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.
Helen R Benson, Executive Secretary
Start Date: 2001
Helen Benson can be contacted via email at HBenson@claytonearlylearning.org
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.
Cathy McCarty, Senior Vice President, Learning & Talent
Start Date: 1994
Cathy McCarty has over 27 years of management and human resources experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. She began her career as an elementary school teacher in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. With a move to Colorado, she joined Jefferson Bank & Trust, a community bank in Lakewood in 1980. Cathy served as Senior Vice President, leading division responsibilities including human resources and payroll, marketing and advertising, operations, and general services. During her tenure, she actively participated in education-related community involvement projects through the Colorado Alliance of Business and Junior Achievement. Since joining Clayton in 1994, Cathy has supported early childhood programs in diverse capacities including directing human resources, managing administrative services and leading Early Head Start and Head Start programming. In her current role as Vice President of Learning & Talent, Cathy manages professional development services for Clayton. Cathy McCarty received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and elementary education credentials from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a graduate of Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program and holds an MA in Education Administration and Policy Studies, with emphasis on Early Childhood Care and Education.
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.
Jane M.K. Williams, Chief Financial Officer
Start Date: 2018
Jane M.K. Williams is the Chief Financial Officer. Jane has been working in nonprofit accounting and finance with mission-focused educational organizations for over two decades. Prior to joining the Clayton Early Learning team, she was the Director of Reporting and Compliance/Controller for the Science Museum of Minnesota. Jane also spent twenty years in higher education at the nationally recognized liberal arts institution, the College of Saint Benedict. During her tenure, she served as controller and served in other finance-related positions. Additionally, she has worked in the for-profit law and small-business manufacturing/retail industries.
She brings her experience and expertise in accounting, strategic planning, debt financing, organizational change, project implementation and process change to Clayton Early Learning. Jane holds a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration and Accounting.
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance & Administration
Program / Program Planning