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Meet the Westgate School Board of Directors Candidates on April 11

Candidates for the Westgate School Board of Directors!

The Westgate Governance Board of Directors will have 3 seats open for a 3-year term.   All candidates will participate in a Meet and Greet on April 11, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. before the regular board meeting.

Voting will open on Wednesday, April 12 and closes on Monday, April 17.  The ballot links will be emailed to families on April 12, 2017.


Candidate Bios:

Aidan Fleming

I have had the great pleasure of interacting with and observing the excellent instruction my son has received as a second grader at Westgate. I have been impressed by the true and successful implementation of differentiated instruction within his classroom and the professionalism of the administrative staff. I desire to have more of an impact on the future of the great direction this school is going.

I have been involved in education since 1992 on a professional basis. From my time of working in elementary, middle and high school settings, I have learned the importance of a well run Board which makes decisions for the overall good of the student body and not simply as a platform for seeking to progress a personal agenda. As a Dean of Students for a large charter school in the metro area, I interact and report to our Board on the safety, discipline, and school culture of our school on a regular basis. I was lucky enough to be a founding member of starting a stand- alone charter high school with an emphasis on preparing students for college and career goals. I appreciate the challenges the charter school design confronts with diminished funding and the lack of traditional resources, but am excited by autonomy this structure allows to bring excellent instruction and programming to its students.

I bring a diverse background in social work, law enforcement, program design/implementation, providing traditional and experiential education, and a deep appreciation for the need to support the professional Teacher in their classroom. My experience in budget development/management, policy/procedure creation, and personnel management would be helpful in assisting the Board as they navigate the oversight of an amazing school.

I am excited about the potential of serving with other parents and administrative leaders as we put the educational needs of students first, support the dedicated Teachers as they deliver rigorous curriculum, and positively interact with students and their parents in meaningful dialogue.

Thank you and I look forward to being considered for this role in this thriving school in this important capacity.

Brian Fox

My name is Brian Fox and I am the proud father of a Westgate kindergartener. My youngest son will be attending Westgate next year and I believe I bring a unique perspective to the Board, as I also have a daughter who is a sophomore at University of Northern Colorado. Having children at both ends of their education experiences, I have a fresh view of the process involved with choosing both an elementary school and those who will be leaving Westgate and needs of those young adults and their families. I believe my experience in the insurance and financial services industry of nearly 15 years will serve the Westgate Governance Board of Directors well. I own an insurance agency in Golden and my wife is in the process of purchasing her own business as well. She is a Montessori teacher and will be taking ownership of Eastlake Montessori School in June. Eastlake Montessori is just around the corner from Westgate and has been a part of the community for 38 years.

As I have two children attending Westgate Community School, I am interested in contributing to the school and becoming a more active member of the school community. I’m certain my business experience combined with my family’s deep commitment to education will be a valuable asset to the Board of Directors. Thank you for your time and consideration.


Dano Goforth

I have had the privilege to be involved with Westgate since its inception in 2008. I was on the first fund raising committees with my wife Rochelle, who is a founding member and has worked for Westgate since day one.


I have been a proud WCS parent since 2012 when my youngest daughter Ellie started 3rd grade, and now I am a perspective high school parent as she plans to graduate from Westgate. Over the years I have volunteered for fundraising events, auctions, chaperoning field trips, chicken raising, moving to new buildings, and even some decorating. Recently I was able to participate in the Challenge day event with the middle school, and it was a truly remarkable experience. And now my oldest daughter, Katie, works at WCS! Our family is very passionate and dedicated to this school and its mission.


I am an Audio Engineer and production manager for mainly large-scale concert sound as well as high-end corporate events. I have been a contractor and a small business owner for the last 20 years. I have traveled around the world working with a wide range of music recording artists and entertainers. I have recorded and produced over fifty full-length albums for various local and national recording artists, and composed two independent movie sound tracks. I have worked on large projects with large groups of people and a lot of ‘moving parts’. I know how to work with people as a team, and how to be accountable for my part in achieving a common goal. As well as my career in production, I am currently finishing my B.S. in Physics and Mathematics with a Teacher Licensure at MSU Denver. I plan to teach Math, Science, as well as music and production technology. I truly enjoy teaching my passions. In the off time, I enjoy playing music (mostly guitar), working on physics, reading, and hanging out with family.


I have often felt sort of envious of the Westgate kids. I was totally a Westgate kid. I think a lot of parents can relate to that. A lot of us didn’t really know what we were dealing with while growing up until we saw it in our own kids. I think that drives us as parents and educators. I think another thing that makes this community so unique is that because WCS parents can relate and empathize with their kids.


I remember going to the first board meetings in Jackie Hahn’s dining room. It was amazing to see the passion and dedication of everyone at those first meetings as the mission of WCS was crafted from a vision, that so many parents, teachers, and students shared, into a reality. A reality that has not only given our little creative geniuses a safe place to learn, but a community that truly embraces the beauty of a mind that can ‘think outside the box’, and everything that goes with it! I believe with my experience and dedication I can serve the school board and the Westgate community as we strive to grow and achieve our mission.


Robert Hillegas

My name is Robert Hillegas. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I moved to Colorado 16 years ago to work at Rocky Flats, and for the last 11 years I have been working at Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as a scientist.


Throughout my professional career I have been driven by inspiring people to consider alternative ideas and methods.  Along with this I consider a strong analytical background, experience in evaluating standards and regulatory policy among my strengths that would helpful to this board. I also have experience being on a regulatory board for the State Engineer's Office.

My son is early in his education here at Westgate, and I look forward to discovering ways that I can contribute to the educational excellence of Westgate Community School.


Thank you.


Courtney Potter

Westgate Community School became a second home to my family when my son entered kindergarten last year. Since then, my desire to be involved with such passionate individuals has grown to include holding a position on the school board. School is a place of exploration, challenge, and creativity making it ever so important that the community keeps up with the growing needs of the students. I hope to join the school board in order to help improve our children's education, the programs at our school, and to develop our children into successful adults.

I am a mother of three children ages fifteen, seven, and four. I have been fortunate enough to have coached, fundraised, managed, and directed a gamut of their activities giving me unique insight into how our school and other schools/organizations operate. I am currently completing my Master of Business Administration with an emphasis on Finance and hold a bachelors degree in Management. My education and experience has given me the tools I need to be a successful leader, creative thinker, and an effective problem solver. I hope to bring new ideas and suggestions to our school as well as help carry out our current goals and plans.


Karen Trojanowski

This year I had the opportunity to serve on the Westgate Board of Directors as an appointed member when a spot became vacant last November. I have enjoyed being a part of a Board team that stands behind the mission of Westgate, supports the administration, and works hard to make Westgate a better, more community-oriented school. It has been a fantastic experience and I would like to be considered for a three-year term position now.

I have a third-grader and first-grader at Westgate and they have both attended the school since kindergarten. Westgate was carefully selected by my family as a wonderful school for creative learners to develop in an environment of academic excellence and it has proven to be so. I have been an advocate of the school for several years and I am eager for the opportunity to give back to Westgate. I am a lawyer by training although I do not currently practice law. However, I can use my law background to read and interpret rules and policies, ensure compliance with state and school board rules and regulations, and help the Board critically solve problems and develop creative solutions. I also offer strong analytical, decision-making, and communication skills and would bring a firm commitment to upholding the values and the mission of Westgate and the Board.

Originally I am from Princeton, New Jersey although I have lived in Colorado for the past 16 years. I received my B.A. from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and my law degree from the University of Colorado Law School in 2004. I am currently the Director of Talent & Coaching for the OnRamp Fellowship, which is a re-entry platform that matches experienced women returning to the workforce after a career break with law firms, legal departments, and financial services firms. Preceding this position, I worked for 10 years at the University of Colorado Law School where I held a number of positions including: Director for Alternative Legal Careers, Externship Program Director, and Associate Director of Career Development. I have over a decade of experience in the legal field, have counseled thousands of law professionals, and have served on four Law School hiring search committees. I also spent several years as a volunteer family law attorney for Boulder County Legal Services.