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Joos, Lorene Lilliard

Written by Linda Kirkpatrick on .

 

Lorene Joos

1954 -

Lorene was raised in Colorado, received her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University, and practiced law in California. She remembered riding horses and skating Evergreen Lake as a kid, so settling in Evergreen was the natural place for her to want to raise her children when she relocated in 1994.

She immediately became involved in community events, helping to create the Mountain Youth Festival and later serving on the board of Cougar Pride, a community youth advocacy group.

Lorene also served on the founding board of Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen soon after the state of Colorado authorized charter schools.  The first application for the charter school was turned down, she recalled.  Being approved was dependent on finding a suitable location that would work with renovation of space.  Initially the school was located on Bryant Drive in an industrial area.  The first class that started in 2001 graduated from 8th grade in 2010 at the school constructed near the Life Care Center and Elk Meadow.

In 1996 she joined the board of the Evergreen Arts Council and, as a volunteer, headed up Summerfest and Winterfest, the two major arts festivals put on by the organization annually.  She was asked to serve as its Executive Director where she was instrumental in the creation of the Center for the Arts Evergreen in a building at Buchanan Park that was to be demolished by the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.  She negotiated a $1/year lease from the district and coordinated the $80,000 renovation of the building, funded entirely by arts supporters.  With gallery, classroom, and office space of its own for the first time, the arts organization was able to offer classes, programing, and exhibits year-round.  She served as Executive Director until 2007 and then accepted a position as Arts Programing Curator for the City of Lakewood.

She herself is an artist, skilled with sculpting and painting, and is the ultimate in creating crafts for children.

Lorene was named Leader of the Year by Leadership Evergreen in 2006.

Lorene served on several boards and committees in the Evergreen area including the Executive Committee for the construction of the recreation complex at Buchanan Park.

Lorene is the Past-President and a founding member of Into Your Hands, an organization dedicated to developing financially sustainable solutions for affordable education in rural Uganda.