2019-2020 Elected Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of the PTSA at East High School includes the following seven members. Detailed information appears below. To email a board member, simply click on their name.
- Laura Barr – President
- Mina Goldstein – Vice President
- Catherine Parenteau – Secretary
- James Smith – Treasurer
- Christine Miller – Designee of Principal
- Cat DiNunzio – Teacher Appointee
- Veronica Ware – Community Liaison
- Mark Kochevar – Parliamentarian
Elected Officers of the Board
The president presides over all meetings of this local PTSA and board of directors; serves as an ex-officio member of all committees except the nominating committee and the financial review/audit committee; serves as ex-officio of the EAFAF committee, coordinates the work of the officers and committees of this local PTSA in order that the purposes may be promoted; appoints standing and special committee chairs with the approval of the board of directors, with the exception of the nominating and financial review/audit committees chairpersons; appoints special committees, as needed, with the approval of the board of directors; and appoints the PTSA liaison to the school’s accountability committee, with the approval of the board of directors.
Laura Barr has lived in the Park Hill neighborhood for over 30 years serving the community as a teacher, educational consultant, and child advocate. Laura has four children who have all attended Denver Public Schools and her youngest child will be in the class of 2019.
The vice president serves as an aide to the president, and performs the duties of the president in the president’s absence or inability to serve.
Mina Goldstein has called Denver home for 19 years after living in several cities in California and Japan. The mother of two children, an East High Freshman and a DPS Middle Schooler, she has been volunteering in schools and enjoys being involved in increasing opportunities for all students. Mina has worked in International Business, Translations, Sales, Marketing, and Management, and is passionate about global food culture, travel, and increasing knowledge and connections among all people. In addition to serving on several non-profit boards and committees over the years, Mina is a volunteer English teacher for refugees and started a fun neighborhood cooking club. Mina is also active in the local community through urban planning initiatives, advocating for a vibrant, multicultural and inclusive city.
The secretary records the minutes of all meetings of the East High School PTSA and board of directors; is prepared to read the records of any previous meetings; files and maintains all records in accordance with document retention requirements; has a current, approved copy of the bylaws; maintains a current membership list; and updates all official board documents as needed with the approval of the president.
Originally from Montreal, Canada – Catherine Parenteau has made Denver her home over 10 years ago and just loves her life here! She’s the mother of two awesome teenagers: Caroline Ritchie is currently at McGill University after graduating from East HS in 2018 and Collin Ritchie, is currently a Junior at East.
She owns her own financial services practice in association with NYLIFE Securities LLC. She’s a Marketing and Innovation professional by trade who’s worked for top tiered corporations such as Nestlé, Unilever, Kellogg’s and premium imported beer brand, Paulaner. She found her passion and purpose in life in the financial services sphere and is helping people with lifetime income strategies, portfolio balancing and retirement planning.
You can reach her directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 561-706-8403
The treasurer has custody of the funds of this local PTSA, maintains a full account of the funds of this local PTSA, in accordance with the budget adopted by a vote of the members of this PTSA, makes disbursements as authorized by the president, the board of directors or the membership of this local PTSA; and is one of the signatories on all PTSA accounts.
James Smith is a longtime Denver resident with almost 25 years living in the Congress Park and South City Park neighborhoods where he and his wife Barb raised their two sons; one a 2017 East High School graduate and the other beginning his Freshman year in 2018. James is dedicated to the importance of public education, which include the principles of equity and opportunity for all students in the community. His passions include music, film, mountain hikes, and travel.
Appointed Officers of the Board
As is consistent with the by-laws of this PTSA chapter, the following members have been appointed by the president to provide a cohesive group in furthering the goals of this organization.
Principal Representative – Pending Appointment
Cat DiNunzio has lived in Colorado for more than 26 years. Prior to beginning her second career at East High School, Cat worked for 15 years as a budget and policy analyst at the University of Colorado. Cat previously worked in public relations and fundraising in K-12 education, as a contractor for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) through the University of Texas, and a cub reporter for community newspapers around Boston, Mass. Cat teaches English and ELA classes, and is the faculty advisor for the 99-year-old student newspaper, The Spotlight. Cat received her undergraduate degree in news journalism from Boston University and her masters degree in counseling from the University of Colorado. She spends her summers traveling on study grants to Morocco, Oxford University, and Columbia University, studying the history of immigration and stereotypes in the media. She lives with her fiance, Michael, her daughter, Maya, a dog, and two cats.
Veronica Ware is an elementary DPS paraprofessional. She is the mother of both an East high school and DPS middle school student. Prior to having children and becoming a stay at home mom, Veronica was Vice President and Community Investment Manager for Commercial Federal Bank (Colorado and Arizona). She served as a liaison between the bank and community, originated financing for the production and development of affordable housing units and awarded grants and donations to nonprofit/community organizations. Also in various capacities, she served on numerous non profit boards and committees.
Currently, she is very active with her church. Every Sunday Veronica, with her family, serves 20-40 homeless individuals breakfast. She also organizes her church’s annual Free Back to School Supply Giveaway Event, with over 200 backpacks and school supply bags given each year to K-12th grade students in the community. Veronica has also served as a parent volunteer on numerous school committees/events.
Veronica has lived in Park Hill with her husband and family for 21 years.
Mark F. Kochevar spent 41 years in senior cancer research administrative positions at the National Cancer Institute and most recently at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. Retired as of June 2018, he and his wife Barbara Redmond have enrolled their daughter Caroline as a freshman at East, and are enthusiastic for, and supportive of the reconstituted East PTSA. Mark received his MBA from Loyola University Maryland and over his career engaged with national and local boards of directors and scientific advisors in addition to academic medical center institutional governing committees. An East Coast native, Mark moved to Denver in 2010, and has been a Park Hill resident since 2011.