(left to right) Stephanie Allen, Director; Liz Tomsula, Secretary/Treasurer; Vicki Pyne, President; Ken Harrell, Vice President; Rich Garrimone, Director
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Elected in May 2016, re-elected in May 2020
Family: My husband Tom and I have been married for 35 years. We have five children, Alyssia, Thomas, Rachel, Stephanie, and Matthew, all graduates of Ralston Valley High School. Four of the five are married, and I now have 7 grandkids ages 4 and under.
Occupation/Employer: Self employed at Thomas H. Pyne, DDS and6* Program Director at CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties. Currently serve on Jefferson County Community Services Advisory Board and the City of Arvada Human Services Advisory Board. Formerly served on the Colorado State Board of Pharmacy.
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 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 to remain so as our community grows.
What skills and experience do you bring to the board? I have just completed my first term of four years on the Apex board which included helping pass the continuation of the bond allowing us to complete seven projects for our users. I was lucky to be able to spend my first term overseeing the design and completion of these projects. Strong policy, management, budget, advocacy, and organizational skills are just part of the experience I bring to this service. I have a background in social work which gives me good perspective on meeting the needs of the wide variety of individuals that make up our community. I am familiar with the facilities and offerings in Apex Park and Recreation District as well as the partnerships which are valuable in meeting district goals.
What are your goals for your current board term? This new term starts amid the chaos of shut down due to the Corona Virus. Our first goal will be to re-open, adjust budgets, and create a plan to be able to provide service in a safe and healthy environment. When the dust has settled, Meyer’s Pool will be at the top of the list as we look to replace a structure that is no longer sustainable. Additionally, I look forward to connecting with the community and responding to expressed concerns and needs.
What makes Apex stand out from other recreation agencies? Apex is a community of families, friends, and neighbors. It is more than a place to participate in recreation. We are a community that enjoys the opportunity to come together in a variety of activities in a friendly and welcoming environment. I hope that everyone who passes through our doors feels connected and part of something great.
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: Married to my wonderful husband, Ben.
What prompted you to run for the board? I ran for the Board of Directors in 2018 as I was actively involved with volunteering to campaign on the ballot initiative for the 2016 bond projects. I care for the development and advancement of the district and wanted to be involved in a larger capacity.
What skills and experience do you bring to the board? I have strong fiscal accountability skills, experience related to being an active user of recreation services, and love to collaborate and work through decisions as a collective group.
What are your goals for your current board term? My goals for the current board are to maintain our fiscal accountability, maintain and improve the services we already offer, and be open minded to exciting recreation opportunities for the district.
What makes Apex stand out from other recreation agencies? Apex has a strong standing in our community and we employ many community members. The district offers everything from unique services to seniors and those with special needs to pre-school and day care services. I truly believe that the employees’ energy, enthusiasm, and genuine care makes the district shine and is what makes Team Apex truly unique.
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 2020
Family: Wife Shirley, 2 children, 3 grandchildren
What prompted you to run for the board? For the past 26 years I volunteered on the Apex Foundation and worked closely with the board of directors in our fundraising events. I was looking to continue serving the community in a different capacity and serving on the board provides me that opportunity.
What skills and experience do you bring to the board? 39 years of management, negotiation and budgeting skills. While serving on the foundation I became familiar with the facilities and several of the programs the district has to offer.
What are your goals for your current board term? To continue to serve the customers of the district with quality facilities and meaningful programs. To partner with the City of Arvada and Jefferson County to bring about new facilities that will enhance the quality of life of the community.
What makes Apex stand out from other recreation districts? The Apex board and staff are dedicated to the health and well-being of the community. We have outstanding facilities that provide programs for all ages and interests.
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