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Graduates: Where are they now?

Prospective students often ask what careers they can look forward to upon graduating from the Program on Gender-Based Violence. Here is a sample of what graduates from the program are doing with their education:

  • Kelly Anderson-Block graduated from the PDV in 2004. In 2005 she became the Fatality Review Coordinator for the Denver Metro Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee. In 2007, Kelly published “Terrorism in the Home: Findings from the Denver Metro Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee.” Through her position at Project Safeguard as a Legal Advocate she became involved with the Adams County Domestic Violence Task Force and is currently the co-chair. Kelly is a member of the conference committee for the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance, and became the Assistant Director of Victim Witness at the Adams County District Attorney’s office in 2007. She believes that her education and connections with the program have allowed her the wonderful opportunities she has had over the past 3 years.

  • Brook Ely graduated from the PDV in 2004. She is currently the Program Specialist with the Domestic Abuse Assistance Program (DAAP), a state agency charged with funding domestic violence programs across the state of Colorado. She provides grant-related technical assistance, collects program data, monitors program services and offers domestic violence training to county departments of human services. Brooke works directly with Ruth Glenn, the DAAP Administrator, who is also a PDV alum.

  • Kimberly Wiley graduated from the PDV in 2006 while living in Lake City, Florida. As the Domestic Violence and Disabilities Trainer and Program Development Specialist for the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, she provides training throughout the state and nationally on topics related to advocacy for survivors of domestic violence living with a disability. In addition to grant writing and program development, she also coordinates all things "techy" within the FCADV program department. The value of the Program on Domestic Violence was immeasurable for Kimberly.  In a short two years, she was able to meet and learn from domestic violence advocates and activists from around the country with which many she is still in contact.  She lives with her husband, Bobby, and their three growing feminists, ages 5, 3 and 2, whose experience in the PDV classroom now supports their efforts to "help" mom with her work.

  • Kathy Wells of cohort IV recently returned to Alabama from Colorado to accept the position as Executive Director of the Birmingham domestic violence shelter program.  It was just announced that Kathy’s new organization, SafeHouse of Shelby County, received one of five FVPSA discretionary grants. They will use the funds to develop mental health and substance abuse programs in shelters. | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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