I started my first non-profit at nineteen because I wanted to protect children. I organized a mentoring program for at-risk children in Denver Public schools. In partnership with the University of Denver, I trained more than one hundred College students in mentoring and tutoring. Looking back, nearly three decades later, I see how my way of transcending challenges, including my own childhood, has always been to serve others. When taking a transformational journey, I always like to be inclusive.
As my daughters were entering school, I decided to join them. Grace was heading into kindergarten, and my youngest, Sophie, was just starting preschool. A year later, I was awarded a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado at Denver.
My first book, Seeds of Tomorrow; Solutions for Improving our Children’s Education, was published by Routledge. The book exposes the inequities perpetuated by test-based accountability and challenges the inherent failure of standardizing children. You can learn more about the book and our efforts to address the opportunity gap and promote education innovation here.
After eight years of facilitating a twenty week civic engagement initiative. I became a master facilitator for the Family Leadership Training Institute, training facilitators statewide, writing curriculum and ultimately formalizing the training model through Colorado State University. The following year I designed the alumni model which now boasts more than 1,500 graduates. “I believe in people as the ultimate purveyors of good and collaboration as humanity’s only hope for getting anything right.”