2018 Board Candidate Biographies

Running for a Second Term:

Robin L. Hobart, MPP, MPH

Robin L. Hobart is a public health advocate with over 25 years of experience working on local, state and national legislative and advocacy campaigns. Since 2001, she has worked as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), providing technical assistance and training to state health departments and partner organizations on counter-marketing and public education campaigns.

Prior to her work at the CDC, she was Legislative Director and then Co-Director of a national health advocacy organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. During that time she honed skills in policy and media advocacy, grassroots organizing and coalition building, policy research, materials and training curriculum development, and the care and feeding of a non-profit advocacy organization and educational foundation.

Robin earned a Master’s degrees in Public Policy and Public Health from U.C. Berkeley in 1990. She has lived in Denver since 2004 and is the mother of a thirteen-year-old son who is a student in the Denver Public School system.

Carolyn Love, PhD

Carolyn Love is the founder of Kebaya Coaching & Consulting, a leadership coaching, training, and organization development company. Kebaya is an African term that means leadership. The company focuses on enhancing the leadership talent in organizations, expanding the understanding of leadership, and facilitating meaningful and sustainable change. Carolyn served as the executive director and CEO of three nonprofit organizations in the Denver area. She currently teaches in the Master of Nonprofit Management program at Regis University.  As a consultant, trainer and leadership coach, she facilitates workshops and trainings on leadership, diversity, equity and inclusion. Internationally, she presented workshops at La Universidad Anãhuac in Mexico City, Mexico and University of Stellenbosch Business School in Bellville, South Africa on non-governmental leadership and change. Carolyn a graduate of the Coach Training Institute and serves as a leadership coach for the Community Resource Center located in Denver, Colorado and the City of Boulder. As a public speaker, Carolyn focuses on discussing the question “what does it really take to create and sustain an inclusive multi-cultural, multi-racial democracy?” Carolyn earned a PhD in Leadership & Change from Antioch University. She currently serves on the board of the ACLU-Colorado and Iliff School of Theology.

Running for a First Term:

Julie Reiskin

Julie Reiskin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LSCW. She has been Executive Director of the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition since 1997. CCDC is a statewide membership organization that advocates for social justice for people with all types of disabilities. Cross-Disability means that people with different types of disabilities have more in common than not, and frames disability as a civil rights and social justice issues. Julie also is an adjunct faculty member at the University Of Denver Graduate School Of Social Work. Julie has a lifelong interest in social justice and racial equity and is excited about joining the Board of the ACLU. Julie has been involved in the Access to Justice Movement since 2010 when she was appointed to serve on the Legal Services Corporation Board of Directors. She has also been a member of the National Association of Legal Aid and Defenders (NLADA) since 2010. CCDC has worked and continues to work with ACLU on several different issues and was honored to have a member of the ACLU staff serve on our Board for several years. Julie looks forward to greater involvement with the ACLU as a Board Member.

Meshach Rhoades

Meshach Rhoades is a litigation partner at Armstrong Teasdale, where she co-chairs the Firm’s Inclusion Committee. Meshach co-founded the Latinas First Foundation, which has granted over 40 scholarships in five years, honors Colorado’s unsung heroines and trailblazers, builds community, and trains the next generation of Hispanic leaders. The Foundation’s motto is, “Girls can be what they can see.” She is immediate past chair of the Center for Legal Inclusiveness; formerly served as the national finance director and vice president of Sections and Committees for eight years and on the Hispanic National Board of Directors for over 10 years; and co-chaired the organization’s 2014 annual convention. Meshach was a mayoral appointee for the Denver Latino Commission; Leadership Council on Legal Diversity class of 2011 fellow; past president of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association; former chair of the Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations; board member for the Colorado Hispanic Chamber Foundation; and Florence Crittenton Services Hispanic Advisory Council member.

Carrie Ann Lucas

Carrie Ann Lucas, is currently a Staff Attorney and Case Strategies Director at the Colorado Office of Respondent Parent Counsel. She was the founder and executive director of Disabled Parents Rights in Windsor, Colorado. Carrie is a nationally recognized expert on the civil rights of disabled parents, and family defense. Carrie is also a long time disability rights activist. 

Carrie, a former teacher, is a graduate of the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. Ms. Lucas has been a recipient of an Equal Justice Works fellowship and a Petra Foundation fellowship. She is a single adoptive parent to four kids, who also have multiple disabilities. When not practicing law or attending her kids’ activities, Carrie enjoys photography, camping, fishing, attending a good protest and is an avid traveler.