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Board of Directors



The Westgate Governance Board of Directors (BOD) is currently seeking parents and/or outside community members interested in joining the BOD for a 3-year term (1-year term for outside community members) beginning Summer 2018. Elections for the BOD are held in April of each year. Joining the board is a fun way to make a difference in our fabulous WCS community. 

 The BOD commitment is approximately 10 hours a month of work and includes attendance at Board meetings (once or twice a month for a business meeting and potentially a working session/committee meeting on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. throughout the year). Prior experience is not necessary. We are interested in candidates with all skill sets and backgrounds who want to help and be involved with our school.

 Please contact Karen Masciulli at masciulli@westgateschool.org with any questions about joining the BOD.

General Information:


Board Meetings

The Westgate Board of Directors meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 6:30 – 9:00 pm at 12500 Washington Street, Thornton.  Enter through the main doors on the south side of the building.


Agendas are posted at least 24 hours in advance.  Board meetings are open to the public.  There is an open mic opportunity at the beginning of the meeting.


Board Minutes

Board Minutes are available for inspection during normal school office hours, 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. on school days. Electronic copies of the minutes since June 2011 are available in the Minutes folder on this page.


Westgate Board of Directors

Michelle Zeles-Hahn, President (Term ends 2019)

Michelle is in her second year on the Westgate Board of Directors. Her education achievements include a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering (University of Colorado Boulder) and a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in biomedical engineering (University of Denver).  After receiving her degrees, she went on to teach engineering courses at both the Colorado School of Mines and the University of Denver to all levels of undergraduates. After the birth of her second child, Michelle became a domestic engineer (i.e., stay-at-home mom). In her spare time, Michelle is also an appointed National figure skating judge and travels the country judging figure skating events. Michelle and her husband have two children attending Westgate Community School, one in 2ndgrade and one in kindergarten.


Aidan Fleming, Vice President (Term end 2020)

Mr. Fleming earned his bachelor's degree in Social Work (B.S.W.) from Illinois State University and has worked in and around schools for 25 years. He was the Dean of Students at Pinnacle Charter School for nearly nine years and has trained extensively in maintaining campus safety, improving classroom behavior management, and supporting excellent classroom instruction. Mr. Fleming has worked in non-profit, county, and state organizations that seek to provide for and protect youth, families, and public safety. He lives in Westminster with his wife and two boys, one of whom attends Westgate Community School and is in 3rd grade.


Melanie Medeiros, Secretary (Term ends 2019)

Ms. Medeiros is a project manager and archaeologist for SWCA Environmental Consultants, and is currently serving her second year on the Westgate Board of Directors. She has 15 years of experience as an archaeologist, both in environmental consulting and in research and teaching through the University of Arizona, where she earned a Master of Arts in Anthropology with an emphasis on prehistoric archaeology of North America. Prior to earning her master’s degree, Ms. Medeiros earned a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies and Archaeology from Cornell College. She is also a member of several professional organizations, including the Society for American Archaeology, the Colorado Council of Professional Archaeologists, the Utah Professional Archaeological Council, and the Colorado chapter of Women’s Energy Network. Ms. Medeiros became involved in governance at Westgate three years ago, when she joined the School Accountability Committee (SAC) as a parent representative and was subsequently elected to the Board of Directors; she continues to serve the SAC as board liaison to the committee. Ms. Medeiros has two children who attend Westgate Community School, one in 4th grade and one in kindergarten.


Holly Peterson, Treasurer (Term ends 2018)

Ms. Peterson is a commissioned officer in the Colorado Army National Guard (COARNG) and works there full-time as the Deputy Director for Personnel. In addition to working in the personnel arena, Ms. Peterson served eight years as the COARNG’s official spokesperson and is a graduate of the Defense Information School, having first attended as an enlisted broadcaster and later as a public affairs officer. She started with Westgate Community School as a volunteer on the Grant Committee and continues in this role in addition to her current appointment as Treasurer. She has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Business Administration from Colorado State University. She and her husband have two sons, one of whom is a student at Westgate Community School.


Karen Masciulli, Board Member (Term ends 2020)

Karen is serving in her first full year on the Westgate Board of Directors, but has been a member of the Westgate community for more than four years. She has a law degree from the University of Colorado Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. She began her career with the University of Colorado Law School focusing on higher education administration and career development while also serving as a volunteer attorney for Boulder County Legal Services. Karen is now the Director of Talent & Coaching for the OnRamp Fellowship, which aims to replenish the pipeline of women leaders in the legal profession through one-year, paid fellowships with large law firms and companies. Karen has two children at Westgate Community School, one in 4th grade and one in 2nd grade.


Neal Gamache, Board Member (Term ends 2018)

Neal has led teams to deliver 57 software projects over a 17-year career in technology, working for both start-ups and larger firms such as Alere Health and Deloitte. He is currently a program manager with Workday, overseeing the delivery and quality of products produced by the Productivity Technologies Team in Boulder. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in English Literature and World History as well as a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Prose Concentration) from Naropa University. Neal enjoys the outdoors, games, and literature. He joined the Board of Directors for Westgate Community School in 2014 and served as Vice-President for two terms. Neal and his wife have two children attending Westgate Community School, one in 7th grade and one in 5th grade.


Dano Goforth, Board Member (Term ends 2020)

Dano is proudly serving his first year on the Westgate Board of Directors. He has been a Westgate Community School parent since 2012 and has been involved with the school since its inception in 2008. He was on the first fund raising committees with his wife Rochelle, who is a founding member. He has been an audio engineer and production manager for a little over 20 years, working for various music artists and corporations. He is pursuing a degree in Mathematics, upon completion Dano plans on teaching math and science as well as music and production technology. Dano and his wife have one child currently attending Westgate Community School, who is in the 9th grade and participates in the school’s Front Range Community College program.


Vince Trujillo, Independent Board Member (Term ends 2018)

As an Adams District 12 product (and Michigan Wolverine), Vince is dedicated to supporting the educational advancement of all children. He is a Westminster resident along with his wife and three school-age children. Vince works as a management consultant focused on delivering and implementing strategic and operational services across multiple industries. He has led and coordinated various initiatives and teams to facilitate, analyze, design, build, and implement transformational change. Vince serves as an independent board member for Westgate Community School.

Westgate Board of Directors Sunshine List

The Westgate Board of Directors 2017–2018 calendar of open and noticed meetings, including the date and time of meetings, is posted in hard copy at the Westgate Community School Front Desk. The calendar is updated every June for the following school year. The open and noticed meeting calendar is also available electronically, under the Board of Directors section of the Westgate Community School official website (http://www.westgateschool.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=619185&type=d&pREC_ID=1080682).  

In addition to both the hard copy and electronic versions of the Board of Directors open and noticed meeting calendar, and pursuant to Section 7 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, Colorado Sunshine Law, Open Meetings Law (C.R.S. §24-6-402(7)), the Westgate Board of Directors is also requesting that any member of the Westgate Community who wishes to be specifically notified of each Board of Directors open and noticed meeting, separate from and in addition to hard copy and electronic availability of the posted meeting calendar, should request addition to the Westgate Board of Directors Sunshine List by emailing the Board of Directors Secretary, Melanie Medeiros, at melanie.medeiros@westgateschool.org.  Reasonable advance notification will be made via email unless otherwise requested. Membership to the Westgate Board of Directors Sunshine List is good for two years, after which time each member must request to remain on the list. Notices regarding addition to the Westgate Board of Directors Sunshine List will be sent in January of each calendar year.

If you have any questions regarding the Westgate Board of Directors Sunshine List, please email the Board of Directors Secretary, Melanie Medeiros, at melanie.medeiros@westgateschool.org.

Annual Asbestos Notification

In compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), Westgate Community School is required annually to inform all parents, teachers and staff as to the availability of our asbestos management plan as well as any activities which have taken place in the previous year.

A periodic surveillance of asbestos containing building materials (ACBM) is performed at Westgate every six months. A complete re-inspection of Westgate is completed every three years and was last completed in August 2015. No asbestos containing materials have been disturbed or removed in the last year.

Information about these inspections is included in the AHERA Asbestos Management Plan which can be found in Westgate’s Business Office.