Stephanie Baer
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 as well. 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


Shannon Hoffman
Program Director

Shannon is a passionate education professional who believes in the power of college access and experiential learning as opportunities for students to discover who they are and how they can contribute to their local and global communities. Shannon originally hails from Michigan, and has lived in Memphis and Nashville, TN, southern Virginia, and Eastern Kentucky.  

After completing her undergraduate degree at Michigan State University, Shannon’s career in education began as an AmeriCorps member teaching GED classes in West Virginia. Afterward, she attended Vanderbilt University, earning a master’s in Higher Education Administration. She has worked with the Bonner Scholarship Program for the past 6 and a half years, which provides scholarships to underrepresented students who commit to participating in a service-learning and reflection cohort program. In Denver, she is very involved with the Chinook Fund’s Giving Project. Shannon can be reached at