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 (16 and 18), Weil was closely involved in the creation and passage of Amendment 23, and co-founded Great Education Colorado in 2005. email | twitter

Sue Catterall, Outreach Director

A native of Michigan, Sue and her husband have called Colorado home for nearly two decades. Following a long career with Herman Miller, Inc., Sue turned her attention to public education, prompted by the birth of her twins, now 19. Accountability and funding, always at the heart of Sue’s advocacy efforts, have led to leadership positions on both school and district accountability committees and local school mill levy campaigns. Sue holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University and is a graduate of Leadership Douglas County. email

Susan Meek, Director of Communications

With nearly 20 years experience in nonprofit, government and business, Susan has acquired a diverse skill set in communications, operations and strategy. After moving to Colorado 15 years ago, Susan focused her efforts primarily in serving K-12 education. Susan has a passion for ensuring all children have access to strong and thriving public schools and believes education has the power to transform lives and is our moral obligation to the next generation. As a mother of two high-school age daughters, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. Susan has an MBA in Business Economics and Public Policy from George Washington University. 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

Angela Green Garland, Volunteer Coordinator

Angela is a Colorado transplant and native Nebraskan. She has a Master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Angela has over 15 years of experience in working with and for non-profit agencies—from volunteers, to community to executive experience. Within her local school district, she along with several other parents started a district-wide committee to specifically address issues related to equity and the achievement gap. As a graduate of public schools, she is a fierce supporter of adequate funding. In her spare time, Angela enjoys reading and spending time with her family. email

Mary McNeil Cheever, Community Liaison

A California native, Mary and her husband moved to Denver in 1987. Mary has a degree in History from Stanford University. Her work experience includes media planning and buying for an advertising agency, working for a financial advisor, and marketing American History Through Folksong CDs and songbooks for WEM Records. The mother of two daughters (now 20 and 23), Mary has spent many years as an active fundraiser, organizer and volunteer working on behalf of public schools. Mary currently serves on the board of Partners In Literacy and has volunteered for Great Education Colorado on and off since its inception. email

Steve Foster, Web Consultant

Steve is a former newspaper editor and designer with the Rocky Mountain News, Chicago Sun-Times and Longmont Times-Call. Since the closure of the Rocky in 2009, he has provided marketing, communications and web design and development for several clients including nonprofit and advocacy groups. Steve, a native of South Dakota, holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of South Dakota. He and his wife, Alexandra, have 4-year-old and 1-year-old daughters, both future students of Denver Public Schools. email | twitter