The May 19 SUN Neighborhood Forum will be held at 6:30pm at the Central Park Rec Center. The agenda includes the following: 1) SUN elections; 2) Overview of groups involved in Stapleton – CAB, SDC, MCA, WCMD, PCMD, SUN; CAB overview; 3) CAB Subcommittee report – ZAP; 4) Forest City development update; 5) SDC Financial report; 6) MCA Update.
Doors will open at 6pm, historically the multipurpose room seats have filled, so arrive before 6:30 to ensure a seat.
The first item on the agenda at the upcoming forum is for the community to vote on a slate of SUN board members. A term on the board is 2 years, elections for half of the seats are held annually. Each election, a board members can opt to request an additional term. When a seat is vacant, new applicants may submit a biosketch, and meet with the board prior to the annual meeting. This year’s slate of candidates consists of all incumbents. Following are biographies of the board members on the current slate:
Amanda Allshouse: I relocated to Denver (Eastbridge/Stapleton) from Chapel Hill, NC May of 2007 with my husband Ben and our dog Flounder; our sons are Colorado natives, born in 2009 and 2012. My career is in research, I am a Senior Instructor of Biostatistics in the Colorado School of Public Health nearby on the Anschutz Medical Campus. I became a SUN block captain to better know our neighbors and in time to coordinate our first block party in 2008. A year later I joined the SUN board and became involved with the Outreach, Sustainability and Education Committees. Currently I chair the SUN Outreach committee, which involves being a resource for the block captain network and facilitating the monthly block captain/outreach meetings. I appreciate the experience of being on The Board, it has reshaped my definition of community, and what members of a community can accomplish.
Jennifer Arzberger: I moved to Stapleton two years ago from LoDo to enjoy the family-friendly community. My daughter, Gigi, and I especially enjoy summertime in Stapleton: movies on the Green, playtime at the park, and swimming in the sunshine! I serve the SUN Board as a champion for educating our youngest citizens. I have worked in the field of education for fourteen years in a variety of capacities; including Consultant, Executive Director, School Designer, Adjunct Professor, Instructional Coach, Gifted and Talented Facilitator, Board Member, and ECE-6 Teacher. I currently work for the Colorado Department of Higher Education supporting the development of educator preparation programs across our beautiful state! I love and enjoy my Stapleton community and look forward to serving and supporting my community in this role!
Jeff Barron: My family has lived in Stapleton since 2004, and we have two daughters who attended Westerly Creek and are now students at Bill Roberts. I am currently an Analyst with the Government Accountability Office (GAO), where I help the federal government improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government programs. I was also a writer and editor in the newsletter industry, and worked for a non-profit organization helping local communities set up farmers markets. In the 1990s I lived in Latin America and England, where I worked as a journalist and completed a Masters degree in Social Policy and Planning at LSE. I am also a trained legal, social, and family mediator.
Jessica Crow: My husband and I moved to Stapleton in the summer of 2006. We found the mission and vision of Stapleton to be very appealing, and purchased a townhome across from Central Park. In 2011, we welcomed our first child and in 2013, decided to expand into a single family home in the Conservatory Green neighborhood. We had looked at neighborhoods across the Denver-Metro area and found Stapleton to offer the best mix of character, amenities and innovation. We are committed to being long-term residents of Stapleton and active participants in our community in a meaningful way, which includes SUN. My involvement with SUN thus far has included the Transportation Committee, PR and marketing activities on behalf of SUN or for those interested in utilizing SUN’s channels. I’ve worked for DaVita Healthcare Partners since 2010. I have an MBA from Regis University; an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Colorado; and am certified in Change Management through Colorado State University (Prosci).
Michael E. Goodman: With my wife Jessica I moved to Stapleton in 2005. We researched various neighborhoods and decided on Stapleton based on a number of factors passionate to us. Things like proximity to downtown 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 am compelled to become actively involved in ensuring these aspects of Stapleton are preserved for others to enjoy in years to come.
I serve the SUN Board on the business development side and working on attracting new businesses/services to our amazing neighborhood. I have worked in the medical device field for 12 years in a variety of roles; including finance, clinical, sales, management, and director roles both domestic and internationally. I currently work as a consultant in the aesthetic industry. I earned a B.A. and a B.S. from Regis University with a double minor in marketing/sales and interpersonal communications.
Damon Knop: My family and I have lived in Stapleton since 2006 in the Eastbridge neighborhood. Our children have attended Westerly Creek, Bill Roberts and DSST and are awesome. My wife, Katie and I own our family Real Estate business, Distinctive Properties and are both Denver natives, so we sell all over town but are very vested in helping all of us have a great neighborhood to live in here in Stapleton. I have been on the SUN board since 2007 and have served in many roles. Secretary, Vice-President on the Board and inclusivity committee and with the Citizen’s Advisory Board, Housing and Diversity Committee, Communications. I am very interested in helping Stapleton have a wide range of homes and residents. I also represent SUN with the Greater Stapleton Business Association in helping our local business communicate and thrive in this community. I have enjoyed my time with SUN and will continue to do my best to help moving this neighborhood in a great direction.
Mark Mehringer: I moved to the South End of Stapleton with my wife in 2005 and we now have two children, Leah and Maddox. I am a Denver native and run my own public opinion research firm. I serve as SUN President and on the Education Committee.
Bryan Penny: Having been a resident of Stapleton since 2003, I have to say I have no regrets making the move. I got involved in SUN at a meeting in a pocket park in late 2003 and have enjoyed my time in the organization. I am the Treasurer of the SUN Board. I am also currently the webmaster for the SUN website and think it continues to be a work in process. In addition to the SUN Board, I am also serving as one of the residents’ representatives on the Stapleton Public Art Committee. Professionally, I am a Vice President for Nordstrom’s Credit Division. I have an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in Economics and Accounting and an MBA from Webster University in St. Louis. I have lived in Denver since 2000. I live with my husband, Matt and our two cats. I also have a son, Dion, who lives in Fort Lauderdale, FL.