Friday, July 10, 2015

DENVER – Friday, July 10, 2015 – Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced several Boards and Commissions appointments to the Colorado Student Leaders Institute Executive Board, Transportation Commission, Colorado Commission on Higher Education, Auraria Higher Education Center Board of Directors and Oil and Gas Conservation Commission of the State of Colorado.

The Colorado Student Leaders Institute Executive Board oversees the Colorado Student Leaders Institute. The Institute operates a competitive residential summer academic pilot program through the summer of 2019 for students who are entering tenth or eleventh grade in the coming fall semester. Students attend four weeks of college level classes, lectures and seminars, as well as enrichment activities, including concerts and theatrical productions. For terms expiring July 7, 2016:

  • Darren Louis Spreeuw of Denver, to serve as a person from the community who has an interest or experience in education, appointed;
  • Christena Estes Faraci of Denver, to serve as a person from the community who has an interest or experience in education, appointed;
  • Jason Lauvane Hanson of Denver, to serve as a person employed as teaching faculty or administrator at an institution of higher education in Colorado, appointed;
  • Brian David Yates of Buena Vista, to serve as a person who is employed as an educator in a high school in Colorado in a rural school district, appointed;

for terms expiring  July 7, 2017:

  • Josephine Benavidez of Colorado Springs, to serve as a person from the community who has an interest or experience in education, appointed;
  • Rosann B. Ward of Aurora, to serve as a person from the community who has an interest or experience in education, appointed;
  • Kristin Engel Waters of Denver,, to serve as a person who is employed as an educator in a high school in Colorado, appointed;
  • Genia Kei Herndon of Denver, to serve as a person employed as teaching faculty or administrator at an institution of higher education in Colorado, appointed.

The Transportation Commission formulates general policy for the Colorado Department of Transportation with respect to the management, construction and maintenance of public highways and other transportation systems in the State.  The Commission also works to assure that the preservation and enhancement of Colorado’s environment, safety, mobility and economics is considered in the planning of all transportation projects. For terms expiring July 1, 2019:

  • Edward James Peterson of Lakewood, to serve as a commissioner from the Second Transportation District, reappointed;
  • Kathleen R. Gilliland of Livermore, to serve as a commissioner from the Fifth Transportation District, reappointed;
  • Kathy I. Connell of Steamboat Springs, to serve as a commissioner from the Sixth Transportation District, reappointed;
  • Steven Leon Hofmeister of Haxtun, to serve as a commissioner from the Eleventh Transportation District, reappointed.

The Colorado Commission on Higher Education sets policies for all state-supported institutions of higher education. For a term expiring July 1, 2017:

  • Thomas Oliver McGimpsey of Louisville, a resident of the Second Congressional District and a Republican, and occasioned by the resignation of Regina M. Rodriguez of Denver, appointed;

for a term expiring July 1, 2019:

  • Terence Philip Fagan of Golden, a resident of the Seventh Congressional District and a Democrat, appointed.

The Auraria Higher Education Center Board of Directors manages the operational affairs of the three-school Auraria campus. For a term expiring July 13, 2018:

  • Maria de Lourdes Garcia Berry of Denver,  reappointed.

The Oil and Gas Conservation Commission of the State of Colorado promotes the responsible development of Colorado's oil and gas natural resources by balancing the efficient exploration and production of oil and gas resources, the prevention of waste and the protection of the public health, environment and mineral owners’ rights. For terms expiring July 1, 2016:

  • Richard D. Alward of Grand Junction, to serve as a member with formal training or substantial experience in soil conservation or reclamation, west of the Continental Divide and as a Democrat, reappointed;
  • Thomas L. Compton of Hesperus, to serve as a member actively engaged in agricultural production, as a royalty owner, west of the Continental Divide and as a Republican, reappointed;

for terms expiring July 1, 2019:

  • Tommy E. Holton of Fort Lupton, to serve as a local government official and as a Republican, reappointed;
  • Andrew Lawrence Spielman of Denver, to serve as a member with formal or substantial experience in environmental or wildlife protection and as a Democrat, appointed;
  • James William Hawkins of Golden, to serve as a member with substantial experience in the oil and gas industry and with a college degree in petroleum geology or petroleum engineering, and as a Democrat, reappointed.

for a term expiring July 1, 2019:

  • John H. Benton of Littleton, to serve as a member with substantial experience in the oil and gas industry and with a college degree in petroleum geology or petroleum engineering, and as a Republican, reappointed.

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