The annual Steering Committee Candidate Public Forum will be held on Tuesday April 10th at 6:45 PM in the D’Evelyn Library immediately after the Accountability Committee meeting. There are two parent candidates, Melinda Bochner, and Gina Coco, running for two positions. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions of each of the candidates. Mrs. Bochner is seeking election for a parent position on Steering Committee for a three-year term. Mrs. Coco is running for re-election to a parent position. Learn more about Mrs. Bochner and Mrs. Coco by reading their biographies in this issue of the Jaguar Tracks. The annual forum provides the D’Evelyn community an opportunity to meet all the candidates and determine how each candidate will support and uphold the D’Evelyn school philosophy.
I was born in Denver as a 4th generation Coloradan. Due to my father’s career as a geophysicist, I spent half of my childhood living in foreign countries, including Australia (8 years), South Africa and Canada. I completed high school at Cherry Creek HS and subsequently attended Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina. My professional education includes a law degree from the UCLA School of Law and a medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. I am a member of the Colorado Bar and trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The joy of my life is my husband and three daughters. My oldest daughter is currently in 8th grade at D’Evelyn, the middle will be attending D’Evelyn next year as a 7th grader, and my youngest is in 3rd grade at Bradford K-8. Currently, I’m a “stay at home mom,” grateful for the opportunity to raise and spend time with my girls.
I am honored to be a candidate for the D’Evelyn Steering Committee. While I do not have any formal education in the field of education or educational policy, I have some experience serving on the Education Committee (one year as the head of the committee) at my religious institution, overseeing all aspects of the Religious School. More importantly, I am deeply committed the D’Evelyn philosophy and curriculum. It would be my goal to ensure that D’Evelyn remains true to its “constitution” and continues to provide every D’Evelyn student the extraordinary opportunity to obtain a rigorous, solid educational foundation.
Gina Coco is a mother of 4 children and married to her husband, Tom. Her oldest daughter recently graduated from the BFA program in animation at Long Beach, her son is in 11th grade and her identical twin boys are in 9th grade this year. She was the CEO of a broker/dealer firm for 20 years in CA, selling it in 2008 and then relocating to Evergreen, CO. She is currently semi-retired, flying to meet with CA clients, as a financial advisor, a few times a year. The Coco family attends Red Rocks Church in Golden and is actively involved in church life.
Gina was appointed to be on the Steering Committee for the 2014-2015 year, served a 3-year elected term from 2015 until present and has greatly enjoyed the opportunity to dive into serving the D'Evelyn community. In the past, she has served in several Board of Director positions, Accountability Committees at both D'Evelyn and an additional Jeffco Charter school, and on church boards.
Gina believes that a great education is the foundation for each member of society and that this education enables our society to grow and flourish. She is 100% in support of the liberal arts curriculum that D'Evelyn requires of all its graduates and would feel privileged to serve another full term on D'Evelyn's Steering Committee. Gina believes there is nothing more important than the protection of the Founding Document to the school's future continued success.
The Steering Committee is the governing board of the school and establishes policies designed to maintain and enhance its liberal arts philosophy. The Steering Committee appoints Directors to the Board of the D'Evelyn Education Foundation.