Kathy Head has lived in Denver since 1975. She and her husband, Denny raised their three children in Park Hill, where they attended Denver Public Schools. When they became empty nesters, they moved to Cherry Creek North, where Kathy helped form Cherry Creek North Neighborhood Association. She served as president for three years and remained on the board until moving to Lowry in 2018. Kathy earned her MSW from University of Denver and worked for most of her career as a mediator, both in the private and public sector. Kathy is currently co-chair of LUN.
Carla McConnell came to Denver in 1981 after graduate school in New Mexico. She and husband, Jim Perlberg, bought a Lowry home in 2004. Her educational and professional background is in Landscape Architecture, Architecture and Planning. Carla served five years as an Urban Design Architect in the Denver Planning Office after retiring from the National Park Service as a planner. She is on the LCMA Board, the Lowry and Boulevard One Design Review Committees and the Paddington Station Board. Her previous volunteer service includes the Historic Denver Board and the Denver Landmarks Commission.
Barb DeSarro moved to Southeast Denver with her family in 1970. She attended DPS and graduated from CU Boulder with a degree in Environmental Conservation. She worked for the Colorado Department of Transportation in roadway design and project management for 27 years. Barb, her husband and two kids moved from Congress Park to Lowry in 2006. She now volunteers with GW High School Grounds Committee, GW School and Community Garden, Bluff Lake Nature Center and is on the LUN Board. Barb serves on the LUN Traffic and Safety Committee.
Denny Head is a retired sales and marketing executive in the high tech industry. He received a BA and MBA in Marketing. Denny has been actively involved in community service with nine years on Bonfils Blood Center Operating Board of Directors, three years on Salvation Army Operating Board of Directors, over 20 years leadership with Cherry Creek North Neighborhood Association and15 months on the Lowry Foundation Advisory Board. Denny leads the Lowry Foundation Silver Ropes Volunteer Corps providing volunteers to help serve Lowry and adjoining communities.
Renee moved to Denver in 1980 and has lived in Lowry since 2020. After a career in film production, marketing and advertising, Renee became interested in trash and zero waste; for her, it was the way she could help the planet. She pens a bi-monthly sustainability article for the Aviator magazine. She is a member of Denver Eco-Cycle, Board President of the Met North in Boulevard One, volunteer at the Denver Botanic Gardens and heads up the LUN Sustainability Committee. Renee also maintains the LUN website and publishes the monthly LUN email newsletter.
Sally Kurtzman, a Lowry resident since 1999, has worked within Lowry with the Lowry Foundation, Lowry Neighbors, and now LUN. A former college English instructor for 35 years, she's a member of the Denver Woman's Press Club after publishing articles with a variety of publications. With an early interest in recycling, she formed the Capitol Hill Recycling Network and for 20 years collected aluminum, plastic, newsprint, glass, and cardboard. Since moving to Lowry, she focuses on collecting various items for shelters (toiletries, backpacks, glasses, towels, blankets, etc) at the Montclair Rec Center. Sally represents LUN with INC (Inter Neighborhood Cooperation).
Christine O’Connor was raised in New York City, moving to Denver in 1981 to attend D.U. Law School. She and Dave and kids moved from Park Hill to Lowry in 2000. Since that time, she has been active on environmental and zoning/land use issues on Lowry. In addition to serving on LUN’s Board, Christine serves on the Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation Executive Board, and the Community Advisory Group to the Vasquez/I70 Superfund Site in north Denver.
Dean VanDeWege is a native Denverite born and raised in the DU neighborhood. He went to Denver Christian High School and attended Colorado State University majoring in Civil Engineering. He worked as a Roadway Design Project Manager and Construction Engineer for the Colorado Department of Transportation for 29 years. After state retirement, he continued working in the same capacity for Jacobs Engineering. In 2003, he and his wife and two children moved to the NW Lowry neighborhood. Currently Dean is enjoying retirement by golfing and volunteering at the Botanic Gardens. Dean serves on the LUN Traffic and Safety Committee.
Dain, the oldest of seven children was born in Fremont, Nebraska. He has lived here in Colorado for about 30 years and is a loving husband and a father to six beautiful children. He has worked for RTD in various departments for about 10 years. Dain advocates in his childrens' schools for better support of their special needs and their fellow peers. He is part of a group called Ten who to help other special need parents navigate the hectic and confusing world of DPS. He is a voice for those who have difficulties or are afraid to speak out to have their needs meet. He prides himself on helping those in need or less fortunate and helps to make a difference in our communities and the world for our future generations to come.
Merlin Holmes has lived in Colorado since 1990, from the plains east of Colorado Springs to Denver, to the mountains of Estes Park and back to Denver in 2012 and finally settling in East Lowry in 2014 with his wife and 3 daughters. Merlin has been an Internet entrepreneur and consultant for over 17 years and is an active member of the local public school community where his daughters attend.
Cat Holmes relocated from Georgia to Denver in 2006 then to the mountains of Estes Park and back to Denver in 2012 and finally settling in East Lowry in 2014 where she is a stay at home mother of 3 daughters. Cat is active as a volunteer in the local public school community where her daughters attend as well as a writer for the Lowry Aviator, head of the Lowry East Park Neighborhood Watch and avid yoga practitioner.
In 2016, Jessie moved to Capitol Hill and had her son Anthony. She moved into the Warren Village Housing Program and it was here that Jessie and Anthony truly began to thrive and find their place in Denver. She attended Metropolitan State University where her goals were to help others in need. Because of the adversity Jessie has faced in the past, including addiction, trauma, homelessness, and domestic violence, her area of study in school is Human Services with a concentration in addiction studies, trauma-informed care, as well as a minor in nutrition. Jessie moved to Lowry in 2019, and quickly fell in love with the community. Volunteering is a significant part of Jessie’s life. She manages the Boulevard One Residences community garden and donates all the food she grows to anyone who is experiencing food insecurity. She is active at Warren Village and is a Peer Resource Navigator available to help anyone who needs help. Jessie is also on the Denver Metro Salvation Army Advisory Board and Program Committee and is in the Colorado Master Gardener Program studying to become a Master Gardener.
With 25 years of experience in private equity and investment banking for a variety of industries, Mr. Gardenswartz has been involved in the execution of corporate finance transactions with an aggregate value of over $8 billion. He is a seasoned expert in helping companies successfully navigate phases of hyper-growth, and advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, capital raising and private equity, among other concerns.
As a recognized thought leader in the finance industry, Mr. Gardenswartz is often tapped by media outlets for expert insight and analysis. He additionally serves as a longtime guest lecturer on venture finance at Pepperdine University, and frequently gives speeches at industry conferences and private events. He holds Series 7 and Series 63 licenses, and received his bachelor’s degree in Finance & Multinational Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.