Arapahoe Community College to host community leader forum


Arapahoe Community College will sponsor the 2012 FirstBank Community Leaders Forum Feb. 23, from 7:30-9 a.m. in the Dining Hall (Room M1900) at the Littleton Campus. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. This is a free event for the South Metro Denver Community and seating is limited, and a light breakfast will be served.

Please RSVP in advance to Marilyn Manning at or 303-763-1865.

Please join FirstBank and other members of your community for a "state of our community" discussion. Topics will include:

* Opportunities and Challenges in 2012 and beyond

* Education

* Economy

* Legislation that will affect our local governments, businesses and neighborhoods

ACC President Dr. Diana Doyle will serve as the event moderator as five featured speakers will address five questions. Featured speakers will include:

Mayor Debbie Brinkman, Littleton

Debbie Brinkman was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Northern Colorado. Debbie enjoyed a 24-year career in adviertising and marketing. Currently, she operates her own business, Simple Order Design, Inc. Debbie moved to Littleton in 2002. She became active in the community when she battled a re-zone in her neighborhood and then ran for City Coucil in the fall of 2007. Debbie served as Mayor Pro-Tem from 2009-11, and her term as Mayor will run 2011-13. Debbie currently serves as Littleton's representative for Metro Mayors, Highline Canal Working Group, and Arapahoe County Comminssioners, Mayors and Managers.

Mayor Jim Gunning, Lone Tree

Jim earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering that launched him into 20 years of combined service on active or reserve status in the United States Air Force. In 2001, he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel and currently works for United Airlines as an Airbus A-20 Captain. Jim was elected to the Lone Tree City Council in May 2006, and then elected Mayor in 2008. He is credited for advocating $10 million in recreation amenities and for building a new city-owned $18 million 500-seat performance venue that opened in 2011. He is married and has two children.

Mayor Cathy Noon, Centennial

Cathy is the second Mayor to the city of Centennial. In 2001, she served as Chair for the committee to pass three initiatives to fund the new city and served on the task force to write Centennial's first Comprehensive Plan. Cathy served as Chair of the Home Rule Charter Commission which wrote the city's charter. Cathy is the Founder of the Centennial Council of Neighborhoods (CenCON), consisting of approximately 60 neighborhoods and representing more than 22,000 households. Uniting neighborhood and civic associations in municipal decision making proves her passion to enhance Centennial's identity and unite the community. She serves on many state, regional and local committees and boards. She is married, has two children and grandchildren.

Mayor Randy Penn, Englewood

Randy retired in 2008 after 35 years as a physical education teacher, head football coach and head track coach. Randy was elected to the Englewood City Council in 2007 and since that time has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Englewood School/City Committee and the Denver Regional Council of Governments. He also served as the Executive Director of the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce for four years and continues to serve on the Chamber Board. He was elected as Mayor in November of 2011 after being elected to a second Council term. Randy has lived in Englewood since 1953. He has three children and four grandchildren.

Allen Dreher, Treasurer of Highlands Ranch Metro District

A Denver native, Allen received his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He worked for 18 years at The Denver Post, then transitioned to become a business owner of Creative Arts Marketing and Printing. He sold his company and began his career in real estate in 1992. He is the Managing Broker for Preferred Professionals Real Estate in Highlands Ranch. In May of 2000, Allen was elected to the Highlands Ranch Metro Districts Board of Directors and was elected Chair of the Board in May 2010. He now serves as Treasurer of the Board. Dreher has four children and eight grandchildren.


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