Greg Mestas, Board Chair

Greg Mestas has more than 20 years experience in software development for the banking industry.  He is currently the IT Director for Applications Development at FirstBank - overseeing the company's distributed, web and mobile software development efforts.  Born and raised in Denver's Lincoln Park and Highlands neighborhoods, he has a first-hand appreciation for the communities and a personal understanding of the importance of providing educational and professional development opportunities to diverse students of all socio-economic backgrounds. Greg is a veteran of the US Army Reserve and has been an active, enthusiastic volunteer for numerous nonprofit organizations since earning his undergraduate Accounting and Computer Information Systems degrees from Metropolitan State University of Denver as a nontraditional, working student.

Cyndi Bush-Luna, Board Member

Cyndi Bush-Luna earned her undergraduate degree and teaching license from Principia College. After teaching a few years, she then obtained an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from CU Denver. Seeing a need to serve students that struggled in conventional high schools, she, along two other teachers and a business manager, opened Colorado High School in 1994. Cyndi continued to teach history while leading the school until 1997. At that time she decided for the school to grow, she needed to focus on instructional leadership. Then in 2001, Cyndi and a committee of staff and Board members applied to DPS for a charter. Under Cyndi's guidance, Colorado High School Charter opened in 2002 as a charter school serving high risk students where she continued to serve as principal until 2013.  Cyndi has served on the Board of Directors since 2014.

Nick Bucy, Board Member

Nick is a currently an education consultant, focusing on leadership development and school evaluation and support.  He began his career in education as a Teach for America Corps Member in Miami in 2004.  After teaching at KIPP Colorado Schools he founded KIPP Montbello College Prep in far Northeast Denver.  He then worked with Denver Public Schools to provide tiered supports to underperforming schools.  Nick holds a B.A. in Biology from Carleton College, a M.A. in Educational Administration and Supervision from National Louis University, and a Colorado Teacher's and Principal's License.


Michael McArthur, Board Member

Michael McArthur currently serves as a Pathways Academic Advisor with the Community College of Aurora. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Media Management from Central Michigan University and has served in Higher Education/Student Affairs since 2011. Once considered an “at-risk” student himself, Michael believes in the power of education and thoroughly enjoys assisting students with finding their passion and outlining a path to help them achieve their goals.

Nneka McPhee, Treasurer

Nneka McPhee is Chief of Staff for JEWISHcolorado.

Stella Yu, Board Member

Stella was born in Hong Kong and has lived in the U.S. since 1964.  She received advanced degrees in fine arts and arts education and has engaged in teaching, entrepreneurial businesses, government and non-profit work.  In 1997, as Arts Education Director of Denver, appointed by Mayor Webb, Yu founded Arts Street, a National Youth Arts award-winning program for the job-training of youth in the creative arts and technology.  Stella has held multiple leadership roles in educational, artistic, cultural and neighborhood groups, including the CO Asian Roundtable, Asian Cultural Center, Asian Public Media, La Alma Lincoln Park Neighborhood, Osage Mercado, DU Art, DPS Art Advisory, Dragon Boat Festival, and SCFD re-authorization. Retired in 2016, she is serving at The Denver Foundation, Census 2020, and knitting 100 hats for the homeless.

Phyllis Kadison, Board Member

Phyllis's life passions and focuses has been to motivate educate and empower diverse communities and fight against discrimination and contributing to community. Her experiences have varied. A graduate from the City University of New York Brooklyn College, she taught in New York City Public Schools for five years until moving to Colorado in 1974 and received a Masters of Public Administration form the University of Colorado Denver. She was Manager of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaints processing and trainer for the Postal Service and other federal agencies. She created and implemented a restorative justice program for incarcerated teen women in which they learned the importance of giving back to community through knitting and crocheting while acquiring coping skills and self-esteem. The program has been recognized locally and internationally. 


Colorado High School Board of Director's Meetings


As an independent, public charter school, the Board of Directors has monthly meetings that are open to anyone who wants to attend. The Board meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 4:00-6:00pm. The Board does not meet in July and December.  Meetings are subject to change so contact the school for more information.



Agenda: Jan 2020


Board Meeting Minutes



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