President, Jean Marshall
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.
Vice President, James Spoja
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. Jim is a past President of both boards, and after rejoining the Board of Directors of The Learning Source in October 2012, he is currently in his second tour of duty as President.
Treasurer, Kathleen Finley
Kathleen is senior vice president of CoBiz Insurance. She has more than 18 years of experience in the insurance industry and has served the community through the local chamber of commerce, leading the Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado and serving on national producer advisory boards for various insurance companies. In 1999, Kathleen received the prestigious Professional Independent Insurance Agent of the Year Award for her service to the industry. She has a B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado and holds a CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) professional designation.
Secretary, Mary Moser
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
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.
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.
Dave is a Colorado native, is an Emmy Award winning Meteorologist. He has worked in every television market in the state and has been at CBS4 since 1993. He holds the American Meteorological Society’s Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation, a professional recognition of the quality of his weather broadcasts. Dave is a member of the National Weather Association and the American Meteorology Society. He is a member of The Learning Source Board of Directors and regularly emcees graduations and fundraising events for TLS.
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.
Valerie Simons, Prior to founding the Education Law Group of Colorado, LLC (“Education Law Group”), Valerie Simons served as a trial attorney in Washington, D.C. at the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Education Section. She was lead trial counsel on behalf of the United States in dozens of cases around the country involving a variety of civil rights laws, 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. She also consulted routinely with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights on federal compliance issues. 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 now Chief Justice Michael L. Bender of the Colorado Supreme Court and then joined the law firm of Holland & Hart LLP. In addition to commercial litigation, she also represented individuals in special education matters. 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, contract negotiation and review, and employment-related matters. She continued to practice education law on behalf of students and their parents from 2007-2011 with Choquette & Simons LLP, a firm she co-founded with Steve Choquette. She has been named a Colorado Super Lawyer in Schools and Education Law since 2010.
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.
Stephanie is currently the Grants Manager for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program for the State of Colorado – Department of Local Affairs. This federal program focuses on ameliorating poverty and creating self-sufficiency for low-income people, by identifying and implementing strategies to address unmet needs at a local level through recommendations of a tri-partite board. Previously Stephanie spent three years as an Asset Manager for the Colorado Division of Housing. The Asset Management Team works with housing authorities, non-profit and for-profit organizations statewide and are responsible for managing, monitoring compliance and providing technical assistance on state and federal contracts for acquisition, rehabilitation, new construction (single family and multi-family) affordable housing projects as well as down payment assistance, single family rehabilitation and section 8 programs. 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, in-between which she worked in cosmetology, the recording industry and as an accountant for a micro-brewery in Longmont.
Sandy Cirbo 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.