CEC Governing Board Members

Laura Calhoun

President, Colorado Springs

Laura Calhoun is the President of the CEC Governing Board, on which she has served as a Colorado Springs Early College (CSEC) representative since 2007. Laura served as the Secretary of the Governing Board before being elected President in January 2018 and is elected to serve until 2020. Laura’s daughter was a part of the first graduating class that started as a freshman and graduated with her associate’s degree. Laura brings to the board over 30 years of customer service experience, 15 years of administration experience, and over 15 years of experience developing and training leaders. Laura has an extensive background of involvement in reaching out to the minority community of Colorado Springs. She is the founder and Senior Pastor of Restored Life Church and Restored Life Family Resource Center. Laura graduated from Colorado State University-Pueblo with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sociology.

Terry McDonald

Vice-President, Douglas County

Terry McDonald is the Vice President of the Governing Board and has been a CEC Parker (CECP) representative on the Board since 2015, elected to serve until 2020. Terry, and his wife Colleen, enrolled their son at CECP after hearing about its success through community connections. Terry and his family witnessed first-hand the educational impact and opportunity CEC provides students as their son graduated high school not only with a high school diploma, but also with an associate degree. Terry is a customer experience specialist, technology sales executive, and leader of Telus International contact center practice.

Robin Phillips

Secretary, Fort Collins/Windsor

Robin Phillips is the Secretary of the Governing Board and has been a member since 2017. She is elected to serve until 2020. Robin worked in Public Relations at a small firm in Fort Collins and served as a Space and Missile Warning Specialist for 6 years in the Colorado Air National Guard. Along with her husband, Matt, Robin helps operate The Phive Group, LLC, and has worked as a CDE licensed substitute teacher, and is an active school parent volunteer. Currently, Robin also serves as an Executive Assistant at Light of the Rockies Counseling Center and brings over 15 years of writing and communications experience to the CEC governing board. Robin is a graduate of Colorado State University, with a degree in Journalism and Technical Communications and concentration in Public Relations.

Arthur Cyphers

Treasurer, Colorado Springs

Art has served on the CEC Governing Board as Board Treasurer since July 2015 and is elected to serve until 2021. He has served on the CEC Building Corporation Board in various roles since January 2012. Art is also a retired Navy Flight Officer and served 23 years on active duty and in the Navy Reserve. His years of travel for business, Navy, and ministry to more than 40 countries have given him a broad worldview and sensitivity to other cultures. Art brings more than 30 years of business experience to the governing board.

Jessie Mathis

Director, Colorado Springs

Jessie joined the CEC Governing Board in 2019 and is elected to serve to 2021. Jessie was an active member of the Colorado Early Colleges Colorado Springs School Accountability Committee, and was appointed to the CECFC Building Corp. Currently, Jessie is President of the CEC Building Corporation. Jessie has a degree in Electronic Engineering Technology and has worked for Fincor Electronics and Digital Equipment Corporation. Jessie currently works at the United States Air Force Academy.

Papa Dia

Director, Aurora

Papa joined the CEC Governing Board in August 2019 and is elected to serve to 2021. Papa is Founder & President of African Leadership Group (ALG), an advocacy organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for immigrants through social, economic, and educational empowerment programs, and helping families successfully integrate into their local community. A native of Senegal, Papa has over 17 years of experience in the financial industry, becoming a regional vice president of a local bank. Papa has left his banking career to turn his full attention to running and growing ALG.

Sandra Lee

Director, Fort Collins

Sandra joined the CEC Governing Board in April 2021 and is elected to serve to 2024. Sandra has a variety of work and volunteer experiences within the field of mental health and will bring awareness and understanding of mental health issues to the board. Sandra is a licensed clinical social worker whose work experience focuses on assessing, diagnosing, and treating mental health and connecting people with the resources and assistance they need. Sandra taught courses at Colorado State University’s School of Social Work, Master of Social Work Program. She has been a social worker at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center and directly operated mental health facilities at the Department of Mental Health, Los Angeles County, in southern California. Sandra teaches private piano lessons and was a homeschool mom.

2020-2021 Governing Board Calendar

This calendar is subject to change. Please check the CEC Live Calendar for meeting location and time.
Friday, August 21, 2020 – CEC Aurora @ 1:30 p.m.
August CEC Governing Board Meeting Agenda
August CEC Governing Board Meeting Minutes

Friday, September 18, 2020 – CEC Castle Rock or Virtual Via Teams @ 1:30 p.m.
September CEC Governing Board Meeting Agenda
September CEC Governing Board Meeting Minutes

Friday, October 16, 2020 – Virtual Via Microsoft Teams @ 3:30 p.m.
October CEC Governing Board Meeting Agenda
October CEC Governing Board Meeting Minutes

Friday, November 20, 2020 – CEC Inverness or Virtual Via Teams @ 1:30 p.m.
November CEC Governing Board Meeting Agenda
November CEC Governing Board Meeting Minutes

Friday December 11, 2020 – CEC Colorado Springs or Virtual Via Teams @ 3:30 p.m.
December CEC Governing Board Meeting Agenda
December CEC Governing Board Meeting Minutes

Friday, January 15, 2021 – CEC Colorado Springs or Virtual Via Teams @ 3:30 p.m.
January CEC Governing Board Meeting Agenda
January CEC Governing Board Meeting Minutes

Friday, January 29, 2021 – Virtual Via Teams @ 7:30 a.m.
January Special CEC Governing Board Meeting Agenda
January Special CEC Governing Board Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 – Virtual Via Teams @ 8:00 a.m.
February Special CEC Governing Board Meeting Agenda
February Special CEC Governing Board Meeting Minutes

Saturday, February 20, 2021 – CEC Governing Board Retreat and Meeting CEC Inverness @ 3:30 p.m.
February CEC Governing Board Meeting Agenda
February CEC Governing Board Meeting Minutes

Friday, March 26, 2021 – CEC Colorado Springs or Virtual Via Teams @ 3:30 p.m.
March CEC Governing Board Meeting Agenda
March CEC Governing Board Meeting Minutes

Friday, April 16, 2021 – CEC Colorado Springs @ 3:30 p.m.
April CEC Governing Board Meeting Agenda
April CEC Governing Board Meeting Minutes

Friday, May 14, 2021 – CEC Colorado Springs or Virtual Via Teams @ 3:30 p.m.
May CEC Governing Board Meeting Agenda
May CEC Governing Board Meeting Minutes

Friday, July 16, 2021 – CEC Colorado Springs or Virtual Via Teams @ 3:30 p.m.
July CEC Governing Board Meeting Agenda
July CEC Governing Board Meeting Minutes

Board Meeting Minutes – Archives

August 2019 CEC Governing Board Meeting Agenda

August 2019 CEC Governing Board Meeting Minutes

September Special 2019 CEC Governing Board Meeting Agenda

September Special 2019 CEC Governing Board Meeting Minutes

September 2019 CEC Governing Board Meeting Agenda

September 2019 CEC Governing Board Meeting Minutes

October 2019 Special CEC Governing Board Meeting Agenda

October 2019 Special CEC Governing Board Meeting Minutes

October 2019 CEC Governing Board Meeting Agenda

October 2019 CEC Governing Board Meeting Minutes

November 2019 CEC Governing Board Meeting Agenda

November 2019 CEC Governing Board Meeting Minutes

December 2019 CEC Governing Board Meeting Agenda

December 2019 CEC Governing Board Meeting Minutes

January 2020 CEC Governing Board Meeting Agenda

January 2020 CEC Governing Board Meeting Minutes

February 2020 CEC Governing Board Meeting Agenda

February 2020 CEC Governing Board Meeting Minutes

March 2020 Special CEC Governing Board Meeting Agenda

March 2020 Special CEC Governing Board Meeting Minutes

March 2020 CEC Governing Board Meeting Agenda

March 2020 CEC Governing Board Meeting Minutes

April 2020 CEC Governing Board Meeting Agenda

April 2020 CEC Governing Board Meeting Minutes

May 2020 Special CEC Governing Board Meeting Agenda

May 2020 Special CEC Governing Board Meeting Minutes

May 2020 CEC Governing Board Meeting Agenda

May 2020 CEC Governing Board Meeting Minutes

June 2020 Special CEC Governing Board Meeting Agenda

June 2020 Special CEC Governing Board Meeting Minutes

July 2020 CEC Governing Board Meeting Agenda

July 2020 CEC Governing Board Meeting Minutes

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