Karen Fisher - District E
Karen Fisher"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 m​ore about Karen Fisher

Janice McDonald - District B

Janice McDonald“As I began to look at running for the school board more and more, it just fit. The district has been very good to me and to my family. I’ve always enjoyed working in Cherry Creek, and I just thought that this was a way to pay it forward.”  -- CCSD Board Member Janice McDonald

Janice McDonald has a sense of historical perspective when it comes to the Cherry Creek School District. Voters chose McDonald to take over the Director B seat on the Cherry Creek School District Board of Education in 2015, but her roots in the community go far deeper than a single election. Since McDonald and her husband moved to the district in 1976, the landscape surrounding their home in the Overland High School feeder area has transformed fundamentally. - Read ​more about J​anice McDonald 


Eric Parish - District A 
  Eric Parish"I want to continue to advance the excellence found throughout our neighborhood schools. What that means to me is a process of continuous improvement that I've seen through my kids and my experiences in the schools," -- CCSD Board Member Eric Parish.

All of Eric Parish's research pointed to the Cherry Creek School District. When Parish and his wife were considering a move from Arizona to Colorado in 2003, they used their children's education as a real estate guide. They knew they wanted to come to the Denver metro area, and they knew they only wanted to move once. It was the prospect of schools that offered a more detailed view of their future home. - Read more about Eric Parish


Kelly Bates -District D
Randy Perlis"Education has always been my passion ... My children range from gifted and talented to learning disabled and they all received the education they needed. I want to make sure that everyone else's children receive the same." -- CCSD Board Member Kelly Bates


Kelly Bates, who began her first term as a CCSD board member in the fall of 2017, brings a great deal of experience volunteering and serving in the district. Bates has served in leadership and volunteer roles at Creekside Elementary, Liberty Middle School and Cherokee Trail High School for more than a decade, serving as PTCO President and Vice President and chairing a wide variety of events and fundraisers. Bates earned the Wendy DeBell Exceptional Volunteer Award in 2012 and 2014, garnering recognition for her consummate work for students, teachers and the wider community. At the district level, Bates has been active in CCSD's bond and budget campaigns, as well as consistent participant in events and organizations ranging from Leadership Cherry Creek to the Parent Information Network and the Special Education Advisory Council. Bates boasts a background in education, having served as a child care director and preschool teacher at facilities in Michigan and Ohio.


 Dave Willman - District C

Dave Willman"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 m​ore about David Willman​ 


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