SLBA Board Members

Doug Whitten

SLBA President
Southern Gables Neighborhood Association
P.O. Box  36072

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.

Bruce N. Aaron III

SLBA Treasurer
Farmers Insurance-Bruce Aaron Agency
9600 W Jewell Ave., Suite 2, Lakewood, CO 80232


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 SouthJeffCO Rotary Club.

Karen Harrison

SLBA Vice President
Braddock-Harrison Agency

1690 Kipling St. Lakewood, CO 80215

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.

George Kowach

South Lakewood Resident
2580 S Garland St.,  Lakewood, CO  80227

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.

Robert Smith

City of Lakewood Economic Development Office
City Liaison to the SLBA Board
480 S. Allison Parkway  Lakewood, CO 80226

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.

Gordon Seufert

Recycle Mat-ters

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