Marianna Kosharovsky, Founder & Executive Director
Marianna Kosharovsky, JD brings professional and leadership experience across issues of human rights, law and international collaboration in both US and Eastern Europe/Russia. She specializes in driving partnerships to advance efficiency in anti-trafficking efforts through technological tools. Prior to ALIGHT, Ms. Kosharovsky represented victims of labor exploitation and human trafficking at Sanctuary for Families, as well as international corporate clients at Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, in New York. She has also worked on human rights development and bridging private sector-nonprofit collaboration in Eastern Europe/Russia at PILnet: Global Network for Public Interest Law. Ms. Kosharovsky was a Visiting Professor at Pericles Center for International Legal Education. She is a contributing author to the ABA book Lawyers as Changemakers and serves on the International Peace Research Association Foundation's Board. Ms. Kosharovsky holds a JD from New York University School of Law. Contact Marianna Kosharovsky
Kristen Berg, Director of Outreach & Partnerships
Kristen Berg, JD oversees ALIGHT's outreach efforts to, and active engagement with, professionals in the anti-trafficking field as well as the general public. Prior to joining ALIGHT, Ms. Berg worked on anti-trafficking advocacy campaigns for four years at the international human rights organization Equality Now. While there, she worked closely with organizations around the world to reform anti-trafficking laws and collaborated with law firms on impact litigation. Additionally, Ms. Berg has also worked at human rights organizations in Uganda, Nepal and Tanzania, as well as with the United Nations in Cambodia. Ms. Berg holds a JD from New York University School of Law. Contact Kristen Berg
Jill Cruickshank, Director of Operations
Jill Cruickshank, MBA is responsible for planning and managing organizational resources, overseeing organizational finances and growing organizational capacity. Ms. Cruickshank’s professional experience includes designing ecosystems of technology and procedures to streamline workflow processes and bring about operational efficiency. Ms. Cruickshank has dedicated many years to working and volunteering for nonprofits. She now owns a business services firm, which helps small businesses and law practices with their bookkeeping and operations. Additionally, she served on the Board of Directors of the Colorado American Marketing Association for eight years. Ms. Cruickshank holds an MBA from the University of Colorado at Denver. Contact Jill Cruickshank
Board of Directors
Bob Connelly, Board Chair
Bob Connelly, JD brings over 30 years of experience in corporate executive and legal practice positions in the US and abroad, including as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at US WEST and Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Qwest Communications. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors and was Treasurer of the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado (ACLU-CO) for six years and in 2014 received the Radetsky Award for his contributions to that organization. Over the years, he has actively contributed to social and economic justice efforts by lending his expertise to a variety of nonprofit and grassroots organizations in Denver and Atlanta. Mr. Connelly graduated with a law degree from Columbia University School of Law.
Kaylene Alvarez, Treasurer
Kaylene Alvarez is a global specialist in impact investing, access to finance and risk management with work experience in nearly 40 countries spanning 25 years. She is the CEO of Athena Global Alliance, a boutique advisory firm that bridges the gap between development impact and investment by advising on fund and product structures, due diligence and capacity building in the industries of small business & entrepreneurship, gender lens investing, clean technology & renewable energy, Islamic finance and digital finance. Ms. Alvarez is also on the Impact Investing Committee of the Denver Foundation. Ms. Alvarez has worked for global development finance institutions, international non-profits, in finance on Wall Street, with the World Bank Group (IFC) and founded 2 small businesses; additionally, she mentors and supports dozens of international social enterprise start-ups through incubator programs, business plan competitions and one-on-one sessions. Ms. Alvarez holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and an MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Lucy Stribley, Member At Large
Lucy Stribley, MBA is Vice President at Flyreel and previously was Senior Vice President and Partner at Booz Allen and Hamilton, a global strategy and technology consulting firm. For over 25 years, Ms. Stribley delivered strategy and technology services and solutions to commercial, government and not-for-profit organizations. She has a track record of turning around operations, scaling businesses, diversifying customer bases, developing new services and launching new business lines by working collaboratively with cross-functional teams. Locally, she volunteers at Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS). Ms. Stribley earned her MBA from University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business.
Melinda Delmonico, Member At Large
Melinda Delmonico is CEO of Gibson Arnold & Associates, Inc. and provides the organization with strategic vision and leadership in serving the national legal community. Gibson Arnold has been recognized as a top woman-owned business nationwide. For nearly two decades Ms. Delmonico has developed relationships with hiring managers, partners, and other decision-makers in the legal community, gaining a first-hand understanding of the industries and practice areas important to her clients. She has served on the Board of the Jeffco Schools Foundation. Ms. Delmonico holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communication, with a minor in journalism, from Texas A&M University.
Advisors to the Board
Simon Cohen, Technology Advisor
Simon Cohen advises ALIGHT on technology strategy. Mr. Cohen has been working with software and software engineers for the past eighteen years. He has managed in companies from three person startups to eighty thousand person multinationals. He has worked at Getco LLC, UBS, Goldman Sachs and Tolerate. Mr. Cohen is currently a Senior Engineering Manager at Spotify NYC.
Kathy Kaoudis, Compliance Advisor
Kathy Kaoudis, CPA, JD advises ALIGHT on grant and regulatory compliance. Ms. Kaoudis has spent over 12 years in community college higher education and an additional two decades in the private sector as a CPA. Her experience with professional and community organizations includes Charter Member and Chapter President of the Metro-Denver chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges, Leadership Jeffco, Girl Scouts, Colorado Fiscal Manager’s Association, Colorado Bar Association and Denver Bar Association. Ms. Kaoudis is currently Vice President of Administrative Services/Chief Financial Office at Community College of Denver.
Laura Alms, Strategic Fundraising Advisor
Laura Alms, JD is a seasoned trial attorney, corporate counsel and legal strategist. She is an experienced problem solver and leader. Ms. Alms' passion for helping those in need is exemplified in her legal work and pro bono cases. Laura also enjoys her volunteer work including her work as the Chairperson for both the Collaborative School Committee and Enrichment Committee for Lowry Elementary School. Ms. Alms received her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Legal Advisory Council
Michael Cheroutes, Sr.
Michael Cheroutes, Sr., JD is the Director at Colorado Center for Infrastructure Development (bio). Mr. Cheroutes holds a law degree from Stanford University School of Law.
Edward Ramey, JD is a Partner at Tierney Lawrence (bio). Mr. Ramey holds a law degree from University of Colorado Law School.
Stephen Jewett, JD is Counsel at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton (bio). Mr. Jewett holds a law degree from University of Cincinnati College of Law.
Bob Connelly, JD is the former Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at US WEST and Treasurer of American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Colorado (bio). Mr. Connelly holds a law degree from Columbia University School of Law.