I am a Colorado native who has called Golden home for over 23 years, and I’ve been an active resident the entire time starting with Leadership Golden in 1999. Due to my longstanding commitment to our community, I have been asked twice to represent the citizens of Golden and participate in the statewide Community Conversations: TBD Colorado in 2012 and Building a Better Colorado in 2019.
I’ve joined local organizations as a reading tutor, a big sister mentor, an election judge, and was appointed to the Economic Development Commission in 2005, serving an extra year until 2010. With children in Golden neighborhood schools, I became more involved in education advocacy holding various positions for the Shelton Elementary PTSA, and serving as an Area Articulation Vice President for Jeffco PTA. I was recently appointed to the Jeffco School District Accountability Committee to represent Golden Articulation Schools.
In 2013, I was elected as the Chair/Acting Executive Director of the Golden Schools Foundation(GSF); being brought in to act as lead of GSF and coalesce a set of programs encompassing grants, awards assistance, and information resources to further define and expand the GSF model. As the GSF Chair, I am the Acting-Executive Director working with stakeholder groups including Jeffco District representatives, schools, principals, boards, committees, volunteers, and external audiences to build and retain strong communication and partnerships. I also manage the annual Golden Gallop 10K/5K fundraiser which has attracted over 1000 registrants and over 40 local businesses.
As a result of my work and efforts to support our Golden neighborhood schools, I was nominated by several community members and received the 2018 Mayor’s Award for Excellence. I was recognized for having implemented innovative programs like summer academic bootcamps at Bell Middle School and Golden High School, elementary tutoring programs, and the Teaching Excellence program, as well as improvements to GSF’s private donor funding which has grown 182 percent and grant support has grown an impressive 940 percent.
I have over 20 years combined experience in strategic marketing and business communication acquired at advertising agencies and consumer product companies. Currently, I am a freelance Brand Strategist/Consultant working from my home office here in Golden. I graduated from CU-Boulder with a double major in Political Science and Sociology. My husband and I keep busy with our three boys, Joe, Ben and Daniel, two of which recently graduated from Golden High School, our pup, Roby, and our cat, Pippin.
And apparently, serving my community is in my blood. It’s been family lore that my 6th great uncle was a Territorial Representative who worked to get Colorado statehood, helped to write the Colorado Constitution and became one of the first State Senators. He often visited Golden and has his picture hanging upstairs at the golden dome of the State Capitol Building.