Team

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.

LACEY BOOKS FOUNDER & FACILITATOR (DOUGLAS COUNTY)

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.

MARWA HARP FACILITATOR (DEARBORN, MI)

Marwa is the facilitator for the Teen Grantmaking Initiative of the Center for Arab American Philanthropy which uses the YouthRoots program to empower their youth to make a difference!

ANN KOLBREK FACILITATOR (SIOUX FALLS, SD)

Ann is the facilitator for the Youth Advisory Council of the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation which uses the YouthRoots program to empower youth there to make a difference! She was in YAC with our founder, Lacey Books, when the idea of YouthRoots was planted!

JEREMY KATZ FACILITATOR (SOUTH)

Jeremy’s professional background is in non-profit social enterprise and youth leadership development. He moved to Colorado from San Diego to enjoy outdoor adventures in the Rocky Mountains.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

KEVIN GRAFF
CHAIR

Oakwood Real Estate Partners

KATIE PETERSON
SECRETARY

Strategy Senior Principal at Accenture

TIM WELLAND
TREASURER

Palisade Partners

LACEY BOOKS 

YouthRoots Founder

LAMONT BROWNE, Ed.D

Executive Director of Autonomous Schools at Aurora Public Schools

BRIAN GONZALES

Clinical Assistant Professor
MSW, University of Denver
LCSW, LAC

RACHEL HEILBRONNER 

Senior at Fairview High School

SUZANNE HUMPHRIES

 

National Conference of State Legislatures

KC MATTHEWS

Colorado Department of Transportation

KATIE PAYER 

Katie Payer Consulting

ADAM SANDS 

Senior Vice President at FirstBank

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