Board of Trustees

Trustees are volunteers, appointed by the Douglas County Commissioners. The board adopts and oversees the budget, bylaws and policies. The board conducts long-range planning and hires and evaluates the library director.

Ron Cole

President
Ron Cole, Vice President
District II, Term Expires 12/31/2021
Appointed in January 2016. Ron Cole is a former senior intelligence leader with 50-plus years of experience in the intelligence community, supporting federal government agencies and private firms on policy, management and technical issues. He has served as a board member of the Colorado Space Business Roundtable and in roles with other space-related organizations. Ron established the Independent IC Consultancy, LLC (I2C2) in 2016 to provide professional advice to elements of the intelligence community.

Meghann Silverthorn

Vice President
Meghann Silverthron
District I, Term Expires 12/31/2021
Appointed in February 2019. Meghann Silverthorn has a diverse background in public and civil service. She worked as an aerospace engineer and analyst for the Department of Defense for more than 10 years. She also served as an elected member of the Douglas County School District Board of Education for eight years, including two years as its president.

Sean Duffy

Treasurer
Sean Duffy, President
District III, Term Expires 12/31/2020
Appointed in January 2017. Sean Duffy has three decades of experience in media relations and public affairs in the public and private sectors, including as Deputy Chief of Staff to Gov. Bill Owens. He has served on numerous boards of business, civic and charitable organizations and is currently the volunteer managing partner of The Barnabas Group. Sean resides in Highlands Ranch along with his wife, Susan, and young son, Brendan.

Louise Wood

Secretary
Louise Wood, Secretary
District III, Term Expires 12/31/2021
Appointed in February 2019. Louise Wood previously worked in private wealth management and financial planning before leaving the industry to spend more time with her family. Now a homeschooling mom and English teacher at the high school and college levels, Louise loves working with students, reading great literature, and enjoying our beautiful community with friends and family. She lives in Highlands Ranch with her husband, Ryan, and their rambunctious boys.

Suzanne Burkholder

Suzanne Burkholder
District I, Term Expires 12/31/2023
Appointed in January 2020. Suzanne Burkholder has a background in business and community engagement. She is currently an independent mediator in conflict and dispute resolution, and previously worked for a cable TV programmer. She volunteers for the City of Lone Tree Teen Court and in restorative justice circles for juvenile diversion. Suzanne is a parent of three, all educated in Douglas County schools, and resides in Lone Tree with her family.

Daniel J. Danser

Daniel J. Danser
District II, Term Expires 12/31/2023
Appointed in January 2020. Dan Danser is a longtime Douglas County resident and has been active in such local organizations as Academy Charter School, Castle Rock Rotary Club, Douglas Land Conservancy, and others. He practiced antitrust and communications law in New York City before moving to Colorado in 1982 and continued to practice law in Castle Rock until his retirement. Dan is married with two children. He's a Master Gardener and enjoys many active hobbies.

Dawn Vaughn

Dawn Vaughn
At-large, Term Expires 12/31/2023
Appointed in January 2020. Dawn Vaughn worked in public education as a teacher, librarian and administrator before retiring in 2008. She was active in the American Library Association, serving as president of the American Association of School Librarians. Since retirement, Dawn loves traveling the world with her husband, spending time with her three children and seven grandchildren, playing bridge with friends, golfing, and reading. She lives in Highlands Ranch with her husband.

Get on Board!

We are seeking talented and qualified people to join our Board of Trustees. This is a great opportunity for anyone with a passion for DCL's mission and vision and a genuine desire to serve the community. People with backgrounds in communications, technology, finance, law or strategic business planning are especially encouraged to apply by contacting the board liaison.