Tiffany Banks, MSW
RM Sibs Executive Director
Tiffany Banks began volunteering with Rocky Mountain Sibs in 2016 and was appointed as the executive director in 2019. She has been working in the disability field in a variety of roles since 2006. Tiffany completed her Bachelor's in Social Work at Niagara University and her Master's in Social Work with a specialization in Maternal and Child Health at University of Maryland at Baltimore. Tiffany also completed the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment (LEND) program through the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland in 2009. Tiffany has worked in special education as a school social worker for 6 years prior to joining the Neuropsychiatric Special Care team at Children's Hospital Colorado in 2016.
Tiffany is the sister of three men, one of whom identifies as an individual on the autism spectrum. Since joining the Rocky Mountain Sibs team, Tiffany has become a leading advocate on family centered policies. She currently serves on the Sibling Leadership Network's board as the Policy and Advocacy Chair. Tiffany is also currently a doctoral student at Colorado State University in their social work department. Her research includes animal-assisted interventions and human-animal bond, parental stress factors in psychiatrically hospitalized youth with autism, best practices in psychiatric hospitalization for youth with autism, and disability policy analysis as it relates to sibling caregivers.
Scott Banks, MA, LPC, LAC
RM Sibs Chief Financial Officer and Administrator
Scott Banks began volunteering with Rocky Mountain Sibs in 2019 and was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer. Scott has two brothers and three nieces, one of whom has Down Syndrome. Scott is active in the mental health community and runs a private practice focused on adolescents, stages of life, and men's issues.
RM Sibs Board President and Treasurer
Kaley Day is an Advocate for Adults with Advocacy Denver, the Denver city and county chapter of The Arc. Kaley works closely with self-advocates and families to navigate public resources and also provides community/provider education on disability rights and considerations. Her recent work focuses on providing comprehensive sexuality and relationship education to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Kaley was born and raised in Colorado and graduated from the University of Denver with her BA in 2012. Kaley is the youngest of three and sibling to a young man with developmental disabilities. She has an active role in caring for and empowering her brother and their family. Kaley can most often be found listening to podcasts, hanging out with her favorite boys, and whispering adoration to her many houseplants.
Emily Shea Tanis
RM Sibs Board Member
Sibling Leadership Network Representative
Emily Shea Tanis, PhD, is the Director for Policy and Advocacy at the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities at the University of Colorado. Dr. Tanis has been a member of the Coleman Institute team for nearly a decade joining in 2010 as a Coleman fellow and quickly advancing into the roles of the Associate Director and Acting Executive Director and now Co-Director for the Institute under the new organizational structure. Dr. Tanis is also on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, where she has published articles and investigated the definition of intellectual disability, the measurement of adaptive behavior and support need, the construct of self-determination, federally funded supports and services for people with IDD and their families, and self-directed employment strategies. She is nationally recognized for her expertise in applied cognitive technology supports, cognitive accessibility, and advancing the rights of people with cognitive disabilities to technology and information access.
Lindsey DeVries, Ph.D.
RM Sibs Board Member
Lindsey DeVries, Ph.D. is a psychologist in the Department of Developmental Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Colorado as well as an instructor in Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She completed her B.A. from the University of Wyoming, her M.S. from Eastern Kentucky University, and her Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota. After completing her pre-doctoral internship at Florida State University, Dr. DeVries completed a two year postdoctoral fellowship at JFK Partners and graduated from their Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program. She has over ten years of experience working and collaborating with families who have children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. Her current clinical and research interests include the assessment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and co-occurring mental health conditions, sexual and reproductive health for individuals with developmental disabilities, and the influences of having a child with an ASD on family well-being and functioning. Dr. DeVries also has a younger brother who has ASD and an intellectual disability. They enjoy traveling, eating pizza, and watching their favorite Disney movies together.
Sibs in the City Coordinator
Hilda Torres is a bilingual speech-language pathologist in the Denver metro area. She is a sibling to a young woman with Down syndrome, Leslie, who is funny, loves to sing, loves makeup, and reading. Hilda became involved with Sibling Tree when she started researching more about future planning for her sister and family. She is a graduate of the Allies in Leadership, Policy making, and Systems Change training and attended the Disability Policy Seminar of 2019 with Sibling Tree to advocate for her family and others with disabilities. Hilda lives with her husband, her dog, and bunny. She enjoys reading, visiting museums, learning about different cultures, and watching Netflix with her husband.