President & CEO, Board Member
During his time as a Senator in the Colorado General Assembly, Jack Tate developed a track record of being a champion of success and opportunity for all Coloradans, living up up his campaign theme-line of "Chicken in Every Pot, Book on Every Shelf, Fish in Every Stream." To that end, in February 2020 as a member of the Colorado Senate in his last session, Jack was a prime sponsor of Senate Bill 20-185 which established a Colorado Imagination Library Program with the Department of Education.
With over 20 years executive leadership experience, Jack is excited to champion an effort that puts kids on the right path to success from their earliest experiences, understanding that every child dreams of growing up to be a best version of themselves - dreams that often begin in books. Jack’s favorite book as a child was Millions of Cats. He holds an MBA in Marketing and an MS in Finance.
Director of Affiliate Relations
For more than 15 years Sara has lead community efforts focusing on direct and safety net services.
After co-founding Imagination Library of Denver in 2015, Sara saw firsthand how essential strong home libraries are to babies and children, and the transformative impact simply mailing books to homes has on a family's culture of reading.
Her vision is to ensure all children in Colorado have equitable access to Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Every day she drinks her cup of ambition and works to deliver quality books to children in Denver. More books to more kids. All Means All!
Sara's favorite book as a child was Miss Mopp's Lucky Day.
Sara also serves as the Director of the Denver Imagination Library affiliate. With nearly a decade of involvement with the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, she will serve as a liaison to current and new Colorado Imagination Library affiliates. Her goal is to provide affiliates support when needed, grow a strong network of Colorado programs, and build one program in every county.
Director of Operations
Laura launched her career in early childhood and informal education and imagined a world where every student was literate. This dream manifests in her work with Imagination Library of Colorado. Her imagination continues as she wonders how to bring literacy to every home in Colorado. Her work leading non-profits focuses on public safety and education.
Laura loves to travel, laugh with her husband and kids, and cheer on the Florida Gators in every sport. Her favorite children’s book is Click Clack Moo Cows That Type.
As Director of Operations for Imagination Library of Colorado, she will manage grant writing, compliance and as the program grows, educational materials. With 20 years of nonprofit and fundraising management, Laura provides a strong background in direct services and community engagement.
Josh Hanfling is a co-founder of Sewald Hanfling Public Affairs. During his 27 years in Denver, Josh has worked with officials and stakeholders in a range of industries, including real estate and construction, telecommunications, technology and software, disruptive businesses, professional sports, retail, financial services, restaurants, private equity, non-profits, and more.
His favorite children's book is Llama llama Red Pajama.
Megan serves as Imagination Library of Colorado's inaugural Intern.
She will graduate from Metropolitan State University of Denver in the spring with a B.A. in English. Throughout her time at MSU she has worked as a writing consultant at the school's Writing Center. Megan is also fond of Vampire-centric cinema.
Her role at ILCO is to assist Laura in grant research and writing, data management, and copy editing.
During her free time, she likes to go hiking with her fluffy dog Pork Chop or spend the weekend camping in the mountains. Megan's favorite book as a child was The Very Hungry Caterpillar.