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Board Members

The Board is composed of five members elected to alternating four-year terms. Elections occur every two years. Board members serve at large, but represent a specific area of the county - their representative district. Board members are not paid; they give freely of their time to serve the community. After each School Board election, the Board chooses its officers for the next two years. If a vacancy occurs, the Board names an appointee to serve until the next election.

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Mary Parker 

Mary ParkerBoard President
District 5 (south Jeffco)
Term ends November 2025

Mary and her husband live in Littleton and own an HR Consulting company. Mary is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for neglected and abused children. Two of their four daughters are teachers in Jeffco and four of their six grandchildren are or have been Jeffco students. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland. 

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Paula Reed

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1st Vice President
District 2 (mountains, west-central Lakewood)
Term ends November 2025

Paula was a Jeffco teacher for 30 years, mostly at Columbine High School. She and her husband are Jeffco graduates who raised two Jeffco graduates. She retired in 2018 and now works in her husband's small business. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.



Erin Kenworthy

erin kenworthy2nd Vice President
District 4 (central/south-central Lakewood, Edgewater)
term ends November 2027

Erin is a fourth generation educator, with a combined 20 years of experience teaching children, youth, and adults in public schools and non-profit organizations.  She hold a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Social Studies Education from the University of Maryland.  Erin and her spouse are the parents of two amazing Jeffco students.
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Danielle Varda

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District 1 (north Arvada, Westminster area)
Term ends November 2025

Dr. Danielle Varda is the mother of three kids in Jeffco schools, a regular volunteer in the classroom and chair of her School Accountability Committee. She is the CEO of Visible Network Labs, a health technology company, and a tenured professor at the University of Colorado School of Public Affairs. 

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Michelle Applegate

michelle applegateSecretary
District 3 (Arvada, Wheat Ridge, north-central Lakewood)
Term ends November 2027

Michelle has 20 years experience working in the energy and utilities industry in engineering and public policy.  She and her husband have three children at various schools in the district. Michelle earned her degrees in metallurgical and material science engineering and economics from the Colorado School of Mines. 

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Unsure which board member to email? Send messages to Jennifer Zavada, Executive Assistant to the Board of Education, or mail to 1829 Denver West Drive, Golden, CO 80401.


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