Master Association Board Election

MA Election Results

Congratulations to Scotty Martin and Gerry Bauer on their election to the Ken-Caryl Ranch Master Association Board! Scotty received the highest number of votes, so he is elected for a three-year term. Gerry is elected for a two-year term. Huge thank you to all of the candidates who ran this year!

Full Election Results:

Candidate – Votes Received

  • Scotty Martin – 1,235
  • Gerry Bauer – 1,151
  • Doug Barkema – 1,035
  • Jim Fodor – 964
  • Jonathan Braun – 301
  • Write-Ins – 4

2021 Master Association Board Candidates
(in alphabetical order)

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Doug Barkema

General Information (Contact Info, Community Involvement, etc.)

Phone: 720-459-5040
Community Area: Valley
Resident Since: 2014

Occupation: Professional Experience: Senior Executive – Attorney – General Counsel / Chief Compliance Officer / Corporate Secretary (2014 to present), Lead lawyer and business leader (2008 to 2014), in-house lawyer and lead business unit lawyer (2006 to 2008), commercial litigator (2003 to 2006), financial analyst/credit analyst/accountant (1998 to 2001). Education: Juris Doctor, University of Iowa College of Law, with high distinction, Order of the Coif (2003); Master of Arts in Theological Studies, Bethel Seminary, Suma Cum Laude (2014), Bachelor of Science – Finance, Iowa State University, with honors and distinction (1998)

Community and/or Civic Organizations:

  • The Retreat Association Board of Directors (Secretary) (2022), Advisor to the Board (2020-2021)
  • FCA Endurance – Advisory Board (2012-2015), Huddle Leader (2009-2015), Volunteer (2009 to Present)
  • Believers on Mountain Bikes Leader and Volunteer (2015 to Present)
  • Foothills Recreation Volunteer Flag Football Coach (2016 – 2019)
  • Ken-Caryl Trail Club Volunteer (2014 to Present), Open Space Maintenance Zone Leader (2021 to Present)
  • Ken-Caryl Volunteer Patroller (2017 to Present)
  • Waterstone Community Church Small Group Leader (2017 – 2019)
  • Denver Christian School Volunteer (2014 to Present)
  • Presbyterian Homes, Bloomington, MN – visit residents to provide pastoral care, engage in conversations with residents, assist residents to and from chapel service, lead chapel service (2013-2014)
  • Race Director – Move for Micah 5k Fun Run (October 2012)

Current and Past Volunteer for Various Organizations includes Habitat for Humanity, Food Bank of the Rockies, Bowl for Kids Sake, United Way, and Lawyer Mentor

Hobbies: Running (trail and road especially with my dog Woody), Cycling (Mountain Biking, road biking, and gravel biking), Swimming, Snowboarding, Motorcycles, Triathlon, Reading, Home Improvement Projects, Offroad/Overlanding Vehicle Projects, Theological Studies, Dog Training.

Why have you declared your candidacy for the Board of Directors?

First, I have a passion for the Ken-Caryl Community. When we were looking for a home to relocate to from Minnesota nearly eight years ago, we wanted a place where I could swim, bike and run as close to my house as possible, but also a place that had a strong sense of community. A friend recommended Ken-Caryl, which checked the box for proximity to my activities, but we were really captured by the spirit of the community. From the first visit, it was obvious that this is a strong community where the residents truly care for one another. And, we continue to see that every day; whether looking out for one another, or rallying together on the recent fire scares, or supporting our neighbors to the north. We were truly blessed to find Ken-Caryl. I would like to serve on the MA Board of Directors to not only keep this community great, but to help advance it into the future.

Second, I believe my rational, and logical approach to life and my skills and background will provide value to the Board of Directors and our community. My general approach to life is – love thy neighbor. That means listening to the community, taking in information, and making fair decisions based on facts, community interest, and applicable rules, guidance and precedent. It also means helping my neighbors where I can – lending a tool, helping with a project, teaching someone how to fix a bike, cleaning up the neighborhood, or using my talents to serve on the Board.

Finally, I want to protect the amazing assets and amenities we have in Ken-Caryl – from the Community Center to the Ranch House to our hard surface paths and open spaces – and make sure they are well positioned for future generations.

What skills or qualifications do you bring as assets to the KCRMA Board of Directors?

My skills as an executive, attorney, volunteer and neighbor include, listening, logical and critical thinking, project management, contract negotiations, strategic planning, crisis management, business development, communication strategist and leader, legal interpretation and guidance, governance oversight, compliance professional, leader and mentor, connector and relationship builder and neighbor willing to lend out tools or provide help. All of these skills are important to listening to the community and serving the interests of the community. Additionally, my skills will help ensure continued fiscal responsibility of the Master Association and ensure the Master Association follows its governing documents.

On which committee(s) do you wish to serve as a liaison? Why?

I am willing to serve as the liaison to any of [Ken-Caryl’s] committees. All of these committees play an important role for Ken-Caryl Ranch. One of the committees I’ve interacted with a bit over the years is the Architectural Committee. My skills as a lawyer would serve that committee well as that committee often has to read the rules and regulations and apply those to the specific facts presented to the committee. That is what I do as a lawyer all the time – read and interpret rules and regulations and apply them to the facts while looking at past decisions. Thus, I think my background would fit well with the Architectural Committee.

For the same reasons, I think my background would also be valuable for the Covenant Committee. As the Corporate Secretary and Advisor to the Board of a large food ingredient company, thoroughly understanding and interpreting the governing operating documents is critical. It is a part of my job that I love. The purpose of the Covenant Committee is, “To uphold the governing documents of the Ken-Caryl Ranch Master Association and to ensure enforcement in a fair and timely manner.”  As such, I think my background and skills would be valuable to the Covenant Committee.

Finally, I joined the Trail Club when we moved here to give back and help preserve and maintain the trails we run, hike, and bike on and I’ve continued to volunteer – helping to maintain our open space, clean up our community and to patrol our open space. As such, I would be happy to continue my involvement with the open space by serving as the liaison to the Open Space Committee. Ultimately, however, I would be willing to serve as a liaison to any committee that needs a liaison.

What do you see as the major issues facing the KCR community over the next three years, and how would you deal with those issues as a Board member?

Perhaps the number one issue will be welcoming and incorporating new residents into the Ken-Caryl Community over the next three years – assuming the NADG Development continues. I know that the MA does not vote on NADG inclusion into Ken-Caryl. That is the MD. However, the MA manages the association and community and how we welcome and incorporate those new neighbors into our community. This will be an important issue, including ensuring our amenities (pools, tennis courts, open space, etc.) don’t become like a Vail Resorts lift line on a weekend. We need to show any new resident the values and spirit that makes this community great.

Second, safety (personal and property) is an important issue and topic. Top of mind for our community is Firewise, and dangers from wildfires. Ensuring our community is educated about the danger of wildfires and has the resources to evacuate is an important topic. I help manage crises as part of my day job, including when a hurricane hit Puerto Rico, a tropical storm hit one of our plants in Florida, Louisiana, or Texas, a major food recall, and other crises. A key to managing any crisis is proper planning up front. Planning up front then helps keep everyone calm when a crisis hits. Additionally, protecting our community from crime, vandalism, traffic and keeping our community safe is an important issue that must be a focus for the KCR community. A key element is to make sure we are watching out for one another.

Other important topics include aging infrastructure and budget management. My background and skills will help me serve the community to address these issues over the next three years.

What is your vision for the future of Ken-Caryl Ranch?

My vision for the future of Ken-Caryl Ranch is that Ken-Caryl Ranch is a community that is sought after. To some degree my family and I “lucked” into Ken-Caryl because the friend that I asked “where would you live if you essentially wanted to be a triathlete from your house, i.e. swim, bike and run out your garage door” directed us to Ken-Caryl. Ken-Caryl has remained somewhat of a secret gem in the Denver Metropolitan / Foothills area. I want Ken-Caryl to continue to be that secret gem that when people discover it, they are “wowed” like we were. We couldn’t have ended up in a better place because of the tight knit community, the amenities Ken-Caryl offers, like our Community Center, Equestrian Center and one-of-a-kind open space. My vision for the future of Ken-Caryl is we invest to ensure future generations have the same feeling that we have today – the community is connected, our neighbors feel safe, and our amenities and infrastructure are sustainable for future generations. The company I work for is leading the way in the space we operate for re-generative agriculture. One of the purposes of re-generative agriculture is to strengthen the soil ecosystem and help ag producers improve their farms’ productivity and profitability. Similarly, I want to see the Ken-Caryl community strengthen as a community, but also provide the amenities and opportunities that future homeowners desire and ensure such amenities are sustainable for future generations.

What is your philosophy toward Ken-Caryl Ranch amenities and spending money on those amenities?

When we moved to Ken-Caryl from Minnesota, we moved here for the strong sense of community and because of the amenities such as the community pools and open space. We use the amenities that Ken-Caryl offers every single day – whether that is our hard surface paths and trails to walk, hike, or run with our dogs (Woody and Titus), or the pool to relax and enjoy some summer rays. Besides the strong sense of community, our amenities are our strongest assets. With that said, we have to spend money wisely and responsibly. In order to ensure we sustain our community for future generations, we are going to have to spend money on our amenities and enlist our community to volunteer to help maintain our community, which many of our clubs do today. Every association should maintain a reserve, and not fall back on simply increasing dues to cover expenses. In its simplest form, the duties of an association board are to (1) maintain the elements of the community; (2) ensure compliance with the governing documents; and (3) manage the finances of the community in a prudent manner.

Gerry Bauer

Photo of Gerry Bauer

General Information (Contact Info, Community Involvement, etc.)

Phone: Candidate chose not to publish
Community Area: Valley
Resident Since: 1988
Occupation: Retired Dentist
Community and/or Civic Organizations: KC Open Space Committee for the past two years.

  • Volunteer member, Vice Chair and Chair of a large non-profit, Delta Dental of Colorado
  • Volunteer for Trout Unlimited for multiple clean water projects
  • Volunteer fly tier for TU at various shows and locations
  • Volunteer educator for Outdoor Lab, Jefferson County Schools.
  • 32-year Volunteer for Kids in Need of Dentistry providing pro bono care
  • Volunteer for Colorado Mission of Mercy providing free dental care for those in need.

Hobbies: Skiing, Hiking, Photography- Wildlife and landscapes mostly, Fly fishing passion, Fly tying passion

Why have you declared your candidacy for the Board of Directors?

Having served on the Open Space Committee the past two years, I feel I have basic knowledge of the organizational system of Ken-Caryl government. I am not affiliated with large clubs or organizations in KC, and therefore feel I have a unique position that allows me to be an independent thinker without pressure to make decisions that might be influenced by any of the those organizations. My experience with the OSC has taught me that there are multiple diverging philosophies concerning the management of the open space. I believe that all voices are important and the government should listen to those voices. Inclusion is important. I believe that I have the ability to listen and make decisions based on the important concept of what is the best for the majority of the citizens and their opinions.

I think I can bring a fresh voice to the Board that is wanted. In the past 12 years, we have had a board that has leaned in a direction that I don’t believe a majority of citizens always support. I see a division as I have listened to the opinions on issues that come to the Open Space Committee. I believe that our citizens fall into three groups on many issues. About 20-25% for, about 20-25% against and about 50-60% that are silent or uninformed about issues. Our surveys seem to confirm this observation. I want to try to be a voice for the citizens that are often not heard. I believe I can do this by being a centrist and not have the pressure of lobby interest from either divergent group before decisions are made. I want to listen, research, analyze and then process information to vote in the best interest of the entire community.

What skills or qualifications do you bring as assets to the KCRMA Board of Directors?

I have been an active member of the Open Space Committee for the past two years. I have not missed a single meeting. I participate in decision making, ask questions, and prepare for each meeting in a regular and thorough manner. I come prepared having read documents provided and do research for matters at hand. As stated, I served on the Board of Delta Dental Service Corp, a non-profit, for many years. I was involved in various committees and served as Vice Chair and then Chair. Those years provided significant experience in the management of people, agendas, budgets, planning and finance. I am versed in analyzing spread sheets, P and L statements, budget line item documents and estimates of cost. This company had budgets that exceeded the dollar amounts of the KCRMA budget. I started, and continuously operated, a successful business of my own. It required wearing the hats of accountant, manager, purchasing agent, employer, boss, income producer, and confidant of employees and clients. The business required actively listening to clients and employees. I became adept at the skill. I believe 32 years of business and its success qualifies me to help administer the ongoing decisions, budgets, and planning for KCRMA and the community.

On which committee(s) do you wish to serve as a liaison? Why?

My first choice would definitely be as liaison to the Open Space Committee. It is an obvious choice as I have served on this committee for the past two years. I am familiar with the format of the meetings, the general needs of agendas, and the issues that have been studied and decided. I know the present members and understand their positions on multiple subjects. I would be an excellent, seamless liaison to this committee. I would be a reliable, accurate reporter of OSC business back to the MA. The second choice would be the Community Planning Committee. Many, but not all, of the issues in front of the CPC have cross over with the OSC. I think my experience at the OSC would be valuable in bringing back CPC issues and discussions to the MA.

What do you see as the major issues facing the KCR community over the next three years, and how would you deal with those issues as a Board member?

Recent fire events on KC property and a catastrophic fire event in Boulder County should reinforce the real danger our community faces from ongoing and significant fires. The first issue I want to emphasize is fire mitigation on two fronts. First, the open space itself, and second, individual homeowner properties.

We have been a part of the Firewise organization since 2016 and committee members will admit that traction for their efforts is difficult. As a community, we need to change that. We should establish a community culture that recognizes the risks of fire are not going to go away and we need to do better to minimize the risks. Because of recent events, I think the community is more ready to listen and act than ever before. It is important that we encourage the education and actions that can save homes should (and when) another fire erupts. The MA should be leaders to support citizens’ understanding of what is necessary around their own homes to mitigate risks. The MA must insist on compliance with the plans, studies and documents already in place including the Fuels Assessment and Forrest Stewardship documents for the open space.

Inclusion: Our recent surveys have again established we have divides in  our community. I would like the community input we have gathered in the surveys to be a framework used to make decisions on a regular basis. Valuable opinion in these documents has often been ignored or forgotten in the heat of the moment when passions rise discussing projects and policy. We need to continuously do an improved job to understand one another and find ways to compromise. Let’s redouble our efforts to find common ground, fairness and understanding to all viewpoints.

What is your vision for the future of Ken-Caryl Ranch?

The future will be even more complex than the past. We need to recognize the challenges that are coming. The new developments will put a stress on the open space resources. No doubt there will be many decisions made that we are already thinking about and several we do not yet anticipate. We must be inclusive to all residents and their views. I think it is important to establish policies that comply with the majority of resident views and avoid allowing any group or individual(s) to exert undue influence over any aspect of our community. We live in a special place that is the envy of many. We must be ever vigilant to remember the stewardship responsibility we have to keep the gift of these lands and amenities special. I hope the future shows that our neighborhoods, open space, and community culture will be recognizable to our grandchildren and beyond. We can improve the divisions we seem to have by listening and respecting one another’s view points. Every person deserves a vote as we find our future paths.

It is said that not all things that count can be counted. We must be respectful of the ecosystem that surrounds us. Keeping the ecosystem healthy in all respects is paramount in having the beauty, diversity and enjoyment we have now and into the future. This is a large part of why we live here and the difference between our community and many other metropolitan communities in the area. We have something special here that is our responsibility to maintain and protect. We can have conservation areas and still enjoy and recreate in other places with thoughtful respect to all ecosystem components, yet not irreversibly damage any component.

What is your philosophy toward Ken-Caryl Ranch amenities and spending money on those amenities?

I have consistently been a fiscal conservative my entire life. I believe in repair and maintain until the cost to benefit ratio indicates the need to replace. We should be respectful of the citizens’ money that is paid in dues for the operation of the MA and in taxes for the operation of the MD. Budgets are an important aspect of the MA BOD responsibilities. I am in favor of listening to all citizens at budget time to understand how they want their dollars spent on non-fixed expenditures. Fixed expenditures should be regularly reviewed to ensure the citizens are getting the most value for their dues and taxes.


The amenities we enjoy need to be protected to the greatest rational extent from damage from vandals, fires, misuse, non-resident use, or neglect. Our amenities belong to all the citizens. Regular maintenance is important, but the citizens should have significant input on what can and will be replaced, altered, changed, or eliminated. After all, it is the citizens that own the amenities. We should always listen to the ultimate stakeholders, the citizens. Those that are most affected should always have a voice.

We need to continue to fund reserve accounts to pay for long-term projects that will consistently be needed or wanted. A “power account” of reserved funds can save money when unexpected expenditures may occur.

Jonathan Braun

General Information (Contact Info, Community Involvement, etc.)

Phone: 720-333-2650
Community Area: Valley
Resident Since: 2000
Occupation: Attorney
Community and/or Civic Organizations:

  • Vice President, Ken-Caryl Ranch MA, 2001 – 2008
  • Member, KCR Open Space Committee
  • National Ethics Hearing Officer, United States TaeKwondo Association
  • Volunteer, Denver Legal Aid
  • Volunteer, Historicorp
  • Volunteer, Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  • Attorney, for the United States Small Business Administration, for Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico (retired)

Hobbies: Hiking, biking, skiing, Taekwondo; dabble in guitar and violin

Why have you declared your candidacy for the Board of Directors?

As a 21-year resident of KCR, I have enjoyed the unparalleled beauty and uniqueness of the Ranch for many years. I had the good fortune to be actively involved in community activities for seven years as Vice-President of the MA Board from 2001 to 2008, but stepped down from that service in 2008 because of my competing responsibilities with work and raising our young children. In the years since that time, I continued to enjoy our neighborhood and its wonderful amenities, but missed being an active part of the administration of our neighborhood. Now that I am retired and my wife and I are “empty nesters”, I have more time to contribute to the community, and would be honored to be given another chance to do so. KCR is one-of-a-kind, and I would be grateful for another opportunity to be a part of its continued preservation and improvement.

What skills or qualifications do you bring as assets to the KCRMA Board of Directors?

I gleaned a wealth of knowledge of Ken-Caryl’s assets and operations during my prior seven years on the Board. I would also bring 42 years of experience as a commercial trial attorney, bank counsel and public servant (as attorney for the United States Small Business Administration) to dealing with the Ranch’s operations and issues. I have advised management and worked well in committees for large corporations, and have also run small law firms and advised small businesses in most all areas of operations. As an attorney who has dealt with a panoply of legal controversies over the years, I know that all issues have many sides and opinions, and firmly believe that the process of reaching the best resolution requires keeping an open mind to all of them.

On which committee(s) do you wish to serve as a liaison? Why?

I would be willing to be a liaison wherever is needed, since I value our neighborhood and believe that all of the committees are integral to its preservation and improvement. In particular, I believe that our open space is our most valuable asset, and see the Open Space and Covenant Committees as being on the forefront of maintaining open space integrity.

What do you see as the major issues facing the KCR community over the next three years, and how would you deal with those issues as a Board member?

Major Issues: Preservation of open space; maintenance and upgrading of infrastructure (when needed); conservative budget management. How to deal with them: I believe that it is important to utilize experts and to give credence to their knowledge. I know that Sean Warren has been with the Ranch a long time, and I respect his opinions. When I previously was on the Board, Chris Pacetti provided invaluable guidance on Ranch matters, and I’m sure the current staff has the knowledge and experience to assist with all Board decisions. I believe that a Board of reasonable and thoughtful members has the capacity to consider the information provided in study sessions and otherwise, to discuss alternatives and reach a consensus on solutions that best benefit its community. I also recognize that the Board represents a large and diverse constituency, and that public input on important initiatives is vital to continuing cohesiveness.

What is your vision for the future of Ken-Caryl Ranch?

As the Denver metro area expands, KCR will continue to grow in value as a special community. Since being highlighted in its nascence years ago in National Geographic, Ken-Caryl has stood out because of its unique beauty, amenities and infrastructure. My “vision” would be to follow the work of predecessor management, by striving to continue to preserve KCR as a model community for those who love Colorado’s beauty and climate.

What is your philosophy toward Ken-Caryl Ranch amenities and spending money on those amenities?

As previously stated, I strongly believe that our amenities are what makes KCR the premier place to live in the Denver area. I understand that spending money to preserve and improve those amenities is needed. I advocate a conservative approach to that spending, but absolutely am willing to vote for spending when it is appropriate. Relying on experts for advice on making improvements and when repairs are needed is vital; getting competitive bidding to ensure that money is being well-spent is basic.

James Fodor

General Information (Contact Info, Community Involvement, etc.)

Email: Candidate chose not to publish
Phone: 303-903-5572
Community Area: Valley
Resident Since: 1983-1991 and 1995 to Present
Occupation: Retired Dentist, private practice, and Navy Supply Officer, USPHS Dentist 26 years active duty

Community and/or Civic Organizations:

  • Honorary Life Member of the American Dental Association, the CDA and the MDDS
  • Disabled American Veterans, Commanders Club, Silver Leader
  • Military Officers Association of America (Life Member)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Colorado School of Dentistry (3 years)
  • KIND (Kids in Need of Dentistry) Volunteer Provider
  • AMSUS (Active Duty Member)
  • Board Member, Subdivision, Architectural Chairperson
  • American Correctional Health Services Association.

(On my own time I developed a Dental Assistant Vocational Training program which was certified by the Department of Labor and was used nationwide by the Federal Government.)

Hobbies: Sports were always the focal point of my spare time, but while serving in the Navy, with lots of traveling, it stimulated my interest in foreign countries and history. Navy travel didn’t always take you to tourist areas. You also witnessed poverty, neglect, pollution and environmental degradation. It gives one an appreciation for nature and stimulates a dedication to environmental preservation and goals. Preserving nature in KCR is so important. Life is full of opportunities and fun. High School: primarily varsity football and basketball. Intramural tennis and golf runner-up. In college, I took an extra gym course in boxing and really became hooked on it. While on active duty in the Uniformed Services: continued to pursue boxing as a hobby, became a short distance runner (2 to 3 miles), trained in two disciplines of Martial Arts (one was a job requirement); also enjoyed Basketball, Hiking, Biking, Weight Training, Running, and Downhill Skiing. While stationed in the Caribbean (Aruba 3 years),  played lots of tennis, chess, table tennis and enjoy snorkeling to this day.

Why have you declared your candidacy for the Board of Directors?

There is so much to be grateful for as residents of Ken-Caryl Ranch. This is truly a beautiful place with so many dedicated people willing to volunteer. What I feel we have in common is to preserve the history, the amenities, the property values, the environment and the aesthetics of this community. I am proud to be a resident here. Like so many others, I would like to give back to our community. My initial background as a US Navy Supply Officer for seven years and a degree in Management and Economics can be applied for effective and equitable oversight of the budget. Also, there is my lifelong concern about worldwide deterioration and destruction of our global natural environment. Environmental preservation begins at home. Two unique valuable jewels in the Ken-Caryl crown are the foothills and hogback open space. There needs to be a balance between recreational use, the degree of recreational use and environmental preservation. In the past decade, I feel that the historical balance, which once existed here, has been compromised. In some instances it faces ongoing, systematic, serious consequences, not only to the environment/wildlife habitat, but to the detriment of our residents’ quality of life. Another concern has been the lack of enough emphasis on tree replacement and tree care throughout KCR. An average of $10,000 annually is not nearly enough to allocate for tree replacement. Park aesthetics can be improved with more generalized natural screening coordinated with fire-wise planning. I think having a well-run Equestrian Center located on the premises adds value, as do the historical structures. The preservation accomplishments of the volunteer Historical Society throughout Ken-Caryl are commendable and appreciated. Various safety issues are something I have addressed at MA meetings. There is so much more and good news too. Please read on.

What skills or qualifications do you bring as assets to the KCRMA Board of Directors?

Prior to dental school, my career began as a U.S. Navy Supply Officer, Ensign (0-1) and after dental school, I served in another Uniform Service: the U.S. Public Health Service Dental Corps and retired as the Northeast Regional Dental Consultant with the rank of 0-6, Director Grade Captain. The seven-year Supply Corps experience was compatible with my undergraduate education in business with a degree in economics and management. Managing a Supply Department on board a ship is very similar to running a business or several small businesses in addition to providing oversight for the other departments and budgets. This latter responsibility was no easy task since the other department heads were senior officers; they had an antipathy toward oversight. Likewise, the responsibilities at my other duty stations were similar in nature. Management, respect, leadership, hard work, dedication and conciliation were the lessons here. I applied my budgeting skills, accounting experience and money management knowledge successfully to my professional career and my personal life. I can bring this experience to the MA Board.

Initially, my Navy career began at three duty stations, first as a Department Head, then Division Officer, and finally as Executive Officer at our Petroleum Inspection Command on Aruba, Netherlands Antilles. I had one early promotion (from 0-2 to 0-3). At three separate duty stations in the USPHS Dental Corps, I served as Chief Dental Officer, Heath Services Department Head in charge of two MDs and staff, and as a Regional Dental Consultant. The latter was a time-consuming, demanding position with considerable responsibility. While on active duty, I received the Hazardous Duty Ribbon, the Commendation Medal (twice), the PHS Citation and the Outstanding Service Medal among others. I also worked as a private practice dentist for over 14 years.

On which committee(s) do you wish to serve as a liaison? Why?

The value of being liaison to a KCR committee is to listen quietly and gather knowledge. Then present the information in summation accurately at subsequent board meetings. I have attended many Open Space Committee Meetings and the future of Open Space preservation depends on various decisions coming from this committee. In my opinion, I feel it is extremely important that there is a balance on this committee between recreation proponents, (primarily mountain bikers), and environmental preservation and wildlife habitat conservation-minded residents. Some have found that this has not been the norm. I feel board members should be permitted to interview prospective members of the Open Space Committee to ensure there will be a balance between philosophical approaches. (I have identified myself as a mountain biker many times in letters, but I also identify myself as a conservationist.) I have attended Community Planning Committee Meetings. The meeting protocol gives little opportunity for resident input and resident attendance is generally very sparse. This needs to be changed. This committee takes a look at the future and is also important because it develops the four-year KCR Survey questions. A common criticism is the questions are too generalized. Well, the 2021 Survey did have a rather direct question with results showing a preference for an Open Space Conservation Area as more desirable than for new trails in the Open Space by a ratio of 60% to 40%. That was quite a surprise to everybody. In another question a dog park scored as the number 1 priority over new trails at #4. Two suggestions for a dog park were for sites off KCR land but in close proximity. I sure hope we could make this happen somewhere that will make everyone happy. I will serve wherever needed.

What do you see as the major issues facing the KCR community over the next three years, and how would you deal with those issues as a Board member?

There has been genuine progress by the Master Association Board dealing with many of the major issues in recent years. Promoting volunteer participation has been notable; it gets residents involved and develops personal pride. Thank you to our more recent Board members and President. MA Meeting protocol has been improved to encourage resident participation. This spirit of cooperation needs continued support.

  • There is a Firewise Committee, which the Board has encouraged.
  • Various ideas have been forthcoming with regard to fire mitigation.
  • There are fire awareness publications and there will be more specific literature.
  • Staff is working to form Plains and Valley evacuation plans.
  • The new housing development in the Plains will increase facility and amenity use.
  • A task force may be forming to help improve fences in the Plains.
  • Traffic safety is a concern, especially with the expected population increase.
  • Since the 2017 Survey, there is still vandalism and crime.
  • Overcrowding of our amenities by non-residents.
  • Some incidents of reckless mountain bikers keep surfacing.
  • For those who have lived here for a while there is a difference in our foothills and hogback open space, and it is a shame that many people will not have the solitude and peaceful experiences we once had. There is too much aggressive mountain biking, which goes unregulated. Let’s be firewise and not unwise, especially when it comes to distant open space. In my opinion, constructing a new trail in undeveloped Docmann South (Wildcat Ridge Trail), will increase the probability of trespassing in our foothills and increase the chances of wildfires, which are caused primarily by human influence. The area borders JeffCo property and is in close proximity to Deer Creek Canyon Road. Let’s make sure the floodgates stay closed to trespassers in the far reaches of our open space.

What is your vision for the future of Ken-Caryl Ranch?

KCR residents can be very proud of the 2021 Survey participation, which had an unprecedented response rate. The margin of error was such that the survey results were indicative of how the entire community feels. A Conservation Area had an approval ratio over new trails by 3 to 2. This newly designated area must be of meaningful size and not a speck on the map. It will be south of Massey Draw and trail alignment will be more efficient, more environmentally friendly, but not more difficult. I am an aging senior citizen with a chronic foot problem, and every step counts. I envision observation areas over Docmann Gulch where this land can be viewed from a reasonable distance in its unimpeded natural state, as it once was. No longer would so many trail switchbacks run through the area fragmenting ecosystems and raptor foraging territory. The wrong kind of trail is now gone eliminating its invasive extension through a rare floral community rated S-1. Trails south of Massey Draw would not cross water sources as frequently, due to more eco-friendly design. There will be no aggressive mountain biking here. Hikers/equestrians can now enjoy a mindful experience. The vast majority of dirt trails are still available to mountain bikers, or they can hike here. Now, enjoy seeing some amazing biodiversity with an increasing abundance of animal life and raptor activity during daylight hours. The wildlife that had become nocturnal or were seeking refuge elsewhere will reappear. Once again the loud calls of the rare Ovenbird will be heard. The Golden Eagle pair won’t have the stress associated with fast moving bikes adjacent to their nesting area. Someday, we may see the elk migrate through here again. How easy, inexpensive and reasonable would a Conservation Area south of Massey Draw be to initiate?

What is your philosophy toward Ken-Caryl Ranch amenities and spending money on those amenities?

Of course, amenities are very important for raising property values and elevating the spirit of the community. Activities also improve the quality of life. We are in competition with other communities, so maintenance and upkeep save money in the long run and collectively enhance the look and feel of the entire neighborhood. Covenant violations should continue to be carefully monitored. Everyone may not agree, but it is necessary for maintaining an acceptable standard. Children’s programs are important to me. I grew up in the inner city until the eighth grade, where educational programs and sports were prevalent. A move to the suburbs changed everything. Children had to organize their own activities during the summer months. Providing opportunity for child development is so important for us as adults whether we have children or not.

Other Thoughts:

  • Love the new Ranch House swimming pool. A shout-out to everyone who contributed, including the MD Board of years’ past, which secured funding.
  • Continue cooperative efforts to convince either JeffCo or the Plains MD to place a dog park on their property not far from KCR and readily accessible.
  • Develop innovative new programs for resident adults and children.
  • Get more seniors involved with pickleball.
  • Work with the business community to promote environmental preservation. Lockheed Martin has a security operation, which costs money. I hope there will be support for a Conservation Area south of Massey Draw, which would exclude mountain biking. I had been assigned to high-security duty stations. Opening the proposed Wildcat Ridge Trail in South Docmann would be a real concern for everyone’s security.
  • Encourage formation of a resident/small business group to develop the KCR Conservancy. This would be a group with no vested interest that collects and provides information, including photos about the unique wildlife and flora on KCR property.

Scotty Martin

General Information (Contact Info, Community Involvement, etc.)

Phone: 303-669-6866
Community Area: Valley
Resident Since: 2002

Occupation: Government Consultant – I.T. & Process Improvement

Community and/or Civic Organizations: Association Board Member (2019-22, President 2021 & 2022), MA Board Liaison to the KCR Historical Society (2020-21), MA Board Liaison to the KCRMD (2019), MA Board Liaison to the KCR Community Planning Committee (2020-21), Ken-Caryl Conservation Club volunteer (2020, replanting reeds for soil stability east of Brannon Gearhart Park), Ken-Caryl Trail Club volunteer (2020, cleaning up litter as part of adopt-a-highway along S. Valley Road).

Hobbies: I enjoy being the best husband, father and friend I can be. During other times I enjoy tennis, volunteering, hockey, skiing/snowboarding and hiking.

Why have you declared your candidacy for the Board of Directors?

I’m an environmental engineer, former government leader and consultant, and an active resident in KCR for 20 years. Recently, I’ve had the honor of serving you the past three years on your MA Board. I am grateful that I could serve you and support our incredible KCRMA staff during what has turned out that has included: the global pandemic, recent wildfires and the KCR development of three parcels announced by our staff over two years ago. As if a COVID crisis were not enough, the recent wildfires, while tragic, have allowed us to fully appreciate the excellent work of our Firewise volunteers in educating and preparing us. They also provide momentum to drive additional wildfire mitigation and preparedness. To top it off, we’re preparing to welcome new neighbors resulting from carefully planned and managed development of land that has always been within KCRMA’s amended and restated Declaration.

My candidacy is about the future of our incredible community and about continuing thoughtful, data-driven leadership needed to maintain progress. Below are only a few highlights of recent accomplishments that we can continue, together:

  • Excellent quality of life: 96% of residents rated KCR as “Great” or “Good” (source – 2021 Community Survey).
  • Median KCR home values have risen almost 9% higher compared to most communities in the Denver Metro the past three years (source –
  • Community Safety: The Board funded security cameras and patrols in recent years to improve resident and staff safety.
  • Your KCRMA Board is broadly known for being a respectful, welcoming, fiscally responsible and future-oriented team that listens intently to residents.
  • Funded and supported the 2021 Community Survey. That survey is your voice, we listened. We used the survey results to set 2022 budget priorities, capital expenditure plans and will rely on the survey for future years as well.

What skills or qualifications do you bring as assets to the KCRMA Board of Directors?

I strive to be the best data-driven, kind, open, and transparent servant leader for you and for our community. I studied Environmental Engineering and served over nine years as a municipal leader working for two mayors in Denver’s Budget Office. As a Lean-Six Sigma Black Belt, I trained thousands of Denver team members with the tools to identify and implement millions of dollars of operational efficiencies. I left civil service to support several other Colorado governments and non-profits in a consulting role. My work has helped those organizations improve service delivery, coach leaders, enhance IT systems, deliver business analytics, and implement efficiencies all while improving customer and employee satisfaction. Although it’s great to help other communities, it’s important for me to be of service in my own community, right here in Ken-Caryl. I’d be honored to serve again if called upon.

On which committee(s) do you wish to serve as a liaison? Why?

There are three committees that seem to align best with how we might best leverage my background and experience:

  • Historical Society Committee – I read a lot of history because I was taught that in order to know where you’re going, you need to know where you’ve been. Appreciating Ken-Caryl’s history is a wonderful foundation for setting a vision for our future. I’ve spent the past few years as a liaison to the Historical Society and find it to be one of the most vibrant, fun and dedicated team of volunteers in our community. I love working with and supporting everything they do! Respecting what’s been handed to us to safeguard is very important to me.
  • Architectural Committee – Architectural standards translate our values into actions and norms by setting the look-and-feel, building material and other standards for our community. This group will become a critical means for us to promote the use of new, wildfire resistant materials, and they’ll need our support.
  • Community Planning Committee – Serving as the liaison to this team has been one of the most invigorating and rewarding experiences of my career at KCR to date. I’m honored to serve as a liaison to this committee to support neighbors and residents as they designed and led the 2021 Community Survey. They truly are the collective experts in various fields, and they’re right here in KCR! Their work last year on the survey and in 2022 will help inform future budgets and priorities.

What do you see as the major issues facing the KCR community over the next three years, and how would you deal with those issues as a Board member?

Wildfire mitigation-preparedness

  • Promote existing Firewise resources, available under “Resident Resources” on our website.
  • Prioritize and implement fuels mitigation in our open space.
  • 100% CodeRED – Get all KCR residents enrolled in the proactive notification system.
  • Updated Evacuation Preparedness – For residents and schools, with periodic evacuation drills.
  • Enhance covenants and inspections for resident wildfire mitigation.
  • Incorporate fire-resistant materials in new development standards and thoughtfully grand-fathered in future renovations.

New Development

  • Adopt new fire-resistant construction materials, applied to the new development.
  • Update usage projections for MA operated amenities and plans to address the impact.

Listening to our community

  • Continue to ensure a fair democratic process that respects all viewpoints.
  • Implement new proactive updates for residents with facts about important topics and where to go with questions.
  • Continue use of the 2021 Community Survey, prioritizing capital projects, like shade structures and a possible dog park.

KCR Open Space Trails – Rated the most valuable amenity (2021 Survey).

  • Data-driven evaluation of biological and cultural reports for the proposed Wildcat Trail. If it can be built protecting natural resources and provide access opportunities, complete it, thereby finalizing our community’s 2009 Trails Master Plan.
  • After finalizing the current Trails Master Plan, pause building new trails until 2025 to focus on maintaining our investment.
  • Replace the 2009 plan with a new Conservation and Recreation Master Plan.
  • Designate conservation areas without closing existing trails, per resident wishes in the 2021 Community Survey.


  • Prioritize and implement 2022 improvements.
  • Deliver an annual MA-owned fence replacement plan utilizing fire-resistant materials.

Community Safety

  • Implement traffic engineering education and recommendations to reduce risk of speed-related traffic accidents.
  • Educate residents on easy ways we can reduce robberies and other crimes.
  • Implement volunteer-led neighborhood watch programs.

What is your vision for the future of Ken-Caryl Ranch?

My vision for the future of Ken-Caryl Ranch is: “Ken-Caryl will continue to be THE sought-after community by every family in the Denver Metro Area.”

What is your philosophy toward Ken-Caryl Ranch amenities and spending money on those amenities?

I come with a background in fiscal management and data analysis that heavily influences what might be considered my philosophy of our amenities and spending money on those amenities. That philosophy may be summarized with the following phrases:

  • “Live within our means”
  • “Maintain our investments”
  • “What we spend money on demonstrates our community values”

What this means is we should strive to keep all things in balance. Spending money proactively now to save replacement costs in the future seems appropriate and data, rather than emotions, should drive those spending decisions. I believe in maintaining investments and making good on financial promises before chasing any new investment opportunities. I also believe in being open to change and recognizing that sometimes to move forward, there may be situations where it is appropriate to stop spending on some items and shift those dollars to new areas. And, in closing, when we invest resident dues, we should strive to develop and track metrics tied to those dollars to show how our investments are improving our community.