After more than 18 consecutive years as a parent leader and volunteer in the Cherry Creek School District, Karen Fisher was elected to the Board of Education on November 5, 2013. Karen and her husband Bill have lived in the district for 23 years. Three of their six children have graduated from CCSD (one is a recent college graduate, two are current college students). Their son Michael is a senior at Cherry Creek High School, and twins Abby and Matthew are in 8th grade at Campus Middle School. Karen’s volunteer experience spans school, district, and community levels. She has been an active member of elementary, middle, and high school Accountability Committees, and very involved with PTCOs, booster clubs, and special events in her children’s schools. Karen completed the Leadership Cherry Creek program in 2008. She has served on district wide boards and committees such as Citizens for Cherry Creek Schools, which helped to pass the budget and bond election last November. She has also served on the executive boards of two groups that support the entire district – Parents’ Council and the nonprofit Community Asset Project. In March the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation honored Karen and Bill with the 2013 Champions of Education award for their long-time service and dedication to Cherry Creek Schools and public education.
Outside of the school district, Karen has served on a number of community non-profit boards, most recently Friends for Families First, which works to strengthen families, empower parents, and end the cycle of child abuse and neglect, and the Fine Arts Foundation, which supports the arts in Colorado. Her professional expertise is in finance, budgeting, and forecasting. Her business experience is corporate lending. Karen has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Indiana University and a Master of Business Administration in Finance/Marketing from Southern Methodist University.
Claudine McDonald has been married to her husband AJ for 16 years and has 2 beautiful children. Jordan, her son, is 17 and her daughter, Janai, is 14 years old. Both children attend schools within the Cherry Creek School District.
Ms. McDonald earned her degree in Communication at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has trained on the topic of Healthcare Diversity/Cultural Competency issues to over 25,000 individuals in Colorado and around the country and has worked to integrate diversity perspectives into organizational structures.
Ms. McDonald has received 2 Governor of Colorado appointments. Governor Owens (R), appointed Claudine to the Governor’s Asian Pacific American Advisory Council where she worked to promote diversity and competency to increase quality of services for diverse communities. Governor Ritter (D), appointed her to the Senate Bill 211 Advisory Commission to Cover All Colorado Kids to promote healthcare coverage for all Colorado children.
She has worked for Colorado Access, a non-profit health plan, for 14 years and is the Director of the Office of Member & Family Affairs. In her role, she is responsible for directing the marketing and outreach initiatives for the company with multiple lines of business. In 2007, Ms. McDonald was elected to the Cherry Creek School District Board of Education, and re-elected Nov. 1, 2011 for a second four-year term.
Mr. O’Brien is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of experience in developing, managing, and leading for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in the cable telecommunications and education fields. He was re-elected Nov. 1, 2011 to second four-year term as a board member of the Cherry Creek School District. Mr. O'Brien is currently President of the Board of Education.
Mr. O'Brien received his B.S. degree in Communications from Xavier University and his masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado. He also served in the United States Army.
Over the last seven years, Mr. O’Brien has been actively engaged in several not-for-profit endeavors. He served as a board member, and later chairman, of the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation, an organization whose mission is to expand excellence in education by funding initiatives that impact student achievement. During this time, the foundation raised over 1.2 million dollars in support of its student-driven objectives. As chairman of the foundation, Mr. O’Brien led a successful strategic planning initiative that reoriented the organization’s direction in order to greatly expand its fund-raising capabilities. Mr. O’Brien currently serves on the board of Freedom Service Dogs, Inc, a not for profit organization that rescues dogs from shelters and trains them to assist people with special needs (most notably veterans), enabling them to lead more independent lives.
Prior to his involvement with the school district and the foundation, Mr. O’Brien served as the president and chief executive officer of the Cable Center, a not-for-profit entity located at the University of Denver. Under his leadership, the facility and programs of the Center were successfully launched and implemented.
Central to his experience in the for-profit sector, Mr. O’Brien served for over ten years as the president and chief operating officer of Jones Intercable, Inc., a multi-billion-dollar Colorado-based international public corporation in the cable telecommunications industry. During his tenure as president, O’Brien was instrumental in developing business strategies that allowed the company to become one of the first cable organizations to offer telephone, digital and cable internet services.
Mr. Perlis has served on the Cherry Creek School District Board of Education since 2007. Professionally, he has more than 18 years of experience with EPA contracts with the Field Investigation Team (FIT), Technical Assistance Team (TAT), and Superfund Technical Assistance and Response Team (START). Mr. Perlis has been the START senior project manager for Counter Terrorism program since 1996. He was the project manager for the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympic Games, providing support to the local, state and federal agencies before and during the Winter Games.
Mr. Perlis is an active member of the Front Range Hazardous Material Group, which is comprised of local front range Hazmat teams, Colorado State Patrol Hazmat, Region 8 Civil Support Team, FBI, and other state and federal WMD oriented agencies. Mr. Perlis helped design, coordinate, and participate in many counterterrorism training exercises throughout the region, including several Nunn-Lugar exercises and a Pueblo Army Depot exercise. He has also designed many small scale readiness training exercises for Federal, State, Local emergency response agencies in the region. Mr. Perlis reviews and approves Health and Safety plans for site work completed under START.
Mr. Willman was elected in November of 2011, replacing Aagje Barber, who served on the board for more than a decade. He served as the chair of the Citizens Advisory Budget Committee in Aurora, as well as posts on the Citizens Community Development Committee, the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education and the Community Asset Project.
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