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. Occasionally meetings are held virtually (e.g. COVID-19 pandemic) and directions to join the meetings are on the Board Agendas page on the left-hand side.
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 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.
Michelle Zeles-Hahn, President (Term ends 2023)
Michelle is in her second year (of her second term) 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 5th grade and one in 3rd grade.
Dan Obenhaus, Vice President (Term ends 2022)
Dan is in his second year on the Westgate Board of Directors. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Design and Technology from the University of Northern Colorado. After college Dan landed a job in the theater supply industry and has been a project manager for the infrastructure in theaters, TV studios and themed entertainment spaces for over 20 years. Dan has a daughter in 10th grade at Westgate and has been a parent at Westgate since 2010.
Eden Siebersma, secretary (Term ends 2021)
Eden is in her second year on the Board of Directors this year. She has had her children at Westgate since 2011, and has been volunteering every year since that time. Eden studied Biology and Elementary Education at Metro State. Eden has previously held administrative and bookkeeping positions in healthcare, service and educational institutions. Eden is currently a substitute para for special needs children at Adams 12, as well as a professional florist. In her free time she loves gardening, camping and spending time with her friends and family. Eden is committed to Westgate and the community approach to seeing its full potential.
Brian Fox, Treasurer (Term ends 2021)
Brian is currently in his second year on the Westgate Board of Directors. He has been a parent at Westgate since 2015. Brian has been in the insurance and financial services industry for 16 years and currently owns a Farmers Insurance Agency in Golden. When he is not making the long trek to Golden, he helps with his wife's Montessori School in Eastlake. Brian and his family moved from Cincinnati, Ohio in 2013 and now live in Thornton with his wife and kids. Brian has two children at Westgate Community School.
Tina Heirls, Board Member (Term ends 2023)
Tina is starting her first term on the Board of Directors this year. She worked for The Adams 12 School District for 9 years first as a substitute and then in Human Resources. In 2019 she made a career change to Real Estate. Her twins are in 10th grade and have been at Westgate since 1st grade. Her hobbies are camping, hiking, and skiing with her family. Tina and her family live in Thornton.
Lauren Roybal, Board Member (Term ends 2023)
Lauren is currently serving in her a one year term on the Westgate Board of Directors. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado and has her Director Certification in Early Childhood Education. Lauren is also a Montessori Certificated teacher for ages 2 ½ to 6 years old and is a teacher at a school in Lafayette. When not working Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband and children. Lauren’s oldest is a 3rd grader at Westgate.
Erika Strauss, Board Member (Term ends 2021)
Erika is currently serving her second term on the Westgate Board of Directors. She is a Broomfield based small business owner with a passion for wellness. Erika is currently pursuing her degree in nutrition and wellness. She has a background in Human Resources and worked as an office administrator at a California charter school before moving to Colorado. While working at the charter school, she implemented a school-wide yoga program and taught yoga to the entire K-6 student body. Erika is an active and involved parent with two children at Westgate, a 5th grader and 8th grader.
The Westgate Board of Directors 2020–2021 calendar of open and noticed meetings, including the date and time of meetings, is posted in hard copy in the Westgate Community School front lobby and on the Westgate website's school calendar. The board 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. 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.
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.