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Lyn Ciocca McCaleb, Board Chair
Lyn Ciocca McCaleb has a background in marketing, management and market research blending consumer package goods and entrepreneurial experiences. With business as a foundation, Lyn is now certified as a coach by New Ventures West and the International Coaching Federation (ACC). In her coaching practice, What Matters, Lyn works on professional and personal development with current and emerging leaders and people transitioning into new careers and/or retirement. Lyn’s prior consulting focused on marketing research and analysis bringing consumer insight to ongoing and new products and other business issues. Lyn also worked with major consumer package goods companies, pharmaceutical and educational organizations. Her corporate responsibilities included VP of Marketing positions at Wyeth Consumer (Advil and Advil Cold & Sinus) and Rhone Poulenc Rorer (Maalox). She has an MBA in Marketing from New York University and a BA in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. Lyn’s non-profit board positions have included the Coral Reef Alliance, The Dairy Center for the Arts and currently Teens4Oceans. Prior to joining the Passageworks board, Lyn conducted qualitative research with teachers and school administrators for Passageworks’ new book, The 5 Dimensions of Engaged Teaching.
Teacher and Mentor
Cathy has worked in elementary schools for 30 years in the US and abroad. She is especially passionate about teaching student teachers, mentoring colleagues in literacy methodology, and building community with her students. Cathy currently teaches third grade at Whittier International School where a diverse student body learns through inquiry, service learning, and collaboration. In her free time, Cathy enjoys traveling, camping, and hiking in the mountains with her husband, Graham, and two daughters Peyton (13) and Lexie Bowe (11).
Superintendent, Newark Unified School District, CA
Pat Sánchez brings more than 21 years of comprehensive administrative experience to the Newark Unified School District team, most recently as the Superintendent of the Adams County School District 14 in Colorado. His impressive, educational background includes time spent as a principal at M. Scott Carpenter Middle School in Adams County School District 50, West High School in Denver Public Schools and Ranum/Westminster High School. He has also served as assistant principal at Westminster High School, and as Dean of Students, as well as assistant principal at Aurora Central High School in Aurora Public Schools. Additionally, Pat has served as State Director of the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, and as Assistant State Director for Trades and Industry for the Colorado Community College system. Pat strives to create a culture of high expectations, combined with one that supports both academic and social growth for all students. Pat insists on engaging in regular communications with all District stakeholders, in order to foster a climate and culture of mutual trust and respect. Pat received a bachelor’s degree in industrial science from Colorado State University, and a master’s degree in administration supervision and curriculum development from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Sales Lead – Wellness Vertical, Gloo
Shannon is a senior business development executive with a strong record of building sales for major marketing research organizations. He has generated large sales volumes with Fortune 500 clients even in adverse economic conditions. Shannon is continually selected to lead sales management, training and coaching for in-house development teams. He has broad experience selling customer experience and data integration software platforms. Shannon founded a software company, which brings together visual relationship mapping (who knows whom) and collaboration functionality (who knows what). It improves poor CRM adoption rates and facilitates the creation of a “learning organization” for increased sales and greater operational efficiency. By combining visual relationship mapping, collaboration and contextual knowledge capture/search in a three-dimensional environment, he is creating an entirely new paradigm. Shannon’s other specialties and interest include business development, data visualization, social networking and collaboration software, marketing research & consulting.
Melody Suitts Conway
Business and Community Leader
Melody is a Boulder County native. After graduating from the University of California in San Diego with a pre-law/philosophy degree and a real estate paralegal credential, Melody went into banking. From there, she joined her family business in Boulder, doing construction, land and development lending throughout Colorado. For ten years, she also designed and built homes. In 2004, she took over her family business, which she still runs today. The company provides residential construction and development loans and works with small builders and individuals.
Melody has three children, two sons who live in Boulder/Denver area and a daughter who lives in Austin. Starting with many of her children’s friends, Melody has served as a mentor and role model to many young people. Mentoring and teaching compassion are still her passions and today it’s not unusual to often find young people from around the world staying at her home while they attend programs in Boulder.
Melody loves the outdoors, gardening and building – on many levels. As a lifelong learner, Melody has become a coach, a Reiki master and an energy worker. Spirituality has always been at the center of her life, starting with the practice of Zen Buddhism in her teens and studying multiple disciplines since. In the early 2000s, Melody volunteered with Mark Wilding at the Naropa Marpa Center, participated in the Authentic Leadership program and also received her coaching certificate. She continues to serve on committees at Naropa and multiple boards in Boulder supporting women in business and personal growth.
Barbara is an educator with more than twenty years of experience. She is Chair of the Contemplative Education Department at Naropa University, and is an Associate Professor. Barbara’s commitment to transformational leadership is grounded in her K-12 teaching background and her association with the National Coalition for Equity in Education through which she works with institutions of higher education on issues and initiatives of equity, social justice, and personal and professional development. Through her past work as the Director of the Human Rights Resource and Education Office for the City of Fort Collins, she facilitated professional development and community educational opportunities on topics of civility, communication and human rights, and investigated and mediated allegations of discrimination. As a certified mediator, she has worked with individuals and groups on workplace mediation and to settle disputes of discrimination. She consults with businesses, organizations and educational institutions, and has presented locally and nationally on topics germane to diversity and social justice. She has a B.A. in English and a M.Ed. from Colorado State University.
Ari Gerzon-Kessler, Principal, Monaco Elementary
Ari is the Principal at Monaco Elementary School in Commerce City, CO and has served as an Principal and Assistant Principal at four other elementary schools. He has also been an elementary and high school teacher, and he has worked as an educational consultant, journalist, and oral historian. In addition to completing extensive research on educational best practices within the U.S. (particularly in the area of social-emotional learning), Ari also traveled as a Fulbright recipient to visit schools in Japan and taught briefly in Mexico and Thailand. Ari is the author of two books and his writings on education have been featured in a variety of publications.
Psychotherapist & Professor of Psychology at Naropa University
Diane Israel is currently a psychotherapist with a private practice in Boulder, Colorado and a professor of transpersonal psychology at Naropa University. Her experiences as a world-class runner and triathlete led her to specialize in body image, eating struggles, and our issues around the race to perfection. Her life’s work has been to help individuals reclaim their humanness, practice self-care, and heal through mind-body integration. She produced the award-winning independent documentary film, Beauty Mark and inspires folks around the country during her lectures. Diane’s film has reached over 10,000 people and has been endorsed by the National Eating Disorders Association, the Women’s Sports Foundation and the Dove Self Esteem Fund. She is also behind the revolutionary program, Camp Celebrate You, which will be offered for free to schools who want to increase positive self-care, self-worth, and wellness through a month of life-changing activities and events. Diane inspires people to find their authentic greatness and coaches individuals to reach their fullest potential with joy!
Director Regional Philanthropy, National Wildlife Federation
Andrea has served as a senior level strategist, fundraiser and manager most recently in the education sector but also at grassroots organizations that have launched landmark initiatives including housing for HIV AIDs families, a nationally recognized health care program for the working poor, and civil rights programs.
Andrea entered the world of philanthropy to fulfill a desire to serve and be a resource for change in our world. She approaches fundraising with collaboration and with the knowledge that all of us have something to give and most of us want to make a difference through our gifts. She holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Memphis after also attending Howard University. She is a graduate of Leadership Memphis and Leadership Boulder. She has been an active member of the National Association for Independent Schools, National Association of Fundraising Executives, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and the Boulder Chamber of Commerce.
After moving to Colorado in 2011 with her husband, Reece, and daughter, Zen, Andrea and her family can be seen on most weekends seeking a new trail to hike or just enjoying the beautiful expanse of the Great American West.