Meet Our Team

Dianne Maroney RN, MSN
Executive Director and Founder

Life has knocked me down many times, but also taught me how to stand tall.

I grew up in a complicated family plagued with suicide, alcoholism, and very little money. My challenging, sometimes horrific upbringing has helped me discover what it takes to overcome obstacles and move forward.

Then a few years ago I set out to meet other ordinary people who had also overcome extremely difficult circumstances and found that there are truly amazing, resilient people everywhere. I created a multi-award winning book about them and The Imagine Project, Inc. was born.

I have now expanded my work to serve children and teens across the world. As a 501c3 nonprofit entity, our mission is to give kids the ability to overcome complicated life circumstances by helping them realize they have power to rewrite their own stories. The nonprofit raises funds to bring The Imagine Project into schools and other youth organizations at low or no expense. Every child receives an Imagine Journal to keep. Through a 7-step interactive process they are given the opportunity to write about the challenges they face, and then write how they want their stories to unfold. The project is spreading and the kids’ stories are incredible—and life-changing for them.

Dianne holds a Masters Degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from the University of Colorado Health Science Center. She lives outside of Denver with her husband and has 3 grown children.

 

Bill Young
Board of Directors

Bill Young is presently the Senior Director of Alcohol Policy for Molson Coors Brewing Company and is based in Denver, CO, but it’s not his public policy work that brings him to The Imagine Project. A love for young people and a desire to help them live their dreams is the inspiration for Mr. Young joining The Imagine Project board of directors. Mr. Young coached youth sports for more than 20 years and has raised three kids — a lifetime of experiences with hundreds of kids and a lifetime of helping their voices and positive attributes be heard and seen. In addition to his seat on the Imagine Project board of directors, Mr. Young is a longtime board member of the Mark K. Ulmer Native American Scholarship Foundation. Bill is a native of Colorado but grew up mostly in Laramie, WY, graduating from Laramie High School in 1979 and the University of Wyoming in 1984. He currently resides in Alexandria, VA with his wife, Lori.

 

 

Susan Hartley
Board of Directors

Susan Hartley is the parent of a child who had a rare seizure disorder and suffered severe developmental disabilities.

She understands and has experienced the broad scope of emotions that all parents or caregivers feel when providing for a child with special needs. Susan’s personal experience created a great passion for helping other families in similar situations so in addition to a successful Telecommunications/Business career Susan has also been serving and volunteering with several non profits over the past 30+ years.

A tool that helps Children and Families work through Stress and Trauma is especially appealing to Susan. She has seen hundreds of families struggle with providing for their children and has worked hard to get the services needed. Until the Imagine Project she had not seen a tool that could help families, especially siblings and parents work through the stress associated with caring for their special needs child. In addition to her position on the Imagine Project board of directors, Susan is a longtime board member of the Developmental Disabilities Resource Center in Lakewood.

Susan is a Colorado Native and she and her family still reside here and enjoy all this beautiful state has to offer.

 

Russ Slocum
Board of Directors

Russ Slocum takes a vision and makes it reality through sound strategy development. He intuitively sees the threads of opportunity that wind through an organization, brings them together into a coherent whole, helps others extend their thinking, and drives material business advantage. He is an inspirational leader and has built “World Class Teams”. Respected as a credible voice in decision-making, a well known “Lean Operational Leader”, and turn around specialist.

As the Regional Vice President – Western U.S. at ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a privately‐held, national auto collision & paint company, Russ was responsible for the operations of a $270M dollar plus region. He led the successful acquisition and integration of three independent Regional Collision Companies into the ABRA organization over an 18-month period resulting in record sales and profitability for each.

Russ is a decorated Military Officer who rose through the ranks in the United States Navy retiring as a Commander in Special Operations. His 30-year military career included both Active Duty and Reserve assignments. He is now spearheading a major strategic initiative for the hiring of Military Veterans transitioning from active duty into the civilian work force. Russ has a passion for helping those in need particularly veterans and at-risk children, which led him to become a board member of The Imagine Project, Inc. He lives in Parker, CO with his wife and has two grown children.

Russ Slocum takes a vision and makes it reality through sound strategy development. He intuitively sees the threads of opportunity that wind through an organization, brings them together into a coherent whole, helps others extend their thinking, and drives material business advantage. He is an inspirational leader and has built “World Class Teams”. Respected as a credible voice in decision-making, a well known “Lean Operational Leader”, and turn around specialist.

As the Regional Vice President – Western U.S. at ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a privately‐held, national auto collision & paint company, Russ was responsible for the operations of a $270M dollar plus region. He led the successful acquisition and integration of three independent Regional Collision Companies into the ABRA organization over an 18-month period resulting in record sales and profitability for each.

Russ is a decorated Military Officer who rose through the ranks in the United States Navy retiring as a Commander in Special Operations. His 30-year military career included both Active Duty and Reserve assignments. He is now spearheading a major strategic initiative for the hiring of Military Veterans transitioning from active duty into the civilian work force. Russ has a passion for helping those in need particularly veterans and at-risk children, which led him to become a board member of The Imagine Project, Inc. He lives in Parker, CO with his wife and has two grown children.

 

Christie Taylor
Video production, marketing.

Christie Taylor joined The Imagine Project in 2017 with great enthusiasm to help the founder, Dianne reach kids who have been affected by stress and trauma. Christie brings a repertoire of talents including marketing, sales, video production, and fundraising.

Christie’s background began in film production, graduating from the Colorado Film and Video Institute in 2002. She had already climbed her way to becoming a Producter at Starz Entertainment when she graduated. Working first in the marketing department at Starz as a PA, Christie quickly moved up through the company. Her passion was around the Starz Kids/WAM channel, where she produced and wrote her own short film that aired on the channel for Father’s Day, titled Daddy’s Day. Thereafter, she was recognized by the President of Starz Entertainment as a vital contributor to the companies charity projects. Christie wrote and produced many segments for Down Syndrome organizations in Denver for a year before getting onto the Starz on Demand launch team.

In 2007 Christie ventured down the entrepreneur route and opened a fitness business called SuperSlow Zone which is currently call TruFIT20. Christie runs the daily operations of this very successful business located in the Denver Tech Center. Her philanthropic heart brought her to The Imagine Project where she facilitates fundraising and video production, as well as sales and marketing. Christie’s sweet 9 year-old daughter Sydney, is featured on the cover of the project’s latest book, The Imagine Project, Empowering Kids to Rise Above Drama, Trauma, and Stress. “These tools are amazing, and I believe every parent and teacher, I am thrilled to be working on this project along side this amazing woman that I believe will change the world!”