Tami Havener is the Executive Director of the Family Development Center of Steamboat Springs. The agency includes an NAEYC accredited preschool; a parent education program for families with infants and toddlers; and the child care resource and referral program for 4 counties in Northwest Colorado. She has been Director of Discovery Learning Center for 31 years, and Founding Executive Director of the Family Development Center. Her undergraduate majors included Child Development, Family Relationships, Political Science, Economics, and Special Education. She eventually completed an MA in Early Childhood Education from CU-Denver.
Tami served on the Board of the Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children for many years, is a Past President and currently chair of Public Policy. She serves as a member of the Colorado Early Childhood Summit, the Early Childhood Sub-PAC for OEC - CDHS, and the Early Childhood Professional Development Advisory to CDE. For 20 years, she was an adjunct faculty member in Early Childhood for Colorado Mountain College and/or Colorado Northwestern Community College, and conducts trainings for early childhood staff locally and regionally. She served 5 years as an appointed, then elected, board member on the Steamboat Springs School Board. Previous Gubernatorial appointments include the Child Care Improvement Oversight Committee (Gov. Romer) and the P-3 sub-committee of the P-20 Council (Gov. Ritter). She has been a board member of numerous youth serving organizations, a youth group leader for her church, worked in special education, and has been a foster parent. Tami is also a member of the Routt County Child Protection Team.
Tami moved to Steamboat Springs, from Los Angeles, in 1973 with her original family. She met Scott, her husband of 35 years, at CSU in the Aggies Haylofter Square Dance Club. Together, they enjoy snorkeling and traveling to the Caribbean, Disney, birding, and the beautiful Yampa Valley. During her spare time, Tami also has fun reading best sellers, shopping, and observing and participating in politics.