CCSD Board of Education
Board meetings are held monthly, usually on the second Monday of the month, 7:00 p.m., at one of the schools in the Cherry Creek School District. The Board invites citizen involvement in the schools, believing that a quality education is a responsibility all must share. For more agendas, minutes and other information, please visit the district's Board Docs page.
Board members pictured in back row (l-r): David Willman and Eric Parish. Board members pictured in front row (l-r): Karen Fisher, Kelly Bates and Janice McDonald.
Director, District C
Director District C is currently vacant.
Eric Parish, Treasurer
Director, District A
Parish was elected to the CCSD Board of Education in 2015. With 25 years of experience in management consulting and a master's degree in management, Parish felt that he could help the district's status persist through service on the Board of Education. In addition to his professional experience, Parish has worked hard to build a firsthand knowledge of the day-to-day operations in the district, volunteering at Willow Creek Elementary School and taking part in other district events and activities.
Serving on the board is a much bigger commitment, but Parish is eager to get to the tough work of keeping up Cherry Creek's commitment to excellence.
"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," Parish said. "Cherry Creek is a high performing district, but at no time can the district stop and say, 'That's good enough.' My number-one goal is to continue to advance and continue to press forward."
Visit our Board Docs page to find out more about Eric Parish.
Janice McDonald, Secretary
Director, District B
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.
“I was able to witness the district evolve in to what it is now,” McDonald said. “When I first moved here, we used to call it ‘Country City’ and we used to think of the school district as a rural school district. We used to have farms near Eastridge Elementary.”
Just as the city of Aurora expanded and developed, so did the Cherry Creek School District. McDonald and her family took an active role in the district’s evolution – all five of her children attended Cherry Creek schools, and she took an early active role as a volunteer and an employee. She volunteered at Eastridge and Ponderosa elementary schools; she worked with the I-Team at Smoky Hill High School in the late ‘70s and moved on to a role as a family school community liaison at Prairie Middle School before retiring in 2010. These posts in the district came in addition to McDonald’s extensive work for the city of Aurora, Aurora Mental Health and other community organizations.
Visit our Board Docs page to find out more about Janice McDonald.
Karen Fisher, Vice President
Director, District E
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.
"I was really interested in running for school board for a number of years," Fisher said. "I attended meetings for a number of years before I was elected, and my transition was pretty smooth."
Part of that activism stemmed from Fisher's role as a parent of six children enrolled in the district. But Fisher, who earned an executive MBA in finance and marketing from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and held high-profile positions at large banks across the country, also chalks up her years of activism to a well-honed work ethic.
Visit our Board Docs page to find out more about Karen Fisher.
Kelly Bates, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer
Director, District D
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.
Visit our Board Docs page to find out more about Kelly Bates.