President and CEO
CPCD…giving children at head start
The organizing committee of the Colorado Springs St. Patrick’s Day Parade would like to announce this year’s Grand Marshall: Noreen Landis-Tyson. We are honored to have such a strong community leader be apart of our festivities. She represents the CPCD Head Start program for the Pikes Peak region and is an advocate for children and parents alike. Because of her hard work, we have asked her and her organization to receive the honor of being our Grand Marshall. We encourage you to learn more about Noreen and her wonderful organization. And of course, make sure to come see her at the Parade on March 12 at noon!
Noreen Landis-Tyson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CPCD…giving children a head start. After joining the agency in 1991 as Director of Community Resource Development and being promoted to Senior Vice President in 2000, Noreen rose to her current position in May of 2002. She is responsible for the administration of a $22+ million budget, which includes 365 employees, services for 1600+ children per year, and partnerships with local school districts, childcare center-based programs and family childcare homes.
Active in civic and social circles, Noreen is a past president of the Junior League of Colorado Springs and the Kiwanis Club of Colorado Springs. She is a 2006 graduate of the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute and was named a CSBJ Woman of Influence in 2006 and a Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction in 2017. She currently serves as the Board Chair of Joint Initiatives for Youth and Families and a founding board member of the Colorado Springs branch of Friends of the Children. Noreen is a UCLA Head Start Fellow, class of 2011. In addition, Noreen is an internationally-ranked cycling official, and was appointed as the President of the Commissaires Panel for the track cycling portion of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, the first woman to hold that position.
Born in Philadelphia and raised in New Jersey, Noreen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Westminster College in Pennsylvania in History and Political Science. She later earned a Masters degree in Business Administration from CU Colorado Springs in Leadership and Human Resource Management. Noreen is married to Mark Tyson and enjoys spending time with her daughter, son-in-law and grandson, Asher.