Meet Our Team

Lucy Wallace, MA, Founder

In 2007, Lucy Wallace, MA started teaching dance at Alchemy of Movement (AOM) in Boulder, CO. In 2010, she bought AOM, after receiving her master’s degree in Psychology. Her psychology background led to the birth of Dance To Be Free due to the therapeutic and cathartic quality of her teaching style.

In March of 2015, Lucy founded Dance To Be Free  and formed a 501(c)3 along with her Board of Directors. Their program launched at the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility in July of 2015 and has grown into weekly classes and a teacher-training program in Pueblo, CO, NE, WA, MS, HI and AR. Over 250 inmates have been trained as dance teachers, giving them a tangible skill as they complete their sentences and return to their communities!

Kirsten Vermulen, Board Member

Kirsten is Program Director for the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation (Leadership Foundation) where she oversees issues-based leadership development programs for business and civic leaders and partnership initiatives. The Leadership Foundation, an affiliate of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, is focused on preparing and connecting leaders from the business and civic communities to strengthen Colorado. For over 40 years, the Leadership Foundation has been creating unique learning experiences for leaders throughout their careers to gain the networks and knowledge to lead more effectively in their communities and inspire a better future for Colorado.

Prior to joining the Leadership Foundation, Kirsten served as the Director of Education and Member Programs for Housing Colorado, an education and advocacy organization advancing safe, decent and affordable housing for all Coloradans. She began her nonprofit career at the Colorado Chautauqua Association in Boulder, Colorado, managing membership services and donor development initiatives for the historic cultural institution.

Kirsten is a graduate of Ohio University (B.A. in English and Theater) and Northpark University (Master of Nonprofit Administration). She currently serves on the CLLARO (Colorado Latino Leadership Advocacy and Research Organization), Dance To Be Free, and B:Civic board of directors and as chair of the Colorado Civic Health Network. Her past service includes the Human Services Network of Colorado board, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver associate board, National Philanthropy Day in Colorado steering committee, and Mile High United Way literacy partner. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, Scott. In their spare time, Kirsten and her husband lead an award-winning performance troupe that travels internationally promoting Denver’s reputation as a cultural hub.

 

Bex Burton, Board Member

Bex Burton is a DreamBuilder and Love Coach, supporting driven, ambitious women in attracting conscious, lasting love with extraordinary men. A dancer her whole life, she owned and operated Sense of Motion, a Joyful Wellness company specializing in functional strength and dance training in NYC for ten years. Bex was immediately drawn to Lucy’s dance classes when she arrived in Boulder in 2014, and has been a huge cheerleader and advocate for the Dance 2B Free concept since it’s inception. She is beyond delighted to join the board, contributing her skills in dance and digital marketing to the organization!

Rob Schware, Board Member

Rob Schware, PhD, heads the Give Back Yoga Foundation and is President Ex-Officio & Advisor for the Yoga Service Council. He also writes for The Huffington Post Blog.

In late 2006, Rob brought his two decades of management experience with the World Bank to a second career: helping to grow the yoga service movement. He wanted to combine his development and project management expertise in over 30 countries including India, Indonesia, Turkey, Rwanda and Palestine with his passion for yoga, by forming an organization whose mission it is to bring yoga to underserved populations. In 2013, his work of co-founding and furthering the Give Back Yoga Foundation earned him the International Association of Yoga Therapists’ Karma Yoga Award for “extraordinary selfless service in reducing suffering and elevating consciousness through yoga.” And in 2016, he received Yoga Journal’s Good Karma award.

Alexandra Heerdegen, Board Member

Alexandra is originally from Germany; mostly raised in Dusseldorf. She served as executive secretary for 10 years for the CEO of a middle-sized international construction company. My family moved to Atlanta GA in 1998, where I worked as a part time office manager for a residential property sales office. We then moved to Boulder CO in 2009 so my son could finish high school and attend CU.
While in CO, she has worked part-time as an in-home adult and child care-giver, as well as a St. Vrain School District pre-school and after-school teacher. I am currently retired.

She has been a certified yoga teacher for the last 20 years and is active in both yoga and dance classes. Alexandra is currently teaching yoga in the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility.

She also volunteers at the Boulder Homeless Shelter and at the women’s safe-house organization, providing in-processing of women seeking shelter from an abusive relationship.

 

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