Lesley was named the Executive Director of Advocates for Victims of Assault in June 2018. She was drawn to advocacy after experiencing the powerful impact of advocacy and how it changed her life. Lesley’s personal experience has given her an unwavering commitment to advocacy. Prior to serving as the Executive Director at AVA, Lesley was a public safety professional for 18 years. Lesley most recently served as the Operations Division Commander at the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, leading a division of 33 law enforcement officers. She worked in the Investigations Section for nearly a decade. In that position, Lesley worked closely with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. During her career, Lesley served on several multidisciplinary teams and helped create cooperative agreements improving survivor services.
Mandi joined the Summit Advocates team in February 2022 with a passion to improve community health outcomes through prevention, advocacy, and effective programming. Mandi earned a Master of Public Health degree in Behavioral and Community Health from the University of Maryland prior to moving to Colorado in 2018. Mandi comes to Advocates with experience in public health, outreach, and education. Prior to working at Summit Advocates, Mandi worked at an adolescent health center in Baltimore, MD, served as an AmeriCorps member in Denver, CO, and worked for the Summit County Public Health Department as a community-mobilizer working to improve youth health outcomes in Summit. Mandi believes in the power of community and collaboration to effect long-lasting change within communities. Mandi is excited to be working at an organization that believes strongly in advocacy, empowerment, and client-centered services.
Victim Services Program ManagerHousing@SummitAdvocates.Org
Growing up on a hobby farm in Minnesota, Katie acquired a love for the outdoors at a young age. A few days after graduating with a degree in Sports and Recreation Management, Katie packed up her car and moved to Summit County for an internship in May of 2015. Since then, Katie has shifted through a variety of different roles at local nonprofits and governmental organizations. In her free time, Katie enjoys practicing and teaching yoga, trail running, sound healing, traveling, deep conversations, hiking, camping and playing with her dog - Birdie.
Outreach & Education CoordinatorOutreach@SummitAdvocates.Org
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Savannah Grace Putnam
Legal Program CoordinatorLegal@SummitAdvocates.Org
Savannah was born in Nashville, Tennessee but spent most of her young life growing up with her brother and three sisters in Memphis. Following her graduation from high school, Savannah attended Christian Brothers University after which she began working as a legal assistant in a boutique family law firm in Memphis. During her two years working in family law Savannah gained invaluable experience working with clients from all different backgrounds who were facing some of life’s greatest challenges. Whether working to protect a client from domestic violence, assisting clients who were struggling with addiction, or serving as an assistant to attorneys who were appointed by the Court to protect young children from sexual and physical abuse or neglect, Savannah’s compassion and empathy only grew. In 2021, Savannah was unexpectedly recruited by a large retail chain to join their management team in Silverthorne, Colorado. While hesitant about making such a drastic career change, the idea of living in beautiful Summit County was an opportunity she could not pass up. After moving to Silverthorne in 2021, it did not take long for Savannah to realize that she needed to return to the work that she had found such a natural passion for while working in the family law firm in Memphis. Fortunately, Savannah found a perfect fit with the Summit County Advocate group where her experience and empathy are put to good use every day in advocating and assisting the most vulnerable members of the Summit County community.
Refugio ‘Cuca’ Reyes Duran
Victim Services NavigatorAdvocate@SummitAdvocates.Org
As a survivor of domestic violence, Cuca has a personal connection and believes in the effectiveness of the work AVA can do for people. She has lived in Summit County for the last 30 years. I have seen great changes, one of them is the growing need of people reaching out for a change in their lives.