Leadership PSD

Leadership PSD exists to develop a lasting community of engaged partners to support PSD students.

Participants will learn from leaders in PSD about how PSD operates, as well as the history, governance, budget, operations, curriculum, and special programs of Poudre School District and its 53 schools. 

Leadership PSD alumni will exit the program with tangible partnership connections with PSD. Examples include providing Work-Based Learning opportunities for students, volunteering, joining a committee, starting a special project with your organization, supporting a school or district program, and/or any other partnership ideas that you/your organization may be inspired to pursue.




Apply for the 2024-2025 Leadership PSD class here!


Anticipated Schedule (subject to change):

To support participant scheduling and cost efficiency, Leadership PSD will be scheduled in four, half-day sessions from 8am-11am in the 2024-2025 school year: 


Session 1: Introduction
Wednesday, 9/25/24  (8am-11am)
PSD Strategic Plan and Data, Partnerships, Career & Technical Education, Future Ready, Assessments & Evaluation/Research, Language, Culture & Equity, Transportation & Facilities,
*School Tours* (optional)
Wednesday, 10/16/24  (9am-12pm)
The Leadership PSD group will choose their top three-four sites in PSD to tour and learn about. We will meet in a central location and carpool, or possibly take a PSD bus! This session is optional.
Session 2: Elementary Level
Wednesday, 11/6/24  (8am-11am)
Elementary Schools Overview, Before/After School Programs, Early Childhood, School Choice, Project Heart/PBL
Session 3: Middle School Level
Wednesday, 1/15/25  (8am-11am)
Middle Schools Overview, Student Services, Mental Health, Integrated Services, Athletics & Activities 
Session 4: High School Level
Wednesday, 2/26/25  (8am-11am)
High Schools Overview, Opportunities Unlimited, Futures Lab, PSD strategic plan follow up, Communications, Partnership action planning and program closing














Applicant requirements:

  • Reside or be employed within the Poudre School District boundaries
  • Be at least 21 years of age at the time of application
  • Submit a complete application
  • Be able to attend ALL sessions in person


An application review committee comprised of PSD staff and Leadership PSD alumni reviews applications and selects up to 25 participants for the class. Successful applicants will be contacted in mid-August to confirm intent to participate and schedule availability. Applicants not selected for a particular Leadership PSD class are invited to reapply for a future one by submitting another application.



Apply for the 2024-2025 Leadership PSD class here!



2023-24 Leadership PSD class

2023-24 Leadership PSD cohort

  • Stacy Armstrong, Community member
  • Josh Baros, College of Business-CSU
  • Joe Cox, Nagi Luta Enterprises, LLC
  • Annie Cunningham, Student Disability Center, Colorado State University
  • Christine Cunningham, Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County
  • Laurel Halsey, CSU Health Network
  • Courtney Hansen, Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
  • Tim Johnson, GH Phipps Construction
  • Kylee Joiner, DataWrangler 
  • Libby Klingsmith, The Attainment Network
  • Dani Lawrence, Self-employed
  • Karlyn McFarland, Housing Catalyst
  • Erin McCain, Blevins Middle School
  • Erika Michalski, Strategically Authentic and University of Missouri
  • Luis Montalvo Velez, US Department of Treasury 
  • Kelsey Noroski, Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain Inc.
  • Cynthia Salas, CSU
  • Laura Sample McMeeking, Colorado State University
  • Lynne Scalia, Community member
  • Dawnelle Schatte, Colorado State University Health Network
  • Jessica L Schultz, Circus Center Fort Collins, LLC
  • Ian Simkiss, NoCO HBA
  • Robert Sommerfeld, National Center for Craftsmanship
  • Annelise Tate, The Arc of Larimer County 
  • Kaitlyn Truelove, Poudre Fire Authority
  • Karen Ungerer, Electrical and Computer Engineering - CSU
  • Jennee Whittaker, Sam's Club
  • Meghan Willis, UCHealth
  • DeAnn Zamora, CASA of Larimer County

2022-23 Leadership PSD class

Leadership PSD 2022-2023 Cohort
Leadership PSD 2022-2023 Cohort
  • Heather Alderman, Commission on Sport Management Accreditation
  • Cari Brown, Larimer County Extension
  • Zach Ducharme, Larimer County Department of Health & Environment
  • Gage Duncan, Fort Fun
  • Veronica Estelle, Colorado State University
  • Jillian Fresa, City of Fort Collins
  • Marty Goldberg, Colorado Community College System
  • Deems Hargleroad, Bank of Colorado
  • Candice Hartley, Lamp Rynearson Inc.
  • Allison Hines, Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County
  • Sandra Jackam, Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development
  • Amy Kolczak, UCHealth
  • Jessey Manison, The Arc of Larimer County
  • Michele Marquitz, Food Bank for Larimer County
  • Sarah McKeen, Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County
  • Gary Ozzello, Canvas Canvas Credit Union
  • Carol Salter, Larimer County
  • Phoebe Stalker, Banner Health
  • Dulcie Willis, Poudre School District

Contact Information

Coordinator of Business and Community Development
Nick Peterson  |  npeterson@psdschools.org