Lisa Raville, Executive Director
Lisa Raville grew up outside of Chicago, IL and graduated from DePaul University with a degree in Communications and a minor in Women’s Studies. Lisa is the Executive Director of the Harm Reduction Action Center, a public health agency that works with people who inject drugs. Lisa has been with HRAC since 2009. Lisa’s activist voice was cultivated with her experiences as an overnight homeless shelter coordinator, development work at a domestic violence agency, a former campaign manager for a CA County Supervisor, and an AmeriCorps VISTA at an AIDS agency.
Lisa is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition. Lisa is the co-chair of the Naloxone workgroup for the Colorado Consortium on Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention. Lisa is on the Board of the New Leaders Council Denver and is the VP of Membership for a local Toastmasters chapter. In 2014, Lisa won the Colorado Public Health Association Award for Excellence in Policy.
Ruth Kanatser, Syringe Access Director/Senior Health Educator
Ruth has been an integral staff member with our agency since 2003. In December 2011, Ruth was recognized for her tireless efforts to improve the lives of PWID by receiving the inaugural Josephine Roche Award from the city of Denver for providing excellent direct service to a marginalized community. As director of the syringe access program and senior health educator her time and expertise is spent primarily referring program participants into substance use treatment or other vital services and educating our participants, community members and other service providers around the health issues that can effect PWID and how to reduce said harms.
Ruth has a special passion for trying to improve the historically mistrustful and adversarial relationship between health care providers and PWID through education and advocacy. Especially when concerning pregnant women who inject.
She lives with her husband John and two spoiled kitties who are excellent company for her favorite pass times of reading and napping.
Kat Humphries, Programs Director
In January of 2017, Kat Humphries joined the agency as the new Director of Programs and Data Evaluation. Kat spent several years in Denver doing harm reduction volunteer work and is a former HRAC volunteer and fundraiser. After spending nearly 4 years working in regulatory compliance, Kat was ready for a transition into direct service work. She hopes to bring her knowledge of policy, relationships with funders, and experience writing SOPs and other standard documents to the table to help the HRAC as the agency grows. As Programs Director it is Kat’s responsibility to manage interns, write reports and analyze data for grants, conduct HIV and HCV testing for participants, assist the Senior Health educator in administering individual and group-level interventions, and assist other HRAC staff in facilitating our syringe access program. As Director of Data Evaluations, it is her responsibility to track and analyze all syringe access data, evaluate program outcomes, and write monthly, quarterly, and year-end reports to submit to funders.
Sophie Feffer, Volunteer Director
Sophie was born and raised in Colorado Springs. She graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2017 with a degree in Sociological Criminology and French. Sophie was introduced to the HRAC when Lisa presented in one of her courses. During the next three years, she became involved as a drop-in volunteer, an outreach volunteer and an intern. Upon graduating, she became a research assistant for three national studies focused on the intersections of incarceration and gang membership. She is especially drawn to the HRAC’s highly accessible public health options for people who inject drugs, as well as the drive to create new harm reductionist policy on a community level. As volunteer director, she is responsible for coordinating all volunteer positions which fully staff the syringe access program during drop-in. In addition, she conducts mobile outreach three times a week alongside other service providers and volunteers.
Mariela Hernandez, Overdose Prevention Coordinator
Mariela Hernandez graduated from the University of Northern Colorado May 2019 with a Human Services Major and a Spanish minor. Having interned in the Spring 2019, she decided to join our team in June 2019 as a full time staff member. Her great social skills and passion for serving people has allowed her to create a strong connection with people who inject drugs. As a client services coordinator she helps out during drop-in with referrals and provide overdose trainings with access to Naloxone.
Zee Stark, Client Services Coordinator
Zee was raised in and continues to live in Thornton, Colorado. They graduated with a degree in Neuroscience from King’s College London in 2018, and returned to Colorado to ultimately pursue a medical degree. They spent a year fulfilling prerequisites with University of Colorado Boulder and working as an Independent Living Skills Trainer for individuals with traumatic brain injuries before beginning to volunteer with HRAC, becoming an intern soon after in Spring of 2020. Zee became a full-time staff member by that summer, fulfilling a role as Client Services Coordinator. They help with organizing and managing inventory and sterile supplies, inputting data, and neighborhood cleanups.
Alexis was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri. She graduated from the University of Denver in June of 2019 with a degree in Journalism Studies and a minor in Political Science. Alexis was first introduced to HRAC when Lisa presented in one of her classes in 2016. Having interned with HRAC from January to June of 2019, she later joined the team as a full time staff member in October of 2019. As a Client Services Coordinator, her primary focus is referrals to other local service providers that HRAC participants often request. Additionally, she conducts neighborhood clean ups, data inputting, and grant writing. Alexis has a passion for helping HRAC participants access quality health care services where they are treated with dignity and respect. She is also drawn to policy and community advocacy work that benefits PWID and the community at large.