GCC Board Members

About Us

The Armory has been a landmark in Golden for over 100 years; at various times housing the Engineering Corps, gun range, dance hall, event center, post office, businesses, and service clubs. Currently it is home to Café 13, Connects Workspace Golden, and 18 residential units.

Calvary Episcopal Church of Golden, CO, purchased the historic Armory Building in July 2014. Shortly after the purchase, the non-profit Golden Community Commons (GCC) was formed with the intent to facilitate partnerships that serve the well-being of the Golden community. GCC hosted several Community Conversations in September and October, 2014, to hear from stakeholders and residents regarding current and potential efforts to build community in Golden, and how the Armory may be of service in further bolstering this work.

Come out and enjoy the Golden Cruise, a family-friendly bicycle cruise hosted each summer by GCC. Join fellow riders on the last Tuesday of each month from May through September, and ride the wonderful bike paths of Golden with amazing musicians and local brews!  

The following board members contribute their time to support the mission of GCC. If you are interested in joining the GCC board, please send an email to goldencommunitycommons@gmail.com.

Peter Ewers, President
Peter founded Ewers Architecture in 1998 and his firm has been located in a renovated historic schoolhouse since 2000.  His architectural passion has always been sustainable design and making beauty out of chaos.  Peter enjoys being a part of the Golden community and has served on the Golden Planning Commission, Golden Landmarks Association board, Golden Pioneer Museum board, Faith Lutheran Church council, and Foothills Art Center facilities committee.  Peter also enjoys running, other outdoor explorations, and traveling.

Dan Thoemke, Vice-President
Dan grew up in Golden, Colorado where he and his wife Jen were high school sweethearts and later married. They have 4 children.   Dan is the Executive Director of Community Faith in Action, Community Pastor at Hillside Community Church and Chaplain for the Golden Police Department.

Jill Powers, Secretary
Jill has been a resident of Golden, CO, for 25 years; 21 of those as a member of Calvary Episcopal Church. She and her husband raised three children the Golden community, all of whom attended Jefferson County public schools, and she has served the community in a variety of capacities including: staff for Golden Urban Renewal Authority, member of Golden Economic Development Commission and Golden Planning Commission, President of Shelton Elementary PTSA, Realtor and retail associated at Kohl’s.

Lynne M. Altimier
Lynne received a BS in Health Care Administration in 2004 and currently works as the Technical Director over the Cardiac Ultrasound Laboratory at National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado.  She has served on several nonprofit boards including the Eagle Ridge HOA in Golden, CO, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Girl’s Inc., and Grandma’s Corner in Owensboro, KY.

Steve Jensen
Steve is a Chief Deputy District Attorney for the First Judicial District, which covers Jefferson and Gilpin Counties in Colorado.  He has served as a Deputy District Attorney for 30 years, and has been with the First Judicial District for 26 years.  As a prosecutor, Steve Jensen has handled thousands of criminal cases and has conducted in excess of 200 jury trials, including many high profile cases. As a Chief Deputy District, Steve currently supervises District Court and the limited gaming district of Gilpin County.  Steve is a member of the Colorado District Attorneys Council Training Committee.  He is an active member and past President of the Rotary Club of Golden.  He is a 1984 graduate of the University Of Colorado School Of Law.  He is a 1981 graduate of CSU at Pueblo (formerly the University of Southern Colorado.

Marv Kay
Marv is an Emeritus Professor of Physical Education and Athletics at Colorado School of Mines. His commitment to CSM began in the early 1960s as an undergraduate. He served has head football coach from 1969-1995 and in1995 was named the director of athletics, a position he held for nine years. Marv was a member of Golden’s City Council from 1986-1998 and mayor from 1988-1996. Included in a long list of civic involvements, Marv has served as President of the Golden Chamber of Commerce and as President of the Golden Civic Foundation. Marv has been a member of numerous boards and is currently on the Community Corrections Board for Colorado’s First Judicial District and the Golden Civic Foundation. He is a member of the Mines Foundation fundraising team. Marv has received numerous awards for his educational, civic, philanthropic, and athletic accomplishments.

Leah Saieg
Leah has lived in the Golden and attended Calvary for the past five years. Her experience in the non-profit and education sectors includes supporting three startup organizations to build capacity and scale programming. She was raised in rural New Mexico and went on to pursue a BS in Business and MS in Leadership from John Brown University. She enjoys traveling and the outdoors with her husband Phil and son Oakley. 

Bethany Thomas
Bethany moved to Golden with her family in 1980, and has been an active member of the Golden community since that time. For the past 26 years she has served as Pastor for Outreach and Community Engagement at Calvary Episcopal Church and is a Chaplain with the Golden Police Department. 

Robert J. O’Neill
Rob was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1982. He was elected Colorado’s bishop coadjutor on June 21, 2003 and was consecrated on October 4, 2003. He became the tenth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado on January 1, 2004.  In addition to his diocesan duties, Rob currently serves as the chair of the Board of Directors for Episcopal Relief & Development. He also serves as the president of Province VI of The Episcopal Church, and is a member of the Presiding Bishop’s Committee on Pastoral Development.