“True change in family well-being happens when we support the children.”
As Parent Possible’s executive director, Heather leads the organization in defining its mission and driving its strategic vision. In addition to ensuring consistent and successful programmatic delivery, she oversees all aspects of the organization’s financial and administrative management. She is also responsible for promotion of parent engagement through advocacy and collaboration with other early childhood leaders across the state. Heather has spent her career working to address the two-generation poverty problem, focusing her efforts in recent years on parents as the critical pathway to a child’s future success. Prior to serving as executive director at Parent Possible, Heather was the vice president of Quality Programs at Qualistar Colorado, and Head Start Collaboration Director in the Office of Lt. Governor Joe Garcia. She authored Governor Hickenlooper’s early literacy plan, Colorado Reads: the Early Literacy Initiative. Heather holds a B.S. in Sociology from Grand Valley State University, and a M.A. in Administration, Leadership, and Policy Studies from the University of Colorado Denver. She has also completed a Buell Early Childhood Fellowship.
“Prevention is so much more efficient than intervention, and has considerably greater returns.”
Marion has served the early childhood community in Colorado for nearly 15 years, working in a leadership position at Parent Possible since 2012. As Deputy Director she is primarily responsible for overseeing program operation, compliance and evaluation, and contributing to the overall development and public grant initiatives for Colorado’s HIPPY, PAT, and Vroom program operations and communications. Prior to joining Parent Possible, Marion was Director of Operations and Program Administrator at Bright By Three (formerly Colorado Bright Beginnings), where she spent ten years working to improve effectiveness of home visitation programs. Before moving into early childhood care and education, Marion worked for the Colorado Department of Corrections, Gemini Shelter, and HEAR NOW. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder, and an A.S. in American Sign Language Interpretation.
“Strong families are the foundation for resilient communities and a more equitable future.”
In Rachel’s role as Parent Possible’s Data Manager, she is responsible for managing program data collected throughout the state. She supports program sites by providing technical assistance, database management and quality assurance. After ensuring the data are accurate, clean and complete, she prepares reports examining the fidelity and effectiveness of Parent Possible’s home visiting programs. Rachel’s past experience is a blending of numbers and nonprofits. She built and managed a database for tracking nonprofit organizations as a graduate assistant with the Indiana Nonprofits Project, and conducted feasibility studies for community-based organizations while a Senior Summer Fellow at the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago. She currently volunteers with the Community Resource Center, where she conducts research of funders for the Colorado Grants Guide. Rachel has a B.A. in Sociology & Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and holds a Masters of Public Affairs, with concentrations in Nonprofit Management and Information Systems from Indiana University.
HIPPY Program Director
“Children are filled with optimism, hope, excitement, and no regret. They remind me every day to live life by these principles.”
Jackie joined Parent Possible in early 2016 as the coordinator of Colorado’s HIPPY program. A long-time early child care and education professional, she manages program operations, design and implementation of ongoing subject-based training for HIPPY sites across the state. In her role as program director, she provides start-up guidance and support for new site development, as well as state-level guidance and coaching to ensure program fidelity. Before joining Parent Possible, Jackie worked at Clayton Early Learning as a HIPPY Home Based Head Start Mentor Coach, and before that, as a preschool teacher and coordinator. She has served as a panel member for Home Visitation Programs for the Colorado General Assembly’s Early Childhood and School Readiness, and as a member of the Spanish language curriculum committee for HIPPY USA from 2013-204. Jackie earned her B.S. in Education from the Universidad Panamericana Campus Guadalajara.
“When we support the parent’s role in the lives of young children, we build both the child and family.”
Christine joined Parent Possible in 2015 as the organization’s Finance Director. In that role, she is responsible for the organization’s fiscal reporting, budget compliance, site fidelity financial reviews, and grant oversight. Previously, she was in a Controller position with the Girl Scouts of Colorado and BeadforLife. She also served as the Chief Financial Officer of Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory. Christine has put her financial expertise to work throughout the community, having served as treasurer on a variety of boards. Christine received a B.S. in Finance from Metropolitan State University in Denver.
Parents as Teachers Program Director
“Supporting and educating parents when children are young is the key to growing strong families and communities.”
Michele joined Parent Possible in early 2017 as the PAT Program Director. In her role, she is responsible for overseeing, monitoring and providing technical assistance to PAT sites in the state to ensure individual site quality, as well as data collection fidelity. Prior to joining Parent Possible, Michele was the March of Dimes Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Family Support Program Coordinator in Colorado, where she spent twelve years serving families at Children’s Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado Hospital. In addition, she has extensive experience in child protection, home visitation and parenting instruction. Michele earned her B.A in Psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Denver. She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Colorado and a Certified Patient Experience Professional.