our team

As a team, we have collective experience in early learning, health and safety, and family support including leadership, practice, policy, and research. Each day, we work to influence and support meaningful change in the lives of early childhood and health professionals, families, and children.

taran schneider, MA

taran schneider, MA

executive director

(507) 951-5072


theresa rapstine, MS, RN

theresa rapstine, MS, RN

health consultation coordinator

(303) 339-6811


jennifer stucklen

jennifer stucklen

program coordinator

(303) 339-6801


becky edwards, MA Ed.

becky edwards, MA Ed.

early childhood Specialist

(303) 339-6816


board of directors

Mandy Allison, MD, Secretary
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Medical Director, Children’s Hospital Colorado’s School Health Program

Sarah Davidon, Ed. D.
Mental Health Colorado
University of Colorado’s School of Medicine & JFK Partners

Tami Havener, Chair
Executive Director
Family Development Center, Discovery Learning Center, 
Newborn and Child Care Networks

Cathy Devaney
Devaney Financial

Krista Scott, Treasurer
Senior Director
Child Care Aware of America

steering committee

Sarah Blumenthal, RN, MSN
Colorado Department of Education

Samantha Espinoza, MSW
Colorado Children’s Campaign

Carin Rosa
Colorado Department of Human Services

Jennifer Dellaport, MPH, RDN
Colorado Dept of Public Health & Environment

Christine Perreault, MHA, RN, NCSN
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Emily Wengrovius, MS
Colorado Department of Human Services