Susan Barocas believes food and film are two of the best ways to build bridges of understanding between people. She is a film producer and writer as well as a food writer, teacher and chef. In the food world, Susan was honored to serve as the guest chef for the Obamas’ White House Passover Seders in 2014, 2015 and 2016. A member of Les Dames d’Escoffier, she cooks, teaches and speaks about cooking and foodways to individuals and groups of all ages in the US and abroad. Susan has written for the Washington Post, Lilith and Moment magazines among others, and was the founding director of the Jewish Food Experience and its award-winning website.
The former director of the Washington Jewish Film Festival and the Women in Film and Video International Festival, she currently consults on film programming, outreach and community building for festivals such as AFI Docs and the Washington DC International Film Festival. Her film work includes co-producing the documentary film Maine Girls (2017), which explores the important role that young people can play in bridging cultural and religious divides. Susan directed the award-winning national outreach program for National Geographic’s 3D giant-screen film Jerusalem (2014). Her screen credits include PBS, Discovery, Channel 4 (UK), Planet Green TV, Maryland Public Television and numerous non-profit organizations. She is an advisory council member of Women in Film and Video DC and, for several years, the Circle Award jury chair for Filmfest DC.
Miguel Baca Barragan, a Colorado native, has an eclectic background that ranges from multi-media productions to non-profit development to educating at-risk kids. As a young man, Miguel started an audio and video production company that focused on finding Latino talent and producing positive images of Latinos in the media. Later he worked as a Correctional Officer for the Arizona Department of Corrections. He served as an officer on the yard and as a training officer in the Academy. In addition, Miguel has an extensive multi-state background working with nonprofits that focus on health, at-risk youth, education and social justice. Including: with the St. John’s Community Center in San Francisco’s Mission District; the National Children’s Defense Fund; Latin American Research and Service Agency (LARASA). As Program Director of the LARASA Learning Centers, Miguel directed the operations of six online learning centers in three different at-risk neighborhoods in the Denver metropolitan area. Miguel has training in Public Healthcare Coverage options that include federal and state programs, is a healthcare navigator and a Certified Fundraising Executive International with Metasoft Online Continuing Education Point. Miguel currently works with Latin Life Denver as a On Air Talent, Photographer and Journalist.
Karen Z. Brass is a small business owner, an international public speaker and author and teacher. Her two published books, “I Am a Standupster” and her latest, “Trauma Filters Through” provide insights to the need for education on understanding and fighting against Genocide. Her website, www.standupsters.com is full of details, endorsements and photo opts of her speaking, sharing and educating. As the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, she shares through her second generation eyes the effects of such preventable trauma.
Linda has worked for over 10 years on Human Rights issues in Religious and Social Action communities
Member & Leader Sudan Genocide Response Team
Activist for Genocide victims current and past Advocate & fundraiser for Anti-Malarial Nets & Medical support in South Sudan. Linda has been on the board of Coalition Against Global Genocide for 9 years, serving as secretary for 3 years and currently as Chair.
Rabbi Bernard Gerson is a Customer Care Representative at Anthem / Blue Cross-Blue Shield. He is enjoying the start of a second career in healthcare, following his retirement this past July from a 30-year tenure as a Congregational Rabbi and Judaic Studies Teacher. He served most recently at Denver’s Congregation Rodef Shalom and Denver Jewish Day School, respectively. In addition, Bernie is Past President of the Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council, one of the Co-conveners of the Metro Denver Faith Leaders Caucus, and Board Treasurer of Together Colorado. His personal and professional interests are defined by a passion for social justice and support of mutual understanding within diverse communities. He is married to Sue Parker Gerson with whom he raised two children
Director African Initiatives, University of Denver
Peter is an Applied Anthropologist working on human rights issues involving refugees, immigrants and other marginalized people. His recent focus is on South Sudan, Bosnia and Timor-Leste.
Suzanne was elected and served in the Colorado Legislature for 16 years:
8 Years in the House of Representatives and 8 years in the Senate.
Senator Williams is the only registered American Indian State Legislator who has served in the General Assembly. Suzanne served with distinction as Chair of the State Veterans & Military Affairs Committee, Vice-Chair of the Transportation and Business, Labor & Technology Committees. She also served as a member of the Education, Transportation & Energy, Judiciary and Appropriations Committees. Suzanne was elected as Senate Majority Caucus Chair.
Suzanne has served on several non-profit Boards and currently is the Executive Director for the Colorado Legislative Women’s Caucus.
Senator Williams received her education at Baylor University and her Masters from the University of Colorado. She has a reputation for being a collaborator and has built her career on helping others achieve.
(Eastern Band Cherokee and Tiano) is the Founder/Vision Holder of Her Many Voices Foundation, NYC and CO, USA
As the lead for Her Many Voices Foundation, Fall is pioneering an innovative hemp project in Haiti, developing a sustainable crop and building product for this besieged yet resilient population.
Fall’s background comes as a former member of FFA (Future Farmers of America) and graduate of an agricultural High School and University. Ms Fall is a TEDx Talk presenter (The Art of Igniting Action), a recipient of the New York State Assembly Citation Award, board member for Coalition Against Global Genocide, Tiyospaye Winyan Maka’s (Lakota for Extended Family of Women of the Earth) Was’te’s (Women’s Alliance to Save The Earth) and the Boulder Valley Indigenous Peoples Day Parade and PowWow, all as a representative for Indigenous Peoples. Her philosophy is “Whatever I do for another, I do for myself.”
Fall is a mother of two, has been an educator, performing artists and public speaker for over 30 years, addressing humanitarian issues.
Jessica Badger-Plotkin is the Owner of Black Badger Events, a Denver-based event planning firm. She also serves as the Senior Director of Events and Conferencing for Mile High United Way. In this role, she oversees more than 50 events each year, including Mile High United Way’s two signature events – the Women United Luncheon, which attracts 1,000 of Denver’s female leaders, and the Mile High United Way Turkey Trot, a Denver tradition for more than 10,000 runners and their families. Prior to joining Mile High United Way, she was the Marketing Manager for United Way Worldwide, where she promoted, planned and hosted conferences and learning opportunities for United Way staff and volunteers from around the world. Before joining the non-profit sector she was Marketing Manager for the American Beverage Association, a trade association representing the non-alcoholic beverage industry. She also worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, assisting the U.S. Surgeon General and the Secretary in news conferences and media events. She served on the Presidential Advance Team, travelling the country to prepare for the arrival of the President. Jessica is originally from Washington, DC. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Coalition Against Global Genocide and lives in Denver with her husband, Mickey Plotkin, and beautiful daughter, Dawn.