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Our Team

  • Executive Director

    Stephanie Baer is a visionary nonprofit leader who strongly believes that education is a game changer, not only for individuals, but for communities. Raised as a proud 'cheesehead', Stephanie has made Colorado her home for almost 20 years after completing her graduate degree in Nonprofit Management. Making her impact on Colorado children, Stephanie is the former director of Children’s Outreach Project. Named as Women to Watch by the Denver Business Journal, Stephanie was a founding board member of the Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County and has served on countless boards and committees all for the betterment of children and youth. In addition to her work on behalf of children and families, Stephanie tries to spend as much time as she can hiking trails, breathing on her yoga mat, and watching her own children grow up. Stephanie can be reached at sbaer@westminsterpublicschool.org

  • Program Director

    Christian is an education professional who believes that education has the power to equalize the situations of each individual. Christian made Colorado home after moving to the United States in the winter of 2010 from Lusaka, Zambia in Africa. Christian has devoted his professional career to advocating for individuals towards self-efficacy in education and ultimately in life.

    Christian’s undergraduate degree attainment in Mathematics Education from Colorado State University- Fort Collins, allows him to navigate goal attainment with a quantifiable lens and brings a vast experience of working with youth to the foundation. As a Daniels Fund scholar, Christian believes in the power of leadership, community, and service and has previously sat on advisory boards and leadership teams. Christian enjoys all things sports, especially playing and coaching soccer and volleyball. Christian also enjoys spending his free time with his daughter and son who are a constant reminder to question everything and seek learning opportunities constantly. Christian can be reached at ckalenga@westminsterpublicschools.org

  • Linzey Velez, Intern
    Linzey Velez, Intern

    Linzey Velez, a freshman at the University of Colorado, is the first in her family to attend college. But that doesn't mean she had to get there on her own. The 2019 Westminster High School graduate took advantage of the resources at the Future Center, a program to help students choose their careers or colleges and help them get there. Velez spent a lot of time at the Future Center during her senior year, she says. Interns from the WPS Foundation helped her write the essays needed to apply for scholarships, as well as supported her after her applications were turned in. Because of that support, Velez is now an intern for WPSF herself. Her main priority, she says, is exposing high school seniors to what college is really likes—especially the workload and the need to be assertive when you need help.

    "When you're out of high school, you're the one who has to reach out," Velez says. While in high school, she was enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Program — a course of rigorous classes that incorporates a range of classes and required service projects — through which students often earn college credits. She took many of her college prerequisite classes through the IB Program, she says. At CU Boulder, Velez is studying integrated physiology, a program in the pre-med track, but she's not looking to be a doctor. Instead, she's more interested in research and administration.

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