Grit is a distinct combination of passion, resilience, determination, and focus that allows a person to maintain the discipline and optimism to persevere in their goals even in the face of discomfort, rejection, and a lack of visible progress for years, or even decades.
Denver Cook will bring his cross-sector experience to the School Board through his background in military intelligence, private business and law enforcement.
After enlisting in the US Air Force in 1984 until his Honorable Discharge in 1992, Denver served on active duty with US Air Forces Europe, Air Training Command, Pacific Air Forces and Joint Service with Army, Navy and Marine Corps. Working in military intelligence, Denver was a founding member of Joint Intelligence Center Pacific (JICPAC) and served with US Army Central Command (J2) Intelligence Staff during Desert Storm. He was awarded Joint Service Achievement Medal from Gen Norman Schwarzkopf.
After military service, Denver worked for nine years in the construction industry. He was an instructor with Bricklayer Union while building numerous casinos including Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, MGM, Luxor and Treasure Island. As Senior Project Manager with a general contracting company in California, he managed and completed over $30M of infrastructure and building projects for NASA, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Navy, National Park Service, Boeing, as well as numerous city and county projects across California.
Denver returned to public service working as a Corrections Officer in PA at the Bucks County Prison and later in the County Community Corrections Center and served as on the Security Threat Group intelligence Unit monitoring gang activity within the department and state.
Denver has a long history of volunteer service from State Fire/Police Officer for Midway Volunteer Fire Company in Pennsylvania to his work as a PVPV/Rawlings PTO Board Member; Chair of PVPV/Rawlings Dad’s Club; Member of both PVPV/Rawlings Safety and School Advisory Committees; as PVPV/Rawlings PTO-SAC District Representative; Past Vice-Chair SJCJJC Advisory Committee and currently as Chairman of PACT Prevention Coalition.
Denver and his wife Michelle. He has three children, Denver Jr, Mia and Piper and a newly arrived grand-daughter Delilah..