Gerry Rasel, Director of Membership Services, Colorado Nonprofit Association
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Elizabeth Barber is the Executive Director of The Greeley Dream Team, Inc. and has been with the organization since June 2009. As a Colorado native and Weld County resident for the past 30 years, Elizabeth has been a strong advocate for youth in this community. With extensive experience in the non-profit arena of helping families and children, her passion has been making sure youth have educational access to achieve their dreams. Over the past twelve years, Elizabeth has focused on supporting youth in the pursuit of a postsecondary education. She has seen firsthand how this can change not only the student's life path but the trajectory of their entire family.
Elizabeth belongs to several organizations and committees in the Greeley and Weld County community including PEO Chapter I, Human Services Advisory Committee, Weld County Workforce Board, the State Youth Council, Weld County Youth Committee through workforce, and GPOA Spouse Association. Through her work with the Weld Regional Colorado Gives Day Partnership, she has enjoyed collaborating with other agencies to better the entire northern Colorado community. Elizabeth was nominated by her peers and received the Community Hero Leaderaward in November 2018. Elizabeth received the Collective Impact Professional of the Year from United Way of Weld County in spring 2019.
Kin Quitugua, a master falconer and long time environmental educator, founded HawkQuest in 1986. He has trained, handled and flown birds of prey as diverse as the Bald and Golden eagles and the Saw-whet owl. For more than 25 years, Kin has dedicated himself to educating the public about the place of raptors in our ecology. Kin created HawkQuest believing environmental awareness is a key to the survival of the world as we know it, and education - of our nation's youth in particular - is paramount to this process. He has developed many educational programs such as HawkQuest's unique Classroom-in-the-Wild. Kin has received national recognition for his work combining educational and ecological concerns, having appeared on both local and national television programs. Kin also serves as a consultant to organizations which promote the welfare of birds of prey.