Office and Support Staff

Meet the Front Office Staff

Lesa Higgins

Lesa Higgins, Principal's Secretary
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Lesa started her career at the Arabian Horse Registry in Westminster, CO. She left the Registry to stay home and raise her two daughters for several years. When they started school, she decided that if she was going to go back to work, she'd try to get a schedule that fit with school. So she was a paraprofessional in Denver Public Schools for several years before deciding to go back to school and become a librarian. She worked in Jeffco for 9 years as a librarian at various schools. After some family crises in 2017 she decided to pursue a path that would allow more family time so she moved into Governor's Ranch's office where she enjoys working with the office team and the families of GRE.

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Laura Fennell, Enrollment Secretary
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Growing up in small town Texas, Mrs. Fennell loved her horse, Chico, cheered for the home team every Friday, and rode the family’s proudly trained (by her dad) pet longhorn named Diego. When it came time for college, The University of Texas at Austin was a no-brainer. Mrs. Fennell had fun floating the Comal River and taking in the live music, but then, it was time to move on. She packed one bag and landed in rural Thailand where she taught high school English. Mrs. Fennell still misses her hot pink moped, walking alongside elephants, the food and especially the people there. After hopping around Asia, she dabbled in the world of fine dining and became a sommelier in downtown Chicago, but it wasn’t until she moved to Denver and met her Colorado native, Marine Corps husband that her adventures really began. These days she enjoys family time, thrift stores, every holiday except Valentine’s, compiling family tree research, and sea glass hunting whenever she gets the chance. Mrs. Fennell loves life in Governor’s Ranch and doesn’t think you’ll meet a happier school secretary.

Kara Marshall, Health Aide
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Mrs. Marshall loves being unique, Christmas, puppies, coffee, jokes, smiles, music, camping, hiking, sports, and the outdoors. She has been working in Jeffco on and off since 2008.
She has three amazing children! Her oldest daughter Teagan is a Senior in college, and she plays Women's Soccer. Riley, her middle daughter, is a Sophomore in college and plays Softball. Her Son Brian is a Freshman in college and plays Men's Soccer.
She enjoys spending time with her Family and her dogs doing all kinds of fun activities. She loves being at GRE keeping students healthy and safe, and connecting with Students and Families. She appreciates being a part of the GRE community!
Today's Goal-Don't forget to be AWESOME!!


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Lori Van Cleave, Registered Nurse
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This is Lori's second year in the school system. She has spent the past 28 years as a nurse in hospitals and surgery centers. Lori is originally from Ohio, and she landed in Colorado in 2000 on a travel assignment. She is married to Michael who is a native of Colorado. Lori has two boys ages 14 and 16, and thee fur babies. In her spare time she enjoys traveling/road trips, playing pickle ball, music, friends, going to a play or a concert, game nights and spending time with family. She is always interested in trying something new.

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Dillon McConkey, Facility Manager
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This is Dillon's 11th year working for Jeffco public schools. He is very excited to work at Governor's Ranch and can't wait to get to know everyone. He has worked at multiple elementary, middle, and high schools. His last position before coming to GRE was night manager at Green Mountain HS. When Dillon is not working, he enjoys a variety of hobbies including leathercraft, fly tying, fishing, hiking, swimming, reading, football, and basketball. He plays viola, bass, and guitar, and playing music is his favorite hobby of all.

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” – Thorin Oakenshield
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