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Cohort 4

Becky is honored to serve as the lead connector/director of the Buell Early Childhood Network. She believes leadership requires courage, integrity, and respect which allows leaders the reciprocal opportunity to influence and inspire oneself and others to live into their life’s purpose. 

Lauren Freemire

Cohort 10

Lauren supports communication and engagement strategies for the Buell Early Childhood Network. She believes that everyone has the potential to be an impactful leader in their communities and is passionate about empowering individuals to “lead from any chair”. 

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Noemi Aguilar

Cohort 2

Noemi works in the Migrant Education Department at the Colorado Department of Education. She believes in servant leadership and strives to “give back” to the community that has helped her professional and personal growth.

Stephanie Gianneschi

Cohort 10

Stephanie is the philanthropy director at Aspen Community Foundation (ACF). With a background in education and leadership, she works to support youth and families to thrive in the Aspen to Parachute region through ACF’s Cradle to Career Initiative.

Diana Herrera

Cohort 9

Diana is the Director of Education at Bal Swan Children’s Center and Adjunct Faculty at UNC. She lives in Westminster, Co. Diana is researching early childhood inclusivity and culturally competent practices, especially as they relate to social-emotional learning.

Shela Blankenship

Cohort 2

Shela works as the Early Childhood Coordinator for St. Vrain Valley Schools.  Shela thrives when working alongside fellow leaders in the field and works to empower her staff to find their passion to support their peers and the greater good of early childhood education.

Stacy Fuijeda

Cohort 11

Stacy is an education manager for Boulder County Head Start. She believes that leaders should encourage the dismantling of old tables and help to co-create new ones with the people they work with. Every person should have ownership over a seat at the table.

Nancy Almond

Cohort 3  

Nancy recently retired as Executive Director of Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success (EVICS) Family Resource Center, where she led community efforts around early childhood initiatives.  She believes in the leading from every chair and loves supporting and empowering new leaders in the field.   ​

Joan Scheuerman

Cohort 10

Joan lives in Ft. Collins and works as an early childhood special educator at Grandview Elementary in the St. Vrain Valley School District. She believes the role of leadership is to help others realize their strengths and use them to achieve their goals.

Vani Tangella

Cohort 12

Vani serves as the Maternal and Child Health Racial Equity Specialist with the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. Her approach to community engagement is to meet communities where they are and place relationships at the center.

Cohort 1

Vangi is the Council Coordinator for Montelores Early Childhood Council in SW Colorado, serving Montezuma and Dolores Counties and the communities of Cortez, Dolores, Dove Creek, Mancos and Towaoc. She believes that leadership lies in inspiring others to dream, learn and do more by living these qualities daily.

Tiffiny Pieper

Cohort 7

Tiffiny is the Coordinator for the Teller Park Early Childhood Council. She considers herself a collaborative leader and defines this by having equal contribution rather than being the only voice on the team.

Cohort 9

Barb supports growth for others through her work with Early Learning Ventures/Early Head Start. She focuses her work in Morgan County with providers who work in their home with children and families or the broader community of preschool programs. She believes that we can lead from any chair and can grow individually and as a broader network.