Staff Biographies

 
 

 Derek Okubo is the Executive Director for the Agency for Human Rights & Community Partnerships for the City and County of Denver.  In 1990, Derek was appointed to the staff of Colorado's governor Roy Romer as a community liaison to northeast Colorado. Derek worked with communities on developing collaborative partnerships on issues such as substance abuse prevention and intervention, youth violence and community health. In October 1992, Derek was hired by the National Civic League (NCL, the nation's oldest "good government" organization) as the Assistant Director of Community Services.  By July 2011, Derek was the Senior Vice President where he oversaw the organization’s projects and programs. A main focus was his work with neighborhoods, communities, counties and regions with strategic planning and community problem-solving on a variety of issues such as race and inclusion, economic development, sustainability, education, public safety, civic engagement, immigrant integration, health and wellness and government structure.

Derek is a Colorado native and was raised in Littleton, Colorado, graduating from Arapahoe High School. Derek attended the University of Northern Colorado and graduated with a degree in Psychology and double minors in Communications and Sociology.  

  Jamie Torres is the Deputy Director of the Agency and oversees the Denver Office of Community Support.  Jamie has worked in the Agency for Human Rights since 2001 when she joined the staff of the Public Safety Review Commission. She transitioned to the Office of Community Support in 2005 to begin working on immigrant and refugee integration. She is a Denver native, born and raised in the west Denver neighborhood of Villa Park. Jamie received her B.A. in Anthropology from the Colorado College and M.A. in Medical Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Denver. She currently serves on the boards of the Denver Housing Authority, Groundwork Denver and the Denver Clerk and Recorder's ACCESO Advisory Board. Jamie is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Denver and a 2009 Marshall Memorial Fellow.


 

Rosalind Alston is the Director of the Denver Office of Neighborhood Partnerships. She previously worked in the Office of Mayor Michael Hancock when he was the Denver City Council member for District 11. Roz has worked for the City since 2006 and currently serves on the Tony Grampsas Youth Services Board.

 

Dale Coski works in the Denver Office of Disability Rights (DODR) as the Program Administrator for the Disability Parking Enforcement section. As the administrator of this program Dale leads the effort to get volunteers trained to enforce disability parking laws. Her role includes education, responding to requests/complaints and addressing any handicap parking abuse or misuse. Dale was one of the first people to receive a Service Dog and currently has a very loyal and helpful service dog named JerGen (pictured above). JerGen has become a member of her family and of the working staff at the Agency for Human Rights.  Dale also serves on the advisory board for the Canine Partners of the Rockies and is a lifetime member of the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

 

Linda Keenan is the administrative support for the Agency and her primary responsibilities are invoice processing, payroll and benefits for our agency. She work in administration for the Agency for Human Rights & Community Relations.  She is a prime example of delivering the highest level of customer service whether face-to-face or over the phone. She has an energetic personality and a compassionate heart for the disabled or disenfranchised people we serve. She has spent many hours helping walk-in or phone clients to find a viable resource to help with their situations. Linda has been with the agency for over eight years and also provides administrative and technical support to the Anti-Discrimination and Commission for People with Disabilities Offices.  Her educational background consists of three years of Undergraduate work on a Degree in Human Services, Paralegal Courses, a Certificate in Mediation and a wide variety of trainings and workshops on Civil Rights Law.

 

 Kim Desmond is the Director of the Denver Office on Women & Families. Kim is a Denver native, born and raised in the Five Points neighborhood where she attended Manual High School.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Masters Degree in Community Counseling from Fort Hays State University.  She also has a Early Childhood Leadership certification and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from University of Denver. She has several years of experience in the education field delivering services to families in various capacities, which include management of program operations, case management, and strategic planning/implementation.

 

 Lorrie A. Kosinski is the Director of the Office of Sign Language Services and has been with the agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships since 1987.  Lorrie’s job duties include providing and coordinating sign language interpreting for all City & County of Denver programs, services, and events; ensuring access to these services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing; providing information and referral; and working with members of the deaf community to offer sign language classes and Deaf Awareness training to City employees. Lorrie also represents the City on several committees, is the chair for the Colorado Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Legal Interpreting Committee, interpreter representative to the State’s Legal Auxiliary Services Advisory Council, is a Master Mentor for  interpreters, and holds national certification, IC/TC, CI, CT and  a Specialist Certificate in Legal interpreting (SC:L).

 

 Linda Stolte is the Plans Reviewer for the Denver Office of Disability Rights.

 
Ed Neuberg is the Director of the Denver Office of Disability Rights (DODR) and the City’s ADA coordinator. Ed has been Director of DODR for 10 years and involved with the ADA for over 18 years. Ed works within Denver City government on Title II ADA compliance and advises the private sector on Title III ADA compliance issues and concerns. Ed is also liaison to the Denver Commission for People with Disabilities (Mayors Commission). This commission works on ADA issues, disability rights, community acknowledgment/awards, and makes recommendations to the Mayor and City Council. Ed is a certified ADA coordinator and has been a presenter at the 2010, 2011 and 2012 National ADA Symposiums. He is a Member of the Rocky Mt. ADA Leadership Network, Board member National ADA Coordinators, member of the Association for Airline Passenger Rights (AAPR), Certified ADA Trainer and has a B.S. degree in Education from Colorado State University
 


 



Darius Lee Smith serves as the Director of the Denver Anti-Discrimination Office within the Agency for Human Rights & Community Relations where he facilitates resolution of civil rights discrimination complaints by assisting individuals; he does this by utilizing the Indigenous form of “Peacemaking” ~ resolving conflict/disputes by using common sense principals and encouraging ethical settlements. Darius holds a Masters of Nonprofit Management and a Certificate of Graduate Studies in American Indian History and Culture from Regis University and the University of Denver, respectfully.  Professionally, Darius has served the American Indian community since 1992 in various positions with Habitat for Humanity International, Denver Public Schools and several local American Indian nonprofits. 

Additionally, Darius speaks nationally on topics ranging from “Indian Identity” to “Contemporary Urban Issues”, as well as on the issue of “American Indians as Mascots” and the negative impact it has on the self-esteem and self-determination of native people.  Finally and personally, Darius is health conscious and enjoys working out and running and occasionally finds the time to participate in organized races and sporting events.

 

Ken Seeley joined the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships(DOSP) as a collaborative development specialist in 2013.  He stepped down from being the founder and President of the Partnership for Families and children after 20 years in that position.  Ken has his doctorate in educational leadership from The University of Denver. He has been a school principal, professor of education and has done extensive research in the areas of at risk youth and families.  Ken focuses his work for DOSP on evaluation and social impact investing along with building partnerships between nonprofits and the City to meet community needs.


 




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