“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.
Board Vice Chair
“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.
“Supporting and investing in our youngest children pays the greatest dividends economically, developmentally and socially. It is our ultimate moral obligation as a human race.”
Megan Wilson is the Interim Executive Director for Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation. She leads philanthropic efforts to expand access, increase prevention and facilitate the connection between oral and overall health across Colorado. Most recently, she was the executive director of Reach Out and Read Colorado. She has worked in the nonprofit sector focused on family support and advocacy and has extensive experience leading teams and developing programs. She has a master’s degree in public service management from DePaul University.
Tyler Lyons is a 3rd generation Colorado Native. Growing up on the west edge of Arvada, CO, Tyler and has family have been part of the front range community for over 100 years. Initially drawn to the world of politics, Tyler joined the Ritter Administration in 2008 after obtaining a degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado. Initially, Tyler worked in the Press Office sharpening his communication skills with constituents before eventually transitioning to the Lt. Governor’s Office where he focused on statewide education issues. After returning to the University of Denver to obtain his MBA, Tyler jumped into the commercial banking world as an underwriter and then a loan officer. Recently, Tyler began managing Alpine Bank’s Union Station location. In his free time, Tyler spends time his time with his wife, daughter, and yellow lab in addition to playing hockey and traveling.
“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 of ERP Cloud Support at Oracle USA.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted – Aesop
Thom worked in the telecommunications industry for more than 25 years, working at Jones Intercable and Charter Communications in a number of operations and finance roles. He also volunteers with The Master’s Apprentice, a faith based organization that serves young adults looking for a career in the skilled trades. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, skiing, hiking, playing golf and tennis, and spending time with his family.
Immediate Past Chair Board Member
“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.
“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. He is currently the Colorado Market President for Pacific Western Bank. He was previously Chairman and CEO of Colorado Business Bank. Jon also serves on the President’s Leadership Giving Advisory Board with the University of Colorado.
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. -Robert Louis Stevenson”
Francoise Mbabazi is a passionate human rights activist and community engagement leader with over 10 years of diverse work experience in the nonprofits strengthening their staff, leadership development and coalition building. She excels in relationship building, program development, program management, and supervision with a focus on bridging the gap between community and policy with its social justice values through inclusive, participatory, and collective impact approach. She is currently an employee of the Colorado Trust.
She is committed to education equity, economic justice, social justice, empowerment of women and girls and poverty reduction. Francoise Mbabazi has a master’s degree from Arizona State University, Phoenix AZ in Interdisciplinary Studies, with Women’s Studies emphasis and bachelor’s degree from U.S International University, Nairobi, Kenya in International Business Administration, Study Emphasis: Marketing
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou
Mayra was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and grew up in the Swansea and Chaffee Park areas in Denver. Mayra holds a BA in Literature from University of Colorado and an MBA from University of Phoenix. Before joining the Focus Points team, Mayra spent 8 years in roles with progressive responsibility at Cooking Matters Colorado. Her time at Cooking Matters prepared Mayra for her role overseeing all of Focus Points’ Early Childhood Education and Family Development work with direct service nutrition education, volunteer management, partnership cultivation, program coordination, and finally, managing a statewide Early Childhood Education program. Mayra has a passion for learning and dreams of earning a Ph.D. one day. (She will let us know when she figures out the topic). Her favorite part of her role at Focus Points is facilitating professional development with her team and identifying how to take the organization to the next level using the skills and assets that our employees already have. Outside of work you can find Mayra snowboarding, gardening, and being a cat mom to Ruby and Happy.
“Children are our future and deserve every chance to learn and excel during the most impressionable times of their lives. We have the chance to set the path for success and happiness early on in life, and nothing is more important for their future.”
Brad Segura is a longtime veteran in the Media industry, currently the Sales Manager at the Denver Business Journal, where he annually ranks at the top of the American City Business Journal newspaper chain as one of the top producers in the country, with experience as a sales representative, manager, advertising director, publisher and consultant over his 30+ year media career. Segura loves the CO outdoors, where he spends what free time he can grab, hiking, golfing, and playing tennis. As Past Secretary/Treasurer and Vice Chairman of The Denver Advertising Federation, he helped run one of the largest Advertising Associations in the country. Besides serving as a Board member of Parent Possible, he also serves on the World Trade Association Board for the past few years. He is member of the Legal Marketing Association, and volunteers for the Alzheimer’s Association.
“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.
“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.
THOMAS A. FITZGERALD
Tom is an Emeritus member of Parent Possible’s Board of Directors. He was a teacher and administrator in Colorado for 42 years primarily at Colorado Academy in Denver where he was the Senior Master of the Middle School in the 60’s and Principal of the Lower School in the 80’s and 90’s. Tom, who always was a teacher at Colorado Academy as well as a principal, taught a class to High School Juniors and Seniors called “Exploring Childhood.” It was this experience that led him to PAT. Tom recognized the value of home visitation and the critical role that parents play as their child’s first teacher. In 1989 he brought Parents as Teachers to Colorado.
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.