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.