Laura Latimer, Executive Director
Laura Latimer, Executive Director Before coming to SASO, I was the Program Manager for Volunteers of America, Southwest Safehouse for three years. Prior to working with the Southwest Safehouse, I worked at Fort Lewis College in Student Housing and Conference Services for 14 years. I was responsible for diversity, equity and inclusion training, supervising staff, coordinating large scale events, advising student government, and providing educational programs on a variety of topics. I then worked at Pueblo Community College as an Academic Advisor and then Regional Director for Student Success. I also served as a Title IX Officer. I earned my Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and Leadership from Adam’s State University.
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KELSEY LANSING, Cultural Outreach Coordinator II Kelsey Lansing joined SASO as a hotline and prevention education volunteer in 2015. She is a member of the Navajo tribe from the Near the Water clan and is born for the Salt clan. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Native American & Indigenous Studies with a focused interest in Socio-Anthropology. Her passions include research on historical trauma, Indigenous feminism, and learning the traditions of cultures. When she is not at work, Kelsey likes to explore Durango, read fiction book, and spend time with her family and friends.
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BRENDA CHAVEZ ALONSO, Volunteer & Advocacy Services Coordinator Brenda joined SASO in 2022 after she moved from Mexico City to Durango in 2020. She attended Mexico’s Autonomous University of Hidalgo, and the University of Lleida in Spain. Brenda graduated in 2014 and worked as a lawyer in Mexico City for five years. She has volunteered in organizations in Durango, such as Compañeros: Four Corners Immigrant Resource Center. She has attended trainings with SASO, and the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition. In her free time, Brenda enjoys watching women’s soccer games, cooking Mexican food, and spending time with her wife.
BRIAN WILLIAMS, SART Coordinator
BRIAN WILLIAMS, SART Coordinator Brian and his family moved from Arkansas to Bayfield 3 years ago and began working with SASO in August of 2020 after 20 years of being a pastor. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Ministry from Harding University. He and his wife, Tammy, have been married for 24 years, have 4 children of their own and are in the process of adopting 2 kids. Brian’s family stays active in their community in a number of ways by doing foster-care and leading live workouts. Brian is a certified group fitness instructor and enjoys working out, reading, writing, running, and playing basketball.
CRISTEN ALEXANDRIA, Community Education Coordinator
CRISTEN ALEXANDRIA, Community Education Coordinator Cristen works in the Four Corners region advocating for compassionate trauma informed practices. Formerly an educator in Santa Fe, NM, they served most recently as a Multicultural Advocate for survivors of inter-partner violence (IPV). Presently, they work with national organization One Love as a Cultural Adversary for youth and campus initiatives encouraging healthy relationships. Previously interned with the National LGBTQ Institute on IPV. Dedicated to collaborative initiatives, as a volunteer they produce and host 4 Corners Arts Forum, a radio show spotlighting creative communities in the Southwest. Attributing a love of learning to family, friends and mentors, they self-care by reading, writing, researching, exploring and making art alongside their cats, Queen & Slim.
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CYNTHIA ASPEN, Finance Manager Cynthia has been a feminist activist ever since marching for the Equal Rights Amendment at the tender and formative age of two. They began their work in victim advocacy and assault prevention at their alma mater, the University of Illinois, and has continued in Alaska, Hawaii, Montana and Colorado. In their fifteen years in Durango, Cynthia has served as the accountant for several nonprofit organizations, in addition to volunteering their time as the local coordinator for the National Organization for Women, the Family Center of Durango, and SASO. They are passionate about budgets, numbers, and pie charts, and their favorite moments are spent raising a safe, strong and free daughter with their husband, Robert.

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