Staff

CENTRAL OFFICE
 
Lori 2016Lori Canova, President & CEO

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Lori Canova has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of the "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County since 1997. Under her leadership, the organization has served over 1,000 students and their families in four communities (Boulder, Lafayette, Longmont, and Carbon Valley) within two of the largest school districts in Colorado (Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley), and has awarded over $2 million in college scholarships.

Lori helped start the local Mentors Matter group which focuses on recruitment of mentors, especially mentors of color. She also helped launch a county-wide collaborative school supply drive, Crayons to Calculators, and is a co-founder and co-chair of a collective impact initiative called Dream Big, focusing on closing the achievement and opportunity gap in Boulder County. Prior to joining "I Have A Dream," Lori worked at Big Brothers of Metro Denver; the Mental Health Association of Colorado; the SB94 Juvenile Diversion Program for Jefferson Center for Mental Health; and at Human Services, Inc.

Lori has a Master of Social Work from the University of Denver and completed her undergraduate work in Social Work at Colorado State University. She has served on the board of directors for Foothills United Way and Volunteers in Prevention. She is a member of the Sanchez Foundation Board and in 2017, was appointed by the Boulder Board of County Commissioners to serve on the Boulder County Housing and Human Services Advisory Committee. Lori has received the Woman of the Year award from the Boulder Professional Women Group, the Partnership Award from Boulder Housing Partners and the Women Who Light the Community Award from the Boulder Chamber of Commerce.
 
 

terryTERRY BITTNER, CFO

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Terry Bittner is responsible for the organization’s financial management, human resources, and information technology. He graduated from the University of Colorado with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). He owned his own restaurant and catering company in Boulder for 15 years. Other previous employment includes the University of Colorado and Managed Business Solutions.
 
 

KasiaKASIA SZEWCZYK, VICE PRESIDENT OF DONOR RELATIONS

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Leading our donor development and relationship efforts, Kasia Szewczyk brings over 16 years of business development and marketing experience in the U.S. and abroad. Kasia has a bachelor's degree in Spanish Literature from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She and her family live in Boulder.
 
 

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Garett Brownlee Plantz, Vice President of Programs

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Garett Brownlee Plantz started her professional career as an AmeriCorps College Coordinator with “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Boulder County, where she carved out the post-secondary program, and for three years, served as the Director of College and Careers Programs. She received a Licensed Master of Social Work degree from the University of Texas at Austin before returning to IHDF to lead programs and program staff.
 
 

elyanaElyana Funk, Notre Dame Mission Volunteers (NDMV) AmeriCorps Site Director

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As NDMV AmeriCorps Site Director, Elyana supervises approximately 38 Notre Dame AmeriCorps members each year who serve at "I Have A Dream" program sites and with partnering organizations. Elyana served a year as an IHDF AmeriCorps member in 2000 before becoming the Program Director for the Sanchez Dreamer Class from 2001-2012. She has a bachelor's degree in Comparative Area Studies: Latin America and North America, with minors in Cultural Anthropology and Spanish from Duke University. Elyana, her husband, and her 3 children live in Lafayette.
 
 

Ashley Keltner, Director of Volunteers

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Ashley Keltner brings more than 10 years of experience in non-profit work and volunteer coordination to "I Have A Dream" Foundation as the Director of Volunteers. She received a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master's degree in International Development from the University of Denver. Ashley lives in Erie with her husband and their two dogs.
 
 

Lory BLORY BARTON, DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

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Lory comes to IHDF with over 12 years international and local non-profit development experience. She has a bachelor's degree in Educational Psychology and a minor in French from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis. She and her family live in Longmont.
 
 

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KRISTIN PAZULSKI, GRANTS MANAGER 

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Kristin Pazulski serves as "I Have A Dream"'s Grants Manager, managing a grant portfolio of one million dollars. She earned a bachelor's degree in Communications and Marketing at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania and worked as a writer and journalist before joining IHDF. Kristin lives in Denver.
 
 

LizLiz bolejack, Volunteer MANAGER

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Liz earned bachelor's degrees in Sociology and Education at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She has served "I Have A Dream"  in multiple positions, most recently as an AmeriCorps member in the Volunteer Department. As a staff member, she works with volunteers to support our Dreamer Scholars. 
 
 

jess headshot 1JESSICA SHARLEY, DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

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Jessica manages events and publications at IHDF. She has a doctorate in Theater from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining IHDF, she worked as a high school teacher and for a healthcare non-profit. Jessica and her family live in Louisville.
 
 

IMG 0536 3Courtney Geib, EVALUATION AND OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

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Courtney Geib joined The "I Have A Dream" Foundation in 2015, where she serves in the Evaluations, Information Technology and Human Resources areas. She began her nonprofit career as a Notre Dame AmeriCorps member in the San Francisco Bay Area. Courtney has a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  
 
 

nancyNancy mejia-arias, College and Career programs coordinator

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Nancy graduated from Colorado State University as a first generation student with a bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Ethnic Studies. She started with IHDF as an AmeriCorps member, before joining the staff in the College and Career Department.
 
 

christianCHRISTIAN WIGERT, AMERICORPS PROGRAM COORDINATOR

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Christian joined The "I Have A Dream" Foundation in 2013 as a volunteer. He went on to serve two years as an AmeriCrops member for the Griffin class in Lafayette before joining the staff. He has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Education from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Christian was born and raised in Boulder.
 
 

RebeccaREBECCA BLANE, EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

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Rebecca Blane graduated from Hunter College in New York City with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Gender Studies. She served as an AmeriCorps member in the College and Career Department at “I Have A Dream” before moving to a staff position in 2017.
 
 

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ciscoFRANCISCO MEJIAS, PROGRAM DIRECTOR: IRIS & PHOENIX CLASS

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Francisco Mejias joined "I Have A Dream" in 1999. He has a bachelor's degree in Education and Bilingual Education from Metro State College. Francisco is fluent in Spanish and taught in the Boulder Valley School District for 13 years and the Denver Public Schools for seven years. He’s taught at elementary, middle and high school levels. He worked as the Program Director with “I Have A Dream"'s Broadway and Iris Classes in Boulder and is currently working with the Phoenix Class.
 
 

Keelin web KEELIN MCGILL, PROGRAM COORDINATOR: PHOENIX CLASS

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After graduating from West Virginia University with bachelor's degrees in Technical Editing and Spanish, Keelin joined AmeriCorps in Virginia. Her second year of AmeriCorps service brought her to "I Have A Dream" Foundation, where she worked with 3rd and 4th graders in the Oak Class. She currently works with the Phoenix Class as the Program Coordinator at Boulder High School.
 
 

marissaMARISSA SEUC-HESTER, PROGRAM DIRECTOR: GRIFFIN CLASS

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Marissa Seuc-Hester joined the "I Have A Dream" Foundation in 2012 as Program Director for the Ryan Dreamer Class. She has a master's degree in Secondary Education and a bachelor's degree in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University. Marissa was a classroom teacher in urban middle schools before she joined IHDF. She lives with her family in Lafayette.
 
 

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scott krieger, PROGRAM directOR: GRIFFIN Class

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Scott Krieger graduated from Gonzaga University with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and a master's degree in Education from the University of Denver. He joined The "I Have A Dream" Foundation as a Program Director after teaching in middle and high school for several years. Scott grew up in Golden.
 
 

SethSeth Hays, Program Director: Aspen

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Seth Hays joined "I Have A Dream" in 2013. He earned a bachelor's degree in Biology from Colorado Christian University and a master's degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Bilingual in Spanish and English, he spent three years in Nicaragua doing rural community development work before returning to Colorado and joining IHDF. He lives in Longmont with his wife and young children.
 
 

byon croppedTeresa Byon, PROGRAM specialist: ASPEN

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Teresa Byon has bachelor's degrees in Art History, Psychology and Religion from Rutgers University. She joined The “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Boulder County as a volunteer and then served two years as an AmeriCorps program coordinator before joining the staff.
 
 

Oli crop2OLIMPIA MEJIA, PROGRAM DIRECTOR: ROCKY MOUNTAIN

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Olimpia Mejia joined The "I Have A Dream" Foundation in 2014 as the Program Director for the Rocky Mountain Dreamer Scholar Class in Longmont. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, Mexico. She worked with children in several countries and capacities before joining IHDF.
 
 

tracy webTracy Leffingwell, Program DIRECTOR: Oak Class

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Tracy Leffingwell joined “I Have A Dream” in 2015 as the Oak Class Program Director. She has a bachelor's degree in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a Masters in Foreign Language with a Teaching Emphasis from the University of Northern Colorado. She taught Spanish in Boulder Valley School District for four years before joining IHDF.
 
 

Jorge Cisneros 2016JOrge Cisneros, PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Elk class

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Jorge Cisneros leads our Elk Class at the Kalmia Housing Site. Jorge has a bachelor’s degree in Computing Systems Engineering from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He has a background working for large corporations and in media and educational consulting before he joined IHDF.
 
 

Aurora smallAURORA SANTOS, PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Carbon Valley CLASS

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Aurora Santos grew up on a small Pacific island called Saipan. She earned a bachelor's degree Biology and played volleyball at West Virginia University. She worked with children and students in various education and sports capacities internationally and in the U.S. before coming to IHDF.