Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Jamie Idelberg, President
Jamie Idelberg, RDH, B.S., has been the Coordinator at Children’s Hospital Colorado Cleft Palate Clinic for 28 years. She serves on the American Cleft Palate Association (ACPA) Commission of Team Approval and the ACPA Revitalization Task Force. Her passion is the Cleft Camp Program she created 14 years ago. Jamie is excited to serve on the board as she introduced Marley & Jamie, the founders of Face to Face Colorado, in 2011 and is looking forward to planning more educational and social events for this community.

Meaghan Carabello, Vice-President
Meaghan Carabello is the proud mother of Luca, born with a bilateral cleft lip & palate. Her husband, Zeb, also has a cleft and has been the catalyst of her cleft advocacy well before their son was born. Zeb and Meaghan host an annual bocce ball fundraising tournament to support the Children’s Hospital Cleft Lip & Palate Clinic’s summer and winter camps for kids with clefts. After Luca was born, they were very passionate about supporting Face-to-Face Colorado in order to provide more support to families and parents. Meaghan and Zeb also have a 5-year old daughter, Maggie. In addition to her important roles of mom, fundraiser, and board member, Meaghan also runs her own business providing marketing and communications support to a variety of for-profit and non-profit clients.

Marley Hamrick, Co-Founder and Former Board Member
Marley Hamrick co-founded Face-to-Face Colorado to provide the community resources for others that her and her family sought throughout her treatment for cleft lip and palate. She recently graduated from Colorado State University with her Master’s degree in Ethnic Studies where she received the 1st place award in Diversity and Social Justice Research for her thesis on the marketing strategies of international craniofacial NGOs. She works as the Development Coordinator for the Larimer County Child Advocacy Center. While a Communications and Policy Fellow at the Colorado Children’s Campaign, she encouraged advocates to speak up on behalf of kids’ health and championed a bill to improve preventative oral health care services for low-income Colorado kids. She received her B.A. from Colorado College in 2012.

Jamie Bell, Co-Founder and Event and Community Relations Coordinator
Jamie Bell co-founded Face-to-Face Colorado because of her passion for creating a needed local resource for people affected by cleft lip and palate. Through her experience in a variety of positions in pediatrics, she learned about the advancements in coordinated clinical care for children and areas of continued need, such as family support. Having a cleft lip and palate, Jamie and her family faced many of the same challenges that other families are facing today. Jamie is currently working as an Administration Professional Sr in the Medical Educations & Conference Center for Children’s Hospital Colorado. Previously, she worked as the Medical Assistant in pediatric pulmonology. She obtained an A.A.S. in Psychology in 2012. Jamie was awarded the Metropolitan Mayor’s Youth Award for overcoming adversity. Outside of working, volunteering and continuing her education, she is a wife and mother.

Amanda McKenzie, Secretary
Amanda McKenzie joined the board because of her passion for helping the community and a desire to impact the lives of others. Having a best friend with cleft lip and palate has shed a light on an area where resources should be available and having always had a desire to sit on a board and make an impact, this was a perfect opportunity. Amanda works as the Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs for the Colorado Community College System and earned B.A. in Business with an emphasis on financial management. She has certifications in non-profit management and project management.

Jill Robinson, Board Member
I am the proud mother of a beautiful daughter.  Kendall was born with a bilateral cleft lip and alveolar cleft (please don’t ask me to pronounce that however).  When Kendall was born I knew nothing about clefts, or how to care for my baby and it scared me.    Kendall was 5 when I first heard about Face to Face Colorado and I was so excited to be able to connect with other families like mine.  Now that Kendall is older and doesn’t necessarily need me as much, I hope to help make an impact on other cleft kids and their families.   I joined the board in hopes to reach out to families and support them in their need during their journeys.  To know you’re not alone in this process and your child isn’t alone means the world.  It means so much to Kendall to participate in different events with kids that are just like her and I want all of Colorado’s cleft kids to experience this!    I also run a Before and After School Program at Mountain Vista Elementary in the Cherry Creek School District.  I love being around kids and helping them grow and I get to do that every day with Face to Face Colorado and my Daycare!

Julie Branstrom, Board Member

Jennifer Freeman, Treasurer

Jen Freeman has twenty years of non-profit management experience at all levels including as executive director.  She has significant experience collaborating with non-profits, government agencies, and funders including grant solicitation, relationship building, grant management, fund management, and reporting. She specializes in youth development and engagement, conservation and stewardship, community collaboration, and national service/AmeriCorps programs.  Prior to launching her consulting business in 2014, Jen served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA), a statewide non-profit organization that promotes youth development through conservation. She has a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Management and Organizational Development, both from Benedictine University in Illinois.  Jen lives in Denver with her husband and two children.  Her husband and son are cleft-affected.  The Freeman family enjoys spending time in Colorado’s great outdoors – hiking, camping, and skiing.

 

Former Board Members

Alma Zamarripa
Alma Zamarripa is an EDDA part time and is a stay at home mom to 3 beautiful kids the rest of her time. Her middle son was born with unilateral cleft lip and complete cleft palate. Her focus since joining face to face Colorado is to reach out the the latin community and through her experience with her son help them on their cleft journey.

Zeb Carabello
Zeb Carabello was born in Denver with a cleft lip and palate. Three years ago, his son, Luca, was also born with a cleft lip and palate. As both a person with a cleft and the father of a child with a cleft, Zeb has many diverse experiences and points of view regarding cleft lips and palates, and he is passionate about making the “cleft experience” better for all. Zeb and his wife Meaghan are winners of the 2012 Cleft Palate Foundation “Leadership Award” for their fundraising and personal support for the twice-a-year Colorado Children’s Hospital Cleft Camp. Zeb has been a Face-to-Face Colorado board member since 2014, and he is proud of the significant contributions the organization has made to the Colorado cleft community in its short life.

Joyce Rodriguez
I am a mother of 4 boys. My two youngest sons are cleft affected. I have been passionate about cleft lip and palate awareness since I gave birth to my third son Joshua who was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. My fourth son Ezekiel was born with an incomplete unilateral cleft lip. I am a founder of a 5k walk run, Dash For Smiles. The event supports the cleft lip and palate clinics at Children’s Hospital and Rose Medical Center. Face-to-Face is an amazing organization and I was excited to join their efforts in connecting families with cleft. Aside for raising cleft awareness, I work as an Addiction Counselor. Helping people is a true passion of mine.

Advisory Board

Maura Devine
Maura Devine is the Director of Operations for Top Line Management, Inc. She was a board member and Secretary of Face-to-Face Colorado from 2013-2014 and advisory board member from 2014-2015. Maura holds a B.A. in Government from Skidmore College and is passionate about public health and public policy issues. Her experiences as a parent of a child born with a cleft have propelled her to work toward improving the care both children and their parents receive — from prenatal diagnosis through post-surgical healing. She believes that the more empowered and educated parents are with regard to their child’s diagnosis and ongoing needs, the better the outcome will be for everyone, especially the child.

Theresa Snelling
Theresa received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Northern Colorado. She has worked in the area of pediatric speech-language disorders for 27 years, with emphasis in the areas of cleft palate and related speech disorders, infant-toddler language intervention, and childhood articulation and language disorders. She has maintained a private practice since 1988. Additional career experience includes public school, child find preschool, and hospital/clinic settings. Theresa is the Clinical Coordinator and team Speech-Language Pathologist at the Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Center at Rose Medical Center in Denver.