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Board & Staff

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Chuck Lowen
President

Chuck Lowen
President

As CPNMD's president, Chuck's top priorities are:

  • First, to secure the Inclusion of CPNMD's water and wastewater utilities with those of a larger district that provides superior economies of scale, lower cost-of-service rates and trajectories, a renewable water portfolio, and ideally, a lower mill levy;
  • Second, to secure the Inclusion of CPNMD's fiduciary and stewardship responsibilities for 352 acres of community open space, fourteen miles of trails, and three parks (Coyote Ridge Park, Daniels Gate Park, and The Retreat Park) with the City of Castle Pines; and
  • Third, until then, continue providing high-quality, clean, safe, reliable, on-demand drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, parks, trails, and open space services to CPNMD customers at the lowest possible cost.

"I believe if we remain focused on negotiating the two most fiscally responsible Inclusion agreements possible, as soon as practicable, then we will have performed a vitally important service to our customers," said Lowen.

Chuck Lowen has over fifty years of expertise encompassing every facet of commercial and residential asset management, construction, property management, leasing, sales, brokerage, and consulting. For over twenty years, Chuck served as the property manager and real estate agent for Village Square at Castle Pines, as well as three office buildings and two airplane hangars at Centennial Airport.

Concerned about the cost of operating retail and commercial businesses in Castle Pines, Chuck led Castle Pines business owners and landlords in 2016 and 2018 to soundly defeat two versions of a renewable water plan (Ballot Issue A) that previous CPNMD leaders referred to voters. The ballot measures sought to saddle Castle Pines property owners with $120 million and $103 million, respectively, in new property taxes, water rates, and fees for a mere fifty percent of the community's renewable water needs.

Directors appointed Chuck to fill a board vacancy in 2018. As a CPNMD director, Chuck supported all major CPNMD initiatives, including the voter-approved Inclusion (merger) of CPNMD's water and wastewater utilities with Parker Water & Sanitation District (PWSD). Though surprised and disappointed that PWSD terminated the Inclusion after the staff/consultant teams and boards of both jurisdictions — and 96% of CPNMD voters — approved the Inclusion, Chuck believes PWSD's decision may be a blessing in disguise; it allows CPNMD to evaluate potential Inclusion partners who can offer CPNMD customers more for less.

Chuck earned a dual BS/BA degree in finance and science from the University of Denver. He is a United States Air Force veteran. Chuck is happily married to the love of his life, fellow Colorado native Judy. They live in The Hamlet neighborhood and have two grown children and five grandchildren. Much of Chuck's extended family lives in Castle Pines.

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Chris Lewis
Vice President

Chris Lewis
Vice President

Director Lewis’ brings a tremendous depth and diversity of relevant professional and military experiences to the Castle Pines North Metro District Board of Directors.

He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the New York Institute of Technology, an MBA from Ashland University, and a Command & Staff Graduate Diploma from the Naval War College in 2013. He is a decorated Commander (Select) in the US Navy Reserve and served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1988 to 1996.

Professionally, Christopher Lewis is Director of Construction and Field Operations with Charter Communications, Inc., where oversees many aspects of systems integration, standards development, and business management, including business plan development, strategic planning, process improvement, program management, KPI and scorecard development, supply and contract management, and process and cycle reduction.

Before accepting his position with Charter Communications, Director Lewis worked for 20 years at CenturyLink Communications in various senior management roles in engineering, program and process management, finance, and PMO and integration management. His responsibilities included due-diligence evaluation, identification of synergy opportunities in HC and non-headcount areas, identification of essential process differences and redundancies, organization design, work plans development; drive integration management and change, tracking and executive reporting.

In all, Director Lewis has 28 years of experience in voice, data and video communication networks; fiber optic and DC power systems; mergers and acquisition integration; program management; project management; revenue assurance; crisis management; SEC 10-Q, 10-K reporting; controls management; supply chain management, procurement, cyber security, strategic planning; disaster support; mobility planning and contingency logistics.

Commander (Select) Christopher Lewis is a veteran of Desert Storm/Desert Shield and the Global War on Terrorism. His military service awards include:

  • Joint Commendation Medal
  • Navy Commendation Medal
  • Joint Achievement Medal
  • Navy Achievement Medal (two awards)
  • Selected Marine Corp Reserve Medal
  • Joint Unit Commendation Award (three awards)
  • Navy Unit Commendation
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation
  • Army Reserve Achievement Medal

Having served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1988 to 1996, Lewis commissioned through the Navy Direct Commissioning Program in December 2004. Upon completion of Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, Georgia, in September 2007, then Lieutenant Junior Grade Lewis reported for duty as the Assistant Supply Officer with Naval Mobil Construction Battalion Seventeen out of Fort Carson, Colorado. He mobilized in October 2007 and deployed to Iraq as the Assistant Supply Officer NMCB-17 and Assistant Officer in Charge of the Camp Fallujah Det, during which time he earned the Seabee Combat Warfare Device and the Fleet Marine Force Officer Qualification. Since returning from mobilization, he has held various assignments with increasing responsibilities. He currently serves as the Admin and Training Officer for the Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella out of Fort Worth, Texas.

As CPNMD's vice president, Christopher remains firmly committed:

  • First, to secure the Inclusion of CPNMD's water and wastewater utilities with those of a larger district that provides superior economies of scale, lower cost-of-service rates and trajectories, a renewable water portfolio, and ideally, a lower mill levy;
  • Second, to secure the Inclusion of CPNMD's fiduciary and stewardship responsibilities for 352 acres of community open space, fourteen miles of trails, and three parks (Coyote Ridge Park, Daniels Gate Park, and The Retreat Park) with the City of Castle Pines; and
  • Third, until then, continue providing high-quality, clean, safe, reliable, on-demand drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, parks, trails, and open space services to CPNMD customers at the lowest possible cost.

Christopher, his wife, Myrian, and their daughters have lived in Castle Pines’ Stonecroft neighborhood for the last 16 years, where he serves on two homeowner association boards.

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Denise Crew
Director

Denise Crew
Director

Denise has worked in the mortgage-lending industry for over 30 years. She is a loan consultant for Tri Pointe Homes, where she specializes in residential lending for homes and master-built communities throughout the Denver-metro region.

As one of four reform-minded, fiscal conservatives elected as Director in May 2018, Denise has long understood CPNMD is too small to provide cost-competitive water and wastewater utility services to its customers. She believes answer to controlling utility costs lies in evaluating Inclusion opportunities with CPNMD’s neighboring jurisdictions. Though deeply disappointed with the Parker Water and Sanitation District’s (PWSD’s) unilateral decision to terminate the voter-approved Inclusion of CPNMD’s water and wastewater utilities, she remains undaunted. Despite the setback, she points to the May 2022 Bartle Wells regional water bill comparison charts and insists CPNMD will ultimately negotiate a win/win Inclusion with one or more neighboring jurisdictions to the substantial benefit of CPNMD’s residential and commercial customers.

“I believe doing so is inevitable,” said Denise. “As a mortgage lender, I understand deals sometimes fall through on the first go-round. Moving forward, the central questions are, which neighboring jurisdiction will make the best Inclusion partner for our customers and how seamlessly and quickly can we execute? Though securing our communities renewable water future wisely and at less cost remains a consideration, our InterConnect Pipeline, our participation in the Chatfield Reservoir Expansion & Reallocation Project, and our relationship with the Centennial Water & Sanitation District combine to give us unfettered access to our own 1,006-acre feet of renewable water supplies stored in Chatfield Reservoir. That was not the case four years ago.”

Prior to her tenure on the CPNMD board, Denise served as a Highlands Ranch Metro District (HRMD) Director, where her governance responsibilities encompassed infrastructure, fire, public safety, public rights-of-way, parks, trails, and open space.

Born and raised in a small Dutch community of northwest Iowa, Denise has lived in Douglas County since 1990 and is a 19-year resident of Castle Pines. She is mother of two adult girls, both of whom attended Timber Trail Elementary, Rocky Heights Middle School, and graduated from Rock Canyon High School.

Though she prefers The West, Denise loves travel adventures throughout the country and is well on her way to exploring all fifty states. She is also passionate about her four-legged companions and is partial to walking them on trails and open spaces in Castle Pines.

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Jason Blanckaert
Director

Jason Blanckaert
Director

Jason was born and raised in the Denver-metro area. In 2003, Jason founded Platinum Computer Services, Inc., a business consulting firm. Over the last 19 years, Jason has helped dozens of small- to medium-sized companies throughout the country grow their respective businesses. Clients seek out Jason and his firm to build, implement, and manage IT strategies. While meeting the IT needs of over 30 companies, Jason also serves as information technology director for a nuclear engineering company and a planned benefits savings firm.

Working with businesses in different industries gives Jason a diversified perspective on what is required for companies to compete and thrive amid uncertain economic conditions. Jason has interacted with CEOs and small business owners for the last 20 years and negotiated contracts with vendors and suppliers, including Microsoft, Dell, HP, and Comcast.

Jason moved to Castle Pines two years ago to begin a new life with his fiancé and her daughters in the Castle Valley neighborhood. Though Castle Pines continues growing, Jason believes the community exudes a close-knit, small-town vibe and is one of Colorado’s hidden residential gems.

Like many residents, Jason was concerned when the Parker Water & Sanitation District (PWSD) initially delayed ― and subsequently terminated ― its inclusion agreement with CPNMD. Jason believes CPNMD is a small special district with no long-term renewable water solution. Jason views inclusion as a necessity for our community and intends to pursue a new inclusion agreement for CPNMD water and wastewater utilities.

Separately, Jason also supports developing an inclusion agreement with the City of Castle Pines to assume responsibility for CPNMD’s parks, recreation, and stormwater. Jason believes that allowing the City of Castle Pines to assume operational control of all community parks and recreation would eliminate a redundant layer of local government, simplify and streamline governance, and save taxpayers money. Given the voter-approved city charter and the City’s home-rule status, Jason believes the inclusion of CPNMD’s parks, trails, and open space with the City would prompt CPNMD to self-dissolve, and thereby eliminate what has become an unnecessary layer of local government.

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Tera Radloff
Director

Tera Radloff
Director

Tera has been a Castle Pines resident for 19 years. She served as a passionate community advocate on the Castle Pines city council for 12 years, the last four as mayor. In those roles, she established fiscally-responsible programs leaving City finances in the strongest position they have ever been.

As a member of CPNMD’s board, her top priority is to focus on the quality and sustainability of water, stormwater, and wastewater services for the benefit of CPNMD’s customers. In addition to ensuring the continuity of day-to-day operations for the health, safety, availability, and reliability of our drinking water, her emphasis includes safeguarding the long-term sustainability of our community’s water services by securing our renewable water needs.

Her experience with various large-scale projects taught her to focus on issues rationally and work collaboratively on results that benefit all parties involved.

Because Tera believes giving back to areas of need is her civic duty, she spends much of her downtime advocating for and participating in community-service programs. She spent years volunteering and serving on community boards, including the Douglas County Community Foundation and the Douglas County Library Foundation. She also serves as a long-term board member of Genny’s Hope Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit she helped launch.

Tera and her husband, Jon, enjoy the outdoors with their two Standard Poodles, Lincoln and Sherman. They enjoy running, hiking, biking, golfing, snowshoeing, and various sporting events.



Our Staff

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David Anderson
Parks & Open Space Manager

David Anderson
Parks & Open Space Manager

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David holds a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture & Agronomy from Kansas State University. He has worked in the green industry since 1985 and joined the CPNMD staff in 2010. David directs crews and contractors to ensure year-round maintenance of CPNMD’s three parks, 14-miles trail system, and 351 acres of open space. David also manages the operation and maintenance of CPNMD’s irrigation systems.

Main Office: (303) 688-8550
Cell/Text: (303) 808-1295
Email: danderson@cpnmd.org

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Susan Nagel
Office Administration Manager

Susan Nagel
Office Administration Manager

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Susan has worked in the customer service field for 10 years and joined the CPNMD staff in a part-time capacity in 2008. She coordinates reservations for events and meetings at the community center, as well as reservations for the District's ball fields, park pavilions and open space. Susan is happy to assist with any customer billing questions.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of South Dakota.

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Nathan Travis
Interim District Manager

Nathan Travis
Interim District Manager

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With perfectionism embedded in his DNA, Nathan is devoted to ensuring our valued residents have clean, safe, reliable, on-demand drinking water, wastewater, parks, trails, and open space services.

Nathan joined CPNMD in 2012. Before coming to CPNMD, he worked in the line-maintenance division of the Town of Castle Rock utilities. He started as a water-meter reader and left six years later as a senior maintenance technician and crew lead.

During his tenure with CPNMD, Nathan has been intimately involved with every facet of CPNMD’s budget, finance, operations, and the proposed Inclusion of CPNMD’s water and wastewater utilities with those of a larger neighboring district. Though he never claimed the title, for most intents and purposes, Nathan functioned for the last two years as District Manager Jim Worley’s right hand and de facto deputy district manager. In that context – and given Jim Worley’s recent retirement – Nathan’s rise to the position of interim district manager is an acknowledgment of his competence, hard work, commitment to excellence, and knowledge.

Before taking over as interim district manager, Nathan served as CPNMD’s water and wastewater operations manager. In that capacity, Nathan’s primary responsibilities encompassed leading the staff/consultant/contractor team in ensuring the safe and proper operation of our community’s water and wastewater facilities, including CPNMD’s:

  • deep water wells in the Denver Basin Aquifer System;
  • newly renovated water treatment plant;
  • water distribution system;
  • wastewater collections system and lift stations; and
  • utility infrastructure GIS mapping and asset management program.

As water and wastewater operations manager, Nathan worked closely with Centennial Water & Sanitation District (Highlands Ranch) staff on CPNMD’s InterConnect Pump Station & Pipeline operations through which our community, for seven months of the year, accesses its 1,006 acre-feet of renewable water stored in Chatfield Reservoir.

Nathan also has experience identifying and managing CPNMD’s utility infrastructure upgrades and repairs, while forecasting capital project needs decades into the future.

Main Office: (303) 688-8550
Email: nathan@cpnmd.org

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Amalie Hursh
Customer Service Representative

Amalie Hursh
Customer Service Representative

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Email: amalie@cpnmd.org

Phone: (303) 688-8550

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Collin Vidal
Parks, Trails & Open Space Foreman

Collin Vidal
Parks, Trails & Open Space Foreman

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Email: collin@cpnmd.org

Phone: (805) 703-0268