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Community Leaders Council

ACYI Community Leaders Council

ACYI’s Community Leaders Council (CLC) is a group of cross-sector leaders who have come together to improve outcomes for youth in our community. The CLC includes leadership from school districts, post-secondary entities, non-profits, philanthropies, corporations, businesses, faith communities, and city and county governments.

The CLC is led by a Steering Committee of sixteen leaders who drive the mission, vision, and strategy of the ACYI Partnership, and hold the larger CLC accountable to moving Cradle to Career Outcomes on behalf of youth. Steering Committee members are indicated by an asterisk (*) by their name.

Community Leaders Council Members by Sector


Dan Madden, Regional Manager SVP, Bank of the West
Dennis Houston, President & CEO, Metro North Chamber of Commerce*
Randy Roberts, President, Triple Peak Ventures*
Marsha Seitz, Thornton Area Manager VP, Bank of the West


Matt Gray, Colorado State Representative 
Matthew LaCrue, Associate Managing Director, Dentons*

Early Childhood

Lisa Jansen Thompson, Director, Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County

Education (PK-12)

Ken Ciancio, School Board Treasurer, Westminster Public Schools
Mike Crawford, Deputy Superintendent, Mapleton Public Schools
Dr. James Duffy, Chief Operating Officer, Westminster Public Schools* 
Dr. Chris Fiedler, Superintendent, 27J Schools* 
Chris Gdowski, Superintendent, Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Past Chair* 
Jane Goff, State Board of Education
Pat Hamilton, Chief Operating Officer, Adams 12 Five Star Schools* 
Ryan McCoy, School Board Secretary, Westminster Public Schools
Dr. Jeanette Patterson, Executive Director of Learning Services, Adams County School District 14*


Pastor Kim Skattum, Senior Pastor and Teaching Pastor, Crossroads Church

Government/City/Law Enforcement

Chief Gary Creager, Chief of Police, City and County of Broomfield
Heather Geyer, City Manager, City of Northglenn
Raymond Gonzales, Adams County Manager, Adams County Government* 
Jennifer Hoffman, City and County Manager, City and County of Broomfield* 
Jan James, Director of Children and Family Services, Adams County Human Services
Peter Lifari, Executive Director, Unison Housing Partners*
Brian McBroom, City Manager, City of Commerce City*
Gregg Moss, Innovation Coordinator, City of Westminster*
Seve Ghose, Director of Parks and Recreation, City of Thornton
Don Nissen, Probation Manager, 17th Judicial District
Sheriff Richard Reigenborn, Adams County Sheriff, Adams County Sheriff’s Department
Ellen Sandoval, Client Services Manager, Adams County Human Services
Chaz Tedesco, Adams County Commissioner, Adams County Government
Barbara Opie, Deputy City Manager, City of Westminster
Chief Don Vallero, Chief of Police, City of Federal Heights
Dave Young, District Attorney, 17th Judicial District

Health & Mental Health

Clay Cunningham, Chief Operations Officer, Community Reach Center
Daphne David, President & CEO, North Suburban Medical Center
Kami Dinkel, Chief Operations Officer, Vascular Institute of the Rockies* 
John Douglas, Executive Director, Tri-County Health Department*


Pam Smith, Director, Anythink Library


Kerrie Bentfield, Grants Program Officer, Daniels Fund
Carla Godec, Program Officer, Anschutz Foundation
Ted Harms, Executive Director, Anschutz Foundation
Lisa Montagu, Investment Director, Health and Education, The Piton Foundation at Gary Community Investments
Collinus Newsome, Director of Education, The Denver Foundation
Ana Soler, Senior Program Officer – Education, Gates Family Foundation


Chuck Gross, Executive Director, Adams County Education Consortium
Cathy Pellish, Vice President, Westminster Campus, Front Range Community College*