The Senate District 33 Community Advisory Cabinet is a group of constituents from various neighborhoods in the district who serve as liaisons between the community and Senator Williams. The Cabinet meets once a month to give updates to Senator Williams about what is happening in SD33 and receive updates about legislation being considered at the Capitol. Any SD33 constituent is welcome to reach out to a Cabinet member from his or her neighborhood to receive information about legislation, community meetings, and ways to get involved in state politics.
Bishop Jerry Demmer is the founder of the One Accord Movement ministry as well as the Absolute Word Church. He is on the Advisory Board for Grid, the Vice President at large for the Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance, Park Host for Denver Parks and Recreations, at Sonny Lawson Park. He is married to Katrina, fondly known as “Lady K”.
John Hayden is a Colorado native who has lived in the Five Points neighborhood for 21 years. He has a Master’s in Urban Planning and is employed as a realtor with Kentwood City Properties. John currently serves as the president of Curtis Park Neighbors and also is on the Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee, the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee, the Board of WalkDenver and is serving on the update to BluePrint Denver, the cities land use and transportation master plan.
Kim Pino has been a Denver resident for almost 7 years. She lives in the Gateway/DIA community and is willing to engage with any fellow neighbor on a topic that concerns them.
Green Valley Ranch
Dr. Evelyn Leslie is an ordained pastor, an educator, and a licensed Colorado mental health professional. She is the Mental Health Representative on the State of Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ), the Assistant Director of The Colorado School for Family Therapy, and the Vice President of the Colorado Mental Health Professionals Association.
Dr. Reo Leslie is an ordained pastor, an educator, and holds three Colorado mental health licenses. He is the former Mental Health Representative on the State of Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ), the CEO of The Colorado School for Family Therapy, and the Team Clinician for Denver Broncos Football Club.
North Park Hill
Andrea Mosby has been an active member of the Northeast Denver Community for over 30 years. She is a graduate of the University of Denver and the University of Colorado Denver and she works on parent engagement issues locally and nationally.
Gerie Grimes is currently the President and CEO of HOPE Center, a community-based, non- profit organization providing services in early childhood education and vocational training for adults with disabilities. She has worked with HOPE Center for over thirty years. She has a master in Non-Profit Management from Regis University, a bachelor degree in Non Profit Administration from Metropolitan State College of Denver, and her associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Community College of Denver; she is a Buell Fellow and is currently a Ph.D candidate, University of Denver. Mrs. Grimes is very active in the Denver community serving presently and in the past on many boards and committees. Mrs. Grimes is a Denver native who is married to Kenneth Grimes, the 4H Youth Director for Colorado State University Denver Extension for 46 years. She has two sons, fifteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Sebbie Coleman has lived in the Park Hill neighborhood for 35 years and several of her neighbors were there before her. She and her husband raised their three daughters in their current house, but they have moved from the neighborhood. She is currently employed at the Colorado Department of State, and retired in 2001 from Qwest Communications. She feels that now is the time to get involved in her community.
Terry Dwight Coleman is a Denver native and has lived in the Park Hill neighborhood for 35 years. He and his wife raised their three daughters in this neighborhood. He is a retired City & County of Denver employee and is interested in getting involved with youth in his community.
Nicola Donaven is a Denver native and has lived in the Cole neighborhood for over sixteen years. She has a master’s degree in public administration and in higher education administration.
Deborah Sims Fard
Deborah L. Sims Fard is a Denver native and resident in North City Park. She Founder/ED of the Dr. Justina Ford STEM Institute in Five Points, Culturally Responsive Teaching Coach, and Teacher. Deborah is active in her neighborhood and former President of North City Park Civic Association. She is committed to supporting and advocating for sustainable and strong neighborhoods in North Denver.
“Our neighborhoods are the primary source of our health.” It is well known that longevity and many ailments are improved by strong social support networks, and neighborhoods can and should provide those networks.
Sara Jean Banks
Sara Jean Banks currently serves the Green Valley Ranch neighborhood as a high school school science teacher at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College and lives in the Five Points neighborhood. In addition, to her duties as a teacher, Sara has pushed to have teacher voice heard through her policy fellowship as a State of Colorado Teach Plus Fellow. She is concerned about the annual loss in budget to public education in our state as well as the lack of resources for students in the neighborhoods that she lives and works in. She believes that our government should serve its people and that local and state governments can be powerful, but also believes that those things cannot be true without the constituents getting involved and using their voices to be heard.
Dianne Harrell is a Community Advisory Cabinet Member for one of the areas in Green Valley Ranch. As your community advocate, she will make your concerns her concerns and address this as her highest priority. If you have questions or issues with things in the community please let her know. She is a servant, leader and a License Ordained Evangelist for the Lord. Her career profession is a License Practical Nurse, LPN. Her passion is helping people.
E. Derandoe Dikerson
E. Derandoe Dikerson is a small business owner who runs a handyman construction service. He has lived in Denver for about 13 years and does volunteer service around the Denver metro area.
RJ Price is a native of Denver and has background in ministry, business, education, and politics. He is currently works as the Montbello Community Site Representative for the Steps to Success Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. He is happily married with children.
Phone: (720) 248-8176
Mark Lasser is a resident of Park Hill with his wife Stephanie and dog Baka. He has been a lecturer at the University of Colorado Denver College of Business, his an accountant, project manager and business consultant. He recently served as a delegate to the Democrat National Convention in Philadelphia.
Dedicated to her community and enjoying life, Jacqui Shumway, M.A., has run twice for school board, promoting Art, Music and Physical Fitness in the schools. She serves on City Park Alliance and as legislative liason (and drummer) for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Marade committee. She also served under 4 governors as Vice-president of the Council on Physical Fitness. Researching and teaching T’ai Chi Chuan and Medical Qigong for over 25 years Jacqui partners with Joe Brady to combine western therapies with Medical Qigong healing exercises, the martial art of T’ai Chi, acupuncture, and herbal medicine.
Rosella Palacios comes from a background of community involvement and leadership. She has over 15 years of experience in working for non-profits and/or initiatives to help families better themselves in low income neighborhoods. During her involvement she gained leadership skills, community organizing, learned entry level research and evaluation and workforce career pathways in construction best practices.
Craig Dietz owns a publishing company and is an active member in the community. He sits on the board of the Rocky Mountain Microfinance Institute and is an active member in the International Franchise Association. As a connector, he’s interested in bringing together various communities to support small business success in Senate District 33.
Kathy Shaw, DNP, RN, CDE is an Asst Professor of Nursing at the University of Colorado College of Nursing. She teaches in the Doctor of Nursing Practice and undergraduate nursing programs. She has a special interest in working with underserved populations, specifically improving diabetes care and self management education. She serves on the DAWN Clinic Community Advisory Board and serve as a preceptor and faculty advisor to nursing student volunteers. Her nursing specialty and clinical focus is community /public health nursing.