Governing Board Members
Laura Calhoun, President
Laura Calhoun is the President of the CEC Governing Board, on which she has served as a Colorado Springs Early College (CSEC) representative, since 2007. Laura served as the Secretary of the Governing Board before being elected President, in January 2018, and is elected to serve until 2019. She is the Founder and Senior Pastor of Restored Life Church in Southeast Colorado Springs and is also the founder and President of the Restored Life Family Resource Center, a community outreach ministry focused on bringing healing, health, wholeness and restoration to individuals and families.
Laura brings to the board over 25 years of customer service experience, 13 years of administration experience, and over 13 years’ experience developing and training leaders. Laura has a passion for helping young people with their life and educational goals. She has helped numerous students at CSEC achieve academic success, including a daughter, son and a younger brother who all graduated from CSEC.
Laura has an extensive background of involvement in reaching out to the minority community of Colorado Springs – she was a volunteer Chaplain for the Colorado Springs Police Department for 10 years, and now serves as a CSPD Community Relations Unit volunteer. Laura was born in the Bronx and grew up in Long Island, NY, but has traveled many places for the 20 years she served as an active, Army military spouse. Laura and her husband now call Colorado home, and enjoy staying active and involved with family and friends both in Colorado Springs and around the country.
Terry McDonald, Vice-President
Terry McDonald is the Vice President of the Governing Board and has been a CEC Parker representative on the Board since 2015 and elected to serve until 2021. Terry, and his wife Colleen, enrolled their son at CECP after hearing about its success through community connections in Parker. They enjoyed their role as parent volunteers during the time their son was a student, including helping with the CEC robotics team founded by their son. Terry and his family witnessed first-hand the educational impact and opportunity CEC is providing students – as their son graduated high school not only with a HS Diploma, but also with an Associate Degree, and acceptance into Notre Dame, where he is continuing his higher education. Terry is passionate about the future of CEC and ensuring other students have this same opportunity to get a strong start on their educational careers!
As a Sales Manager and Telecom Consultant for Automated Voice & Data Solutions, Terry brings an experienced IT and Sales perspective to the Governing Board. Terry has a heart for helping people succeed, both in his community, and in business. In his career in sales, Terry has achieved President's Club status multiple years running, which is a first for his company’s software sales team.
Prior to becoming a Colorado resident in 2000, Terry and his family lived in Chicago, where he worked as an information technology managing consultant. There he led large customer relationship management projects, that were noted for transforming business operations and customer service. Notable achievements at the time included the launch of the firm's first cloud CRM service, and an international CRM software deployment that was eventually absorbed by Lucent Technologies, subsequently using it to replace their own worldwide CRM system.
In their free time, Terry and his family enjoy hiking, camping, raising 4H goats, and home improvement projects.
Arthur Cyphers, Treasurer
Art has served on the CEC Governing Board as Board Treasurer since July 2015 and is until elected to serve until June 2021. He has served on the CEC Building Corporation Board as Board Secretary since January 2012. As a businessman with nearly 30 years of experience in the plastic films industry, Art hired, mentored, developed, and managed field salespeople across the USA. Their efforts were instrumental to the growth of a new company from less than $6 million to more than $300 million in less than 20 years. Art retired from plastics and joined a Christian financial services organization. Their mission included visiting clients who requested preparation of legal documents to award part of their final estate to their favorite ministries.
Art is also a retired Navy Flight Officer and served 23 years on active duty and in the Navy Reserve. His years of travel for business, Navy, and ministry to more than 40 countries have given him a broad worldview and sensitivity to other cultures. Art is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a degree in Biological Sciences and Chemistry. His science education and post-graduate business courses prepared him well for his business career. He lived in Naperville, IL for 29 years before moving to Colorado Springs in 2006 with his wife Sue.
Having served on another board, of which Keith King served as president, Art became very interested in CSEC – from its earliest years – and feels honored to use his years of experience in business and community outreach in service to the CEC network.
In their free time, Art and Sue enjoy skiing and hiking in the mountains. They like to travel rather widely, but when home, enjoy yard work and gardening. Art’s official employment status is retired but likes to keep busy serving the community – he currently serves on not only the CEC Board of Governors, but also the boards of four other small organizations in Colorado Springs.
Tom Clark, Director
Tom has served on the CEC Governing Board since 2012, and as the Vice President of the Board from 2013-2018. He is elected to serve until 2021. Tom is CEO/CTO of Elk Creek Computers, Inc. in Colorado Springs, and has been with this company since 2004. While at Elk Creek, Tom has served the small business and medical community by building, maintaining, protecting, and securing their IT systems and data. Prior to working at Elk Creek Computers, Mr. Clark worked as Director of Engineering Support Services at NeoCore, Inc., ITXC, Inc., and Voxware, Inc., which were high technology startup companies. His job at these companies was to create staff and direct the Quality Assurance, Documentation, and Customer Service departments assisting the development and release of the company's products. He has also worked as a Software Quality Assurance Manager and Engineer at Symantec and Central Point Software. Previously he spent ten years at Tektronix, Inc. working as a Software QA Engineer, Staff Engineer, and Electronics Technician. Tom started his career serving his country as an Electronic Technician in the US Navy.
Tom became involved with the CEC school network when his good and trusted friend, Keith King, shared with him his vision for the network, and invited him to bring his extensive business experience to the CEC Governing Board.
Tom and his wife, Rena, enjoy hiking in their free time – and working together in their yard. Another hobby Tom enjoys is wood working projects and has even built Guitars from kits – that he has played with as a member of the Church at Briargate worship team.
Jadie Hager, Director
Jadie joined the CEC Governing Board in 2018. She has 2 sons who have graduated from CECFC with Associates Degrees, and a son and daughter who attend CECFC Middle School in Fort Collins. As a parent volunteer, Jadie has helped the CEC Network in several ways, including serving as President of the School Accountability Committee.
Jadie is the Owner of The Hagar Group Insurance and sits on the corporate council of the Affordable American Insurance network representing the interests of over 100 insurance agencies across Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. Jadie has served on the board of the Women’s Council of Realtors, and the Affiliate Board of the Fort Collins Board of Realtors. Jadie also travels frequently to speak at women’s leadership events around the country.
Jadie and her family love the outdoors, which is why they moved to Colorado, and like to camp, water and snow ski – any chance they get.