"I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County
5390 Manhattan Circle #200 | Boulder, Colorado 80303| 303-444-3636 |  www.ihaveadreamboulder.org 
Press Release
For Immediate Release: December 16, 2019
Lori Canova, CEO
O: 303-444-3636 x116 | C: 303-669-8831
The "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County
recently elected five new board members to its Board of Directors to each serve a 3-year term. They are:  
Jim Hooton  has 35 years in the information technology industry as an entrepreneur, executive and leader. Until his retirement, Jim was Founder and CEO of Vertiba - a Platinum Salesforce.com consulting firm serving clients nationally. Vertiba was ranked #1 in Customer Satisfaction by Salesforce.com, made the Inc. 5000 list, and was ranked as the #1 fastest growing company in the Boulder Valley by BizWest for 2017. Today, Jim does angel investing and serves as a volunteer with multiple nonprofits including Citizens' Climate Lobby, Intercambio, and Social Venture Partners, and Attention Homes. Jim and his wife, State Representative Edie Hooton, have two college age children, Ned and Ginny, and a cat, Mocha.

Jacqueline Juarez is a proud Dreamer Alumna from the Longmont Columbine Class of 2002. She returned to her alma mater to serve as an Upper School Spanish Teacher and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator for Alexander Dawson School. She earned her B.S./B.A. in International Business from the University of Denver, where she minored in French and grew into her passion for business and education helping develop service learning projects and curriculum for high school students in several Denver Public Schools. She is eager to bring her Dreamer perspective to the Board and give back to the community that saw her grow and make it all the way to college.

Marina LaGrave  is the Founder and Executive Director Latin American Center for Arts, Sc ience and Education (CLACE). Marina is a UN and BVSD Interpreter and Translator and a Multicultural DEI Consultant with over 25 years of experience. She has been responsible for translating thousands of pages for science  journals, reports, books, presentations, websites, National Labs, authors, scientists, and most recently she has been a Language consultant for the Ponderosa Stabilization Project for the city of Boulder Housing and Human Services and interpreter for City Council. As a Multicultural Consultant she supports STEM and environmental agencies and stakeholders develop and integrate scientifically and pedagogically sound culturally relevant dimensions for them to be able to meet the demands and needs of local and national Latino students, their families and community. She also provides professional development workshops for educators. In addition to IHDF, she serves on the board of The Hooper C3 Board.

Dr. Margaret Crespo  has over 25 years of educational and administrative experience in a wide variety of districts. She has worked with diverse populations in New Jersey, Arizona, and Colorado and is passionate about the success of all students. Dr. Crespo has held the roles of teacher, counselor, assistant principal, and principal at the secondary level.  When in the Thompson School District, she held the offices of Secondary Director, Chief Academic Officer, and Chief Operations Officer.  Dr. Crespo joined Boulder Valley School District in July 2018 as the Assistant Superintendent for Secondary School Leadership and in July 2019, with a district reorganization, holds the title of Area Superintendent, Southwest Network.  Dr. Crespo earned a BA in History and an MA in Counseling from Montclair State University. She then received her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University.      

Harold Dominguez was appointed Longmont's City Manager in April 2012. Before coming to Longmont, Dominguez was the City Manager of San Angelo, Texas from 2005 to March 2012. Before that, Dominguez worked in Lubbock, Texas, as an Assistant to the City Manager from 2000-2003 and as a Management Assistant from 1998-2000. He earned his Master's Degree in Public Administration from Texas Tech University in Lubbock in 1997 and his Bachelor's Degree in History from Texas Tech in 1995.

In addition, Eva Gaudio was elected as Board Chair. She has almost 40
years of experience in the financial services industry. She retired in 2017 from Elevations Credit Union where she served as Senior Vice President of Governmental and Student Affairs. During her career, Gaudio served on the board of directors for Elevations Foundation, Mountain West Credit Union (CU) Assn and Rocky Mountain Council of Credit Union Executives, and chaired the Government Affairs Committee for Colorado Credit Unions, the Education Credit Union Council and the Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley. In 2006, Gaudio received the Credit Union Professional Hall of Fame Achievement award and in 2016, the Distinguished Leader award - both from Mountain West CU Assn.

Other IHDF elected officers include: 
  • VICE CHAIR - Danica Powell, Trestle Strategy Group
  • SECRETARY - John Ricotta, First Bank
"I Have A Dream" would also like to thank the following outgoing board members for their years of service:
Shawn Lewis - 1 year
Danny Manzanares - 2 years
Allen Ginsborg - 6 years
Dene Yarwood - 6 years
Pat O'Brien - 9 years

For more information, please contact Lori Canova at 303-444-3636 x116 or email at lori.canova@ihaveadreamboulder.org .

About "I Have a Dream" Foundation of Boulder County
Since 1990, the award-winning "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County has assisted 1,000 children from low-income areas in achieving their education and career goals by providing long-term personal and academic support, tutoring, mentoring and four-year tuition-assistance scholarships to each graduating student. The program follows the national model established in New York in 1981 by founder Eugene Lang. The organization sponsors entire groups of students from elementary schools, or from low-income housing sites, and works with these children and their families through high school graduation and into post-high school education. "I Have A Dream" Boulder County has doubled expected graduation rates for those in its program and has awarded over $2 million in scholarships to date. Currently, there are ten active "I Have aADream" classes in Boulder County, in Boulder, Longmont, Lafayette, and Frederick. Learn more...