Anji Roe Wood – President & CEO – Leadership
Anji has more than 20 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector and joins Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado after most recently serving as the Executive Director of Phi Mu Foundation, the charitable arm of Phi Mu Fraternity - one of the longest serving women's organizations of our time. During her tenure, the organization saw its largest Annual Fund growth in history and launched a $15 million dollar comprehensive campaign in support of leadership development, scholarship opportunities and emergency assistance for collegiate women.
Prior to the Foundation, Anji served as the Director of Alumnae Engagement at Phi Mu Fraternity where she successfully managed the national alumnae engagement and advancement efforts including the Forever Faithful campaign, which focuses on increasing alumnae support for critical Fraternity programming and officer training.
Anji also served on the leadership team of the nation's largest regional association for grantmakers, the Southeastern Council of Foundations (SECF), as the Director of Marketing and Communications. During her time at SECF, she played a significant role in cultivating relationships between the council and hundreds of philanthropic organizations and leaders throughout the Southeast in support of creating sustainable, collaborative philanthropic partnerships.
Other nonprofit experience includes her time serving in public relations and marketing roles with Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Special Olympics Georgia and Habitat For Humanity International.
A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Anji is a graduate of Elon University, earned a Certificate of Fundraising Management with the Lilly School of Philanthropy and has completed extensive work in nonprofit management and Board development. Anji recently moved to Colorado Springs with her husband and two daughters and is proud to call this dynamic community home.
Lauren Kunze – Director of Program Strategy & Partnerships – Education
Lauren has five years of experience serving Junior Achievement's mision and brings great insight and perspective with regard to JA's full spectrum of programs, education and curriculum. Whether you're a volunteer, educator, student, parent or partner - feel free to contact Lauren if you have questions requesting a program or if you would like to bring JA to your class. Lauren is also your point person for connecting large groups of volunteers and would love to work with you to get your organization more involved with JA in the Pikes Peak Region.
Jake Lasko – District Manager - Roaring Fork Valley – Education
Jake has been the District Manager for Junior Achievement for the last 18 months. Prior to joining JA, Jake was a commercial banker who served as a volunteer and local advisory board chairman. Jake transitioned his love of financial literacy from banking to JA to help grow the reach JA could have in the Roaring Fork Valley. He is also deeply invested in education as his wife is a middle school teacher and he has two boys in grades 3rd and 5th.
Jake also has an entrepreneurial mindset as he is President of his own company that he operates alongside his commitment to JA. Jake has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from the University of Northern Colorado. No matter how busy the schedule looks, Jake takes time to enjoy golf, running and biking, as well as coaching his son’s sports teams.
Cheryl Potman – Donor Engagement & Special Events Manager – Development
Here at JA, we host three annual signature events throughout the year to raise critical funds to support our programming, as well as to educate and inform the community about JA's impact. Over 50 percent of the organization's budget depends on the success of these events! Cheryl works to create community partnerships by sharing opportunities to get engaged through participation, fundraising, corporate sponsorships, and in-kind donations supporting JA in the Pikes Peak Region. Reach out to her to learn more about JA's Rock ‘n Bowl event in February, the Gala & Auction in May, and our Golf Classic in August.