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.

ERIN BUTTON PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Erin joined the YouthRoots team in October 2018 after moving from Chicago to the Denver area. She has a Masters in Nonprofit Management and has been working in the nonprofit world since graduating from college in 2011.

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 DENVER)

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.

AARON EARLEY FACILITATOR (NORTH DENVER)

Aaron earned his MSW from the University of Denver while completing his practicum with YouthRoots in 2014. He is now a Program Specialist at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado and serves as the North YouthBoard Facilitator.

CHRISTA HUFF FACILITATOR (AURORA)

Christa’s life experiences include work in the areas of social service, education, for profit and nonprofit business, and the arts.  She is passionate about philanthropy and educating for self sufficiency. She enjoys creating, exploring, and spending time with her family.

CHRISTYMARIE JACKSON FACILITATOR (JEFFERSON COUNTY)

Christymarie serves as the Public Health Program Coordinator, on the Chronic Disease Team at Denver Public Health.  In this role, she supports communities and public venues throughout the Denver Metro area, to adopt model policies and best practices to improve opportunities for Healthy Eating and Active Living.

SUSIE ROMAN FACILITATOR (CENTRAL DENVER)

Susie is passionate about empowering youth leaders and has a background in nonprofit program development and workshop facilitation in the areas of mental health and sexual violence prevention. She has more hobbies than she can keep track of – aerial circus, dancing, fencing, sewing, anything that comes along to try – and loves spending free time with her partner, friends, family and dog.

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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