Linda Weinerman, Executive Director
Ms. Weinerman has dedicated her legal career to children’s issues. From 1992 until 1999, she worked as a Guardian ad Litem in Denver County, representing children in dependency and neglect cases. Ms. Weinerman served as a Denver City Attorney from July 1999 through May 2002, representing the Denver Department of Human Services in both the Magistrate and Presiding Judge’s Divisions. In 2002, she served on the first Local Oversight Committee of the Office of the Child’s Representative in Denver County, which was charged with selecting all contract Guardians ad Litem in Denver. Shortly thereafter, in the Fall of 2003, Ms. Weinerman became the OCR’s Staff Attorney. In January 2005 she became the OCR’s Deputy Director, handling, among other matters, all complaints filed against GALs. In December 2009, Ms. Weinerman was selected by the Board of Directors to be the new Executive Director.
Ms. Weinerman attended Colgate University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978. She obtained a Masters of Business Administration Degree from Pace University in 1985. Upon moving to Colorado, she attended the University of Denver School of Law and obtained her law degree in 1991.
Sheri Danz, Deputy Director
Sheri Danz is a graduate of New York University School of Law, where she received a Root-Tilden-Kern public interest scholarship and served as a member of the New York University Law Review.
Ms. Danz's legal advoacy on behalf of children and youth includes representing adolescents and young adults in child welfare and other civil matters as a Skadden Fellow/staff attorney at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago; representing juveniles in delinquency proceedings as a staff attorney at the Colorado State Public Defender's Office; and representing youth in public benefits, child welfare, and protective order proceedings as a legal intern at the Door's Legal Services Program, a multidisciplinary youth services center in New York City. Ms. Danz has also worked on issues regarding parents' counsel at the Office of the State Court Administrator in Colorado and served as a law clerk to the Hon. Gene Carter, United States District Court Judge for the District of Maine. Prior to law school, Ms. Danz taught special education in rural North Carolina through the Teach for America Program.
Dorothy Macias, Staff Attorney and Legislative Liaison
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Ms. Macias’s passion for children’s issues and engagement in political activities brought her to the Office of the Child’s Representative in October 2010. She has been a Guardian ad litem in Arapahoe County since July 2005 after her family’s move to Colorado the previous June. Ms. Macias worked as a GAL in Maricopa County Arizona the six years preceding her move to Colorado. Prior to that, Ms. Macias was a felony prosecutor in the nationally recognized Maricopa County Attorney’s Child Sex Crimes Unit. Ms. Macias has handled countless felony trials involving sexual abuse and assault, physical abuse and child pornography. Ms. Macias served as her unit’s DNA expert, presenting the DNA evidentiary portion of trials for her supervisor and colleagues. Ms. Macias served on the Arizona Governor’s Task Force for Children and helped develop the sex crimes investigator’s protocol. Ms. Macias began her legal career in San Diego, California representing officers and directors in securities fraud litigation.
Ms. Macias is admitted to practice law in Arizona, California and Colorado. She served as a law clerk in the Arizona Court of Appeals for Judges Thomas Kleinschmidt and Sarah Grant. She graduated from the Sandra Day O’Connor Law School at Arizona State University where she was a member of the National Moot Court Team.
Amanda Donnelly, Staff Attorney
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Amanda Donnelly joined the OCR in March 2012 as a Staff Attorney focused on working with the Model Offices. Prior to joining the OCR she was the Deputy Director of the National Association of Counsel for Children where she managed the day-to-day operations of the organization and directed the Child Welfare Law Specialization program. Amanda has devoted her legal career to promoting high quality legal advocacy for children and youth. She participated in the development of Child Welfare Law Specialization, and is involved in assessments of the delivery of legal services on the state and national level. Amanda has represented youth as a guardian ad litem in dependency and neglect cases and as an attorney in delinquency matters. Amanda recently spent two years in Brisbane Australia where she worked as a Policy Officer for the Queensland Law Society. Her advocacy focused on children’s rights, access to justice, and due process for court involved youth. A highlight of her Australian experience was advocating for reform to the State’s archaic adoption laws which were successfully amended in 2009.
Elisabeth Dickinson, Controller/Budget Officer
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Elisabeth Dickinson is the Controller/Budget Officer for the OCR, responsible for the overall budget and accounting functions. Ms. Dickinson, a Certified Public Accountant since October 1990, graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a Masters in Accounting. In addition to her Masters, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with an undergraduate business degree from the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado in Boulder in 1986. Ms. Dickinson volunteered in the 20th Judicial District as a victim/witness and restitution advocate while attending college.
Ms. Dickinson possesses a diverse finance/accounting background. Prior to coming to the OCR, she worked in two State agencies as Expenditure Accounting Manager for the Department of Revenue, and as a Controller for Colorado State Parks. Ms. Dickinson has taught various Accounting courses at Front Range Community College for over eight years and has extensive cost accounting, budget and SEC reporting experience with local manufacturing firms.
Melanie Jannicelli, Attorney Reimbursement and Human Resources Manager
Melanie Jannicelli is the Attorney Reimbursement & Human Resources Manager for the OCR, responsible for processing all attorney payments, running the CARES system, and supporting staff in HR and administrative matters. Ms. Jannicelli, a Colorado native, graduated from Trinity University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History in May 2006. In addition to her Art History degree, she obtained minors in Business Administration and Communication Management, and is fluent in German. She has been with the OCR since August of 2006, when she started as the Office Manager. Ms. Jannicelli also works part time for fun as a bridal consultant with The Bridal Collection, on weekends and evenings. Her extracurriculars include having interned in the Education Department of the Denver Art Museum and volunteered at the Medical Center of Aurora and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends and puppy Gilbert, vacationing and doing pilates.
Ashlee Jones, Training Coordinator
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Katie Irwin, Staff Accountant
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Rebecca Garrison, Administrative Assistant
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