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Rooted in the Grand Valley

“Having dedicated my life to public service, I have always wanted to serve our communities on the School Board. As an apolitical civil servant and Chief Deputy District Attorney for the 21st Judicial District, I have always viewed our schools as the most meaningful way to continue serving our community.

 

I’m incredibly proud of our work during my tenure to make District 51 the largest district in Colorado to stay open through the COVID shutdowns. I’m asking for your vote so we can continue the amazing work our schools, staff, parents, and community are doing to provide the best possible education to the 22,000 kids in our public schools!”

Qualifications and Community Involvement

Chief Deputy District Attorney, Mesa County District Attorney’s Office, 21st Judicial District, Grand Jct., CO
(specializing in crimes against children and juvenile court)

Trial Team of the Year (Colorado District Attorney’s Council) for prosecution of Michael Blagg and Deputy Geer’s murderer

Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, Seattle University Law School 

Bachelor of Science, University of Colorado Graduate

Grand Junction High School Graduate

Parent of two District 51 graduates

Pomona Elementary- Parent Advisory (Accountability) Committee, 

West Middle School- Parent Accountability Committee

2012-2018 Booster Club Member, Officer Grand Junction High School

Restorative Justice Board

GMYSA Soccer Coach, Cub Scout Den Leader, 

Mesa County Mediation Center Advisory Board

Colorado Mesa University, Mock Trial Coach

Why I'm Running

I am a home grown girl from Grand Junction who attended all D51 schools, graduating from Grand Junction High School in 1984 as Senior Class President. My husband and I made sure that we were living in Grand Junction to allow our children to enjoy the same benefits that I had growing up. My sons also graduated from Grand Junction High School and I want to make sure that our schools are a place that I'm proud to see my grandkids attend and graduate from as well.  Every day as a prosecutor, I see juveniles and young adults on the docket that have slipped through the cracks. As a Board of Education member, I intend to have role and voice in making sure we fill gaps in the education system that give every child an opportunity to succeed in Mesa County public schools with a future story.

District 51 was the largest school district in Colorado to return students to face to face learning during the 2020-2021 school year, yet allowing other options for families who did not prefer brick and mortar. I am incredibly proud to have been a part of leading that effort on the School Board. It was a difficult year for our students, teachers, parents, and staff but by working together, and with the support of our community, we were able to overcome the obstacles of those trying times to stay open and provide the best and safest possible education for our kids.

 

As we move past the struggles of the pandemic, I am running for School Board because I offer skills to be a part of the incredible work our teachers and schools are doing to prepare students to be college and work force ready when they graduate.  As a Chief Deputy District Attorney specializing in crimes against children and juvenile court, I have demonstrated my integrity and commitment to public service fighting to keep our children and community safe, being transparent about our decisions, and being responsible and accountable to the taxpayers.  I will do the same thing as a School Board member- demonstrate transparency and accountability to the community, while ensuring that our kids and staff are safe and secure in schools.

Our School District faces enormous challenges every day, and some of the most difficult decisions of my life have been made during my tenure on the Board. Similar to my work as a prosecutor, I promise to keep our processes transparent, our decisions accountable to the people of Mesa County, and above all to ensure the safety of our students and staff as we move into a brighter future for all of us who call Mesa County home.

My Priorities

Student Success 

Safe Schools

Financial Transparency

Holding the Administration Accountable to Students, Parents, and Taxpayers 

Engaging the Community in Decision Making 

Growing our STEM and Vocational Tech programs

Getting Mesa County Kids College and Career Ready 

Endorsements

Dr. Sig Alpha and Mrs. Bobbi Alpha
Donna Aubert
Michelle Moran Bailey
JoLynn Baughman
Nancy (Frederick) Bell
Jeep and Jacque Berry
Patti Bonnet
Mario Bravo, Jr. 
Keira Bresnahan
Katie and Karl Brewer
Pat and Dee Brinegar
Tom Brinegar
Tara Brosig
Steve Brown
Virgina Brown
Lori Buck
Mary Beth and Bernie Buescher
Christina Burnham
Trish and Martin Burns
Dr. Holly Buschhorn
Amy and Jeff Byrne
Jennifer and Omar Campos
Sutton and Dave Casey
Terri Chappell-Paxson and Michael Paxson
Lloyd Chittenden
Angela Christensen
Kristie and Michael Clark
Natalie Clark
Chalane and Tad Coit
Tim Couch
Gaynell and Doug Colaric
Kelly Corn
Tim Couch
Lisa Crabtree
Cynthia Cyphers
Matt Cyphers
Dee Ann Dardis
Dr. Amy Davis
Damon Davis
Kim Davis
Jill and Dennis Derrieux
Jean and Greg Dillon
Trey Downey
Erin Dryanski
Alice Dussart
Ashley Edstrom
Lena and Carter Elliott
Ron Elliott
Dr. Wendy Filener
Kauai and Adam Fitt
Heather, Kassidy and Troy Flick
Philip Flindt
Diana and Randy Fluegge
Tim Foster
Jeremy Franklin
Sanjuana Fuentes and Mario Bravo, Sr. 
Betty Fulton
Dr. Richard Gilmore and Mrs. Linda Gilmore
Haley and Joey Gonzalez
Lizzette Gonzalez
Lorena and Enrique Gonzalez
Michelle and Tim Gossage
Martha and David Graf
Rita and Dan Griffin
Dr. Mark Griffin and Mrs. Jolie Griffin
Oscar Gutierrez
Cindy Haerle
Ray Hailey
Jami Hallett
Kraig Hamit
Jennifer Grossheim Harris
Laura and Steve Harris
Karen and Joe Hatfield
Pete Hautzinger
Dr. Melissa Havlik and Dr. Dean Havlik
Dr. Todd Hegstrom and Mrs. Angela Hegstrom
Jan and Ken Henry
Abe Herman
Joe Higgins
Mary and Mike Hiler
Janet and Edward Hokanson
Kylie Holley
Joy Hudak
Matt Hurni
Lori Jacobsen
Ron Jens
Betsy and Milo Johnson
Lindsay and Richard Keller
Joe Kellerby
Jo and John Kelly, Mesa Jewelers
Alexi Kellnhofer
Sandi and Knute Knudson
Diana Kuykendall
Stephanie Landes
Drs. Leonard and Patricia Lapkin
Isaac Lavadie
Cameron Law
Carolyln Love Lenderman
Karen Leonhart
Doug Levinson
Jami Lewis
Matt Lewis
Valerie Long
Melissa and Duane Lovato
Kim and Keith Lowdermilk
Jennifer and Jeremy Lucero
Kristen and Jamie Lummis
Jody Lusby
Allison and Marc McAtlin
Heather McPherson
Rose Moglia
Linda and Brian Mahoney
Chris, Ryland and Thomas Mahre
Patti and Alan Martinez
Paula Mattas
Jan and Dick Maynard
Allison and Marc McAtlin
Kendra and Chuck McDaniel
Maura McDougal
Marie McGowan
Kathleen and Biff Messinger
Anne Meyer
Mistalynn Meyeraan
Jessica Miley
Diane Miller
Shanna and Jeffrey Miller
Theresa Moffitt
Rose Moglia
Takara and Justin Montover
Anthony Montoya
Lora and Dean Moore
Jackie Moran
Makayla Moran
Mandy Moran

Mike Moran
Joan Mulleady
Sandy and Ken Nelson
Kristi Nichols

Diana and Andy Nikkari
Kathy and Eric Oakley
George Orbanek
Lauren and Tyler O’Dell
George Orbanek

Dr. Robert Orr and Mrs. Gayle Orr
Ann and Rick Peterson

Dawn and John Piatanesi
Paul Pitton
Louise Poland
Jan Pomrenke

Dr. Mike Pramenko and Ms. Karen Pramenko
Sally and Tony Prinster
Karen Provenza
Suzanne Quamme
Jaden Quan

Jane Quimby
Kristi and Edward Redlinger
Christi Reece
Robert Reichardt

Jacquie Chappell-Reid and Erle Reid
Randall Reitz
Shari and Greg Remmenga
Jennifer Reyes
Gudrun Rice

Elizabeth (Betty) and Craig Robillard
Gigi and Dan Robinson
Brayden Kyler Ross

Jessica and Todd Rowell
Stephanie and Dan Rubinstein
Sara Russell
Daisy and Alex Sanchez
David Schwenke
Jean and R.B. "Mike" Sewell
McKenzie and Coady Shawcroft
Dr. Roger Shenkel and Mrs. Rita Shenkel
Melinda Shishim
Sarah Shrader
Jeannie and Matt Smith
Elseanna Solwage
Christine Spillane
Jennifer Springer
Alan Sprung
Katrina and Mike Stahl
Jay Stanfield
Martin Stevens
Zach Stockemer
Cori and Tim Sturgeon
Lucia and David Summers
Jon Tadvick
Karen Hayashi and Robert Traylor
Rich Tuttle
Becky Utt
Pasquael Verrastro
Mary Jean and Tom Vitolo
David Waite
Vernon Walker
Bruce Walters
Dr. Mike Wanebo and Mrs. Marian Wanebo
Trish Watson and Tony Vasquez
Susan Webster
Jordan Weimer
Justin Whiteford
Tauma Wiggins
Dr. Chris Young and Cheryl Young, Behavioral Health and Wellness
Dr. Earl Young and Mrs. Floy Young
Miranda Young
Megan and Dean Younker
Deborah Zeller
Carrie and  Rob Zentner

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