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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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-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.