When it comes to kids,
their future is ours to create
One Chance to Grow Up focuses on defending kids across the nation from the dangers of today’s marijuana.
For kids, everyone raising kids, and all those supporting them in the era of legalized marijuana: One Chance to Grow Up has your back.
We’re here to give you the words you need when you don’t know what to say. We’re here to teach you what you might not know. And to be the voice for kids that policymakers hear loud and clear.
It’s our mission to keep kids safe from all the dangers of marijuana commercialization. Kids don’t always know how to protect themselves, which is why we all need to step up.
As an initiative of Smart Colorado, we’ve been vigilant about the effects of THC on kids from the first days of legalization. We don’t take sides on the politics of legalization but instead serve as a reliable resource for parents, media, policymakers and all those who care about kids.
Meet the team
Left to right, Gina Carbone, Rachel O’Bryan, Henny Lasley, Diane Carlson, Doug Robinson, Julie Dreifaldt
Co-founder and Chairman of Advisory Council
Doug is chairman of the Advisory Council of Smart Colorado. He is actively involved in the community, starting three nonprofits and most recently running for governor of Colorado in 2018. Professionally, Doug spent 27 years working as an investment banker, specifically in the technology sector. He is currently managing partner of Dry Fly Capital and adjunct professor of finance in the Leeds School of Business University of Colorado Boulder.
Co-founder and Director, National and Strategic Partnerships
Diane has participated in all aspects of the education, policy and regulatory making process from day one of marijuana legalization in Colorado. Appointed by the governor, Diane has served on Colorado’s Statewide Marijuana Education Committee for the past six years. She has served in leadership positions in organizations focused on K-12 education and youth wellness, leadership and civic engagement. Diane has a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School at Harvard and a B.A. in History/Economics from the University of Maryland.
Co-founder and Executive Director
Henny was appointed by the State Marijuana Enforcement Division to serve on the stakeholder group focused on rulemaking for labeling and warning statements of marijuana products and social consumption. She speaks locally, nationally and internationally to health professionals, policymakers and parents sharing Colorado’s lessons learned about today’s marijuana and the impacts on kids. Henny has a B.B.A and B.A. in history from Southern Methodist University.
Co-founder and Strategic Projects Director
Rachel, an attorney, has been involved in Colorado’s historic recreational marijuana legislative and regulatory process since 2013. She was appointed by the governor to serve on a subcommittee of the Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force, providing a voice of citizens. She has also served on several state Marijuana Enforcement Division regulatory committees. She has a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
Co-founder Smart Colorado
Gina has represented Smart Colorado on The Today Show, PBS, C-SPAN, Fox News, NPR and BBC, as well as interviews with Time Magazine, The New York Times, USA Today, and many other national and international media outlets. A third-generation Coloradan, she spent more than a decade working in public affairs in Washington, D.C., and New York City. She has a B.A. in Political Science from Fairfield University and an M.A. in International Affairs from American University in Washington, DC.
Donor Relations and Special Events
Julie works closely with donors and foundations, communicates with supporters, parents and is the liaison to the Advisory Council. Julie passionately advocates for Colorado kids and equips parents to talk about marijuana. She serves on Cherry Creek School District’s Parent Information Network (PIN) Board and Community Vaping Prevention Roundtable. Julie speaks locally to parents, trusted adults and school organizations about today’s marijuana and the impacts on kids. She has a BA in History and English.
Grants and Organizational Coordinator
Jennifer, a mom of 3 Colorado teens, has been involved in local regulatory policy to advocate for strict nicotine and marijuana protections since 2014. She has passionately worked to educate and inform on the importance of protections for kids and was one of the earliest supporters of statewide youth protections when recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado. Jennifer brings 25+ years of business and management experience.
Community Engagement Coordinator
Ge’Swan (He/Him/His) is a student at the University of Colorado Denver, pursuing a major in biology and a minor in political science. He was introduced to the organization during his time with the Colorado Student Leaders Institute (COSLI). Ge’Swan is a member of One Chance to Grow Up’s Advisory Council in addition to interning and managing intermittent projects.
Doug Robinson – Chairman, One Chance to Grow Up; Managing Partner Dry Fly Capital
Jill Anschutz – Anschutz Foundation Board member; Community Leader, Denver
Celeste Archer – Executive Director, Colorado Student Leaders Institute
Wil Armstrong – Principal Three Tree Capital, Board of Trustees Colorado Christian University
Linda Brown – Board Member, 5280 High School; Community Leader, Denver
Gina Carbone – Co-founder, Smart Colorado
Diane Carlson – Co-founder, One Chance to Grow Up; National Policy Director
Wendi Chamberlain – Community Leader, Registered Nurse, Golden
Hailey Dennis – CU Denver Student; Student Leader
John Faught – CEO and President, Kempe Foundation
Dr. Ken Finn – Physician and Owner, Springs Rehabilitation, PC
Dr. Jeff Hanson – Neonatologist, Pediatrix Medical Group
Ted Harms – Community Leader, Denver
Henny Lasley – Co-founder and Executive Director, One Chance to Grow Up
Dr. Melissa Larson – Partner USAP; Board Certified General and Pediatric Anesthesiologist
Paula McPheeters – Community Leader, Pueblo
Doug Morton – Former CEO and Chairman Sports Authority
Rachel O’Bryan, J.D – Co-founder, author and policy advisor, One Chance to Grow Up
Dr. Lorrie Odom – Retired Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist, private practice
Scott Pann – Senior VP, RBC Wealth Management
Sue Sharkey – University of Colorado Board of Regents
Ge’Swan Swanson – CU Denver Student; Student Leader
Anna Weaver-Hayes – Executive Director, Colorado Psychiatric Society
Dr. Marie Whiteside – Pediatrician and Community Leader, Denver