Our Board of Directors
Entrepreneur and Strategy Consultant
Director of Early Learning Institute, Education Commission of the States
Executive Director, Merle Chambers Fund
Director of Strategic Partnerships, Valley Settlement
President, Executives Partnering to Invest in Children
Elsa I. Holguín
Senior Program Officer of Child & Family Development, Rose Community Foundation
Founder and Chief Cultural Officer, GroundFloor Media
Chief Executive Officer, San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group
Superintendent, Aurora Public Schools
Chief Development Officer, Big Picture Learning
Executive Director, Buell Foundation
President, Wolf Interests, Inc.
Meet Our Staff
Nicole Flores, Administrative and Operations Coordinatornflores@earlymilestones.org720.592.0000
Nicole Flores is the Administrative & Operations Coordinator for Early Milestones Colorado. Prior to joining the Milestones team Nicole spent two years teaching English as a Second Language to primary students in Spain. Nicole has a longstanding interest in child welfare, having worked on legislative advocacy for juvenile justice issues with the ACLU of Texas and having served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in Travis County, Texas. She has a background in the legal field - preparing affirmative action compliance plans for private businesses and providing legal administrative support. Nicole grew up in Houston, TX and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.
Morgan Janke, Project Directormjanke@earlymilestones.org720.573.4721
Morgan Janke is a Project Director at Early Milestones Colorado. In this role, she oversees the work of LAUNCH Together and the Child Maltreatment Prevention Framework for Action Community Planning Initiative in service of the organization's mission to advance success for young children across the state by accelerating innovation, use of best practices and systemic change. Prior to joining Milestones, Morgan was the Director of Quality Improvement at the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation where she led the development and implementation of the state's QRIS through a public-private partnership and provided guidance and support to 25 local early childhood councils. Morgan holds a Master in Public Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver and a B.S. in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Jennifer Nash, Operations Directorjnash@earlymilestones.org720.573.4718
Jennifer Nash is the Operations Director for Early Milestones Colorado. Jennifer has an extensive background in operations and management, most recently working for the law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. as the Office Administrator for the Denver and Salt Lake City offices. Prior to entering the legal field, Jennifer worked with the City of Thornton, the University of Denver, Denver Regional Council of Governments and the international organization Up with People, where she was able to utilize her leadership and operations skills both in the United States and abroad. She received a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Denver and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota.
Katie Poston, Project Coordinatorkposton@earlymilestones.org720.573.4720
Katie Poston, Project Coordinator for Early Milestones Colorado, supports LAUNCH Together, Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce in Colorado, and the Child Maltreatment Prevention Initiative. Having served as the organization’s Administrative Coordinator from July 2015 – April 2017, Katie gained a breadth of experience in systems building, stakeholder engagement, and community planning processes. Prior to her work in Colorado, Katie worked at the Medical University of South Carolina to streamline the Pathology department’s processes, efficiently manage the Molecular Genomic testing service, and implement systemic improvements to advocate for patient safety. Katie grew up near Charleston, South Carolina and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the College of Charleston. Katie was honored and excited to be named to the 10th cohort of the Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program, and upon completion of the program, she intends to pursue a master’s degree.
Jennifer Stedron, Executive Directorjstedron@earlymilestones.org720.639.9001
Jennifer Stedron is Executive Director of Early Milestones Colorado, an intermediary organization that will advance opportunities for early childhood success. Recently, she worked at the Aspen Institute as Senior Program Manager for the Ascend initiative focused on two-generation approaches to family economic security. She has also served as the Executive Director of Colorado’s Early Childhood Leadership Commission (ECLC) and the Policy Director for Early Childhood in the Office of Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia. In this last capacity, she spearheaded the ECLC’s work to establish Colorado’s new Office of Early Childhood and led the grant application effort that resulted in Colorado’s $45M Early Learning Challenge Fund award. Stedron has also managed bipartisan policy efforts in early childhood and K-12 education for the National Conference of State Legislatures. She has been published in variety of formats including peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and national policy briefs focused on topics spanning neural network models of development, early childhood data systems, and two-generation approaches to poverty. Stedron received her bachelor’s from Michigan State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Denver in child clinical psychology with a specialty in developmental cognitive neuroscience.
Vani Tangella, Project Managervtangella@earlymilestones.org720.592.0001
Vani Tangella joined the Milestones team as Project Manager for the Child Maltreatment Prevention Initiative. Vani most recently worked as a Program Associate at Children and Family Futures where she provided technical assistance and support for several substance abuse and child-welfare related projects. Vani managed the Statewide System Reform Program intended to institutionalize effective Family Treatment Court practices in the larger state-level child welfare, substance use disorder treatment, and court systems to improve child, parent and family outcomes. Vani also served as the Change Leader Associate for the Prevention and Family Recovery initiative, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Duke Endowment to advance the capacity of Family Treatment Courts to provide comprehensive family-centered care to families affected by substance use disorders. Vani received her Masters of Public Health from California State University, Long Beach and Bachelor of Arts in Public Health Policy from University of California, Irvine.
Molly Yost, Senior Project Managermyost@earlymilestones.org720.573.4719
Molly Yost is the Senior Project Manager for LAUNCH Together – a “first in the nation” public-private initiative designed to fuel community collaboration for improved social-emotional health and development programs and systems. Molly most recently worked as a policy specialist at Clayton Early Learning where she led policy development and advocacy efforts to support Colorado's youngest children and their families, including nationally recognized legislative reform to improve the state's child care assistance program. She also served as research and special projects manager in the Office of Lt. Governor Joe Garcia where she advanced several statewide governance and data efforts including Colorado’s Race to the Top–Early Learning Challenge Fund grant application under the Early Childhood Leadership Commission, Colorado's Early Childhood State Advisory Council. Molly holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Kenyon College and was also a member of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation’s Impact Denver Class of 2014.