(Front: L to R) Vicki Pyne, Vice President; Stephanie Allen, Director (Back: L to R) Liz Tomsula, Director; Jeff Glenn, President; Ken Harrell, Secretary/Treasurer.
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Elected in May 2008, re-elected in 2012 and 2016
Family: Wife Lisa, 5 Children
Occupation: Contract Home Furnishings Professional
What prompted you to run for the board? I was encouraged nine years ago by several community leaders and district employees to run for an open board seat. I saw this as an opportunity to give back to my community and become involved in something that is very important to me.
What skills and experience do you bring to the board? I am entering my third and final term bringing a wealth of understanding and community contacts to the board. After serving the last eight years on the board and working with the city, county and many local organizations, I have gained their trust and respect along with a good understanding of how special districts operate and function.
What are your goals for your current board term? To continue to meet the needs of the community as a whole. The 2016 bond projects will meet many of those needs but there is still work to be done and we can’t lose sight of that. The replacement of Meyers Pool and other important program needs will be a major part of the next four years for the district.
What makes Apex PRD stand out from other recreation agencies? Without question the people who work in the district every day. Apex PRD has a great reputation in the community and in this part of the country. That is a direct reflection of our amazing employees and leadership.
Elected in May 2016
Family: I have been married 32 years to my husband, Tom. My five children are Alyssia, Thomas, Rachel, Stephanie, and Matthew, all graduates of Ralston Valley High School.
Occupation: Self-employed for 30 years at Thomas H. Pyne, DDS. I also serve on the State Board of Pharmacy, the Jefferson County Community Services Advisory Board, the City of Arvada Human Services Board, and as a volunteer for CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties.
What prompted you to run for the board? I have always been involved in my community. With five kids I have served in various volunteer roles from PTA to After Prom and Athletics Booster Club President. My family is very active in sports and recreation and because of this, I served on the Apex PRD Vision 2020 committee in 2005 and 2012. Apex Park and Recreation District is a phenomenal district and I want to see it continue in that direction as our community grows.
What skills and experience do you bring to the board? I have good management skills, extensive board experience, organizational skills, and enjoy working with and representing people. I also have a background in social work which gives me a good perspective on meeting the needs of a wide variety of individuals that make up our community. I am familiar with most of the facilities and offerings of the Apex Park and Recreation District as well as the district partnerships which are invaluable in meeting district goals.
What are your goals for your current board term? As the newest member of this board, I will be getting fully up to speed with current goals and responsibilities, including overseeing the building of new facilities and upgrades of others, made possible by voters who chose to extend the current bond. Additionally, I look forward to working on the next imminent need which is Meyers Pool.
What makes Apex PRD stand out from other recreation agencies? Apex PRD stands out among other districts because of the community it belongs to. People are involved and active in making this district what it is. I look forward to this new opportunity to be a part of the Apex PRD board, as well as the chance to focus on providing recreation for the community needs of the future.
Elected in May 2018
Family: Wife Rosemary
Occupation: Owner of a surgical imaging equipment sales company and also a local restaurant/sports bar.
What prompted you to run for the Board? I enjoyed and learned a great deal during my previous two terms.
What skills and experience do you bring to the Board? I served for two terms in the past, from 2006 through 2014.
What are your goals for your current Board term? To work with the community and other government agencies to address the Meyers Pool replacement. Also, to insure the District continues to meet the needs of our community by maintaining and/or expanding our programs and facilities in a financially responsible manner.
What makes Apex PRD stand out from other recreation agencies? Without question, three equally important things:
Elected in May 2018
Family: Spouse Emily Brawner-Allen; children Rylan and Blakely
Occupation: Stay-at-home mom
What prompted you to run for the Board? As a former employee of the District, I want to bring that perspective to the Board. To help “translate” what employees experience in their daily encounters with Apex customers, to better improve the experience for both the customer and employee.
What skills and experience do you bring to the Board? I have worked in parks and recreation for nearly 20 years, 10 of which were with Apex. I am now at home with two young kids that are and will be in many programs with Apex.
What are your goals for your current Board term? My goals include continued implementation of the enhancements funded by the bond election. Also, increasing programs to provide ongoing funding to justify the new facilities and provide advancement opportunities for the employee base, which in return will develop new programs and facilities for all customers.
What makes Apex PRD stand out from other recreation agencies? Apex is not only located in a beautiful location at the foot of the Rockies, but we are now overhauling a large amount of facilities to be able to provide the newest and most robust facilities across the Front Range. This attracts more users and more talented employees. And, our Pickleball programs are unique to our state, making us stand out from the rest.
Elected in May 2018
Family: Husband Benjamin Cross
Occupation: Director of Operations at the Real Colorado EDGE Soccer Club
What prompted you to run for the Board? I became interested in the Apex Board in 2016 when I helped to get the Apex bond initiative passed for all of the exciting improvements the District is now working on. I was not only impressed by the leadership Apex had, but also driven to volunteer my time and experience to the Board as an Arvada local and a supporter of our park and recreation district.
What skills and experience do you bring to the Board? I have worked in the non-profit sector for 10 years and in that time I worked overseas and locally as well as earned my Master’s in Non-Profit Management from Regis University. I believe I bring a holistic outlook and an insight into what young families are looking for out of our park and rec district, as well as a knowledge of fiscal practices.
What are your goals for your current Board term? My goals for the current Board term are to continue to see the District thrive, meet our fiduciary responsibilities, ensure that we are building a district that everyone can enjoy, and continue to establish a strong foundation for responsible growth.
What makes Apex PRD stand out from other recreation agencies? I believe our local park and recreation district is a strong one and one that thrives for success in every endeavor. As a district we have great leadership, a strong work ethic, and a reputation for having activities that span across all ages and abilities.
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