Karen Fisher - District E
"I've lived in this community for 24 years. I come across a lot of different people, and it's a perfect fit." -- CCSD Board Member Karen Fisher




Karen Fisher was prepared for the sizable work load that comes with being a Cherry Creek School District Board of Education member. Unlike many of her peers on the board, Fisher didn't have to adjust to the hours upon hours of research, school visits and other work involved in the post. By the time Fisher was elected to the Cherry Creek board in 2013, she'd served in volunteer roles at Belleview Elementary, Campus Middle School and Cherry Creek High School. She'd worked on accountability committees, served on the Community Asset Project Board, helped organize the first Family Wellness Summits and worked extensively with the district's Parents Council. - Read more

Claudine McDonald - District B
"We get to hand over diploma covers, shake the students' hands, give them a hug and say, 'Congratulations, you did it,'" she said. "That's what we're working for." -- CCSD Board Member Claudine McDonald




Claudine McDonald was satisfied with her role as an active parent in the Cherry Creek School District. With her two children enrolled in schools in the Overland High feeder area, McDonald was a dependable presence at fundraisers and other school events. She balanced the demands of her day job at an Aurora healthcare company with her constant work in the district, and McDonald saw the volunteerism as the natural duty of an engaged parent. She never thought of taking that work a step further by running for a seat on the district's Board of Education. - Read more 

Jim O’Brien - District A
"As a parent, it's great when all of the kids in the neighborhood walk to school. My son who has been out of college for four years is still best friends with the people he grew up with in our neighborhood." -- CCSD Board Member Jim O'Brien,


​Jim O'Brien had built up plenty of experience with the Cherry Creek School District when he came on as a school board member nearly eight years ago. Both of his children had attended Homestead Elementary, West Middle School and Cherry Creek High School. He'd played the dutiful part of engaged parent, logging untold hours as a volunteer during games, fundraising events and other school functions. O'Brien also attended meetings of the District Accountability Committee and, in the process, picked up important background about the inner workings of the district's budget.  - Read more


Randy Perlis -District D
"Our focus is on the kids. That's what we think about when we make any decision." -- CCSD Board Member Randy Perlis






Randy Perlis approaches his role on the Cherry Creek School District Board of Education with the calculated and careful rationale of a scientist. That's really no wonder. Before joining the board in 2009, Perlis spent more than 20 years building a résumé as a professional chemist. After receiving his master's degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1980, Perlis traveled everywhere from Brazil to Denver working as a scientist. He teaches chemistry to first responders and emergency personnel and he investigates potentially dangerous environmental damage. - Read more


 Dave Willman - District C

"Even when you disagree, you always move forward. That's the biggest thing. It's doing the right thing and acting with ethics." -- CCSD Board Member David Willman





Dave Willman showed up at the principal's office of Cimarron Elementary before he had any official stake in the school. His daughter was still too young to be enrolled in first grade at the time, but Willman had already tabbed Cimarron as her future school. In fact, Willman and his wife had moved to their Aurora home with the Cherry Creek School District in mind. They wanted their two daughters to be in the district from their first classes to their high school graduation. - Read more





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