Ashley joined the Sportswomen of Colorado Board because of her love of sports and her passion for supporting and encouraging girls and women in sports.
Ashley has been involved in sports her entire life through coaching and playing. Ashley is a Las Vegas native and UNLV graduate with a B.S. in Kinesiological Sciences. She then worked in occupational therapy while coaching girls varsity high school basketball. Ashley moved to Colorado in 2011 and earned a M.B.A., with a concentration in Sports and Entertainment Management from CU Denver. Ashley is now Vice President of Human Resources at FirstBank.
Ashley’s goal is to introduce young professionals to Sportswomen of Colorado and grow the visibility of Sportswomen of Colorado.
Ashley enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors. Her favorite phrase encourages others to promote themselves each and every day; “No one looks out for you in life, except YOU”.
A native of Colorado, Amber Schweitzer resides in Parker. She earned her BA in Kinesiology from the University of Northern Colorado.
She currently teaches Yoga, Adventure, and Health at Castle View High School. Her thoughtful curriculum is delivered to reflect self-acceptance and inclusion. Each class has a daily focus on fostering respect for self and others, while celebrating uniqueness. Amber is currently GLSEN’s Educator of the Year.
Amber is a co-founder of Sabercat Basketball Club and the founder of PEP Club Sports. She, also, sits on the Board of Directors for SHAPE Colorado. In her spare time, she discovered a passion for playing semi-pro tackle football.
Retired Physical Education teacher from the St. Vrain Valley Schools. Currently Terri is the Head Girls Basketball Coach at Niwot High School. In addition, Terri is the current President of Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports.
Terri has the utmost respect for Joan Birkland and Joy Burns for their insight into how important it was/is to have an organization for and about girls and women in sports in the State of Colorado.
Lynn is a Colorado native and currently lives in Centennial. She brings extensive experience in non-profit tax and other reporting compliance. She is the owner and principal of LW Barczuk & Co. LLC., a local CPA firm. She has been involved with Sportswomen of Colorado as a Board member and volunteer since 2002. She has volunteered as a board member and committee participant on a variety of girls and women’s sports organizations and teams over the past three decades.
“The annual Awards Celebration is a marvelous tribute to the hard work and dedication of girls and women of all ages and never ceases to inspire”. Expanding the visibility, preserving the history and ensuring the future of the organization for subsequent generations is her continuing goal as a member of the Board.
Lynn enjoys spending the time with her family, participating in and following a variety of sports, travel and enjoying life in Colorado.
Laura, a retired teacher and administrator for 30 years, is currently an educational consultant for AdvancED accrediting schools throughout the United States. Laura coached basketball for 19 years at the middle, high school, and college Division II levels. Having coached a variety of other sports, Laura also serves on the Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports Executive Board.
Dr. Colleen Colles
I joined the Board for Sportswomen of Colorado because I wanted to give back to an organization that shares my passion for supporting girls and women in sport. Throughout my lifetime, I have participated in sports both competitively and recreationally. By way of sport, via athletic scholarship and graduate coach assistantship, I was able to further my education and follow my dreams. Through the service on the Board, I hope to assist future generations of girls and women by fulfilling the mission of SWOC: To promote, honor and empower Colorado girls and women is sport.
Colleen has over 28 years of experience teaching in higher education and has spent time as a collegiate volleyball coach, athletic administrator, and sport event manager. She earned her Doctorate of Education in Athletics Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. Colleen’s dissertation focused on the Office for Civil Rights’ investigation and interpretation of Title IX.
Colleen’s current position is Professor and Program Coordinator for Sport Management at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Before MSU Denver, she spent 12 years at Nichols College where Colleen taught undergraduate and MBA courses and served as the Faculty Athletics Representative. Dr. Colles’ most recent research has focused on international sport management and education and study abroad.
Colleen enjoys hiking, cycling, and travel. One of her favorite quotes is from Arthur Frommer: “to have meaning at all, travel must…challenge our preconceptions and most cherished views, cause us to rethink our assumptions, shake us a bit, make us broader-minded and more understanding”
Paula McLain is the principal of BPM Global, a social responsibility marketing consulting firm. Previously, she was Marketing and Diversity Director for U.S. Tennis Association Colorado (USTA), responsible for diversity and inclusion outreach efforts to introduce tennis to underserved communities, along with developing marketing campaigns to grow the participation in the sport. An accomplished marketing professional, McLain has experience in branding, strategic planning, creative direction, media campaigns, as well as promotions and special events gained from working in key industries, including high-tech, telecommunications, cable, government and nonprofit organizations.
A native of Denver, Colorado, Paula was a standout track athlete and original member of the Colorado Flyers. During her track career, she qualified and attended two national track championships and was a member of University of Colorado’s women’s track team. She received her undergraduate degree in Journalism from the CU Boulder and a MBA in Marketing from the University of Phoenix. Paula has a passion for global travel and has been to six continents and 29 countries.
“I have a deep passion for storytelling and I’m honored to be a part of an organization committed to celebrating the full range of female athletics and the amazing accomplishments achieved by coaches, mentors and girls and women athletes in Colorado. These “Her-Stories” will not go untold. They inspire girls to pursue and achieve their highest level of sports competition and become the women of the future with no limits,” says Paula
Tanya Haave is currently the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Metropolitan State University of Denver where she has guided the program to unprecedented heights, getting to an Elite Eight and Sweet Sixteen during her tenure. Haave has been involved in athletics for her entire life on every level. After a successful high school career participating in volleyball, basketball, and track, Tanya went on to become an All American in both basketball and volleyball at the University of Tennessee, where she played for legendary basketball coach Pat Summitt.
A member of the Sportswomen Hall of Fame along with being named the 1980 Sportswoman of the Year, Tanya joined the Sportswomen of Colorado Board of Directors for a number of reasons. She loves what this unique organization stands for in promoting, honoring and empowering female athletes. Also, as a former athlete she recognizes that she had the help of many people and would like to be able to give back and “pay it forward” to help athletes now thrive and succeed.
Tanya believes it is important to increase the profile of Sportswomen of Colorado particularly on the collegiate level. Tanya’s goal is to increase Sportswomen of Colorado’s exposure to Colorado’s collegiate institutions through an increase in nominations and ultimately award winners from those institutions.
Tanya enjoys hiking, biking, and golf.
Britney has been recognized by Sportswomen of Colorado three times, all in figure skating. In 2011, she was recognized as Most Promising. In 2012 and 2014 Britney was recognized for figure skating. Britney competed in Pairs skating discipline for Team USA both nationally and internationally. She gives back to the sport not only as an instructor for those just learning to skate but also for children with special needs. Britney graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor in Sports Management.
Annie has been involved with sports all her life. She’s coached and continues to coach, been an athletic administrator at the collegiate level, worked in sports marketing, produced events, volunteered at events, and was a collegiate athlete and continues to be an active competitive athlete. Annie has coached young athletes from the age of 4 to 65 plus. Sports include soccer, ice hockey, basketball, and triathlon.
Annie was previously involved with Sportswomen of Colorado as the Camp Coordinator. Plus, she’s attended a number of the Annual Awards Celebrations! Her passion is to ensure that female athletes of all ages have the opportunity to participate in the sports of their choice. This passion fits well with the mission of Sportswomen of Colorado: “To Promote, Honor, and Empower Colorado Girls and Women in Sports”.