The Colorado Adult Education Professional Association, CAEPA, provides leadership to the field of adult education and family literacy by offering opportunities for professional development, advocacy, and resource sharing to improve the quality of life for every Coloradan.

CAEPA is volunteer run, and a membership supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

CAEPA members represent adult education and family literacy programs from across Colorado that are diverse in nature: local community and faith-based organizations, community colleges, school districts, corrections facilities, workforce districts and libraries. Altogether, CAEPA affiliates account for nearly 15,000 of Colorado’s learners each year. See the CAEPA Factsheets for detailed information.

CAEPA provides a context for ongoing professional dialogue and sharing in Adult Education - including advocacy, networking, lobbying, research and programming, resources, policy development, and coordination with the Colorado Department of Education, Correctional Education Association, and other public agencies.

Executive Officers

  • George Oclair President 2010
  • Jason Kilpatrick Co-President 2014
  • Karen Carr Treasurer 2010
  • Kathryn Wisner Co-Treasurer 2017
  • Nadine Kerstetter Secretary 2017
  • Tiffany Pippin Co-Treasurer 2017

CDE Liason

  • Danielle Ongart CDE Liason 2017
  • Gaye Horne CDE Liason 2017

Board of Directors

  • April Menzies 2018
  • Ellen Klement 2017
  • Jacquelyn Gaiters-Jordan 2018
  • Laurie Kierstead-Joseph 2018
  • Leigh Burrows 2018
  • Nicolas Pares 2018
  • Rachel Nichols 2018
  • Steven Gold 2018
  • Teona Shainidze Krebs 2017
  • Yvette Myrick 2017

Adult Basic Education Authorization

The Adult Basic Education Authorization (ABEA) is the only credential issued by the CDE Office of Educator Preparation, Licensing and Enforcement for educators who work with adult learners to improve literacy skills, English language proficiency and/or to prepare them to pass a high school equivalency exam.

Professional Learning

The 2019 Rendezvous

Moving It Forward