Meet Richard Groat, our Chairman
Richard, who has dyslexia, was Co-President of the LEAD graduating class of 2005 at Cheyenne Mountain High School. He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor’s degree in History in 2009, and the University of Denver this summer with a Master of Business Administration degree. A Captain in the US Army Reserves, Richard is also a Product Management Intern with Century Link. In his free time, Richard likes to spend time with his family and friends and take his dog to the park.
Meet Barb White
Barb’s connection to LEAD began when her children were in school and she saw how it changed her daughter’s life. After graduating from CSU Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, Learning Handicapped and Severe Handicapped in 1976, Barb received her Master’s degree in Special Education from CSU Sacramento. With 40 years of teaching under her belt, Barb is also a tutor and Educational Specialist at Beagle Bay. Barb enjoys traveling, researching the latest treads in brain research, visiting with her family, quilting, scrapbooking, hiking, swimming and spoiling her dog in her free time.
Meet Daniela Galvan
Daniela got involved with the LEAD Foundation because she has a daughter who has been in LEAD at Cheyenne Mountain High School for 3 years. After graduating from Business and Medical University Schweinfurt with a degree in Medical Assistance and Diabetes Research in Germany in 1996, Daniela moved to the U.S. She is the co-owner and Broker/Owner of Galvan and Gardner Real Estate Group, a local real estate and property management company. You will find Daniela taking care of her family and friends when she’s not working or volunteering for LEAD. She also enjoys traveling, reading and anything that has to do with animals.
Meet Linda Knight
Linda joined our organization after her daughter attended LEAD classes in high school. An Early Childhood Coordinator in the Cheyenne Mountain School District, Linda has multiple degrees and certifications. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education in YEAR and her Master of Education degree in YEAR from Louisiana State University in Monroe. Linda also earned her Early Childhood Education Certification from Centenary College, Principal License from University of Phoenix and Early Childhood Special Education Endorsement from University of Colorado Denver. When she’s not volunteering with LEAD, she likes to read, hike, kayak, camp and spend time with her family and friends.
Founder and Teacher
Meet Alan Pocock
For the past 44 years, Alan Pocock (Po) has dedicated his life to helping teenagers with the social, emotional and intellectual aspects of dealing with learning and mental health disabilities. He founded the Learning and Educating About Disabilities (LEAD) program in 1997 and served as the class educator until YEAR. Po has served on the Colorado Learning Disabilities Association Board of Directors, Colorado Advisory Board for Learning Disabilities, and Board of Directors for the LEAD Foundation. He also earned the U.S. Department of Education’s No Child Left Behind American Star of Teaching award for the 2007-2008 school year for his ground-breaking LEAD program at Cheyenne Mountain High School and was named the 2014 “Hero of Mental Health” by AspenPointe for giving students, their families and others in a similar position hope for a successful future.
Meet Jeanine Morrow Charlton
Jeanine is the LEAD Foundation teacher and coordinator at Cheyenne Mountain High School. A Nationally Certified School Psychologist, she also serves as one of the School Psychologists for the Cheyenne Mountain School District and works with students from birth through age 21. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications/Public Relations from Columbia College Chicago in 2000, a Master’s degree in Special Education from Northern Illinois University in 2002, and earned her Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology from New Mexico State University in 2012. Some of her favorite things are relaxing with her husband, traveling and reading. Jeanine also loves comedy, watching movies, walking her dogs and going to the gym.
Meet Kathryn Carruth
Kathryn became LEAD Foundation’s Executive Director after a board member helped her two sons, who have learning disabilities. She wanted to give back to LEAD through her own talents of non-profit leadership. Kathryn has a M.Sc. in International Rural Development: Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security from the Royal Agricultural College in England and a B.Sc. in Agricultural Communications with a minor in Classical Ballet from Texas Tech University. Most recently, she was Executive Director of American National CattleWomen and she has served as President of The Ballet Guild for Texas Ballet Theater and is a Founding Member of TriArts (Fort Worth Opera, Texas Ballet Theater and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s umbrella fundraising organization). She also has served as Media Relations and Celebrity Host for Jay Novacek’s NOVA Wellness Center and with numerous other charities. Kathryn enjoys cheering on her 5 children at their many activities, gardening, traveling, horseback riding and taking care of the collection of pets at their home.
Meet Whitney Wyatt
Whitney is a TV reporter turned PR professional, whose dream is for every child to graduate from high school. After graduating from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2003, she moved to New York City to intern at the CBS Network. When she returned to Texas, Whitney reported for KXII, the CBS affiliate in Sherman. For the past 13 years, Whitney has worked in public relations for The Dwyer Group, Mr. Rooter Plumbing, Children’s Medical Center in Dallas and Highland Park Presbyterian Church. A nationally recognized social media expert, you will find her teaching kids how to read when she’s not in the office. Whitney loves watching football, reading and playing cards and dominoes with family in her free time.