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Forum #3 Tonight! 6:30pm at LPHS – Meet the Panelists

August 16, 2011

Don’t forget to join us tonight for Direction 38!’s “Get Educated!” summer series.

Forum #3 Building Community Relations, Part 2

6:30-8:30pm at Lewis-Palmer High School cafeteria

Meet the Panelists:







State Representative Amy Stephens

House District 20 – Northern El Paso County

State Representative Amy Stephens is the House Majority Leader and is in her fifth year of service in the legislature.  Stephens has also served as the House Minority Caucus Chairman and served on the House Business and Labor Committee, Judiciary and Legislative Council.  Stephens’ legislation has focused on conservative common-sense issues such as wellness and healthcare, government transparency in school finance and gifts, grants and donations, military family issues and school safety.

Representative Stephens was quickly identified by the Denver Post as one of the “five rising stars” of the Republican Party.  She was honored by the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry as being a “rising star” of the House – particularly in defending Colorado business issues.  In 2010 Fox News Denver gave her an award for “feistiest” legislator on the floor defending business against the “Dirty Dozen” tax hikes.  Colorado Military Veteran’s honored Representative Stephens for her work on military spouse issues – passing legislation to help spouses when re-locating to Colorado for assignment.  She has also been awarded “Common Sense in the Courtroom” on judicial issues – standing against legislation that will hike insurance costs as well as cost of litigation in Colorado.  In 2011 Stephens was awarded Legislator of the Year by the Colorado Springs Chamber and Advocate of the Year by the Colorado Technology Association for successfully reversing one of the “dirty dozen” software taxes.

Representative Stephens is Director of Fresh Ideas Communication & Consulting – which helps small and medium business and non-profit organizations with program planning, grant writing and program organization.  Her background is in health and human service issues including welfare reform – for which she is a noted policy expert by Heritage Foundation.  Representative Stephens has been quoted on policy issues in USA Today, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Denver Post, LA Times, and has been interviewed on radio stations throughout the United States.  Representative Stephens managed Focus on the Family’s youth culture department and public policy department for ten years. She has written a curriculum on high school teen relationship education titled “No Apologies” which has been used world-wide being translated in 26 languages.

Representative Stephens has been married 27 years and has one teenage son who will start college Fall, 2011 at LeHigh University.  She and her family live in Monument, CO – representing the US Air Force Academy and Northern El Paso County.

 Peggy Littleton

El Paso County Commissioner, District 5

Phone: 719-520-6415


 Peggy Littleton was elected to the Board of County Commissioners representing the citizens of District 5, which covers most of the City of Colorado Springs, in November 2010, taking office on 1-11-11. Prior to her public service as a Commissioner, Peggy served on the State Board of Education for seven years, from February 2004- January 2011. Her involvement in education spans many years. She taught for 15 years in a variety of educational settings, including home-schooling her three children and serving as a faculty member at Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy and Colorado Springs Christian School. Peggy was also appointed as the director for Colorado’s GEAR UP grant, which was administered by the office of former Governor Bill Owens. Using her extensive experience as an educational consultant, Peggy has conducted professional staff development seminars for teachers nationwide.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the Regents University of New York (renamed Excelsior) and has earned numerous graduate hours in literacy and education.

Commissioner Littleton serves on many boards and commissions,  including, National Association of Counties’(NACo) Human Services and Education Steering Committee, Colorado Counties Inc (CCI) General Government Steering Committee, The Dyslexia Center, The Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority Board of Directors, the County Board of Adjustment, County Board of Retirement, 911 Authority Board the Colorado Springs Government Affairs Committee, EPC Emergency Services Agency, and the  Pikes Peak Library Board.  Currently she is a liaison to the Offices of the Sheriff and Clerk and Recorder.  Of the awards she has received, Peggy feels most honored to have been given the Charter Friend Award for Policy. Peggy has contributed  to many reports published by NASBE, including “E Pluribus Unum (ELL),” “Adolescent Literacy” and “From Planning to Practice (ECE).” In July of 2011 she graduated from the Emergency Preparation, Response, Recovery and Mitigation courses from the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

She is focused on educating citizens on their responsibility to be personally prepared for incidents that might dictate a You’re On Your Own (YOYO) experience when first responders and the government might not be able to assist.

She and her husband, Don, of 30+ years, are the proud parents of three grown productive, taxpaying children.

Darryl Glenn

El Paso County Commissioner, District 1

Darryl Glenn was elected to the Board of County Commissioners from District 1 in November 2010 and officially took office on January 11, 2011.

Commissioner Glenn is a graduate of Doherty High School in Colorado Springs.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Western New England College and a Juris Doctor degree from New England School of Law.

Commissioner Glenn is the co-owner of the Glenn Law Firm P.C., specializing in family law.  He’s also the co-owner and head personal trainer of the Ultimate Fitness Zone.

Commissioner Glenn has extensive experience in the government sector having been appointed to the Colorado Springs City Council representing District 2, the northeast quadrant of the city, in June 2003.  He was then elected to serve a four-year term in April 2005 and was re-elected in April 2009.

Commissioner Glenn is a member of the American, Colorado and El Paso County Bar Associations.  He is also a former vice chairman and current precinct committee leader of the El Paso County Republican Party.  He has served as president of the Douglass Valley Elementary Parent Teacher’s Organization.  He is also a three-time collegiate national powerlifting champion.  Commissioner Glenn retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel after 21 years of combined active duty and reserve military service.

Commissioner Glenn has been married to his wife Erin for 22 years and has two daughters.

Commissioner Glenn can be reached at:

27 East Vermijo Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903-2208

Phone:  (719)  520-6411  Fax:     (719)  520-6397

Email:   darrylglenn@elpasoco.com


Mayor Travis Easton

Town of Monument, Colorado

 Travis Easton has lived in Monument for over six years. He served on the Planning Commission and also on the Board of Trustees for over four years. Prior to becoming Mayor, Mr. Easton also served as a representative on the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce and the El Paso County Major Thoroughfares Task Force.

Mayor Easton decided to participate in local government so that he could promote the quality of life within Monument while planning for its future. Mayor Easton realizes the importance of a regional approach and is the Town’s representative on the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, which sets transportation priorities and allocates funding throughout El Paso, Teller, and Park Counties, as well as provides military impact planning and funding for senior citizen programs. Travis also serves as the Vice President of the Baptist Road Rural Transportation Authority, and is a member of the Colorado Municipal League’s Energy and Sustainability Committee, as well as the Fiscal Issues Committee. In addition to his public service, Mayor Easton is a registered Professional Engineer with a background that makes him particularly qualified to make policy decisions for the development of the Town’s infrastructure needs.

Travis has been married to his wife Maggie for more than seven years and they enjoy two beautiful daughters. Both daughters will be coming up through Lewis-Palmer School District 38’s public schools.  The oldest is currently enrolled in D38’s charter school, Monument Academy.  Together, he and his family enjoy camping, fishing, hunting and many recreational activities. He loves Monument’s Small Town Christmas; especially sharing it with his wife and two daughters.

Mayor Easton always makes himself available to meet with and hear from his constituents.

Stephannie J. Finley

President, Governmental Affairs and Public Policy Division

Stephannie Finley began her career working for a small business that brokered and distributed goods to military commissaries, including Peterson AFB, the United States Air Force Academy and Ft. Carson. After Midwest Food Distributors was sold, Stephannie entered the world of politics. She has an extensive background working with many levels of government, including the executive branch in Governor Bill Owens’ Administration as Chief of Staff to Lt. Governor Jane Norton. One of the most exciting experiences was serving on the Presidential Advance Team for the White House in the 90s.

Stephannie served as a staff member for the Colorado General Assembly, chief of staff for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, worked at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as Assistant Director, and was the Director of State Government Relations for the University of Colorado before joining the Lieutenant Governor as her chief of staff. Stephannie was caught up in the excitement of Colorado Springs’ dynamic advancement when she worked with Chancellor Shockley and the UCCS team for almost two years. She witnessed firsthand how the University’s leadership was moving the campus forward through an impressive and effective partnership with the community. Through that interaction, she agreed to join the Colorado Springs Chamber in February of 2006.

Stephannie is the Chair of the Board of the Colorado Springs Conservatory and the lead of Citizens for Effective Government.  She serves on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute, Care and Share Food Bank as well as the Colorado Springs Technology Incubator. Stephannie also serves on the El Paso County Department of Human Services Advisory Commission.  She was selected to be the co-lead on the City’s Fiscal Sustainability Committee’s City Services Subcommittee in 2009 and is on the planning team for the Chancellor’s Women’s Leadership Symposium. In 2009 she received the Business Person of the Year award from the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber. She was also chosen by the Colorado Springs Business Journal as one of ten 2008 “Women of Influence” and received an award from the City of Colorado Springs for leadership in addressing fiscal sustainability. Stephannie graduated from the 2009 Colorado Springs Leadership Institute program, where she was chosen by her peers to be Class Representative. She also served in the past as a member of the Board for the Colorado Suicide Prevention Advisory Council and the Colorado Mental Health Board.





Amy Oliver Cooke

Director, Colorado Transparency Project

Independence Institute

 Amy Oliver Cooke is the director of the Colorado Transparency Project, founder of Mothers Against Debt (MAD) and energy policy expert/blogger for the Independence Institute, Colorado’s free market, state-based think tank.  She has been with II since 2004.

Mrs. Cooke’s primary role is to investigate government spending at all levels and explain how that spending affects family budgets.  Her work on transparency earned her an appointment to the Long Term Fiscal Stability Commission from House Minority Leader Mike May.

Mrs. Cooke collaborated with William Yeatman of the Competitive Enterprise Institute to expose the high cost Colorado’s “new energy economy,” a supposed model for renewable energy for the rest of the country, questionable behavior at the Public Utilities Commission, and collusion between lawmakers, bureaucrats and special interest groups. Their work resulted in five pieces of legislation introduced during the 2011 legislative session.

She is also the host of the award winning Amy Oliver Show heard on News Talk 1310 KFKA Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 am. In 2008, the Colorado Broadcasters Association recognized with the Award of Excellence for Best News Talk personality in a major market. She was recognized again in 2011 with an Award of Merit for Best News Talk personality in a major market.

She started Citizen Auditors, where she travels around the state training residents how to examine local, school district and state government spending. Also, she founded Citizens Against School Bullies, which defeated a local $16 million tax increase despite being out spent 90 to 1.

Mrs. Cooke contributes to three blogs including Mothers Against Debt.com, transparency.i2i.org (COST) and energy.i2i.org.

She has been published in the Denver Post, Pueblo Chieftain, Greeley Tribune, Denver Business Journal, Denver Daily News, Liberty Ink Journal, The Daily Caller and on Save Our States. She has written numerous opinion editorials, issue papers and issue backgrounders.

Mrs. Cooke’s paper titled Unabashed Bias exposed how the Denver daily papers campaigned for rather than reported on Colorado’s largest tax increase and wonher “Best Right-Wing Media Criticism” from the Denver Westword.

She earned a degree in journalism in 1985 fromthe prestigious University of Missouri-Columbia.

She also earned a graduate degree in American History from the University of Northern Colorado.

Leanne Emm

Assistant Commissioner, Public School Finance

Colorado Department of Education

 Leanne Emm joined the Colorado Department of Education in January 2011 and was subsequently appointed as the Assistant Commissioner, Public School Finance in April 2011 (to replace longtime former Assistant Commissioner Vody Herrmann).  Prior to joining the Colorado Department of Education, Leanne worked for Jeffco Public Schools in the areas of budget and finance for almost 14 years.  While at Jeffco, she was also involved with federal programs, pupil counts, debt issuance, and system improvements.  Leanne’s work experience includes Jefferson County Public Libraries where she ran the business office.  She also served as the city accountant for the city of Sheridan.  Leanne has a bachelor’s degree in accounting with governmental emphasis.  In 2010, she completed her master’s degree in public administration at the University of Colorado – Denver, with an emphasis in school finance.

201 E. Colfax, Room 206
Denver, CO  80201


Tom Gregory

Chief Financial Officer

Academy District 20

 Born: May, 1967

Place of Birth: Denver, Colorado

Education: HS graduate of Aurora Public Schools (Rangeview HS) 1985

BS in Mathematics, 1990, University of Southern Colorado

MA in Educational Leadership, 2000, UCCS

Work History: Middle school math teacher, Corpus Christi, TX, 1990‐91

High school math teacher, Academy D20, 1990 – 2000

Coached softball, baseball, and football at Rampart (won football state championship in 1998)

High school athletic director and assistant principal, Academy D20, 2000‐2004

Executive Director for Business Services, Academy D20, 2005‐2009

Chief Financial Officer, Academy D20, 2009 – present

Resident School District: Lewis – Palmer 38

Marital Status: Married – wife Sherry

Children: Two boys ages 10 and 13. Both attend school in D20.







Mark Hyatt

Executive Director

Charter School Institute

Mark Hyatt is an educational leader by passion and experience.  In 2002, he became President of The Classical Academy (TCA), the largest brick and mortar charter school in Colorado and grew it from just over 1000 to over 3200 students. In 2010 he became Executive Director of the Colorado Charter School Institute with almost 8000 students in 23 schools statewide.  He received the 2008 “Education Innovator of the Year Award” from the Center for Government and the Individual at the University of Colorado. In 2006, TCA was named top public school among hundreds in Pikes Peak region by the local newspaper. In 2004, TCA was named top K-12 school of distinction in the nation for character education (Character Education Partnership, Wash DC).  His school was second in Colorado out of 446 High Schools for the class of 2009 in lowest remediation rates in college.  He served on the Colorado Governors P-20 Education Counsel and currently serves on the Commissioner’s “School Leadership Academy Board”.  He was also appointed by the Governor to serve on the House Bill 1412 Committee to improve authorization and operational practices for charter schools. Before becoming an educator, he was a senior leader in the military and front line fighter pilot commander.  He served as an advisor to the Secretary of Defense, was Vice Commandant at the US Air Force Academy, and finished his military service as Director of the Center for Character Development at the Air Force Academy.  In 2000, he received the Citizenship and Character Award from President Gerald Ford for his visionary leadership of the character development program at the Air Force Academy.

John Borman

Superintendent of Schools

Lewis-Palmer School District #38

Mr. John Borman began serving as Superintendent of the Lewis-Palmer School district in June, 2011.  Prior to being appointed as Superintendent, he was the Principal of Lewis-Palmer High School for four years.  He has worked in education for 25 years, beginning his career as a high school Language Arts teacher.   He served as Athletic Director and Assistant Principal of Greeley Central High School and also served five years as Principal of Northridge High School in Greeley, Colorado.

Mr. Borman received his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Northern Colorado in December, 1997.  He was awarded the Colorado Thespians Administrator Award in 2005, and received the Teacher of the Year Award twice while teaching at Gateway High School in the Aurora Public Schools system.

His vision for Lewis-Palmer School District #38 includes doing what is best for kids, treating others with dignity and respect, encouraging purposeful creativity and innovation, and promoting educational excellence in all we do.

Dr. Mark Hatchell

Superintendent of Academy 20 Schools

Dr. Mark Hatchell began his duties as superintendent of Academy School District 20 in July 2007. He was selected after a national search by the Academy School District 20 Board of Education. He began the 2007 school year as two new elementary schools and a new high school opened. The district served nearly 21,000 students when Dr. Hatchell began.

He graduated from Colorado State University in 1982 where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He earned his master’s degree from CSU in 1985.  Hatchell did his doctoral studies at the University of Colorado – Boulder/Denver and earned his Doctoral Degree in 1989.

Dr. Hatchell started his public education career as a student teacher at Air Academy High School in 1983.  Later that year he began teaching full-time at Thornton High School in Denver area.  During his teaching career at Thornton High School, Dr. Hatchell was the head basketball and baseball coach.  His administrative career started in 1988 as a part-time Dean of Students at Thornton High School.  In 1990, Dr. Hatchell moved to Fort Lupton, Colorado, where he started his new position as assistant principal.  He returned to El Paso County in 1992 as an assistant principal at Widefield High School.

1994  Named principal Widefield High School
1996  Named planning principal, later principal Mesa Ridge High School
1999  Named executive director curriculum and instruction – Widefield Schools
2000  Named assistant superintendent in the Widefield School District
2001  Named superintendent of Widefield School District
2007  Named superintendent of Academy School District 20

Dr. Hatchell and his wife Cathy have 5 children.

Dr. Hatchell is the chairperson of the Pikes Peak Area School District Alliance.  He also is a member of the Colorado Governor’s P-20 Council, Junior Achievement, University Club, and serves on the Southwest Comprehensive Center Advisory Board for WestEd, in addition to being a member of numerous professional organizations.

He was the 2004 recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Educator of the Year Award for the Pikes Peak Region.

Dr. Walt Cooper

Superintendent of Cheyenne Mountain School District 12

Walt Cooper assumed the role of superintendent in the Cheyenne Mountain School District on July 1, 2006 after having served as the District’s Assistant Superintendent for Business Operations since 2002.

Dr. Cooper is a native of Lakewood, Colorado and is a graduate of Alameda High School in the Jefferson County Public Schools.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Northern Colorado, a master’s degree in educational administration from Ft. Hays (Kansas) State University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Dr. Cooper started his public education career as a high school teacher and coach in Hill City, Kansas in 1984.  He later served as middle school principal in Hill City before returning to Colorado as principal of North Valley Middle School in LaSalle.  Following a two-year term as Assistant Superintendent in Weld County, Colorado, Dr. Cooper was named superintendent of the Ellicott, Colorado School District in 1998.  He served in this role for four years before coming to Cheyenne Mountain.

In addition to his duties as superintendent, Dr. Cooper serves as Legislative Committee Chairperson of the Colorado Association of School Executives, is a board member of the Green Education Foundation, and is an alumnus (2009) of the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute.

He received the 2002 Bob Cito Vision and Leadership Award from the Pikes Peak BOCES for his work in developing cooperative programs for special needs students in eastern El Paso County, and was also named 1996 Administrator of the Year by the Colorado Association of Health, Physical Education, and Dance for his support of physical education in public schools.

An avid cyclist and golfer, Dr. Cooper has a daughter, Lindsay, who is a 2006 graduate of Cheyenne Mountain High School.

Randy DeHoff

720-937-2544 (cell)


Randy DeHoff served two terms on the Colorado State Board of Education from 1999 through 2010, representing the Sixth Congressional District. He has served as Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Board. He has earned a reputation as a passionate, non-partisan defender of quality public schools for all students, who works effectively to unite the efforts of all stakeholders to that end.

After earning a B.S. in Physics from the University of Virginia, he served eight years active duty as a Navigator and Mission Commander flying P-3 patrol aircraft throughout the Pacific and Indian Oceans. He moved to Colorado in 1984, working as a Systems Engineer in the aerospace industry. A true “rocket scientist, he served as the program manager on several successful rocket launch programs.

In February, 2005, Mr. DeHoff left the aerospace industry to become the Executive Director of the newly created Colorado Charter School Institute, a statewide chartering authority. In four and a half years under his leadership the Institute grew to oversee 18 schools educating over 6500 students throughout Colorado. He resigned as Executive Director in October 2009 to seek new innovative challenges in public education. He is now the Director of Strategic Growth for GOAL Academy, an online charter school serving at-risk youth.

Since joining the State Board of Education, Mr. DeHoff has served on several National Association of State Boards of Education study groups, and on the NASBE Board of Directors. NASBE awarded him the Distinguished Service Award in 2010, and the Colorado League of Charter Schools awarded him their Policymaker Charter Friend Award in 2002 and 2010.

He has authored numerous articles on education for local and national media. In his spare time he enjoys horseback riding, fly fishing, and back-country skiing.

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