2021 Board of Directors

Amanda Pearson- Board President
Retired Judge, Saguache County

Ashlee Welsh- Board Vice President

Helen Taylor-Board Treasurer
I was born and raised in California and lived in Illnois for three year ½ years in my early 20’s.  I graduated from San Jose State University with a BS in Accounting and received a Masters in Finance from Golden Gate University.  I received my CPA in CA and was also licensed as a CPA in CO when I move to Colorado in 1998.  I have worked for a variety of non-profits over the years, mostly in the healthcare field,  9 ½ years with Catholic Healthcare West (now Dignity Health) and 16 1/2 years with Valley Wide Health Systems in Alamosa.  Both organizations believe in healthcare as a right, not a privilege, and strive to serve the underserved.  I have two children and three grandchildren.  I belong to the Woman’s Citizenship Club who has supported Tu Casa in a variety of projects over the years.  Not only is domestic violence the signature project of the WCC International organization (GFWC), I have also witnessed domestic violence and sexual assault in my family and wanted to contribute to an organization that assists  others who are in similar situations.

Deanne Elliot - Board Secretary

Deanne has been on the board for Tu Casa, Inc. since 2018 and serves as the secretary. She brings experience from her involvement with a number of organizations including adult and youth programs with Colorado State University Extension Service, the Sargent School Board and the Colorado Association of School Boards, the SLV Small Business Development Council, and as Manager of the Monte Vista Farmers Market.   Deanne and her husband farm north of Monte Vista. They have three daughters and two grandchildren.

Julie Zaragoza - Board Member 

I am a Colorado native, born and raised right here in the beautiful San Luis Valley.  I graduated from Adams State College (not yet a university) with a BA in Psychology/Sociology and began my career with the 12th Judicial District Probation Department.  As a Probation Officer, I worked with many different types of offender populations, including perpetrators of sexual abuse and domestic violence.  I retired from the Judicial Department in 2010, and began working in the private sector providing services to state and municipal court clients.  I believe that domestic violence and sexual abuse touches each and every one of us in some form, either directly or indirectly. The services provided by Tu Casa, Inc. are vital to our community.  Their staff are individuals dedicated to empowering all children and adults to live healthy, violence-free lives, as indicated in the mission statement.

Sheri Tearpak - Board Member

Gentry Skinner - Board Member 

To learn more about how you can become more involved with Tu Casa and our Board of Directors, please contact us.