Gwen Stouder, President

Gwen Stouder has been apart of the Education Foundation board for 3 years. She’s working on the website and marketing aspects for the Ed. Foundation. She has been volunteering as the website manager for the last couple years. Gwen has a degree in Web Design and Marketing from Metropolitan State University and managed her own business. She currently works at Wells Fargo as a home mortgage consultant. Gwen and her husband Pete have two children, (Madi) a Senior at Silver Creek and (Austin) a Freshman. 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 been a board member since 2014. She is the currently the Vice President.  Julie and her family moved to Longmont in 2012. Her oldest, 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 a Silver Creek. Julie is a Director Of Engineering for Amgen, with a BS in Industrial Engineering and MS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering. Prior to joining Amge, Julie was the VP of Corporate Responsibility in the electronics industry. Her husband, Jeff is a Mechanical Engineer for Mico Motion.   Everyone in the family loves to hike, bike, ski and play tennis.


Bio to come



Taweewan Winkenbach

Taweewan Winkenbach 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 (14) and Vincent (12). Now a full-time mom, Taweewan is raising the children toward becoming global citizens, both on land and underwater. Personally, Taweewan enjoys simple things in life; eating good food /lounging at a tropical beach… that is it!


Danielle DeFalco

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Kirsten Brown, Teacher Representative
Kirsten Brown is a Social Studies teacher at Silver Creek High School. Seven years ago she moved from Illinois to Boulder Colorado where she pursued a degree in History and Education at The University of Colorado, 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 my passion to enter the field of education.  She is currently continuing her studies at the University of Colorado where she am working on her masters degree in secondary education curriculum and literacy. In her free time, I enjoy water skiing, snow skiing, running, traveling, learning and spending quality time with family and friends. This is her second year teaching at Silver Creek High School and feels blessed to continue to teach alongside such dedicated and wonderful teachers.