Worley takes top spot on chamber board

Ex-commissioner served 10 years in county post

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Former Douglas County Commissioner Melanie Worley can’t stay out of the spotlight.

Having just begun a one-year term as chairwoman of the Highlands Ranch Chamber of Commerce board of directors, Worley takes over from predecessor Angel Tuccy.

“One of the reasons I wanted to be part of the board is to try and advance our agenda in so many other realms besides what we already do, to give it added excitement,” Worley said. “We want to look at things totally different. We don’t have to be a normal chamber. We don’t want to be a chamber that follows everybody else.”

Pledging her availability to the chamber’s growing membership, Worley stated at the Jan. 9 monthly chamber luncheon that she was completely dedicated to helping the chamber advance in any way she could.

A commissioner for 10 years before she was term-limited in 2008, Worley is the CEO at Developmental Pathways, a large nonprofit agency that serves people with developmental disabilities in Douglas and Arapahoe counties as well as the portion of Adams County within the Aurora city limits.

Worley, who also serves on the board of directors for Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network, received the Distinguished Service Award from ADMHN in 2009 for her work in helping protect benefits for mentally ill individuals.

Among numerous other posts, she has been chairwoman of the Denver Regional Council of Governments, initiated the formation of the Partnership of Douglas County Governments, and received a federal appointment to the Local Government Advisory Committee, providing local perspective to the Environmental Protection Agency.

For her work in suggesting the formation of the PDCG — which brings together representatives from Douglas County, its school and library districts, Castle Rock, Larkspur, Parker, Castle Pines, Lone Tree and Highlands Ranch — the county began annually giving out the Melanie A. Worley Civic Engagement Award in 2008 to an individual or group that demonstrates excellence in the creation of collaborative community partnerships that promote understanding of civic engagement.

“What is so fantastic about Melanie is that she brings such a diversity of perspective,” said Highlands Ranch Chamber President LaRae Marsik. “She has served the community, her own constituency, and the citizens of the state working with Gov. (John) Hickenlooper in her past.

“She is excited to put that experience to work with us at the chamber and we are equally thrilled to have her at the helm of the board.”