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Board Members

  • Annelise Nugent

    Board President

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    Annelise is a Quality Improvement Coach with the Denver Early Childhood Council. Prior to working at the DECC, she was the Education Director at Family Star Montessori for 8 years. She has over 10 years of experience in early childhood. She received her BA in Social Work from Colorado State University and a Masters in non-profit Management from Regis University.

    She is a Colorado native, growing up in Estes Park.  After graduating from CSU, she moved down to Denver where she now calls home. She enjoys being around children and watching them grow to their fullest potential when given the opportunity. She has a nephew and three nieces that she looks forward to seeing as often possible. When not working she enjoys being in the mountains, walking her dog, and being with her family.

  • Stephanie Wasserman

    Board Vice-President

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    Stephanie Wasserman is the Executive Director of Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition.  Formerly the Director of Health and Wellness at the Colorado Legacy Foundation, Stephanie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in health and wellness integration into schools and communities. She has her Masters of Science in Public Health and vast experience across the health sector, having been an Epidemiologist at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center, multiple positions at the National Conference of State Legislature, Clinical Programs Director at Community Health Association of Mountain/Plains States, Business Manager/ Administrator at Denver Health and Hospitals School-Based Health Centers, Director of Community and School- Based Health Programs at Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics. Stephanie is a Vice President on the Board of the Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care, and has served on task forces on planning efforts in Denver Public Schools and the City of Aurora Health Task Force.

  • Leslie Bayliff

    Board Secretary

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    Leslie Bayliff is in-house counsel for Global Healthcare Exchange, Inc. She brings a breadth of experience in law and business development, having taken multiple businesses through the IPO process and over 30 years of legal experience. Leslie completed her JD at the University of Virginia, in the Order of the Coif (top 10%). Since then, she worked as an associate at Davis, Graham, and Stubbs, served on the counsel of Minorca USA, Jones InterCable, StorageTek, Corporate Express, BCM, Qwest, and Intrado, Inc. Leslie is a great asset to the Board given her experience as an attorney in corporate, securities, commercial and technology transactions, along with her passion for improving the educational options for students.

  • Dan Schaller

    Board Treasurer

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    Dan serves as the Director of Advocacy for the Colorado League of Charter Schools, in which role he is responsible for advancing the policy agenda for Colorado’s 200+ charter schools. Prior to joining the League, Dan served as Senior Director of Strategy and Communications with the Denver Preschool Program. He also spent five years in the classroom as a founding teacher and staff member at northwest Denver’s Arrupe Jesuit High School. Dan holds degrees in public policy from the University of Denver, secondary education from Regis University, and political science from St. Louis University.

  • Veena Dandapani

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    Veena is the Vice President of IT Strategy & Portfolio at Catholic Health Initiatives.  She is an accomplished executive with domestic and international experience in new market development, operations, P&Loversight, ecommerce, multichannel product distribution and marketing for startups and growth organizations.

  • Diane Stelling

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    Diane recently retired from the profession of physical therapy, working in acute rehabilitation and home care settings. For over 40 years, her primary case load was geriatric and she is happy to now be on the board of Academy 360 focusing on children. She believes in their vision of developing students’ minds, bodies, and characters and forming strong relationships with families and community.  She has three children of her own and was president of the PTA, creator of an after school enrichment program and member of the School Based Improvement Council of the elementary school they attended. The mountains of Colorado have been a favorite vacation spot most summers since her childhood and she now calls it home.

  • Al Timothy

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    Al Timothy recently retired from MillerCoors as vice president of community affairs.  Al was responsible for directing MillerCoors corporate social investments and for coordinating the company’s philanthropic endeavors aimed at enhancing the well being of the communities where the company’s employees live, work and play.    In addition, he was responsible for the company’s connection with and investments in diverse, multicultural communities, via initiatives that reinforce MillerCoors corporate responsibility commitments and that strengthen relationships with diverse communities, organizations and their leadership. Prior to assuming this position and the merger of Miller and Coors brewing companies, Timothy served as vice president of government affairs where he directed both in Washington, D.C. and Colorado Coors Brewing Company’s federal, state and local government relations activities which included contributing to the development and implementation of alcohol programs and policies as part of Coors commitment to the health and wellness of its customers, their families and their communities.  He also served as Vice President of Global Government Affairs for Coors’s parent company Molson Coors.

    Prior to joining Coors, Timothy worked on the staffs of Senator Steve Symms (R-Idaho) and Senator James A. McClure (R-Idaho) in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives.  Al serves on the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry board and is its past chairman, and the Board of Visit Denver.   In addition, he served as Co-Chair of Colorado Succeeds the voice of business for education reform in the state.   Timothy served on Johnson & Wales University President’s Advisory Board and the boards of the Denver Chamber of Commerce and Colorado Concern, and he was a trustee of the Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation.

  • Leslie Juniel

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    A native of Colorado, Leslie L. Juniel is passionate about making positive contributions to the community. She is a part of a large family whose history and legacy are deeply rooted in the Denver community, and knows she has an obligation to leave the world a better place than how she found it.

    Leslie is a Senior Program Manager of Equity Initiatives on the Culture, Equity and Leadership Team in Denver Public Schools. She currently leads the implementation of the African-American Equity Task Force recommendations and all equity initiatives. Prior to this role, Leslie was Manager of Training and Employee Development on the same team. Leslie is an alumna of Denver Public Schools and is proud to represent five generations of DPS attendees and graduates! Leslie has also worked for INROADS, Inc., the Rocky Mountain News, YouthBiz, Inc., Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver, Girls Scouts Mile Hi Council and the Colorado Marrow Donor Program at Bonfils Blood Center.

    Leslie participates in many community programs and events. She is an alumna of INROADS, Inc., the African-American Leadership Institute, Leadership Denver and Future Black Women Leaders of Colorado, Center for Progressive Leadership, and is past president of the Foundation for the Next Frontier. Leslie led the‘ re-birth’ of the annual Juneteenth Celebrations in Denver from 2008 to 2011. She previously sat on the board of directors of Colorado High School Charter and Colorado Black Women for Political Action.

  • John Schlichting

    Bio coming soon!