Team

LACEY BOOKS FOUNDER

She founded YouthRoots in 2010, inspiring youth to act on their big goals by helping them put a framework to their dreams. She volunteers with YouthRoots  and sits on the Board of Directors.

LAUREN CZAJKA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Lauren joined the YouthRoots crew in 2013. She has a Master of Arts degree in Human Rights and a background in civic engagement and experiential learning.

AARON EARLEY PROG. COORDINATOR

Aaron earned his MSW from the University of Denver while completing his practicum with YouthRoots in 2014. He now serves as the Program Coordinator and the North YouthBoard Facilitator.

JENN TURNER MSW INTERN

Jenn is currently working towards a Master’s degree in Social Work with an emphasis in organizational leadership from the University of Denver.

ELIZABETH KONRATH FACILITATOR (BOULDER)

Lizzie was the Facilitator of the Boulder YouthBoard. She has a Masters Degree in Psychology and works as a play therapist in her full time job.

JOSH GOLD FACILITATOR (SOUTH)

Josh Gold was the South YouthBoard Facilitator. In his full time job, Josh works for the Rose Community Foundation managing MazelTot.org where he connects families with resources.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JENNIFER HARRIS
BOARD CHAIR

David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality

KEVIN GRAFF
CHAIR ELECT

Oakwood Real Estate Partners

SUZANNE HUMPHRIES
SECRETARY

National Conference of State Legislatures

TIM WELLAND
TREASURER

Palisade Partners

LACEY BOOKS 

YouthRoots Founder

CARLEIGH ELKUS

Child Advocate and Community Volunteer

RACHEL GURIAN

Denver Public Schools

SEUNGMIN LEE

Youth Representative

KC MATTHEWS

Colorado Department of Transportation

TYLER MOUNSEY

Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies

MATT RUHLAND

Collins Cockrel & Cole

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