Advisory Board

Elyana Funk

Elyana  is originally from York, Pennsylvania and attended Duke University in North Carolina where she studied Latin America, North America, and the Latino immigrant population in the US, with a focus on children and education. She lived briefly in Ecuador and is fluent in Spanish. Elyana has worked for the I Have A Dream Foundation of Boulder County since 2000 and has served there in various roles. Her primary role has been the Program Director for the Sanchez Class, a project created in 2001 with a group of 50 2nd graders from Sanchez Elementary in Lafayette. She followed the 2nd graders for 11 years and managed multiple programs for that group, culminating in their graduation from high school in May of 2012. She is currently supporting the “Dreamers” as they transition to college, with assistance from a scholarship they receive from the foundation. Elyana lives in Eldorado Springs with her husband, Jeremy, and her 2 young daughters. She is a part of a large network of new parents and is enthusiastic about being connected to The Family Garden!

Annette Taylor

Annette worked in the financial sector for 26 years as a commercial and investment banker.  She is a founding board member of the “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Boulder County.  Following her banking career Annette served two years as an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow and became an AmeriCorps site director working at the “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Boulder County.  Annette has lived in Boulder County for 40 years and is married to John; they have two grown children and four grandchildren.  Her interests include family/friend time, biking, X-country skiing, and art.  Annette is happy to be a part of The Family Garden team and committed to its success.



Lee Shanis

Lee is co-founder of Intercambio and author of The Immigrant Guide; What Every Immigrant Needs to Know, a publication that is being used by 50,000 people from 400 organizations in 45 states. Lee has helped Intercambio spread its model throughout the country, raise $4,000,000, train 3,500 volunteer teachers, and provide English classes to 8,000 immigrant adults since its inception in 2001. Lee’s prior experience includes the development of a volunteer program at a psychiatric treatment center, supervising of an after-school program, mentoring developmentally challenged individuals and facilitating writing workshops for prison inmates.  Lee has a BA in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. Lee has received the Boulder Daily Camera Pacesetter award in Education, the Entrepreneur of the Year award from the University of Michigan’s School of Business, the Community Action Programs Multicultural award, the 2010 Boulder County Gold People’s Choice Award for Best Activist/Community Champion, and the 2012 Boulder Chamber of Commerce Young Business Person of the Year Award



Maeve cropMaeve Conran

Maeve is originally from Ireland but moved to Colorado in 1999 with her future husband, a Boulder native. She is the news director at KGNU, a community radio station in Boulder where she has worked since 2007, hosting a morning news show and producing news stories and radio documentaries. Maeve and her husband have 2 young daughters. Maeve enjoyed doing prenatal yoga at The Family Garden while she was pregnant with her second child. “I wish The Family Garden had been around when I was pregnant with my first daughter as it’s been such an amazing resource for me and my children.”



Mako ShimodaMako Shimoda, MD

Dr. Shimoda is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist who has practiced in Boulder, Colorado since 1997. As a native of St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Shimoda attended the University of Missouri for her undergraduate degree in Biology, and earned her M.D. from the University of Missouri in 1991. From there, she attended the University of Arkansas to complete her 4 year residency training in OB/GYN in 1995. After completing her residency, Dr. Shimoda moved to Kansas City where she was in private practice for 2 years. Thereafter, she moved to Boulder and in the year 200 she co-founded Boulder Women’s Care, providing comprehensive obstetrical care, and gynecologic services for women of all ages, including all aspects of gynecologic surgery. In January 2015, Dr. Shimoda retired from her busy practice in order to spend more time with her 3 children and their busy lives. Dr. Shimoda currently serves on the Boulder Community Health Board of Directors, and serves on many hospital committees. She previously served as a board member for Boulder County Medical Society. During her free time, Dr. Shimoda enjoys running, snow skiing, hiking, cooking and she tries to keep up with the busy schedules of her 3 middle school/high school aged children, and her very supportive husband, Mike.



Steve Szabo

After serving in the U.S. Navy, Steve worked for five years in the elevator construction business and then the telecommunications industry for twenty-eight years. There, he specialized in protection, maintenance, restoration and disaster recovery of national telecommunications facilities for the AT&T and Qwest networks. As a director with Qwest, he led the effort to restore telecommunications services in New York City following the 9/11 disaster. In 2002 he left the telecommunication business and started farming and began work on energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. He also served on the I Have A Dream foundation board of directors for nine years and still serves on their finance committee, and is the co-founder of PV- Pioneers – a clean energy focused non-profit.