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My name is Letty Icolari. I am a native of New York City, but have called Denver home for over forty years. I was the director of Administrative Services managing Human Resources, Facilities and Security for the Denver Public Library (DPL) from 2000 to 2016. My background in human resources and my degree in Library Science led me back to the library after working in the corporate and non-profit world in Denver. During my tenure at DPL, the Library had 26 branches, three of which I oversaw the construction of, and over 600 employees. As the director of Human Resources I directed the hiring, training and exiting of employees. I was the interim City Librarian after the retirement of Rick Ashton and during the search for a new city librarian. Halfway through my tenure, my position grew to include directing the facilities and security departments. After 16 years, I retired from DPL and joined the Denver Public Schools (DPS) as a paraprofessional for five years, mostly in kindergarten and first grade classrooms, helping Denver’s youth gain ground in reading. My passion for helping kids in the community continues as a volunteer tutor with Reading Partners in the Denver Public Schools.

I have been aware of Lincoln Hills from a historical perspective, and more recently, Lincoln Hills Cares and the role the organization plays in outreach to youth in the community. As a child, I was fortunate to attend summer camps in the mountains of New York State. Having experienced wonderful summers in the outdoors far away from the urban center I lived in Harlem, I recall the experiences with great fondness. As a parent, I made sure that my children had those same experiences in Denver that could bring them joy and lasting memories. I understand and appreciate the role that Lincoln Hills Cares plays for today’s youth and would like to participate in ensuring the mission continues. I believe that my background in human resources would be an asset to the organization.

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