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Melissa Browne

Melissa Browne

Interim Executive Director

TFA Colorado

Melissa has been part of the TFA Colorado team since 2017. While currently serving as the interim ED, she is formally the Chief of Staff of the region. 

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Meet Our Staff

VP, Program Continuum

Jennifer Andrews

Jen leads the Program Continuum Team for Colorado, where she supports the teams in Pueblo, Colorado Springs, and Denver, in areas from recruitment to school and systems leadership.

Managing Director, Teacher Leadership

Mark Muenchau

Mark leads the Teacher Leadership team for Denver, where he provides support to his team and corps members for their leadership development.

Managing Director, Continuum Strategy

Stephanie Hoy

Stephanie works across the program continuum team to ensure that our services and supports are seamless to corps members, fellows, and broader member groups, while her team oversees matriculation, onboarding, hiring, and member engagement.

Managing Director, Early Childhood Systems Leadership

Sondra Ranum

Sondra is responsible for designing our model for systems-level impact and sector coordination, and enlisting a broad coalition of supporters to mobilize behind key systemic levers; works closely with the Director, Early Childhood Initiative.

Senior Managing Director, External Affairs

Cheryl Precious

Cheryl leads the External Affairs team in and is in charge of fundraising, communications, and policy for the region. 

Director, Individual and Corporate Partnerships

Walker Donaldson

Walker sits on the Teach For America Colorado External Affairs team, where he manages corporate partnerships, Champions Circle (a leadership development series for executives), and individual giving. 

Director, External Affairs Operations

Katie Parvin

Katie is on the External Affairs team where she manages operations and systems and donor events. She also sits on a variety of committees that support the entire Colorado region.

Director, Continuum Support and Experience

Natalie Koehler

Natalie sits on the Continuum Support and Experience team, where she manages the matriculation, onboarding, licensing, and hiring of incoming Colorado corps members and launch fellows.

Director, Early Childhood Initiative

Suzanne Koskimaki

Suzanne is the director of the Early Childhood Initiative, where she develops and leads the support of our Early Childhood Education teachers.

Manager, Regional Operations and Administration

Kelly Campbell

Kelly sits on the Regional Operations team, where she manages daily operations, budgeting, and vendors, any questions about the Denver office space, as well as our regional AmeriCorps partnership. 

Manager, Grants and Strategic Evaluation

Samantha McGinnis

Samantha sits on both the External Affairs and the Continuum Support and Development teams where she writes, administers, and reports on grants, and uses internal data to evaluate Teach For America-Colorado’s work to inform program success.

Meet Our Colorado Springs Leadership

Managing Director, Colorado Springs

Kylia West

Kylia directs both the teacher and alumni networks in Colorado Springs, working to build a connected and mobilized community committed to equity for all kids.

Meet Our Pueblo Leadership

Managing Director, Pueblo

Velia Rincon, Ed.D.

Dr. Rincon works alongside and with her community in TFA-Colorado’s newest sub-region, where she manages all things Pueblo from the corps members in the classroom to our school, district, and community partnerships.

Senior Director of Teacher Leadership

Yesta Ealy

Yesta sits on the Teacher Leadership team and supports our corps members and Launch Fellows with their development into strong educational leaders. 

Director of Teacher Leadership

Daniel Cowns

Daniel sits on the Teacher Leadership team and is responsible for developing and supporting corps members and alumni in becoming exceptional teachers, community members, and leaders. 

Director Colorado Talent Initiative

Vinny Caricato

Vinny sits on our Talent Strategy team in Denver. In his role, he recruits homegrown talent to find their path in education, with an emphasis on them returning to their communities and leading in classrooms. 

Director Talent Initiatives

Breiana Pledger

Breiana sits on our Talent Strategy team in Denver. Breiana leads strategy and partnerships for the region in support of teacher recruitment. In addition, she supports programming for the Launch Fellowship. 

Director of Foundation Relations

Emily Lafferandre

Emily sits on the External Affairs team, where she manages foundation and institutional funder relationships.