Steamboat councilwoman selected to lead Advocates Building Peaceful Communities |

Steamboat councilwoman selected to lead Advocates Building Peaceful Communities

New Steamboat Springs City Council member Lisel Petis takes the oath of office administered by City Clerk Julie Franklin.
Scott Franz

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A Steamboat Springs native who practices law has been selected as the new executive director for a local nonprofit that helps victims of domestic violence.

Lisel Petis began her new job at Advocates Building Peaceful Communities on Monday.

“Working with victims and victims’ rights is probably one of my biggest passions,” Petis said.

Petis replaces Diane Moore, who helped found Advocates and worked there for 34 years. Moore left Advocates earlier this year.

“I think very highly of Diane,” Petis said. “I know I have some big shoes to fill. I’m not ignorant to that.”

Advocates Board President Shannon Ford said several candidates were interviewed to replace Moore, and Petis rose to the top.

“She’s highly qualified,” Ford said. “Overall, she’s just a really great asset.”

Petis received her law degree from the University of Denver in 2012 and then worked as a prosecutor for the 14th Judicial District in Craig.

Petis said she has been working with victims of domestic violence for 15 years.

While at the University of Colorado in Boulder, she volunteered for the crisis hotline.

She worked closely with Advocates and victims as a prosecutor in Craig.

In recent months, she was volunteering with Advocates to help write grant applications.

“That’s what inspired me to make the move,” Petis said. “This is really just where my heart lies.”

Ford said Petis stood out in part because of her long-term vision for Advocates, which includes new funding sources and expanded programs.

“She had great ideas to go along with the vision,” Ford said.

Advocates relies largely on grants and donations to support a staff of eight people and volunteers.

The organization helps about 300 victims annually.

Since February 2017, Petis has served on the Steamboat Springs City Council.

She currently sits on the board of the Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, another local nonprofit that works to prevent youth substance abuse.

Petis and her husband Geoff Petis founded the Petis Law Community Impact Foundation, which raises funds for nonprofits.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland.

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