4200 Morrison Rd, Unit 7, Denver, CO. 80219 

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Phone: 720.216.1133

Mesa Directiva ~ Board of Directors

Interim President

Olga Gonzalez

Director of Community Engagement for LiveWell Colorado

 

"Como madre, creo que todos los niños merecen la oportunidad de prosperar y contar con padres involucrados en el desarrollo emocional e intelectual de sus hijos es la clave. Participé en los programas HIPPY y PAT con mis dos hijas y la experiencia ayudó a mis hijas a obtener un buen comienzo en su educación. Una ventaja adicional fue que fortaleció nuestro vínculo al pasar tiempo de calidad juntos todos los días. Quiero las mismas oportunidades para todas las familias de Westwood. Decidí unirme a la Mesa Directiva para asegurar que nuestros líderes futuros más jóvenes y prometedores tengan todo el apoyo y los recursos que ellos y sus familias necesitan para lograr sus sueños ".
 

"As a mother, I believe that all children deserve the opportunity to thrive and that having parents involved in their child's emotional and intellectual development is key. I participated in the HIPPY and PAT programs with my two daughters and the experience helped my children get a great start in their education. An added bonus was that it strengthened our bond by spending quality time together every day.  I want these same opportunities for all families in Westwood. I decided to join the board to ensure that our youngest, most promising future leaders had all of the support and resources that they and their families needed to succeed in pursuing their dreams".

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

Community organizing, leadership development, board development, volunteer management and cross-system collaboration.

Member

Ivan Anaya

Owner of Astucia Development

"Estoy participando en la Mesa Directiva de Roots Family Center porque creo en invertir en las bases educativas y de desarrollo de los niños. En cuanto antes se involucre un padre en el desarrollo de su hijo, mayores serán las probabilidades de que tenga éxito en la escuela".

"I am participating on the Roots Family Center board because I believe in investing in children's educational and developmental foundation. The earlier a parent gets involved with their child's development, the greater chance the child will have to succeed in school". 

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

Real Estate Development, financial modeling, development, strategic planning.

Member

Valerie Gonzalez

Director of School Readiness at the Office of Children's Affairs/ City and County of Denver

 

"Creo en Roots Family Center porque apoya padres con el conocimiento de que son los primeros y mejores maestros de su hijo y los proporcionan más herramientas para apoyar a su hijo/a para tener éxito cuando entran escuela."

"I believe in Roots Family Center because they support parents with the knowledge that they are their child’s first and best teacher and provide them with more tools to support their child to be successful when they enter school."

Member

Jacy Montoya Price

Advocacy Manager at Colorado Children's Campaign

I’m thrilled to join the Roots Family Center board of directors because I admire and respect the community-based, community-led services that Roots offers. The fact that Crystal and the other staff come from Westwood means that they are able to connect at a deeper level with the families they support and have a vested interest in ensuring all families in the community can thrive. I’m excited to work again in the Latino community, supporting Roots with my nonprofit management experience and passion for social justice and equity.

 

Jacy is a co-founder and former executive director of Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), a sisterhood of Latinas dedicated to building a movement of Latinas, their families, and allies through leadership development, organizing, and advocacy to create opportunity and achieve reproductive justice. She currently leads Raise Colorado, a statewide coalition that takes collective action to promote bold public policy and change public perception regarding the health and well-being of pregnant people, new families, infants, and toddlers. Jacy lives in east Denver with her husband, son, and daughter.

 

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

nonprofit management, advocacy, policy, community organizing, community engagement

Member

Angela Casias

Manager of Local Government Affairs at DIA / City and County of Denver

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

nonprofit management, advocacy, policy, fundraising, community engagement

Member

Vicky Wharton

Marketing Consultant

 

"Trabajando con Crystal por muchos años, he visto su dedicación y amor por la comunidad y los programas de HIPPY y PAT. Sé el impacto positivo que estos programas tienen en las familias y he experimentado la alegría de que los niños sobresalgan en la escuela".

"Working with Crystal for many years, I have seen her dedication and love for community and the HIPPY and PAT programs. I know the positive impact these programs have on families and have experienced the joy of children excelling in school".

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

Public relations, strategic design, marketing, publishing, social media specialist. 

Miembros Pasados de la Mesa Directiva y apoyo continuo 

                  ~

Passed Board of Directors and continued supporters

Past-Treasurer

Denise Atencio-Esquibel

Denver Public Schools Tuition and Billing, Community Member

 

"Estoy emocionada de ser parte de una organización que ayudará a generar confianza en nuestros padres e hijos. Roots preparará a nuestros" futuros líderes "una familia a la vez. Imagino que se quitará las escamas de los ojos de nuestra familias y les permitirá ver una un nuevo mundo lleno de oportunidades".

"I am excited to be part of an organization that will help build confidence in our parents and children. Roots will prepare our “future leaders” one family at a time. I envision removing the scales from our families eyes and allowing them to see a whole new world full of opportunities".


AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

Accounting and finance, database management, performance metric tracking and reporting in Early Childhood Education.

Past Secretary

Alejandra López

Family Development Specialist, Focus Points Family resource Center

"Como miembro de la comunidad estoy alerta de la necesidad de acceso a oportunidades de educación en español para los niños en esta comunidad. También como mamá en los dos programas (PAT & HIPPY) se el beneficio y ventaja que recibimos los padres para apoyar educación y crecimiento de nuestros hijos".

 

"As a member of the community, I am aware of the need to access educational opportunities in Spanish for children in this community. Also as mom in the two programs (PAT & HIPPY) I see the benefit and advantage that parents receive to support the education and growth of our children".


AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

Family Development Specialist, HIPPY Home Educator and parent, PAT parent, data tracking, program development.

Past Member

Indira S. Guzman-Sais

Founder, Interpreter of Community Language Cooperative, Community Member

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

Community organizer, adult ESL educator, cross-sector collaboration, Spanish language interpreter.  

Past Member

Cristina Uribe Reyes

Owner, Uribe Reyes Law, LLC.  Attorney at Law

"Creo en el poder de la educación y la preparación. Roots no solo ayuda a preparar a los niños para la escuela, sino que también ayuda a sus padres a ser participantes activos."

"I believe in the power of education and preparedness. Roots not only helps prepare kids for school, but helps their parents be active participants."