The SUN Board of Directors is currently comprised of the following Stapleton residents who have volunteered to serve their community:
The SUN Board of Directors usually meets on the 4th Monday of each month from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at the Central Park Recreation Center on Martin Luther King Blvd and are open to the community. Please check the SUN Calendar for exact meeting times and locations. Click here for copies of SUN Board minutes and Committee reports.
Agendas for meetings can be found here.
Click here for copies of the SUN By-laws.
2013 SUN Board Members
If you are new to Stapleton, email the SUN outreach committee (SUNoutreach@gmail.com) to get connected with your block's captain!
I relocated to Stapleton from Chapel Hill, NC with my husband Ben and our dog Flounder, in May of 2007. Our family has grown as we have welcomed home our sons born in 2009 and 2012. I became a 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. The Sustainability committee hosted a sustainability seminar series in the fall of 2009, and planned Stapleton’s first Earth Night celebration the evening of Earth Day (April22) in 2010. My career is in research, I am an Instructor of Biostatistics in the UCD Colorado School of Public Health. In the fall of 2009 I worked with the SUN education committee to collect and analyze data for the Stapleton Child Count to provide current estimates to Denver Public Schools of the number of children ages 0-4 in Stapleton. Currently I co-chair the SUN outreach committee, which involves being a resource for the block captain network and facilitating the monthly block captain/outreach meetings.
I moved to Stapleton over a year 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 thirteen 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 am completing my Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Educational Administration at the University of Denver. Additionally, I teach the following courses at CU Denver: Psychology of Gifted, Talented, and Creative Children; Research in Schools; Human Learning; Children's Thinking; Social Psychology of Learning; and Advanced Psychological Foundations. I earned my M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Northern Colorado, M.A. in Teaching and Teacher Education from the University of Arizona, and B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona. I love and enjoy my Stapleton community and look forward to serving and supporting my community in this role!
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.
I am a proud Denver native and have lived all around the Metro area and Southern California where my husband was station with the Marine Corps, but 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 proceedings focusing on schools or events. My professional background is in the financial services and accounting industry- I worked at Wells Fargo for five years while going to college and graduated from Mira Costa with a political science degree and from Metro with an accounting degree. I then became a CPA and worked in public accounting for three years as an auditor and in 2013 joined the internal audit group at CH2M Hill. I joined the board in 2012 and am honor 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. Between our family and extended family members, we have children at all different ages, from a toddler hoping to get a coveted ECE-3 spot in a Stapleton school to a kindergartener at Swigert and a 6th grader at McAuliffe. 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 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.
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 has lived in the South End of Stapleton with his wife and two children since 2005. He is a Denver native, runs his own consulting business based in Stapleton, and serves as President and on the Education Committee.
Upon joining the board, Dan jumped in with both feet as co-chair of Outreach along with Amanda Allshouse. He has recently taken on the role of secretary as well. Dan and his wife life in South End.
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. While this position isn’t as glamorous as some of the other positions, I enjoy the position and it is one of the necessary evils with any organization. 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. I’m very proud of the projects that have been installed to date. 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. My hobbies are traveling, working around the house and bridge.
Michael J. Thomas
I am a resident of Stapleton. Along with my wife and three children, I live in the Central Park North portion of our neighborhood. I am residential real estate broker with REMAX of Cherry Creek. I am vested in the community on both a personal and a professional level in the Stapleton community.
In addition to my professional practice, I sit on the Denver Board of Directors for the American Institute of Architects. I am also engaged in the AIA Denver Committee on the Environment and the AIA Colorado Government Affairs Committee.
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 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.
I moved to Stapleton from Kansas with my wife and two kids in late 2009. Although I am an attorney, it is my interest in landscape architecture and urban design that drew me here. I was compelled to serve on the SUN Board because I feel invested in this community in a way that I have never felt about a neighborhood before. Serving on the Board gives me an opportunity to not just watch the neighborhood grow, but to actually play an active roll in helping that growth occur in a way that will best serve Stapleton's residents and the wider community.