About Us


We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.

If you are interested in either joining our board or volunteering please fill out an application by clicking on the below link.

Board of Directors

Richard “Rick” Bednarski

Board President
Criminal Defense Attorney

Rick Bednarski has been a criminal defense and civil litigation lawyer for over 20 years.  He started as a Public Defender in the Colorado Springs office in 1999.  He entered private practice with Richard Tegtmeier in 2002 and joined Sherman & Howard L.L.C. in 2011.  Rick has tried more than 75 jury trials throughout Colorado during his career.  He is a fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers (ABCL), a member of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Ben S. Wendelken Inn of Court.  Rick has handled a number of cases in the Problem Solving Courts and knows how hard addiction and recovery are for individuals.

In his spare time, Rick enjoys golfing and skiing with his son (11 years old), traveling the world with his family, new dining experiences, and spending quiet nights at home with Tipsy, our family dog.

Caitlin McAteer, MPS

Board Vice President
University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service

Caitlin is passionate about uncovering community perspectives and enjoys empowering social-purpose organizations to challenge the status quo in search of the exceptional. She brings to SCCOR a knowledge base in nonprofit strategic planning and evaluation. 

In her free time, Caitlin tirelessly hunts for the perfect cup of coffee to compliment her most recent read. She also explores the outdoors with her pup, learns about culture and history through wine, and acts as a mental health advocate.

Cherish St. Denis

ASJ Consulting Group, Senior Director

Cherish brings over 20 years of experience on a national, state, and local level developing and implementing fundraising campaigns, programs, and events for a wide array of causes, think tanks, organizations, private companies, and political candidates. Cherish spent 18 years as an Army Special Forces spouse and served on both the Care Team and Family Readiness Group (FRG). She serves as a Board Member for SCCOR, member of the Junior League, as well as an active member for many community groups. In her free time Cherish and her children serve as a foster home for kittens and large dogs.

Deana O’Riley, JD

Thomas Jefferson School of Law San Diego

Deana is in her 16th year serving as a Colorado State Public Defender. She is grateful to be able to supervise brand new Public Defenders while handling complex and capital cases. Her favorite part of her work is getting to know her clients and fighting to get them through the darkest times in their lives. She has always had a special interest in veterans and active-duty military clients because her father served in Vietnam and passed away from cancer caused by Agent Orange exposure. In honor of her father. she helped to create Colorado’s first Veteran Trauma Court along with Sheilagh McAteer in 2008. She takes great pride in knowing that the Veteran Trauma Problem Solving Court serves the military members of this community giving them a way out their criminal justice involvement and allowing them to create healthy and stable futures. Without this court, many would spend years behind bars or worse because they could not beat the demons that came with combat trauma. Deana is the SCCOR Board Treasurer. She is looking forward to being able to help bring support services to problem-solving court members.

Angela Rose, M.S.

Board Member
University of Colorado-Denver

Executive Director, CASA

Angela’s CASA career began as a Volunteer Training Coordinator; she added the responsibilities of a Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator and then became a Dependency and Neglect Case Supervisor. In 2013, she became the Director of Programs where she was responsible for oversight of all five core programs as well as all Volunteer responsibilities to include recruitment and training. In 2018, she became the Executive Director, now overseeing all aspects of the organization. She has established relationships with Judges, DHS, attorneys, and many other community partners. She is known in this role for her values and integrity, being calm in the midst of chaos, motivating employees, making thoughtful decisions, and being optimistic. Angela currently serves on the El Paso and Teller Counties Best Practices Court Committees, The Place Board of Directors, and the Joint Initiatives Interagency Oversight Group. Angela began her corporate career after college at Ford Motor Credit Company, remaining there for 21 years. She was a respected high-level executive, leading departments of over 75 employees. In her current role, she has loved being able to combine her leadership skills with her passion for CASA’s mission.  

Patrick Mika, JD

Board Member
University of Arkansas

Patrick D Mika has been a criminal defense and catastrophic plaintiffs personal injury lawyer in Colorado Springs Colorado for over 38 years. He has tried over 200 jury trials in his career. He was the 2014 president of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers (ABCL), and he currently sits on the executive committee of ABCL. Pat is a life member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and The Colorado Criminal Defense Bar. Pat also served for 10 years on the Colorado Supreme Court Criminal Rules Committee. 

Pat was a member of the United States Judo Team from 1980-1985. He has been active in fundraising for the United States Olympic and paralympic Museum and Committee. He frequently provides pro bono legal assistance to athletes training at the Olympic Training Center. 

Pat is married with 4 wonderful children, ages 14-24.


Sheilagh McAteer, JD

Executive Director
University of Denver College of Law

Sheilagh spent over 30 years as a Deputy State Public Defender, tirelessly representing indigent people charged with criminal offenses. During her time as a criminal defense attorney, Sheilagh came to appreciate the philosophy of Problem Solving Courts and their impact on our communities. In 2008, she was responsible for creating the first Veteran Trauma Court in Colorado, which today is recognized as one of the best in the country. Sheilagh retired from the public defender’s office in 2019 and immediately became involved in creating SCCOR, where she is currently the executive director.
Sheilagh also sits on the Colorado State Advisory Board for Problem Solving Courts and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in the School of Public Affairs-Criminal Justice program. In her free time, Sheilagh likes to travel the world and explore Colorado parks with her 2 dogs, cook, garden, and practice daily mindfulness and yoga.

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PO Box 2552
Colorado Springs, CO 80901

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