“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.
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.
“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 for the past two years. 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.
“Helping parents help their children is step one.”
Kurt joined the board of Parent Possible in 2014, and became its treasurer in 2015). He is employed by Vestas Blades America, Inc. as the company’s Controller.
J. DWIGHT STEELE
“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.
“The combination of parent engagement and early childhood education is a magical combination.”
After serving as Parent Possible’s original Executive Director (then Colorado Parent & Child Foundation), Trish joined the organization’s board in 2004. During her tenure as Executive Director, she helped establish the organization’s nonprofit status and secured funding from a significant number of the community’s early childhood care and education grantors. Trish was also instrumental in developing initial relationships with PAT and HIPPY.
“A child’s longer-term ability for success starts early, and starts at home.”
Missy has been a board member of Parent Possible since 2014. She is the Senior Director of Corporate Sales for E.W. Scripps Company. In addition to her work with Parent Possible, Missy serves on the ABC Television Sales Advisory Board, and as a member of the Boys Team Charity, Mile High.
“As a parent with a lifelong passion for education, I’ve seen first-hand the importance of early childhood education, and the critical role parents play in their child’s early development.”
Leslie has been a member of the Parent Possible board for over six years, having served at its Board Chair from 2011 to 2015. She is the Vice President, Board Governance Practice, for FCC Services. Leslie is an active volunteer within our community, having been a member of Mile High Women’s Leadership Council and chaired the board of directors of the Colorado Lawyers’ Health Program. Leslie participated in the Lieutenant Governor’s statewide Early Childhood Listening Tour, and she is a graduate of Leadership Denver.
“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.