Meet Our Zing for Zonta: Boulder’s Got Talent Judges

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Zing for Zonta: Boulder’s Got Talent will be a hard fought competition and our famous judges will have a tough job picking from the talented performers. But they are up to the challenge.

Helping to pick the winners will be:

Jose Beteta

Executive Director of the Latino Chamber of Boulder

Jose Beteta is a Howard University graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Information Technology. Jose is the Executive Director of the Latino Chamber where he significantly increased membership and overall participation. He has ensured the fiscal soundness of the organization. He currently serves on Human Relations Commission for the City of Boulder where he applies his commitment to social justice. He serves in a variety of leadership roles, and most recently, was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to serve as Co-Chair of the Minority Business Advisory Council.

Jose was born in Costa Rica. He was the first person in his family to attend and graduate College. In 2014, he received the Boulder County Multicultural Award in Business. Jose and his wife co-founded the cultural organization Barrio E’ in 2012 and opened a physical location in 2015 in Longmont’s Art District where he hopes to leave a legacy for his community.

Michelle Carpenter

Boulder High School Teacher, Advocate, Volunteer

Michelle is an Advanced Placement Spanish teacher at Boulder High School who directs the Adelante! program for first-generation Latino students.  In this capacity, she is instrumental in increasing graduation rates and student achievement, securing grant monies, and expanding educational offerings to facilitate student success in high school and beyond.  She is actively involved in social justice issues confronting her students, especially first generation high school graduates.

Michelle has a BA from Boston College as well as an MA from the University of Northern Colorado and an EdS from the University of Colorado, Denver.  She achieved National Board Teacher Certification in 2007.  Michelle has served on the boards of directors of the Boulder Rotary Club, Share-A-Gift, Frequent Flyers Productions, the Milagros Scholarship Fund and the Boulder County Latina League.  She has earned the following recognitions: one of 13 national finalists for the US Dept of Education Classroom Teaching Ambassador Position, 2016 Boulder Chamber of Commerce’s Women Who Light the Community, 2014 Zonta Woman of Achievement, a 2012 YWCA Award, the 2009 Pacesetter in Education, 2008 Jared Polis Foundation’s Teacher Recognition Award, Boulder Rotary Club “2008 Rotary Shares” Award, and Impact on Education’s 2000 Impact Award.  She is proud to be the mother of Sarah, a junior at DU and Tim, a freshman at DU. Her hobbies include travel, reading, yoga and skiing.


Edie Hooten

Colorado State Senator House District 10

When not supporting progressive fights in the Colorado Senate Edie dedicates her time raising money for causes she passionately supports, including The Blue Flower Fund of Colorado (supporting pro-choice women candidates), the Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence, Planned Parenthood, the Boulder Women’s Health Center, and progressive candidates at every level of government.  She believes strongly that when women have unequivocal control over their reproduction, it has a positive, cascading effect on society as a whole.  What naturally comes from delaying pregnancy is the increased prospect of higher education, greater income, less dependence on public services, and healthier children living in stable conditions.  A woman’s ability to plan her pregnancies is a win-win for everyone.

Edie believes that everyone deserves a chance to thrive, and all of us have a stake in fostering an inclusive community.  Edie, and her husband Jim, are longtime supporters of Intercambio’s mission of uniting communities, where Jim serves on the Board of Directors.  It is the feeling of belonging and having a voice that brings constructive engagement and the unique contributions that make our Boulder culture richer and our community stronger.  They also sponsor an I Have A Dream student with a long term financial commitment to the student’s education from second grade to college.


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