In 2008, the Public School Capital Construction Assistance Board (CCAB) was created within the Colorado Department of Education. The CCAB was given powers and duties described throughout C.R.S.22-43.7. The CCAB is composed of nine appointed members: one public school board member, one public school superintendent, two school facilities planners or managers, one architect, one engineer, one construction manager, one school technology expert, and one public school finance expert.
None of the CCAB members shall hold any state elective office and shall serve for terms of two years with a maximum of three consecutive terms.
CCAB Meeting Information
Upcoming CCAB meetings, times, & locations:
October 22, 2014 - 1:00 p.m. Location: 201 E. Colfax Avenue, Room 101, Denver, CO 80203
December 5, 2014 – 1.00 p.m. Location: CASB Conference, The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
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Capital Construction Assistance Board Members
Lyndon Burnett - Board Chair
School Board Member, Appointed by the State Board
Lyndon Burnett is currently the school board president for Agate School District 300. From 1972-1976, Lydnon worked part time for Gene White Electric Company while attending Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. In 1976, he worked for Brown & Root Construction Company for six months while obtaining Texas Real Estate License. From 1977-1980, he sold residential Real Estate and solicited residential mortgages. From 1981-1983, Lyndon was a Loan Officer for D. Ansley Company, Inc. a subsidiary of Frost Bank in San Antonio, Texas. He served as Real Estate Broker for the company and the job consisted of making commercial loans in the South Texas market for a variety of nationwide life insurance companies. From 1983-1993, he owned and operated Burnett Properties Company in San Antonio, Texas, selling commercial, residential, and farm & ranch properties. Since 1993, Lyndon has been managed J & V Diller Ranch LLC, a family owned cattle operation. Since 1993, he remains semi-active in Real Estate in Colorado as Lyndon D. Burnett, Broker.
School Facilities Planner/Manager, Appointed by the State Board
Cyndi Wright is the current Director of Facilities and Transportation for the Sheridan School District and co-owner of Arenovation Claims Service, LLC. Previously, Cyndi was the Director of Facilities for Monte Vista School District. Priot to Monte Vista, Cyndi worked in the financial industry. She has written a multitude of grants for Capital Construction, BEST, Historical, GOCO, DOLA, and Tree City USA. Cyndi is a member of CASBO, CSPMA, and CASDEM, and currently serves on the Operations Advisory Council for the Colorado School Districts Self Insurance Pool. She has a sincere passion for her work with school districts and the communities that support them. She believes that the experience she has gained throughout her career has strengthened her abilities to be a knowledgeable and purposeful leader in the area of school facilities.
District Architect, Appointed by the Governor
Karl Berg has dedicated an exceptional five decade career to architectural design excellence. He is a strong leader in the Denver and Colorado architectural community, an exemplary practioner, and a major spokesman in professional matters. Karl has been recognized with countless national and local awards and honors, and believes that clear communication and effective management combine to produce excellence in design. Throughout his career, he practiced with a number of prominent Colorado firms and headed his own firm, Hoover Berg Desmond, for over twenty years. A large portion of Karl's work has been in the field of K-12 educational projects. More recently, he has been acting as a consultant to other individuals and firms as well as serving as an expert witness for the legal profession. Karl has been recognized many times by the American Institute of Architects and other professional orginizations for his outstanding contribution to the profession. In 1993 the AIA elevated Karl to its highest distinction - membership in the College of Fellows.
Public School Finance Expertise, Appointed by the President of the Senate
Kathy Gebhardt's practice is focused exclusively on advocacy to ensure equal access to public education. After practicing law in private firms for nearly 20 years, she, along with Alex Halpern, founded Children's Voices, Inc. Kathy has handled complex and class action litigation. She was lead co-counsel in Giardino v. State of Colorado which challenged the funding structure for capital construction in Colorado. The settlement of the case led to the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) legislation. Kathy works closely with education advocacy and policy groups to help educate the public as to the challenges that must be overcome to achieve access to a quality public education.
Kathy is a member of the Board of Directors for Great Education Colorado, Rural and Community Trust, and Colorado Lawyers Committee. She is a past board member of the Alliance for Quality Teaching. She has worked as a consultant with the Education in the Public Interest Center in Boulder, Colorado. She received her law degree from the University of Denver College of Law and her bachelor of arts degree from Lewis and Clark College.
Public School Superintendent, Appointed by the State Board
Current Superintendent of Garfield County School District 16
School Facilities Planner/Manager, Appointed by the Speaker of the House
Denise Pearson is currently superintendent for the Elbert County School District C-2 (Kiowa Schools). Denise worked for US WEST (now CenturyLink) for 30 years as a multi-state manager responsible for regional computerization. She was employed as a Department of Defense liaison for bases located within the corporate territor, a manager of international proposal services for US WEST International, and headed proprietary computer services for US WEST Dex as it related to IT development and customer service operations. After retirement, she was a substitute teacher at Kiowa School before becoming a business manager for the district. Denise has been superintendent since 2009. As a volunteer, Denise was elected as a Board Member for 10 years of service for the North Central Fire Protection District, where she lead a bond effort to build a new addition to the fire station and oversaw its construction. She wrote numerous grants for the North Central Fire Protection District, two of which purchased an ambulance and fire truck. She received her BA from the University of Colorado.
Construction Manager, Appointed by the Governor
Tim Reed is an architectural graduate of the University of Illinois and a Colorado Licensed Architect and Certified Energy Manager. Currently, the Executive Director of Facilities and Construction Management for Jefferson County Schools, Tim is responsible for building and site maintenance, environmental and custodial services, planning, property, energy, and construction. Jefferson County (Jeffco) Schools is the largest school district in Colorado with nearly 85,000 students and a real estate portfolio of over 12 million square feet. Previously, Tim served as Director of Planning and Property managing Jeffco Schools’ asset database, enrollment projections, energy, and property management, while participating in the development and implementation of capital improvement programs. Tim authored a proposal for a wastewater transport system serving the District’s Conifer schools, for which Jeffco Schools received a BEST grant. He has served as the District’s primary contact to the Rocky Mountain Deaf School, a Jeffco Schools’ charter and BEST grant recipient.
Prior to joining Jeffco Schools, Tim had a successful architectural practice that included numerous K12 projects, as well as commercial and institutional work.
Technology Expertise, Appointed Jointly by the Minority Leaders of the House & Senate
David Tadlock has over 25 years experience in the telecommunications, data communications, and physical security industries. He has worked for multi-national companies and had local ownership in a family business serving private, charter, and public schools districts, as well as many other industries. He has built, designed, and implemented the networks for thousands of organizations nationwide during his career.
District Engineer, Appointed by the Governor
Matt Throop is the current Director of Facilities for Thompson School District. Previously, Matt was the District Engineer for Weld County School District 6, which serves more than 19,000 students and 25 K-12 buildings. Matt holds degrees in both Civil and Biomedical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, with research focused in sustainable concrete design.
Since 2011, Matt has been an active member of the USGBC Colorado Chapter, as well as the Colorado Association of School District Energy Managers (CASDEM). He is currently vice-president for the Colorado School Plant Managers Association (CSPMA). Sustainable design, healthy living, and continued education are the motivations that encourage Matt to continually strive to make Colorado Schools the best in the nation.
Matt currently lives in Berthoud, CO with his wife Leona and dog Gryff. In his spare time, Matt enjoys working with a local craft distiller and brewer helping to grow the business sector of Berthoud.