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Capital Construction Assistance Board (CCAB)
In 2008, the Public School Capital Construction Assistance Board (CCAB) was created within the Colorado Department of Education. The CCAB powers and duties are outlined in C.R.S.22-43.7.
The CCAB is comprised of nine appointed members: one public school board member, one public school superintendent, two school facilities planners or managers, one architect, one engineer, one construction manager, one school technology expert, and one public school finance expert.
None of the CCAB members may hold any state elective office and will serve two-year terms, with a maximum of three consecutive terms.
- New CCAB member Matt Samelson was appointed by the Senate President's Office on February 12, 2020. Read more about Matt Samelson below.
CCAB Meeting Information
April 2020 - TBD
Capital Construction Assistance Board Members
Engineer, Appointed by the Governor
Scott is currently the Executive Director of Construction for the Boulder Valley School District. In this role he oversees all aspects of construction related to the District's Bond for work to improve schools and facilities. He has spent the last seven years in School District Facilities and Construction and has over 20 years of experience in the State of Colorado in Construction, Facilities, and Civil Engineering.
Scott is a registered professional engineer in the State of Colorado and has been an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) since 1995.
Architect, Appointed by the Governor
Jane Crisler is inspired by great educational buildings, both old and new, and is passionately committed to improving neighborhood quality of life through designing and preserving these great community buildings. Jane leads both the K-12 and Historic Preservation markets for EUA's Denver office. She has worked for more than 14 years in commercial architecture as well as 12 years at the Federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. She currently serves on Denver's Lower Downtown Design Review Board as well as on the Board of Directors for the Association for Learning Environments, Rocky Mountain Region.
Jane's experience includes design of large-scale K-12 rehabilitation and adaptive use projects as well as ground-up new construction and additions throughout Colorado. She is a licensed architect practiced in all phases of the K-12 architectural design process. Jane enjoys the creative problem solving associated with tough adaptive use projects and is a leader in the firm's K-12 and historic preservation planning and design practices.
Technology Expert, Appointed by the G.A. Minority Leaders
Brian Amack is the Technology Director for Morgan County School District. He has worked in the Information Technology field in the Community College System and Morgan County School District for 30 years. He has been intimately involved in the building of two new schools and countless renovations to many schools, including extensive work on HVAC, Fire Alarm and Door Access control issues.
Construction Manager, Appointed by the Governor
Allison Pearlman is currently Manager of Design and Construction for Aurora Public Schools, where she plans, assigns, and directs the work of a project management team. She additionally manages design and construction projects including smaller building renewal projects, mechanical repair and HVAC replacement projects, and addition and new school construction projects.
Before joining Aurora Public Schools, Allison was a Facility Planner at Denver Public Schools. And prior to this position, she worked in the Facilities Division of History Colorado as Building Manager/Project Manager. This work provided opportunities to visit communities across the state including ones in Costilla, Las Animas, Montrose, Pueblo, and Weld Counties.
Ms. Pearlman received a Master's of Architecture from the University of Kansas in 2000. Her interest in public policy issues and community engagement dates back to the early 1990s, where she completed internships at both the National Coalition for the Homeless and the White House's Office of Communications.
Facility Planner and Manager, Appointed by the G.A. Speaker of the House
Denise Pearson is a recently-retired, former superintendent for the Elbert County School District C-2 (Kiowa Schools) from 2009-2018. Denise worked for US WEST (now CenturyLink) for 30 years as a multi-state manager responsible for regional computerization. She was employed as a Department of Defense liaison for bases located within the corporate territory, a manager of international proposal services for US WEST International, and headed proprietary computer services for US WEST Dex as it related to IT development and customer service operations. After retirement from US WEST, she was employed by Kiowa schools, first as a substitute teacher, then a business manager, and finally a superintendent for the district. As a volunteer, Denise was elected as a Board Member for 10 years of service for the North Central Fire Protection District, where she led a bond effort to build a new addition to the fire station and oversaw its construction. She wrote numerous grants for the North Central Fire Protection District, two of which purchased an ambulance and fire truck. She received her BA from the University of Colorado.
Public School Superintendent, Appointed by the State Board of Education
Brett Ridgway has 25 years of experience in accounting and finance. Fifteen of those years came from experience in the private sector; in banking (with Bank One & J.P. Morgan Chase) and financial services (The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation). Brett received his certified public accountant license in 1994 and transitioned into banking where he designed and maintained several statistical modeling systems to predict the financial results for more than $100 billion in loan portfolio balances.
In 2007, Ridgway transitioned to education finance. He has served School District 49 as Chief Business Officer, for the last ten years. At District 49, he leads one of the most innovative yet financially healthy school districts in Colorado, despite D49's status as a floor/low-funded, high-growth school district. District 49 has built or acquired five new buildings for students in the last few years and recently completed the initial wave of a new decennial ‘refresh and refurbish' program for all D49 educational buildings – including charter schools. Ridgway has also served on the board of directors for Colotrust, the leading Liquid Government Investment Pool in Colorado, since 2010.
Public School Finance Expertise, Appointed by the President of the Senate
Matt Samelson is the director of special projects for the Donnell-Kay Foundation, which engages K-12 education policy in Colorado, and is an attorney with Western Environmental Law Partners. Matt’s education work focuses on public school infrastructure issues, such as facilities, transportation, school finance, bond and mill levies, and educator housing. Recently, he helped improve transit equity in the Denver metro area by working with numerous youth and community organizations to create a more affordable RTD youth pass. As an attorney, Matt works on a variety of oil and gas policy issues for conservation groups and communities. Matt has a law degree from the University of Colorado and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Colorado Denver. Prior to engaging in law and policy work, Matt was a journalist for eight years.
School Board Member, Appointed by the State Board of Education
Michael D. Wailes is a member of the Weld County RE-5J Board of Education. He is a Colorado native and lives on his family's farm near Johnstown. He owns and operates a small digital marketing agency and runs a small, fledgling charity: Johnstown-Milliken Coats for Kids.
In addition to serving on the school board, Michael serves as the Chairman of the Weld County Planning Commission and the Weld County Board of Adjustments.
School Facilities Planner/Manager, Appointed by the State Board of Education
Cyndi Wright is the current Director of Facilities and Transportation for the Sheridan School District and co-owner of Arenovation Claims Service, LLC. Previously, Cyndi was the Director of Facilities for Monte Vista School District. Prior to Monte Vista, Cyndi worked in the financial industry. She has written a multitude of grants for Capital Construction, BEST, Historical, GOCO, DOLA, and Tree City USA. Cyndi is a member of CASBO, CSPMA, and CASDEM, and currently serves on the Operations Advisory Council for the Colorado School Districts Self Insurance Pool. She has a sincere passion for her work with school districts and the communities that support them. She believes that the experience she has gained throughout her career has strengthened her abilities to be a knowledgeable and purposeful leader in the area of school facilities.
For more information or if an alternative version of a document is needed, please contact BESTSchools@cde.state.co.us or call 303-866-215