MBS, University of Houston at Clear Lake City, Texas
MDiv, The Iliff School of Theology, 1989
BS, Community Health, Sam Houston State University, 1973
Former President Pro Tempore, Colorado State Senate
Senator, Colorado State Senate, District 34, 2010-2019
Assistant Minority Leader, Colorado State Senate, 2018-2019
Minority Leader, Colorado State Senate, 2015-2018
Candidate, Colorado State Senate, District 34, 2010
Appointed, Senator, Colorado State Senator, District 34, May 16, 2010
Former Member, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee, Colorado State Senate
Former Member, Executive Committee of the Legislative Council, Colorado State Senate
Former Member, Finance Committee, Colorado State Senate
Former Member, Legal Services Committee, Colorado State Senate
Former Member, Legislative Council, Colorado State Senate
Agency for Human Rights and Community Relations, City and County of Denver Executive Director, 2003-present
Pastor, Methodist Churches
Member, Denver Public Schools Board of Education, 1999-2007
Vice President, Denver Public Schools Board of Education, 2003-2006
Owner, Lucías Casa de Café, 1999-2005
Employee, Merritt Memorial United Methodist Church and Berkeley United Methodist Church, Denver, Colorado, 1989-1994
Ordained Elder, The United Methodist Church, Rocky Mountain Conference, 1992
Assistant to the President, Human Affairs and Affirmative Action, 1980-1983
Assistant Dean of Students, School of Allied Health Sciences, 1975-1979
Member, Metropolitan State College of Denver, Presidents Community Affairs Council, 1995-2001, 2007-Present
Member, Mile High United Way, Board of Trustees and Committee for Community Development, 1995-2000
Executive Director, Colorado Council of Churches, 1994-1999
Member, National Association of Ecumenical Staffs, Program Planning Committee, 1997-1999
Member, The United Methodist Church, National Conference, General Commission on Christian Unity and Inter-Religious Concerns, 1996-1999
Executive Committee Member and Chairperson, Colorado-Oklahoma Resource Council, Spiritual Care Group, 1996-1998
Member, Governors Commission on Early Childhood Care and Education, 1997-1998
ACLU Carl Whitehead Memorial Award: Recognized for lifetime contributions to civil liberties, October 2008.
Induction into the Cesar Chavez Leadership Hall of Fame: Recognized for a passion for justice for those who are not heard, 2006.
Anti-Defamation League Civil Rights Award: Recognized for efforts and achievements in the furtherance of civil and human rights for all people, 2006.
Mary Rhodes Award from the National Order of Sisters of Loretto: 2006.
Champions of Change Award from the Escuela Tlatelolco: 2005.
Shining Star Award from Family Star: 2004.
Trish Dunn Award: Recognized for efforts in furthering greater cooperation and improved understanding among women of diverse faith, 2000.
Norm Early Victims Rights Award: Recognized for outstanding commitment, compassion and leadership in fostering rights for victims of crime, 1999.
Gil Horn Faith in Action Award: Recognized for prophetic and inclusive leadership that has served justice and enriched the interfaith community in metropolitan Denver, 1999.
Girl Scouts Mile High Council Women of Distinction Award: 1998.
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Hispanics Award: 1997.
American Association of University Women Trailblazer Award: 1996.
Iliff School of Theology Outstanding Recent Graduate Award: 1995; Outstanding Student Award: 1996; Alumna Award of the Year: 2003.
Melvin E. and Lucille Wheatley Award for Justice: 1985.
Who's Who in Colleges and Universities: 1985.