Staff

At every level of our organization, you will find people with a strong sense of purpose for making an impact on the world in the most positive way possible. We are different kinds of thinkers and learners with a common passion for public education. We believe Colorado students deserve the best chance for success. We are big picture thinkers, strategists, collaborators, roll-up-our-sleeves workers and detail-oriented experts. We pride ourselves on our ability to work cohesively with our business, education and policy partners for the greater good of education in Colorado.

Helayne Jones, Ed.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
hjones@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-502-4700

Maggie Hough
Executive Assistant
mhough@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-502-4713

Yee-Ann Cho
Senior Vice President – Initiatives
ycho@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-502-4718

Finessa Ferrell
Director – Initiatives, Health and Wellness
fferrell@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-502-4709

Amy Dyett 
Director – Initiatives, Health and Wellness
adyett@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-502-4716

Jeri Crispe
Director – Initiatives, Integration
jcrispe@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-502-4717

Samantha Olson
Director – Initiatives, Next Generation Learning
solson@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-502-4703

Mike Gradoz
Director – Initiatives, Educator Effectiveness
mgradoz@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-491-8912

Angela Baber
Director – Initiatives, STEM
ababer@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-502-4714

Gregory Hessee, Ph.D.
Director – Initiatives, Colorado Legacy Schools
ghessee@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-502-4728

Andrea Sherman-Pulskamp
Associate – Initiatives, Health and Wellness
apulskamp@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-502-4712

Katy Fleming
Associate – Healthy Schools Score Card Champions
fleming_k@cde.state.co.us, kfleming@coloradoedinitiative.org
303-736-6477

Leslie Burkholder
Associate – Initiatives, Educator Effectiveness
lburkholder@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-502-4712

Tara Jahn
Associate – Initiatives, Next Generation Learning
tjahn@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-502-4722

Eryn Elder
Associate – Initiatives, Health and Wellness
eelder@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-502-4702

Carly Schwab
English Content Specialist, Colorado Legacy Schools
cschwab@coloradoedinitiative.org
303-909-9759

Claudia Wallace
Science Content Specialist, Colorado Legacy Schools
cwallace@coloradoedinitiative.org
214-783-1559

Jaren Smith
Math Content Specialist, Colorado Legacy Schools
jsmith@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-708-9898

Joan Schunck
Vice President – Research & Impact
jschunck@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-502-4705

Amy Spicer
Director – Research & Impact
aspicer@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-502-4707

Amy Farley, Ph.D.
Director – Research & Impact
afarley@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-502-4723

Sarah Duran
Associate – Research & Impact
sduran@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-502-4732

Heather Chikoore
Associate – Research & Impact
hchikoore@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-502-4704

Jackie Brauhn
Coordinator – Research & Impact
jbrauhn@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-502-4731

Laurence Bleicher
Analysis Fellow Consultant
lbleicher@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-502-4736

Lesley Dahlkemper
Vice President – Strategic Engagement & Communications
ldahlkemper@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-502-4739

Kelly Hall
Development Officer
khall@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-502-4721

Lesley Dahlkemper
Vice President – Strategic Engagement & Communications
ldahlkemper@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-502-4720

Sarah Paterson
Associate – Strategic Engagement & Communications
spaterson@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-502-4726

Sara Bracken
Associate – Strategic Engagement & Communications – Media & Outreach
sbracken@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-502-4730

Elizabeth Ludwig
Coordinator – Strategic Engagement & Communications
eludwig@coloradoedinitiative.org
702-502-4734

Jean De la Mata
Vice President – Organizational Effectiveness
jdelamata@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-502-4710

Jenna Hansen 
Associate – Project Management Office
jhansen@coloradoedinitiative.org

720-502-4727

Brooke Lyons
Coordinator – Project Management Office
blyons@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-502-4733

Rhonda Young
Coordinator – Project Management Office
ryoung@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-5020-4729

Micaela Michie
Project Coordinator
mmichie@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-502-4738

Gail Bantugan
Office Manager
gbantugan@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-502-4715

Holly Leder
Office Assistant
hleder@coloradoedinitiative.org
720-502-4701

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