Joined Bright by Three in August 2018. Jaione is currently working on the implementation of the new Zoho CRM system. Jaione has over 10 years experience deploying HR & Finance in multiple geographies. Her work experience includes: business
requirements, change management, process mapping and application support.
Colorado Regional Outreach Coordinator
Joined Bright by Three in August 2018. Demie manages Bright by Three’s community partnerships in Southern Colorado. From Kit Carson to Montezuma, Demie provides ongoing training and technical assistance to current partners spanning 32 counties.
She also develops new partnerships to expand Bright by Three’s programs across the areas she serves. Demie is committed to creating robust and cohesive Bright by Three partnerships. She is passionate about the early childhood landscape as well
as the nonprofit sector, and is driven by the impact they have on all Coloradans.
Prior to joining the Bright by Three team, Demie served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Assuring Better Child Health and Development in Denver, Colorado. As an AmeriCorps VISTA member, she worked diligently to build sustainability through communication
and marketing efforts. She developed a breadth of knowledge and valuable experience in the early childhood field and the nonprofit sector, which made for a natural transition to her role at Bright by Three.
Demie has a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a Minor in Child and Family Development from the University of Central Missouri where she enjoyed playing on the women’s golf team. When she’s not working, Demie enjoys spending quality
time with her husband Donald and Yorkshire Terrier Rue, crossfit, yoga, golf, and hiking Colorado 14ers.
President & CEO
Joined Bright by Three in January 2012. As CEO, Jean is charged with all facets of leadership and management to support Bright by Three’s vision and mission throughout all 64 counties in Colorado. Jean works directly with the board of directors
to establish the strategic direction of the organization, as well as serves as chief liaison with community groups. Additionally, she ensures program quality as well as oversees the design, marketing, promotion, and delivery of products and
services. Jean also oversees fundraising planning and implementation. Prior to joining Bright by Three in January 2012, Jean served as the Director of Education with the Vail Valley Foundation and prior as the Director of the US Olympic Committee
responsible for securing major gifts and as the founding executive director of the Children’s Literacy Center. Jean has a degree in speech and hearing science from the University of Washington.
Vice President & Chief Dev. Officer
Joined Bright by Three in July 2015. Jared manages Bright by Three’s fundraising and communications, engaging foundations, corporations, and individual supporters to fuel Bright by Three’s program supporting children’s physical, social-emotional,
and cognitive development. He leads the development staff and oversees grant proposals, fundraising events, major gifts, earned income, and all other revenue streams. Jared is committed to charting a path to long-term, sustainable development
growth that lets Bright by Three focus on what it does best -- helping give children the best start in life. Before joining Bright by Three in the summer of 2015, Jared managed the fundraising and financials for four political campaigns, most
recently in the 2014 Maryland Governor/Lt. Gov race. He has a degree in history from Yale University.
Chief Technology Officer
Joined Bright by Three in July 2016. Nim oversees all technology and development of Bright by Text. He also supports the scaling and expansion of Bright by Text statewide and nationally. Nim is the Principal at NimbleIQ, a company that works with
Business Founders to launch MVP's that solve real problems, and Business Owners/Managers to create software solutions that transform their business. Nim is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business, and a
Mentor for the Unreasonable Institute.
Colorado Outreach Director
Joined Bright by Three in December 2016. Ashleigh Kirk, LSW, is an infant and early childhood mental health specialist, with an interest in policy and program development. Ashleigh’s professional focus on early childhood systems development began
in her Masters in Social Work program at Washington University in St. Louis, and continued into her work in Chicago. In Chicago, Ashleigh attended Erikson Institute and received a Certificate in Infant Mental Health, while working at a non-profit
to improve children’s mental health systems in Illinois. Ashleigh is also the current President of the Colorado Association for Infant Mental Health. In this role, Ashleigh leads a volunteer Executive Board who focus on providing professional
development, networking, and policy opportunities for infant-family providers across Colorado. Most recently, Ashleigh worked at Colorado Assuring Better Child Health and Development, as a Community Outreach Coordinator. She provided technical
assistance, training and support to community stakeholders in counties across Colorado to build quality developmental screening and referral systems.
Senior Manager of National Scaling
Joined Bright by Three in January 2017. Lynn Debilzen comes to Bright by Three with over a decade of experience in the child development and nonprofit management fields. Lynn will manage the New Generation Initiative in conjunction with PBS and
the David and Lucile Packard Foundation/ Overdeck Family Foundation national scaling grants for Bright by Text. She’s passionate about early childhood, building partnerships to maximize impact, and supporting parents and families. Lynn recently
served as a Senior National Trainer at Playworks based in Colorado, and before her move out west, she was a Jumpstart Site Manager in Massachusetts, a Youth Development Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines, and an AmeriCorps member in Wisconsin
and Montana. She earned her MBA at The Heller School for Social Policy & Management at Brandeis University, her MA in Intercultural Youth & Family Development at The University of Montana, and a BS in Social Work at the University of
Jennifer works directly with the 200+ partners we have across Colorado. As a Program Manager, she has recruited over 100 volunteers and partners across the state and has helped expand our outreach among the diverse community of families that live
in our state. Additionally, she has helped in the development of trainings, partner materials, and bright by text content to make sure that all of our program is the most up to date to better serve all families and caregivers in the state. Prior
to joining Bright by Three in 2015, she managed the fundraising and evergreen donors of another Colorado state nonprofit: New Era Colorado. Jennifer has a degree in Sociology for Colorado College and is committed to always finding ways to improve
the Bright by Three program and increase the outreach throughout the state.
Joined Bright by Three in May 2016. The Rocky Mountains make Colorado a great place to live and Kathy Brendza is supporting families throughout several mountain regions for Bright by Three. She is responsible for 17 counties - from Summit to Yampa
to Mesa and beyond. Her strong background in early childhood education supports Kathy’s outreach to community partners and families throughout the mountains and Western Slope. With two Master's Degrees, Kathy also participated in the Buell Early
Childhood Leadership Program. Upon completion she earned a Director's License in Early Childhood. In the past thirty years, Kathy has received many accolades for her work including the Colorado Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education; accommodations
from the Colorado Senate and House of Representatives; the National Educator’s Award sponsored by the Milken Family Foundation; a fellowship award from The Colorado Trust; the Karen A. Patterson Award for Community Organizational Change from
Development and Communications Coordinator
Joined Bright by Three in February 2018. Alex guides both development initiatives and communications projects which include grant writing, event planning, social media marketing and Bright by Text content curation. Following his passion for
elevating the standard for early childhood education, he focuses on upholding Bright by Three’s brand presence and cultivating relationships with new foundations and community organizations. Alex is dedicated with Bright by Three’s expansion
nationally to change the paradigm of caregiver awareness to the pivotal nature of the early years of life. Prior to joining Bright by Three, Alex worked as an editor at Tethered by Letters’ literary magazine, journalist at 303 Magazine,
marketing assistant at Book Trust and international business developer at Glamping Hub. Alex graduated in March 2017 from the University of Denver with a degree in English and minor in Spanish.
Senior Program Manager
Joined Bright by Three in February 2018. Rebecca manages the New Generation Initiative in conjunction with PBS and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation/Overdeck Family Foundation national scaling grants for Bright by Text. She enjoys building
partnerships that maximize impact, and provide excellent support for parents and families.
Prior to joining the Bright by Three team, Rebecca worked with the Daniels Fund for six years, during which time she held high-level administrative and management positions in both the Scholarship and Communications departments. In these roles,
she learned a great deal about the structure, management and guiding philosophies of non-profit organizations. Rebecca has also worked at the Denver Art Museum, where she designed and implemented educational programming targeted specifically
toward families with young children.
Rebecca earned an MA in Arts Administration from the University of Denver and a BA in Arts History from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
Colorado Regional Outreach Manager
Joined Bright by Three in February 2018. Karen Verdier, MBA CPH, is a marketing, project management and public health professional with extensive experience working for vulnerable populations and coalition building. Karen’s professional credentials
include working for Mountain Resource Center, a family resource center, where she served as Lead Public Assistance Specialist and Health Services Director for the pediatric health clinic as well as international marketing and finance work for
a Fortune 100 company. Karen served as a Consumer Representative on the State’s Customer & Community Partner IPT Committee, as well as on Jefferson County’s Citizens Budget Committee. Karen received her Masters in Business degree from the
University of Denver and a Certificate in Public Health from Colorado School of Public Health: Anschutz. Karen is a dedicated and tenacious advocate for the clients she serves and brings that energy to Bright by Three. Her expertise and interest
in program management and policy will help to develop and nurture partners who reside within the northeast quarter of Colorado and Denver Metro area. Karen likes to construct bridges between organizations that seem to have disparate interests
by listening and finding a common thread to build upon for the benefit of all.
Joined Bright by Three in November 2017. Lisa works with the development of the Bright by Text application. Lisa has worked over 17 years in the software development industry. Her work experience includes software development, business requirements,
project management, end-user training and application support.
Chief Operating Officer
Joined Bright by Three in February 2019. Kathryn leads business development initiatives to scale Bright by Text. She also oversees content management and evaluation for Bright by Text and our Colorado programs. She is passionate about early childhood
and improving the lives of children through reaching parents and caregivers.
Prior to joining Bright by Three, Kathryn served as President and CEO of Qualistar, a statewide nonprofit that elevated the quality of early childhood education in Colorado. She is currently a Buell Early Childhood Leadership fellow, furthering
her expertise in this field. Kathryn took her ability to manage multiple initiatives, lead programs and excel in a corporate environment to the nonprofit sector in 2000, working as executive director of the Grand Foundation. She has also held
leadership positions at Generation Schools Network and Rose Community Foundation. Kathryn utilizes her professional background in fundraising and corporate consulting to engage the business community and develop mutually beneficial nonprofit