Mayor Hickenlooper Announces Denver Preschool Program Board of Directors And Board Of Advisors

Mayor Hickenlooper Announces Denver Preschool Program Board of Directors And Board Of Advisors


Thursday, February 15, 2007



Sarah Moss, Mayor’s Office



Mayor Hickenlooper Announces Denver Preschool Program Board of Directors And Board Of Advisors
(DENVER) Following the recommendations of the Denver Preschool Program Transition Team, Mayor John Hickenlooper announced the appointment of the seven-member Denver Preschool Program Board of Directors and the 25-member Board of Advisors. Appointments are pending City Council confirmation.
The two independent Boards are charged with developing implementation plans for the new Denver Preschool Program, approved by voters in November 2006. The Board of Directors will make governance, programmatic and financial decisions. The Board of Advisors will provide guidance on education and community-based policy issues. Once confirmed, the Board of Directors will file legal documentation, including articles of incorporation and an application for nonprofit status. Members will serve three-year staggered terms.
“We are grateful to the transition team members for their time and thoughtful recommendations,” Hickenlooper said. “The diverse membership of the Board of Directors and Board of Advisors represents leaders from our local education, businesses and nonprofit communities who will leverage this innovative investment to shape Denver’s students, workforce and economy for years to come.”

Board of Directors

Tamara Banks, freelance journalist
Carol Boigon, Denver City Council At-Large (appointed by City Council)
Gloria Higgins, Co-CEO, WealthTouch, Inc.
Stuart Pack, Attorney at Law, Isaacson Rosenbaum, P.C.
Linda Campbell Reilly, community volunteer
Diana Romero Campbell, Dir. of School Readiness, Homelessness and Housing, Mile High United Way

Roxane White, Manager, Denver Department of Human Services

Board of Advisors

Linda Adams, Executive Director, Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children 
Alicia Biggs, Academy Chair, Community College of Denver
Charlotte Brantley, President, The Clayton Foundation
Cheryl Caldwell, Director, Early Education, Denver Public Schools
Tandy Dilworth, President, Adroit Holdings
Tom Downey, Executive Director, The Children’s Museum of Denver
Wendell Gerdine, self-employed contractor/stay-at-home dad
Geri Grimes, Deputy Director, The Hope Center
Angelita Guerrero, Assistant Director, Escuela Tlatelolco, Circulo Montessori
Abby Humphrey, Director, Montview Community Preschool and Kindergarten
Lara Jakubowski, independent consultant
Kiesha King-Johnson, Owner, Beyond Daycare
Monica Lobato-Fox, teacher/facilitator, Denver Public Schools
Monique Lovato, Local Government and Community Relations, Xcel Energy
Carla Maestas, independent education consultant
Evi Bachrach Makovsky, Attorney at Law
Ophelia Mejia, Project Director, The Piton Foundation
Lonnie McCabe, President, Lonnie McCabe Non-Profit Consulting
Elmo Morales, Senior Credit Analyst, Colorado State Bank and Trust
Honoria “Honey” Neihaus, Executive Director, Family Star
Lee Reichert, Partner, Kamlet, Shepherd and Reichert. LLP
Lynn Taussig, Special Advisor to the Provost, University of Denver
Steve Vogler, Pediatrician, Sandos Westside Family Health Center, Denver Health
Gerrit Westervelt, The Build Initiative
Carey Wirtzfeld, Director, Qwest Foundation
Following the passage of the November 2006 Preschool Matters ballot initiative, Hickenlooper appointed the Denver Preschool Program Transition Team, a broad-based group of civic, business and education leaders, to focus on nomination recommendations for the Board of Directors and Board of Advisors and to identify key management and startup issues for the new program.
The Denver Preschool Program ballot initiative asked Denver voters to raise the sales tax rate 0.12 percent (1.2 cents on every $10 purchase) to fund a high quality, parental choice preschool program for Denver’s four-year-olds. This dedicated revenue stream will raise approximately $12 million per year to be used for tuition credits for families; outreach and enrollment; a quality improvement system for providers; accountability, measurement and reporting; and administration. For more information on the Denver Preschool Program, visit

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Posted on Feb 15, 2007 (Archive on Apr 16, 2007)
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