Xochilt Alamillo, LCSW

Xochilt completed her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Denver and has lived in the Aurora community for over 25 years. Her passion is in working with underserved communities of color in both a clinical and macro capacity. She believes communities already have what it takes to succeed, and our role is to shift from the expert mentality and provide support and guidance in their specific needs.

Mayra Aviña, MSW
Treasurer

Mayra completed her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Denver. Her passion is providing resources to underserved communities in an inclusive and equitable manner that empowers them, providing coaching and mentoring services for adults who work with youth through mindfulness and well-being practices, and providing creative and collaborative solutions for organizations working within underserved communities. She believes healing communities through their diverse values, beliefs, and cultural practices.

Mark Calhoun, MA
Vice Chair

Mark is a career educator with a passion for social justice and educational equity. In his 20 years in education, Mark has been a teacher, a dean, a math curriculum specialist, a district administrator, and a school administrator. Mark's areas of expertise include leading Restorative Practice work to create more inclusive, engaging school cultures.

Joyce Dorado, Ph.D.

Joyce is the Co-Founder and Director of UCSF Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools (HEARTS). Her clinical service and research has focused on a public health approach to addressing complex trauma in schools, child victim/witness testimony, family violence, and psychological trauma in children, youth and families from under-resourced urban communities.

Mary Duran, M.Ed.

Mary spent the last 32 years working in Aurora Public Schools as an Educational Sign Language Interpreter, Teacher, Teacher Leader/Coach, Assistant Principal and Principal. As a school leader, Mary’s focus was to hire, train, and support a diverse staff to plan and deliver rigorous, equitable and culturally responsive instruction for all students, but especially students of color and students living in poverty. Mary focused on disrupting the inequities that are systemic in public schools. She retired from APS in June of 2019. Mary is currently working for RISE Colorado as a School Partner Specialist. At RISE, we work to educate, engage, and empower low-income families and families of color to RISE as change agents for educational equity in our public-school system.

Omar Gudino, Ph.D.

Omar is a licensed clinical psychologist and an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Kansas. His clinical training emphasized the use of evidence-based practices in a flexible and culturally-appropriate manner. He was the first Board Certified Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist in Colorado.

Trisha Rethinger, BS
Secretary

Trisha is a teacher at Skyview Elementary School and is highly skilled both as an educator and in Restorative Practices. In the 2000-2001 school year she was awarded the Outstanding New Teacher of the Year Award from the Aurora Public Schools. She is committed to rigorous instruction while creating safe learning environments for all students.

Kathryn Rooney, MPA

Kathryn Rooney has spent the last 15 years working in the field of education policy. Her experience includes everything from preschool, K-12 finance, and evaluation, to higher education. Kathryn has a passion for informing and improving positive outcomes for children through the public school system and is excited to contribute her knowledge and skills to help Resilient Futures make positive changes for children as well.

Lark Scheierman, CPA
Board Chair

Lark is a Director with Protiviti’s Marketing and Communications program. Lark is an advocate for consistent community involvement, especially trauma-based work. Through life experience she knows first-hand the long-lasting impact trauma can have on a human and entire communities. She believes education and preventive care are gateways to addressing and resolving this issue in our communities.