Enhancing the quality of life for people in Lakewood

Board Members

Board Members

Our volunteer Board of Trustees, representing a cross section of the Lakewood community, is dedicated to the mission of enhancing the quality of life for people in the Lakewood community.



Don ScangaDon Scanga: Don Scanga Insurance Solutions Inc. – Don is a native of Colorado. Born in the mountain town of Salida.  Growing up, Don lived in the small farming community of Cheraw in the southeastern part of our state.  He served for five years in the United States Army Signal Corps as a computer technician during the Vietnam War.  Don attended Adams State College before moving to Denver in the late 70’s.His business experience spans over 30 years in the Information Technology and Management Consulting arena, founding two separate consulting firms.  In 2002 Don retooled and started The Allenbrook Agency, his first insurance agency operating under the Farmers Insurance umbrella.  He recently sold that agency to enable him to launch a new independent agency, Don Scanga Insurance Solutions, Inc. where he provides his clients personalized concierges style insurance services.Don is married to Kim Kennedy, a life time resident of Lakewood. He has served as past President of the Kiwanis Club of Belmar, and many years as the President of Lakewood on Parade. He is also passionately involved in local Veterans affairs, and they both belong to Flatirons Community Church.

Vice President
Leah Harris: St. Anthony Hospital – Leah Harris has many years’ experience in healthcare consulting, process improvement, and project management. Leah holds a Masters in Business Administration- Health Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Denver. Leah also is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Leah has a passion for health care and working with others. She is focused on creatively solving problems with lasting results. Leah recently joined Saint Anthony Hospital as the Director of Value Optimization. Prior to joining Saint Anthony Hospital, Leah worked for the Kaiser Permanente Colorado Region for twelve years. In addition to joining the Lakewood workforce, Leah recently moved and is excited to be an official resident of Lakewood! Her hobbies include the typical Colorado lifestyle, enjoying the outdoors, good food, and especially great music.


Cheryl Spirek EditedCheryl Spirek: Peoples Bank – Cheryl and her husband Steve, along with their three children, Matt, Chris and Tanner, presently reside in Arvada. Cheryl has been a member of Wheat Ridge 20/20, Jefferson County West Chamber, Arvada Chamber and The Lakewood Legacy Foundation. Cheryl graduated from Regis University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. She began her professional and banking career in 1984 and has worked in the Lakewood, Arvada and Golden area for the past 30 years. She has volunteered her time at various Jefferson County Schools as a classroom volunteer, secretary for PTSA, treasurer for the high school baseball association and Junior Achievement. Cheryl enjoys watching her kids play baseball, football and lacrosse.


Dick Gearke: Lakewood Police Department (Retired) – Dick Gearke joined the Legacy board in 2007, incorporating it as part of his duties with the Lakewood Police Department.  Dick began his career with Lakewoood PD in 1979.  A native of Iowa,  Dick earned his degree at the University of Denver, moved on to graduate studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and then let those two Dallas cops living next door point him in their direction!  Fortunately, whether to live in Texas or Colorado was an easy choice.  Assignments at Lakewood included the Patrol Division and detective duties with the Crimes Against Person, Juvenile Crime, and  Burglary teams.  Dick was actively involved with the Alameda Gateway Community Association right up to his retirement as a sergeant in 2013.  Highlighting retirement are his continuing links to community interests through Lakewood Legacy, lasting friendships with local police peers and foreign officers whom Dick and his family have hosted and visited through the International Police Association..  Dick and his wife, Patti, reside in Littleton.  Duties have now switched to keeping track of the dog at home and their two daughters who also live in the metro area.  Patti somehow manages to keep him in line!


Brian Sassolino

 Brian Sassolino: City of Lakewood – Brian Sassolino has lived in Colorado all his life and has lived and worked in Lakewood for 18 years. He is an avid outdoorsman, and has volunteered on many committees as well as coaching competitive youth baseball and softball teams for nearly 15 years.


Lori Simpkins: Budget Framer – Lori is a born and raised native of Lakewood.  She is married with 3 grown step-children and a daughter just starting college. Family time includes golf and hunting but Lori’s personal hobbies are needle art and cooking. She began her business career in 1986 in the field of custom picture framing. She and her father ran multiple retail locations and sold franchises. In 2010, she semi-retired and cut back her business hours to devote more time to her family and community. Lori is very involved in the community of Lakewood and Jefferson County. She volunteers with many organizations to include: Leadership Jefferson County, West Metro Fire Rescue Foundation, Lakewood Legacy, Girl Scouts, Children’s Hospital and she currently serves as Chair for the City of Lakewood Advisory Commission for an Inclusive Community.


Keith Stechmesser

Keith Stechmesser: Thrivent Financial – “Living in Lakewood is the perfect place to raise a family and for easy access to the mountains and Metro Denver.” Keith holds the Certified Financial Planner® designation from the College of Financial Planning.   His practice is located at the corner of 4th Avenue and Union Boulevard in Lakewood.   Keith works with families and business on Retirement, Investment, Distribution and Charitable planning strategies. He was recently named a Five Star Wealth Manager by 5280 Magazine. Away from the office Keith enjoys skiing, sailing and music. Keith is a graduate of Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska (BSEd) and the University of Denver (MBA). Keith and his wife Cindy have two daughters.



Matthew Logan Edited

Matthew Logan: Foothills Credit Union – Matt has lived, worked, or worshipped in the Lakewood area since 1987. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration & Marketing from Colorado State University. Matt, his wife Heather, and their daughter currently live in Arvada, CO. Matt enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, camping, and golfing in this awesome place we call Colorado! Matt has been the Marketing Director at Foothills Credit Union for the last 7 years. In addition, he is or has served on the board for Lakewood On Parade & The Lakewood Legacy Foundation.




29bc658Eileen Schurmann: Guaranty Bank & Trust – Eileen Schurmann has lived in Colorado for 35 years and is the Branch Manager at Guaranty Bank and Trust in Golden. Eileen has been in banking for over 40 years and has been active in the Jefferson County Community since 1998.   She became a member of the Rotary Club of Golden in December of 1998 and joined the Lakewood Legacy Foundation in June of 1999.  She also joined the board of the Stout Street Foundation in 2013. Eileen attended Leadership Jefferson County in 1999 and 2000 through the West Chamber of Commerce and became aware of the numerous opportunities for volunteerism in the Jefferson County Community.  She was president of the Lakewood Legacy in 2003 and 2004 where she continued to raise awareness of the Lakewood Legacy by appearing on channel 8 with Mayor Steve Burkholder to discuss the progress and visions of the Lakewood Legacy. She also served as President of the Golden Rotary in 2005-2006. Eileen continues to support the Jefferson County Community in any way she can, spends numerous hours with her church and is the mother of five and grandmother of 7.


Past-President: Fred Taake

City of Lakewood Contact: Mary Ruther

Business Manager: Debbie Hernandez