The Board

Karin Bates

Karin has worked with the ESOL population since 1990.  She is currently active with immigrant and refugee adult students.  Working with adult learners with limited or interrupted formal education is one of her most rewarding experiences.  Karin works as a Curriculum and Training Specialist for Intercambio Uniting Communities.

Chelsea Henkel

Chelsea brings experience in literacy, nonprofit leadership, and program evaluation to the LCC Board. With a passion for education and community development, she has been involved in adult literacy efforts since 2007. In various roles, Chelsea gained insights into the challenges facing adult learners and programs and has seen the importance of literacy in empowering individuals to thrive in their communities. She is glad to support organizations advancing adult education in her home state of Colorado. Professionally, Chelsea is an Evaluator at Apex Evaluation.

Kate Liosis

Kate is passionate about giving back to the community. She knows firsthand how important education is as neither of her parents graduated from high school.  Her professional experience spans several roles within technology.  Kate works for FirstBank, a community-oriented business with a focus on volunteerism and non-profit support.  She currently serves as Secretary for the LCC board.

Marion Martin

Marion has focused her career on English learner education, serving as an ESL teacher, adjunct professor and ELD consultant. Her experience working with multilingual students of all ages has highlighted the crucial role of literacy development in equipping students with the skills necessary for success.  Marion currently works at the Adult Literacy Coordinator for The Literacy Project in Eagle County.

Nick Nist

Nick has firsthand experience dealing with literacy as he was a middle school English teacher.  He saw how literacy helped change the lives of his ESL students.  With his skills in software development and architecture, Nick will be an asset to help create a more versatile and user-friendly experience with our website.

Tyler Sytsma

Tyler has a background in finance and relationship management. In his professional life, he has seen how literacy-related issued have serious and direct impact on an individual’s employability. He appreciates the ways that the LCC improves quality of and access to adult education in our state. Tyler is currently an officer at MidFirst Bank.

Cindy Welsh

Cindy is a semi-retired librarian, most recently serving as the Outreach connection for the High Plains Library District in Weld County. She and husband Mike are long-time Greeley residents. Cindy has served on other non-profit boards in her community.

Betsy Winchester

Betsy would like to see adult education providers in Colorado be more connected with each other and with related organizations such as refugee resettlement groups. She brings to the board a depth of knowledge about citizenship preparation, having taught in that area for several years, as well as in ESL and ESL Literacy. Betsy has her Master’s Degree in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education.

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