Erica Barraza Joins Connections Board of Directors

Weld County, CO, April 22, 2021 – Connections for Independent Living welcomes a new member to the organization’s governing board of directors. The board approved Erica Barraza to help oversee the Greeley-based nonprofit, which assists persons living with disabling conditions in seven northeastern Colorado counties.

A Colorado native, Barraza has a passion for helping people in all aspects of their lives. As a member of the Weld County District Attorney’s office since 2014, Barraza works closely with first-time offenders, helping them make smart decisions in their lives to avoid additional difficulties with the legal system.

“As a first-generation student, and coming from a low-income background, I value community and unity, coming together as a team, to help people of all walks of life,” Barraza explained. “These values align with Connection’s mission. I want to broaden my horizon, and help serve more individuals, who I haven’t had the opportunity to serve.”

Barraza encourages others to seek a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Active in the outdoors with her family and her dogs, Barraza is interested in fitness and nutrition.

Executive Director Rochelle Mitchell-Miller welcomed Barraza stating, “Connections’ volunteer board continues to grow and expand with a focus on equity, inclusion and diversity. I am excited to welcome Erica onto our board and assist her in learning about Connections and the many services and programs we offer to people living with disabilities in northeastern Colorado. Board service is such a devotion to the community, and I am always in awe of those who commit to serve in this manner.” 

Barraza joins Mary Jo Brockshus, Elizabeth Mahoney, Kate Howell, and Lou Steinberg as directors for the organization.

Connections for Independent Living is a non-residential, participant-controlled nonprofit Independent Living Center that promotes independent living and the empowerment of all persons with disabilities. The organization is one of nine certified Independent Living Centers throughout Colorado and since 1986 has specifically served individuals in seven northeastern counties.
Erica Barraza enjoys the outdoors. Image courtesy Erica Barraza.