Since it was founded in 2008, GJIL has developed into a successful non-profit with a volunteer Executive Director, Lindsay Keller, and an exceptional Board of Directors.
Lindsay is an active community member volunteering through Horizon Sunrise Rotary, United Way and The Giving Club all while serving GJIL as a volunteer Executive Director since 2014. She enjoys watching sports and cheering on her favorite teams (GO ROCKIES). Her second home is playing hockey at The Glacier Ice Arena and coaching Mites Youth Hockey.
Lindsay and her husband, Richard, have lived in Grand Junction since 2003. Although they don't have children of their own, they are both passionate about childhood education and getting every child started on the right page.
"Some of my fondest childhood memories are reading with my parents! The family togetherness, the smell of a new book, and the anticipation of the adventures that lie ahead. I'm honored that I can help provide that same magical experience to children in our community."
Kristi Widdows Calfee is the current Board President of GJIL. She was raised in Grand Junction & co-founded GJIL with her sister in 2007. She currently lives in Castle Pines with her husband and two children. She is active in her community, volunteering at her children's school.
"After seeing first-hand how excited my young daughter was to read the new books that arrived in the mail from Imagination Library, I knew this program could have such a positive impact on children in the community where I was raised!"
Barbara is a staff accountant for Hilltop Community Resources. She joined the board after her son graduated from Imagination Library. She loves to play sports with her family, mostly basketball and volleyball. They try to make all of the CMU games, where she and her husband are alumni. They also enjoy playing board games and enjoying all Colorado outdoor activities.
"I truly believe that he has done so well in kindergarten because we read together. Since he was registered at birth, he received all 60 books. Some of the books are pretty worn out from being read so much. I love that kids have the chance to read and get books in the mail addressed to them."
Christie is a program director for Hilltop Community Resources and has worked in social services for 16 years. She grew up in Grand Junction and moved back in 2007. She is married with two children: a high schooler and a young one enrolled in GJIL.
"In my years of experience, I have learned how important early literacy is for children. I also know how difficult it can be to think about reading and have books around when so many other things are going on. This program reduces barriers to having books in the home and does so in a fun way. It gives both the child and the parents something to look forward to and do together. I am so happy to help bring this program to so many families."
Richard is a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors. He served as Treasurer on the St. Mary's Foundation Board and is an active member of Horizon Sunrise Rotary. When not at the office, he enjoys playing and coaching hockey, fishing, watching sports and hanging out with his best friend and wife, Lindsay.
"I loved getting things in the mail as a kid! That was so special! How cool that children in our community can get excited about a book delivered in their name to their mailbox!"
Tricia is a GJIL Co-Founder and Board Member of GJIL. She was raised in Grand Junction and founded GJIL with her sister in 2007. She currently lives in Fort Collins, CO with her husband, kids and a dog named Max. She is an active volunteer in her community and enjoys spending time playing tennis, skiing or just enjoying the outdoors.
"After having my own children, I realized my passion for giving EVERY child the opportunity to succeed, regardless of their circumstance. I love that Imagination Library is a proactive approach that has the potential to change the trajectory of a child's life."