Every Word We Utter Monument
Board of Directors
Jody, a Colorado native, has a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado, and a Master’s of Science from the University of New Mexico. She is a small business owner, consultant, community advocate, nonprofit founder, and outdoor enthusiast. Jody is an avid hiker, especially in Rocky Mountain National Park. Jody, during her decade long friendship with Jane DeDecker has been inspired many times by her sculpture and art. After witnessing Jane create Every Word We Utter and listening to Jane’s vision, Jody felt strongly that EWWU had to be shared with the world. She hopes through the sculpture, people today, and future generations will learn more about the 19th Amendment and the suffragist’s history and be inspired. Jody feels working on this project since the beginning has taught her about the dedication of the women and the legacy they left for us to carry on, like ripples on water. Jody has a long history in Northern Colorado of working on projects to unite and better her community. She especially wants to inspire and engage her children and younger generations to learn history and become civically active.
Gerald Wilson has a B.S. Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University and worked in the aerospace industry in Southern California before entering law school. He received his JD from Pepperdine University and has been a member of the California State Bar since 1975. His private practice was limited to transactional business law.
Now in retirement, he spends most of his time making furniture, brewing beer, practicing tai chi, and fly fishing.
I read “Narrative of Sojourner Truth” in high school.
Sojourner’s story and words touched me and empowered me. I turned a corner and from then on became a stronger woman than if I had not read her words.
When I saw Jane DeDecker’s sculpture, “Every Word We Utter”, I knew this sculpture’s representation of these other strong women, like Sojourner, had to find a place where thousands of people could feel and understand that the equality these women fought for back then is for us to bring to fruition now.
Emancipation is drifting strongly in the winds that surround all of us in this age. It is imperative that we insist equality bloom for all of us.
I strongly feel the timing for everything represented in “Every Word We Utter” is NOW.
I am proud to be able to serve on the Board and contribute to bring “Every Word We Utter” to the masses.
Member at Large
After an extensive career as a nurse and a research specialist, I retired and returned to Loveland, Colorado. I am honored to be a member of the board for the Every Word We Utter Monument for placement in Washington, D.C. This sculpture will be a lasting legacy commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement and passage of the 19th amendment. Jane DeDecker’s bronze sculpture will give a physical depiction of the past and continued effort promoting equality for women. Jane has educated me and many others in bringing awareness of the many years struggle these women endured to gain the right to vote.
There was also the realization that when my mother was born women did not have the right to vote, a privilege I have always taken for granted. As a board member I will continue to promote, advocate and support the establishment of the Every Word We Utter Monument.
Rachel Von Houten
Member at Large
I’m always searching for new learning experiences, on both a personal and professional basis, and I pride myself on being someone who knows a little about a lot. My time is balanced between building the career I love, raising my family, and throwing myself into the side projects I’m most passionate about. My purpose in life is to help improve the lives of those around me and leave the world a better place than I found it.
I’m very interested in supporting Every Word We Utter being installed in Washington D.C. This is a huge opportunity to celebrate the 100th birthday of the 19th Amendment and continue the mission of equality for all. I’m especially grateful for this project because it honors the women of color who also fought for the right to vote. Too often in the past, the Suffrage Movement has been whitewashed and left women of color by the wayside. I’m excited to see this project come to fruition.
Jane DeDecker has been sculpting the human figure for over thirty-five years. She seeks to capture moments that reveal truths about the human condition, that, when stripped down to their essence, are understood intrinsically. As a figurative sculptor, she communicates emotional experience through lyrical compositions that move the viewer. DeDecker’s sculptures stop life in mid-sentence – somewhere between inhaling and exhaling – and gives it form. She tells a story through the simple moments that imprint our lives and define us.
DeDecker was born in Marengo, Iowa in 1961. She grew up with nine sisters and brothers on a family farm, and her art work reflects a connection to nature, both the environment and human nature. As DeDecker works the clay, concepts emerge from memories and observations of life. Impressions of something felt, seen, or heard take three-dimensional form. A family rising with the dawn becomes a spiritual awakening. A woman worn thin by her burdens opens the possibility of a lightness of being. A man managing a wheelbarrow reminds us of the steadfast patience to balance life’s abundance.
DeDecker became a member of the National Sculpture Society in New York City in 1998 and a Fellow in 2007. She has placed over 175 life and monumental sized public sculptures in over thirty-three states. Some of the highlights of DeDecker’s installations include “Harriet Tubman” at the Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas; “Albert Gallatin” at the National Park Service in Friendship Hill, Pennsylvania; “Emily Dickinson” at Converse College, in Spartanburg, South Carolina; “Can Can” at the Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina; “In the Wings” at the Robinson Performing Arts Center in Little Rock, Arkansas; “Amelia Earhart” at the Earhart Elementary School in Oakland, California; “Sharing Discoveries” at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota; and “Who’s Watching Who” at the Meijer Sculpture Garden in Grand Rapids, Michigan. DeDecker feels honored to be sculpting in a time when communities are investing in art to value what defines their unique history. Concepts for her sculptures are embedded in DeDecker’s research, and every sculptural gesture is a deliberate connection to the in depth digging she does to understand her subject. With every new challenge, DeDecker’s studio is covered in stacks of photos; copies of articles, journals, poems, and interviews; piles of clothing and physical artifacts. She searches for words and patterns to help her interpret the soul of her subject in a visual form. DeDecker is intrigued by more than capturing a likeness. She sculpts a piece until the research takes three-dimensional form and the viewer feels what her subjects must have felt. Until a portrait of Sojourner Truth says, “Ain’t I a woman?” she is not finished. Until she walks around and around a multiple figure piece, peering at it from all angles, is she satisfied that she has fully captured the intricate story of human interaction.
CoFounder of Every Word We Utter with wife, Jane
Kyle Dallabetta jokes that he is the muse for his wife, longtime Loveland sculptor Jane DeDecker. Kyle is also the owner of Muse Coffee Shop in Loveland, Colorado, a talented musician and wonderful community volunteer.