Colorado Language Arts Society

Governance

The general membership of the Colorado Language Arts Society elects an executive committee as the governing body of our organization. Each year, candidates for vice-president, recording secretary, two members-at-large, and one auditor appear on the ballot. The vice-president serves one year and then succeeds to the presidency.

All elected officers are voting members for the organization with the exception of the auditors, who server a regulatory role. To support the purposes of the Colorado Language Arts Society, the executive committee sometimes appoints members to serve with the committee in various roles. The elected members of the executive committee and the members appointed to serve with the committee collectively form the executive board.

Executive Committee

Cass Tafoya-Chavez

President

Lincoln High School

Denver Public Schools

Jay Arellano

Vice President

Legacy High School

Adams 12 Five Star Schools

Alex Thieme

Immediate Past President

Littleton High School

Littleton Public Schools

Amy Gutierrez-Baker

Executive Secretary-Treasurer

West Jefferson Middle School

Jeffco Public Schools

TBD

Recording Secretary

School

District

Angie Dryer

Member-at-Large

Arvada West High School

Jeffco Public Schools

Beth Lakin

Member-at-Large

North High School

Denver Public Schools

Seonjoon Young

Member-at-Large

Eaglecrest High School

Cherry Creek Public Schools

Neana Lueck

Member-at-Large

Sierra Middle School

Douglas County Public Schools

Kit Magee

Auditor

School

District

Samson Patton

Member-at-Large

STRIVE Prep RISE

Denver Public Schools

Michael Hoffman

Auditor

Vista Ridge High School

District 49

TBD

Member-at-Large

School

District

TBD

Auditor

School

District

Appointed Members

Karen Hartman

Director of Conferences

Content Editor, Statement

Retired

Director, Colorado Writing Project

Olivia Gillespie

Liaison: Colorado Department of Education

RWC Content Specialist

Colorado Department of Education

Doug Hesse

Liaison: Post-Secondary

Executive Director of Writing

Professor of English

University of Denver

Executive Committee Members in NCTE Leadership Roles

NCTE Middle Level Steering Committee Representative: Amy Gutierrez-Baker, West Jefferson Middle School

Honorary Members

Paul Bellin (Retired)

Jane Christensen (Retired)

Ruth Cline (Retired)

Paula Hodges (Retired)

Willa Mae Kippes (Retired)

Ed Low (Retired)

Bill McBride (Retired)

Alan Olds (Retired)

Louann Reid (Colorado State University)

Imogene Springer (Retired)

Jackie Swenson (Retired)

Dave Wendelin (Retired)