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Anji Roe Wood

Anji Roe Wood – President & CEOLeadership

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.


Carly Bouts

Carly Bouts – Greater Colorado Program & Impact ManagerEducation

Carly is passionate about using Junior Achievement programming to empower young people in Colorado Springs and across Southern Colorado. She oversees our weekly and JA in a Day programs. Whether you're a volunteer, educator, student, parent, or partner, please feel free to contact Carly if you have questions about JA, if you would like to request programming for your classroom, or if you would like to volunteer with JA.

Prior to joining the JA team, Carly held various positions in political and economic consulting and analysis. She additionally served as an AmeriCorps member providing academic and extracurricular support to youth in rural Southern Colorado. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, and visiting new places.


Jake Lasko

Jake Lasko – District Manager - Roaring Fork ValleyEducation

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

Cheryl Potman – Donor Engagement & Special Events ManagerDevelopment

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.


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