Roots is proud to have the enthusiastic support of the community we serve. Meet our Community Advisory Board, a group of community leaders who we are proud to call a part of the Roots family!

Dr. Sharon Bailey – Chair of the Denver Black Round Table

sharron baileyDr. Sharon Bailey is the Director of Policy Research for the Office of Denver’s City Auditor. She also currently acts as the Chair of the Colorado Black Roundtable and formerly served as a member of the former Denver Public Schools board. Dr. Bailey earned a PhD in Public Administration from the University of Colorado. On the DPS board she served as liaison to the Colorado legislature, a member of the City-Schools Coordinating Council, and as national co-chair of the Council of Great City Schools Task Force on Urban Education.

She has worked as an administrator at Metropolitan State College and as a consultant to a number of agencies and organizations, including the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and as a member of the University of Colorado’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity. In the auditor’s office she chaired a collaborative effort to update the city’s fiscal rules and has led the move to stabilize the use of technology in its business processes.

Bailey is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions and received the 2005 “Legacy of Service” award from Princeton, her alma mater.

Gerie Grimes – Executive Director of the Hope Center and Co-Chair of the HARP Committee

gerie grimesGerie Grimes is Executive Director of the Hope Center, a community early childhood program and vocational training site for adults with disabilities. She has worked with HOPE Center for over 30 years. She has a Master’s in Non-Profit Management from Regis University, a bachelor’s degree in Non Profit Administration from Metropolitan State College of Denver, and her associates degree in Early Childhood Education from Community College of Denver.

Mrs. Grimes is presently working on her PhD at University of Denver in Education Administration, emphasis in Early Childhood Leadership. The Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children honored Grimes with 2011 Children’s Champion Award in recognition of valuable contributions to children in her community. She chairs the Center for African American Health and serves on the Mayor’s Head Start Policy Council, Mayor’s Early Childhood Education Commission and the Denver Early Childhood Council. Mrs. Grimes also serves as the Chair of the Board of Advisors for the Denver Preschool Program.

Anna Jo Haynes- President Emeritus, Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers

anna jo haynesAnna Jo Haynes is president emeritus of Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers, Denver’s oldest and largest provider of subsidized quality early childhood care and education. She is a long-time advocate for children and their families, and is the founding chairperson of the Denver Public Schools/City of Denver Ready to Succeed Early Childhood Council. Haynes was the founding chairperson of the Colorado Children’s Campaign and past president of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado. She also serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Denver Preschool Program.