Southern Gables Neighborhood Association
Doug Whitten and his wife Judy have spent 46 years in Lakewood, the last 40 years in the Southern Gables area of Lakewood. Doug is currently the President of the Southern Gables Neighborhood Association, a position he has held for 4 years.
In addition, he is on the Boards of the South Lakewood Business Association, Lakewood Forward, and the Green Gables Elementary School Accountability Committee. His proudest educational experience was as an Assistant Principal at the Warren Occupational-Technical Center where he assisted in the planning and implementation of that great school. Doug is committed to neighbor/neighborhood building where residents become involved and engaged in their community by working with all organizations with in community.
SLBA Vice President
Karen has been in the health insurance and employee benefits business since December, 1979. She opened her own independent agency in June of 1986. She is an active member in several professional organizations, and has been a member of a task force for health care. She offers educational seminars to update business groups, her clients and other business on the new health care legislation. Karen believes service is the most important item we sell, and she will work with you to determine the level of service you need and want for your company. Since she is an independent agent, she can find several alternatives for you to consider.
Bruce N. Aaron III
Farmers Insurance-Bruce Aaron Agency
Bruce has been in the insurance business for 20+ years. His agency is located on Jewell between Kipling and Garrison, across the street from Kendrick Lake Park. Besides representing Farmers Insurance, he also is affiliated with several independent brokerage firms. Bruce specializes in finding a solution to any insurance need that arises.Bruce is actually a native Oregonian. He graduated from Pacific University where he received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree. Bruce misses the greenery, but loves the Colorado sunshine. He has been living and working in the local area since 2002. He has been very involved in coaching youth sports, and being a member of the South Jeffco Rotary Club.
South Lakewood Resident
Following a 40 year career in the Denver banking and lending community, George T. Kowach is now a dedicated volunteer, serving on three different boards in the Jefferson County area. George and his wife Adair have lived in Lakewood for 21 years and have two adult children and three grandchildren. Devoted to health and fitness, George is an avid runner and workout nut. He welcomes you to SLBA and would enjoy meeting for coffee and good conversation.
City Liaison to the SLBA Board
City of Lakewood Economic Development Office
Robert is Economic Development Manager for the City of Lakewood, CO. With twenty-five plus years of marketing, business attraction, communications and economic development experience, he has previously served key roles in Colorado communities including Douglas County, Aurora, Thornton and Brighton.
Robert is a Colorado native, raised in the Denver Metro area. After graduating from Northglenn High School, he received his Bachelor’s Degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Recycled Mat-ters does just that: Recycles & refurbishes products destined for premature waste-stream demise in landfills. Our primary products are sought by business offices, commercial buildings and retail establishments, as well as homeowners. Recycled commercial grade floor mats, carpet tiles, shop towels, aprons, gloves and vehicle fender protectors – stay in contact with us as more products are always being tested as candidates for our form of recycling.
Mary Beth Vargo
Piano and Flute Instructor
Director of Community Development
Eaton Senior Communities
Kate joined Eaton Senior Communities, a non-profit affordable housing provider for seniors, in June 2015 as the Resident Services Coordinator. In 2018, she was promoted to Director of Community Development and manages the Eaton Senior Communities Foundation. Prior to joining Eaton, Kate earned an undergraduate degree in “Program Coordination for Integrative Health” from Metropolitan State University of Denver. In 2017, she was a co-recipient of the “Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity” for her work on academic partnerships in senior housing. Kate is a Fellow of the 2018 LeadingAge Larry Minnix Leadership Academy. In addition, Kate has been recognized as an “Emerging Leader” by LeadingAge Colorado and a “Health Scholar” by The Aspen Institute. Kate is passionate about community development, intergenerational exchange, health equity, affordable housing and integrative healthcare. In her free time, you will likely find her hiking in the mountains with her two dogs, doing yoga at home with her cat or eating at local restaurants with her partner.
Music and Guitar Teacher
Joe is an engineer, project manager, and musician. He is a Colorado native and 4th generation Coloradan with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines, and has always enjoyed challenging himself with new opportunities, whether they be business or hobby. As a young professional by day and want-to-be rock star by night, he enjoys balancing the roles of his day job in software with his roles in the LLC he started for his band and music lessons.
Through his work in music, he has become a jack of all trades, including marketing, administrative duties, contract negotiations, networking, social media, and teaching. This has allowed him to expand his skill set in his professional life and provide creative solutions to those he works with as he continues to grow into new roles in his job, music, and community.