rual Colorado advisory committee
Colleen curran, Chair
Prior to coming to Colorado in 2014, Colleen Curran spent 17 years in K-12 schools, both public and independent, in Texas and California. As both a classroom teacher and administrator, Colleen worked with teachers, students, families, and boards to support schools and classrooms that are people centered, safe, healthy, and functional.
Since coming to Colorado, she has had the opportunity to work with the Nathan Yip Foundation as Chair of the Rural Education Advisory Committee as well as Boys Hope Girls Hope, Denver (Development Chair), The Colorado Ballet (current Development hcair and incoming Board Co-Chair), and the Western Region of the Associated Alumnae/I of Sacred Heart (the national alum organization for graduates of Sacred Heart Schools in the US).
Colleen was born in Nebraska and raised in Texas – both of her degrees are from the University of Houston (Go Coogs!!) with an undergrad in History/minor Spanish and an MEd in Educational Leadership. She is a runner, true crime podcast junkie, recipe hacker, cat lover, Netflix and Prime binger, and reader! Most recent read: “Educated” by Tara Westover.
Tom Buescher is a retired lawyer who has been an active volunteer in the Denver Public Schools in numerous capacities for about 30 years. The Foundation's Rural Education Committee provides him the chance to use what he has learned plus apply those things to a different model. He is married with 2 sons and 2 granddaughters who he visits in California as much as possible. His hobby is cooking but he is becoming much more interested in playing duplicate bridge.
Brandon is an admitted geek, pop culture junkie, and fan of learning all things techie. When Brandon gets the time he loves to see new movies, hang with friends, learn new things from colleagues, swim, and play games. Brandon currently serves as the Microsoft Learning Consultant for Microsoft in Education. He spends his time in schools across Colorado providing free PD and Support in Skype, Sway, OneNote, and Minecraft: Education Edition.
Brandon, as well, is co-founder, with Penny Potts, of #COllapporative - an educational network which provides free, year-round professional development opportunities focused on best practices for integrating digital tools into classrooms. Brandon has worked as a Field Support Specialist for Denver Public Schools, and a Teacher and Course Developer for Douglas County School District.
Over the past year, Brandon has developed a huge appreciation for Computer Science and the power it plays in a lot of jobs in our world. Brandon enjoys exploring that world and figuring out how to best prepare everyone for the skills needed to fill careers within Computer Science.
Mike Kalush is an Emmy award winning television producer and photographer who has produced the Nathan Yip Foundation videos over the past years. He has traveled to China multiple times, seeing first-hand how the foundation is positively impacting children's lives.
Mike owns his own company, Kalush Video Productions, and has more than 30 years of experience working for all the major TV networks and traveling the world producing videos for large corporations.
Mike is married to 7News anchor, Anne Trujillo, who is the emcee at the annual NYF Chinese New Year Gala. Mike and Anne have two children, Michael and Kira, who have also volunteered their time for the foundation. Mike is an avid mountain unicyclist and in 2013, rode his unicycle across Colorado from Kansas to Utah to raise awareness for single parents.