Board Candidates
Here are the Board candidates for the 2020 General Meeting. You will be able to vote online, vote by mail or put your ballot in the ballot box. Ballots are due by Friday August 7, 2020 at 5 p.m. If you have questions, send an email to members@cherrycreekeast.org
Bill Allen
Bill Allen (Reelection to Board)
 
My vision for cherry Creek East is summarized in Blueprint Denver 2040 and the Cherry Creek Area plan: a mid-density neighborhood of carefully separated commercial and residential areas within walking distance of Colorado’s premier commercial areas.
 
I live in the area. I moved into CCE in 2004 renting at The Seasons.  In 2005 I bough my current residence on Garfield Street. I’m a graduate of the Denver Regional Council of Governments Citizens Academy and have formal training in zoning while a St. Paul, Minnesota resident.  Currently, I serve on the CCEA Board working mobility issues and am also a member of the Development Committee.
 
Lizzie Kemp Herrera
Lizzie Kemp Herrera (Reelection to Board)
 
My name is Lizzie Kemp Herrera. I am a proud second generation Denver native and long time proponent of the Cherry Creek neighborhood.  My favorite things about the Cherry Creek East neighborhood are its walkability and active, friendly people.  I support responsible, quality development and redevelopment where it makes sense  – with neighborhood backing – to support a thriving community for decades to come. I’ve been an active member of the CCEA for over 20 years.  I’ve had the privilege to recently serve on the Board of the CCEA  as well as the Cherry Creek Steering Committee. 
 
My background: I earned my Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. Since that time I have worked for more than 25 years as a transportation planner in the San Francisco Bay Area and Metro Denver. I currently manage the Transportation Resiliency Program at CDOT. My husband Uriel and our two awesome boys – Miles (14) and Cody (11) also love living in Denver.
Ed Dauer
Edward Dauer
 
Carol Dauer and I, and our two children Rachel and Craig, moved to the Denver area from Connecticut in 1985, when I was appointed Dean of the College of Law at D.U.  We lived first in Greenwood Village and then, having become empty nesters, we (and our Golden Retriever “Bacall”) moved to Cherry Creek East in 2001. I have lived here ever since.  I practiced law and continued teaching at both D.U. (Law) and occasionally C.U. (Public Health) until 2014, when Carol was diagnosed with the disease that would three years later take her life.  My work since then has been devoted to pro bono consulting and memberships on the boards of a number of community-based charitable organizations.  Our attraction to Cherry Creek in 2001 was our sense of it as a residential village with the amenities of a city.  Since that time the changing demographics of the Front Range have created insistent pressures for development, some of which if not managed well may put the balance and the beauty of our part of it at risk.  I see the CCEA as an important vehicle for that management and would find the opportunity to work within it to be both significant and satisfying.
Ione Hartley
Ione Hartley
 
I moved to Denver from Palo Alto, California in 2009 to be nearer my children and grandchildren. In California, I worked as a CPA Manager at a stellar CPA firm for over 14 years, and as lead accountant for EPGY (an online Educational Program for Gifted Children) at Stanford University until my move. I purchased my home in Cherry Creek East in 2010, and have loved the feeling of living in a small, cohesive neighborhood with big city advantages. I became a member of the Cherry Creek East Development committee recently, and have become increasingly aware how various developments can dramatically affect the livability and future of a community. If I am elected to the Board, I would like to remain on the Development Committee to help ensure that our neighborhood grows in ways that are beneficial to the residents and in keeping with our neighborhood character and values. I believe that community participation will provide the best future for Cherry Creek East, and promise to do my part by carefully analyzing the issues that will make our lives better or worse, by seeking feedback from our residents, and by doing my best to make decisions based on their input.
Diane Huttner
Diane Huttner
 
I have had the good fortune to live in the Denver area most of my life. I am the mother of three and a  grandmother of eight beautiful children. Over the years all of my grandchildren have enjoyed playing at Pulaski Park.  Sixteen years ago I built my townhouse in Cherry Creek East. I am a former school teacher and have a degree in Interior Design. I have been a realtor for over twenty four years and  work at  Liv Sothebys International Realty in Cherry Creek. This profession has given me  the opportunity to meet new people and hear what they want for their lifestyle in the Denver Community.
 
I am a former board member of  Cherry Creek East  and the Cherry Creek North Event Advisory Group. Presently I am an Ambassador for the Cherry Creek Chamber. Over the years many people have given their time, energy and talents to making this neighborhood grow and develop into a wonderful community. Their dedication and leadership is most appreciated. I would like to continue their good works and build on their successes. If elected I would like to listen to what our neighbors want as a vision for the community and to expedite those wishes. 
 
Thank you for your consideration.
Blaine Jensen
Blaine Jensen
 
I have lived in Cherry Creek East (CCE) since 1998 when I purchased my current home on Monroe Street. I have over 20 plus years as an HOA officer and Treasurer, and I’ve spent over 25 plus years in operations, finance and sales for technology companies. I have two Masters degrees, with the latest from Denver University where I focused my studies on Leadership and Technology Management. My hobbies include cycling, golf, hiking and watching baseball.
 
I very much enjoy living in Cherry Creek and all the local amenities it provides. Our neighborhood has provided me the opportunity to develop relationships and many friendships with the CCE neighbors. Due to my tenure in the neighborhood, I am very familiar with the growth, development and changes that have occurred over time. I strongly believe in having the community and residents actively involved in our growth, safety, cleanliness and beautification. If I’m elected to the Board, I’d like to focus on improving traffic and mobility through better access to biking lanes and public transportation. I am committed to many more years of a high quality of life our area affords each of us, and will do my best to work on issues that will have long-term positive effects on the neighborhood.
DeAnna Mayes
DeAnna Mayes
 
I have lived in Cherry Creek East since 2011 when I moved here from Dallas, Texas with my job.  I am currently a Vice President at a major bank and have been in financing for over 20 years.  I was drawn to the neighborhood because of its unique character, charm and walkability.  I live and work in the community, which has given me the opportunity to develop many friendships with neighbors and support the local businesses.  I am interested in serving on the Cherry Creek East Association Board because I feel strongly about the involvement of community.  I believe that the more residents that are engaged in the activities within their neighborhood, the better opportunity we have to preserve the shared vision of our community.  If elected, I will focus on the growth of the membership so that all neighbors' voices are heard and will be committed to preserving the quality of life our community affords each of us.
 
Thank you,
DeAnna Mayes
Denise Oakland
 Denise Oakland
 
I was raised in Colorado, attending college at Metropolitan State University receiving my bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Business Management. My career included managing Price Waterhouse IT and working for over 23 years in various sales and leadership positions at Microsoft. I moved to Seattle for 20 years within my career, and last year had the opportunity to move back to Denver. I have always dreamed about living in Cherry Creek and I am fortunate to be able to find a lovely place in Cherry Creek East. 
 
My career has been focused on developing alliances, so I have extensive experience in being respectful and valuing opinions that may not align with mine. If I am elected to the board, I believe I will have the ability to bring people together to come up with solutions that meet the needs of the entire community. I am looking forward to building a great community in CCE. Here is my LinkedIn Profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/denisemcelroy/ 
Ann Ramos
Ann Ramos
 
I have lived in Cherry Creek East since 2009 and love  it!  This is the first home  my husband and I  have ever  owned together so that makes this neighborhood  very special to us.  It’s a wonderful place to live and we’d  like  it to stay that way for a long time.  Being involved  with the CCEA Board would be a  great way for me, Ann Ramos, to contribute to this  great cause.  I am visually impaired, but my disability  doesn’t interfere with my vision and  unique perspective  for this  community.  Skills  I can offer are self-motivation, effective communication, compassion for others, organization and determination  to fulfill  any and all obligations.  Making a positive  difference in the world is very important to me.  My favorite quote from Helen Keller sums it up best:  “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
Steve Silver
Steve Silver
 
I have lived in Colorado for 23 years and in the Cherry Creek East area for the last 7 years. I am currently the Vice President of Research at Forrester, Inc. (headquartered in Cambridge, MA) and work with businesses of all sizes to assess and improve their performance. Hobbies include cycling, fly fishing, golf, hiking and (pre-pandemic) travel, having visited every state except Alaska and over 30 countries.
 
My wife Janice and I have seen the rapid development in CCE and welcome the many new homes and residents. I'm running for the CCEA board to ensure the voice of our residents is represented and reflected in board decisions on a wide range of topics. We have an outstanding little community and I am looking forward to supporting sustainable growth that benefits all residents.  
Chris Ward
Chris Ward
 
As a resident of Cherry Creek East, one of the things I love most about this neighborhood is the tremendous sense of community and belonging my wife and I have felt ever since we moved here 3 years ago.  That's why I want to help the CCEA maintain and improve, not only our neighborhood, but our community.  I'm dedicated to neighborhood safety and security and interested in finding new ways to maintain community cohesion given the current limits on face to face interactions.  I'd like to work toward significantly increasing our membership and encouraging broader participation in order to expand what the association can achieve and to improve our representation of the community.  I support responsible development within the guidelines of the city's Cherry Creek Area Plan.  I'm a computer engineer and entrepreneur, currently working on cloud software for Amazon.
There are six Board positions open. Please choose up to six candidates on your ballot. Please do not choose more than six but you are not required to choose six candidates on your ballot.