Cabinet Leadership

Cabinet Leadership

The superintendent relies on a team of district leaders known as his Cabinet to discuss and advise action on critical issues facing the district, and to engage the community in district initiatives.

Superintendent

Corey Wise, Superintendent
Corey Wise, Superintendent
corey.wise@dcsdk12.org |  303.387.0123


Corey Wise has been part of the Douglas County School District family for his entire educational career (nearly three decades!). He began in the district as a student teacher, and later held the roles of teacher, assistant principal, and founding principal of Legend High School. Prior to becoming Superintendent, Mr. Wise served as DCSD’s Executive Director of Schools for the East Highlands Ranch Region and Alternative Education. He is a long-time resident of Parker, where he resides with his wife and two children - one is a DCSD graduate and the other is currently a DCSD student. Read full bio






Deputy Superintendents

Andy Abner, Deputy Superintendent

Andy Abner, Deputy Superintendent
andrew.abner@dcsdk12.org | 303-387-0055

Andy Abner serves as Deputy Superintendent with a focus on the Highlands Ranch area. He oversees DCSD’s two Highlands Ranch Executive Directors of Schools. On a districtwide level, Andy supervises the DCSD Chief Operations Officer, Chief Technology Officer, Director of Safety and Security, and the Director of Athletics and Activities. Andy has been part of the DCSD family since 2002. He has served as principal of Rock Canyon High School, Assistant Principal of Douglas County High School and has held the roles of career/technical education teacher, general classroom teacher, and dean of students.
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Danelle Hiatt, Deputy Superintendent

Danelle Hiatt, Deputy Superintendent
danelle.hiatt@dcsdk12.org | 303-387-0055


Danelle Hiatt serves as Deputy Superintendent with a focus on the Castle Rock/Parker areas. She oversees DCSD’s Castle Rock and Parker Executive Directors of Schools. On a districtwide level, Danelle supervises the DCSD Special Education Services Officer and the Instruction and Assessment Officer. Danelle has been part of the DCSD family since 1997. She has served as an educational assistant, special education teacher, intervention coordinator, assistant principal at Cresthill Middle School, principal at Pine Lane Elementary School, Elementary Director of Schools and most recently as an Executive Director of Schools in DCSD.
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General Counsel

Mary Klimesh

Mary Kay Klimesh, General Counsel
mary.klimesh@dcsdk12.org | 303.387.0198

Mary Kay Klimesh oversees the DCSD Legal Services Department. Mary Kay is an accomplished and highly skilled counselor and advocate with nearly three decades of experience representing PreK-12 schools. Mary has experience addressing board governance and policy development, personnel matters, special education and other student-related matters, risk management, contract negotiation and review, as well as intergovernmental, affiliation, and interinstitutional agreements.
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Cabinet Officers

Mark Blair, Chief Technology Officer

Mark Blair, Chief Technology Officer
mark.blair@dcsdk12.org | 720.433.1006


Mark Blair oversees the DCSD Information Technology Department. He is a dedicated technology executive with proven expertise, both technical and educational. He has spent his entire career here in DCSD, first joining the school district nearly three decades ago as a technology teacher. Since that time, he has held various roles in the DCSD Information Technology Department, most recently as the Director of School Technology.
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Richard Cosgrove

Richard D. Cosgrove, P.E., Chief Operations Officer
richard.cosgrove@dcsdk12.org | 303.387.0018


Richard Cosgrove, P.E., oversees the DCSD Operations & Maintenance, Transportation, and Planning & Construction departments. He has over 40 years of experience dedicated to public service, 20 of which have been for two of the three largest school districts in Colorado. Prior to becoming COO, Richard served as DCSD’s Planning and Construction Director. He has also served as DCSD’s Construction Director and as Director of Construction for Denver Public Schools.
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Kate Kotaska

Kate Kotaska, Chief Financial Officer
Kkotaska@dcsdk12.org | 720-433-1106


Kate Kotaska oversees DCSD’s Business Services Department as well as DCSD's enterprise organizations: BASE (Before and After Care), Nutrition Services, and Stone Canyon Outdoor Edventures. She is a dedicated education management executive with proven expertise in cross-functional team management. She has a strong background in implementing key improvement strategies, partnership building to create new opportunities, and data synthesizing to clearly articulate complex concepts in order to increase understanding leading to data-driven decision making.
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Stacy Rader, Communications Officer

Stacy Rader, Communications Officer
Srrader@dcsdk12.org | 303.387.0033


Stacy Rader oversees DCSD’s Communications Department. She has over two decades of experience in communications, public relations and marketing with 14 years of that experience in the field of K-12 public education. DCSD’s Communications Department is responsible for public information, crisis communications, media relations, parent and community engagement, live streaming of board meetings and graduations, video production, and more.
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Matt Reynolds

Matt Reynolds, Learning Services Officer
mathias.reynolds@dcsdk12.org | 303-387-0137


Matt Reynolds oversees many DCSD departments including: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Academic Systems, Educator Effectiveness, Professional Development, English Language Development and Equity, Advanced Academics/Gifted & Talented, and the District Library Media Center. Matt has been part of the DCSD family since 2013 and has served as math curriculum coordinator and Systems Performance Officer prior to his current role.
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Sid Rundle, Special Education Services Officer

Sid Rundle, Special Education Services Officer
sid.rundle@dcsdk12.org | 303-387-0077


Sid Rundle oversees many DCSD departments, including Special Education, Mental Health, Health, Wellness & Prevention, Nursing Services, and Early Childhood Education. Sid has been part of the Douglas County School District family for his entire educational career (since 1992). Prior to becoming Special Education Services Officer, Sid served as the Principal of DCSD’s Cresthill Middle School since 2008. His educational journey has included time spent as a special education teacher/learning specialist, reading interventionist, professional learning specialist and assistant principal.
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Amanda Thompson

Amanda Thompson, Chief Human Resources Officer
amanda.thompson@dcsdk12.org | 720-433-1283


Amanda Thompson oversees the DCSD Human Resources Department, including: recruitment, hiring operations, employee relations, employee wellness and benefits. She has over eight years of experience in school district human resources, plus nearly two decades of experience as an educator and school administrator. Amanda’s career in K-12 education originally began right here in DCSD. Amanda was a Special Education Educational Assistant, student teacher, and teacher at Trailblazer Elementary School. Amanda also served in past roles as a teacher, principal, and Human Resources Director in the Metro area prior to returning home to DCSD in 2017.
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Executive Director of Schools

John Gutierrez, Executive Director of Schools

John Gutierrez
East Highlands Ranch Region
Highlands Ranch and Rock Canyon High School Feeders
John.Gutierrez@dcsdk12.org | 303.387.9640


John Gutierrez serves as the Executive Director of Schools (EDOS) for the East Highlands Ranch region. He has been an educator for 31 years, most recently serving for 17 years as the principal of Cougar Run Elementary. Prior to being a principal, he served as a teacher, baseball coach, Dean and Assistant Principal. John was named DCSD Administrator of the Year at the 2021 Apple Awards. He is a proud Douglas County resident and parent.
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Erin McDonald, Executive Director of Schools

Erin McDonald
Castle Rock Region
Castle View and Douglas County High School Feeders
ENMcDonald@dcsdk12.org | 303.387.9655


Erin McDonald serves as the Executive Director of Schools for the Castle Rock region. She has been an educator for 20 years, most recently serving for six years as the principal of South Ridge Elementary. During her career, Erin has also worked as a teacher, special education teacher and vice principal. Erin received a Bachelor of Science in Special Education – Learning Disabilities, and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Winona State in 2002. In 2005 she completed her Masters in Education Leadership from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is about to complete her Doctorate in Educational Leadership.



Ian Wells, Executive Director of Schools

Ian Wells
West Highlands Ranch Region and Alternative Education
Mountain Vista and ThunderRidge High School Feeders and Alternative Education Programs
Ian.Wells1@dcsdk12.org | 303.387.9640

Ian Wells serves as the Executive Director of Schools (EDOS) for the West Highlands Ranch Region and for DCSD’s Alternative Education programs. He has been an educator for nearly 30 years. Prior to becoming an EDOS, Ian has held the roles of Director of Elementary Education, Director of Continuous Improvement of Teacher Effectiveness, Principal, Assistant Principal, Activities Director, English Teacher and Coach. Ian has a Colorado Principals License, a Masters of Professional Writing, and an Educational Specialist Degree.
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Danny Winsor, Executive Director of Schools

Danny Winsor
Parker Region and Choice Programming
Chaparral, Legend, and Ponderosa High School Feeders and Choice Programming
Daniel.Winsor@dcsdk12.org | 303.387.9655

Danny Winsor serves as the Executive Director of Schools (EDOS) for the Parker Region, and oversees the Choice Programming Department. Prior to becoming an EDOS, Danny has held the roles of DCSD Director of Choice Programming, high school and middle school principal, assistant principal, school counselor, teacher, and coach. Danny, a 20-year educator, has been part of the DCSD family for 13 years, and was named DCSD Administrator of the Year at the 2018 Apple Awards. He is a proud DCSD parent and resident and Colorado native.
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Outside Agencies

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