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Employees

  • Alexander Ooms
Alexander Ooms
Senior Fellow

Alexander has been an active participant in Denver’s education community for over a decade, and currently serves as an appointed member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Charter Schools Institute. Alex was the founding Chair and served as a member of the Board of Trustees for STRIVE Preparatory Schools (formerly West Denver Prep) from 2004-2013; his pro bono experience also includes serving on the national Board of Directors and the Credit Committee of the Charter Schools Development Corporation; a member of the board for Colorado Succeeds; the Advisory Board for the Colorado chapter of Stand for Children, and appointments to the A+ Denver citizen's committee, the Systems Transformation Subcommittee of the Colorado P-20 Education Coordinating Council, and the Mayor’s Commission on Cultural Affairs.

Alexander has been an active participant in Denver’s education community for over a decade, and currently serves as an appointed member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Charter Schools Institute. Alex was the founding Chair and served as a member of the Board of Trustees for STRIVE Preparatory Schools (formerly West Denver Prep) from 2004-2013; his pro bono experience also includes serving on the national Board of Directors and the Credit Committee of the Charter Schools Development Corporation; a member of the board for Colorado Succeeds; the Advisory Board for the Colorado chapter of Stand for Children, and appointments to the A+ Denver citizen's committee, the Systems Transformation Subcommittee of the Colorado P-20 Education Coordinating Council, and the Mayor’s Commission on Cultural Affairs.

Alex is also Managing Partner at ClearCreek Partners, a financial advisory firm that works with entrepreneurs and CEOs of private companies to help them raise capital or pursue strategic transactions. He has an MBA in Finance and Management Strategy from the Kellogg Graduate School at Northwestern University, an MA in English Literature from Georgetown University, and a BA in Philosophy from Vassar College.

A regular contributor to local news site Chalkbeat Colorado (formerly Education News Colorado), Alex has made numerous media appearances and authored regular op-eds on education topics. Alex hosts a regular blog, Ooms With A View also active on Twitter.

Alexander lives in Denver with his wife, three children, and a big furry dog.

Alexander's work for DK:

"Great Expectations, Mixed Results: Standards and Performance in Denver's New Public Schools 2007-2011"

"True North: Goals for Denver Public Schools"

"Beyond Averages: School Quality in Denver Public Schools"

 

Alex has been an active participant in Denver’s education community for over a decade. He was the founding Chair and is a current member of the Board of Trustees for STRIVE Preparatory Schools (formerly West Denver Prep); he also serves as an appointed member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Charter Schools Institute; as a member of the national Board of Directors and the Credit Committee of the Charter Schools Development Corporation; and on the Advisory Board for the Colorado chapter of Stand for Children. His previous pro bono experience includes appointments to the A+ Denver citizen's committee, the Systems Transformation Subcommittee of the Colorado P-20 Education Coordinating Council, and the Mayor’s Commission on Cultural Affairs.

  • Alexander Ooms
  • Alexander Ooms
Amy Anderson, Ph.D.
Senior Director

Amy is a Senior Director at the foundation and the Director of ReSchool Colorado, a multi-year initiative launched by Donnell-Kay in 2013 to create an entirely new state public education system in Colorado where learning is re-imagined and students graduate equipped to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Amy is a Senior Director at the foundation and the Director of ReSchool Colorado, a multi-year initiative launched by Donnell-Kay in 2013 to create an entirely new state public education system in Colorado where learning is re-imagined and students graduate equipped to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Prior to serving in this role, Amy led the Division of Innovation, Choice, and Engagement at the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) as Associate Commissioner.  Her work there resulted in the creation of a statewide vision and strategy to personalize learning and ignite the unique potential of each student through Expanded Learning Opportunities.

Prior to CDE, Amy had her first stint with the Donnell-Kay Foundation as the Director of Strategic Partnerships where she launched the Foundation’s work on blended learning.  She also worked as a senior consultant with Augenblick, Palaich, and Associates, and led new school development efforts for the Colorado League of Charter Schools. Amy is a founder of The Odyssey School, a Denver Charter School started in 1998 where she still has one child attending and served for many years on the board of directors. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Rocky Mountain Prep charter school in Denver, The Stapleton Foundation, and the International Association of K12 Online Learning (iNACOL).
 
Anderson holds a Ph.D. and M.Ed. from the University of Colorado and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.

Amy is a Senior Director at the foundation and the Director of ReSchool Colorado, a multi-year initiative launched by Donnell-Kay in 2013 to create an entirely new state public education system in Colorado where learning is re-imagined and students graduate equipped to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Prior to serving in this role, Amy led the Division of Innovation, Choice, and Engagement at the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) as Associate Commissioner.  Her work there resulted in the creation of a statewide vision and strategy to personalize learning and ignite the unique potential of each student through Expanded Learning Opportunities.

Prior to CDE, Amy had her first stint with the Donnell-Kay Foundation as the Director of Strategic Partnerships where she launched the Foundation’s work on blended learning.  She also worked as a senior consultant with Augenblick, Palaich, and Associates, and led new school development efforts for the Colorado League of Charter Schools. Amy is a founder of The Odyssey School, a Denver Charter School started in 1998 where she still has one child attending and served for many years on the board of directors. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Rocky Mountain Prep charter school in Denver, The Stapleton Foundation, and the International Association of K12 Online Learning (iNACOL).
 
Anderson holds a Ph.D. and M.Ed. from the University of Colorado and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.

 
  • Carmelita Galicia-Munoz
Carmelita Galicia-Munoz
Director of Administration

Carmelita comes to the Donnell-Kay Foundation with a background in event planning and conference service management. Carmelita started her career at the Hotel Monaco-Denver where she planned and managed various meetings and events for corporate, non-profit, social and entertainment groups.

Carmelita comes to the Donnell-Kay Foundation with a background in event planning and conference service management. Carmelita started her career at the Hotel Monaco-Denver where she planned and managed various meetings and events for corporate, non-profit, social, and entertainment groups. She’s planned events ranging from weddings to national sales meetings, birthday parties to retreats, and everything else in-between. She enjoys seeing an event start from the very beginning planning stages and then turn into something extraordinary.

Carmelita graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Colorado Christian University. Her Business Administration degree comes in very handy since she is in charge of the foundation’s administrative duties such as accounting, finance, purchasing and grant processing. In addition to this, Carmelita’s event planning background helps spearhead our monthly Hot Lunch speaker series and other various meetings and events.

Carmelita is a Colorado native and grew up on, or very near to, her family’s farm in Brighton, Colorado. In her spare time she loves to run, stamp up her passport, go to concerts, and spend time with her family, friends, and adorable French bulldog, Chancho.

Carmelita comes to the Donnell-Kay Foundation with a background in event planning and conference service management. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Colorado Christian University. Carmelita started her career at the Hotel Monaco-Denver where she planned and managed various meetings and events for corporate, non-profit, social and entertainment groups. She helps spearhead the monthly Hot Lunch speaker series and other various meetings and events.

  • Carmelita Galicia-Munoz
  • Carmelita Galicia-Munoz
Colleen Broderick
Senior Fellow

Colleen is a Senior Fellow at the foundation and the Chief Learning Designer of ReSchool Colorado, a multi-year initiative launched by Donnell-Kay in 2013 to create an entirely new state public education system in Colorado where learning is re-imagined and students graduate equipped to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Colleen is a Senior Fellow at the foundation and the Chief Learning Designer of ReSchool Colorado, a multi-year initiative launched by Donnell-Kay in 2013 to create an entirely new state public education system in Colorado where learning is re-imagined and students graduate equipped to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Colleen has worked in education for more than twenty years as a teacher, an instructional coach, and a leader of staff development across the state of Colorado and in Malaysia, Kazakhstan, and Nepal. Prior to returning to the United States in 2013, Colleen was the Director of Teaching and Learning for the American School of Sao Paulo, Brazil. As Director of Teaching and Learning, Colleen led the P-12 international school through curricular revision cycles, instituted a blended model of cross-curricular professional learning communities, and supported their middle and high school programs in shifting to a "Bring Your Own Laptop" model. The impact of her work resulted in new integrated curricular programs across the humanities and sciences, shifts in school-wide pedagogical approaches, strong international collaboration with the International Research Collaborative, and the birth of Innovate, a conference series that brings together educators, industry thought leaders, and community advocates to re-imagine school.

Most recently Colleen served as the Director of Online Professional Development for Expeditionary Learning leading the organization through the development and implementation of an online strategy that seeks to extend the face to face learning of educators across the nation through engaging in communities of practice and collaborating through online spaces. Developing online learning for educators matches her passion to accelerate the development of knowledge, practice, and skills of learners in a rapidly changing educational landscape and  her deep belief in the relationship between connectivism, collective learning, and innovation.

Read Colleen's interview to learn more about her past experiences and her upcoming work with ReSchool Colorado.

  • Kim Knous-Dolan
Kim Knous Dolan
Associate Director

Kim's work has revolved around school accountability, new school development, students off-track to graduation, high school dropouts and the school leadership pipeline. In 2006 she helped lead the Manual High School renewal and support initiative as a loaned executive to Denver Public Schools.

Kim's work has revolved around school accountability, new school development, students off-track to graduation, high school dropouts and the school leadership pipeline. In 2006 she helped lead the Manual High School renewal and support initiative as a loaned executive to Denver Public Schools.

Prior to joining the foundation, Kim worked on state policy issues for Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) as well as the Colorado Association of School Boards. She also served as legislative aide to U.S. Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD), and was Associate Director of the Democratic Steering Committee in Washington, DC. 

Kim actively fundraises for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, serves on the board of STRIVE Preparatory Schools (formerly West Denver Prep), participated in Leadership Denver (class of '05) and sits on the Educational Success Task Force. Kim also was selected as one of Colorado's "fifty for the future" by the Colorado Statesman in 2007. She holds a master's degree in public affairs from the University of Colorado at Denver. 

Kim, a Denver native, enjoys spending time with her three adorable and energetic young daughters and practicing yoga.

During her eight years at the foundation, Kim's work has revolved around school accountability, new school development, students off-track to graduation, high school dropouts and the school leadership pipeline. In 2006 she helped lead the Manual High School renewal and support initiative as a loaned executive to Denver Public Schools. She currently serves on the board of STRIVE Preparatory Schools (formerly West Denver Prep), and she sits on the Educational Success Task Force.

  • Kim Knous-Dolan
  • Kim Knous-Dolan
  • Matt Samelson
Matt Samelson
Director of Special Projects

This is Matt’s second stint with the Foundation. Previously, his research at DK contributed to the legislation that became the Building Excellent Schools Today program at the Colorado Department of Education. He also worked in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council to introduce a Green Schools conference in Colorado.

This is Matt’s second stint with the Foundation. Previously, his research at DK contributed to the legislation that became the Building Excellent Schools Today program at the Colorado Department of Education. He also worked in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council to introduce a Green Schools conference in Colorado.

Prior to working at Donnell-Kay, Matt was a journalist for eight years and also worked for several natural resource and water organizations. Matt has a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Colorado Denver and a law degree from the University of Colorado Boulder.

A Colorado native, Matt has lived in a variety of towns across the state and enjoys playing outside on skis or a mountain bike.

This is Matt’s second stint with the Foundation. Previously, his research at DK contributed to the legislation that became the Building Excellent Schools Today program at the Colorado Department of Education. He also worked in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council to introduce a Green Schools conference in Colorado. Matt has a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Colorado Denver and a law degree from the University of Colorado Boulder.

  • Matt Samelson
  • Matt Samelson
  • Tony Lewis
Tony Lewis
Executive Director

Tony has been executive director of the foundation for more than a decade. During that time, he has helped push for innovative and high performing schools, introduced healthy food for students, and worked to reform the state’s school finance system. Prior to the Donnell-Kay Foundation, he was Director of Capital Planning and Director of Development with the Colorado Outward Bound School, an experience he says shaped his approach to the world.

Tony has been executive director of the foundation for more than a decade. During that time, he has helped push for innovative and high performing schools, introduced healthy food for students, and worked to reform the state’s school finance system. Prior to the Donnell-Kay Foundation, he was Director of Capital Planning and Director of Development with the Colorado Outward Bound School, an experience he says shaped his approach to the world.

Tony sits on a number of boards and advisory boards, including the Governor-appointed Charter School Institute board, the University of Colorado at Denver's School of Public Affairs, dZi Foundation, Get Smart Schools, CEE-Trust, and America Succeeds.

Tony also has a passion for science and the environment; Tony has served as a program specialist for the Environmental Protection Agency in San Francisco, where he was in charge of policy, planning, and implementation of wetland regulations in the Central Valley and northern California. He earned his B.S. in forest management science from Colorado State University and holds a master's degree in international studies from the University of Denver.

A Colorado native, Tony lives south of Lyons, Colorado with his family, honeybees, and chickens. He’s a climber at heart and leads a couple foreign excursions a year, along with his personal ice, rock and mountain climbing trips.

Tony has been executive director of the foundation for more than a decade. During that time, he has helped push for innovative and high performing schools, introduced healthy food for students and worked to reform the state’s school finance system. Tony sits on a number of boards and advisory boards, including the Governor-appointed Charter School Institute board, the University of Colorado at Denver's School of Public Affairs, Facing History and Ourselves, dZi Foundation, Get Smart Schools and Venture Prep.

  • Tony Lewis
  • Tony Lewis

Fellows

Sarah Jenkins
Fellow

After a valuable experience as a teacher in Denver Public Schools, Sarah is joining Donnell Kay as the 2013-2014 Fellow. Sarah graduated from the University of Michigan in 2010 with a concentration in French language and literature and Arabic studies. After graduation, she moved to Denver as a Teach for America corps member.

After a valuable experience as a teacher in Denver Public Schools, Sarah is joining Donnell Kay as the 2013-2014 Fellow. Sarah graduated from the University of Michigan in 2010 with a concentration in French language and literature and Arabic studies. After graduation, she moved to Denver as a Teach for America corps member.

Sarah taught kindergarten and first grade for three years in Denver charter schools. As a teacher, she was able to develop strong relationships with the communities where she worked, and she began to develop an understanding of the elements that can contribute to the successes and failures in the education system, particularly at the school and classroom level. As a teacher, Sarah enjoyed the daily interaction with students and the visible impact that she was able to make over the course of a year. However, seeing the inequalities that exist even within one district, Sarah decided to explore policy in order to support changes on a higher level that can improve education for more children.

Before joining the team at Donnell Kay, Sarah spent some time at the Colorado Children’s Campaign as a Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) Fellow. At the Children’s Campaign, Sarah had an opportunity to research a variety of education topics, with a particular focus on turnaround schools and districts, as well as competency-based learning.

 As a former teacher, Sarah enjoys anything that involves getting to spend time with kids. She also loves reading, cooking, enjoying the Colorado sunshine, and searching for the best restaurant in Denver.    

 

After a valuable experience as a teacher in Denver Public Schools, Sarah is joining Donnell Kay as the 2013-2014 Fellow. Sarah graduated from the University of Michigan in 2010 with a concentration in French language and literature and Arabic studies. After graduation, she moved to Denver as a Teach for America corps member. Sarah taught kindergarten and first grade for three years in Denver charter schools. As a teacher, she was able to develop strong relationships with the communities where she worked, and she began to develop an understanding of the elements that can contribute to the successes and failures in the education system, particularly at the school and classroom level.

Advisory Board

Bryan C. Hassel is co-director of Public Impact. He consults nationally with leading public agencies, nonprofit organizations and foundations working for dramatic improvements in K-12 education. He is a recognized expert on charter schools, school turnarounds, education entrepreneurship and teacher and leader policy. His work has appeared in Education Next, Education Week and numerous other publications.

Bryan C. Hassel is co-director of Public Impact. He consults nationally with leading public agencies, nonprofit organizations and foundations working for dramatic improvements in K-12 education. He is a recognized expert on charter schools, school turnarounds, education entrepreneurship and teacher and leader policy. His work has appeared in Education Next, Education Week and numerous other publications.

Bryan consults nationally with leading public agencies, nonprofit organizations and foundations working for dramatic improvements in K-12 education. He is a recognized expert on charter schools, school turnarounds, education entrepreneurship and teacher and leader policy. His work has appeared in Education Next, Education Week and numerous other publications.

Chris Sturgis is Principal of MetisNet, a consulting firm that specializes in supporting foundations in strategy development, coaching and rapid research. MetisNet specializes in high school reform, dropout recovery, youth issues, and community engagement. She is also co-founder of the Youth Transition Funders Group and manages the Connected by 25 blog.

Chris Sturgis is Principal of MetisNet, a consulting firm that specializes in supporting foundations in strategy development, coaching and rapid research. MetisNet specializes in high school reform, dropout recovery, youth issues, and community engagement. She is also co-founder of the Youth Transition Funders Group and manages the Connected by 25 blog.

Chris’ consulting firm specializes in supporting foundations in strategy development, coaching and rapid research. MetisNet focuses on high school reform, dropout recovery, youth issues, and community engagement. She is also co-founder of the Youth Transition Funders Group and manages the Connected by 25 blog.

Michael Horn is a co-founder and executive director of the education program at the Clayton Christensen Institute. The Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to improving the world through disruptive innovation. Horn is the co-author of Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns, which has been featured on best-of lists in BusinessWeek, Strategy + Business and Newsweek.

Michael Horn is a co-founder and executive director of the education program at the Clayton Christensen Institute. The Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to improving the world through disruptive innovation. Horn is the co-author of Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns, which has been featured on best-of lists in BusinessWeek, Strategy + Business and Newsweek. Tech & Learning magazine also named him to its list of the 100 most important people in the creation and advancement of the use of technology in education.

Innosight is a not-for-profit think tank devoted to applying the theories of disruptive innovation to problems in the social sector. Michael is the co-author of Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns, which has been featured on best-of lists in BusinessWeek,Strategy + Business and Newsweek. Tech & Learning magazine also named him to its list of the 100 most important people in the creation and advancement of the use of technology in education.

Rick Hess is Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy and Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. He studies a range of K-12 and higher education issues.

Rick Hess is Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy and Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. He studies a range of K-12 and higher education issues. He is the author of influential books on education including The Same Thing Over and Over, Education Unbound, Common Sense School Reform, Revolution at the Margins and Spinning Wheels, and pens the Education Week blog “Rick Hess Straight Up.” He serves as executive editor of Education Next, as lead faculty member for the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program, on the Review Board for the Broad Prize in Urban Education and on the Boards of Directors of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, 4.0 SCHOOLS, and the American Board for the Certification of Teaching Excellence.

Rick studies a range of K-12 and higher education issues, and he is the author of influential books on education and pens a weekly blog in Education Week. He serves as executive editor of Education Next, as lead faculty member for the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program, on the Review Board for the Broad Prize in Urban Education and on the Boards of Directors of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, 4.0 SCHOOLS, and the American Board for the Certification of Teaching Excellence.

Trustees

Allen Dines
Vice President
Connie Dines
Secretary
Sid Dines
President and Treasurer