitating groups on the RISE unit in Denver County Jail. I will work specifically with female participants that have committed to exploring the trauma substance abuse connection. I am passionate about supporting humans on their journey toward liberation utilizing an anti-oppression and intersectional lens. My passion lies in empowering humans to find their ideal lives, and through the deconstruction of oppressive systems, one patriarchal barrier at a time. I believe that trauma responses are at the core of the issues faced by humans. When we can understand our physical bodies, and work the trauma energy out we are more capable of living fuller more meaningful lives.
Devin received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and her Masters in Social Work degree from Baylor University.
She has always wanted a career where she could help guide others through life’s hardships. Devin has a passion for criminal justice and adult reentry from incarceration in particular because she is simply not satisfied with the disproportionate arrests of minorities within the justice system, and the often unaddressed issues surrounding recidivism after release from prison.
Since beginning her career 40 years ago, Joycee has co-authored a book and been a contributing author to articles related to traumatic stress and violence. She has received several outstanding service awards and has been with The Empowerment Program 10 years.
Lori Boothe has lived in Colorado since she was 8 years old. She graduated from Regis University in 2005 with her masters in counseling and psychology, and has worked in the field of addiction since 1997. She loves fishing and cooking. Lori has been a part of Empowerment since 2014 and provides individual substance use, mental health therapy and oversees acupuncture.
Michelle received her Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Monterey Bay in Collaborative Health & Human Services with an emphasis in Social Work and a minor in Spanish Language & Hispanic Cultures. She has over 15 years’ experience working with non-profits, education, and private companies. Her passion is to make a difference in her communities, and she have strived to do that as an advocate. Michelle is currently attending Columbia University for her Master’s of Science in Social Work with an emphasis in Advanced Clinical for Medical, Mental Health and Disabilities. She joins the Empowerment Program to serve our community with our DAHPP Team, as a Bilingual HIV Prevention Outreach Specialist.