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Prior to joining OpenWorld Learning in 2009, Lea Ann worked in software development and project management for Qwest (US WEST), McDonnell Douglas, and Andersen Consulting. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and her MBA from the University of Colorado at Denver. Lea Ann has over 20 years of experience working in information technology and volunteering with education focused nonprofits. From 2009-2014, Lea Ann served as Managing Director of OpenWorld Learning before becoming the CEO in 2014.
With more than 20 years of leading non-profit growth, Stephanie has experience in fundraising, cultivating, and fostering fundamental non-profit relationships. As Executive Director and Director of Advancement for Gamma Phi Beta Foundation, she is credited with multiple successful fundraising campaigns, contributions to a major increase in Foundation net assets, and improvements in donor relations. Previously, Stephanie held leadership roles with The Raymond Wentz Foundation and Wapiyapi, where she led the organizations from the early start-up phase to healthy growth as Executive Director.
Meredith is a South Carolina native and a graduate of the University of Georgia with a BA in Accounting. After working in finance for companies such as Liberty Mutual and Invesco, Meredith decided to dedicate her work to non-profit organizations. She has been working with non-profits for over 13 years and has worked with OpenWorld Learning since 2011. Meredith worked for OpenWorld Learning in Denver for 4 years before her family relocated to Philadelphia, PA. After being away from OWL for 18 months, Meredith has rejoined the OWL team to serve remotely as Business Manager. Meredith spends her free time keeping up with her 3 children, running and reading.
While pursuing a BA in Anthropology from the University of Colorado, Megan discovered a passion for empowering youth through education. Starting out as an OWL instructor, she quickly moved up to the role of Site Leader at Garden Place Academy, where she has been for two years. She believes that all children in Denver deserve access to success through education, and enjoys providing them with the necessary tools through technology. In her spare time, Megan enjoys hiking, camping, and all things food related.
Alicia was attending the University of Colorado at Denver, earning her Bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology and a minor in Philosophy, when she started with OWL in November of 2006. She was hired as a Teacher and in her first year moved up to Site Leader, which she spent the next 10 years doing at a few different sites until she found what she called her “work home” at Munroe Elementary. She was able to be Site Leader at that school for the last 5 years. She has served many, many students there and it was always an honor to be a part of that community. In January of 2017, Alicia took the position of OWL’s Multi-Site and Hiring Manager so that she can challenge herself with a new role and start to give back to this organization in a way other than what she did as a Site Leader. After a decade of being at OWL, Alicia looks forward to being on the office staff team and learning new things!
Daniel is a computer systems engineer who graduated from the Escuela Politecnica Nacional of Ecuador in 2000, and works full-time for OpenWorld Learning from Quito. Daniel leads OpenWorld Learning’s web development, programming, and database development. He has co-led the development of OpenWorld Learning’s print, and web-based, curriculum materials. Daniel also translates OpenWorld Learning’s curriculum and parent outreach materials into Spanish. He has co-led development of OpenWorld Learning’s MicroWorlds in Action, and ePortfolio web sites, and co-moderates the OpenWorld Learning-hosted MicroWorlds Forum.
Tim has a degree in applied mathematics from MSU Denver. He has been with OWL since 2013 (with a short stint in 2007–2008 as well). He has been working with children since 2007. Formerly, Tim was an elementary school librarian, a substitute teacher, a bookstore manager, and he used to work with telephone databases. Tim can program in many languages, and loves to teach students mathematical and computer science subjects in an environment that is fun and nurturing. It has been to Tim’s lifelong benefit that he learned to program at the age of 8 or so, and he hopes to pass that powerful skill onto OWL students, both as a site leader at Edgewater Elementary, and as a curriculum specialist, working to ensure that OWL has the very best curriculum possible. When not teaching, Tim can be found climbing rocks somewhere.
Lucy recently moved to Denver after graduating from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s degree in English. She has interned with several magazines, written many freelance articles, and worked on website development. Lucy served with OWL as an AmeriCorps VISTA member for a year focusing on OWL’s operations manual and processes prior to joining our team.
Pixel is proud to be the official mascot and spokesowl for OpenWorld Learning! She loves learning, traveling, reading, and coding with the OWL students. Her favorite color is purple. If you see her around town, make sure to say hi!