SASO STAFF

Executive Director - Maura Doherty Demko

Maura comes to SASO with 14 years of experience in the human service field that includes working as an Emergency Services Therapist and Team Lead for Axis Health Systems, Adjunct faculty for New Mexico Highlands University in Farmington, Volunteer Facilitator for CIT, Caseworker for Arapahoe County DHS, and Program Supervisor for Shiloh Homes, Inc.  She graduated from the University of Santa Monica in 2004 with a Masters in Psychology and graduated with a Masters of Social Work/Masters in Business Administration from New Mexico Highlands University in May. When Maura is away from SASO you can find her spending time with her awesome children, creating art, studying, snowboarding or playing in the great mountains that brought her to Colorado.

maura@durangosaso.org

Assistant Director - Rhonda Ferguson

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.

rhonda@durangosaso.org

Cultural Outreach I - Tory Smith

Tory holds a Bachelor's in Social Work with a minor in Outdoor Education, and is currently halfway through a Master's of Social Work degree from New Mexico Highlands University. She just completed a year-long practicum at Companeros: Four Corners Immigrant Resource Center and before that I was teaching for The Traveling School in South America. When not at work Tory enjoys mountain biking, throwing pottery, reading and traveling as often as she can. 

tory@durangosaso.org

Cultural Outreach Coordinator II - Kelsey Lansing

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. 

kelsey@durangosaso.org

Volunteer & Advocacy Services Coordinator - Mara Dan-Weber

Mara recently graduated from Fort Lewis College with a Bachelors in Psychology, and Gender & Women Studies. She has been a volunteer for SASO's 24hr hotline since 2017, and began working at SASO in 2019. She is passionate about working with survivors of sexual assault, victims of human rights violations, as well as protecting the environment. When not working she spends her time hiking, camping, snowboarding, scuba diving, and hanging out with her wonderful cat Zuebie. 

mara@durangosaso.org

Finance Manager - Cynthia Aspen

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.

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