Council member, Ward 1
I grew up in the Midwest with four brothers. I moved to Colorado in 1984 and I attended University of Northern Colorado and then Denver University. My daughter graduated from CU-Boulder and DU. I have grandchildren in elementary school.
My education includes a Bachelor’s, Masters, Doctorate and a Law Degree. I am licensed to teach math and to teach students with emotional/behavioral disabilities. I was previously the Director of the Special Education Department at Adams State University and an adjunct professor for UNC and UC-D. I was a professor at the University of Hawaii for 2 years.
My work experience includes developing international education programs so American families living/serving overseas have access to teachers who can teach children with disabilities. I have implemented inclusionary programs for American and international students in Kenya, Burma, and Saudi Arabia. Living and working overseas has motivated me to take advantage of the many opportunities we have here, in the U.S.
I currently run my own business on 84th Ave. where I am an attorney. We help get students with disabilities educational services. We also work to stop the School-to-Prison pipeline. I am passionate about both issues.
I am a member of multiple professional organizations and my record of volunteer service is extensive.
I moved to south Thornton, from Denver (Uptown), in 2007. I knew it was a “revitalization area” with high crime. I am deeply committed to my neighborhood and the hard working people who live there.
Council member, Ward 1
Mack was born and raised in Kansas. In 1960, upon graduation from high school, he joined the U.S. Navy. He traveled from the Far East, to Antarctica (Operation Deep Freeze), to the North Atlantic and to Europe. He served with the Navy Seabees and aboard several Navy vessels. The last ship being the U.S.N.S. Dutton. In 1966, he met and married his wife Sherry. In 1968, he moved his family to Colorado and started his electrical apprenticeship with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 68.
After four years of on-the-job training and schooling, Mack became a journeyman electrician. Later, he went on to earn his Master Electrician License. In 1973, Mack moved his family to Thornton where he bought their first home. He has lived in Thornton for 40 years. Mack is a retired electrician and is a U.S. Navy veteran. Mack has been married to his wife Sherry for 47 years and they have three grown daughters.
Mack has always been involved with his children and their schools on all levels. Serving as Chairman of the school advisory and District Accountability Committees of the Mapleton School District, being a band parent, a cheerleader co-sponsor and a Brownie-Girl Scout Leader.
In the 1980s, Mack served six years on the Thornton city council with four years as Mayor Pro Tem. He was appointed by the National League of Cities to serve on the Transportation and Communications Policy Committee and the Colorado Municipal League, where he was the CML District Three President. As a Thornton council member, he served the citizens of Wards 2 and 3.
After leaving Thornton city council in 1986, Mack has stayed involved in his community by serving on various city committees, such as Thornton’s Comprehensive Plan and Revitalization Task Force.
In 2004, Mack retired from the electrical trade where he supervised work on such projects as the Eisenhower Tunnel, the Budweiser Brewery, Elitch Gardens, the Intel Computer Chip Plants and the Denver International Airport.
With their three daughters raised and the last one off to college, Mack and Sherry decided to move to the original part of the city and bought an older home to remodel for their retirement.
In 2009, Mack was coaxed back to running for public office once again and was elected to the Thornton city council for a four-year term in Ward 1. He served as Mayor Pro-Tem in 2010 and Acting Mayor in 2011. He represented the city at the: Metro Mayor’s Caucus, The I-25 Mayor’s Group, served on the board of directors for Urban Drainage and Flood Control, the Adams County Council of Governments Executive Board, the Colorado Municipal League Policy Committee, the National League of Cities, the RTD Agency Working Group and Local Governments Team and the Airport Coordinating Committee.
Mack represents Ward 1 on the Thornton city council and was appointed to the National League of Cities – Transportation and Infrastructure Steering Committee which shapes the National League of Cities position on federal policy while advocating on behalf of America’s cities and towns with the administration and at home. Mack is also a member of the Airport Coordinating Committee for the Denver International Airport.
Mack serves on the Colorado Alliance for Retired Americans State Executive Board, which lobbies in support of senior issues such as Medicare, Social Security and housing. Mack also serves on the National Alliance Executive Board in Washington, D.C. In 2011, Mack was appointed to a four-year term as Regional Director of The National Alliance for Retired Americans and represents the states of Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico.
Mack enjoys visiting the various Thornton schools and talking to the students. He supports the Arts and Humanities and feels they are an important addition to our city.