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Farewell to a community leader

couple with wine

Melissa Coudeyras and her husband, James, are enjoying their new community at Fleur de Fete, Carillon Historical Park in Dayton, Ohio. The couple moved this summer to be closer to family.

The position at the Castle Pines Chamber of Commerce that Pam Swift (article here) is transitioning into was vacated by familiar resident and community leader, Melissa Coudeyras.

Coudeyras and her husband, James, moved to Dayton, Ohio this summer to be closer to their sons:  Alex who lives in Ann Arbor and works in IT at the University of Michigan Medical Center and Austin who is a sophomore at the University of Kentucky.  James was able to transfer his position at Sierra Nevada Corporation to Dayton.

The Coudeyras family lived in the Winterberry neighborhood for more than nine years.  In addition to her two-year position at the Chamber, Coudeyras was the Parent Community Alliance president at Rocky Heights Middle School for three years.  She was a docent at Cherokee Ranch & Castle for eight-and-a-half years, which included leading hikes on the property, conducting monthly wine tastings and running an online auction fundraiser.  Coudeyras also served five years on the Castle Pines City Council and four years as mayor pro term.

Within a short time, she has already stepped into her new community as a volunteer at Carillon Historical Park at the Wright Brothers National Museum.

Hailing from Cincinnati, Coudeyras said she is eager for this next chapter but will miss Colorado.  “I am excited for our new adventures in Ohio, but will miss Castle Pines and all of our wonderful friends.  Castle Pines was truly the best place to finish raising our children!”

By Hollen Wheeler; photo courtesy of Melissa Coudeyras


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