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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Thursday, February 15, 2007

 

CONTACT:

Sarah Moss, Mayor’s Office

720-865-9016

 

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 www.preschoolmatters.org.
 

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