Clayton Early Learning

Clayton Early Learning improves early childhood education through direct services to children and professionals and through research and advocacy so that all children - especially those with limited opportunities - are prepared for success in school and society.

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Laurie Lemieux, Chief People Officer
Start Date: 2019

Laurie joined Clayton Early Learning as its Chief People Officer in December 2019. She has more than 20 years of experience focused on organizational excellence, people and culture. She served as a global leader and consultant at Nike, Inc., PeaceHealth and Mayo Clinic. Most recently, Laurie served as Chief Administrative Officer at PacificSource Health.

Mark Fenstermacher, Chief Financial Officer
Start Date: 2020

Mark joined Clayton Early Learning as CFO in March 2020. He has a strong history of financial experience working with non-profit organizations and schools. He lends not only financial and accounting expertise and facilities experience, but awesome enthusiasm for the Clayton mission.

Becky Crowe, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2019

Becky Crowe has an extensive leadership background in education including roles in management, strategic development, philanthropy, research, policy, and community engagement. Most recently, she served as a Fellow on the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's Education team, including responsibility for grant making, strategy, and research focused on child development. Prior to that, Crowe was a partner with Bellwether Education Partners where she launched the Talent Advising practice to increase clients' organizational effectiveness while building a culture committed to diversity and inclusion. She provided targeted strategic counsel to numerous school districts and education nonprofit organizations, as well as corporate clients such as Microsoft and Google. Crowe also served as the Executive Director of Partners in School Innovation with a mission of transforming the quality of early literacy teaching and learning in San Francisco Bay Area schools. Ms. Crowe is a distinguished alumna of Stanford University, having earned a Bachelor's Degree in English; a Master's Degree in education from the Stanford School of Education; and a Master's Degree in management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Sarah Berkman, Vice President, Development
Start Date: 2015

Sarah Berkman leads the development and marketing and communications department for Clayton Early Learning. She is responsible for prospecting, cultivating and stewarding donors and grants and helping to advance the brand and recognition of the organization. Prior to joining the Clayton team in February of 2015, Sarah worked for the University of Northern Colorado as the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. She also worked for the Colorado History Museum and supported the Capital Campaign efforts for the History Colorado Center that opened in spring 2012. Sarah has more than 20 years of experience in management positions with various industries, both for profit and nonprofit, with skills in strategic planning, fundraising, program implementation, and community networking. Sarah attended Trinity College where she obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts. Additionally, she attended University of Denver, Daniels College of Business earning an International Master's Degree in Business Administration.

Paula Smith, Vice President, Educational Services
Start Date: 2015

Paula Smith is Vice President, Educational Services. She has over 21 years of experience working in Early Head Start and Head Start programs serving culturally diverse families and children birth to age five. Since joining Clayton, Paula has led and managed all aspects of education, health, mental health, early intervention, and child and family services to support school readiness. She has also led and directed community partnerships throughout the State to leverage quality early care and education programs. Paula currently provides leadership and oversight of Clayton's early childhood programs with an additional focus on strategic initiatives that includes professional development and coaching throughout Colorado. Paula earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Indiana University and a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Studies, specializing in management, administration and leadership from Walden University.


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