Great Education Colorado Action is a statewide, nonpartisan, 501c(4) advocacy organization focused on improving public education in Colorado through wise, increased investment in our schools, colleges and universities. It is a separate, sister organization to Great Education Colorado, acting as a catalyst for improved investment in Colorado’s public schools, colleges and universities. This means both increased investment and wise investment.

Meet the Staff

Lisa Weil
Executive Director

A graduate of Greeley Public Schools, the University of Colorado, and the Yale Law School, Lisa has been a public interest attorney and political consultant. She served as Policy Director and Chief Legal Counsel for former Governor Roy Romer, and as a Legislative Aide to former Senators Timothy Wirth and Bob Kerrey. She managed the first Congressional campaign of Representative Diana DeGette, and has served as a consultant on a wide variety of research and campaign projects. The mother of two (18 and 20), Weil was closely involved in the creation and passage of Amendment 23, and co-founded Great Education Colorado in 2005. email| twitter

Betsy Bevis, MSW
Director of Outreach & Public Affairs

Betsy started focusing on organizing and policy work while receiving her Masters in Social Work from Baylor University. After working in research and outreach departments of nonprofit organizations focusing on homelessness and poverty, Betsy realized that inadequate education is a key factor in perpetuating the cycle of poverty. As Director of Outreach & Public Affairs, Betsy is responsible for recruiting and organizing advocates statewide and ensuring that a clear pathway to state-level advocacy is accessible to public education supporters across the state. Betsy splits her time between organizing and training advocates as well as following bills at the Capitol during the legislative session. Outside of work, she can be found outside rock climbing, reading and spending time with her friends and family.  email

Hailey Shea McMoore
Director of Community Engagement & Communications

Hailey is a proud product of Colorado public schools with a B.A. in Political Science from Colorado State University and has been a public school teacher in rural Connecticut and Metro Denver since graduating in 2014. As the Director of Community Engagement & Communications at Great Education Colorado, she is responsible for social media, messaging, developing trainings and community building for Colorado public schools. She began as a community organizer in rural Colorado and enjoys traveling around the state working with dynamic leaders and advocates for Colorado kids. She loves gifs, corny jokes and hanging out with family in her hometown of Evergreen. email

Mary McNeil Cheever
Community Liaison

A California native, Mary moved to Colorado in 1987.  She has been involved with Great Education Colorado in a variety of capacities since its inception.  Mary has two daughters who are proud graduates of Denver public schools.  She spent many years as a fundraiser, organizer, school and community volunteer. She passionately believes in the value of public education as a cornerstone of our Democracy and is devoted to making an equitable and adequately funded public education a reality for ALL Colorado children. Mary serves on the board of Partners in Literacy and holds a degree in History from Stanford University.  She enjoys hiking in Colorado’s beautiful mountains and singing in a community choir. email

Lea Steed
Outreach Coordinator

Lea grew up in the Denver/Aurora area and was educated in the DPS and APS school system. She continued her education at the Community College of Denver and received a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from University of Northern Colorado. She will complete her Master’s in Reading Education by 2017. Lea has two beautiful teenage daughters who attend DPS schools. Her work at Great Education Colorado has taught her to never underestimate the power of grassroots organizing or the power of voice! email

Nicole Niebler
Office Manager

While studying Dietetics and Global Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Nicole chose to dedicate her career to increasing equity by empowering and educating communities. She then worked in the non-profit sector in Madison, Wisconsin increasing access to healthy, local foods and educating communities about the connections between food, health, and the environment. Great Education Colorado’s vision for all Coloradan children to have equal access to adequate and equitable education fulfills her goal of increasing equity. Outside of work she is frequently found playing ukulele, traveling, and caring for her plants. email

Zacary J. Tardiff
Director of Development

Zacary has a diverse array of professional experiences including nearly 8 years as an administrator and professor at West Virginia University. He has also been involved with nonprofit organizations for more than 10 years, including serving as the President of Empty Bowls Monongalia in West Virginia.  Zacary and his wife, Abby (a native Coloradan), relocated to Colorado in mid-2016. Originally from New Jersey, Zacary is a two-time graduate of West Virginia University, most recently attaining an MBA from the WVU College of Business & Economics. Zacary is dedicated to building genuine, lasting relationships that will help Great Education Colorado continue to grow. He is passionate about ensuring that students throughout the state have access to high quality public education. In his free time, Zacary enjoys cooking, hiking, and spending time with his wife and two dogs, Luca and Denver. email | twitter