Who We Are
Formerly known as the Douglas County Educational Foundation, The Foundation for Douglas County Schools works to enrich student experience and promote innovation. The Foundation is an independent charitable organization that develops private resources to support our students and schools.
What We Do
The Foundation for Douglas County Schools accomplishes our mission via three primary avenues:
Financial Investment: Contributions from individuals, organizations and corporations are invested in classrooms, initiatives, projects and events, all focused on accelerating student learning.
Chapter Engagement: 85 parent-led organizations such as PTOs, booster clubs and other volunteer-driven organizations are member chapters of the Foundation, and with the support and oversight of the Foundation mobilize the parent community within the schools to generate financial support for school-level priorities.
Foundation Programming: More than 6,500 students and 750 educators participate in the Foundation’s educational events and programs designed to support student and teacher success.
Letter from Board Leadership
Just over 25 years ago, a group of community leaders founded the Douglas County Educational Foundation (DCEF). These leaders realized how important it is to support our schools, and for the last two and a half decades The Foundation for Douglas County Schools (formerly DCEF) has continued to support our schools and teachers.
Every year The Foundation recognizes outstanding teachers and staff at the Apple Awards. We continued our partnership with the Rockies, Avalanche, Nuggets, Rapids, Mammoth, Outlaws, Elitch Gardens and even added the CU Buffs and Denver Center for the Performing Arts as new partners to provide family-friendly events for Douglas County residents while raising monies for our schools at the same time. The Foundation outfitted 1,500 students in need with school supplies so they could start the academic year off right. We hosted 5,000+ 8th grade students at Career Expo where 90+ companies — including several Fortune 500 organizations — gave students insight into a potential career field.
The Foundation has provided funding for equipment, enrichment opportunities for students, and professional development for teachers. Lastly, we assist 90 Chapters/Booster clubs in their efforts to raise money for their individual school and program needs. Our dedicated, small staff works hard to support the Douglas County School District and we thank you for your support.
~ Janet Lowe, Foundation BOD President
Board of Directors
Janet Lowe, Board Chair
Janet Lowe is the director of Vectra Wealth Management with responsibility for managing a team of professionals serving high net worth individuals, their families and companies along with professional practices and non-profit organizations. Janet has more than 25 years of banking and financial services experience. Janet came to Vectra Bank in 2004 as a Senior Vice President in private banking. In 2008 she was promoted to Director of private banking and has led the team through a reorganization/transformation in 2011 to Vectra Wealth Management. The team now consists of the private bank department but also the advisory team and a newly created group called Professional Banking for the emerging affluent.
Janet has volunteered time over the years with many organizations such as; The Leadership Investment, Junior Achievement, Cheryl Shackelford Foundation, Douglas County School District and others. She has a passion for enriching children’s learning and the enrichment of women’s lives.
Patrick Mooney, Vice Chair/Immediate Past Chair
Pat is employed by Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA) as General Manager. He has served in that capacity since May 1, 2011. He joined the Association in January 2010 as Deputy General Manager and General Counsel. Prior to joining IREA, Mr. Mooney practiced law for thirty years, for much of that time with the law firm of Semple, Mooney and Farrington, P.C., where he was the firm’s lead litigator and represented utilities, school districts, and various public and private sector clients in a wide range of matters. Mr. Mooney graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1977 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and from the University of Denver College of Law in 1980.
Nancy Bunte, Secretary/Treasurer
Nancy is Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for Westerra Credit Union overseeing strategic marketing and communications efforts for the local education-based credit union. Prior to joining Westerra in 2005, Nancy worked for the Colorado Credit Union League and affiliates for more than 18 years, leading marketing, communications and public relations for the state trade association and its affiliated organizations, including the League Foundation. Prior to joining credit unions, Nancy worked for Denver advertising agencies and taught Business Communication at the University of Illinois. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Relations and Master of Science in Advertising Management and Research from the University of Illinois.
John is Vice President and General Counsel for Cherry Creek Mortgage Company in Greenwood Village. John was previously an attorney in the Denver office of Snell & Wilmer law firm. He formerly served as the Rocky Mountain Regional Director for the U.S. Development of Housing and Urban Development in the Administration of President George W. Bush. John is a graduate of the University of Colorado in Boulder, with a BA in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate. During college John served in the Marine Corps Reserve. He also holds a Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University. John and his wife Eileen have three children and have lived in the Westridge section of Highlands Ranch since 2002.
Mike Cummins joined Kaiser Permanente of Colorado as Director of Regional Accounts in May 2009. His main responsibilities are to lead the team that is responsible for all aspects of retaining, growing membership within existing accounts and servicing clients in both the Large and Small group employer market.
Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Mr. Cummins has been in the healthcare insurance industry since 1990 with Great-West Healthcare and CIGNA organizations in areas of underwriting, sales operations, account management and sales.
Dennis serves as the President/CEO of the Parker Chamber of Commerce. Remainder Bio pending.
Kevin served on the Douglas County Board of Education including 2 years as Board Chair. Remainder Bio pending.
Kirk is the Chief Operating Office of HealthONE’s Sky Ridge Medical Center. Remainder Bio pending.
Katie is the President of FirstBank’s Douglas County Market, which encompasses Castle Rock and Parker. She has served in this capacity since 2016. Remainder Bio pending.
Erin Kane, Superintendent of Schools and Ex-Officio Trustee
Erin Kane is the Superintendent of Douglas County School District, Colorado’s third largest school District, serving approximately 67,000 students. The Superintendent’s responsibility is to ensure accomplishment of the Board of Education’s goals and vision for the District.
Anne-Marie Lemieux, DCSD Board of Education Representative and Ex-Officio Trustee
Program & Development Manager
Career Connect Program Coordinator
620 Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, Colorado 80104