Jonathan Merage

Founder

Founder

Jonathan Merage is a proven entrepreneur, researcher, artist, and philanthropist. Over the past 10 years, Jonathan has been actively pursuing and seeking out technology and energy opportunities that make a sustainable impact for people and the planet, including supporting severe weather research and ways scientists can better predict storms before they occur.

Since its founding, the Jonathan Merage Foundation has developed a standing partnership with the University of Colorado Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science, Denver Botanic Gardens, University of Hawaii’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, Colorado State University, and Hawaii Nature Center.

Sue Renner

Executive Director

Sue oversees the grant making and operations for the Merage Foundation, and is spearheading the development of the Foundation’s Early Learning Ventures initiative to increase the stability and productivity of Colorado’s ECE sector. Prior to joining the Merage Foundation in 2006, Sue was the Executive Director of Early Childhood Connections, a nonprofit corporation providing early intervention supports and services to over 1,000 infants, toddlers, and their families each year in the Denver-metro region. Sue also worked as a Senior Program Manager with the Colorado Office of Resource and Referral Agencies where she was responsible for launching Colorado’s T.E.A.C.H. program, a public-private venture to provide early care and education professionals with college scholarships.

Sue’s experience includes volunteer leadership roles with several community development, family support and early care and education organizations. Ms. Renner received her BS in Human Development from California Polytechnic University, and her MS in Child and Family Development from Colorado State University.

Samantha Sinkhorn

Communications Specialist

Sam oversees all marketing, communications, press relations, website, and social media management for Merage Foundations to elevate the organization and its partners. She also provides marketing, public relations, and social media support for the foundation’s non-profit entities, Early Learning Ventures (ELV), Equitas, and Black Cube. Sam has nearly a decade’s worth of non-profit marketing and communications experience, ranging from writing, editing, and content management to social media development, management, and analysis. Prior to joining the Merage Foundations, Sam served as the Marketing and Communications Director for Sacred Heart Schools in Chicago, where she oversaw the school’s rebranding efforts, website redesign, and assisted with a multi-million-dollar fundraising campaign. Sam holds a BA degree in Writing from Millikin University and MA in Journalism from Ball State University.

Katie Lunde

Operations Specialist

Katie provides support in all grant making and operations for the Merage Foundations, in addition to oversight of programs. With a focus on fund development, she also supports the foundation’s nonprofit entities, Early Learning Ventures (ELV), Equitas, and Black Cube. Katie has more than 9 years in nonprofit and organizational development experience. Prior to joining the Merage Foundations, she completed year-long graduate practicums at both YouthRoots and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. Before residing in Denver, Katie served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for two years in Swaziland, Africa as a Youth Development Facilitator. Katie received her BA/BS in Psychology/Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona University and her MS in Social Work with a focus on Organizational Leadership from the University of Denver.