DSST Public Schools Board Information
All formal contacts with the Board should be sent via email to Board President Steve Halstedt
DSST Public Schools Board Meetings for the 2012-13 School Year
Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 2:30 – 5:00 pm - BOD Meeting - DSST Public Schools Home Office
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 8:00 am - 4.00 pm - BOD Retreat, including 30-Minute BOD Meeting (start time 3:30 pm) - Daniels Fund Meeting Space
Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 2:30 – 5:00 pm - BOD Meeting - DSST: College View Middle School
Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 2:30 – 5:00 pm - BOD Meeting - DSST: GVR HS
Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 2:30 – 5:00 pm - BOD Meeting - DSST: Cole MS
Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 2:30 – 5:00 pm - BOD Meeting - DSST: GVR HS, Room 220
Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 2:30 – 5:00 pm - BOD Meeting - DSST: Stapleton MS
DSST Public Schools Board of Directors for the 2012-13 School Year
Mr. Halstedt is a co-founder and managing director of Centennial Ventures, a private venture capital firm formed in 1981. He has a long-standing successful career in investment banking. Mr. Halstedt also served as a combat engineer platoon leader and battalion assistant operations officer in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He has a B.S. from Worcester Polytechnical Institute, an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Dartmouth College, and he attended the University of Connecticut School of Law.
David Ethan Greenberg
Founder & Past Board President
Active in education reform, Mr. Greenberg has served as a member of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, the policy board for Colorado’s twenty-eight public institutions of higher education; been President of the Board of the Children’s Museum of Denver; was a Trustee of Clayton Early Learning, the region’s leading institution for the advancement of early childhood education; and is a Regent of the American Architectural Foundation. David was co-founder and managing partner of GBSM, a public policy and crisis communications consultancy headquartered in Denver. A graduate of Columbia University and the Harvard Law School, he was legal advisor and speechwriter to Colorado Governor Richard Lamm and has served as a White House Fellow.
Director & Advancement Committee Co-Chair
Mr. VanBerschot received his Bachelor's degree in History from the University of Illinois and an M.A. in teaching from Western New Mexico University. As Executive Director of Teach for American Denver in 2007, he oversaw an increase in revenue of 90% to $1.3M, an increase in corps size by 150% to 125 and full retention of the founding staff. During the three years he was Executive Director of Teach for America New Mexico, the region became one of the top performing regions in student achievement. Mr. VanBerschot also led the increase of its regional funding base by 217%. He was part of the 2001 Teach for America charter corps in New Mexico, teaching 3rd, 5th and 6th grade social studies. He was instrumental in students achieving a 34% increase on the New Mexico state exam.
Norwood L. Robb
Board Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair
Mr. Robb is past President of the Board and brings extensive board and corporate experience to DSST. Mr. Robb served on the University of Colorado Board of Regents representing the 6th Congressional District for eighteen years and is now Regent Emeritus. His corporate background includes working for Martin Marietta and the Boeing Company in addition to several private ventures.
Director & Nominating/Governance Committee Chair
Ms. Lamm is a Partner at Perform Consulting Group, a professional services firm focused on digital media. Headquartered in Denver, PCG connects emerging business opportunities with traditional media companies to help them execute in local markets. Prior to becoming a Partner with PCG Heather was an Executive Vice President at MediaNews Group, the fourth largest newspaper company in the U.S. From 1999-2004 Heather was Chair of the Board of Directors at Third Millennium, a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy and education organization. Ms. Lamm holds an MBA in entrepreneurship and organizational behavior from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.A. in political science from Brown University.
Michele Cooper has been an independent technology consultant since 1993, specializing in the application and integration of emerging technologies for small businesses and independent schools. In addition, she has twenty years of corporate experience where her roles have included heading information services business strategy and operations for a startup multimedia tools company; business and technology strategy and planning for large telecommunications companies; as well as software development. Ms. Cooper has been active in promoting emerging technologies in the African-American community. She has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Director & Audit Committee Chair
Ms. Berryman has thirty years' experience in higher education administration. Most recently serving as the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration for the University of Colorado Denver, she managed an annual budget of more than $1 billion and oversaw Finance, Information Technology, Facilities, and Human Resources. Ms. Berryman played an integral role in strategic planning and development of the University’s Anschutz Medical Campus by developing and implementing a $1.3 billion financing plan. Ms. Berryman was responsible for completing the administrative consolidation of the University of Colorado at Denver with the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She is a CPA and a life-long resident of Colorado
Keith J. Evans
Director & Advancement Committee Co-Chair
Keith J. Evans is vice president of Marketing, Sales and Business Development for Kaiser Permanente Colorado. Before joining Kaiser Permanente, Keith operated his own consulting practice in southern California helping insurers and businesses navigate health care reform. Prior to that, he served as vice president and general manager of WellPoint’s Individual Western Region. He spent the early part of his career at Arthur Andersen and General Motors. For 10 years, he was a leader with ARAMARK Uniform Services, eventually becoming its Managing Director, Business Planning and Development. Keith has spent much of his career focused on improving health services to uninsured and underinsured populations. His dedication to furthering professional diversity has been highlighted by a variety of business publications, including Diversity Edge magazine which named him 2008 Top Diversity Champion. Keith graduated with honors from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He earned his master’s degree with honors, with concentrations in finance and marketing, from Columbia Business School in New York, NY. Keith relocated from Moorpark, California to Lone Tree, Colorado with his wife, Zeynep, a former Turkish National swimmer and volleyball player, and their two daughters, Jasmine and Melissa. As the family adjusts to the state’s mile-high elevation, snowy winters, and courteous drivers, Keith plans to seek opportunities to provide leadership and involvement in local schools and youth athletic programs.
Anna Jo Haynes
Anna Jo Haynes is the President Emeritus of Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers, which operates eight centers in Denver’s inner city for children from families with limited resources. She is a long time advocate for children and their families, and in that capacity, she is the Founding Chairperson for Denver Public Schools / City of Denver Ready to Succeed Early Childhood Council, appointed by the Superintendent and Mayor. Haynes was the Founding Chairperson of the Colorado Children’s Campaign and Past President of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado. Denver Native and mother of five adult children, grandmother of seven; ages 3-20 years.
Mr. Kaesemeyer, currently serving as a senior advisor to the Fox Family Foundation, is the former Executive Director with the Gates Family Foundation. He has extensive experience as Head of School for both Kent Denver School and Westtown School. He was also the Director of Development, Curriculum Committee Chair and a teacher at Westtown School. Mr. Kaesemeyer holds several committee positions, including chair of the Reisher Scholarship Committee, board member for Mesa State College, advisory board member at West Denver Prep and La Academia, board member with the Colorado Association of Funders, and a member of the Colorado Forum, Headmaster's Association. He graduated from Lehigh University with a B.A. in American History and from the University of Washington with an M.A. in Latin American Studies.
Director & Technology Committee Chair
Mr. Kirkpatrick is a founder and Chairman of Cadre Technologies, a logistics automation software company, a founder and director of Distribution Service Technologies, a provider of e-commerce software solutions to the automotive industry, and a director of Phase IV Engineering, a pioneer in energy harvesting wireless sensing technology. His past experience includes management and direction of a number of early stage technology companies, executive engagements with Hewlett-Packard and Corporate Express, and serving as a member of two Colorado independent school boards. He is an engineering graduate of Princeton University, Chairman of the Colorado Princeton Alumni Schools Committee, and a member of the University of Colorado Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences Advisory Council.
Steve McConahey is the chairman of SGM Capital, a firm focused on private equity investments and management advisory services. His previous experience includes President and COO of EVEREN Securities and EVEREN Capital, SVP for corporate and international development for Kemper Corporation and Kemper Financial Services, and Chairman and CEO of Boettcher and Company. Mr. McConahey was also previously with the consulting firm of McKinsey and Company in Washington D.C. In 1972, he received a White House Fellowship and worked during that time with Cabinet Secretaries Elliot Richardson and Caspar Weinberger. After his fellowship, Steve became a program administrator in the Urban Mass Transit Administration and in 1976 joined the White House staff becoming President Ford's Special Assistant for Intergovernmental Affairs. A native of Wisconsin, Steve received a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Steve is currently a member of the board of directors of, CalDak International, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, the Colorado Venture Capital Authority, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver and the Metro Denver Sports Commission.
Ms. McGriff leads the Academic Systems Initiative at NewSchools Venture Fund. She has been committed to transforming the lives of underserved urban school students for almost four decades. Deborah was the first public school superintendent to join EdisonLearning in 1993 and previously served as the first female General Superintendent of Detroit Public Schools. Deborah currently serves on the board of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, where she also is an executive committee member, as well as founder and national board member of the Black Alliance for Educational Options. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Norfolk State University, a master’s degree in education with a specialization in reading pedagogy from Queens College of the City University of New York, and a doctorate in Administration, Policy and Urban Education from Fordham University.
Mr. Wilkerson currently serves as University Counsel for the University of Colorado and has over nineteen years of experience as an attorney at a major public research university. Prior to his tenure at the University of Colorado, Mr. Wilkerson was an Assistant Judge Advocate at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center and Fort Carson in the U.S. Army 4th Infantry Division. Mr. Wilkerson also holds an Assistant Professor Attendant position in the Department of Preventative Medicine and Biometrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
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