2020-2021 BOARD MEMBERS
Amanda Allshouse, President
Elected to serving CPUN as president in 2016, I have continued to appreciate the role of CPUN in facilitating communication across the community between residents, city officials, and businesses as this neighborhood continues to take shape.
I relocated to this community from Chapel Hill, NC in May of 2007. In the years since, my family has grown as my husband Ben and I have welcomed home our sons born in 2009 and 2012. I became a block captain to better know our neighbors and in time to coordinate our first block party in 2008. A year later I joined the board and became involved with the Outreach, Sustainability and Education Committees. The Sustainability committee hosted a sustainability seminar series in the fall of 2009, and planned first Earth Night celebration the evening of Earth Day (April22) in 2010. My career is in research, I am a biostatistician, specializing in women's health outcomes. In the fall of 2009 I worked with the CPUN education committee to collect and analyze data for this Community' s Child Count to provide current estimates to Denver Public Schools of the number of children ages 0-4 in this community. Prior to serving as CPUN president I was chair of the CPUN outreach committee, which involves being a resource for the block captain network and facilitating the monthly block captain/outreach meetings, and secretary for the CPUN board.
Dr. Jea offers seventeen years of leadership experience. She possesses both a breadth and depth of experience incubating innovation to champion for children, families, and communities. Equipped with ten years of teaching experience, Jea became a Gifted and Talented Facilitator and Instructional Coach, and then led the development of downtown Denver’s first elementary school. Jea later developed Building Brilliance, a consulting company, which supports leaders in communities, government, industry, and education in achieving the extraordinary. Jea completed her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Educational Administration and Policy at the University of Denver. Her doctoral research focused on leading innovation and change. Additionally, she has completed the Get Smart Schools Fellowship to catapult leaders to achieve excellence. Jea earned her M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Northern Colorado, M.A. in Teaching and Teacher Education from the University of Arizona, and B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona. Through her work, she inspires individuals to disrupt their current ways of thinking, practice self-leadership, and become leaders of lives that transcend the ordinary.
My family has lived here since 2004, and we have two daughters who attended Westerly Creek and are now students at Bill Roberts. I am currently an Analyst with the Government Accountability Office (GAO), where I help the federal government improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government programs. I was also a writer and editor in the newsletter industry, and worked for a non-profit organization helping local communities set up farmers markets. In the 1990s I lived in Latin America and England, where I worked as a journalist and completed a Masters degree in Social Policy and Planning at LSE. I am also a trained legal, social, and family mediator.
After 32 years working in higher education, it was time for me to realize a new dream. That has led me to launch College Route Map, an educational consulting firm providing guidance for high school students who want to explore their options and find the best college fit for their interests, talents, resources and goals. I have extensive knowledge and decades of experience empowering families to become partners with the university as they help their children pursue their dreams. Additionally, I am often asked to provide consulting for groups and institutions on leadership development, team building, social justice education, and strategic planning initiatives. I have lived in Eastbridge since 2005 and along with my family and friends I have enjoyed our neighbors, parks, walks, sunrises, sunsets, and all of the great people, places, and events that can be found throughout our community.
I was born and raised in Colorado, graduating from Chatfield Senior High, and earning a B.A. at CU Boulder where I met my husband. After earning a Ph.D. in anthropology, living in several states, and a year a France, my husband and I were thrilled in 2014 to move back to our home state to become professors in the CU system. My research and teaching focus on the depth of human environmental impacts. I have forged a relationship with a local non-profit which builds gardens at schools around Denver, educates on how to garden, harvest, cook, and dispose of food while producing zero waste. I have established a consortium to train and financially help students from all backgrounds and financial situations participate fully in international projects and to support women in archaeology. I am the mother of a toddler who is growing much too fast. As a family, we love to spend time outdoors, in the mountains, and with parents and grandparents.
Geoff Horsfall, Vice President
A Denver resident since 2006, I moved to Central Park in 2015 with my wife, Jaime. As the parents of two young daughters, we chose the area for the community it offers our family. I'm grateful for the opportunity to help support and advance all of the things that make Central Park unique. Since joining the CPUN Board in February of 2017, I've been an active member of the Sustainability, Education, and Outreach Committees. I have an MBA from CU-Boulder and experience as a small business owner. I've spent my career in educational publishing and technology, developing content and software for K-12 students as well as post-secondary and career-oriented learners. Our family loves taking advantage of our area’s great parks, the quick access to a growing list of restaurants, and getting together with other families in the neighborhood.
I volunteered for the CPUN Transportation Committee in 2019 to help foster a safe, inviting community for pedestrians, bicyclists, skaters, runners and drivers. That decision led to further involvement in the community through the CPUN Board. Although my husband, John Colvin, and I are relatively new to Colorado, having moved here in 2017, we visited our extended family in Denver for 20 years. We're delighted with the wonderful neighbors in Conservatory Green and other parts of the community. We were also thrilled and surprised when our adult son chose to move to Denver in 2018. As an educator in Albuquerque and San Diego, I worked as a middle school classroom teacher, college instructor, staff developer, community liaison for a San Diego school board member, and instructional leader in literacy for grades 6-12. These roles gave me extensive experience in interacting with parents, students, teachers, administrators, political entities, and other community members to problem-solve inside and outside of schools. Community service has been my professional and personal practice throughout my adult life.
I have been a long-time member of what is now the Central Park community. I have lived in Denver, Colorado my entire life and the daughter of long-term residents and business owners in the Parkhill/5 Points Community. Currently, I am retired and because of the early influences and the community hub that my parents built, I spend my time volunteering and being active in the community. I am a member of the NAACP and have served on the State Conference for over 2 years as the 2nd Vice President and Chair of the Environmental Justice Committee. I am the co-founder of the NE Denver Parkinson’s Support Group and serve on the board of the International Society for Parkinson’s. I was honored with the CU Department of Neurology Neuro-Palliative Care Program Award for my work serving on the board for CU Health Palliative Care.
I enjoy using a positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to build and uplift our community. I am inspired daily by my daughter and her two children. In my free time, I enjoy quilting, cooking, knitting and playing with my granddaughter.
Mark Mehringer, Secretary
Mark has intermittently been a CPUN board member over the past 11 years, and most recently rejoined the board in May 2017. He currently serves as CPUN’s Secretary. Mark's interests are centered on sustainability and building community. Mark and his spouse moved to the South End neighborhood in 2005, and he volunteered to serve as a Block Captain soon after. In the time since, Mark has opened his own public opinion consulting firm and become a parent to two great kids, Leah and Maddox. Mark has previously served as CPUN President and on the Education, Outreach, and Sustainability Committees.
Bryan Penny, Treasurer
Having been a resident of his neighborhood since 2003, I have to say I have no regrets making the move. I got involved in CPUN at a meeting in a pocket park in late 2003 and have enjoyed my time in the organization. I am the Treasurer of the CPUN Board. While this position isn’t as glamorous as some of the other positions, I enjoy the position and it is one of the necessary evils with any organization. I am also currently the webmaster for the CPUN website and think it continues to be a work in process. In addition to the CPUN Board, I am also serving as one of the residents’ representatives on the Public Art Committee. I’m very proud of the projects that have been installed to date. Professionally, I am a Vice President for American Express. I have an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in Economics and Accounting and an MBA from Webster University in St. Louis. I have lived in Denver since 2000. I live with my husband, Matt and our two cats. I also have a son, Dion, who lives in Fort Lauderdale, FL. My hobbies are traveling, working around the house and bridge.
My wife, daughter, and I live in the amazing South End neighborhood here in Central Park. You can find us most days on the greenway chasing after our 18 month old daughter, who in turn likes to run after the neighborhood dogs. We came to Central Park for the thoughtful urban design and for the recent commitment to becoming a more inclusive community. Currently I build innovative and equity-driven public-private partnerships between Colorado businesses and our education system. I have my JD and BA from CU-Boulder and am a diehard Buffs fan. Community service is one of my dearest-held values and I look forward to making an impact in transportation and inclusivity issues for the neighborhood.
Mandle R. Rousseau
My wife and I are Central Park residents. I am also a Denver native. After living in separate states, commuting back and forth between Denver and Arizona, my wife accepted a job in Colorado. We decided to move to the Central Park area from Park Hill in August of 2016. I own and operate Control FREQ, a home automation and systems integration company I launched in 2005. I was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Five Points Cultural District. I also served as the Director of Media for more than 14 years at Colorado Christian Fellowship in Aurora, Colorado. Serving the community in various ways has been both challenging and rewarding. I look forward to contributing to positive change in the world.
Jack has called Central Park home his entire life. He is a proud inaugural graduate of Northfield High School. Today, he is an Operations Specialist for the Master Community Association (MCA); where he stewards the Central Park communities' nearly 1,400 acres of open space, 39,000 trees, 65 miles of alleys and related infrastructure, including electrical and wastewater assets. Jack is an EMS professional by training and served as the University of Denver's Vaccine Project Manager, coordinating the delivery of the coronavirus vaccine across the city. He is an avid outdoorsman and loves skiing, hiking, camping and biking; anything to get outside.
Hi! I’m a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with 25 years experience and expertise in Stress Management. I moved to this neighborhood in 2011 with my two children (Nicolas and Simone). We have watched the area grow and evolve. What I love most about his neighborhood is the effort that goes into creating events that bring the community together. For years, I used to run a free meditation group at the MCA open to anyone who wanted to attend. For the past few years, I’ve organized The Orange Bag Project to collect clothing donations for A Precious Child and Denver Rescue Mission. Currently, I provide stress management resources, training and coaching through StressIntel. I’m glad that I have time to participate on the SUN Board and contribute to making this a wonderful community for all.