Our Board continues to be integral in the many aspects of governance, ensuring our mission, and supporting our fiscal operations. Board members ensure that the organization not only does things right, but does the right thing on behalf of all the families we serve.
DFX is currently recruiting interested individuals to participate as active board members. Please contact us if interested.
In addition to Tracy Murnan Stackhouse, Co-Founder and Co-President, and Sarah K Scharfenaker, Co-Founder and Co-President, Board members include:
Elizabeth Anderman, President
Elizabeth Anderman is the Associate Director of and an instructor in the Farrand Residential Academic Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. She teaches writing, film, and literature classes for first-year students. She has published articles on Wilkie Collins and mid-nineteenth century Victorian sensation fiction. Her research and teaching interests include Victorian literature, visual culture, and film and women’s studies. She received her doctorate in English literature in 2006 from the University of Colorado Boulder, where her dissertation was recognized as the best dissertation in the humanities that year. In her non-academic life, Elizabeth is a passionate advocate for children with disabilities and the arts. She is currently on the board of Curious Theater and Developmental Fx. She has served on many boards in Denver including the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation, the ACLU, Sewall Child Development Center, Colorado Public Television – KBDI Channel 12, and Theater in the Park. Elizabeth loves spending time with her two wonderful daughters, Maggie (20) and Jennifer (18), and her husband Evan.
Jill Di Rito
Jil Di Rito is a carrier of Fragile X, and passionate about promoting Fragile X awareness. In 2013 she attended Fragile X Advocacy Day in Washington DC where she first met Mouse and Tracy. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado Boulder, and is currently two semesters from completing her Masters with a Nonprofit concentration at the University of Colorado Denver. Professionally, she is the Sales Director for an outdoor and interactive advertising company in Denver, Ad Focus. She enjoys spending time with her husband and kids, as well as Netflix binging, running, and her local church.
Elizabeth Doris, Secretary
Elizabeth Doris is the Principal Laboratory Program Manager for State Local, and Tribal Audiences at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. She manages a $10M annual portfolio and is responsible for developing and directing all aspects of NREL’s relationship with these audiences and coordinating these activities across the laboratory. Liz has 15 years of program development and management experience in energy efficiency and renewable energy policy research and content expertise in energy policy, including over 50 publications on effective policies for clean energy development. She has a B.S. degree in Environmental Science from Boston University and an M.A. in Environmental Policy from Johns Hopkins.
Cindi Rogers, Development
Cindi is the mother of 2 boys affected with fragile X syndrome and Autism, ages 20 and 22. In the mid-90s, Cindi served as Family Liaison for the Fragile X Treatment and Research Center at Children’s Hospital in Denver, CO. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Developmental FX in Denver, CO. She has presented her innovative strategies to families all over the U.S. It is her personal mission to share these strategies in hopes of generating ideas that families can implement in their own lives, while living with Fragile X Syndrome. She and her husband live and run a business in Littleton, CO. The four of them enjoy travelling the U.S. in their RV.
Nancy Saunders has been watching the amazing progress of Developmental FX since it started in 2003. She has always been very impressed by the fabulous accomplishments Tracy Stackhouse, Mouse Scharfenaker and their staff facilitate with their children. In 2012, Nancy was honored to be recruited as a Board Member for DFX. She sees her role as supporting the needs of children with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families, and raising the necessary funds to help maintain the excellence that DFX therapists provide.
Nancy immerses herself in causes near and dear to her heart. Her Uncle Curtis was born with Down syndrome and lived with her family and Grandmother. She witnessed how important regular therapies and social interactions maintained a productive quality of life. From 2003 – present, Nancy has been dedicated to raising funds and awareness for pancreatic cancer research with Cancer Patients Awareness. Nancy lost her sister-in-law Pam Saunders and her father Stuart Immer to this dreaded disease.
Professionally, Nancy has been a Massage Therapist for over 25 years. She is a small business owner of Saunders Massage Therapy by Porter Hospital. She is an avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast. Nancy lives in Englewood with her husband Patrick and their golden retrievers Shelby & Ginger.
John Wasserman, Treasurer
John recently retired from 40 years of the active practice of lawyer. He was a partner in Sender Wasserman Wadsworth where his practice included commercial real estate and complex bankruptcy work. In addition, he has been involved as a board member and fundraiser for several not for profits, including Breakthrough at Kent Denver, Camperships for Nebagamon and B’nai Havurah. He also served on the committee for the establishment of the middle school for Stanley British Primary School and as their legal advisor for the acquisition of its Lowry Campus. For the last 8 years he has served as a co-chair of the finance committee for Congressman Edwin Perlmutter. John and his wife Esther have lived in Denver since 1979 and have two adult children.
Kathleen has run an online consulting business for the last 15 years, amassing clients from media, education, publishing, and design. She builds websites, develops business plans and establishes branding and marketing plans for a variety of clients. A recovering New Yorker, she lives in Denver with her husband, two children and loveable mutt Domino. Developmental FX has played a major role in the life of her whole family and she is excited to help spread the word on this fantastic organization. Kathleen has a BA from Trinity College, an MA in Cinema Studies from New York University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. When not looking at a computer screen or doting on her children, she is playing tennis or fly fishing Colorado’s beautiful streams.