“Reaching parents of young children with critical tools and resources has a lasting impact on the trajectory of learning and education for the child.”
Julie has been a member of the Parent Possible board since 2013, serving as its Secretary before becoming Chair in 2017. She is a Senior Associate at Point B in Denver, CO. In addition to her commitment to Parent Possible, Julie is Chair of the Board of Girls on the Run of the Rockies, and is New Student Recruitment Chair for the University of Michigan Alumni Club of Denver.
Board Vice Chair
“We must do everything possible to provide all young children with the tools needed to achieve success in their lives.”
Jon has served on Parent Possible’s board of directors since 2012. Before his retirement, he was Chairman and CEO of Colorado Business Bank. Jon also serves on the President’s Leadership Giving Advisory Board with the University of Colorado.
“From the very beginning, through elementary school and on through college, education is the foundation of opportunity.”
Buffy joined Parent Possible’s board in 2015. She is Vice President Global Customer Support at Oracle USA, and is the Oracle Women’s Leadership Executive Sponsor/Leader Denver. Buffy is also on the Advisory Board for CIS Department at Colorado State University, and an instructor for Junior Achievement.
“It is our foremost responsibility to humankind to support each, and every child.”
Gail is a long-time champion for early childhood care and education in Colorado, having been involved at the national level creating public policy. She has been an active member of the Parent Possible board since 2005. Gail founded the child care resource and referral office in Colorado Springs, was the founding director of the statewide child care resource and referral network, and coordinated the creation of Qualistar. Additionally, she served as national president of Child Care Aware. Gail spent her career as a teacher and executive director of a non-profit and has since retired.
Kathleen joined the Parent Possible Board in 2017. She is the Coordinator of the Starpoint Family Resource Center in Fremont County. Kathleen has been in the early childhood and family development field four decades as both a direct service provider and administrator.
“I believe one of the best ways we can help our community grow and thrive is by investing in the development of our youth.”
Amber DeBerry has worked in marketing and communications for twenty years and joined Douglas County Libraries in May of 2011. Previously, she worked as Senior Vice President of Revenue Operations for The Wildlife Experience and in the marketing department of the Denver Zoological Foundation. At Douglas County Libraries, Ms. DeBerry oversees Community Relations, Marketing, District Events, Facility Rentals, and the Douglas County Libraries Foundation. Over the years, she has been a member of various boards and committees, including the Community First Foundation Advisory Committee.
“Education begins at the time of birth. Establishing educational habits and focus in parents at childbirth is a key to improved education and the many positive downstream impacts.”
Neal joined the Parent Possible board in the fall of 2018. He has a financial background with an Accounting degree from Colorado State University. Early in his career he worked in the telecommunications industry as CellularOne (now AT&T Wireless) launched one of the first cellular communications businesses. After later moving into technology, Neal now serves as Vice President or ERP Cloud Support at Oracle USA.
“A strong and sustainable Colorado depends on the well-being of our children. The roots of lifelong health, learning, and development begin before birth and the most critical growth occurs in early childhood. It is essential to give our children a solid foundation.”
Alexis Weightman joined the Parent Possible Board in late 2018. Over the past decade, she has been actively engaged in a range of state health policy issues. As the Senior Policy Officer at the Colorado Health Foundation she works with stakeholders to influence and implement public policy solutions to improve the health of all Coloradans and to promote health equity. Prior to joining the Foundation, Alexis consulted on domestic and international health programs and conducted large scale program evaluations in Boston and Washington, D.C. Alexis holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Middlebury College and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Denver. She is a proud fourth generation Colorado native and a mom of two young girls.
Immediate Past Chair
“Early childhood education and development are where it all begins; it is the foundation for learning, socialization and health.”
Tara has served on the board of Parent Possible since 2010, and has been the organization’s Board Chair since 2015. She is employed by Colorado State Bank and Trust as its Vice President, Community Relations & Communications. In addition to her tenure with Parent Possible, Tara previously acted as a business mentor for the Colorado Nonprofit Social Enterprise Exchange Nonprofit Cohort.
J. DWIGHT STEELE
Founder and Emeritus Member
“A parent’s role as child’s first teacher has a lasting impact on that child’s overall development and ultimately, in his or her success as a member of the workforce.”
Dwight is an original founder of Parent Possible (formerly Colorado Parent & Child Foundation) and has served on the board from the organization’s start in 1989. He is a retired consultant and director of employment and job training programs in Colorado. Dwight also sits on the boards of Weld County United Way Promises for Children, Weld County Workforce, and the Weld County Cooperative Extension Council.
THOMAS A. FITZGERALD
This award is named in honor of Thomas A. Fitzgerald, who originally introduced Parents as Teachers to Colorado in 1989 as the Dean of the Lower School at Colorado Academy. Thomas has dedicated his career to improving education for children in Colorado, having been recognized numerous times for his innovation. He has continued his contributions to PAT by serving on the Parent Possible (formerly Colorado Parent & Child Foundation) Board since 2004. This award honors Thomas’ passion and commitment to the work that Parent Possible and PAT Parent Educators across the state continue today.