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.
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.
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.