Staff


Harry Chan, Family Literacy Program Manager

Harry Chan has his advance degree (Ed.D) in Educational Administration, a Master’s Degree in Computers in Education and a BA in Elementary Education. He has endorsements from CDE for the K-12 Principalship and in K-6 Elementary Education. Harry has been extensively trained in the Foundations of Family Literacy and has attended multiple trainings and conferences with the National Center for Family Literacy over the past twenty years. He has done training for staff on the four-components of family literacy, family services, language development, technology training, assessment administration, program development and the evaluation of programs and staff. Harry can be contacted at Harry@thelearningsource.org

 

 

Andrea Martinez, Family Literacy Program Coordinator

Andrea has over 21 years of experience in the Family Literacy Program at The Learning Source. She earned her Associates degree in General Studies, a level 1 Early Childhood Education teacher certificate, and is bi-lingual (English-Spanish). Andrea received her GED in 1985 at a Learning Source program, and began working part-time for The Learning Source in 1986 as a clerical aide. Since then, she has had several positions with the agency including data entry clerk, pre-school teacher, and trainer. After becoming more familiar with the field of adult education and family literacy, Andrea began working full-time for the Learning Source in 1994. She currently oversees the Children’s Family Literacy programs in which she trains Children’s Coordinators, assists with the Family Literacy program and supervises staff. Andrea has been married to Ruben for 31 years, and is the mother of three adult children and grandmother of nine. Andrea can be contacted at Andrea@thelearningsource.org

 

 

Daun Miller-Barr, Accounting and Human Resources 

Daun has been with The Learning Source for six years bringing over thirty years’ experience in clerical and administrative work. She has fifteen years of employment with Jefferson County schools as a paraprofessional which was an enriching and valuable experience that only strengthened her belief of the importance of education. Daun has a special place for our students as an adult learner herself, as she currently attends classes as a Red Rocks Community College student working towards a bookkeeping certificate. A hockey mom by trade, she has a strong belief in home and family with a husband, two adult sons, two Saint Bernard’s and a yard full of chickens. To contact Daun, email her at Daun@thelearningsource.org

 

 

Debby Novotny Doig, Volunteer Program Coordinator

Debby has made volunteerism the cornerstone of her life. She has been a life-long volunteer for many organizations along with choosing volunteer management as her career path.  Debby retired from Douglas County Schools, holding the position of Coordinator of School/Community Partnerships for fifteen years.  Debby understands all aspects of managing a volunteer program, having coordinated 18,000 volunteers for Douglas County Schools. She developed all materials, procedures, District policies and screening processes.  She introduced a volunteer data management system and designed events to recognize the volunteers.  In her current role, Debby is responsible for recruitment of volunteers, orientation and placement of new volunteers, managing information, documents and databases related to the volunteer program, along with yearly recognition efforts.  For the past eighteen years, her personal volunteer focus is as an active member of the Highlands Ranch Rotary Club.  She served as their President in 2005-2006 and is also the Chair of the club’s major fundraiser, the Bright Futures Fundraising Gala. Debby can be reached by email at debby@thelearningsource.org

 

 

Susan Gong, Library Program Manager

 Susan began her teaching career in South Korea many years ago and has also taught English in Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and Ecuador. She has led workshops at language conferences in the U.S., Spain, and Ecuador. She enjoys traveling, teaching, cooking, and hiking. Susan has an MATESOL from Marlboro College School of Graduate and Professional Studies and an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts with minors in Spanish and Art History from Pennsylvania State University. Additionally, she has a CELTA certification for teaching English to adults. To contact Susan, email her at susan.gong@thelearningsource.org

 

 

Sara Molden, Program Coordinator, The Learning Collaborative

Sara E. Molden has a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s degree in Ecology and Land Management. She became interested in English as a Second Language in college as a volunteer with Hmong refugees. She has travelled extensively and lived in Costa Rica, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Italy. Sara loves to spend time outdoors rafting, kayaking, hiking and skiing with family, friends, and dogs. When Sara moved to Denver she volunteered with CRESL (CO Refugee ESL) and eventually started a career teaching adult ESL with Jefferson County Adult Education and later the Stein Neighborhood Resource Center. In 2000, Sara joined The Learning Source and developed the Family Literacy Program at the Belmar Site. She has coordinated other programs with TLS including ESL for College and Career and the High School Equivalency Program at TLS-West. Sara recently became the Coordinator of The Learning Collaborative at Red Rocks Community College and is a math instructor in that program. Sara can be contacted at Sara@thelearningsource.org

 

 

Noel Chalman, Workforce and Corrections Program Manager

Noel Chalman has a BA in English and a Masters in Secondary Education. With 15 years of experience in the world of education, Noel has taught for a variety of ages and in a variety of settings, but it wasn’t until he started teaching adults with The Learning Source that he felt he had found his true calling. Currently Noel teaches and oversees the corrections GED programs at the Denver City Jail and the Denver County Jail, as well as the ADWorks! Program. Noel is also a writer with a couple of published novels under his belt. Noel can be reached at noel@thelearningsource.org

 

 

Sonja Lindeman, East Site Coordinator

Sonja comes from a long line of educators, so it is only natural that her passion be education. Sonja has been an adult educator since 2012 and has helped many students reach their GED successfully using a variety of teaching strategies. Sonja began her adult education career with Community Educational Outreach working for halfway houses in Jefferson and Adam Counties. Later, Sonja worked for Lifelong Education Services in downtown Denver and spent the last portion of 2013 working with Mayor John Hancock to assist adult learners to GED completion. Prior to her work in adult education, Sonja held teaching positions in Elementary Education for Denver Public Schools. Sonja is excited to be a part of the Learning Source team and to serve as the Site Coordinator at The Learning Source East. Sonja can be reached at sonja@thelearningsource.org

 

 

 Bridget Currie, West Site Coordinator

 Bridget has a BA in Early Childhood Education and has taught a variety of grade levels, with additional experience in both Special Education and administration.  She feels fortunate to have found her passion in adult education, and is happy to have recently returned to The Learning Source as Site Coordinator of the West location.  Bridget looks forward to helping students achieve their goals, and finds great fulfillment in seeing them succeed.  In addition to teaching, Bridget loves running, CrossFit, and spending time with her family.  She can be reached at bridget@thelearningsource.org

 

 

Sandra Taylor, CWEE Site Coordinator

 Sandra has been an adult educator since 2004 when she began teaching College Preparatory and Developmental Reading and English at RRCC. She then became a Literacy/ABE/LA GED Lead Instructor at Focus Points Family Resource Center where she also provided intensive one on one and small group literacy instruction for adult learners reading at or below the third grade level. She is committed to ensuring appropriate accommodations for students with special needs. She enjoys helping learners of any age beat the odds and exceed expectations for what they can accomplish. Sandra feels honored to be a part of the Learning Source as an HSE Instructor at CWEE. She can be reached at sandra@thlearningsource.org

 

 

Cedric Lindsay, Student Success Coach

Being welcomed into The Learning Source community as Student Success Coach, Cedric comes to The Learning Source with experience in K-12 public education, Colorado Community College Systems, and Adult Education. Graduating from Adams State University, Cedric began teaching K-12 Music Education and Technology at Sierra Grande School in the San Luis Valley. Later, moving to Trinidad State Junior College as Retention Specialist for TRiO Student Support Services assisting first-generation, low-income college students in their pursuit of higher education. And, most recently, the Adult Learning Center in Adams County School District 14 where he taught all levels of adult education (ABE, ASE) and worked to further career services through developing business relationships, resume preparation, as well as developing                                                                              career/financial workshops. He can be reached at cedric@thelearningsource.org

 

 

Lisa Maes-Cruz, Distance Learning Coordinator

Lisa has been teaching for about 20 years. Her educational background consists of a Master's of Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and Accounting from Regis University, and a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from the University of Oregon. Her work experience includes being a Financial Analyst for U S WEST, and a Purchasing Manager for Resort Computer Corporation. She was also a high school teacher for a short amount of time. Lastly, her college teaching experience includes Quantitative Analysis For Business , Business Algebra, Accounting Theory and Practice, Managerial Accounting, Business Law I, Career Development, Creating Academic and Professional Success, Customer Relations, Introduction to Business, Introduction to Marketing, Small Business Management and                                            Entrepreneurship. She can be reached at lisa.maes@thelearningsource.org  

 

 

Sarah Secrist, Program Operations Manager

As Operations Manager, Sarah oversees all programming and helps support The Learning Source's mission of serving adult learners in the Denver Metro area.  She has been with The Learning Source for several years, previously as the ABE/GED instructor at CWEE. Sarah has a B.A. in Environmental Science from Boston University and an M.A. in Education from the University of Denver. Sarah has worked within the nonprofit sector for years in various education/program management roles. She grew up in beautiful Colorado, and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family! Sarah can be reached at Sarah.Secrist@thelearningsource.org

 

 

 
 

Joshua Evans, Chief Executive Officer

With a career in education spanning 20 years, Josh has always demonstrated a passion for learners as a teacher or administrator. Josh has previously held educational positions with governmental agencies, universities and colleges, and nonprofit organizations. He is currently the Committee Chair for Fundraising and Development for The Commission on Adult Basic Education, Board Member of the Colorado Community Action Association and past chair of the Workforce Committee with the Denver Chapter of The Society for Human Resource Management. He holds undergraduate degrees from The University of North Carolina—Wilmington in English and Criminal Justice and Master’s degrees from Naropa University and Oregon State University. He also holds his SHRM-SCP credential and is a certified International Associate for Emergenetics. In his free time he enjoys reading, writing, spending time with his family, and running. He annually participates in The Colfax Marathon supporting the nonprofit community of Colorado, and hopes to see you there. He can be reached at Josh@thelearningsource.org