Board of Directors & BCLL Staff
Ester Quintana Matheson
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 his 2 grandchildren.
With time on her hands, she began volunteering and never stopped. Eventually, she returned to school and earned a business degree from CU. She has been on several boards throughout the community. Her passion was and remains education, which led her to co-found BCLL in 1999. Her now husband, Bob, 30, has been just as passionate about the League as she still is.
University Liaison and Fundraising Committee
Midge Korczak arrived at the University of Colorado in 1963. Although she spent considerable time in Greece and Israel after graduating, Colorado always called to her. In 1977, she and her husband returned to Boulder with her two children and established a home.
Midge retired as Executive Director of the Boulder County Bar Association in 1995 and shortly thereafter she adopted a class of Dreamers in the I Have a 'Dream program. Working with young Latino students for 10 years gave Midge the enthusiasm to continue supporting the education of young Latinos. As such, she joined the Latino League of Boulder County in 2005 to promote and expand access to higher education for the Latino community.
My parents came to the US when they were 20 years old in the 1950s so my father could earn his PhD. in polymer chemistry. Always intending to return to Japan, my parents continued to extend their stay due to the opportunities available to them. Before retiring at the age of 78, he had built a successful company through his many patents and employed many Americans.
I am a first-generation student born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. I graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelors's in Social Work in 2021 and a Master's in Social Work in 2022. My parents were forced to drop out of school at age 12 to provide for their families. As they transitioned into adulthood, they made their way to the United States, aiming for a better quality of life. Growing up, college was portrayed as a necessity but priced as a luxury, which seemed impossible for me to achieve. Thanks to scholarships like Boulder County Latina League, I was able to fulfill my dreams of working with families and education without having to face a financial burden.
Leticia A. de Lozano
Board Co-Chair and Chair of the Scholarship Committee
Originally from Mexico City, Dr. Leticia A. de Lozano earned her teaching degree in Mexico and her Master's and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Colorado.
Over the years, Leticia's success as a teacher has been recognized regionally, nationally, and internationally. He has received numerous awards, such as the Milken Family Education Award, the Ohtli Award, the highest award given internationally by the Government of Mexico, “The Best Should Teach” from the University of Colorado, Brand Name in Education, Amgen Award for Excellence in Teaching, Jared Polis Foundation Teacher Recognition, Impact in Education and honored as a US Presidential Scholar's Favorite Teacher.
Jeanne few up in California and came to Boulder 1968.
She has 3 children who have gone through the BVSD school system. She is a proud alumna of UC Denver having received a Masters of Architecture as a returning older student.
She is passionate about the power of education to make a difference in lives. She hopes BCLL can help make that journey possible.
Social Media Committee
Was born in Durango, Mexico and grew up 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. Her passion for legal advocacy has led her to her current work with the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.
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.
Board Co-Chair and Scholarship Committee
An important goal for Ann Scarritt is to authentically engage with the community and be part of positive change. She had the honor of working in a multicultural educational community for over twenty years. Growing up in Boulder in a family that valued social justice seemed like an inevitable path. As an educator, she learned a lot from her students: how to listen, how to generate empathy, when to act, the importance of voice, and much more.
High School Liaison
Michelle is an Advanced Placement Spanish teacher at Boulder High School and directs the Adelante! program for first-generation Latino students. In this capacity, she is instrumental in increasing graduation rates and student achievement, securing grants, and expanding educational offerings to facilitate student success in high school and beyond. She is actively involved in social justice issues facing her students, especially first-generation high school graduates.
I'm a proud native of Durango, Mexico and was raised in the vibrant communities of Boulder and Longmont, Colorado. My journey has been a blend of Mexican heritage and American experience, which has shaped me into who I am today.
My Mexican heritage is the cornerstone of my identity, and I hold it close to my heart. I believe in the importance of preserving our cultural roots and traditions, even while embracing the opportunities and diversity that life in the United States offers.
Throughout my life, I've discovered immense fulfillment in helping others. It's a value instilled in me by my family, who have always been a source of strength and support. Family, to me, is not just a word; it's fundamental to life.
Andrea Valeska, MAS
Andrea Valeska, MAS. is a Mapuche descendant born and raised in Chile. She arrived in the USA at 23 years old.
Her intention is to raise awareness about BIPOC inclusion, she truly believes in the power of Freedom through Education.
As a first generation graduate, she has a degree in Engineering Business Administration, a BA in Business Administration, and a Master of Administrative Science, where she is certified in International Leadership and Nonprofit Organization Development. She is also certified as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and as a Facilitator for Women's Healing Circles.