Nancy is proud to serve in her second term as an Elected Official on the Cunningham Fire Protection District Board of Directors, where she feels fortunate to work alongside heroes in Fire and Emergency Services. During her tenure, the District has continued to win numerous awards for overall excellence budget preparation, and more.
Nancy grew up in MI in a working class household with eight brothers and sisters. Nancy's father George, one of 14 children raised on a farm in northern Michigan, became deaf at age 12, forcing him to quit school when he was very young to sell taffy on the street and drive tourists around Mackinac Island in a buggy. As a teenager, George landed a job in an auto factory in Detroit. He and Nancy's mother, Carolyn -- one of seven children -- married and raised nine children in a quiet little suburb just outside of city limits -- all of whom graduated from high school and college or vocational training. Growing up in a large extended family with teachers, nurses, firefighters, electricians, small business owners and auto factory employees, Nancy learned the value of hard work from a young age.
Nancy started working at age 12 to save money for college, and put herself through the University of Michigan. Studying child, family and community psychology as well as gender and minority issues, she was the first person in her family to earn a Bachelor's degree, where she also met her husband, Dr. Saul Greenhut. In their early years together, Nancy worked as a suicide hotline counselor at a crisis center, an administrator of a group home for persons with developmental disabilities, and in operations management at the local University hospital. After Saul finished his PhD in 1991, Saul and Nancy moved to Aurora, CO with their oldest son -- then a baby -- and made CO their forever home. They have raised three sons in the Cherry Creek School District, and sent all of them to study at higher education institutions.
As a mostly stay-at-home mom who is committed to giving back to her community, Nancy has worked as the owner of a licensed Child Care business, as an Early Childhood Education teacher, and as a Director of Religious Education. She has done contract work for non-profits, and volunteered extensively in the community on various boards, and in the Cherry Creek School District. She has worked as a registered Interfaith Officiant, performing outdoor and interfaith weddings and memorial services, mostly for friends. Nancy is currently the President of an organization which educates its members on current events, and encourages women community leaders to run for political office.
Always motivated to make the world better for children and families, Nancy has been a tireless community activist for a number of issues including education, health care, marriage equality, and services for our nation's most vulnerable populations -- children, veterans, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
Nancy looks forward to serving the citizens of CO House District 37 as their next State Representative!