A Stapleton Neighborhood Forum will be held Tues., May 19 at 6:30pm at the Central Park Rec Center. Doors will open at 6pm. The agenda will include updates from the following organizations:
SUN Board Elections
Forest City – Development Updates
Stapleton Citizens Advisory Board
City of Aurora
City of Denver
Denver Police Department
Stapleton Master Community Association
Below are statements from each of the candidates for the SUN Board:
Born in Denver, I recently moved back from Santa Monica with my husband to raise our two-year-old son and be closer to family. We immediately chose Stapleton and moved into Conservatory Green in 2013 as one of the first handful of residents. I currently serve as the Conservatory Green MCA Delegate. My background is in gerontology, and I most recently served as an executive director at luxury retirement communities in Beverly Hills and Pacific Palisades, California. As executive director, I oversaw multi-million dollar budgets and staffs of over 100 people. I love to read, cook, travel (especially to Europe), and currently belong to the MOMS Club of Stapleton, as well as the Conservatory Green book club.
The Stapleton/Northfield community has incorporated green construction techniques with contemporary designs. I am an avid cyclist and admire how Stapleton will merge with the natural habitats that the community has planned. I would like to participate in the growth of the Stapleton/Northfield community. I believe that I can make a contribution to its evolution of this community in the city of Denver. As a consultant in Information TechnoIogy, I specialized in integrating existing computer systems in Banking, Health Care and State Local governments. I completed my undergraduate studies of the College of the City of New York. After completing 3 years of service in the Army I completed an MBA in Quantitative Analysis & Systems while working In Grumman Data Systems and Chase Manhattan Bank. Using my educational background, I worked for several major banks as an employee and eventually migrated to software and consulting firms including IBM.
My wife and I have three kids (born in 2007, 2009, and 2013) and we live in the Central Park West neighborhood. Most recently, we lived in Dallas where I was a geography professor (I have a PhD in Geography) studying cities, energy, and transportation. Over the last 15 years, we have lived in half a dozen western cities and this exposure has provided me with a great lens to view and understand urban vibrancy. I have found that Denver has most of the characteristics that I consider important for a city to be successful, which is why my family moved back here in 2012 —courtesy of my wife’s career. I joined the SUN board in 2013.
My wife Jessica and I along with our dog Abby moved to Stapleton in 2005. We researched various neighborhoods in the city and decided on Stapleton based on a number of factors: things like proximity to Denver, city parks, the abundance of open space, green belts, running paths, the summer activities in the green, the restaurants, and most importantly, the community feeling we got from meeting other residents. I serve the SUN Board on the business development side and work on attracting new businesses/services to our amazing neighborhood. Previously I have worked in the medical device field for over 12 years in a variety of roles; including finance, clinical, sales, management, and director roles both domestic and internationally. I currently work for Solta Medical overseeing the international business for our surgical division. I earned a B.A. and a B.S. from Regis University along with a double minor in marketing/sales and interpersonal communications.
I am a proud Denver native and have lived all around the Metro area and decided on putting roots down in Stapleton for the great community, new development, accessibility, and amenities. I live in the 29th Ave. neighborhood with my husband, son (born in 2011), daughter (born in 2013), and dog. I enjoy being involved in the community through casual socialization or events focusing on schools or community growth and outreach. My professional background is in the financial services and accounting industry—I am a CPA and worked in public accounting as an auditor and now focus on internal audits. I joined the board in 2012 and am honored to be among such a dynamic collection of individuals and excited for the possibilities that we can do as a group for the community.
My family moved to Stapleton in 2007, near Westerly Creek Elementary school. Many of our extended family members followed us within a few years of our arrival. I was a professor of political science for twenty years—first at Purdue University and most recently at Colorado State University. One area of my research was on civic engagement as it relates to the built environment, specifically looking at New Urbanism communities. I have also worked with the city of Boulder and Hennepin County (City of Minneapolis) on multi-modal transportation projects. Today, I work at a Denver public policy research firm where I am fortunate to work on some of Colorado’s and the nation’s most interesting social and environmental issues. As a SUN Board member, I sit on the Transportation subcommittee and have a wide range of interests related to how Stapleton expands and establishes itself as a premier New Urbanism development.
I joined the SUN Board in 2007, having moved here from Chicago in August, 2006 with my wife and then two-year-old daughter. Prior to moving here, I was a Chicago Police Officer and had been in law enforcement for over 12 years, including serving two years as an International Police Officer with the United Nations. I was also in the Marine Corps Reserves during Operation Desert Storm. Now I am a real estate agent and have been a SUN Board Member on and off for the last 8 years. I believe in public transportation and bring my years of law enforcement experience to safety issues.