Women’s Wilderness Board of Directors

Melissa ShanahmelissaPortraitan, Co-Chair

Melissa has over twenty five years experience working with adolescents and their families as a counselor in drug and alcohol programs, residential treatment facilities, public high schools and outdoor education programs.  She currently has her own business as an Educational Consultant at Educational Pathways, working face-to-face with families all over the United States, regularly touring schools and programs, and attending conferences in order to stay current with the various issues and special needs that affect teens and young adults today.  Melissa earned a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver and lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and two children.  As a board member for Women’s Wilderness, Melissa is doing outreach with the Boulder Valley School District.

 img_3010Danielle Piscatelli, Board Co-Chair

Danielle originally hails from Boston.  While in Boston she directed a women only, three-day fundraising hike.  It was through this event that led her to believe in the “power” of the outdoors for women leaders.  She believes confident girls will grow up to be strong, healthy women. She has over 15 years of non-profit development experience, an MPA in Non-Profit Management fro Suffolk University, and has served on two previous Board of Directors.  She is very excited to bring her knowledge, passion and experience to Women’s Wilderness.




Amy Stengel

Amy is an attorney licensed in Colorado with more than twelve years of experience in the public sector.  She has a demonstrated commitment to advocacy and public service, with a focus in western natural resource law and policy issues. She recently joined Women’s Wilderness as a Board Member in July of 2015 and looks forward to assisting the Board with legal questions that may arise. She has been exploring the mountains, rivers and canyons of Colorado and the surrounding region for more than fifteen years and enjoys taking her young daughter on outdoor adventures. Her favorite pastimes include tele skiing the backcountry and rafting the rivers of the West.

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Janice Van Anrooy

Janice is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private mentalhealthupdate.com/ativan.html practice specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and women’s issues with an office in Denver and Colorado Springs. She is the mother of three children ages 24, 23 and 16 years old. She is married to John Richilano and lives in Castle Pines, CO.  Her favorite hobby is hiking and backpacking in the high country of Colorado in the warmer months and snowshoeing and backcountry skiing in the snowy months. Her early experience as a young woman as a
wilderness guide and outdoor enthusiast helped her gain self-confidence and empowerment. She is excited to be a part of TWWI to help the organization to help others experience what the wilderness programming has to offer.

Katie Hegg

Katie has a background in marketing, event planning, and administration, as well as in nutrition education.  She got involved with Women’s Wilderness four years ago to help plan the annual Gear and Cheer event, and has been a board member since 2012.  She has two teenagers, 16 and 19.  Getting them outside has always been a priority for family and she’s loved introducing them to nature and outdoor activities over the years.  She loves to run, bike, hike, swim, camp, cross-country ski and downhill ski, and climb.  She is excited about the direction of Women’s Wilderness and is a member of the Events Committee.


Hillary Harding

Hillary is the Membership Director at the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition. She has been working with the organization for five years and was a volunteer and board member prior to that. Hillary and has worked in the outdoor industry since 2000 where she got her start by splitting her time between leading trips for Outward Bound and working as a events coordinator for REI stores in the Bay Area. The last ten years she has specifically focused on the nonprofit side of the outdoor industry working for a few great organizations before landing at OIWC in 2010. Hillary enjoys climbing, biking, skiing, watching ants, and building campfires. She lives in Denver with her husband, two children, a dog, a cat and six chickens.