We became a Dolly Parton Imagination Library affiliate in 2014 because we love reading and want children to have access to books before they start school.
Like Dolly, we want to foster a love of reading among preschool kids and their families. We want all children to have the opportunity to enter kindergarten prepared and excited to learn. Literacy is the foundation of a great education and your help will help ensure all children have the same opportunity. The simple act of giving the gift of books may not seem like a big deal, but it will make a positive difference in a Denver child’s life. Dream more, Learn more, Care more, and help a kid Be More!
Sara Randall, Director
For the last decade, Sara has worked in the public relations & nonprofit industry focusing on children's health and well-being, including PDI Surgery Center. After speaking with a Denver teacher regarding early childhood literacy, her decision to launch Imagination Library was solidified. She gathered a few friends to start a Denver affiliate. Her goal is to make sure every child in Denver has access to good books.
Her favorite children's book is Miss Mopp's Lucky Day. She named her car after Scout from To Kill A Mockingbird.
Josh Hanfling, Board Member, Chair
Since moving to Denver from Washington D.C. in 1993, Josh has been active with a number of non-profits, political organizations, and committees. He currently serves on the boards of the Friends of the Denver Fire Department, AMP the Cause, South Kent School, The Mohamed S. Farsi Foundation, The Colorado Music Hall of Fame and chairs the Denver Health Foundation Board. Past boards include: The Denver Hospice, National Jewish Health and The American Transplant Foundation.
He serves as the Honorary Consul General to Colorado for the Kingdom of Morocco and is a Principal at Sewald Hanfling Public Affairs, a Denver based lobbying firm.
Josh's favorite books are Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Suess
Zack Balkin, Board Member, Secretary
Zack is managing partner with the offices of Franklin D. Azar and Associates and a former Chief Deputy District Attorney. Since moving from Chicago, Zack has embraced the Colorado lifestyle. Zack is an avid snowboarder, hockey player, and hunter. He routinely leads and participates in law enforcement and government trainings.
Zack's favorite books are The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, and A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.
Michael Poole, Board Member, Treasurer
Donovan Cobbins, Board Member
Jeff Waxman, Board Member
Taylor Daum, Board Member
Gary Arnold, Pipefitters 208
Terry Austin, Franklin D. Azar & Associates