Founded in 1974 by the YWCA of Metropolitan Denver, in cooperation with Gart Brothers Sporting Goods Co., Sportswomen of Colorado is recognized as the first community-based organization in the nation to solely honor female athletes, celebrate their achievements and recognize those whose efforts have advanced girls’ and women’s individual and team sports endeavors.
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.
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.
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.
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 McClain 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, McClain 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
Annie has been involved with sports all her life. She’s coached, 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 Executive Director and Camp Coordinator. 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”.
Diane is the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Colorado Christian University where she is charged with reviving the program. Prior to her time at CCU, she served as an Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Regis University and was also High School coach in the state of Colorado for many years before that.
Diane graduated from the University of California Bakersfield where she earned her degree in Science with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology. She was a three time All American, a three time All Conference player, and was a three year captain for her team.
“I have been a part of sports in Colorado my whole life and I love to give back to the women and serve the community that has always taken care of me. I cherish the opportunity to uplift, lead and empower other females in their journey through life and sport.”
Leslii is a native of Colorado, is married and has 3 daughters and her cousin. She works as an Expedited Settlement Specialist for the Department of Regulatory Agencies in Denver. She has over twenty years of experience in conflict resolution, leadership, training, mediation, and supervision. Leslii has served on various Boards and Commissions and actively volunteers in the community. In 2015, Denver Public Schools, Board of Education honored her with the Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award for her service to the community. Leslii is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Leslii graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from Clark Atlanta University and a M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Regis University. Leslii and her family have a passion for sports, which have been woven into the fabric of their lives. Raising daughters increased Leslii’s passion for sports. Her daughters are trained in martial arts, played basketball at the collegiate level, participated in track and field, and her oldest daughter even tried flag football. Leslii appreciates women sports because it develops and boosts self-esteem, teaches leadership, fosters positive relationships, and develops social skills; to list a few qualities.
“I am honored to be a part of an organization that raises awareness about the value of sports for girls and women. I want to raise awareness about the importance of providing equal opportunity and access to girls and women athletics. My motivation is to be a part of an organization that supports healthy development girls and women and celebrates their successes.”
Rachel’s passion for Sportswomen of Colorado began during the 2022 Annual Awards Ceremony when one of her Evergreen H.S. lacrosse players won an award.
“I am blown away by how much potential this organization has and am happy I can be more involved. I coach and officiate lacrosse and have enjoyed competing at all different levels over the years.”
Rachel works as a coach and consultant for RMS Coaching and Consulting LLC in Denver. As a leadership development expert, she led career development and networking workshops for 75 women for the Career Combine, a network of former college athletes in CO, MA and NYC. She also partnered and co wrote “Compete Confidently: A Workbook for Female Athletes” and facilitated a leadership curriculum for high school athletes and conducted in person workshops and online webinars.
In 2012, she launched girls programming for 3D Lacrosse LLC which up to that point, only offered programming for boys. She recruited, trained, and evaluated all coaches and created a culture of development.
Rachel graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from Duke University and with a M.B.A. from the University of Denver.
“Sportswomen of Colorado has been an organization dear to my heart. Being connected to my passion of intentional empowerment of girls/women and historically underrepresented groups will serve as motivation to ensure all girls and women have the opportunity to participate in sports.”
Rhonda has over 32 years of athletic administration experience with five of those serving as the Commissioner of the Colorado High School Activities Association. She is currently the Executive Director of Diversity Inclusion and Educational Opportunities at rSchoolToday. She also serves as the President of Board of Directors of USA Cheer/STUNT.
Rhonda was the 1985 Sportswomen of Colorado and is a member of the Sportswomen and Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. She was an outstanding Track and Field Athlete. She held the #1 National Rank in the 100 hurdles in 1981, was an 18 time All-American and 4 time NCAA Champion at the University of Nebraska. She also holds numerous state and national awards including the Joan Birkland Leadership Award and the Ronnie Carter National Spirit Administrator of the Year.
Gail joins the Sportswomen of Colorado Board after a successful coaching career, most recently at Monarch H.S. in Louisville, CO coaching girls basketball. She mentored numerous girls during that time many of whom went on to play collegiate basketball. One of her many accomplishments was being named the 2009 recipient of the Dave Sanders Award which recognizes a high school coach who not only has longevity and success in the ranks of teaching and coaching but also has outstanding character. In 2005-2006, she was the host and producer of “Colorado Women in Sports” on ESPN Z560. In addition, Gail was a WNBA Assistant Coach in 2003 and coached the USA U17 Basketball Team to a World Championship in 2011.
Gail earned her Masters Degree in Physical Education/Athletic Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. Currently, she is working on her Sports Management Certification and is devising a pickleball curriculum to be used as a tool for aspiring young and older women pickleball players. Prior to being named as a Board of Director, Gail served on the Sportswomen of Colorado Nomination Committee from 2005-2010. “My intention as a longtime coach and advocate is to continue to help raise the bar for our Colorado athletes and recognize them for breaking glass ceilings.”
Linda joins Sportswomen of Colorado from the University of San Francisco where she served as the Senior Women’s Administrator and Senior Associate Director of Athletics since 2019. While there, she led the internal operations of the organization which included all facets of enhancing student-athlete experience.
Prior to joining the staff at USF, she worked in the non-profit sector as the Senior Vice President of Competition and Regional Services at Special Olympics Colorado. Using sports as a vehicle to promote inclusion and acceptance, she supervised all areas of community programming in 22 sports for 13,000 athletes during 4 seasons throughout the state of Colorado.
Linda also spent fourteen years as a collegiate basketball coach with nine of those being as a head coach in the state of Colorado, first at Metropolitan State University of Denver and then at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Linda received a B.S. in Business from the University of Colorado. She was a two-time captain of the women’s basketball team and participated in three NCAA Tournaments. In her free time, Linda enjoys biking, camping, and spending time with her dog.
Marisa Tenorio was born and raised in Wheat Ridge Colorado, where she attended Wheat Ridge High School and played softball and golf. She began her college studies at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces New Mexico and later transferred to Metropolitan State University of Denver where she began her studies in sport management.
She previously was an operations intern for the Colorado Golf Association where she helped run many tournaments across the state and more recently worked for the Denver Broncos as a guest relations team member for Broncos game days and all major stadium events in the premium level of the stadium.
In May of 2023 Marisa graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Sport Management and hopes to one day be working in a community relations department for an NFL team or running a youth development program for a professional sports team.