Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Grand Beginnings believes in building strong partnerships with community members in order to achieve our mission of kindergarten readiness for all children so that each child can reach his/her maximum potential in school and life.  We appreciate those who are dedicated to this shared mission and recognize the valuable contribution of those who volunteer with our organization

Meetings

Our Board of Directors typically meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the East Grand School District Office Board Room, 299 County Road 611, Granby, CO 80446 from 8:15-10:15 am.  We welcome participation from community members who are interested in learning more about our organization and promoting school readiness  and healthy development for all children in Grand and Jackson Counties. Please contact our director for copies of meeting minutes/agendas or to confirm our meeting date, time, and place if interested.

Governance

Grand Beginnings operates as a 501c3 governed by a board of directors committed to transparency. To learn more about our governance structure, organizational operation, and fiscal management please refer to the following documents:

ASHLEY BOBO

President

Hi All! My name is Ashley Bobo. I have lived in Grand County for over 10 years and have worked at Grand Kids Learning Center in Fraser for the same length of time. My degree is in Elementary Education but when I started as the pre-kindergarten teacher at Grand Kids, I fell in love with early childhood and have happily been serving that calling since as a preschool teacher, infant supervisor, then assistant director and for over the past 5 years the director of the center. In my spare time, (wait, does any mom have spare time?) I enjoy as many outdoor activities as possible in this great county with my husband, two children and our brand new puppy. You can probably hear me cheering for my favorite sports teams from time to time as well.

KIM JENSEN

Treasurer

I have spent my career in finance, using my University of Oregon degree working for both public and private entities. Presently I manage the finances for two local businesses, Mountain Top Builders and The Warm Store. After more than 20 years in Grand County, raising three kids in the preschools and public school system, I am thrilled to support Grand Beginnings in the treasurer role. Outside of work I love to ski, run, and hike, often with my husband, kids and pup.

SHANNON CLARK

Board Member

Shannon represents the western end of Grand County as well as Grand County’s Department of Human Services.

JESSICA DRIVER

Board Member

My name is Jessica Driver and I am the Executive Director and one of the founders of Little Sprouts Learning Center in Granby.  I joined the Grand Beginnings board in the fall of 2021 to further pursue my passion in support of Early Childhood Education.  I am originally from Louisville, KY and my husband and I moved to Colorado in January 2009.  We love living in the mountains and you will mostly find us enjoying something outdoors with our 2 daughters and active border collie.  I graduated from Western Kentucky University in Business Marketing and shortly after moved to CO.  I started working at a child care center in Fraser and fell in love with my job and teaching in the early education field.  I completed my Director’s Certification for Early Childhood Education in Spring 2015 and became the director of Little Sprouts Learning Center.

BUNNY POTTS

Board Member

Grand Beginnings is a wonderful organization, and I am pleased to be a member of its board. I was an educator for 35 years in Connecticut. I taught Pre-school, Kindergarten, second grade, third grade a fifth grade before becoming an elementary principal. After I retired, I worked as a parent coach and life coach. I am excited to continue working with talented people who care deeply about children, families and education.

WENDY STEFANSKI

Board Member

My name is Wendy Stefanski and I am the Director of the Early Education Center at Winter Park Resort. I have been the Director for 10 years and with Winter Park for 14 years. I am married to Mark, have sons, Matt and Mike, and daughter Kelly. I like to cook, cross country ski, read, and hang out with my family. I enjoy being on the Grand Beginnings Board as over the years we have made a positive impact on families and child care professionals in Grand County.

MELISSA MCNERTNY

Board Member

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