“I’ve taught children who have started my kindergarten class not knowing how to hold a book or turn a page.” - Denver kindergarten teacher
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, Founder, Board Member
For the last 8 years, Sara has worked in the nonprofit industry focusing on children's health and well-being, including PDI Surgery Center. After speaking with a Denver teacher regarding early childhood literacy, she solidified her decision to launch Imagination Library. She gathered a few friends to start a Denver affiliate.
Her favorite children's book is Miss Mopp's Lucky Day. She named her car after Scout, from To Kill A Mockingbird. She is ecstatic that Harper Lee is releasing follow up novel, Go Set a Watchman.
Tammy Smith-Ganduilla, Board Member
Tammy is a Denver-based business consultant. She co-owns the Denver Table Tennis Alliance with her husband, Angelo, and has 10 years of non-profit management experience.
Her favorite childhood book is The Velveteen Rabbit, and she now enjoys learning new skills and information from non-fiction books.
Josh Hanfling, Board Member
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 Denver Justice Council, Friends of the Denver Fire Department, the Denver Health Foundation, and the Democrats for Education Reform, and the Mohamed S. Farsi Foundation. Past boards include: The Denver Hospice, National Jewish Health, Concerts for Kids, 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
Zack is an attorney 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.