DENVER — Tuesday, July 26, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Colorado Commission on the Aging, Early Childhood Leadership Commission, State Board of the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund, Colorado Health Facilities Authority Board of Directors, Colorado Commission on Higher Education, State Historical Society Board of Directors and Parks and Wildlife Commission.

The Colorado Commission on the Aging conducts studies and encourages other organizations to study problems faced by the state’s elder people. The Commission works to promote and aid in the establishment of local programs and services for the aging and aged.

For terms expiring July 1, 2020:

  • Debra Kay Bailey of Grand Junction, to serve as a Republican from the Third Congressional District, reappointed;
  • Jane McLean Barnes of Lakewood, to serve as a Republican from the Seventh Congressional District, appointed;
  • Julie Hoerner Mowry of Denver, to serve as an Unaffiliated from the First Congressional District, appointed;
  • Ruth Elaine Long of Fort Collins, to serve as a Democrat from the Second Congressional District, reappointed;
  • Marvin Joseph Urban of Colorado Springs, to serve as a Democrat from the Fifth Congressional District, reappointed.

The Early Childhood Leadership Commission seeks to improve outcomes for young children, ages birth to eight years old, and their families by advancing the alignment, coordination and efficiency of programs and services.

For a term expiring July 1, 2018:

  • Donna Lynne of Denver, to serve as a representative of a public entity and as co-chair and occasioned by the resignation of Joseph A. Garcia of Pueblo, appointed.

The State Board of the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund uses a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the State’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. The Board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

For a term expiring April 15, 2017:

  • Karma Giulianelli of Golden, a resident of the 7th Congressional District, and a Democrat, and occasioned by the resignation of James R. Spaanstra of Lakewood, appointed.

The Colorado Health Facilities Authority Board of Directors enables health institutions in the state to refund or refinance outstanding indebtedness and to provide additional facilities and structures which are needed to promote the health and welfare of the people of the state.

For terms expiring June 30, 2020:

  • Kathryn S. Kanda of Denver, a Democrat, reappointed;
  • Don Willis Marostica of Loveland, a Republican, reappointed;
  • Beverly Kay Sloan of Denver, a Democrat, appointed.

The Colorado Commission on Higher Education sets policies for all state-supported institutions of higher education.

For terms expiring July 1, 2020:

  • Mary Beth Buescher of Grand Junction, a resident of the Third Congressional District and a Democrat, appointed;
  • Cassandra “Cassie” Gannett, PhD of Colorado Springs, a resident of the Fifth Congressional District and an Unaffiliated, appointed.

The State Historical Society Board of Directors is the governing body for the State Historical Society. The Society offers public access to Colorado’s cultural resources including statewide museums and special programs for individuals and families; stewardship of Colorado’s historic treasures; educational resources for schools, students and teachers; and services related to preservation, archaeology and history.

For a term expiring July 1, 2019:

  • Alan Bruce Salazar of Thornton, appointed.

The Parks and Wildlife Commission is responsible for perpetuating the wildlife resources of the state, providing a quality state parks system and enjoyable, sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire current and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources.

For terms expiring July 1, 2020:

  • Robert William Bray of Redvale, as a representative of agriculture and west of the Continental Divide, reappointed;
  • Hon. James Vigil of Trinidad, as a representative of agriculture, reappointed;
  • Michelle Zimmerman of Breckenridge, as a representative of a non-profit organization that promotes conservation and recognizes non-consumptive wildlife use, and west of the Continental Divide, reappointed.

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