Staff & Board Members
Joy Burns, President Emerita
Bio coming soon.
Joan Birkland, President
Joan is one of the founders of Sportswomen of Colorado and served as the organization’s Executive Director for 40 years. She is a member of four sports Halls of Fame: the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, the Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports Hall of Fame, the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame and the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame. The Denver-born athlete twice won the state golf and tennis championships in the same year in the mid-1960s. Her name was on the winner’s trophy more than a dozen times at the state tennis championships. In golf, Joan won seven state titles from 1960-66. She also serves on the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Executive Board.
Wendy Bermingham, Vice President
Wendy has most recently worked as an Account Executive with N2 Publishing and previously as an Account Manager with Visiting Angels, both in Denver. Her experience over the past 25 years has included Advertising Sales and Marketing positions in Boston and New York. She lives in Denver with her husband and three teenage boys. She continues to be an active tennis, platform tennis player and skier.
Lynn Barczuk, Treasurer
Bio coming soon.
Laura Fischer, Secretary
Laura, a retired teacher and administrator for 30 years, is currently an educational consultant for AdvancED accrediting schools throughout the United States. Laura coached basketball for 19 years at the middle, high school, and college Division II levels. Having coached a variety of other sports, Laura also serves on the Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports Executive Board.
Dr. Sue Barnd
Dr. Barnd is a professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She works with the K-12 physical education majors and specializes in elementary physical education pedagogy. Prior to teaching at MSU Denver she taught 10 years in the physical education department at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse while also serving as the women’s fast pitch coach. Sue received her doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado (1999), and her B.S. and M.S. from the University of WI. – La Crosse. Sue enjoys golfing, biking, hiking and snow shoeing and nearly any outdoor activity that Colorado offers.
Now entering her 8th year at the Colorado High School Activities Association, Bethany Brookens is a graduate of Overland High School. She is a former Division I basketball player at Davidson College and played pro ball in Ireland. Bethany currently administers field hockey, tennis, volleyball, swimming and diving, skiing, music, and is the Title IX advisor at CHSAA.
Christine is a former public and independent school educator, coach and athletics administrator for 32 years. She was Girls Athletics Director and one of the state’s top field hockey coaches at Kent Denver School before moving into an administrative position with Kent Denver School and Jefferson County Public Schools.
Barb earned her BSBA in Marketing and Finance at the University of Denver, and MBA at Regis University. After working for Pepsi Beverages Company for 25 years, Barb now owns and operates Blue Sky Promotions, a distributor of advertising specialties.
Ellen has 20 years of coaching and playing experience in collegiate basketball and most recently coached at the University of Denver. She transitioned to the financial world as a branch manager at Wells Fargo for five years after coaching, and has worked as a supervisor of athletics for Denver Publish Schools for the past four years. She has served on the Metro Sports Commission and PlaySmart Inc. boards in addition to Sportswomen of Colorado.
Karen started in the Denver Public Schools in 1987 as a paraprofessional at Kunsmiller Middle School, working in a classroom for children with Autism. From there she became a teacher at Philips Elementary and continued to work with students with Autism until moving over to the district athletic department in 2004 as an athletic manager. In 2008, she moved into her current position as District Athletic Director. She is a current member of the CADA Board, is currently on the NIAAA Hall of Fame Committee as the Section 6 representative.
Starting her journalism career at the age of 14 at her New Jersey hometown newspaper, Dorothy joined the staff at the Denver Post in 1966 and became the first full-time female sportswriter at a major U.S. metropolitan daily newspaper. The history-making journalist retired from the Post in 1982. Dorothy also co-founded Sportswomen of Colorado and was the multi-decade chairwoman of its annual Awards Selection Committee.
For 26 years, Marcia Neville was the face of high school sports in Colorado. She brought her passion for sports and storytelling to Denver in 1983, where she became the first female television sportscaster in Colorado. She has been recognized nationally with awards from the Women’s Sports Foundation, American Women in Radio and Television and American Women in Communications. She has also won several Heartland Emmies for Sports Reporting, Hosting and Producing. She was inducted into the CHSAA Hall of Fame in 2014. Marcia is currently the Media Relations Specialist at the University of Colorado at Denver’s Anschutz Medical Campus.
A native of Colorado, Amber Schweitzer resides in Parker. She earned her BA in Kinesiology from the University of Northern Colorado.
She currently teaches Yoga, Adventure, and Health at Castle View High School. Her thoughtful curriculum is delivered to reflect self-acceptance and inclusion. Each class has a daily focus on fostering respect for self and others, while celebrating uniqueness. Amber is currently GLSEN’s Educator of the Year.
Amber is a co-founder of Sabercat Basketball Club and the founder of PEP Club Sports. She, also, sits on the Board of Directors for SHAPE Colorado. In her spare time, she discovered a passion for playing semi-pro tackle football.
Retired Physical Education teacher from the SVVSD. Currently coaching basketball at Niwot HS. President of Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports.
Annie Hoskinson, Executive Director
Annie has been involved with sports all her life. She’s coached and continues to coach, been an athletic administrator at the collegiate level, worked in sports marketing, produced events, volunteered at events, and was a collegiate athlete and continues to be an active competitive athlete. Annie has coached young athletes from the age of 4 to 65 plus. Sports include soccer, ice hockey, basketball, swimming, cycling and running. The last three are the three sports of triathlon, which she continues to coach.
Annie was previously involved with Sportswomen of Colorado as the Camp Coordinator. Plus, she’s attended a number of the Annual Awards Celebrations! Her passion is to ensure that female athletes of all ages have the opportunity to participate in the sports of their choice. This passion fits well with the mission of Sportswomen of Colorado: “To Promote, Honor, and Empower Colorado Girls and Women in Sports”.
She earned her B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Denver. Annie played on a number of teams at the University of Denver including field hockey and basketball. She even played a game or two with the men’s lacrosse team as women’s lacrosse was not offered. In addition, Annie was directly involved in ensuring women’s athletics became formally recognized as varsity intercollegiate sports at the University of Denver.
Currently, Annie lives in Lakewood with her sister and cat. In addition to her work with Sportswomen of Colorado, Annie is a personal trainer.