Executive Director: Sasha Hutchings, AM
Sasha Hutchings joined the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center in early 2014 as the Executive Director. She received her Master’s degree from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Religious Studies from Fairfield University. Sasha joins the RMvlc having most recently worked as the Assistant Director of Seeds of Hope Charitable Trust in Denver, Colorado, where she was responsible for running the organization’s operations. She has also worked extensively with at-risk youth and their families, including teaching in an inner-city school in Boston, Massachusetts, and working with the Social Service Project and Criminal Juvenile Justice Project at the Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic in Chicago, Illinois.
Legal Director: Pamela Maass, J.D.
Pamela Maass joined the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center in September 2014. Pamela earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado Law School in 2010 after earning her Bachelor's in Industrial Engineering and Master’s in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Arizona State University in 2004 and 2006 respectively. Pamela’s passion for protecting civil rights began while she served as President of the Society of Women Engineers and as an officer for the Coalition of Minority Engineering Societies at ASU - to improve educational and corporate policies for minorities and women in engineering. During graduate school, Pamela led humanitarian trips to Mexico and co-founded the Phoenix and ASU chapters of Engineers without Borders. While at the University of Colorado Law School, Pamela advocated on behalf of victims of violent crime as a law clerk for the Gang Unit of the Denver District Attorney’s office and again as law clerk for the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Upon completion of law school, Pamela served as a Felony Deputy District Attorney in Boulder, Colorado, conducting more than 40 jury trials and hundreds of motions hearings for cases involving victims of violent crime. Pamela further gained extensive civil litigation experience handling complex personal injury, product liability and construction defect cases for a private law firm in Denver. Pam led over 60 depositions, and first-chaired arbitrations. Pamela is a member of the Doyle Inn of Court and the Colorado Women’s Bar Association. Beyond her legal career, Pamela has established herself as an improvisational comedy performer, and - on the more serious side - Pamela is actively involved in Think Global Institute and other global initiatives to expand opportunities for women entrepreneurs, visionaries and leaders throughout the world.
Project Director: Emily Nourse, M.Div., MA
Emily Nourse comes to Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center from Nashville, TN, where she managed the Davidson County Relative Caregiver Program at Family and Children’s Service. Much of Emily's work has been in the field of domestic violence, where she has provided individual and family counseling, led therapeutic support groups, was involved in community advocacy, and provided crisis intervention. Emily has been active with the Nashville Coalition Against Domestic Violence and has collaborated with other domestic violence agencies to increase awareness of the issue. Emily served on the Nashville Mayor's Safety Assessment that was charged with identifying gaps in victims' safety. Emily received her Masters of Divinity degree in 2004 and her Masters in Counseling in 2012.
Client Services Coordinator: Ashley Arens, MSW, MSSP
Ashley Arens is joining the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center in November 2014. Ashley obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from East Carolina University in North Carolina in 2009 and her Master’s of Social Work and Master's of Science in Social Policy in 2012 from the University of Pennsylvania. Since arriving in Denver in 2012, she has worked for Urban Peak as a case manager and life skills counselor. She has also represented Urban Peak at the Human Trafficking Center at DU, served on coalitions within the city involving HIV and youth, and served as a sexual assault victim's advocate.
Board of Directors
Jean G. McAllister, MSW, Member
Ms. McAllister owns her own business, JGM Consulting LLC, providing training and consultation regarding interpersonal violence and trauma. She has over 30 years experience in the field. She also works for the Colorado Department of Human Services on a part time basis. She is privileged to work with various agencies regarding sexual assault, sexual abuse of children, domestic violence, trauma and victimization, offender dynamics, secondary trauma intervention, stress management, organizational development and policy development. She serves as an expert witness, providing expert testimony and case consultation regarding sexual assault, child sexual abuse, domestic violence, victim trauma reactions and offender management. She previously served as Program Director for the HealthBridge Alliance, assisting professionals who work with trauma to develop resilience to secondary trauma; as the Executive Director for the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA), the statewide membership coalition serving as the voice for victim survivors of sexual violence and the programs and individuals who serve them; as the Program Administrator for the Domestic Abuse Assistance Program (DAAP) at the Colorado Department of Human Services, providing funding for programs that serve domestic violence victims and their children; and as the Program Administrator for the Sex Offender Management Board at the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice which was, under her administration, selected as a National Resource Site for excellence in sex offender management. She did extensive crisis intervention with evacuees of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita who came to Colorado and with survivors of the Columbine High School shootings and criminal justice personnel who responded. She served as consultant and trainer to the Columbine Connection Victim Advocacy Program for the first year after the tragedy. She worked as a psychotherapist with the Assault Survivors Assistance Program at West Pines Lutheran Medical Center, as Program Supervisor for Gateway Battered Women’s Shelter and as a Child Protection Caseworker for the Arapahoe County Department of Social Services.
Her skills include policy analysis and development, treatment, intervention and advocacy with victims of interpersonal violence and serious trauma and with professionals who are exposed to trauma in their work, crisis intervention, clinical consultation, expert testimony, offender management, organizational planning and consultation, program development, administration and training. She has trained criminal justice personnel, treatment providers, victim advocates, mental health professionals, military personnel, school personnel and health care providers both locally and nationally. Her training expertise includes serving as faculty for the Judge Advocate General’s School for the United States Air Force, the Comprehensive Approaches to Sex Offender Management National Training Team, for the Colorado Ending Violence Against Women Training Team, for the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance Academy and for the American Prosecutors’ Research Institute. She has worked as adjunct faculty for the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work and for the Community College of Aurora. She was appointed to the University of Colorado Independent Investigating Commission in 2004. She was the recipient of the Colorado Governor’s Star Award for Citizenship in 2000. Her Master’s Degree in Social Work is from the University of Denver where she received the Dean Emil M. Sunley Award for contributions to the school and the profession of Social Work.
John Clune, Esq., Board Chair
John Clune is the attorney for the Victim Justice law firm, specializing in victims' rights and legal representation of victims. Mr. Clune spent six years as Prosecutor in Colorado's Fifth Judicial District DA's Office, leaving in 2002 as the Chief Deputy DA. In 2004 John assisted the victim in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault prosecution in Eagle County, and was co-council with Lin Wood Esq. of Atlanta, Georgia for the related civil case in U.S. District Court. John now devotes his entire practice to representation of victims of violent crime. Mr. Clune received his Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University in 1996 and is a current member of the National Association of Victims' Rights Attorneys and the National Crime VIctims' Bar Association.
Mary Friedrichs, LCSW, Board Secretary
Mary began working in the movement to end violence against women in 1972, when she helped to build the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women, one of the first rape crisis organizations in the country. She received her MSW from the University of Denver in 1980, and maintained a private psychotherapy practice in Colorado Springs for 25 years, where as part of Women’s Therapy Associates she specialized in work with survivors of sexual assault and abuse, as well as other traumas. She taught at Colorado College and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and worked in the Counseling Center at Colorado College.
In 2005, Mary became the Director of the Office of Victim Assistance at the University of Colorado at Boulder, from which she retired in December, 2011. During her tenure at the Office of Victim Assistance, Mary oversaw clinical and advocacy response services for students, faculty, staff and their significant others in the CU-Boulder community who experienced sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner abuse, stalking, bias-motivated incidents, hazing, assaults, harassment, serious accidents or the death of a loved one. She participated in the Threat Assessment Team. She has been involved in many Title IX cases, and has worked closely with the Office of Student Conduct and the Office of Discrimination and Harassment in the course of providing victims with clinical and advocacy services in these cases. Mary developed protocols related to Title IX issues, served in the leadership of the Gender Violence Prevention Advisory Committee, and helped to write the Gender Violence Prevention Plan at CU-Boulder. She is an Affiliated Consultant with the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management (NCHERM), consulting on such topics as victim dynamics, creating dynamic response services on campus, and issues of gender violence as it relates to the LGBTQ community. Mary joined RMvlc’s Board in August 2013.
Laura Parrado, Board Treasurer
Laura Parrado is a Vice President at FirstBank where she currently manages Card Operations. She has been with FirstBank for nearly seven years and has managed various departments within the bank. Laura has also worked as an Auditor in both public accounting as well as internal audit and received a degree in Accounting from Santa Clara University. Laura joined the Board in August 2013.
Paul Kay, Board Member
As the head of corporate security and emergency management services for MillerCoors, Paul has overall responsibility to ensure a safe and secure work environment for the MillerCoors enterprise. Paul is also accountable for the security of our products and supply chain, as well as emergency management, travel/event safety, background/drug screening, compliance and investigations for the entire organization. Paul also chairs the MillerCoors Threat Assessment Committee, is a member of the Business Integrity, Crisis Management & ERM Committees and is the National Executive Sponsor for the MillerCoors AsEAN ERG.
Most recently, Paul was the Operating Vice President of Security at Macy’s Inc. Paul managed the security, safety, investigations and compliance initiatives for the logistics division of Macy’s Inc. He had overall responsibility for the safety and security of all Macy’s Logistics employees and $26BN of Macy’s merchandise coursing through the network.
Previously, Paul was the National Director of Organized Retail Crime and Cyber Crime at Limited Brands, Inc. In this role, Paul developed, implemented and led a national investigative team which successfully supported the bottom line by mitigating theft and fraud on the internet and at the company’s 3800+ various businesses throughout the United States. His efforts created a national benchmark for other companies in the industry.
Prior to these roles, Paul was a senior detective at the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General, Major Case and Organized Crime Bureau. During his tenure, Paul’s expertise in fraud, organized crime, money laundering and electronic investigative techniques brought about the indictment and conviction of numerous high profile organized crime groups. One such investigation has been optioned by Newline Cinema for a feature film and is currently in development. Other assignments included U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force, Regional Intelligence Liaison Officer and FBI Task Force Officer for Operation PENTTBOMB, better known as the 9/11 investigation.
Paul has been featured on the Court TV, now truTV, documentary Masterminds and is a frequent speaker on fraud, security, investigations and organized crime. He was also a key contributor to the successful legislation and implementation of the Law Enforcement Retailers Intelligence Network (LERPNet), a joint private industry/FBI database used by law enforcement agencies nationwide.
Paul has been awarded numerous commendations including a Congressional Commendation for fund raising efforts at the National Law Enforcement Memorial and the New York Law School 9/11 Student Hero Award.
Paul earned a Juris Doctorate from New York Law School, a Master’s Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Bachelor’s degree from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and a former adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University where he developed and taught graduate level courses in Accounting Fraud Examination. Paul joined the Board in August 2013.