Our Leadership Team


  • Torkin Wakefield
      Torkin Wakefield

    Torkin Wakefield

    Co-founder, Global Ambassador & Board Chair

    Wakefield served as our first Executive Director and is now BeadforLife’s Global Ambassador.

    She has co-founded many organizations that help the world’s poor or marginalized. In addition to BeadforLife, these include AIDS, Medicine and Miracles, providing education and community for people living with HIV/AIDS and Wellspring, a holistic healing center.

    • Barbara Lawson
        Barbara Lawson

      Barbara Lawson

      Member & Treasurer

      Barbara has had a long career in executive management positions with nonprofit, university and for-profit organizations. She was the first President & CEO of The Kidney TRUST. Before joining the TRUST, Barbara was Chief Operating Officer and Senior Project Director for Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation. In this position, she was responsible for the growth and development of Pangaea.

      Her professional history includes service as vice president of administration and finance at California State University Monterey Bay, vice president for administration and finance at Marin Community Foundation and chief financial officer at the Pacific Stock Exchange. Barbara holds an MBA.

      • Cassidy Murphy
          Cassidy Murphy

        Cassidy Murphy

        Member & Secretary

        Murphy has worked with women and service organizations for close to 35 years including Planned Parenthood and women’s shelters in Colorado.

        Murphy worked as a Deputy District Attorney, specializing in the prosecution of recidivist domestic abusers and trainer on domestic violence prosecution for law enforcement throughout Colorado.

        In recent years, Murphy was a board member for Peacemaker Institute- initiating an intensive peace retreat program in Rwanda for genocide survivors, perpetrators, rescuers and all those impacted by the violence of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. Murphy has also served as a board member for Boulder Rotary Club, working as a mentor, and international and local service projects.

        • Robin Seiz
            Robin Seiz

          Robin Seiz

          Member

          Robin has a passion for eradicating poverty both near and far. She has been affiliated with BeadforLife for almost a decade as a Community Partner and now as a Board Member.

          She volunteers closer to home, working with the homeless and families who are struggling to make ends meet. Robin brings more than 30 years of Human Resources experience from both Fortune 50 companies and her own consulting practice.

          • Amy Yanda-Lee
              Amy Yanda-Lee

            Amy Yanda-Lee

            Member & Executive Director

            Amy brings more than 20 years of diverse marketing experience and a passion for empowering women to BeadforLife.

            Having worked with national lifestyle brands such as IZOD and SHAPE, Amy is committed to making a greater difference in the world and has been connected to BeadforLife for nearly a decade.

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