Channing serves as co-executive director of the Foundation. Channing began her career in Mapleton overseeing the Welcome Center, which helps families choose which school is best for their child. From that work, she developed a deep understanding of Mapleton students and families and a passion for helping students find their place. Channing was promoted to executive director of the Foundation in 2007. In 2013, Channing took a new role in Mapleton and served as director of student support services for the District. After the birth of her daughter, she returned to the Foundation, which she considers to be her true passion.
Prior to working in Mapleton, Channing earned her bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Denver. Outside of work, Channing is likely doing DIY projects at her home alongside husband Tom and daughter Stella.
Hilary serves as the co-executive director of the Foundation. She also serves as director of school and community engagement for Mapleton Public Schools, where she works with partners to foster outside engagement and secure investments in Mapleton and its students.
Prior to joining Mapleton in 2010, Hilary worked as development director for Invest in Kids, a statewide nonprofit organization committed to improving the health and well-being of vulnerable young children in Colorado. She has also served as assistant director of the University of Denver Honors Program and office/development manager for the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System.
Hilary earned her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience/psychology at Colorado College and her master’s degree in religious studies at the University of Denver. She is also a graduate of the Institute for Leaders in Development Program and the Aspen Institute Executive Seminar. When she is not working, Hilary is probably roaming her suburban cul-de-sac with her family, which includes husband Nick, children Seeger and Summer, and golden retriever Goose.
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.