Board of Directors
OCR's Board of Directors
The Colorado Supreme Court appoints the nine-member child’s representative board (Board) in accordance with the requirements and qualifications found in Colorado Revised Statutes § 13-91-104(2). The Board must consist of three attorneys, three advocates for children in the court system, and three citizens. There must be no more than five members of one political party and six of the seven congressional districts must be represented on the Board. The Board serves without compensation and works cooperatively with OCR’s Executive Director to provide fiscal oversight, participate in policy and funding decisions, and assist in GAL and CASA training, as needed. The diverse and experienced Board represents all seven congressional districts and has a balance of Republican and Democratic members.
(Former) Senator Jean White
Interim Board Chair
Rep. | Third Congressional District | Citizen
Senator White served in the Colorado Legislature for two years representing District 8. As a legislator, Senator White served on the Business, Labor and Technology Committee. She also served on the Health and Human Services Committee. She has had a lifelong commitment to protecting the most vulnerable. Senator White has worked hard in her community on issues impacting poor children and families.
Interim Board Vice-Chair
Unaffiliated | Fourth Congressional District | Advocate
Gwen Schooley has served as the Executive Director of A Kid’s Place / CASA Program and Child Advocacy Center in Weld County since 2008, responsible for agency administration, grant writing, financial and staff management. Previously, she was the Executive Director of Child Advocacy Resource and Education, Inc., a family strengthening agency in Greeley, for 10 years. She has also worked as a Parent Program Coordinator and Parent and Child Educator. Ms. Schooley is a current Board Secretary of Colorado CASA, Treasurer of the Colorado Children’s Alliance Board and is a member of the Statewide Crime Victim’s Services Board and the Weld County Family, Youth and Child Commission. Ms. Schooley graduated from the State University of New York at Oneonta with a degree in Home Economics with an emphasis in Child Development and holds a Masters in Agency Counseling with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Northern Colorado.
Dem. | Seventh Congressional District | Advocate
Don Moseley is the Executive Director of Ralston House, a child advocacy center in Arvada, Colorado. He has provided advocacy, victim services and case management at Mount Saint Vincent Home, Adams Community Mental Health Center, Citywide Case Management and Samaritan House. Mr. Moseley has served on the Colorado Department of Human Services Child Fatality Review Team, the Colorado Human Trafficking Council and the 1st Judicial District Victim and Witness Assistance and Law Enforcement Board (VALE).
Rep. | First Congressional District | Citizen
Kelvin Nicholson has expertise in working with children and adults in crisis. He is a former foster parent who has served as the Director of a therapeutic group home. He has also served as a case manager with McLaughlin Counseling.
Unaffiliated | Sixth Congressional District | Attorney
Maria Valdez has represented children’s best interest as a guardian ad litem in dependency and neglect, delinquency, paternity, truancy and high conflict domestic relations matters since 1999. Ms. Valdez also serves as a guardian ad litem for adults and represents parties in contempt proceedings and immigration matters. Prior to opening her solo practice in 1999, Ms. Valdez served as an Assistant District Attorney in Weld County. Ms. Valdez is fluent in Spanish and has served as a volunteer attorney with Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network.
Dem. | Second Congressional District | Advocate
Marc Winokur, Ph.D., has been the Director of the Social Work Research Center of Colorado State University since 2004. Dr. Winokur received his Ph.D. in Education and Human Resources Studies with a specialization in Research Methods and Program Evaluation and has nine years of applied research and program evaluation experience in child welfare. He has conducted studies on differential response, kinship care, foster care, residential placements, adoption, family preservation, family treatment drug courts and juvenile sexual offender treatment. His additional research interests include family engagement practices, trauma screening, assessment and interventions and safety and risk assessment in child welfare. Dr. Winokur is a widely respected expert who advocates for children in the court system through the establishment of best practices in child welfare. His research is utilized nationally in child welfare cases.
Youth Advisory Member (non-voting)
Victoria Shuler, “Tori,” is a former foster youth and the current youth advisory member of the OCR Board. Tori is the Denver Director for Fostering Great Ideas, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of foster children. Tori also serves on the board of Directors for The Colorado Child Protection Ombudsman. Tori is passionate about helping current and former foster youth share their stories to enact change in the foster care system. She believes youth perspective is vital to every part of our foster care system. Tori entered foster care at the age of three and was in and out of care in several states until she emancipated from the Arapahoe County Department of Human Services in 2007. Since that time, Tori has been an advocate for foster care reform and the protection of rights for foster children. Tori is a graduate of the University of Colorado Denver with her Bachelor’s degree in History and an emphasis on the history of social movements.
OCR’s Board of Directors meets quarterly and meetings are open to the public. If you’d like to attend an upcoming Board meeting, please RSVP at least a week in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.