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, Director of Outreach

Betsy graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Psychology and earned her Master’s in Social Work from Baylor University. She moved to Colorado halfway through her graduate degree and decided to stay in Denver post-graduation. After working in research and outreach departments of nonprofit organizations focusing on homelessness and poverty for several years, Betsy realized that inadequate education is a key factor in perpetuating the cycle of poverty. She has focused her efforts on Great Education’s movement of ensuring a quality education for all students in Colorado, with a special passion for those students who are economically challenged. In her spare time, Betsy enjoys hiking, climbing, reading and spending time with friends and family.  email

Anna Feldman, Policy and Outreach Specialist

A new-ish Denverite, Anna combines several years of tutoring and teaching in the D.C. metro area with roles in advocacy, program management, and policy research at nonprofits such as New America, Year Up, and grassroots group National Mall Coalition. She is passionate about the intersection of innovative policy, leadership, and improving access for all students to great education. She is also an avid snowboarder, road tripper, and salty snacker. Anna earned her Master’s in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a double B.S., Economics/Mathematics, and B.A., French, from the University of Southern California. email

Hailey McClure, Director of Community Organizing

Hailey Shea McClure studied Political Science at Colorado State University and has been a public school teacher in rural Connecticut and Metro Denver since graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 2014. As the Director of Community Organizing at Great Education Colorado, she is responsible for identifying and training leaders across the state to organize in their communities around adequate and equitable funding. With a primary focus in rural areas, Hailey spends a lot of time on the road meeting folks in their community and building power by lifting their voice at the state level. email

Mary McNeil Cheever, Outreach Coordinator

Raissa Shafer, Director of Finance

Raissa started working in education and the nonprofit sector over 15 years ago. She started out in the ESL classroom and moved on to curriculum development, program design, accreditation, and operations. She has worked with many education-oriented nonprofit organizations in Colorado and around the world. She holds a BA from The Colorado College and a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. Raissa is a classroom volunteer in the Colorado Refugee ESL program at the Emily Griffith School and sits on the advisory board of Our Front Porch L3C, an organization devoted to supporting long term disaster recovery. 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

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