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Junta Directiva de BCLL 

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Ester Quintana Matheson, Founder 

Ester grew up in the Las Cruces, NMex area and  has lived in Boulder since January 1970.  Her then husband was at NCAR and Ester a stay-at-home mom.  She has a son who graduated from Boulder High and currently lives in Portland, OR with wife and 2 grandchildren.
With time on her hands, she began to volunteer and never stopped. Eventually, she went back to school and earned a business degree from CU.  She has been on a number of boards throughout the community.  Her passion was and still is education which led her to co-found BCLL in 1999.  Her now husband, Bob of 30 years, has been just as passionate about the League as she still is.

 

“I believe in Paying it Forward.  I received a lot of support and encouragement  from friends and family as I inched my way toward my business degree.  I am delighted to see some of our scholarship recipients and graduates also begin to pay it forward by volunteering in various ways to help those students following in their footsteps.  A dream realized.”

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Michelle Carpenter

Michelle is an Advanced Placement Spanish teacher at Boulder High School who directs the Adelante! program for first-generation Latino students.  In this capacity, she is instrumental in increasing graduation rates and student achievement, securing grant monies, and expanding educational offerings to facilitate student success in high school and beyond.  She is actively involved in social justice issues confronting her students, especially first generation high school graduates.  

 

Michelle has a BA from Boston College as well as an MA from the University of Northern Colorado and an EdS from the University of Colorado, Denver.  She achieved National Board Teacher Certification in 2007.  Michelle has served on the boards of directors of the Boulder Rotary Club, Share-A-Gift, Frequent Flyers Productions, the Milagros Scholarship Fund and the Boulder County Latina League.  She has earned recognition from the Boulder Chamber of Commerce,  Zonta Foothills, the YWCA,  Boulder Rotary Club and Impact on Education’s.  She is proud to be the mother of Sarah and Tim, both DU graduates. Her hobbies include travel, reading, yoga and skiing.  

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Alma Hinojosa

Alma Hinojosa-Lavalle nació en Durango, México y creció en Aurora, Colorado. Obtuvo su título en Literatura Inglesa, con especialización en Estudios Étnicos y un certificado en Estudios de Liderazgo de la Universidad de Colorado Boulder en 2018. Su pasión por la defensa legal la ha llevado a su trabajo actual con el Tribunal de Distrito de los Estados Unidos para el Distrito de Colorado. Participa activamente en la comunidad de Colorado sirviendo como miembro de la junta de la Liga Latina del condado de Boulder, donde encuentra la importancia de retribuir a las comunidades que la ayudaron a convertirse en la mujer joven que es hoy.

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April Rosas

Hola! Hi!

I am the Bilingual Success Coach for TRIO Students support services at Front Range community College.

 

Skyline Hight School Alumni, Front Range Community College Alumni, LEADS Alumni, TRIO SSS Alumni and recent graduate from Colorado State University.

I earned my Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies. I am first generation Latina Born and raised in Longmont, CO.

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Leticia A. de Lozano , Chair of Scholarship Committee  

A native of Mexico City, Dr. Leticia A. de Lozano earned her teaching degree in Mexico, and her Masters and Doctorate from the University of Colorado.  

Over the years Leticia’s success as a teacher has been recognized regionally, nationally and internationally.  She is the recipient of numerous awards such as Milken Family Education Award, Ohtli Award –the highest award given internationally from of the Government of Mexico, “The best should teach” by the University of Colorado, the Pacesetter in Education, Amgen Award for Teaching Excellence, Jared Polis Foundation Teacher Recognition, Impact on Education and honored as the favorite teacher of a US Presidential Scholar. 


For 27 years Leticia taught Boulder High School’s Advanced Spanish courses. Under her leadership the advanced Spanish Program grew from a handful of students to more than 150 students. One of Leticia most meaningful achievements was to include first generation Hispanic in these college credit classes which resulted in a diverse classroom environment that fostered success for all students regardless of socioeconomic background.  She founded the program Adelante! to address the high risk Hispanic students’ educational and societal challenges such as poverty, immigration status, language development. Though she is retired, her legacy continues as the program continues to exist and thrive. Over 95% of Adelante! Program participants graduate annually, and almost all continue on to post secondary studies.

 

Leticia says that her most meaningful award is seeing her students finishing high school and even better earning their university degrees. 

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Miho Shida, Scholarship Committee

My parents came to the U.S. in their 20's back in the 1950's so that my father could pursue his Ph.D. in polymer chemistry.  Always meaning to go back to Japan, my parents kept extending their stay because of the opportunities available to them.  Before he retired at the age of 78, he had built a successful company through his many patents and employed many Americans.  

My Ph.D. in Biology has allowed me to do research in Japan, Canada and the US.  It has opened many doors for me and enabled me to meet people I otherwise would not encounter.  Although I am no longer an active researcher, this training has made me more analytical and persistent.  No matter what you end up doing, it's safe to say that one will never regret having an education!  

Gabriela Lopez

Soy un estudiante de primera generación nacido y criado en Boulder, Colorado. Me gradué de la Universidad Estatal Metropolitana de Denver con una Licenciatura en Trabajo Social en 2021 y una Maestría en Trabajo Social en 2022. Mis padres se vieron obligados a abandonar la escuela a los 12 años para mantener a sus familias. A medida que hicieron la transición a la edad adulta, se dirigieron a los Estados Unidos en busca de una mejor calidad de vida. Al crecer, la universidad se presentaba como una necesidad, pero se valoraba como un lujo, algo que a mí me parecía imposible de lograr. Gracias a becas como la Liga Latina del Condado de Boulder, pude cumplir mis sueños de trabajar con familias y educación sin tener que enfrentar una carga financiera.

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Andrea Valeska

Andrea Valeska, MAS. He is of Mapuche descent born and raised in Chile. She came to the United States when she was 23 years old.
She serves as a Holistic Life Integration Coach, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Herbalist, Women's Circle Facilitator and intuitive guide.

As a catalyst for change, through her holistic and integrative approach, she guides people and communities to reconnect with the rhythms of nature, embrace bioindividuality and authenticity, co-creating sustainable systems led from the heart based on Empowerment and Conscious Leadership. She has worked at many local and national socially oriented nonprofit organizations. She trully believes in the power of Education toward Freedom. 

As a first-generation graduate, her educational background is Engineering in Business Administration, Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and she has a Master's Degree in Administrative Sciences. She is certified in International Leadership, Non-Profit Organization Development, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, and Women's Healing Circle Facilitator.

Ann Scarritt, Chair of the Board

An important objective for Ann Scarritt is to engage authentically with community and be a part of positive change.  She had the honor of working in multicultural educational community for over twenty years. Growing up in Boulder in a family that valued social justice, it seemed an inevitable path. As an educator, she learned so much from her students - how to listen, how to build empathy, when to take action, the importance of voice and much more. She also saw first hand how scholarship money is so essential for many students, not just to ease the stress of debt and overwork but also to have a support system that sees you for who you are and knows you are worth the investment.  She still lives in Boulder with her spouse Samantha and their pets and enjoys frequent visits from many nieces and nephews.

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Midge Korczak

Midge Korczak came to the University of Colorado in 1963.  While she spent considerable time in Greece and Israel after graduation, Colorado always

called to her.  In 1977 she and her husband returned to Boulder with their two sons and established a home.  Midge retired as Executive Director of the Boulder County Bar Association in 1995 and shortly thereafter adopted a class of Dreamers in the I Have a 'Dream program.  Working with young latinx students for 10 years gave  Midge the enthusiasm to continue to support education for latino youth.  As such, she joined Boulder County Latina League in 2005 to promote and expand access to higher education for our county's Latino community.  Midge also supports Latina students at the University of Colorado and Front Range Community College.

Jeanne Fetterman

Jeanne se mudó a California y llegó a Boulder en 1968. Tiene 3 hijos que han pasado por la
Sistema escolar de BVSD. Es una alumna orgullosa de UC Denver que recibió una Maestría en Arquitectura como
estudiante mayor que regresa. Le apasiona el poder de la educación para marcar una diferencia en la vida.
Ella espera que BCLL pueda ayudar a que ese viaje sea posible.

Maria Silva

Soy un orgulloso nativo de Durango, México y crecí en las vibrantes comunidades de Boulder y Longmont, Colorado. Mi viaje ha sido una combinación de herencia mexicana y experiencia estadounidense, lo que me ha convertido en quien soy hoy.

Mi herencia mexicana es la piedra angular de mi identidad y la tengo cerca de mi corazón. Creo en la importancia de preservar nuestras raíces y tradiciones culturales, incluso al mismo tiempo que aceptamos las oportunidades y la diversidad que ofrece la vida en los Estados Unidos.

A lo largo de mi vida, he descubierto una inmensa satisfacción al ayudar a los demás. Es un valor que me inculcó mi familia, quienes siempre han sido una fuente de fortaleza y apoyo. Para mí, familia no es sólo una palabra; es fundamental para la vida.

Como defensora de las familias de habla hispana, me he dedicado a garantizar que tengan acceso a los recursos y el apoyo que necesitan para prosperar. Mi objetivo es cerrar la brecha entre culturas y ayudar a las familias a preservar sus raíces mientras abrazan el futuro.

Mi viaje es un testimonio de la hermosa fusión de dos mundos y estoy comprometido a ser una fuerza positiva para el cambio y la unidad. Juntos, celebremos la herencia de las personas y sigamos abogando por un futuro mejor para todas las familias de habla hispana.

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