Dianne Harper was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, but spent most of her younger years in Fort Collins, eventually graduating from Fort Collins High School and then with a BA in English from Colorado State University.
After graduation and marriage to Jim Harper, she commenced her career in education in Yuma, Colorado, where she taught high school English, French, and counseled K-8 before filling the administrative positions of curriculum director, assessment director, and coach for the district.
In 1991 Dianne was appointed by Governor Roy Romer to work on the New Standards Project on which she served as co-chair from 1991-1996. During this time the first standards for Colorado were written, revised, and adopted by the state board. She was charged with meeting with school districts around the state to get their input and enhance communication with them. As part of this assignment, she worked closely with the legislature and State Board of Education in the adoption process. She also consulted with McGraw Hill on the construction and writing of the assessments and participated in the book marking and scoring of the initial testing.
Dianne served on the executive board of the Colorado Language Arts Society and participated in the conferences as a presenter and planner. She also served on the Education Advisory Board for the University of Northern Colorado’s English Department.
During Dianne’s time in Yuma she served on the Yuma District Hospital Board for 25 years, was a member of the Colorado Hospital Association of Trustee Board, member and president of the Centennial Mental Health Center Board, Library Trustee. She was also a member of the Yuma County Child Protection Committee for 25 years.
Dianne was part of the vibrant arts scene in Yuma during this time, appearing in several productions, directing children’s theater, and serving on the executive committee that provided a plethora of arts activities for the area.
Since returning to Fort Collins, she has been on the Symphony Board and chairman of the Symphony Guild (now Friends of the Symphony). She has also until recently served on the Poudre School District Foundation Board.
Her family includs husband, Jim, Dr. Anne Miller and family of Cheyenne, WY, Erin Harper and family (including frequent OTHA performer, Zach Brock) of South Orange, NJ, foster children Byron Korf of Omaha, NE. and Erin Moser of Colorado Spring and their children.