Commissioners

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Richard Kaufman
Richard Kaufman (Chair)
Centennial, CO
Richard Kaufman represents clients in environmental, business, securities, regulatory, employment and political cases. Mr. Kaufman's previous experience includes serving as a trial attorney for nine years with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver.  On behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, he litigated the class-action lawsuit brought by landowners surrounding the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant, which involved over 60 million pages of documents. Before joining the Department of Justice, he served seven years as Deputy Attorney General of the State of Colorado. Mr. Kaufman was appointed campaign manager for U.S. Representative Hank Brown (R- Colo.) when Mr. Brown first ran for Congress in 1980. After Brown's victory, Richard served as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman Brown in Washington, D.C., and was responsible for tax, budget, transportation and social security issues. This work including service on a House staff group specifically assigned the task of promoting President Reagan's 1981 tax cut.  Mr. Kaufman is a veteran of the United States Air Force. Mr. Kaufman has been recognized as a “Colorado Super Lawyer” by the publishers of Law and Politics and among Best Lawyers in America in Administrative Law. Mr. Kaufman was appointed to the Commission by Gov. Ritter in 2010 to complete a term. Mr. Kaufman is to serve through June 2016 as a Democrat representing the 6th Congressional District.

 

Patricia Pacey

Patricia L. Pacey (Vice Chair)
Boulder, CO
Dr. Patricia Pacey is frequently called upon to assess economic issues for personal injury, employment termination, business litigation and antitrust matters, and to conduct studies for government agencies and corporations. She has previously been involved in telecommunications, cable television, public utilities and sports-markets industry studies.  In more recent years, Dr. Pacey has been regularly retained by the Office of the State Auditor and the Colorado Legislative Council to provide performance audits and economic modeling projects. Dr. Pacey graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from the University of Florida and went on to receive her Ph.D., also with honors, in economics from the same institution. She was an analyst for the Congressional Budget Office in Washington, D.C., and an economics professor at the University of Colorado. Dr. Pacey is a member of national and regional economic associations. She has published articles in various economic and business journals. In addition, Dr. Pacey recently served on the Commission to Strengthen & Secure PERA, formed by the Colorado State Treasurer.  Dr. Pacey was appointed by Gov. Ritter in July 2007 and will serve through June 2015 as a Democrat representing the 2nd Congressional District. She resides in Boulder, Colorado.

 

Patricia Pacey

John L. Anderson
Durango, CO
John Anderson is a partner in the education consulting group, Schoolhouse Partners. He is the former president and CEO of New American Schools.

He began his business career with IBM after graduating from Yale University. Over a 30-year career he held positions in marketing, manufacturing and development, and on the corporate staff, including serving as an assistant to the IBM chairman of the board.

His interest in, and passion for, education began in 1989 when he was named director of the Governmental Programs-Education for IBM in Washington, D.C., where he coordinated the activities of The Business Roundtable's primary and secondary education initiative.

Mr. Anderson is President of the Board of Music in the Mountains, Vice President of the Community Foundation Serving SW Colorado and a member of the Professional Associates of Fort Lewis College. He is a member of the Board of the Colorado Legacy Foundation and the Institue for Student Achievement.

He is an avid outdoorsman and ski instructor. He and his wife, Cissy, reside in Durango, CO. Mr. Anderson was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to serve through June 2015 as a Republican representing the 3rd Congressional District.

 

Patricia Pacey

Luis Colon
Lone Tree, CO
Mr. Colon began his career in 1989 with Eli Lilly and Company as a chemical engineer, supporting day-to-day operations of chemical manufacturing plants and directing large renovations of manufacturing facilities. After completing his master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Cambridge (England) and his MBA from the University of Michigan Business School, Mr. Colon joined A.T. Kearney, a leading management consulting firm. After serving as a corporate strategy and e-business consultant at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, he then became part of the executive management team at Source One Management.

In 2003, he joined Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper's Cabinet as the Manager of the Department of General Services. His success in that position inspired him to start his own company, Colón Construction Services, a construction solutions company focusing on sustainable construction. He also managed the Western U.S. operations for the CSA Group, a full-service architectural and engineering project delivery company with headquarters in Miami, Florida. He is now part of Xcelente Global’s senior team, where he focuses on consulting with clients on international business strategy and logistics.

Mr. Colon received the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s 2000 Brillante Award, the organization’s highest award, and also received fellowships from the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, the William Davidson Institute, Astra-Zeneca, and Air Products and Chemicals. Mr. Colon was selected as one of the Denver Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 award recipients and also received the prestigious Gates Family Foundation fellowship to attend the Harvard Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. He currently holds or has held seats on the Board of Trustees of both the Iliff School of Theology and Mesa State College, the Board of Directors of the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (Past Chairman), the Hispanic Chamber Education Foundation (Past Chair), the Rocky Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council, the Advisory Council of the Bard Center for Entrepreneurship, the Curious Theatre Company Board, the Denver Division of the March of Dimes, the Mile High Chapter of the American Red Cross, Teach for America-Colorado and the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado. He also serves on the Colorado Community Advisory board of U.S. Bank.

Mr. Colon was born and raised in Puerto Rico and he resides with his wife Toti and three children in Lone Tree. He was appointed to the Commission by Gov. Hickenlooper in 2013 to serve through June 2017 as a Republican resident of the 4th Congressional District.

 

Jeanette Garcia

Jeanette Garcia
Pueblo, CO
As a K-12 educator, Ms. Garcia has a wealth of experience. She spent six years as the dropout prevention coordinator at Keating Alternative High School; three years coordinating vocational education programs in partnership with Pueblo District 60, District 70 and Pueblo Community College; seven years as a business education teacher at Pueblo South High School and Aurora Central High School as well as 13 years as an elementary school principal in Pueblo District 60 and Harrison School District 2.  Ms. Garcia received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Southern Colorado, her Master’s Degree in Education from Lesley College and her administrative coursework from the University of Denver. She is a co-founder of Partners in Education and the Pueblo Homework Hotline and has served on the Board of Directors for the Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation.  She is currently on the Latino Advisory Committee for El Pomar’s ELD Program; Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Pueblo County; Board of Trustees for the Sangre De Cristo Arts and Conference Center;  and Pueblo Community College’s Advisory Council/GOLD Panel. She is now employed by IntelliTec College of Pueblo as the Director of Career Services. Natives of Colorado, Ms. Garcia and her husband Patrick have a daughter who graduated from the School of Engineering at CSU-Fort Collins and CU Law School; a daughter who is a graduate of CSU-Pueblo with an elementary teaching degree; a son who graduated from the School of Business at CSU-Fort Collins; a son who is a pre-med student at CU Boulder; and one granddaughter. Ms. Garcia was appointed to the Commission by Gov. Hickenlooper in 2011 to serve through June 2015 as a Democratic resident of the 3rd Congressional District.

 

Monte Moses

Vanecia Kerr
Denver, CO
Vanecia Kerr is the Managing Director of Marketing, Communications and Development for City Year Denver. Prior to joining City Year in 2011, she was the Regional Director of Community Affairs for the mid-west and western region of TIAA-CREF. In this role she was responsible for developing and overseeing the strategy and implementation of the community outreach activities for the organization. Her tenure at TIAA-CREF spanned nearly 18 years where she held several leadership positions including relationship management with top tier clients (mostly notable colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations) with assets ranging from $200M to $800M. Ms. Kerr received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hampton University in Virginia and a Masters of Public Administration from Baruch College at the City University of New York (CUNY). Ms. Kerr has received numerous certificates and honors including her recent recognition in 2014 by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce as a Finalist for the Athena Award. In terms of civic engagement, Ms. Kerr has a number of outstanding accomplishments. She is the founder of several organizations and has served on numerous boards. Most recently she was on the Founding Committee to bring City Year to Denver and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Goodwill Industries, the Public Education & Business Coalition, and the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Ms. Kerr is a highly experienced public speaker credited with over 250 speaking engagements with audience sizes ranging from 20 to 2000; this includes serving as a keynote speaker, expert panelist and facilitator for various local and national organizations including the Clinton Global Initiative and Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenship. Ms. Kerr is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (a public service sorority) and Jack and Jill of America, Inc. In her spare time she likes to volunteer, serve in her local church, watch movies and enjoy the many activities that Colorado has to offer with her husband and 12 year old son.

 

Monte Moses

Dr. Monte Moses
Englewood, CO
Monte Moses is an educational consultant and speaker.  Prior to starting his private consulting firm, Dr. Moses was the Superintendent of the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado.  Monte also served as a school administrator in Littleton, Colorado; Garland, Texas; and Casper, Wyoming; and he was a professor of education at Murray State University in Kentucky. Dr. Moses is the author of two books, and his articles on subjects pertaining to leadership and organizational improvement have appeared in numerous journals.  His recent articles have been influential in shaping the debate about the federal No Child Left Behind Act and high school reform.  Dr. Moses has received numerous awards including the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, Administrator of the Year from the Association of Office Professionals, and National Superintendent of the Year in 2005 from the American Association of School Administrators. He has served on numerous panels and commissions at the state, national and international level.  Some of these include the Colorado Race to the Top committee, the AVID Board of Directors, the Rose Community Foundation, ASCD advisory board on the whole child, Colorado P-20 Council, the Western States Benchmarking Consortium, advisory boards for ACT and the College Board, and consultant to the East Asia Regional Council of Schools. Dr. Moses was appointed to the Commission by Gov. Hickenlooper in 2011 to serve through June 2015 as a Republican resident of the 6th Congressional District.

 

Hereford Percy

Hereford Percy
Arvada, CO
Hereford Percy retired in 2006 as President of FirstBank North, a position he had held since 1986.  He is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and a graduate of Louisiana State University.  He has served on numerous boards including the Jefferson County Board of Education, the Independent Bankers of Colorado, Arvada Economic Development Association, Duncan Family YMCA, Westminster Building Authority, Adams District 50 Education Foundation, the Longmont Symphony and the North Metro Arts Alliance. Mr. Percy and his wife Joanie have three children and have been residents of Arvada since 1987. Mr. Percy was appointed to the Commission by Gov. Ritter in 2008 and will serve through June 2015 as a Republican resident of the 7th Congressional District.

 

Regina M. Rodriguez

Regina M. Rodriguez
Denver, CO
Ms. Regina “Gina” Rodriguez is a partner with the law firm of Faegre & Benson LLP.  Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation including defense of products liability claims, health care False Claims Act cases and the conduct of internal investigations.  Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Rodriguez was the chief of the Civil Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado.  Ms. Rodriguez is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law.  In addition to her legal career, Ms. Rodriguez has long been an active member of the community and an advocate for children and education.  Ms. Rodriguez was a founding member of Colorado Youth at Risk and served for many years on the board of Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives.  She is currently a member of the board of Family Star Montessori and Early Head Start.  Born in Gunnison, Ms. Rodriguez is a Colorado native.  She currently resides in Denver with her husband and two children. Ms. Rodriguez was appointed to the Commission by Gov. Ritter in 2009 and will serve through June 2017 as a Democratic resident of the 7th Congressional District.

 

B J Scott

BJ Scott
Colorado Springs, CO
Ms. Scott is the Executive Director of Peak Vista Community Health Centers Foundation in Colorado Springs. In June 2011, she transitioned from serving ten years as President and CEO of Peak Vista Community Health Centers to her current role in the Foundation. Peak Vista is a private non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center that has been in existence since 1971 and serves over 65,000 patients with primary outpatient medical, dental and behavioral healthcare services.  The Foundation was formed in 2005 as a separate 501(c)3 and is operated exclusively for charitable purposes to benefit Peak Vista’s twenty health centers throughout the Pikes Peak Region.  Ms. Scott has extensive experience in community relationship building, strategic planning, community collaborations, adult leadership development, customer service and fundraising. She has extensive involvement with many organizations in the region, past or present, including the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, Joint Initiatives for Youth and Families, the Colorado Community Health Network, the Provider Panel of Colorado’s 2008 Blue Ribbon Commission on Healthcare Reform and the National Association of Community Health Centers Board of Directors. She has is actively engaged on healthcare issues at the local, state and national level. The direct correlation between education and better health outcomes was a key factor in her decision to accept her appointment to the Commission on Higher Education.  Ms Scott lives in Colorado Springs. She was appointed by Gov. Ritter in June 2008 and will serve through June 2016 as a Republican resident of the 5th Congressional District.