The role and contributions of Las Adelitas (soldiers) to the various armies of the Mexican Revolution were almost limitless. Las Adelitas often times were sexually abused and experienced domestic violence. Las Adelitas were tireless in their commitment to the Mexican Revolution, forging ahead with completing their various duties and tasks efficiently. They exercised great compassion and strength in preserving the lives of the soldiers. Their ability to look beyond the uniform of a soldier with integrity, strength, and appreciation for humanity is inspiring. Because of the active role played by Las Adelitas in the Mexican Revolution, their legacy has contributed to several distinct stereotypes of the Mexican women.
Diana Chavez - Founder and Director
Has implemented many culturally appropriate programs that supported and served Latinas, immigrant and undocumented women, experiencing domestic violence. Diana has received the Senior Citizen Advocate certificate through training classes with the Denver District Attorney's Office. She enjoys reading, painting, the arts, embroidery, guitar lessons and traveling. Family time has a special place in her heart.
Benita P. Muñiz - Chairperson
Employed by the Denver District Attorney’s in 2000 as the Community Justice Advocate. During Benita's years of community advocacy, she has developed deep-rooted relationships throughout Denver with the Denver Latino community. Benita recently retired as 2040 Partners for Health, Aurora Time Bank Program Manager. She has been instrumental in engaging immigrant/refugee residents to participate in strategies to address public safety and quality of life issues affecting their communities. Benita hails from the "Land of Enchantment", New Mexico and grew up in Denver, Colorado.
Julia Rivera - Torrez - Secretary
A native of colorful Colorado. She owns a nail business and has been in the salon industry for 27 years. Attended the International Skin and Nails Academy. Julia has worked with NPO in the past, sitting on the board of directors, assisted in the fundraising area. Her interests include outdoor activities and family events and my interaction with my faithful and new clients. If I could meet anyone, it would have been Mother Theresa, who was admired and inspired by many.
Laura Trujillo - Treasurer
A versatile professional with over thirty years of accounting, financial reporting and management experience. Currently practicing as a licensed Real Estate Associate Broker and accountant for several small businesses. Served as Treasurer and Board member for a non-profit for over ten years. Laura loves spending time with her family and friends, also enjoys golfing, traveling and attending sporting events.
Shahadah James - Board Member
Retired from CCD where she worked as a Staff Accountant for 20 year at DIA. She is an accomplished actress, singer and dancer involved in the theater community for over 40 years. Has performed with Denver Black Arts Theater, Shadow Theatre, Su Teatro, Cleo's New Dance Theatre, Movement Free Dance CO. and Eulipians. Some of her credits include For Colored Girls, Chicano Sings The Blues and Smokey Joe's Cafe. Her personal experience with domestic abuse and love for performing arts has brought her to Las Adelitas where it is a privilege and honor to serve her community.
Ana Soler - Board Member
Ana is a senior program officer at the Gates Family Foundation. She has spent over 25 years of service in both the non-profit and government areas including work with Denver Partners, Urban Peak and the Denver District Attorney's Office Juvenile Diversion program. Ana has facilitated complex processes in high-conflict situations, bringing a blend of calm-flexibility and a firm commitment to ensuring all voices are heard.
Natalie Pacheco - Board Member
Natalie, She is a wonderful mother to three amazing boys. She has volunteered in schools to give art classes to the students and has also helped out with other outreach organizations in the community. Art is something that she loves and is very passionate about. She has always been creative and enthusiastic about her art and projects. Her three sons are also following in her footsteps and are drawing like she once did. Natalie encourages everyone to explore painting as it is very therapeutic and relaxing.