Grand Junction has grown dramatically
over the past generation, and Anna has been here
through all of the ups and downs.
Raised in Grand Junction, Anna is a graduate of
Grand Junction High School and Mesa State College.
She found her calling early in life in service to our city
and has spent the last decade and a half helping
local families, businesses, and service organizations thrive.
Hard work, dedication, and big dreams
are the bedrock of the Western Colorado way of life,
and Anna has shown how motivated young people
can help our economy grow and create countless opportunities.
While still in college, Anna started a small business
that has helped thousands of locals and businesses
communicate and market their products successfully.
In addition to her small business consulting work,
Anna is a medical and court-certified Spanish interpreter
and certified translator who has helped prosecutors and attorneys
communicate with victims and clients
to achieve justice in legal cases,
from violent assault to financial crimes,
working people's rights to white collar crime.
As the award-winning Executive Director of the
Roice-Hurst Humane Society,
Anna turned the struggling organization around
and oversees an annual budget of over $750,000,
created a charitable endowment that grew
from $50,000 to over $800,000 in less than two years,
has helped thousands of families welcome
new animals into their homes,
and managed dozens of staff and volunteers.
When she was just 19, Anna founded the
Foundation for Cultural Exchange,
which created Grand Junction's sister city
and provides support for families and young people
to access education, keep kids in school,
and guarantee high school and college tuition scholarships
for deserving students, as well as provides support for community health and development projects
in one of the most crime-stricken communities
of El Salvador in Central America.
A strong and vibrant Grand Junction
needs bridge-builders, and Anna's fifteen years
of service to the business community and non-profit
boards have given her the chance
to connect our community for collaborative action.
Anna's history of service includes:
Mesa County Animal Services Advisory Board
CASA of Mesa County
KAFM Community Radio Community Advisory Board
GJ Rockies Host Families
Western Colorado Animal Resources Coalition
Colorado Federation of Animal Welfare Agencies
Colorado Association of Professional Interpreters
Western Colorado Latino Chamber of Commerce
World Affairs Council of Western Colorado
Riverside Educational Center