Lowry United Neighborhoods

Meet your LUN Board

Photo by Chuck Woodward
Katherine Head
Currently co-chair of LUN

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
Co-chair of LUN.

Carla McConnell came to Denver in 1981 following 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, serving for 5 years as an Urban Design Architect in the Denver Planning Office and retiring from the National Park Service as a Planner. She currently serves on the Lowry and Boulevard One Design Review Committees and the Paddington Station Board, previous volunteer service was on the Historic Denver Board and the Denver Landmarks Commission. Carla is currently co-chair of LUN.

Barb DeSarro
LUN Traffic and Safety Committee.

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
Social Groups and Web coordinator

Denny Head is a retired Sales and Marketing executive in the high tech industry.  He received a BA and MBA in Marketing. He has been actively involved in Community service with 9 years on Bonfils Blood Center Operating Board of Directors, 3 years on Salvation Army Operating Board of Directors, over 20 years leadership with Cherry Creek North Neighborhood Association, 15 months on the Lowry Foundation advisory board. Denny leads the Lowry Foundation Silver Ropes volunteer corps to provide volunteers to help serve Lowry and adjoining communities. Denny is a graduate of Michigan State University, where he received a BA and MBA in Marketing.

Richard Hunter
LUN VOA coordinator

Richard Hunter lived most of his life in South Georgia.  He moved to Denver last year.  He has worked in the Affordable Housing Industry for over 20 years.  He loves music, boxing, UGA and Miami football, vegan cuisine and world travel.  He is always looking to build and strengthen community and sees that possibility as a member of the LUN board.

Sally Kurtzman
Sally represents LUN with INC (Inter Neighborhood Cooperation).

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 (9th and Corona), and for 20 years monthly collected aluminum, plastic, newsprint, glass, and cardboard. Since moving to Lowry, she focuses on collecting various items for shelters (toiletries, backpacks, glassestowels, blankets, etc) at the Montclair Rec Center. Sally represents LUN with INC (Inter Neighborhood Cooperation).

Christine O'Connor
Active on environmental and zoning/land use issues

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
LUN Traffic and Safety Committee

Dean VanDeWege is a native Denverite born and raised in the DU neighborhood.  He went to Denver Christian High School and later attended Colorado State University where he majored 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 he is enjoying retirement by golfing and volunteering at the Botanic Gardens. Dean serves on the LUN Traffic and Safety Committee.

Paul Vranas
Chair of the LUN Sustainability Committee.

Paul Vranas was born and raised in Chicago and has parlayed his degrees in Business Administration, Political Science and Finance into a career in Sales and Marketing focused around Enterprise Software.  In 2011 Paul and his wife left the windy city for the Boulder, CO where they lived for 5 years. In 2016 they moved to Lowry where Paul splits his time between working in software consulting, parenting his 2 little kids and advocating for social rights.  Paul is chair of the LUN Sustainability Committee.

Merlin Holmes

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

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.

Dain Schiele

I'm the oldest of 7 children between 2 families. My birth place is Fremont, Nebraska. I've lived here in Colorado for about 30 years. I'm a loving husband and a father to 6 beautiful children (5 girls,1 boy). I have worked for RTD in various departments for about 10 years. From working one-on-one with people to training people across different states in different divisions. To advocating in my children's schools to better support their special needs and their fellow peers. I also part take in a group called Ten who to help other special need parents to navigate the hectic and confusing world of DPS. I am a voice for those who need, have difficulties, or are afraid to speak out to have their needs meet. I pride myself on helping those in need or less fortunate. I want to help make a difference in our communities and our world for our future
generations to come.

Committees

TRAFFIC AND SAFETY:  Barb DeSarro/Dean VanDeWege

SUSTAINABILITY:  Paul Vranas/Sally Kurtzman/Richard Hunter

COMMUNICATIONS AND SOCIAL MEDIA:  Chris O’Connor/Paul Vranas/Denny Head

ZONING:  Chris O’Connor

SOCIAL OUTREACH:  Paul Vranas/Richard Hunter

SOCIAL GROUPS:  Denny Head/Sally Kurtzman

LUN CO-CHAIRS:  Carla McConnel/Kathy Head

SECRETARY:  Emily Marcus