Lori Canova, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 1997
Lori Canova has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of the "I Have a Dream" Foundation of Boulder County since 1997. Under her leadership, the organization has grown from 2 classes to 14, serving over 700 students, making the Boulder County affiliate one of the largest in the country. Lori helped start the local Mentors Matter group which focuses on recruitment of mentors, especially mentors of color. She also helped launch a county-wide collaborative school supply drive, Crayons to Calculators. Prior to joining "I Have a Dream", Lori was the Program Director for Big Brothers of Metro Denver; a Program Director for the Mental Health Association of Colorado; the Director of SB94 Juvenile Diversion Program for Jefferson Center for Mental Health; and an Adolescent Counselor for Human Services, Inc. Lori has a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Denver and completed her undergraduate work in Social Work at Colorado State University. In 2010, Lori received the Woman of the Year award from the Boulder Professional Women group.
Terry Bittner, Chief Financial Officer
Terry Bittner, Chief Financial Officer, is responsible for the organization's financial management, human resources, and information technology. He graduated from the University of Colorado with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). He owned his own restaurant and catering company in Boulder for 15 years. Other previous employment includes the University of Colorado and Managed Business Solutions.
Garett Brownlee Plantz, Vice President of Programs
Garett Brownlee Plantz started her professional career as an AmeriCorps College Coordinator with "I Have a Dream" Foundation of Boulder County, where she carved out the post-secondary program, and for three years, pioneered the Director of College and Careers Programs. From there she was a teacher in rural Ecuador and Chile, worked in collective impact in Oaxaca, Mexico, and received her LMSW from the University of Texas at Austin working as a clinical School Social Worker for the Austin Independent School District. Most recently, Garett spent the last several years working for Whole Kids Foundation and launching Whole Cities Foundation of Whole Foods Market where she worked with schools and organizations on a national scale to promote healthy food options and education for kids and communities. Now, back in Colorado, Garett leads the "I Have a Dream's" programs, with the privilege of serving the Program Directors, the Director of College and Career Programs, and the Wellness Program Coordinator.
Elyana Funk, Notre Dame Mission Volunteers Americorps Site Director
Start Date: 2000
Elyana Funk joined "I Have a Dream" in 2000 and has a B.A. in Comparative Area Studies: Latin America and North America, with minors in Cultural Anthropology and Spanish from Duke University. As NDMV AmeriCorps Site Director, she supervises approximately 35-28 Notre Dame AmeriCorps members each year who serve at "I Have a Dream" program sites and with partnering organizations. Fluent in Spanish, Elyana served a year as an AmeriCorps member for the Longmont "I Have a Dream" Casa class in 2000 before becoming the program director for the Sanchez Dreamer Class from 2001-2012, supporting those Dreamers from 2nd through 12th grade. Elyana, her husband, and her 2 daughters live in Lafayette.
Kasia Szewczyk, Vice President of Donor Relations
Start Date: 2016
Kasia Szewczyk brings over 16 years of business development and marketing experience in both the US and abroad. She joined her previous company, ProMorphics, as their first employee and Business Development Director in 2008 and helped the company grow to nearly 20 employees, with customers nationwide. Kasia also spent nearly eight years at Kelly Services working in a variety of senior marketing roles where she created programs and events for branches in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Kasia has had a life-long passion for non-profits, starting with her work with EFAA and Amigos de las Americas in Latin America and continuing with many others that focus on women's and children's causes. Having been a mentor for nearly three years as part of Big Brothers Big Sisters, she understands firsthand the incredible difference that mentoring programs make for both the mentee and the mentor. Kasia enjoys participating in public speaking engagements and she has been regularly featured as a speaker at National and Regional SAP Technology Conferences and AARP conferences. Kasia has a B.A. in Spanish Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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