Leadership

Hadley Solomon – President

DSC_0128Hadley and her family moved to SVVSD in 2008, before any of her kids were in school. She now has four children attending SVVSD schools and has been actively involved as both a classroom volunteer and a member of parent-teacher organizations. From 2013-2015 she served on her local elementary parent organization board as Vice President and President and currently serves on the Finance Committee of the Niwot High School Education Foundation. She participated in Leadership St. Vrain for two years, from 2013-2015, and was energized when learning the details of education funding in Colorado. This led her to Grassroots St. Vrain, where she believes she can make a broader impact by sharing what she learns and empowering others. Hadley has a BA in Journalism from the University of Arizona and works part-time as a contracted business consultant.

Terri Parsell-Sherry – Vice President / Secretary

Lisa Granat – Communications Director / Treasurer

Lisa GLisa has two graduates of the St. Vrain Valley district, and one child currently in middle school. She has been a Grassroots St. Vrain volunteer since its inception during the Mill Levy/Bond campaign in 2008. After years of volunteering in the classroom and for school parent organizations, she completed the Leadership St. Vrain course in 2011-12 and now enjoys participating in education issues at both the district and state level.  She is a former Certified Public Accountant and has a BBA from Emory University.

Carolyn Storz – Outreach Co-Director

IMG_0082Carolyn resides in the countryside near Hygiene, Colorado and has three children who attend schools in the SVVSD and one graduate.  She has been a GSV supporter since 2008 and was a member of the first graduating class of Leadership St. Vrain in 2009-2010.  She served as parent-chair the following year and has been a part of the GSV board serving as both Communications Director and now Outreach Director.  Her perspective is shaped by her experiences teaching overseas, as a former teacher in the SVVSD and her role as a board member of the Boulder Valley YMCA. Carolyn owns a small business in Longmont with her husband Pete.  She is thankful for the opportunities she gets to meet community members, parents and students from across the district as she works to support public education. 

Karna Jones – Outreach Co-Director

KarnaKarna is a Colorado native. She and her husband have three children-two girls and a boy-in the SVVSD. She enjoys being involved at her childrens’ schools. She participated in Leadership St. Vrain during the 2013-14 school year and enjoyed gaining a greater understanding of how the district works, meeting the parent representatives from different schools, and listening to the things parents are passionate about. She was particularly interested when the state legislators visited an LSV meeting. She realized she wanted to learn more about education in Colorado, what she can do to have a voice, and share what she’s found with others. She looks forward to continuing to connect with parents and community members from the schools of our district as she works as Outreach Director for GSV. She has a BS in Recreation Therapy from Brigham Young University and has worked with the elderly and youth at risk.

Laura McDonald – Co-Founder, Past President

Laura is a native of Colorado and enjoys all our great state has to offer.  She is the mother of two active girls, both attending high school in the SVVSD. She began her volunteer career in 2006 at her local elementary as Vice President and then President of the parent organization.  In 2008, Laura cofounded Grassroots St. Vrain in the months leading up to the SVVSD Mill Levy Override and Bond Campaigns. In 2009, Laura worked in conjunction with the SVVSD to start the Leadership St. Vrain program and served as the parent chair for its inaugural year. Laura has a passion for public education and continues to enjoy learning more every year about how the business of education works and how each of us can make a positive impact. Laura has degrees in Psychology and Sociology from CU Boulder and a masters degree in Computer Science from CU Denver.

Lisa Hainline – Past President

Lisa HLisa and her family moved to Longmont from the East Coast in 2002.  She and her husband Jeff are the proud parents of  two high school boys.  Lisa is a professional volunteer and has served on executive boards for many non-profits since 1999; including Blue Mountain Elementary’s first PTO President, and as Board Chair of Parenting Place in Boulder for 5 years.  She has been involved with GSV since 2008, serving as president in 2013-14, and attended Leadership St Vrain in 2010-11. Lisa has a BS in Elementary Education from Boston University and a Masters in Environmental/Experiential Education with a focus on Interdisciplinary Studies from Lesley University.  Lisa enjoys staying informed and connected to her community, which fits perfectly with the mission of GSV.  She’s proud of the work being done in SVVSD and the successes we’ve been celebrating.

Sarah Elahi – Past President

SarahSarah is the proud mother of two high school boys in the SVVSD. She enjoys volunteering at her sons’ school and was a representative for 2012-13 Leadership St. Vrain. As a full-time working mom, Sarah appreciates opportunities to volunteer on effective initiatives.  She has found Grassroots St. Vrain the most fulfilling and effective volunteer organization, starting in 2008 with mill levy volunteer work and serving as president from 2014-2016.

Core Values:

Integrity: With honesty and integrity, we will respectfully engage with our community to consistently provide accurate information regarding SVVSD and Colorado education funding.

Leadership: As learners, we will lead by example, seeking out new information with courage and conviction.

Passion: We are committed to pursuing solutions to SVVSD and Colorado’s education funding challenges and will continue to encourage our peers to bring their passion for education to the discussion.

Humility: We will be accessible to our community and listen with open minds, adapting to new ideas, always keeping the greater good in focus.