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Board of Trustees elections to be held for Aims Community College

Submitted on: 09-24-2007

Aims Community College will have one contested race when the Board of Trustees election is held this November. District E is the only contested race, which is between Walter Richter, Ph.D., and Tambor Williams, J.D. District E includes Weld School District RE-2: Eaton; RE-6: Greeley and Evans; and RE-7: Gill and Kersey. Aims Board of Trustees President Ken Nickerson is vacating the seat due to term limits. Sandra Neb is running uncontested in District A, and will continue to serve her second term on the Aims Board of Trustees representing Weld School District RE-8: Fort Lupton and RE-3J: Keenesburg, Hudson and Prospect Valley. Mike Geile is also running uncontested in District B, and will serve his first term on the Aims Board of Trustees. He is taking the seat currently occupied by Bernie Kinnick, who is term limited. District B includes Weld School District RE-1: LaSalle, Gilcrest and Platteville; RE-4: Windsor; RE-5J: Johnstown and Milliken; and RE-6: Greeley and Evans. Profiles on each of the candidates follows: Walter Richter, Ph.D., is a former Aims chemistry professor, department chair, department director and academic dean of Aims Community College, where he worked for 24 years before retiring in 2004. His Ph.D. is in pharmacology. During his tenure at Aims, Richter received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Science Education from the college. He was also involved in the Aims International Education Program and received recognition as an Honorary Advisor to The Senate, Parliament, in Bangkok, Thailand. Richterís extensive public service has included serving on the Aims Community College Foundation Board of Directors, the Greeley Area Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, the Kiwanis Club of Greeley as a board member, The United Way, and the Institutional Review Board for North Colorado Medical Center. Tambor Williams, J.D., most recently served as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, an appointed position in the Governorís cabinet, from August 2004 through January 2007. Prior to that, Williams served as State Representative for House District 50, where she served on the House Education Committee, the House Appropriations Committee and served as chair of the Legislative Audit Committee and chair of the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee in addition to serving as the Speaker Pro Tem. Prior to her political career, Williams practiced law from 1982 through 2002. She has also worked in education serving as an adjunct professor, instructor and assistant director of admissions in higher education and as a teacher and counselor in junior and senior high. Her extensive public service has included serving on the City of Greeley Mayorís Advisory Board, several local Chambers of Commerce, chair of the Union Colony Civic Center board and deacon to the First Congregational Church of Greeley. Mike Geile is running uncontested for District B, which includes Weld School District RE-1: LaSalle, Gilcrest and Platteville; RE-4: Windsor; RE-5J: Johnstown and Milliken; and RE-6: Greeley and Evans. Most recently Geile served as a Weld County commissioner from 1999 to 2007. His professional career includes experience as a real estate broker and owner, regional manager of the Public Service Co. of Colorado and vice president and general manager of Home Light and Power Co. Giele earned his bachelorís degree from Regis College and has continued his education through coursework at UNC, CU and the University of Idaho. Geileís extensive public service work has included serving as United Way president, chair and board member of the Greeley/Weld Economic Development Action Partnership (now Upstate Colorado Economic Development), chair of the Aims Foundation Board, member of the State Tech-Prep Advisory Board, member of the Board of Directors for LULAC and president of the Greeley Dream Team. The United Way also named Geile the Weld Humanitarian of the Year. Sandra Neb is running uncontested for District A which includes Weld School District RE-8: Fort Lupton; and RE-3J: Keenesburg, Hudson and Prospect Valley. Neb is currently completing her first term as Board of Trustees member for Aims Community College. Her professional experience includes owning and operating Neb Electric Inc. for 22 years. She has also worked in banking and real estate. Her extensive public service has included serving as President of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Independent Electrical Contractors and serving on the national and local IEC Legislative Committees. She also served three, four-year terms on the local Board of Education as secretary, vice president and president. She also served as president of the local BOCES Board. She served on the board and was past President of the local Chamber of Commerce, and continues to serve on various committees of The First United Methodist Church, as well as the board for the United Power Round Up since 1998.



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