The Learning Source Officers
Jean has been in the human resources field for corporations and non-profit organizations for over 30 years. She holds a degree from Regis University and has received various professional certifications related to the human resources field. Jean has been affiliated with The Learning Source for over 25 years and has served in various board positions as well as administered the GED program. She is also active in other community-related volunteer programs. Jean and her husband have two grown children and four grandchildren.
Jim has practiced law in Colorado for over 25 years, specializing in business, tax and real estate law, as well as estate planning. The Spoja Law Firm, P.C. was formed in 2001 and provides services to privately owned businesses and real estate investors. Jim comes from a large family of lifelong learners and his love of reading and education lead to his connection with The Learning Source. That connection began over 20 years ago as a volunteer literacy tutor at People’s Presbyterian Church. After several years as a tutor, Jim was invited to serve as a tutor representative on the Board of Directors of The Learning Source. A 7-year tenure on The Learning Source Board of Directors was followed by 8 years as a member of The Learning Source Foundation, and was the past president of both Boards.
Bob earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. He began his career in public accounting as an auditor for Arthur Young and Company. He had seven years of experience with AY and was promoted to Audit Manager. During this period, Bob specialized in non-profit organizations. In 1978, he accepted the position as Treasurer for one of the largest publicly owned real estate firms in Colorado. He progressed in the organization to Chief Financial Officer in 1986. After 10 years with this firm, Bob decided his real love still was for public accounting, and he started his own practice in 1988 and later joined Pflieger, Alderman & Nadorff, P.C., a firm comprised of former Arthur Young personnel. In 2000, the firm merged with Marrs, Sevier and Company which was also largely made up of former Arthur Young and Ernst & Young professionals. Bob is the firm director of accounting and auditing and still serves numerous non-profit organizations and foundations. He is a member of the Colorado Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs.
Mary has served on the Board of Directors for more than 15 years and was President in 1999 and 2000. She is a retired attorney, having practiced in the area of estate planning and administration for more than 30 years. Mary received her B.S. degree from the University of Colorado at Denver and her J.D. degree from the University Of Denver College Of Law. She is a member of the Zonta Club of Denver II, an international service organization.
Sister Cecilia Linenbrink started The Learning Source (originally named The Adult Education Tutorial Program) in 1964 following a survey of Denver’s Westside residents. This survey revealed that 50 percent of adults lacked a High School Diploma. In November of that year, the program admitted 46 students tutored by 16 adults. In 1968, Sister Cecilia completed her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado and accepted a position with the Denver Commission on Community Relations while, at the same time, continuing to guide The Learning Source. In 1991, she was elected to lead her Franciscan Sisters for a four-year term. She periodically taught at Regis University and continues her involvement by serving on one of the University Committees. Now entering her eleventh year, she continues her ministry to the women at the Denver County Jail, visiting them weekly to provide them with some light and hope.
Sandy holds a B.A. Degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Nutrition & Food Sciences. For the past 30 Years Sandy has had a successful Professional Sales Career with Major Corporations such as International Paper, Hyatt Hotels, Intercontinental Hotel Group and Kimpton Hotel Company, where she is currently the Senior Sales Manager at The Hotel Monaco Denver. Sandy is married to Dennis Cirbo, Owner of Cirbo & Associates Financial Services. They have 2 Grown Children and 1 Granddaughter. Sandy has been an active volunteer Fundraiser for The Mount St. Vincent Home and The Hope House of Colorado. In her spare time, Sandy plays tennis, golf and hikes the beautiful Colorado trails.
Elizabeth has been a volunteer with The Learning Source since 1968 and has served on its Board the past 16 years. Since moving to Denver in 1967, she has been a volunteer and community leader with many nonprofit organizations. In addition to The Learning Source, Liz serves on the Board of Directors for the Fine Arts Foundation and is an Honorary Board Member of the Rocky Mountain M.S. Center. She also is a volunteer with the Gathering Place, the Denver Center Alliance and the Denver Art Museum. In 1996, Liz was named a Colorado Woman of Distinction and was also recognized with a Volunteerism Award from the Denver Art Museum.
Will began his corporate career in Engineering as an Electro-Mechanical and Printed Circuit Board Designer, with Electronic Processors, Inc. and Honeywell TID -Test Instruments Division. The second phase of his career was in Auto ID, Automation, Digital Print Software and Print Technology sales at several of the major Document Technology firms E.g. UARCO, Standard Register, Moore- Wallace and RR Donnelley. During this time Will was privileged to serve on the ANSI Z-535 Standards Committee for 5 years and participate in writing the product safety standard. Will spent 8 years serving as the Business Leader for Electronic Data Products, Colorflex Division, managing the software development/support and GLOBAL distribution of Colorflex Software products and digital print technology services, used chiefly in the Healthcare industry and Judicial Courts. Now semi-retired, his greatest passion for the last year has become using his sales and marketing skills gained over his 30 year career to promote and grow the Business Services offerings of Jewish Family Service/SHALOM Denver and advocate for the disabled and less fortunate as the Business Development Manager. Besides family, Will’s greatest passion has been world travel. Fortunately, his sales career has allowed him to travel throughout all 50 states in the U.S., the U.K., Europe, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South America.
Julissa is considered one of the current leaders in public health in the State of Colorado and has served in significant leadership capacities in numerous capacities across the state. Her background includes over 12 years of success in leading and managing community-based outreach programs targeting underserved and uninsured Latinos. She immigrated to the United States nearly 20 years ago from the state of Michoacán in central Mexico, so she understands the health needs of Colorado Latinos and the importance of reaching out to them. Her outreach efforts include hosting a radio show, leading exercise groups and teaching the Diabetes Prevention Program and evidence-based yearlong lifestyle change program. She also competed in the NPC 2014 Nutrition Company figure competition where she placed 2nd, 3rd, and 5th (in different categories).
Stephanie is currently the Grants Manager for the Community Services Block Grant program for the State of Colorado – Department of Local Affairs. Previously, Stephanie spent three years as an Asset Manager for the Colorado Division of Housing working with housing authorities, non-profit and for-profit organizations statewide. Stephanie began working in housing in 1980, working for Off-Campus Housing at the University of Colorado in Boulder. As the only full time employee, it was her responsibility to screen student applicants, provide referrals and ensure accessibility to students in need of housing. It would be another 15 years before she felt the call back to housing working for local non-profit affordable housing providers like Rocky Mountain Communities, Thistle Housing and Mercy Housing, after working in cosmetology, the recording industry and as an accountant for a micro-brewery in Longmont.
Scott is a Certified Financial Planner professional at Kuhn Advisors, Inc., a registered investment advisor offering wealth management solutions to individuals, families, and organizations looking to grow and protect their financial resources. Scott started his career in public accounting as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and has previously held various accounting and finance positions in large corporations. Scott earned a Master in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Business Administration. He is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Arizona, North Carolina, and Colorado. Scott resides in Denver, Colorado with his wife and two children. He is active in the Financial Planning Association of Colorado and serves on the Finance Committee at his church.
Valerie is currently the Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance and the Title IX Coordinator at CU-Boulder. Prior to joining CU-Boulder in July 2014, Ms. Simons served as a trial attorney in Washington, D.C., at the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Educational Opportunities Section. She was lead trial counsel on behalf of the United States in dozens of civil rights cases around the country, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Titles IV and VI), the Equal Education Opportunity Act, Rehabilitation Act (Section 504), Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. In 2000, the United States Attorney General presented Valerie with a Special Commendation for Outstanding Service to the Civil Rights Division. Upon returning to her native Colorado, Valerie clerked for Chief Justice Michael L. Bender of the Colorado Supreme Court and then joined the law firm of Holland & Hart LLP. Following Holland & Hart, Valerie served as the Associate Director of the Colorado Association of School Boards’ Legal Services Program where she provided direct representation to school districts in all areas of school law including civil rights and employment-related matters. She continued to practice education and civil rights law on behalf of students and their parents from 2007-2011 with Choquette & Simons LLP, a firm she co-founded with Holland & Hart partner Steve Choquette and then from 2011 to 2014 for the firm she founded, Education Law Group, LLC. She has been named a Colorado Super Lawyer in Schools and Education Law since 2010.
Caroline is the Chief Financial Officer of Cummins Rocky Mountain, a retail, service and manufacturing organization. Caroline started her career in public accounting at Ernst & Young, and after 3 busy seasons, moved on to financial planning and analysis at Space Imaging before moving on the Cummins in 2003. Caroline is a Certified Public Accountant with an Accounting undergraduate degree from CSU Pueblo, and a Masters in Business Administration from Regis University. She is co-chair of the Adams County Economic Development Investor Relations committee and was recently appointed as the Secretary on the Executive Committee. Caroline is an active member of the Colorado Society of CPA’s. She also serves on the Wise Women Council for the Leadership Investment and is a member of the Leadership Investment membership committee. Caroline is active in the Adams County community through volunteer work in children’s ministry at Thorncreek Church and Food for Hope. Caroline has lived in Colorado since 1995 and is married with a fifteen-year-old son and ten-year-old daughter. She enjoys hiking, running, reading, and spending time with family.
Britney is a Banking Officer for First Bank. She has been in the banking industry for five years and has volunteered for various non-profit organizations in the local area, including Gold Crown and Junior Achievement. She has a B.A, in Business Administration and holds a certificate in Corporate Finance from Colorado State University.