Pamela McCreary McNeill is a rape survivor whose greatest passion is empowering others, imparting the message that our circumstances do not define us. She was introduced to The Initiative by her good friend, Jon Farnlof, and is honored to be on the board. She has been a professional actor in Denver for the last thirty-plus years, appearing in numerous television commercials, a few television shows, a video on MTV, corporate films and voice-overs, as well as the Disney Channel’s original movie, Lemonade Mouth. She is the mother of three adult children and delights in spending her free time with her two amazing granddaughters.
Kat Davies has been a Finance Assistant at the Morgridge College of Education since 2014. Her main focus has been supporting faculty in achieving their research goals. In this time, she has found their passion for impacting the world around them inspiring. This has sparked a deep love for developing and connecting with authentic community. Having watched a close family member struggle with addiction and an abusive relationship, Kat realized the need to support local services to truly support a community. She discovered The Initiative and felt called to assist them however she could. In her spare time, she develops her online community, Magickal Mavens, and freelances bookkeeping services to local small businesses. Her husband, two dogs, and cat always find a way to ensure that she finds time to relax and get away to the mountains.
Jon is the owner of Colorado Real Estate School. His lovely wife/best friend of 42+ years, son and daughter-in-law own him. Other owners of Jon include his two grandchildren and various foster children. His love for his family informs his desire to give back and his past community efforts focused on open space preservation and youth sports. As a former office neighbor of The Initiative, he became familiar with the people and mission of the organization and began participating in our annual Holiday event. Touched by the stories of the people he met, he eagerly jumped at the opportunity to expand on his involvement with the organization. He fully expects to be owned by us as well.
A native of Colorado, Eric enjoys the outdoors and tries to go on as many hikes as he can, weather permitting. Eric also has a passion for the eradication of domestic violence in marginalized and under-served communities and has been an advocate for survivors of DV and IPV for the past 10 years. Eric found his passion during his undergraduate studies while advising his student group, the Latin American Student Organization, to volunteer with Adelante Familia, a House of Hope organization based out of Baltimore, MD. Adelante Familia’s main target market is advocating for Spanish-speaking women and children who are survivors of domestic violence.
During his graduate studies, Eric was tasked with finding a community organization where he had to develop a marketing plan and present it to the community organization of his choice. Wanting to continue his passion for the eradication of Domestic Violence in under-served communities, Eric stumbled upon the Domestic Violence Initiative and fell in love with their mission. Once his class was over, Eric submitted a volunteer application to DVI and sat as the organization’s volunteer Marketing Director. Eric eventually held the Treasurer position for the Board of Directors, which he sat for two years. At the time, Eric lost both his grandparents, who raised him, within a matter of months from each other and made the decision to take leave from the organization. Even though Eric was no longer a part of the organization, he has followed The Initiative’s success. When Eric was asked if he would like to rejoin the organization, Eric was ecstatic to rejoin the organization that he considers his “home.”
Renee has lived in the Englewood, Colorado most of her life. Renee has been married to her husband for 45 years, 3 children and 9 grandchildren. She worked for an insurance company in the insurance claims department for over 35 ½ years, now retired. Renee learned about Domestic Violence Initiative (DVI), now the Initiative, from the Director of COVA. There was a need of a person to be on the Board of Directors and I have been part of the Initiative Board for 14 years. She said that it has been an honor to serve.
David E. Henninger has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1973, as the executive director of Bayaud Enterprises, Inc. (Nee- Bayaud Industries) which has been in operation since May of 1969 creating jobs for thousands of persons with disability. Bayaud serves over 1000 people a year and currently employs over 180 individuals with an operating budget of $8.2 million. He obtained a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Administration from the School of Business at the University of San Francisco and pursued doctoral studies in public administration with an emphasis on nonprofit management at the University of Colorado/Denver.
Betty Wytias was the Colorado Attorney General's Domestic Violence Policy Advisor for almost 15 years, under Ken Salazar and John Suthers. As an Assistant Attorney General, Betty represented the Division of Developmental Disabilities; the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman; Division of Vocational Rehabilitation; the Medical, Nursing, Podiatry, Nursing Home Administrators, Plumbing, Electrical and other Professional Boards at DORA; sat on the Statewide DHS Child Fatality Review Team and the Domestic Violence Program. She currently does pro bono domestic violence work and, besides the Initiative, is the co-chair of the Leadership Council of the Center on Domestic Violence at UCD and is on the Advisory Board of the Colorado Chapter of the American Constitution Society. Betty is also a member of numerous bar associations, including the Colorado Bar, Colorado Women's Bar, the Sam Cary Bar and American Bar Associations, the latter as a three-year-member of the Commission on Domestic and Sexual Assault and the House of Delegates from the CBA. As a classically trained singer, Betty is a member of the CBA's Law Club and enjoys traveling to many parts of the globe for a variety of classical music concerts.
Sergeant Anthony Antuna retired from the University of Northern Colorado Police Department in 2009, after 22 years of service. While at UNCPD, Sergeant Antuna worked in investigations, patrol, crime scene investigation and as a field-training officer. As a sergeant, he supervised a patrol unit, as well as the department’s Investigations, and Training and Crime Prevention Units. After his retirement from the UNC Police, Sergeant Antuna worked as the Title IX Investigator with the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus then as the Director of Safety and Security at the Salida del Sol Academy in Greeley. He is currently working on his fourth retirement as the Program Manager for Colorado VINE. Sergeant Antuna has also been a law enforcement trainer for nearly 30 years. He trains with the Colorado Ending Violence Against Women Project and the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance. He has presented for organizations such as the National Center for Victims of Crime, the American Parole and Probation Association, the New Mexico Crime Victim’s Reparation Commission, the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and at the United States Air Force Academy. Sergeant Antuna said that he was honored to be asked to serve on the Board of The Initiative. He was impressed with the staff and their passion to provide support and advocacy for those with disabilities who are victim-survivors of abuse.