Brice Maiurro is a poet and storyteller from Lakewood, Colorado. He is the founder of South Broadway Press and the former Poetry Editor of Suspect Press. His poetry includes advocacy for environmentalism, healthy masculinity, housing access and immigration. He was motivated to join the board as he has been a long-time fan of the way that Soul Stories brings together communities and ignites change. He believes his values of ongoing healing, vulnerability, and not shying away from difficult conversations align well with the missions of the organization. You can find more about him at maiurro.co.
Victor Chen works in public finance, providing technical assistance and research on Colorado local government issues such as finance, utilities, and taxes. In previous positions, he worked on grant administration and small business financing. Victor volunteers as a teaching assistant for ESL classes at the Spring Institute. He serves on the board of Soul Stories because he believes in the power of storytelling to strengthen communities and empower individuals. He supports the valuable work Soul Stories does to facilitate connection, community, speaking, and listening.
Bri Erger is a Realtor who believes real estate has the potential to bring people together, build resilient communities, and create a spark that elevates our local community. She works with individuals and families, as well as people who are looking for creative models of homeownership including co-buying, co-housing, housing cooperatives, and rental collectives. She is committed to harnessing her energy and passion to make an impact locally. She believes in doing work that shifts our collective future so it is more equitable, regenerative, and just. Bri is thrilled to be on the Soul Stories board since it allows her to share her experience in nonprofit work, as well as support an organization that is creating opportunities for people to come together, make authentic connections, and build lasting relationships through stories and conversations. To learn more about Bri, visit: www.brierger.com
Jovan Mays is the inaugural and emeritus Poet Laureate of Aurora, Colorado, a National Poetry Slam Champion, TED speaker and the Youth Voice Coordinator of Aurora Public Schools. Mays has worked with well over one million students through poetry outreach in his program, Your Writing Counts. He is the author of 3 books: Pride, The Great Box Escape, and This Is Your Song. The Pilgrimage, Button Poetry, and Write About Now have published his work. He is a graduate of Chadron State College, where he played football, wrestled, and earned a degree in Secondary History Education.
Rosemari Ochoa (she/ella in Spanish) is an organizer and trainer with deep roots in the social justice movement. Based in Denver, she focuses on online storytelling for worker rights, climate justice, and reproductive justice. She's worked with grassroots organizations like the Distruption Project and Liberate Abortion; government organizations under the Obama Administration like the Library of Congress, HHS, and the CDC; and other key groups like the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Planned Parenthood, the Pew Charitable Trusts, CREDO Action, Netroots Nation, and the AFL-CIO.