2017 Meeting Speakers

andrew romanoffMay is Mental Health Awareness Month

Andrew Romanoff, President &CEO Mental Health Colorado

Andrew Romanoff will be our May speaker. He served in the Colorado House of Representatives from 2001 to 2009 and as Speaker of the House from 2005 to 2009. He was a member of the House Health, Environment, Welfare and Institutions Committee, the House Judiciary Committee, and the House Criminal Justice Committee. Among other achievements, Romanoff authored the Colorado Economic Recovery Act (Referendum C) and Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST), the largest investment in school construction in state history. Romanoff also sponsored laws to expand screening, diagnosis and treatment for mental health and substance use disorders.

More than 50 state and national organizations – including Advocates for Recovery, the Colorado Association of Alcohol and Drug Service Providers, the Colorado Medical Society, the Colorado Psychological Association, and the Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers – have honored Romanoff’s leadership. In 2008, Governing Magazine named him as a “Public Official of the Year.”

Romanoff served as a policy advisor to Gov. Roy Romer, as a scholar-in-residence at the University of Colorado’s School of Public Affairs, and as a senior associate at the management consulting firm of Greenberg Baron Simon & Miller. He founded the Posner Center for International Development, a collaborative headquarters for 60 Colorado-based nonprofit organizations.

Romanoff earned a bachelor’s degree with honors at Yale, a master’s degree in public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a juris doctorate at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law. He speaks fluent Spanish.

April – To Be Announced

March is International Women’s Day and Zonta Rose Day

We will not have a Thruday business meeting but instead will meet for our  International Women’s Day Celebration, March 8th

allison barto speakerFebruary is Women in Stem Month

Allison Barto – Program Manager for the James Webb Space Telescope at Ball Aerospace

Allison Barto was the speaker at our February business meeting. Allison is the Program Manager for the James Webb Space Telescope at Ball Aerospace where she leads the team inclusion team responsible for looking at the opportunities for women within the Ball organization.  She works with the company board to understand the opportunities for women and the best policies for insuring career and educational opportunities for female employees.

She also manages a team responsible both for delivering the optics and electronics for the 22-foot-wide telescope and for overall optical design, verification, and on-orbit optical phasing and commissioning of the Observatory.  When it launches to orbit the Sun one million miles from Earth in 2018, JWST will be the most sensitive, largest aperture astronomical space telescope ever flown. It will be capable of imaging the first light in the Universe and detecting signatures of life in the atmospheres of extra-solar planets.  In addition to spending the past fifteen years as a systems engineer and program manager on JWST, Allison has previously contributed to the Hubble Space Telescope science instruments and also currently manages the Ball Aerospace contribution to the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, a large ground-based telescope under construction in Chile. Before joining Ball Aerospace Allison conducted research in General Relativity at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.


Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence Awareness​ Month

January – Diane Laws founders Northeast CO Coalition Northeast CO Coalition against Trafficking

Diana LawsDiane Laws is one of the founders of NECCAT (Northeast CO Coalition Northeast CO Coalition against Trafficking). NECCAT is a collaborative effort of law enforcement, community groups and concerned citizens working to fight human trafficking. They focus their efforts in Greeley, Colorado​ and surrounding areas, helping to identify victims, assist in escape and recovery services and educate and advocate to change and enforce laws.

Diana is Vice President of the Zonta Club of Greeley​, which serves as a networking facilitator for NECCAT, pooling and combining all available community resources.  She will speak about the challenges in our state, their work and the many success that they are realizing through their community focused efforts.

Here is an interesting article from the Greeley Tribune about Diana’s important work.


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