Amy Petre Hill
Assistant Director of Appeals & Eligibility
Amy Petre Hill has lived in Aurora with her spouse and their two dogs for over a decade and advocated for individuals with disabilities for over twenty years. Her advocacy career began as a San Francisco Public Defenders’ Mental Health Unit attorney intern in 1999. After graduating from the University of California Law School, San Francisco, in 2001, she was hired as the Learning Disability Access Fellow at Disability Rights Advocates, a public-interest law firm based in Oakland, California. After her fellowship, she briefly opened her own law office, providing sliding-scale special education legal assistance. She stepped back from practicing law soon after when she began struggling with several invisible disabilities that impacted her ability to practice law. Like many of CCDC’s clients, it took her time to understand how to accommodate her disabilities in her work and use her experiences to help others.
In November 2012, Amy moved with her family to Denver to pursue a Master of Divinity degree at Iliff School of Theology. After graduating in 2016, she utilized her listening and advocacy skills to complete interfaith behavioral health chaplaincy internships at Fort Logan’s Colorado Mental Health Institute and Porter Adventist Hospital’s general, geriatric, and intensive outpatient programs. In 2020, Amy served as the LEND Spiritual Care Fellow with JFK Partners, Colorado’s University Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities, a program at the University of Colorado’s Medical School and Children’s Hospital’s Developmental Pediatric Department. In 2021, she launched Mental Health & Inclusion Ministries, an organization helping individuals, families, and faith communities create spaces of radical belonging and advocating for the voices of individuals with disabilities in environmental justice in partnership with Colorado Communities for a Livable Climate, 350 Colorado, and Sierra Club. Today, she uses her interfaith spiritual care training and advocacy experience at CCDC as its Assistant Director of Appeals and Eligibility, learning with Donna Sablan and CCDC’s Individual Education and Advocacy Team.