JCBEA Welcomes Four New Board Members!

Jefferson County Business Education Alliance Expands Board of Directors in 2018

The Jefferson County Business Education Alliance is excited to welcome new Board Members! Amy Hines, Anna Schafer, Kathy Stafford and Mark Cook are strongly dedicated to connecting education with business to create an outstanding workforce for tomorrow. From organizing youth leadership programs to teaching career readiness classes, the Board of JCBEA is essential to our future workforce in Jefferson County.

Amy Hines has had a large breadth of career experiences, including working in large corporate environments, business management, healthcare and military operations. Professionally, Amy’s focus has shifted toward contributing her vast skills to improve business operations within established small businesses. She focuses on efficiency and market penetration while increasing profitability, improving internal job satisfaction, reducing waste and boosting overall customer satisfaction. Amy is passionate about contributing to improving the world, and she loves to volunteer. After completing a two-year term as a Board Member for the Wheat Ridge Chamber of Commerce, she joined the Jefferson County Business Education Alliance to contribute her skills to help young adults become career-ready.

Graduating Suma Cum Laude from Regis University with a general business degree, Anna Schafer developed her innate business nature by working in her parent’s restaurant establishments for over 22 years. From bussing to human resources, marketing manager to line cook, she has held a position in all areas of the restaurant business. She has been through the ups and downs of working while being a student with a crazy schedule and full-time studies and athletics. Her excitement to guide young adults to know themselves in their work life, she feels, is vital for the success of the student and their employers.

Kathy Stafford, a Denver native, has had extensive experience in business management. She recently retired from a commercial banking career that spanned over 30 years. In her banking role, she managed overall relationships for municipalities, non-profits, educational clients, hospitals, and other middle-market firms. Kathy has also owned consulting businesses over the years, providing financial oversight to clients in high growth, turnaround and acquisition modes. Through her many years in business, Kathy actively participated in numerous chambers, most recently with the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce. She was a graduate of the 2004 class of Leadership Jefferson County where she organized and led the class project of gathering clothing and toys for underprivileged youth in Jefferson County. Kathy attended Metropolitan State University where she majored in Finance and minored in Accounting. Her passion in giving back to the community allows her to focus all efforts on assisting youth to success. She is a welcomed addition to the JCBEA Board!

Mark Cook is a Native Coloradan through and through. He started his first business at the young age of 13. After running a business while attending junior and senior high school, he graduated to study business at the University of Colorado in Boulder, then engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. Over the years, he has started several more businesses which keep him always on the go. Despite his intense passion for motorsports, and his affinity for auto racing at our local Colorado racetracks, his passion for helping others is even stronger. Most of the time, however, you will find him encouraging and assisting others in starting businesses of their own, as well as giving back to the community in a multitude of ways, from helping feed the elderly to mentoring our local youth. He is a firm believer of and lives every day by his mantra, "Be the change you want to see in the world."

The Jefferson County Business Education Alliance is a collaborative partnership of businesses, chambers of commerce, education and community organizations created from one common mission of connecting business and education to create an outstanding workforce for today and tomorrow.

Aimee Skul Named Chairman of the Board!

Contact: Lisa Peters

The Jefferson County Business Education Alliance (JCBEA) is excited to announce that Aimee Skul has been named the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Aimee has served on the Board of Directors since 2010 and will be replacing Guy Nahmiach, Nostalgic Homes, as Chairman.

As the owner of Skul Insurance Agency and multiple Sport Clips locations, Aimee values local businesses and wants to invest in tomorrow's business leaders. JCBEA connects business and education to create an outstanding workforce for today and tomorrow. Through the Career-Ready course, business professionals teach students to become qualified employees who are ready to work.

"I stay involved because the skills the kids are learning through the classes are skills that everyone needs no matter what their path after graduation," Aimee explains. "There is a gap with employees currently and we need to bridge that gap through education." Her favorite class to teach is financial literacy and responsibility, which prepares students to manage expenses and be mindful of credit. Aimee's passion for this program and her commitment to these students will make Aimee an incredible leader of the JCBEA Board of Directors.

Not only are these young students eager to enter the workforce, but they are learning leadership. By interacting with leaders in the Jefferson County community, they experience leadership in action while building a deeper understanding and appreciation of their own community. As a leader in the community, Aimee is also an active member of the Arvada Chamber of Commerce, inspiring new business leaders and encouraging established businesses. She has a strong sense of local Colorado pride as a graduate from the University of Northern Colorado.

Aimee is personable, honest, and trustworthy, and she will be an outstanding Chairman of JCBEA Board of Directors.

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