Silver Creek High School Education Foundation

is a non-profit organization intended to guide, cast vision for, and financially support academics within Silver Creek High School. Our goal is to improve and transform the classroom in order to have a greater impact on students. By giving teachers the right tools, they are able to expose students to new ideas, opposing perspectives, and unique opportunities. This elevated teaching allows students to achieve levels of learning and personal growth.

SCEF works to involve teachers, administrators, parents, and the community (what we like to call the Raptor Nation) to generate money for grants to classrooms that wish to enhance their learning experience.

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What We’ve Done


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Board Members

Gwen Stouder

Gwen has been a part of the Education Foundation board since 2015. Starting with the marketing aspects for the Ed. Foundation, she soon took over as the board leader. Gwen has a degree in Web Design and Marketing from Metropolitan State University and managed her own business. She currently works at Re/Max leading their marketing efforts. Gwen and her husband Pete have two children; Madi, recent graduate of Silver Creek and Austin. Gwen believes in helping out and giving back to her community. Being a part of the board is her way of supporting the school, kids, and community.

Erick Finnestead
SCHS Principal

Erick Finnestead is the Principal of Silver Creek High School and also serves on the Silver Creek Education Foundation. He and his wife, Kim, are active in supporting our ST. Vrain Valley School District and numerous other charitable causes. Prior to serving as Principal of Silver Creek High School, Erick served as Principal of The Manning School and Assistant Principal of Summit High School. He has taught in the traditional and alternative high school settings, having been an AP teacher, basketball coach, and student leadership advisor. Erick has degrees awarded from The University of Missouri and Adams State. His two daughters proudly attend St. Vrain Valley schools.

Julie Nielson
Vice President

Julie has bee a board member since 2014. Julie and her family moved to Longmont in 2012. Her eldest, Jake, graduated from Silver Creek in 2016. He is studying Chemical Engineering at CU Boulder. Her other two kids, Jared and Jenna, are seniors at Silver Creek. Julie is a Director of Engineering for Amegen, with a DB is Industrial Engineering and a MS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering. Prior to joining Amgen, Julie was the VP of Corporate Responsibility in the elctonics industry. Her husband, Jeff is a Mechanical Engineer for Micro Motion. Everyone in the family loves to hike, bike, ski and play tennis.

Lisa Hainline

Lisa joined the SCEF board in August 2016. She was born in NY, lived in the Boston area for 15 years until moving with her family to Colorado in 2002. Lisa and her husband Jeff have two sons, both at Silver Creek. Tom (class of 2020) and Zach (class of 2018). Lisa has been an active board member for many organizations and non-profits in MA and CO since 1999 after working as a teacher in the Newton Public Schools, Solomon Schechter Day School and Teacher/Naturalist for Mass Audubon. She has a BS in Elementary Education from Boston University and a MA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Environmental and Experiential Education from Lesley College. Lisa was also an active member of the PTOs at Eagle Crest Elementary and Blue Mountain Elementary. She has also been an active member of the Grassroots St. Vrain board since 2008, an non-profit that works as an advocate for Public School Funding in Colorado and helped educate the SVVSD community during the MLO and Bond Campaigns. Lisa enjoys fundraising and social outreach and is happy to help SCEF achieve it’s goals and be successful in achieving its mission.

Eric Ottem
Assistant Principal

Eric helped inaugurate the Silver Creek Education Foundation in the Spring of 2009, during his first year as an Assistant Principal. Prior to administrative life at Silver Creek, Eric taught English at Niwot High School, and World Literature as an adjunct instructor for Eastern Oregon University. He is a writer and a professional jazz trumpeter who performs weekly at a variety of local venues. Born in Greeley to third-generation Coloradans, Eric grew up in Nebraska, graduated from Brown University, and has lived in Niwot with his wife Amy Keleher (a Boulder Psychotherapist) since 2002. His oldest son, Gordon is a Navy veteran returning to college. His son Conrad, graduated from Silver Creek in 2010 and attends the University of Colorado in Boulder. Daughter, Eleanor, is ten and son, Graham is five.

Minty Hallisey

Bio to come

Danielle DeFalco
Board Member

Bio to come

Taweewan Winkenbach
Project Manager

Taweewan is a first generation immigrant from Bangkok, Thailand. She met her Swiss husband, Georges, in Seattle. After living a typical work life (Microsoft/Starbucks), in 2006 the family moved to CO with their children, Alicia (15) and Vincent (13). Now a full-time mom, Taweewan is raising the children toward becoming global citizens, both on land and underwater. Personally, Taweewan enjoys the simple things in life; eating good food/lounging on a tropical beach..that is it!

Amy Lane
Board Member

Amy joined the board in 2017. She assists with the website and other media needs. She moved to Longmont in 2010 from Estes Park, where she served on multiple boards and helped with fundraising for various groups including, Habitat for Humanity, Lifelong Learning of Estes Valley, and Families for Estes. Since 1999, she and her husband have run an Architecture and Design firm with offices in Estes Park and Longmont. Amy specializes in corporate branding, print and digital design, copy-writing, and other marketing materials for a wide range of clients, including many non-profits. She holds a BA in Psychology and BS in Businesses Administration from CU Boulder. Her son attends Silver Creek and daughter will be a SCHS student in the near future.

Kirsten Brown
Teacher Representative

Kirsten is a Social Studies teacher at SCHS. Seven years ago she moved from Illinois to Boulder, CO where she pursued a degree in History and Education at CU Boulder. During her undergraduate program, she had the unique opportunity to participate in the Semester at Sea program where she traveled to three continents and thirteen different countries. Her experiences visiting multiple schools and orphanages in third world countries reinforced her passion to enter the field of education. She is currently continuing her studies at the University of Colorado where she is working on her masters degree in secondary education curriculum and literacy. In her free time, she enjoys water skiing, snow skiing, running, traveling, learning and spending quality time with family and friends. She feels blessed to continue to teach at Silver Creek alongside such dedicated and wonderful teachers.


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