Our Board of Directors
Director of Early Childhood Development, The Ben and Lucy Ana Walton Fund of the Walton Family Foundation
Director of Early Learning Institute, Education Commission of the States
Executive Director, Chambers Family 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
Superintendent, Aurora Public Schools
Chief Development Officer, Big Picture Learning
Executive Director, Cydney and Tom Marsico Family Foundation
Executive Director, Buell Foundation
President, Wolf Interests, Inc.
Meet Our Staff
Christi Chadwick, Project Directorcchadwick@earlymilestones.org720.410.2691
Christi Chadwick, Project Director for the Transforming Colorado’s Early Childhood Workforce project, joined the team at Early Milestones Colorado in August 2016. Prior to this, Christi served as the Workforce Development Policy Director in the Illinois Governor’s Office for Early Childhood Development, focusing on issues related to developing and strengthening the early childhood workforce in Illinois and the implementation of several Race to the Top: Early Learning Challenge Grant initiatives. Christi also worked at the Illinois State Board of Education, where she managed portions of the state's successful K-12 Race to the Top proposal and at the City Colleges of Chicago, where she led the restructuring of five urban child development laboratories. Christi began her career teaching in the public schools and has experience teaching college and supervising student teachers. Christi received her bachelor’s and master's of education from the University of North Texas, and her master's of public policy from the Harris School at the University of Chicago, where she was an Irving B. Harris Child and Family Policy Fellow.
Morgan Janke, Project Directormjanke@earlymilestones.org720.573.4721
Morgan Janke, Project Director for LAUNCH Together, brings experience in project management, systems building, grant writing and successful implementation of programs that support the development of young children. Most recently, 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. As part of her work at the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, she also oversaw the development of an evidence-based directory of models and practices to guide the work of 25 local early childhood councils. Prior to joining VECF, Morgan was the Director of Community Investment and Quality Early Childhood Initiatives at United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg.
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 stream-line 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.
Edie Riedel, Administrative Assistanteriedel@earlymilestones.org720.592.0000
Edie Riedel joins the Early Milestones Colorado team as the Administrative Assistant. Edie has more than 15 years of experience in a variety of support positions including work at Denver Department of Human Services, Colorado Department of Corrections and Goodwill Industries of Denver. She most recently served as a Program Assistant for Youth Career Development Services, providing support for a team of 13 managers and 45 facilitators. Edie has a breadth of experience in administrative capacities and also enjoys external relations and meeting planning. Her personal motto is, “What can I do to make someone else’s job easier?”
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, Technical Assistance & Policy Managermyost@earlymilestones.org720.573.4719
Molly Yost is the Technical Assistance and Policy 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.