Denise Pfeffer

Board Treasurer

Family: My husband, John Pfeffer, and I have been married for almost 20 years and have three children. I am the fifth generation of my family to call Rawlins home and take great pride in this community. My parents and 2 out of my 3 siblings also live in Rawlins.

Education: I was raised in Rawlins and graduated from Rawlins High School in 1988. I continued my education at Colorado School of Mines as a student athlete, where I earned a Bachelor of Science (1992) and a Master of Science degree (1994) in Geophysical Engineering.

Work Experience: My work experience has included 10 years in the energy industry as a geophysicist/geostatistician, where I was involved in petroleum reservoir characterization projects around the world and mentoring programs for fellow geoscientists. Nine years ago, my husband and I took advantage of an opportunity that allowed us to move our family to Rawlins. At that time I became a stay-at-home mom.

CCSD #1 Involvement: I was appointed to the CCSD#1 Board of Trustees in October of 2012 and was elected to a 4 year term in November of 2102. As a member of the board, I currently serve on the Finance Committee, Policy Committee, BTAAC, and Legislative Committee. Over the past eight years I have participated in the elementary and middle school PTO/PACs and enjoy volunteering in classrooms. This is my fourth year as a member of the RES School Community Council and second year as a member of the RMS School Community Council. I was also one of the co-founders of the RES Science Club.

Community: I enjoy sharing my love of athletics by supporting our youth athletic programs. I have coached little league basketball and youth traveling basketball teams over the past several years. One Sundays, I volunteer as a catechism teacher for St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Hobbies: I enjoy any activity that involves my family. We love to participate in a variety of sports (golf, basketball, tennis, baseball, and running). My family and I take advantage of the wonderful camping and fishing opportunities Carbon County has to offer. In addition, I enjoy reading, cooking, and am always excited to learn something new.

Why I decided to be a school board member: Rawlins has a lot to offer and I strongly believe the education system is a vital part of the community. Education is critical to anyone’s success, and through excellence in education we open endless opportunities for our community’s youth. I felt my background and passion for education would be beneficial to the make-up of the board and could enhance its partnership, communication, and accountability roles as our district strives for improved student achievement.

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