Before coming to SASO, I was the Program Manager for Volunteers of America, Southwest Safehouse for three years, during which time I had the opportunity to work with SASO as a partner agency.
Prior to working with the Southwest Safehouse, my career was in Higher Education. I worked at Fort Lewis College in Student Housing and Conference Services for 14 years. I was responsible for diversity, equity and inclusion training, supervising staff, coordinating large scale events, advising student government, and providing educational programs on a variety of topics including sexual assault, domestic violence, and suicide prevention. I then worked at Pueblo Community College where I was an Academic Advisor and then the Regional Director for Student Success. While I was there, I was responsible for enrollment, advising, orientation, financial aid, programming, and advising student government. I also served as a Title IX Officer. I earned my Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and Leadership from Adam’s State University. I treasure my experience in Higher Education and it has been a natural transition to non-profit work and victim advocacy.
Rhonda has been a volunteer with the SASO family since 2011. She worked as the Community Education Coordinator for nearly a year before stepping into her new position. Rhonda holds a Bachelors in Psychology from Fort Lewis College and a Masters Degree from the University of San Francisco in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Child Development. She received certification training specific to Art Therapy for Children and is licensed as a National Board Certified Counselor. When not at SASO, Rhonda enjoys running, hiking and spending time with her two amazing children who make sure life is never boring and always filled with laughter.
Volunteer and Advocacy Services Coordinator
Emily moved to Durango in 2015 after graduating from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN with a bachelor's in International Studies and Political Science. She has since served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the Boys and Girls Club of the Southern Ute Tribe, worked as a high school English teacher in Morocco and Thailand, and worked as a wilderness therapy backpacking guide for three years. Emily is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University. When not at SASO, she enjoys mountain biking, climbing, snowboarding, backpacking, and running with her dog Elder.
Cultural Outreach Coordinator I
Gabby recently graduated from Fort Lewis College in the spring of 2020 and began working with SASO in the Summer of 2020. She has a Bachelors in Sociology with a focus in Criminology and a minor in Psychology. She will begin the pursuit of a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adams State University in the spring of 2021. She enjoys working with all groups of people. Outside of work she enjoys running, spending time with family and visiting new places.
Cultural Outreach Coordinator II
Kelsey Lansing joined SASO as a hotline and prevention education volunteer in 2015. She is a member of the Navajo tribe from the Near the Water clan and is born for the Salt clan. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Native American & Indigenous Studies with a focused interest in Socio-Anthropology. Her passions include research on historical trauma, Indigenous feminism, and learning the traditions of cultures. When she is not at work, Kelsey likes to explore Durango, read fiction book, and spend time with her family and friends.
Brian and his family moved from Arkansas to Bayfield 3 years ago and began working with SASO in August of 2020 after 20 years of being a pastor. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Ministry from Harding University. He and his wife, Tammy, have been married for 24 years, have 4 children of their own and are in the process of adopting 2 kids. Brian’s family stays active in their community in a number of ways by doing foster-care and leading live workouts. Brian is a certified group fitness instructor and enjoys working out, reading, writing, running, and playing basketball.
Cynthia has been a feminist activist ever since marching for the Equal Rights Amendment at the tender and formative age of two. She began her work in victim advocacy and assault prevention at her alma mater, the University of Illinois, and has continued in Alaska, Hawaii, Montana and Colorado. In her fifteen years in Durango, Cynthia has served as the accountant for several nonprofit organizations, in addition to volunteering her time as the local coordinator for the National Organization for Women, the Family Center of Durango, and SASO. She is passionate about budgets, numbers, and pie charts, and her favorite moments are spent raising a safe, strong and free nine-year-old daughter with her husband, Robert.