June 5th 7:30 PM in the Community Hall at the CHUN mansion
We are delighted to announce a special program for June, the month of Father’s Day. Mark Ferrandino, Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives and also a new father, will share with us his experience of parenthood.
Mark and his husband Greg Wertsch have been together for over 13 years, having met in Washington, DC. They were married in Wisconsin, Greg’s home state, in 2006. Last year they entered into a civil union here in the state of Colorado. (Mark was a prime sponsor of the Colorado Civil Unions Act passed in 2013.)
After taking foster-parent orientation classes with the Denver Department of Human Services, Mark and Greg adopted their beautiful daughter, Lila Augusta Ferrandino, nearly two years ago, although the adoption did not become official until August 28, 2013. Currently, the three of them re-side in Denver’s Baker neighborhood with their dog, Dagny.
Speaker Ferrandino has been instrumental in shaping Colorado and Denver politics for the past decade. He served as co-chair of the Colorado Stonewall Democrats and as treasurer of the Colorado Democratic Party from 2005 through 2007. In 2007 he was named Colorado Young Democrat of the Year for his work on behalf of the party and Democratic candidates across the state. That same year he was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives. For the 2013 session Mark was elected by his peers to become Colorado’s first openly gay Speaker of the House.
The New Families Support Group will meet as usual from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 104. All will gather in the Community Room at 7:30 p.m. for the program.