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

Doug Robinson

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.

Diane Carlson

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.

Henny Lasley

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.

Rachel O'Bryan

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.

Gina Carbone

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.

Julie Dreifaldt

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.

Jennifer Yates

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.

Ge'Swan Swanson

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.


Advisory Council

Doug RobinsonChairman, One Chance to Grow Up; Managing Partner Dry Fly Capital

Jill AnschutzAnschutz Foundation Board member; Community Leader, Denver

Celeste ArcherExecutive Director, Colorado Student Leaders Institute

Wil ArmstrongPrincipal Three Tree Capital, Board of Trustees Colorado Christian University

Linda BrownBoard Member, 5280 High School; Community Leader, Denver

Gina CarboneCo-founder, Smart Colorado

Diane CarlsonCo-founder, One Chance to Grow Up; National Policy Director

Wendi ChamberlainCommunity Leader, Registered Nurse, Golden

Hailey DennisCU Denver Student; Student Leader

John FaughtCEO and President, Kempe Foundation

Dr. Ken FinnPhysician and Owner, Springs Rehabilitation, PC

Dr. Jeff HansonNeonatologist, Pediatrix Medical Group

Ted HarmsCommunity Leader, Denver

Henny LasleyCo-founder and Executive Director, One Chance to Grow Up

Dr. Melissa LarsonPartner USAP; Board Certified General and Pediatric Anesthesiologist

Paula McPheetersCommunity Leader, Pueblo

Doug MortonFormer CEO and Chairman Sports Authority

Rachel O’Bryan, J.DCo-founder, author and policy advisor, One Chance to Grow Up

Dr. Lorrie OdomRetired Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist, private practice

Scott PannSenior VP, RBC Wealth Management

Sue SharkeyUniversity of Colorado Board of Regents

Ge’Swan SwansonCU Denver Student; Student Leader

Anna Weaver-HayesExecutive Director, Colorado Psychiatric Society

Dr. Marie WhitesidePediatrician and Community Leader, Denver



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