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Capital Construction Assistance Board (CCAB)

About

In 2008, the Public School Capital Construction Assistance Board (CCAB) was created within the Colorado Department of Education. The CCAB powers and duties are outlined in C.R.S.22-43.7.

The CCAB is comprised of nine appointed members: one public school board member, one public school superintendent, two school facilities planners or managers, one architect, one engineer, one construction manager, one school technology expert, and one public school finance expert.

None of the CCAB members may hold any state elective office and will serve  two-year terms, with a maximum of three consecutive terms.


Announcements

 

CCAB Meeting Information

Upcoming CCAB meetings, times, and locations:​

  • The next Capital Construction Assistance Board Meeting will be the Retreat on August 29, 2019, 8:30 am - 4pm at The Fort Morgan County School District Support Center, 715 West Platte Avenue, Fort Morgan, CO 80701.

Other CCAB Materials:


Capital Construction Assistance Board Members

 


Kathy Gebhardt Board member

Board Chair
Kathy Gebhardt


Public School Finance Expertise, Appointed by the President of the Senate

Kathy Gebhardt's practice is focused exclusively on advocacy to ensure equal access to public education. After practicing law in private firms for nearly 20 years, she, along with Alex Halpern, founded Children's Voices, Inc. Kathy has handled complex and class action litigation. She was lead co-counsel in Giardino v. State of Colorado which challenged the funding structure for capital construction in Colorado. The settlement of the case led to the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) legislation. Kathy works closely with education advocacy and policy groups to help educate the public as to the challenges that must be overcome to achieve access to a quality public education.

Kathy is a member of the Board of Directors for Great Education Colorado, Rural and Community Trust, and Colorado Lawyers Committee. She is a past board member of the Alliance for Quality Teaching. She has worked as a consultant with the Education in the Public Interest Center in Boulder, Colorado. She received her law degree from the University of Denver College of Law and her bachelor of arts degree from Lewis and Clark College.


Brian Amack CCAB Member

Brian Amack

Technology Expert, Appointed by the G.A. Minority Leaders

Brian Amack is the Technology Director for Morgan County School District. He has worked in the Information Technology field in the Community College System and Morgan County School District for 30 years. He has been intimately involved in the building of two new schools and countless renovations to many schools, including extensive work on HVAC, Fire Alarm and Door Access control issues.


Jane Crisler CCAB Member

Jane Crisler

Architect, Appointed by the Governor

Jane Crisler is inspired by great educational buildings, both old and new, and is passionately committed to improving neighborhood quality of life through designing and preserving these great community buildings. Jane leads both the K-12 and Historic Preservation markets for EUA’s Denver office. She has worked for more than 14 years in commercial architecture as well as 12 years at the Federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. She currently serves on Denver’s Lower Downtown Design Review Board as well as on the Board of Directors for the Association for Learning Environments, Rocky Mountain Region.

Jane’s experience includes design of large-scale K-12 rehabilitation and adaptive use projects as well as ground up new construction and additions throughout Colorado. She is a licensed architect practiced in all phases of the K-12 architectural design process. Jane enjoys the creative problem solving associated with tough adaptive use projects and is a leader in the firm’s K-12 and historic preservation planning and design practices.


Allison Pearlman CCAB Member

Allison Pearlman

Construction Manager, Appointed by the Governor

Allison Pearlman is currently Manager of Design and Construction for Aurora Public Schools, where she plans, assigns, and directs the work of a project management team.  She additionally manages design and construction projects including smaller building renewal projects, mechanical repair and HVAC replacement projects, and addition and new school construction projects.

Before joining Aurora Public Schools, Allison was a Facility Planner at Denver Public Schools.  And prior to this position, she worked in the Facilities Division of History Colorado as Building Manager/Project Manager.  This work provided opportunities to visit communities across the state including ones in Costilla, Las Animas, Montrose, Pueblo, and Weld Counties.   

Ms. Pearlman received a Master’s of Architecture from the University of Kansas in 2000.  Her interest in public policy issues and community engagement dates back to the early 1990s, where she completed internships at both the National Coalition for the Homeless and the White House’s Office of Communications.


Denise Pearson CCAB Member

Denise Pearson

Facility Planner and Manager, Appointed by the G.A. Speaker of the House

Denise Pearson is a recently-retired, former superintendent for the Elbert County School District C-2 (Kiowa Schools) from 2009-2018. Denise worked for US WEST (now CenturyLink) for 30 years as a multi-state manager responsible for regional computerization. She was employed as a Department of Defense liaison for bases located within the corporate territory, a manager of international proposal services for US WEST International, and headed proprietary computer services for US WEST Dex as it related to IT development and customer service operations. After retirement from US WEST, she was employed by Kiowa schools, first as a substitute teacher, then a business manager, and finally a superintendent for the district. As a volunteer, Denise was elected as a Board Member for 10 years of service for the North Central Fire Protection District, where she led a bond effort to build a new addition to the fire station and oversaw its construction. She wrote numerous grants for the North Central Fire Protection District, two of which purchased an ambulance and fire truck. She received her BA from the University of Colorado.


Brett Ridgway CCAB Member

Brett Ridgway

Public School Superintendent, Appointed by the State Board of Education

Brett Ridgway has 25 years of experience in accounting and finance.  Fifteen of those years came from experience in the private sector; in banking (with Bank One & J.P. Morgan Chase) and financial services (The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation).  Brett received his certified public accountant license in 1994 and transitioned into banking where he designed and maintained several statistical modelling systems to predict the financial results for more than $100 billion in loan portfolio balances.

In 2007, Ridgway transitioned to education finance.  He has served School District 49 as Chief Business Officer, for the last ten years.  At District 49, he leads one of the most innovative yet financially healthy school districts in Colorado, despite D49’s status as a floor/low-funded, high-growth school district.  District 49 has built or acquired five new buildings for students in the last few years and recently completed the initial wave of a new decennial ‘refresh and refurbish’ program for all D49 educational buildings – including charter schools.  Ridgway has also served on the board of directors for Colotrust, the leading Liquid Government Investment Pool in Colorado, since 2010.


Scott Stevens CCAB Member

Scott Stevens

Engineer, Appointed by the Governor

Scott Stevens is a Colorado Registered Professional Engineer and has over 20 years of experience in the State of Colorado. Most recently he was the Director of Facilities and Construction for the Fountain Fort Carson School District No. 8. There he oversaw the Maintenance and Construction of all School District facilities from Elementary to High School and Support Facilities. He is currently the District Engineer for the Fountain Sanitation District and has worked in all aspects of Public Works and Facilities. He coordinates the procurement of Architectural, Engineering, and Construction Services, and oversees the building of a project from Design to Occupation. He has provided design and management of projects from Water and Wastewater distribution, collection, and treatment, drainage and storm water runoff design and mitigation, roadway and intersection design, site development design, and facilities management. He has completed numerous projects throughout the State of Colorado within the last 20 years.


 Michael Wailes CCAB Member

Michael Wailes

School Board Member, Appointed by the State Board of Education

Michael D. Wailes is a member of the Weld County RE-5J Board of Education. He is a Colorado native and lives on his family's farm near Johnstown. He owns and operates a small digital marketing agency and runs a small, fledgling charity: Johnstown-Milliken Coats for Kids.

In addition to serving on the school board, Michael serves as the Chairman of the Weld County Planning Commission and the Weld County Board of Adjustments.


Cyndi Wright CCAB Member

Cyndi Wright

School Facilities Planner/Manager, Appointed by the State Board of Education

Cyndi Wright is the current Director of Facilities and Transportation for the Sheridan School District and co-owner of Arenovation Claims Service, LLC. Previously, Cyndi was the Director of Facilities for Monte Vista School District. Priot to Monte Vista, Cyndi worked in the financial industry. She has written a multitude of grants for Capital Construction, BEST, Historical, GOCO, DOLA, and Tree City USA. Cyndi is a member of CASBO, CSPMA, and CASDEM, and currently serves on the Operations Advisory Council for the Colorado School Districts Self Insurance Pool. She has a sincere passion for her work with school districts and the communities that support them. She believes that the experience she has gained throughout her career has strengthened her abilities to be a knowledgeable and purposeful leader in the area of school facilities.


 

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