Who We Are

We are an independent, citizen-led exploratory committee made up of a diverse and passionate group of community volunteers including parents, business leaders, retirees, and students.

This committed alliance is dedicated to helping inform and engage our neighbors and friends on the current condition of our schools, how education impacts our community beyond students and educators, and what our next steps are to protect these valuable investments.  

We believe that success for our schools is a crucial component in ensuring the stability of local businesses, increasing property values, and fueling economic growth.  United for Thompson is advocating for increased education funding through the passage of 3D AND 3E, the mill and bond for Thompson Schools on the November 2016 ballot.  These two measures will provide the necessary repairs and enhancement to our aging school facilities, ensure expansion for improved curriculum choices and resources for our students, and move the district toward competitive compensation in an effort to retain the very best educators in northern Colorado. 


I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that; then I realized I AM SOMEBODY
— Lily Tomlin

 

Leadership

Stacee Kersley - Committee Manager

Stacee is a parent, an architect and a small-business owner living and practicing in Loveland.  Since moving here with her family over a decade ago, she has enjoyed the opportunity to volunteer and engage with a diverse and active group of people in Loveland.  From co-leading her daughter's Girl Scout Troop since she was a Daisy, chairing the Loveland Historic Preservation Commission, to participating in their daughter's schools over the past 8 years as a PTA leader and Volunteer Coordinator, she is very grateful for the many meaningful relationships she has made that continue to provide an abundance of thoughtful discussion surrounding our community.

Stacee is a parent, an architect and a small-business owner living and practicing in Loveland.  Since moving here with her family over a decade ago, she has enjoyed the opportunity to volunteer and engage with a diverse and active group of people in Loveland.  From co-leading her daughter's Girl Scout Troop since she was a Daisy, chairing the Loveland Historic Preservation Commission, to participating in their daughter's schools over the past 8 years as a PTA leader and Volunteer Coordinator, she is very grateful for the many meaningful relationships she has made that continue to provide an abundance of thoughtful discussion surrounding our community.

Blas Estrada - Loveland Co Chair

Blas is a realtor with The Group Inc., a native of Loveland, as well as an alumni of the Thompson School District, graduating from Mountain View High School in 2007.  Blas received a B.S. in Psychology from Colorado State University.  Upon graduation, he spent two years in the social work and non-profit field, working with at-risk youth and families in the Northern Colorado region.  Currently, he is a member and ambassador of the Loveland Chamber of Commerce, he sits on the Loveland Legislative Affairs Committee, he is the Vice-Chair of the STIR Steering Committee, a member of the Loveland Sertoma Club, and he sits on his local HOA board.  Blas volunteers with his local church leading a weekly life group.  He is an active community member and advocate for Thompson School District.

Blas is a realtor with The Group Inc., a native of Loveland, as well as an alumni of the Thompson School District, graduating from Mountain View High School in 2007.  Blas received a B.S. in Psychology from Colorado State University.  Upon graduation, he spent two years in the social work and non-profit field, working with at-risk youth and families in the Northern Colorado region.  Currently, he is a member and ambassador of the Loveland Chamber of Commerce, he sits on the Loveland Legislative Affairs Committee, he is the Vice-Chair of the STIR Steering Committee, a member of the Loveland Sertoma Club, and he sits on his local HOA board.  Blas volunteers with his local church leading a weekly life group.  He is an active community member and advocate for Thompson School District.

Earl Sethre - Loveland Co Chair

Earl Sethre has been the Administrative Vice President for Jorgensen Laboratories since 1974.  He has helped to grow this family veterinary instrument and equipment wholesale distribution business both nationally and internationally.  Earl received his BA in Sociology with a Social Work Sequence and prior to working for Jorgensen Laboratories he worked for the Minnesota Department of Corrections as a Parole Agent and a group leader for juvenile delinquents.  Earl has served on many boards including: Jaycees, Sertoma, YMCA, Zion Lutheran Church Council, the American Veterinary Exhibitors Association (AVEA), Pathways Hospice of Larimer County, the Loveland Community Foundation Committee (LCFC), Community Foundation of Northern Colorado (CFNC) and is on the Board of Regents at Augsburg College.  His areas of expertise include: marketing, capital campaigns (has co-chaired three), real estate investments and philanthropy.  His hobbies include: skiing, biking, reading, golfing, and attending plays and sporting events.  Aside from his interest in Augsburg College, his focus is in the development and revitalization of downtown Loveland.  He has been recognized as Sertoman of the Year and in 2014 was honored by the Loveland Rotary Club as Loveland's Citizen of the Year and received the Paul Harris Fellow Award.

Earl Sethre has been the Administrative Vice President for Jorgensen Laboratories since 1974.  He has helped to grow this family veterinary instrument and equipment wholesale distribution business both nationally and internationally.  Earl received his BA in Sociology with a Social Work Sequence and prior to working for Jorgensen Laboratories he worked for the Minnesota Department of Corrections as a Parole Agent and a group leader for juvenile delinquents.  Earl has served on many boards including: Jaycees, Sertoma, YMCA, Zion Lutheran Church Council, the American Veterinary Exhibitors Association (AVEA), Pathways Hospice of Larimer County, the Loveland Community Foundation Committee (LCFC), Community Foundation of Northern Colorado (CFNC) and is on the Board of Regents at Augsburg College.  His areas of expertise include: marketing, capital campaigns (has co-chaired three), real estate investments and philanthropy.  His hobbies include: skiing, biking, reading, golfing, and attending plays and sporting events.  Aside from his interest in Augsburg College, his focus is in the development and revitalization of downtown Loveland.  He has been recognized as Sertoman of the Year and in 2014 was honored by the Loveland Rotary Club as Loveland's Citizen of the Year and received the Paul Harris Fellow Award.

 

Dr. Andrea Mead, MD - Berthoud Co Chair

Andrea grew up in Loveland and attended TSD schools, starting at Van Buren Elementary and graduating from Loveland High School.  She attended college and medical school at the University of Colorado and then after residency returned to Loveland as a pediatrician in 1998.  She is now married with two children who attend TSD schools in Berthoud.  Andrea has volunteered on many local non-profit organization boards, in her kids' classrooms and schools as well as her church.  She feels it is extremely important to help educate our community of the current situation in our school district and, more specifically, this need to improve district funding for the benefit of our children.

Andrea grew up in Loveland and attended TSD schools, starting at Van Buren Elementary and graduating from Loveland High School.  She attended college and medical school at the University of Colorado and then after residency returned to Loveland as a pediatrician in 1998.  She is now married with two children who attend TSD schools in Berthoud.  Andrea has volunteered on many local non-profit organization boards, in her kids' classrooms and schools as well as her church.  She feels it is extremely important to help educate our community of the current situation in our school district and, more specifically, this need to improve district funding for the benefit of our children.

Kari Holden - Berthoud Co Chair

Kari is a full time mom and part time professional with a strong commitment to being active in the TSD volunteer community.  She received her B.S. from CSU in Construction Management and began her corporate career in procurement management in the residential construction industry with a national builder.  This role was critical in formulating her philosophy in the importance of partnering with others to ensure the achievement of common goals.  In 2006, she opted to stay home with her 2 kids, ages 15 and 12, currently atetnding Berhoud High and Turner Middle School.  She has been working part time for alocal builder and as a residential drafter for the last 5 years.  She has devoted the rest of her time to the school district and local community by being actively involved in PTA, SAC, various other committees and general volunteer work with the schools in Berthoud.  She strongly feels the best way to pay it forward today is by investing in our children and their education.  She currently resides in West Berthoud with her husband Jay, their two kids, their dogs, Ouzo and Jack, and one kitty, Nala.

Kari is a full time mom and part time professional with a strong commitment to being active in the TSD volunteer community.  She received her B.S. from CSU in Construction Management and began her corporate career in procurement management in the residential construction industry with a national builder.  This role was critical in formulating her philosophy in the importance of partnering with others to ensure the achievement of common goals.  In 2006, she opted to stay home with her 2 kids, ages 15 and 12, currently atetnding Berhoud High and Turner Middle School.  She has been working part time for alocal builder and as a residential drafter for the last 5 years.  She has devoted the rest of her time to the school district and local community by being actively involved in PTA, SAC, various other committees and general volunteer work with the schools in Berthoud.  She strongly feels the best way to pay it forward today is by investing in our children and their education.  She currently resides in West Berthoud with her husband Jay, their two kids, their dogs, Ouzo and Jack, and one kitty, Nala.

Stu Boyd - Berthoud Coordinator

Retired educator Stu Boyd worked for 36 years as a teacher and administrator at Berthoud High School and was also the district curriculum coordinator for language arts.  A product of the Thompson School District and graduate of Berthoud High, Stu has a bachelor's degree in English from Colorado State College (now UNC) and a master's degree in administration from CSU.  He currently serves as president of the board of directors of Meals on Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud and is past-president of the board of the Thompson Education Foundation. He is a founding member of the Berthoud Schools Fund, is active in the life and ministry of the United Methodist Church of Berthoud, and, along with his wife Barbara, participates in a number of activities and organizations in the Berthoud-Loveland community. Before becoming a member of this committee, he worked on bond issue and mill levy override campaigns for TSD and the Berthoud Library District.  Stu was honored to receive the Berthoud Chamber of Commerce's first "Doc Fickel" award in 2010, which recognizes a community member for philanthropy and community service.

Retired educator Stu Boyd worked for 36 years as a teacher and administrator at Berthoud High School and was also the district curriculum coordinator for language arts.  A product of the Thompson School District and graduate of Berthoud High, Stu has a bachelor's degree in English from Colorado State College (now UNC) and a master's degree in administration from CSU.  He currently serves as president of the board of directors of Meals on Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud and is past-president of the board of the Thompson Education Foundation. He is a founding member of the Berthoud Schools Fund, is active in the life and ministry of the United Methodist Church of Berthoud, and, along with his wife Barbara, participates in a number of activities and organizations in the Berthoud-Loveland community. Before becoming a member of this committee, he worked on bond issue and mill levy override campaigns for TSD and the Berthoud Library District.  Stu was honored to receive the Berthoud Chamber of Commerce's first "Doc Fickel" award in 2010, which recognizes a community member for philanthropy and community service.

Dr. James C. Danforth, MD - Communications Co Chair

Jim and Linda, married for 39 years, have been Loveland residents since 1977.  Their two sons graduated from TSD schools and went onto chemical engineering and the CU Denver School of Architecture and Design.  Dr. Danforth retired after 34 years as Associate Medical Director from Pathways Hospice, Board Certified Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  He also proudly served as Chief of Staff at McKee Medical Center in 1983 as well as President of Larimer County Medical Society in 1990.  In 2015 Jim was a recipient of the Debbie Boose Vision Award, which recognizes leadership in northern Colorado, contributions to others and visionary thinking.  Jim is a firm believer that making a comprehensive and inspiring K-12 education available to all of our children is a fundamental investment in the future of our community, our nation, and most importantly, our democracy.

Jim and Linda, married for 39 years, have been Loveland residents since 1977.  Their two sons graduated from TSD schools and went onto chemical engineering and the CU Denver School of Architecture and Design.  Dr. Danforth retired after 34 years as Associate Medical Director from Pathways Hospice, Board Certified Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  He also proudly served as Chief of Staff at McKee Medical Center in 1983 as well as President of Larimer County Medical Society in 1990.  In 2015 Jim was a recipient of the Debbie Boose Vision Award, which recognizes leadership in northern Colorado, contributions to others and visionary thinking.  Jim is a firm believer that making a comprehensive and inspiring K-12 education available to all of our children is a fundamental investment in the future of our community, our nation, and most importantly, our democracy.

Trish Will - Communications Co Chair

Trish and her husband moved to Loveland in 1979.  Their two sons attended Thompson School District K-12; one graduating in 1996 from LHS and the other in 2000 from BHS.  Today they have 4 grandchildren attending public schools in Boulder, CO and Rock Springs, WY.  While her sons attended TSD schools, she was an active volunteer in a variety of roles.  She served two terms as President of the Lincoln Elementary PTO, coached "Odyssey of the Mind" for 7 years and served as President of BHS Music Boosters.  She is a registered nurse with an extensive background in Oncology.  She most recently retired after working 14 years in the health information technology field as a Clinical Informaticist.  Trish is proud to partner with UFT as a community member in their quest to make TSD a preferred destination district again for students, families and employees.

Trish and her husband moved to Loveland in 1979.  Their two sons attended Thompson School District K-12; one graduating in 1996 from LHS and the other in 2000 from BHS.  Today they have 4 grandchildren attending public schools in Boulder, CO and Rock Springs, WY.  While her sons attended TSD schools, she was an active volunteer in a variety of roles.  She served two terms as President of the Lincoln Elementary PTO, coached "Odyssey of the Mind" for 7 years and served as President of BHS Music Boosters.  She is a registered nurse with an extensive background in Oncology.  She most recently retired after working 14 years in the health information technology field as a Clinical Informaticist.  Trish is proud to partner with UFT as a community member in their quest to make TSD a preferred destination district again for students, families and employees.

Jamie Powell - Outreach Co Chair

Jamie is a Loveland native, a Thompson School District Graduate and a mother of two TSD students.  She has spent the past decade volunteering in classrooms and serving in leadership positions on PTAs and PTOs.  Jamie is also an active community member, performing with the Loveland Choral Society and serving on their Board of Directors, volunteering with the Grand Family Coalition and she is a new member of Loveland Philo Club.  Jamie's passion for service has led her to return to Colorado State University to pursue a degree in Social Work as she continues to advocate for the needs of students and teachers in the Thompson School District.

Jamie is a Loveland native, a Thompson School District Graduate and a mother of two TSD students.  She has spent the past decade volunteering in classrooms and serving in leadership positions on PTAs and PTOs.  Jamie is also an active community member, performing with the Loveland Choral Society and serving on their Board of Directors, volunteering with the Grand Family Coalition and she is a new member of Loveland Philo Club.  Jamie's passion for service has led her to return to Colorado State University to pursue a degree in Social Work as she continues to advocate for the needs of students and teachers in the Thompson School District.

Michelle Clavijo-Diaz  - Outreach Co Chair

Michelle Clavijo-Diaz is the mother to three TSD students.  She is also the Education Software Product Manager for HP, Inc. managing global products that support personalized learning.  Previously, she managed marketing and communications strategy for a $55 million education investment network with EDUCAUSE based in Louisville.  Additionally, she consults with Colorado small businesses, providing guidance on business strategy, marketing, and event planning.  Michelle's 20 plus years of volunteer work include church youth and school activities as well as international social justice projects; all of which have helped her see that education is a fundamental human right and providing support to help students succeed is a priority.  Michelle believes the key to our community's future success will be grounded in a strong education system for our young citizens.

Michelle Clavijo-Diaz is the mother to three TSD students.  She is also the Education Software Product Manager for HP, Inc. managing global products that support personalized learning.  Previously, she managed marketing and communications strategy for a $55 million education investment network with EDUCAUSE based in Louisville.  Additionally, she consults with Colorado small businesses, providing guidance on business strategy, marketing, and event planning.  Michelle's 20 plus years of volunteer work include church youth and school activities as well as international social justice projects; all of which have helped her see that education is a fundamental human right and providing support to help students succeed is a priority.  Michelle believes the key to our community's future success will be grounded in a strong education system for our young citizens.

Meg DeClement - Treasurer

Meg and her family moved to south Fort Collins in 2002, before any of their kids were in school.  She now has three children attending TSD schools and has been actively involved as both a classroom volunteer and a member of parent-teacher organizations.  From 2013-2015 she served on her local elementary parent organization board as Vice President and President.  She has also volunteered to organize a wellness fundraiser at her child's middle school.  She has been fortunate to meet well informed people in the district and was energized when learning the details of education funding in Colorado.  This led her to United for Thompson, where she believes she can make a broader impact by supporting change and encouraging others to see the benefit of "Thompson Reinvented".  Meg has a BS in Mathematics from Sacred Heart University and works as an Office Manager and Bookkeeper. 

Meg and her family moved to south Fort Collins in 2002, before any of their kids were in school.  She now has three children attending TSD schools and has been actively involved as both a classroom volunteer and a member of parent-teacher organizations.  From 2013-2015 she served on her local elementary parent organization board as Vice President and President.  She has also volunteered to organize a wellness fundraiser at her child's middle school.  She has been fortunate to meet well informed people in the district and was energized when learning the details of education funding in Colorado.  This led her to United for Thompson, where she believes she can make a broader impact by supporting change and encouraging others to see the benefit of "Thompson Reinvented".  Meg has a BS in Mathematics from Sacred Heart University and works as an Office Manager and Bookkeeper. 

Matthew Bell - CoVolunteer and Youth Coordinator

Matthew graduated from Thompson Valley High School with honors this May.  He has been very active in the Thompson School District community and has worked to ensure that the voices of our students are heard.  Having graduated form TVHS, he has first-hand experience in what our schools need.  During his high school career, he served on Student Council all four years and was co-President his senior year; he was a member of both the speech and debate team and Future Business Leaders of America, where he had qualified for numerous state and national competitions.  Matthew will be attending the University of Puget Sound this fall as he studies political science and Spanish.

Matthew graduated from Thompson Valley High School with honors this May.  He has been very active in the Thompson School District community and has worked to ensure that the voices of our students are heard.  Having graduated form TVHS, he has first-hand experience in what our schools need.  During his high school career, he served on Student Council all four years and was co-President his senior year; he was a member of both the speech and debate team and Future Business Leaders of America, where he had qualified for numerous state and national competitions.  Matthew will be attending the University of Puget Sound this fall as he studies political science and Spanish.

Tracy Evangelista - CoVolunteer Coordinator

Tracy currently works for Thompson Online, the Thompson School District online program.  She moved to Loveland, from Indiana, three years ago with her husband Ray and two sons, Wes and Ryan.  Wes is a sophomore at Mountain View High School and Ryan is in 7th grade at Conrad Ball Middle School.  Prior to their move, Tracy earned her Master's Degree in Sociology and Community Leadership from the University of Indianapolis.  Tracy is also a U.S. Navy Veteran.

Tracy currently works for Thompson Online, the Thompson School District online program.  She moved to Loveland, from Indiana, three years ago with her husband Ray and two sons, Wes and Ryan.  Wes is a sophomore at Mountain View High School and Ryan is in 7th grade at Conrad Ball Middle School.  Prior to their move, Tracy earned her Master's Degree in Sociology and Community Leadership from the University of Indianapolis.  Tracy is also a U.S. Navy Veteran.

Janice Marchman - Co Field Coordinator

Janice is a longtime Thompson School District volunteer and parent of 2 children attending Thompson Schools in Loveland. She has a Bachelor of Industrial and Systems Engineering degree from Georgia Tech and 7 years experience in Supply Chain Operations and IT departments in private industry. When she and her husband decided to make Loveland home 11 years ago, Janice got involved in district committees. She served on the Master Plan Committee for 5 years in various roles including Vice President. She then served on the 2005 Bond Oversight Committee to oversee the projects that were included in the bond the district passed over 10 years ago. Janice also had the honor of serving as a Thompson School District board member for 3 years, 2 of them as Vice President. During her service on the board, Janice volunteered monthly in all of the schools she represented. This experience in the schools with students, staff and parents gave her a unique viewpoint of the strengths and needs of our schools. She also has volunteered extensively at her church and as board president for her favorite non-profits in Northern Colorado - A Face to Reframe which exists to prevent human trafficking in Northern Colorado and Thompson Valley Preschool which provides high-quality Early Childhood Education to local preschoolers. Janice has experience in campaign strategy and planning and is excited to apply her skill set and passion for excellence in Thompson as a member of the United for Thompson Executive Committee.

Janice is a longtime Thompson School District volunteer and parent of 2 children attending Thompson Schools in Loveland. She has a Bachelor of Industrial and Systems Engineering degree from Georgia Tech and 7 years experience in Supply Chain Operations and IT departments in private industry. When she and her husband decided to make Loveland home 11 years ago, Janice got involved in district committees. She served on the Master Plan Committee for 5 years in various roles including Vice President. She then served on the 2005 Bond Oversight Committee to oversee the projects that were included in the bond the district passed over 10 years ago. Janice also had the honor of serving as a Thompson School District board member for 3 years, 2 of them as Vice President. During her service on the board, Janice volunteered monthly in all of the schools she represented. This experience in the schools with students, staff and parents gave her a unique viewpoint of the strengths and needs of our schools. She also has volunteered extensively at her church and as board president for her favorite non-profits in Northern Colorado - A Face to Reframe which exists to prevent human trafficking in Northern Colorado and Thompson Valley Preschool which provides high-quality Early Childhood Education to local preschoolers. Janice has experience in campaign strategy and planning and is excited to apply her skill set and passion for excellence in Thompson as a member of the United for Thompson Executive Committee.

Ken Ward - Co Field Coordinator

Ken and his family are longtime residents of Loveland.  Ken settled here in 1982, and quickly became involved in the community.  Now married to Lori Hvizda Ward, they have three children, all of whom either graduated from or are currently attending Thompson schools.  Although professionally a software engineer, Ken plays trumpet in the Loveland Orchestra, and the arts play a major part in his life.  Education has also played an important role as both parents were educators.  Ken believes that a strong public school system, accessible to all, is essential.

Ken and his family are longtime residents of Loveland.  Ken settled here in 1982, and quickly became involved in the community.  Now married to Lori Hvizda Ward, they have three children, all of whom either graduated from or are currently attending Thompson schools.  Although professionally a software engineer, Ken plays trumpet in the Loveland Orchestra, and the arts play a major part in his life.  Education has also played an important role as both parents were educators.  Ken believes that a strong public school system, accessible to all, is essential.