Joan grew up in Massachusetts. She and her first husband moved to Boulder in 1971. Joan has had three careers: French teacher, family lawyer, and founder and CEO of Culinary School of the Rockies. Joan has been on several Boards of Directors over the years - Safehouse, Community Foodshare, Boulder Valley Women’s Health and the Boulder Philharmonic. Thirty years ago, she and her late husband Bob started a small fund (the Robert Golten Special Needs Fund) which provides one-time emergency assistance to people on the brink of poverty. Joan is thrilled to be on the Board of BCLL, where amazing, hard-working and deserving students are given opportunities to fulfill dreams and pursue goals which might otherwise be out of reach.
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 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 many rewards including being one of 13 national finalists for the US Dept of Education Classroom Teaching Ambassador Position. She is proud to be the mother of Sarah, DU graduate and Tim, a DU senior.
Sheryl has spent much of her time as a scientific and medical laboratory professional working in the areas of environmental monitoring, food analyses, and health care. She is a graduate of Cornell College, Mt Vernon, Iowa, and Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin. Her parents were educators at both the secondary and university levels and taught her the value of education for all cultures. In addition, she has also been an active volunteer in Colorado at the Red Cross, Respite Care, and at organizations that have an impact on Colorado students at all levels. She believes that education is something that must be available to all.
“Educational opportunities for all is the fabric of this country and it is our competitive advantage in an ever more competitive world.”
Midge Korczak, Chair
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.
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.”
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.
I joined BCLL because I believe in the transformative power of education! I grew up in a university city and it was fairly easy for everyone to go the college. Today, going to college is important, but often not affordable. BCLL helps that possible!
My parents were first generation Americans and going to college was not available to their parents. I saw first hand how going to the university changed their lives! My dad became a newspaper publisher and my mother had a non traditional degree for a woman in the 1940’ies, labor economics! I studied to be a teacher and worked with non traditional students, creating mentorship programs, leadership programs for girls, and special counseling programs designed to help students envision college and a career.
It’s a great joy to help students succeed in college!
Miho Shida, Scholarship Administrator
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!