July 2018. We continue to increase our administrative staff to accommodate growth and expansion at SAGE! We are pleased to announce the promotion of Ms. Chris Hughes to Administrative Director.
Ms. Chris Hughes has served in an exemplary capacity at SAGE as an administrative assistant, managing critical tasks for the efficient flow of our company. She now will focus on higher-level administrative oversight and infrastructure development vital for our company's long-term growth, and provide critical right-hand support to our Executive Director, Ms. Renu Rose, as well as to our families.
As a mother of two twice-exceptionally gifted children, Chris is passionate about encouraging and nurturing gifted children and their families. She has guided many friends to valuable resources (such as sensory interventions and tools) that have helped improve their own lives as well as their children’s. Chris has a firsthand understanding of what many parents are experiencing and will offer an empathic perspective when working with our families.
Chris is compassionate, friendly, and supportive. She is well read on topics related to gifted children – their intensities, over-excitabilities, emotional concerns, as well as the misdiagnosis of mental illness in profoundly gifted children. She is always striving to learn more, to help her own children and experiences joy when helping others.
Chris has had personal experiences with SAGE Center on behalf of her daughter, appreciating firsthand the tender and compassionate care that SAGE provides by valuing and honoring the whole child.
“The idea of working in an environment that is so nurturing and supportive – and with people who share the same passion for helping gifted children and their parents – is like finding my niche in this world.” – Chris Hughes
SAGE Center offers a warm welcome to Chris. We look forward to making this journey together … we know all will appreciate her compassion and empathy.
We are pleased to welcome Ms. Naida Wolf as our new Administrative Assistant. Naida will assume a myriad of general day-to-day administrative tasks and scheduling needs for our company. Naida is a multi-talented woman with a background in sales, marketing, education, customer service and management in a variety of settings.
As a dancer with the National Ballet of Canada and an ensemble performer on Broadway, Naida toured professionally before settling down and having two children. During her years in New York City, she founded a company called Gotham Guides where she co-authored, published, sold, and marketed a Nightlife Guide that was hailed as "The Zagat of Nightlife!"
As an Innkeeper in Boston, Naida was responsible for the front and back of the house activities including marketing, sales, reservations, office work, cooking, cleaning, financials and all day-to-day interactions with guests and vendors.
Later on, as co-owner and operator of Northfield Falls Country Store in Vermont, Naida was responsible for budgets, inventory, schedule, food preparation and service, reservations, customer service, marketing, website, hiring and training procedures, ordering, purchasing, accounting, taxes, and insurance.
With a growing knowledge base as a small business entrepreneur, Naida was later hired as General Manager at The Samuel Sewell Inn in Boston, MA, a 14 room, upscale, Victorian-style Bed & Breakfast.
Moving to Colorado, Naida and her husband owned and operated a small Bed & Breakfast in Georgetown. Naida coordinated guest relations, marketing, advertising, brochures, signage, reservations, finances, and sales.
Going full circle, Naida recently returned to New York City so that her daughter may pursue a career in dance. With this wide range of detail and customer service expertise, Naida will bring invaluable management skills working as a remote Administrative Assistant. Naida remarks, “I am excited to support the healthy development of our gifted families and the growth of SAGE Center for Gifted.”
Website Manager and Graphic Designer,
Anne is a graphic designer for web and print, who maintains the SAGE Center website. Anne provides editorial support and content development, designs graphics and promotional literature for SAGE Center’s related professional associations.
As a proponent of arts education, Anne is a founder of ArtsALIVE! - the arts booster organization of the Katonah-Lewisboro School District, Katonah, NY. On its behalf, she devoted many years as designer, writer, program developer, and fundraiser, nurturing ArtsALIVE from the spark of an idea to an enduring resource within the school district.
As a parent and grandparent, Anne believes that the arts are an essential expression for the whole person. They teach students so many lessons, such as the value of practice, collaboration, and the beauty of creative expression. The arts teach children that there are several paths to take when approaching problems – and that all problems have more than one solution. Anne believes that the arts provide positive motivation, encouraging students to stay in school, succeed in school, succeed in life.
Anne offers: “Renu B. Rose and the faculty of SAGE Center provide gentle support of children and their families. The possibilities for growth and holistic transformation through the blending of art, kindness, and observation/interaction in the world are evident. I am honored to play a supporting role in this organization.”
As a freelance artist, Anne creates photomontage images for artistic and commercial purposes, builds unique websites, and one-of-a-kind books that celebrate meaningful events and people. Visit anniebdesigns.me.
Laura Smith is an accomplished and competent full-cycle bookkeeper with over 20 years of varied experience in the finance & accounting field. She is known best for her eye for detail and scrutinizing reconciliation skills.
She is a QuickBooks master and is proficient in all stages of maintenance accounting, including Accounts Payables, Accounts Receivables, balance reconciliations, and financial reporting, along with all phases of payroll processing, including payroll tax filings and year-end forms reporting. Laura prides herself on her ability to be thorough, diligent, accurate, and professional while still maintaining a friendly, personal, and approachable demeanor with all of her clients. As a professional in a career open to scrutiny, Laura upholds her commitment to not only accuracy, but also transparency, and ensures that her clients are always left with a feeling of confidence, satisfaction, and complete openness between themselves and the accountant on whom they rely to keep their financials in order.
When she's not crunching numbers and counting beans, Laura can often be found on a challenging hiking trail, testing her physical abilities while breathing in the beauty of Colorado nature. The breathtaking views from a summit always serve as a reward for the demanding climb to it. And when she’s not de-stressing in nature, she might be found belting out a tune at karaoke or striking up some healthy competition at a pool table. And whereas these all serve as excellent vacations from her analytical daily life, her favorite stress relief is found through teaching preschool Sunday School. As an equally left and right-brained person, Laura finds satisfaction and validation in reconciling an intimidating balance discrepancy, but her soul is filled by planting seeds of faith in the little ones released into her care every Sunday morning, and she believes there is no greater reward than the smiles, hugs, and snuggles she receives as thanks for the very small portion of her time that she devotes to this precious opportunity.
Though fully skilled and competent in her profession, Laura considers herself to be the furthest thing from a ‘typical accountant’. With a deeply empathic nature, in a behind-the-scenes profession that most consider ‘boring’, she strives to find work that can add meaning to the work she does. She specializes in small business accounting, helping to promote and further the aspirations of other entrepreneurs.
While her work serves to challenge her mind, her heart still longs for something more meaningful. “My nephew is autistic, and since his diagnosis in 2009, I have immersed myself in the autism community. To satisfy some of my emotional needs I offer accounting and payroll services to an agency that provides behavioral therapy services to children on the autism spectrum. The opportunity to support an agency such as SAGE was a no-brainer for me, and I am honored to work with such caring and loving people, adding even more meaning and depth to my career.”– Laura Smith
Laura graduated from CSU Global Campus and the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has certifications in Quickbooks, and ProAdvisor, and is State of Colorado Sales/Use Tax Certified. She is a registered Notary Public, State of Colorado.