Danielle serves as executive director of the Foundation. Danielle joined Mapleton in March 2018, and most recently came from the United Nations Foundation in Washington, DC. Danielle was an executive director of campaign strategy and operations, where she oversaw three public facing marketing campaigns that seek to involve the everyday American citizen with large global issues such as malaria prevention, global vaccinations for children, and adolescent girl success. Prior to her 8 years at the UN Foundation, Danielle earned a Master of Education and taught at a charter school in Washington, DC and at a large international school in England. She holds a BA in international relations and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic doing community health work.
Danielle’s husband is a member of the US Air Force and stationed at the Air Force Academy. They have two daughters, Sofia and Emily, and are enjoying all the fun activities Colorado offers as newcomers to the area.
Katie serves as the Foundation’s transition coordinator, providing intensive support for Foundation scholars as they transition from high school to postsecondary institutions. Prior to working for the Foundation, Katie was the founding postsecondary options coach at Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts, one of Mapleton’s seven small high schools. In that role, she helped MESA reach its goal of 100% postsecondary acceptance. Recognizing that acceptance wasn’t enough, Katie helped to spearhead the first transition program in Mapleton, which more than doubled postsecondary enrollment at MESA.
Katie has two young boys and loves spending time outside with them and her husband, Connor.