Our Board of Directors
Director of Early Learning Institute, Education Commission of the States
Thomas C. Davidson
County Commissioner, Summit County Colorado
Director of Strategic Partnerships, Valley Settlement
President, Executives Partnering to Invest in Children
Elsa I. Holguín
President & CEO, Denver Preschool Program
Chief Executive Officer, San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group
Superintendent, Aurora Public Schools
Executive Director, Buell Foundation
Vickie M. Wilson
Executive Director, Friends of the Haven
Meet Our Staff
Katie Danna-Poston, Project Managerkposton@earlymilestones.org720.573.4720
Katie Danna-Poston, Project Manager at Early Milestones Colorado, supports the Bright Futures Roadmap project in Jefferson County. In her previous role as project coordinator, Katie supported 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 degree in business administration from the College of Charleston. Katie completed the Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program, Cohort 10, in July 2018 and is passionate about working on behalf of children and families in Colorado.
Morgan Janke, Director of Initiativesmjanke@earlymilestones.org720.573.4721
Morgan Janke is Director of Initiatives at Early Milestones Colorado. In this role, she oversees Milestones’ portfolio of projects 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's degree in public administration from the University of Colorado, Denver and a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Andrew Keating, Senior Communications Managerakeating@earlymilestones.org720.535.5221
Andrew Keating most recently worked in communications for the Colorado Community College System. Before moving to the Denver area, he spent three years in Billings, Montana, where he developed the Office of Marketing and Communications at Rocky Mountain College. Andrew also has experience in the publishing industry, serving in a number of marketing, public relations, and communications roles. Andrew earned a bachelor of arts degree in English and theatre from Wagner College, an M.B.A. in marketing from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, and a master of fine arts degree in creative writing and publishing from University of Baltimore. His fiction and essays have been widely published, including a collection of short fiction.
Kacee Miller, Project Directorkmiller@earlymilestones.org720.410.2691
As Project Director for the Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce initiative, Kacee brings fantastic knowledge of the field as well as a wealth of local experience. Kacee most recently served as Director of Professional Development and Communications for the Arapahoe County Early Childhood Council where she managed a variety of professional development opportunities and strategies for developing the early childhood workforce. Kacee also managed the T.E.A.C.H. program at Qualistar Colorado. She has spent the past 10 years coordinating professional development for early childhood educators as a credentialed Early Childhood Coach and Trainer. Kacee earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from Missouri State University and a master’s degree in international and intercultural communication from the University of Denver.
Jennifer Nash, Director of Operationsjnash@earlymilestones.org720.573.4718
Jennifer Nash is the Director of Operations 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 St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.
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 degreefrom 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.
Courtney Thornton, Senior Coordinatorcthornton@earlymilestones.org720.923.5561
Courtney Thornton is the Senior Coordinator at Early Milestones Colorado. In this role, Courtney handles a wide range of tasks including operations management, board relations, grants coordination, financial management, project coordination, meeting planning, and communications support. Prior to joining Milestones, Courtney worked for a travel operator as a sales and marketing coordinator and project manager. She currently serves as a Denver CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). She currently holds a certificate in family and social welfare and is pursuing bachelor’s degree in sociology through University of Colorado Denver.
Tanya Weinberg, Project Directortweinberg@earlymilestones.org720.592.0002
Tanya Weinberg is Project Director for LAUNCH Together. Prior to joining Early Milestones, Tanya spent eight years at the Colorado Health Foundation where she led investment portfolios related to strengthening the delivery of comprehensive primary care, early childhood mental health, and nonprofit capacity building. She also contributed to the development of the Foundation’s locally-focused work, where she partnered with leaders, nonprofits, and community members to develop community-based solutions to health issues. During her time at the Foundation, Tanya was part of the design team for LAUNCH Together and served on the LAUNCH Together Advisory Team from 2015-17. Tanya received a master of arts degree in social sciences, with an emphasis on child and family policy, from the University of Chicago. She also received a bachelor of science degree in psychology from the University of Colorado.