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Dr. Prateek Dutta

Dr. Prateek Dutta

Greater New Orleans '08

Executive Director

TFA Colorado

Prateek is an education leader with significant experience working both in state  policy and on the ground with students and families. Prateek, a 2008 TFA  New Orleans alum, is proud to be leading the Colorado team and our work across communities in Denver, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo. 

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Meet Our Staff

Chief of Staff

Melissa Browne

Melissa serves as the Chief of Staff for the Colorado region. She is responsible for talent, strategy, and operations for the team. 


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.

Senior Managing Director, Continuum Strategy & Teacher Leadership

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.

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. 

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, 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, 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.

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 Launch Fellowship Onboarding and Partnerships

Caleb Zúñiga

Caleb is a member of the Recruitment & Onboarding Team where he manages onboarding, licensing, and hiring of incoming Launch Fellows as well as our regional AmeriCorps partnership.


Director, Regional Onboarding and Matriculation

Julie Lanz

Julie sits on the Recruitment and Onboarding team, where she manages the matriculation, onboarding, licensing, and hiring of incoming Colorado corps members.


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.

Manager, Program Support

Betsy Angelino

Betsy manages daily operations and supports all teams with the finances and logistics of program management. 

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.