Patricia Crown (PC), PhD
Advisory Board Chair
Patricia Crown (PC), PhD, graduated from Colorado College with a major in elementary education. She completed her MA in Guidance & Counseling and PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Denver. Dr. Crown remained in the Denver area after finishing her education to start a family and establish her own psychotherapy practice, where she worked for a number of years before switching gears to dedicate herself fully to her personal and family philanthropy. PC provided her professional expertise and strong personal interest in mental health, social and emotional wellness, and education to her work on multiple boards and at her family’s Chicago-based foundation, where she served for more than a decade on Crown Family Philanthropies’ Health and Human Services and Global Health Committees and continues to serve on the Global Health and Violence Prevention Committees.
PC established the transformative endowment for the Crown Institute to underscore the importance of an enduring commitment to Colorado communities and the value of research in developing solutions to challenges facing children, youth, families and schools. She and her family honor their mother, Renée Crown, and her lifelong dedication to serving others through the naming of the institute. PC said she wanted to make an impact on the children of Colorado given her lifelong connection to the state and her specific dream that all children and young people grow up knowing three things: “I’m okay, I’m not alone, and I can access the help I need.” This vision is the heart of the work of the Crown Institute.
Pictured: PC Crown (L) and Renée Crown (R)
Daniel Conroy, BA
Advisory Board Vice-Chair
Danny Conroy is a social entrepreneur who has worked with adolescents, young adults and their families for the past 25 years. Danny graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a bachelor of arts in humanities. He is the co-founder and owner of AIM House in Boulder Colorado and the founder of the CU Boulder Collegiate Recovery Center. He also is the CEO of Boulder Integrated Health. He is a regular participant and conference moderator for the university’s annual Conference on World Affairs. He helped create the Cocoon Program for chronically ill children at Children’s Hospital in Denver. He volunteers his time with Horizons Elementary School, Boulder County YMCA and several other human services agencies on the Colorado Front Range.
Jeremy is Founder and CEO of Paralel Technologies. Jeremy graduated from the University of Colorado with a BS in Accounting from the Leeds School of Business before joining Deloitte where he earned his CPA. Prior to founding Paralel, Jeremy was President of ALPS Fund Services and ALPS Distributors. Jeremy serves as an independent director on a number of investment company boards including Russell Funds. Passionate about philanthropy, Jeremy currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the University of Colorado Foundation and as a Trustee of the A.V. Hunter Trust, the oldest private foundation in Colorado.
Millie Wright is a mother, lover of nature, gardener, yoga practitioner, and mindfulness meditation teacher. Millie has been meditating for 27 years. She was inspired to learn meditation after going through a period of time dealing with some challenges and life changes, which left her feeling anxious and at times ungrounded. She first learned Transcendental meditation and gradually felt a sense of calm, clarity, and ease in her daily life. During the next 23 years, Millie attended many retreats and workshops on different forms of meditation and in 2012 started focusing more on Insight meditation.
Millie is a graduate of the 2-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, an intensive training program of the Awareness Training Institute at the University of California Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, led by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. Her core teachers are Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, and Rick Hanson, although, she draw on the great knowledge of many other teachers today - Jon Kabat-Zinn, Sharon Salzberg, Kristin Neff, Joseph Goldstein, and Dr. Daniel Siegel.
Millie is a firm believer that the practice of mindfulness has the potential to bring about a more peaceful coexistence in our world today. She believes meditation opens the way to a better knowing of our true nature and creates a foundation for thriving throughout life with all its many challenges and beauty.