2017-18 PTO Board Members

We are in need of a few new PTO Board members! Do you have ideas you’d like to see implemented at Red Hawk? Do you have some time you could give back to the school?  If you want to volunteer, but aren’t comfortable working directly with kids, consider joining the PTO! If you’re thinking about getting back into the working world after staying at home with young children, the PTO provides great skill building for your resume and is a terrific stepping stone towards whatever comes next. There are so many ways you can plug in: yearbook, VP, fundraising to name a few.

Please reach out to board@nullrhepto.org


Randi Koch

Though she was born in New Jersey, Randi was raised in the beautiful Boulder area since her own elementary school days. With Bachelor’s Degrees in both Sociology and Nursing, she stays very busy as full-time emergency room charge nurse at night and an active mom by day.

Having lived in the Lafayette area since 2005, Randi and her partner Monica moved to downtown Erie in 2016. Randi has one daughter, Abby, who will be in the 4th grade at Red Hawk Elementary this year. As a classroom volunteer throughout the years in her daughter’s classroom and at various events, Randi is excited to be on the board as President this year. 

Vice President

Cindy Rueckert

Cindy grew up in the Pacific Northwest and graduated from the University of Washington.  She moved to Colorado to pursue a career in Aerospace Engineering. After taking time off to spend time with her two sons, currently in second grade and kindergarten, she resumed her career as a Mission Assurance Manager at Ball Aerospace.

Cindy is passionate about early STEM education having worked and volunteered in various science museums here and in Washington. She loves bringing science and engineering experiments into classrooms and has helped with Science Night the last two years. She is very excited to join the board and continue the support to the teachers and staff of RHE.

Photo of PTO Vice President Fernanda Kline

Recording Secretary

Kelly Nishi

Kelly is a Colorado native who graduated from Centaurus High School in Lafayette before heading to college at Colorado State University, where she graduated with BA in English and minor in Information Studies. Since then, Kelly has been working in the marketing industry and, most recently, has served as a consultant for various clients in the software and construction industries since having her first child seven years ago.

Mom to Olivia (first grade), Sophia (kindergarten), and Addison (2), Kelly enjoys concerts, traveling, or just relaxing with good friends and a glass of wine. Kelly’s past volunteer opportunities have included several board-level positions with her church and various roles working with kids in her community. As recording secretary, Kelly puts her organizational skills to work by taking notes during meetings and also communicates with local businesses to coordinate restaurant nights.

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Jen Dudenhefer

Originally from Ohio, Jen has lived in Erie for 15 years with her husband. Jen has twin daughters in 5th grade and a daughter in 2nd grade at Red Hawk. Jen has several part time jobs, including the Town of Erie, that keep her busy while the kids are in school.

Jen enjoys reading, spending time with family, crafts and various sports & fitness activities. Jen and her family also love exploring the Colorado mountains – especially camping and snowshoeing.

While new to the role of treasurer, Jen has a long history of working on non-profit boards and serving on several committees in her church. After years of volunteering around the school, Jen is excited to step into her role on the board this year.

Corresponding Secretary

Dana Wotruba

Dana is originally from the Northwest but moved from Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2012 with her husband, Luke. They have two children daughter Sami who will be going into third grad and son Moses that will be starting Kindergarten at Red Hawk.

She has bachelor’s of fine arts in visual communications from Southern Illinois University. Currently she is working as a freelance Designer and Art Director.

She enjoys all the Colorado mountains have to offer including skiing, camping and biking. She also stays creative with illustrating and hand letting in her free time. Last year, she loved volunteering regularly in her children’s classes and for Red Hawk events and looks forward to continuing to serve our wonderful school community next year as corresponding secretary.


Photo of PTO Fundraising Coordinator Abbi Standish

Fundraising Coordinator

This position is available! please email the board if you are interested? board@nullrhepto.com

The Fundraising Coordinator coordinates and helps to establish PTO fundraising events, programs and activities and oversees all standing and special committees established to assist with fundraising efforts.


Photo of PTO Volunteer Coordinator Brandi Thornton

Volunteer Coordinator

Brandi Thornton

Brandi was born and raised in Salida, Colorado. After earning a degree in Criminal Justice, she spent 10 years working with at risk youth in a residential treatment facility. After the birth of her first child, she went back to school to earn an Associate’s degree in Graphic Design. She is currently working toward a degree in Internet and Web Development from Arizona State University, and is working from home as a freelance graphic designer and stay at home mom. Brandi and her husband Jason have lived in Erie for 10 years.

She has a daughter who will be a 5th grader at Red Hawk Elementary, and a 4 year old daughter who is entering preschool. In her free time she enjoys running and working out, reading, crafting, and spending time with friends and family.

Brandi has been a regular volunteer for her daughter’s teachers, as well as for events at Red Hawk. She is excited to be a member of the PTO board for the second year and looks forward to working with the amazing Red Hawk community.