Judy Williams, Executive Director
Judy Williams manages and leads the overall operations of the Early Learning Ventures’ model in Colorado, as well as oversees the business development, growth expansion and replication of the ELV shared services model throughout the United States. Prior to joining ELV, she owned and operated successful private drop-in child care centers in the Denver metro area, providing high-quality early care and education to thousands of children and families. Judy is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado with a B.S. in Nursing, and has an M.B.A. from Webster University. Judy also served as an Officer in the United States Army and has worked as a nursing instructor, staff supervisor, and consultant in a variety of settings in the health and early education industry. Contact Judy.
Tim Garcia, Early Head Start Director
Tim Garcia leads ELV’s work related to its annual $2.9 million Early Head Start – Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnership Grant. Tim joined ELV in March 2015 as Quality Improvement Coordinator where he oversaw a team working directly with licensed child care centers and family child care home programs, ensuring continuous improvement for the staff and steady progress on outcomes for the children, and has since been promoted to lead the entire division. Tim has 14 years of experience in the early childhood education sector, with more than 5 years of experience working directly for Head Start/Early Head Start Grantees in a leadership role. He has also served as program director at Qualistar Colorado, providing oversight of statewide quality assessments. Tim graduated from the University of New Mexico College of Education with a M.A. in Language, Literacy, and Socio-Cultural Studies and earned his B.A. in Liberal Arts from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Contact Tim.
Ty Johnson, Early Education Manager
Ty Johnson is the Early Education Manager for Early Learning Ventures, focusing on building a strong supportive system for children, families, and staff to thrive and grow in the area of child development and school readiness. Ty previously supported community outreach and recruitment for ELV and has been affiliated with the organization for five years. Ty has more than 25 years of experience working in early care and education in various roles from classroom teacher to education director in both family child care homes and center-based programs. Ty has a B.S. in Human Services and a M.A. in Education Administration with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. Ty is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Northcentral University, working on her Doctorate in Education with an emphasis in Equity in Educational Leadership. Ty makes spending time with those close to her a priority and enjoys participating in competitive sports and mediation. Contact Ty.
Jennifer Garcia Rosendo, Family Engagement Manager
Jennifer Garcia Rosendo oversees family engagement for Early Learning Ventures Quality Child Care Partnership. She is committed to developing meaningful partnerships with providers and communities to support family empowerment for all children and families—but especially those in under-served or at-risk communities. She has more than 17 years of experience in the early childhood education sector, with more than 10 years of experience working directly for Head Start/Early Head Start Grantees in various roles. Jenn graduated from the University of Denver with a M.A. in Education Administration with an emphasis in Early Childhood and earned her B.A. in Psychology from Adams State University. Contact Jenn.
Sue Renner, Merage Foundations Vice President
Sue Renner oversees the grant making and operations for the Merage Foundation, and is spearheading the development of the Foundation’s Early Learning Ventures initiative to increase the stability and productivity of Colorado’s ECE sector through market-based interventions. Prior to joining the Merage Foundation in 2006, Sue was the Executive Director of Early Childhood Connections, a nonprofit corporation providing early intervention supports and services to over 1,000 infants and toddlers and their families each year in the Denver-metro region. Sue also worked as a Senior Program Manager with the Colorado Office of Resource and Referral Agencies where she was responsible for launching Colorado’s T.E.A.C.H. program, a public-private venture to provide early care and education professionals with college scholarships. Sue’s experience includes volunteer leadership roles with several community development, family support and early care and education organizations. In her tenure as President of the Arapahoe County Early Childhood Council she established several new initiatives including the Developmental Surveillance Project, a successful venture to engage pediatricians and parents in the early identification of developmental delays. Sue received her B.S. in Human Development from California Polytechnic University and her M.S. in Child and Family Development from Colorado State University. Contact Sue.