2nd Year Scholars
Sarah Elena has more than five years of professional experience in sustainable development project management. She was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She received her B.A. from Austin College in Sherman, Texas with majors in Environmental Studies, International Relations, and a minor in French. She graduated Summa Cum Laude. During her undergraduate years, she studied in France, Morocco, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Bhutan, and traveled to many other countries. She is trilingual, speaking, reading, and writing English, Spanish, and French. Sarah Elena has experience serving as the Co-Chair of the Student Sustainability Fund at Austin College and as the Co-President for Think Green Campus Awareness, working at Little Traverse Nature Conservancy, interning with Texas Senator Jose Rodríguez, and serving on his Environment Advisory Board, serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member for the City of El Paso Resilience + Sustainability Department, working as the Food Donor Relations Manager at the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank, and as a French Translator. She is currently a Sustainability & Outreach Specialist at Quantum Engineering Consultants, an innovative urban planning and sustainability firm. Sarah Elena is passionate about people, health & well-being, sustainable development, and livable cities. She looks forward to utilizing her law degree to develop innovative solutions to the novel challenges we face as a society.
Since age 12, Diana has been passionate about public service. In high school, she co-founded her school’s Speech/Debate and Robotics programs. She fundraised for all events and tournament fees, arranged rides, and served as a liaison between her school, district, and competition leagues so that all students might participate regardless of family support. She also organized three TEDx events that were free or low-cost and inspired countless student organizers to create highly-accessible TEDx events throughout Southern California. She then attended UC Berkeley and as an undergrad, created and led a credit-bearing worldviews course for four consecutive semesters which was regularly attended by over a hundred students. She developed a highly controversial undergrad thesis on coercion in pediatric healthcare funded by the Haas Scholars Program and presented at the Hasting Center for Bioethics. She earned her B.A. in Medical Ethics in 2.5 years. Diana then moved to Colorado in Fall 2018 and met retired nurses with expired licenses who could not practice nursing unless they went through the rigorous license reinstatement process. She saw the COVID-19 pandemic executive orders as an opportunity to reform the Colorado Nursing Board reinstatement rules and did so by demonstrating that Colorado had the strictest nursing reinstatement process as compared to 49 other states and presenting 30+ nurses testimonies on how current reinstatement laws impacted their ability to help. The reinstatement rules changed because of Diana’s effort. Diana found herself enjoying the process of reforming administrative law and discovered her niche of protecting the rights of both patients and healthcare providers. Diana now has an MS in Healthcare Management from DU and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality. She is grateful that the Chancellor Scholarship encourages her active involvement in her community and allows her to continue to freely serve.
Heather Zipperer moved to Colorado this summer after spending 11 years in Anchorage, AK. Heather is passionate about service in the alcohol and addiction recovery community. Heather has worked with many women over the years to try to gain sobriety and in turn, child custody, employment, housing and most importantly confidence and self-esteem. Heather has a bachelor's degree in business administration and has also worked in healthcare for a large Medicaid population. Heather loves the way the light is ignited in someone when they realize that there is help to change their life, and that they aren’t just a number, someone actually cares. Heather hopes to spend her legal career in the Public Defender’s office assisting those who need help the most. Heather lives with her wonderful mother and her 11 year old daughter Claudia, along with her two dogs! Everyone is loving Denver!
Dylan Fair was born and raised in Southern California. He attended undergrad right here at the University of Denver, where he graduated with a degree in international studies from the Josef Korbel School. Instead of moving abroad, after graduating Dylan tried to serve his local community. He joined Teach For America and served as a public school teacher here in Denver. During his time in TFA he taught special education for title-1 schools in the city of Denver. After two years of TFA Dylan continued to teach, becoming a 9th grade English teacher for two years. After four years of teaching he decided to pursue a JD which brought him back to the University of Denver as a Chancellor's scholar. Dylan has used his time in the classroom as fuel in a continued pursuit for equity. Outside of the classroom he is an avid skier, music fan, and recreational runner.
Audrey Oliver grew up in East Montpelier, Vermont and graduated from the University of Vermont in 2020 with a degree in Political Science. While at UVM, she served as a writing tutor for incarcerated individuals and as a mentor and advocate for students with disabilities. She also spent a year investigating the way election officials and care providers respond to voters aging with cognitive impairments as part of her undergraduate honors thesis. After graduating, Audrey worked as a research assistant for a Burlington, VT city councilor, focusing on affordable housing and public safety reform through policies relating to, for example, just cause eviction, asset forfeiture, and the use of school resource officers. She also monitored the Vermont Legislature for the state’s Chamber of Commerce, helping Vermonters understand how to access funds and other support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Audrey is passionate about civil rights, housing policy, and voting access. In her free time, she loves to bike, swim, ski, and cook. Audrey is honored to be a Chancellor's Scholar and grateful to the program for allowing her to pursue her interests (legal and otherwise) in the beautiful state of Colorado.
Ashley is from Casper, Wyoming and graduated from Idaho State University where she pursued a double major in political science and international studies followed by a master’s degree in public administration. Along with running Division 1 Cross Country and Track & Field, Ashley was an active member of her school and community. Co-authoring various academic papers on conservation policy narratives, working as a research assistant of eco-system services and their relation to risk perceptions, and interning at both the local and federal levels of government; her experiences refined her deep interest in public policy and conservation work. While a volunteer for land trusts in southeastern Idaho, Ashley's many passions coalesced into her deep appreciation and love for land and wildlife conservation. Ashley went on to pursue a career with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department where she coordinates property rights transactions and conservation projects throughout the state. Ashley is immensely grateful for the opportunities to pursue law as both a Chancellor’s Scholar and part-time student while she continues her work in Wyoming wildlife conservation; she hopes to use her law degree and public interest experiences to make a difference, furthering her public sector work as a leader in land and wildlife conservation.
Kristin Kelley is originally from Southern Ohio and graduated with her bachelors and masters from Ohio University. While at Ohio University, Kristin worked as an intern with Southeastern Ohio Legal Services and the Athens County Public Defender’s Office. She has worked as an assistant in the Ohio University Legal Affairs Office, a Work Elections Fellow with the Campus Vote Project, which recruited poll workers for the 2020 election, and as a program assistant for the Ohio University Summer Law and Trial Institute, which is focused on introducing the legal field to low-income high schoolers from Appalachia. These experiences have furthered Kristin’s commitment to access to justice issues and working with low-income communities. In her free time, Kristin likes to explore her new city of Denver and spent time with her partner, dog and two cats.
Kaity Tuohy graduated from the University of Vermont in 2020 with a Bachelor’s in Social Work. During her time at the University of Vermont, Kaity was active in various communities, including as the co-founder of University of Vermont’s chapter of She’s the First; She’s the First is a non-profit that works to improve girls’ access to education globally. She was also involved in the Campus Kitchens Project and worked as a peer mentor for students with disabilities in the Think College Program. Kaity has spent the past year working as a Restorative Justice Coordinator in Vermont. In this role, she facilitated weekly restorative justice processes for those affected by crime and those responsible for crime, focusing on accountability, repairing harm, and developing strategies for preventing future harm, rather than punishment. She also provided restorative practice trainings in local school districts, for both educators and students. During her time as a Restorative Justice Coordinator, Kaity became interested in criminal justice reform and how we can prevent harm in our communities through inclusion and support of all members.
Anna Hamp was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary and immigrated to the United States as an adult. Prior to law school, she taught English as a Second Language (ESL) for over twenty years in a variety of settings to adult students from dozens of different countries. Between 2009 and 2016, she worked as a doula, assisting hundreds of women in advocating for themselves before, during, and after childbirth. She founded the first collaborative doula practice in Southern California to help prevent burnout in doulas and to improve access to doulas for countless women. After moving to Colorado in 2016, she returned to teaching ESL at several colleges and universities in the Denver metro area. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she co-founded Workforce English, whose mission is to help improve employment opportunities for immigrants and refugees by focusing on specific English skills necessary for gainful employment. She has volunteered as a cultural mentor to newly arrived refugee families, as well as an employment mentor through Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains. Being an immigrant herself, she is passionate about helping other immigrants thrive in their new communities. Anna is honored to have been included in the Chancellor’s Scholars program and is grateful to be a part of the Sturm College of Law community.
Maeve is a Denver local and graduate of Middlebury College and the University of Oxford, respectively. Maeve’sinterests lie at the intersection of immigration and civil rights law, and they originate in her time as a youth volunteer at ONE Colorado and more recently as an interpreter at Denver Legal Night. At Middlebury (BA, 2017), Maeve studied History and Spanish and focused her research on marginalized histories that are excluded from the historical canon. She served as an active volunteer tutor with local migrant farmworkers and as a member of the Middlebury College Community Judicial Board. She also enjoyed supporting student service initiatives as a coordinator at the Center for Community Engagement at the college. After graduating, Maeve spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar teaching English in Madrid (2017-18). Subsequently, she joined the University of Oxford (MSc, 2019) and studied migration as a DahrendorfScholar at St. Antony’s College, where she focused her research on asylum-seeker reception in rural Ireland. After graduating, Maeve worked as a researcher on a multi-year project about the future of the European Union. In the future, Maeve hopes to work in civil rights law in Denver and to continue to engage in public service. Maeve is grateful to be back in her home community and to be a part of the Chancellor’s Scholars. She enjoys hiking and skiing with her partner and family, and she is learning French.
Dana Lindenberg was raised in the western suburbs of Chicago. In 2016 she graduated from Grinnell College with a double major in Political Science and Psychology. Like a true midwesterner, she believes beer is an essential food group and is overwhelmed by a landscape that isn’t flat. During her undergraduate studies she worked and volunteered with the Liberal Arts in Prison Program; she spent several nights a week tutoring and teaching intellectual engagement courses in prisons and juvenile correctional facilities in Iowa, as well as organizing and training fellow volunteers. She also spent a summer in Austin, Texas trying to secure federal intervention for human rights abuses taking place at Texas correctional institutions. After graduating, she continued to work with incarcerated individuals as a legal assistant in the Appellate Division of the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office. At the Public Defender’s Office, she helped to draft motions for sentence reconsideration. Dana hopes to continue to work with incarcerated people and communities after law school either as a Public Defender or working on civil rights litigation to address prison sentences and conditions. In her free time, she likes to bake/cook, yell at terrible television shows, spend time with her cat and dog, read, and swim.
Austin grew up in Fort Collins Colorado and attended Colorado State University. While at CSU, Austin interned with the DC branch of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, helping individuals navigate claims of employment discrimination. Working with the Center for Public Deliberation, he performed research in public discourse and facilitated community conversations on various issues. Austin also led classes on environmentalism and racial justice at local middle and high schools. He worked directly with the City of Fort Collins in many capacities including as a volunteer board member, working group consultant and researcher, and facilitator. During his final year in Fort Collins, Austin found employment in criminal rehabilitation with Larimer County Community Corrections. Each public service experience has furthered Austin’s desire to help others, including our planet and nonhuman friends, and he is eager to continue his pursuits with a law degree.
Bianca Camarillo graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 2020, where she studied History and Music Performance (Saxophone) through a joint program with the Cleveland Institute of Music. Throughout her time as an undergraduate, Bianca was committed to public service and worked extensively with the University’s Center for Civic Engagement and Learning. She had the opportunity to engage directly in the planning and implementation of community outreach and direct service events for students interested in asset-based community development. She also encouraged the growth of inclusive environments at the University through advocating for LGBTQ+ issues, as well as by serving on the founding board of the University’s first gender-inclusive Greek organization. Bianca went on to complete a year of service as an AmeriCorps Member with City Year Cleveland, working to ensure equitable access to education for all. She provided academic and social-emotional mentorship for elementary students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Bianca hopes to utilize her future legal career to cultivate communities of inclusivity and to serve in solidarity by elevating voices and stories of historically marginalized groups.