Board Chair

Judy Vanderleest’s career with the State of Colorado ranged from her first job as Clerk of the Court in Craig, Colorado, to the courts in Fort Collins, Denver Juvenile, Glenwood Springs, Meeker, Rifle, Rangely, and Aspen.   She retired from the position as District Administrator in Mesa County (Grand Junction) in 2011.

Judy holds both a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver.

Judy is creative, a dreamer, and, to some, annoyingly organized.   She is currently on the board of directors of the Art Center and a founding member of The Giving Club in Grand Junction.     She and her husband Andy enjoy traveling, snowmobiling, and spending time puttering around the family cabin.

Board Member and Treasurer

Karen Studen’s career with the State of Colorado had her working in both Pueblo and Chaffee counties along with a six year stint in Denver.     Karen retired in 2006 from a distinguished career at both the Department of Social Services (25 years) and the Judicial Department (9 years).  

Karen holds a BA in Psychology/Sociology from University of Northern Colorado.

Karen is active in a variety of community organizations that support children and families.     You can find her on the golf course any time of the year when the sun is shining and the grass is showing.     Karen enjoys any activity which takes her outdoors.    When the weather doesn’t cooperate she enjoys decorative painting indoors.

Board Member and Secretary

Megan Peitzmeier is a Staff Attorney for Colorado PERA, and has been living and working in Colorado since 2013. Prior to Colorado PERA, she was in Kansas City practicing law at a large firm.

Megan completed her undergraduate work at Kansas State University and her law degree at the University of Kansas. Despite earning degrees from rival Kansas schools, she is a K-State Wildcat through and through.

Outside of work, Megan and her husband (a Colorado native) spend time with their son and their three dogs. She is also an equestrian, and loves traveling, reading, and being outside.