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Board of Directors & BCLL Staff

Ester Quintana Matheson

Ester Quintana Matheson

Co-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 was a homemaker. She has a son who graduated from Boulder High and currently lives in Portland, OR with his wife and her 2 grandchildren. With time on her hands, she started volunteering and never stopped. Eventually, she went back to school and earned a business degree from CU.

Joan Brett

Joan Brett

Board Co-Chair, Fundraising Committee Chair

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.

Michelle Carpenter

Michelle Carpenter

High School Liaison

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.

Jeanne Fetterman

Jeanne Fetterman

Scholarship Committee

She grew up in California and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. She and her husband moved to Boulder with their 2 children in 1968. Their third child was born in Boulder. All three attended Boulder schools through high school.

Leticia de Lozano

Leticia de Lozano

Board Co-Chair and Scholarship Committee Chair

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.

Midge Korczak

Midge Korczak

University Liaison and Fundraising Committee

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.

Miho Shida

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.

Sheryl Fosburgh

Sheryl Fosburgh

(on leave)

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.

Ann Scarritt

Ann Scarritt

Board Co-Chair & Scholarship Committee

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.

Nicky Wolman

Nicky Wolman

Fundraising and Scholarship Committee

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!

Alma Hinojosa

Alma Hinojosa

Media Committee

Alma Hinojosa-Lavalle was born in Durango, Mexico and raised in Aurora, Colorado. She earned her degree in English Literature, with a minor in Ethnic Studies and a certificate in Leadership Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2018.

Andrea Valeska Arnold

Andrea Valeska Arnold

Administrator

Andrea Valeska Arnold (Fernandez-Duran) born and raised in Chile, Mapuche descendant.
Andrea is passionate about education, higher knowledge, and personal freedom. She came to the United States as an Au Pair interexchange program when she was 23 years old.
In Chile Andrea graduated from Engineering Business Administration (Ingenieria en Administracion de Empresas). A year after she arrived in the United States she went back to school and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. As well as, a Master of Administrative Science (MAS) where she received two certifications; one in International Leadership and another one in Nonprofit Organization Development.

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