Governing Board

Governing Board Structure

The preschool is managed by a Governing Board consisting of the Executive Committee and the Coordinators of the school committees. Each position is a two year term. You may serve two terms. Anyone interested in being a part of the Governing Board is welcome to join. Every January, the President Elect will place nomination forms along with the open positions for the following school year in the parent pockets. Nominees are to write a letter to the Nomination Committee that explains why they would like to perform the duties of the specific Governing Board position. Nominees will also ask one DCP teacher and one DCP community member to write a letter of recommendation. In the case of two or more people interested in the same position, the nominees’ letters and letters of recommendation will be given to the Executive Committee to decide who will perform the duty of that specific position for the following school year. The Nomination Committee consists of the President Elect, a DCP teacher, and two or three community members.

Executive

President – Takes the lead on the supervision and management of the business operations of the Governing Board. Chairs meetings of the Executive Committee and Governing Board. Serves as chairperson of the Personnel Committee. Takes responsibility for Governing Board development. Makes sure all committee chairs are training their committee members. Works closely with the Director and Assistant Director to ensure long-term viability of the school. Meets weekly with the Personnel Committee. Attends all Executive Committee and Governing Board meetings. 

Meaghan McCabe Meaghan McCabe can be reached at president@dcpplay.org

What is your favorite thing about being a part of DCP

I love being a part of a community that is focused on the social, emotional, and developmental needs of our youngest members by supporting the whole family.

What inspired you to join the Governing Board

I wanted to support this incredible community however they needed. I first joined the GB as the Classroom Liaison Coordinator. I loved getting to know the community in that role and supporting classrooms. I decided to apply for the position of Board President because I wanted to continue supporting classrooms and the community as a whole.

What is your favorite thing about being on the Governing Board

I love supporting a school that has been around for almost 60 years and helping it to continue excelling for another 60 years.

Where can we find you in Denver (favorite spots/hangouts/places to visit)

You will find my family, Maya (4), Mason (6), husband Mike, and I, hiking on the weekends. We love to get out and enjoy nature!

President-Elect – Supports the President and, in his/her absence, performs the duties of the President. Assumes a “president-in-training” role. Exercises oversight of the Vice President of Communications and Classroom Coordinator. Serves as the Chair of the Nominating Committee and the Compensation Committee. Meets weekly with the Personnel Committee. Attends all Executive Committee and Governing Board meetings.

Alexis Cobb Alexis Cobb can be reached at preselect@dcpplay.org

What is your favorite thing about being a part of DCP

By far it is the community for both my children and our family! Growing up in a small town myself I needed to find a village and DCP is our village.

What inspired you to join the Governing Board

I loved the feeling I got on my parent helper days at DCP and craved more! Joining the governing board was out of my comfort zone but I am so happy I did. I am honored to support our community!

What is your favorite thing about being on the Governing Board

Knowing I’m helping in a small way to foster the magic of DCP for future families.

Where can we find you in Denver (favorite spots/hangouts/places to visit)

Hanging out with my family! We spend a lot of time on the DCP playground, in our backyard and enjoying local breweries.

Director – Takes responsibility for program development including curriculum, staff professional development and training, and parent and community education. Oversees the hiring, development, and evaluation of staff. Ensures smooth daily operations of the school and supports currently enrolled and prospective families. Oversees the admissions process, led by the Assistant Director. Attends all Executive Committee and Governing Board meetings. 

Mary Nelson can be reached at mary@dcpplay.org


Assistant Director – Administers and maintains the admissions process. Supports currently enrolled and prospective families and the Executive Director, as needed. Maintains all records that pertain to students, families, and the facility. If the position of Assistant Director is not currently filled, the Director assumes these responsibilities. Attends all Executive Committee and Governing Board meetings. 

Katie Sullivan can be reached at katie@dcpplay.org


Vice President of Facilities – Oversees the work of the Indoor Maintenance and Outdoor Maintenance Coordinators. Plans and organizes cleanup days and maintenance of the school. Attends all Executive Committee and Governing Board meetings.  

Greg Gibb Greg Gibb can be reached at facilities@dcpplay.org

What is your favorite thing about being a part of DCP

Helper Days!!!!! It’s such a special time together and even more so now with Eleanor as we don’t have much one-on-one time.
There isn’t anything quite like the feeling when you realize literally every child in the class has surrounded you in rapt attention.

What inspired you to join the Governing Board

I wouldn’t have considered myself joining the board but when I was approached our first year at DCP I felt honored to help out. I have found it to be incredibly rewarding and I encourage everyone to consider joining, even if you think it is outside your comfort zone.

What is your favorite thing about being on the Governing Board

Building deeper relationships with the DCP staff and giving them any support they need. We all know how special the teachers and staff are and how much amazing support they give our kids (and us) so it feels good to do what we can for them.

Where can we find you in Denver (favorite spots/hangouts/places to visit)

Hanging out with the kids at the museum, zoo and nearby parks. Whenever we can we love trips to the mountains for hiking/exploring/photography.
After a 20 year corporate career I feel extremely lucky to now spend my days reading Dr Seuss instead of P&L reports, role-playing dinosaur hospital in place of HR scenarios and cleaning up other people’s messes rather than cleaning up other people’s messes.

Amelia graduated from PreK last year, Eleanor is currently in 2/3 and Clara will be graduating with the class of 2023...

Vice President of Planning – Responsible for identifying and creating a plan to address the long-term needs of DCP. Responsible for assessing plans already in place. Holds a position on the Compensation Committee. Attends all Executive Committee and Governing Board meetings.  

Natalie Payne Natalie Payne can be reached at planning@dcpplay.org

What is your favorite thing about being a part of DCP

My favorite part about being a part of DCP is the community it has to offer.

What inspired you to join the Governing Board

I want to take an active part in the DCP community and that’s why I was inspired to join the GB.

What is your favorite thing about being on the Governing Board

My favorite part about being on the Governing Board is the opportunity to work with so many different people.

Where can we find you in Denver (favorite spots/hangouts/places to visit)

You can find me running at Wash Park or Sweet Cow ice cream with my family!
Austin Sibley Austin Sibley can be reached at pastpresident@dcpplay.org

What is your favorite thing about being a part of DCP

I love that DCP provides a caring, welcoming community for both children and parents.

What inspired you to join the Governing Board

After spending a few years as a parent at the school, I was interested in becoming more engaged with the organization and its management. I first joined the Governing Board as Secretary and then moved on to become President before moving to my current role as VP of Planning.

What is your favorite thing about being on the Governing Board

The people! It's a pleasure to spend time with such a fun and unique group, working together to make DCP as great as it can be.

Where can we find you in Denver (favorite spots/hangouts/places to visit)

Hiking in the mountains, biking in Wash Park, or visiting the Zoo, Botanic Gardens, or Nature & Science Museum. I'm also at the Nordstrom Cafe and True Food Kitchen on a surprisingly regular basis.

Vice President of Fundraising – Supervises and coordinates all aspects of fundraising. Oversees the Social Fundraising and Auction Committees. Attends all Executive Committee and Governing Board meetings.

Casey Selover Casey Selover can be reached at fundraising@dcpplay.org

What is your favorite thing about being a part of DCP

That tired but happy feeling at the end of your parent helper day. It always reminds me of what an amazing community of parents, teachers, and kids that we're lucky to be a part of at DCP.

What inspired you to join the Governing Board

I have always worked in education and love the behind the scenes work that helps schools run well.

What is your favorite thing about being on the Governing Board

The meetings! No, seriously. Meaghan is the best cook, fellow board members are interesting and fun to spend time with, and I genuinely enjoy geeking out about education.

Where can we find you in Denver (favorite spots/hangouts/places to visit)

Hiking Lair o' the Bear or grabbing ice cream at Sweet Cooie's (those two hobbies might be related!)

Vice President of Communications – Responsible for all systems of communication within the Denver Cooperative Preschool parent body as well as managing the marketing and publicity of the school to the broader community. Attends all Executive Committee and Governing Board meetings. 

Kristy Jones Kristy Jones can be reached at communications@dcpplay.org

What is your favorite thing about being a part of DCP

The community support and how much my boys absolutely love going to school.

What inspired you to join the Governing Board

After coming out of what I refer to as 'the baby fog of exhaustion' I realized how much I valued DCP and everything it's done for my kids so I decided that I wanted to play a bigger part in the community.

What is your favorite thing about being on the Governing Board

Working together with like-minded individuals to help make our community stronger.

Where can we find you in Denver (favorite spots/hangouts/places to visit)

Sweet Cooie's, Tag Burger Bar, pretty much the entire corner of 12th and Madison, and the playgrounds at Congress Park and Teller.
Before kids, I was an environmental scientist and I served in the Peace Corps for two years as an environmental education and awareness agent.

My oldest, Sam, is in PM PreK this year and my youngest, Josh, is in MWF PM 3/4s.

Secretary – Oversees and interprets all legal matters to the Governing Board. Records the minutes of the Governing Board and Executive Committee meetings. Ensures compliance with bylaws and acts as custodian of the corporate records. Oversees the production of the school handbook and directory. Attends all Executive Committee and Governing Board meetings.

Jennifer Benoit Jennifer Benoit can be reached at secretary@dcpplay.org

What is your favorite thing about being a part of DCP

The teachers! They are so inspiring!

What inspired you to join the Governing Board

I wanted to give back to a school that has given so much joy and love of learning to our family.

What is your favorite thing about being on the Governing Board

Feeling as though I’m participating in my child’s education.

Where can we find you in Denver (favorite spots/hangouts/places to visit)

Jogging around wash park, yogurt land with the kids, punch bowl social with the kids, pretty much any and every playground (we like to mix it up!), and playing at home on our swingset.

Treasurer – Oversees all financial matters to ensure financial stability of the school. Has ultimate responsibility for all funds through chairing the Finance Committee. Takes the lead on developing the budget with staff needs in mind and assists the board in reviewing it for approval. Meets monthly with the office manager. Holds a position on the Professional Development and Compensation Committees. Attends all Executive Committee and Governing Board meetings.

Pat Evans Pat Evans can be reached at treasurer@dcpplay.org

What is your favorite thing about being a part of DCP

What inspired you to join the Governing Board

Last year as I changing careers, Mary asked me if I wanted to be the Treasurer at DCP. It was the first opportunity to volunteer for anything in over ten years and no better time to start. Plus, no place I would rather volunteer my time.

What is your favorite thing about being on the Governing Board

Getting to know more parents and staying informed about what is happening in other classrooms.

Where can we find you in Denver (favorite spots/hangouts/places to visit)

In the front yard, back yard or any number of Denver museums.
I am a CPA, former Big 4 and financial controller. Currently consulting and doing business development work for a small consulting firm.

My wife Nicole went to DCP, my daughter Nora graduated in 2018 and my daughter Lily is in 3/4's on Tuesday/Thursday.

Classroom Coordinator – Oversees the work of the Classroom Liaisons who make up the Classroom Committee. Responsible for the efficient management of Parent Helpers. Ensures clear communication among parents in each classroom and between parents and the Governing Board. Communicates monthly with all DCP staff to ensure strong communication between staff and liaisons. Plans and carries out a training program for the Classroom Liaisons. Attends all Executive Committee and Governing Board meetings. 

Hadley Carmichael Hadley Carmichael can be reached at classroom@dcpplay.org

What is your favorite thing about being a part of DCP

Being part of a community- both for my daughter and our family. And watching my daughter enjoy every single day of school!

What inspired you to join the Governing Board

To have a bigger role at DCP and contribute more.

What is your favorite thing about being on the Governing Board

The social aspect of meeting parents outside of school and knowing the workings ins and outs. It has really helped me appreciate the DCP community even more!

Where can we find you in Denver (favorite spots/hangouts/places to visit)

We love to be outside. Camping, hiking, skiing. Moab, Crested Butte, Mt Falcon, Waterton Canyon, Red Rocks are some of our favorite places.

Staff Representative – Represents the staff on the Executive Committee. Attends all Executive Committee and Governing Board meetings.  

Graham Carson can be reached at graham@dcpplay.org.


Governing Board Coordinators

Indoor Maintenance Coordinator – Supervises and coordinates all aspects of indoor facilities upkeep and improvement. Communicates with staff to determine maintenance  issues, special projects, and supply needs.  Delegates and communicates work to the Indoor Committee members including scheduling all sub-committee rotations and organizing teams for special projects. Responsible for organizing and supervising all cleanup days. Must attend all cleanup days. Attends all Governing Board meetings.  

Sarah Haigney can be reached at indoor@dcpplay.org


Robin Miller Robin Miller can be reached at indoor@dcpplay.org

What is your favorite thing about being a part of DCP

The community support for our kids

What inspired you to join the Governing Board

The ability to help support the school and provide a safe place for our kids to play and learn.

What is your favorite thing about being on the Governing Board

Getting to know like minded parents with a common goal of taking care of our community

Where can we find you in Denver (favorite spots/hangouts/places to visit)

Enjoying theater at DPAC, grabbing a beer at a local brewery, or taking a stroll around Sloan's Lake
So happy to be part of this community!

Outdoor Maintenance Coordinator – Responsible for the general maintenance of the outdoor play equipment, including care for the lawn and gardens. This involves interfacing with church officials, when necessary. Coordinates cleanup days and leaf and snow removal with Outdoor Committee. Attends all Governing Board meetings. 

Amy Campbell Amy Campbell can be reached at outdoor@dcpplay.org

What is your favorite thing about being a part of DCP

The community - everyone is always willing to help or pitch in whether it be for the school or for our family. I love the cooperative model.

What inspired you to join the Governing Board

This is our family's sixth and final year at DCP. I wanted to give a little more back to the school and I have served on the Outdoor Committee for several years and love outdoor projects so I thought it would be a good fit.

What is your favorite thing about being on the Governing Board

To have projects that need to be done and to see the finished product and know it took a group of parents coming to get together to get the job done.

Where can we find you in Denver (favorite spots/hangouts/places to visit)

Running around Wash Park, grabbing lunch at Waffle Brothers; exploring the Denver Botanic Gardens

Technology Coordinator – Responsible for the assessment and maintenance of the technological needs of DCP, including information technology services, systems, equipment, and website. Attends all Governing Board meetings.  

Aaron Weber Aaron Weber can be reached at tech@dcpplay.org

What is your favorite thing about being a part of DCP

The amazing teachers, warm community feeling, and watching my kids grow with a bigger family.

What inspired you to join the Governing Board

The opportunity to work with other parents and have some input on how to improve the school. Working together with fellow parents just makes parenting easier!

What is your favorite thing about being on the Governing Board

The feeling of inclusion and connection. Having a creative outlet for my web and programming skills in a way that helps our community. Knowing what is going on at DCP outside of my child's classroom

Where can we find you in Denver (favorite spots/hangouts/places to visit)

Congress park pool and playground, Nature and Science museum, Botanic Gardens, biking along Cherry Creek.
My youngest son Mac is loving his Pre-K AM class, so sadly this is my last year with DCP.
My day job is coding Enterprise Performance Management tools for the Oracle Cloud.

Family Activities Coordinator – Responsible for the organization of educational events for the parent body and social events for the families of DCP. Attends all Governing Board meetings. 

Mia Mindell Mia Mindell can be reached at family@dcpplay.org

What is your favorite thing about being a part of DCP

Being a part of the community of DCP and seeing the joy and happiness my kids experience every time they come to school.

What inspired you to join the Governing Board

I was interested in joining the Governing Board after experiencing all of the wonderful events at DCP through the years with my son and knew that I wanted to give back in a different kind of way once my daughter was at school.

What is your favorite thing about being on the Governing Board

I love getting to meet and get to know new people at the school.

Where can we find you in Denver (favorite spots/hangouts/places to visit)

You can find me at parks with my kids, at sporting events and concerts, running errands to Target and running my kids to all of their 'after-school' activities!

Kate Garwood can be reached at family@dcpplay.org


Auction Coordinator – Responsible for the planning and execution of DCP’s annual auction. Coordinates all aspects of the Annual Fundraiser as head(s) of a parent committee. Including but not limited to: securing sponsorships and donations and working directly with other fundraising chairs to coordinate the same, selecting venue, bidding platform, and theme, marketing and communications, ticketing, collecting and packaging donations, fulfilling sponsorship obligations, securing food, beverage, and entertainment, and creating and reporting on budget. The Auction Chair(s) will be asked to attend Governing Board meetings to give updates. Reports to the VP of Fundraising.  

Katie Fogarty Katie Fogarty can be reached at auction@dcpplay.org

What is your favorite thing about being a part of DCP

The community. We come together for our children, but each bring a unique perspective and set of skills to create an amazingly diverse group.

What inspired you to join the Governing Board

I like to be in charge! Kidding. Sort of.

What is your favorite thing about being on the Governing Board

Having a dedicated space to share my opinions.

Where can we find you in Denver (favorite spots/hangouts/places to visit)

Woodgrain bagels in Lowry, Robinson Park, Stanley Marketplace, Fierce45
Be awesome today.

Social Fundraising Coordinator – Responsible for the planning and execution of all social fundraising events. Works and meets with the Vice President of Fundraising regularly. Attends all Governing Board meetings.  

Delci Lutes can be reached at socialfund@dcpplay.org


Flex Coordinator – Responsible for communicating volunteer opportunities to the Flex Committee. Creates an organizational tool to help all committees receive support for specific tasks and events. Attends all Governing Board meetings. 

 Jodi Sewell Jodi Sewell can be reached at flex@dcpplay.org

What is your favorite thing about being a part of DCP

I love growing with the families of DCP, in every aspect of the word. When we first started, we had one daughter, and I knew no one. Now we have three, and an amazing group of family and personal friends as well.

What inspired you to join the Governing Board

I was initially asked to take a friend's position as Outdoor Committee like six years ago. And I've stuck with it, as I have really enjoyed getting to contribute and gain an understanding of our amazing organization in various roles.

What is your favorite thing about being on the Governing Board

Meeting and getting to know parents well across class and age lines.

Where can we find you in Denver (favorite spots/hangouts/places to visit)

Any playground, ice cream shop, or sushi restaurant. 🙂