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Ben Lindquist
President
My job is to support our team – the best advocacy and school support team in the country – in doing whatever it takes to transform public education so that we are providing excellent options to all learners, families and communities statewide. We accomplish this pursuit by advocating for, protecting and serving our membership of 250+ charter schools strong; developing new schools with diverse leaders and instructional models; holding a high, unwavering standard of excellence and confronting failure among a few charter schools; overcoming threats to systemic education reform; and promoting operating autonomy, equitable facilities and funding for charter schools. We champion the principles of choice, innovation, quality, liberty, equity and accountability for results. Click to view full bio.

 

303-989-5356, ext. 109 | Email Ben

   
Kerri Barclay
Communications Manager
 

I assist the League’s Director of Communications with the various internal and external communications projects. I am also involved in communicating with the League’s membership by creating a variety of e-newsletters and other marketing materials. In addition, I serve as a member of the League’s Policy and Advocacy Team, and will help keep schools informed about developments in the legislative session. Click to view full bio.

 

303-989-5356, ext. 125 | Email Kerri

   
Lorna Beckett, Ph.D.
Director of Research and Evaluation

I will be the point of contact for any research and evaluation needs that a school or partner organization requests. I’ll provide schools with statistics, data including student achievement, demographics, and questions around the school performance framework (SPF). If you are in need of additional data analyses, I will connect you to the appropriate League trusted vendors. My research will also support the league’s legislative agenda and I will be the project manager for the Charter Schools Facilities Initiative. I look forward to working with other Colorado organizations in the hopes of creating a collaborative network of educational researchers to elevate research and evaluation advancing student outcomes in our state. Click to view full bio.

 

303-989-5356, ext. 103 | Email Lorna

   

Marcia Bickel
Vice President -  Finance & Operations 

I oversee the League’s finance and operation functions which support all program areas and staff.  I am involved in strategic and financial planning, and manage the League’s budget, annual audit, and internal controls. I am liaison to the League’s board finance committee. Click to view full bio.

 

303-989-5356, ext. 118 | Email Marcia

 




Melanie Buchanan
Accounting Manager 

I am the point of contact for schools regarding all accounting issues. Behind the scenes at the League I work with payroll, benefits administration, accounts payable and assist the Director of Finance and Operations with the budget, annual audit, and internal controls. Click to view full bio.

 

303-989-5356, ext. 111 | Email Melanie



   
Brandon Hellwig
Associate Director of Organizing 

My job is to increase parent community engagement in our charter schools. I am here to coach and educate parents on how to use their voice on behalf of their school and community to impact positive change. I will be the point person for our new advocacy initiative, the COCAN Leadership Council. Every charter school has their own wants and needs and my role is to support them in discovering these priorities while coaching them on strategies that will give them a voice to affect change. My goal is to help build structures and systems around advocacy so people can be heard and build their power. I believe that a movement including teachers, students, and parents is vital to change taking place locally and at the state level. I will be a convener to other advocacy organizations in the state so we can learn, network, and share best practices, because I truly believe we are stronger together. Click to view full bio.

 

303-989-5356, ext. 115 | Email Brandon

   

 

 


Trina Maull 
Director of Talent Development

My job’s  purpose is to offer our members efficient, applicable and relevant Talent Development services and solutions in HR Support and Resources, Talent Acquisition (Recruitment Strategy), Workforce Planning, Leadership Development, Diversity & Inclusion and Succession Planning to name a few. I will be the League's primary contact for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative and will facilitate and coordinate resources and expertise that will contribute to greater diversity, equity, and inclusion within the charter school movement.  I will collaborate with businesses, organizations, community members and universities, to partner and establish a future pipeline of educators.  My focus and approach for CLCS Talent Development Department is to ensure we will always be solutions oriented and provide relevant talent development opportunities to the membership, while keeping a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion in all that we do. Click here to view full bio.

 

303-989-5356, ext. 116 | Email Trina




 

 
Kia Murray 
School Support Specialist

I will coordinate and provide professional development and coaching via the League’s network of consultants to charter school teachers and leaders providing them with high-quality and effective content supporting and enhancing their own development. This will occur through on-site regional professional development trainings, customized in school workshops and coaching and our “new” online cohorts. In the future, we hope to build multi-year partnerships with charter schools working together to ensure student achievement along with the growth and development of teachers and leaders. The Academic Services Department is here to support student achievement, teacher effectiveness, and leadership practices through innovative professional development, resources and services. Click here to view full bio.

 

303-989-5356, ext. 107 | Email Kia 

   
Griselda Nanfito
Business Member Services Manager

The Business Services department of the League is devoted to aligning our member schools with providers that streamline the business side of running a charter school.  My intention is to equip our member school administrators with the appropriate resources  placing them advantageously ahead of the learning curve so  they can effectively and efficiently operate their school at every stage of growth.  It is my goal to cultivate and support the collaboration between administrators’ needs and providers to unify the operational paths allowing our academic visionaries to place their attention on the most important part of our overall mission, the students they serve. Click here to view full bio.

 

303-989-5356, ext. 114 | Email Griselda

   
Selina Sandoval
Program and Events Manager

I support the League by managing the wide variety of events that the League hosts each year.  I work behind the scenes to ensure each event is successful and engaging. I plan them from start to finish working with each department to determine and manage event design, finances and logistical needs. Click here to view full bio.

 

303-989-5356, ext. 119 | Email Selina

 

   

Dan Schaller
Director of Governmental Affairs

I direct the League’s governmental affairs efforts, working with our Governmental Affairs Committee, board, staff, partners, and legislative liaisons to develop and execute the League’s annual legislative agenda. I advocate for high-quality charter public schools at the district, state, and federal level, I assist schools with their advocacy needs, and I coordinate advocacy efforts among charter parents, teachers, staff and other supporters. Click here to view full bio.

 

303-989-5356, ext. 105 | Email Dan

   

Teresa Tate
VP of School Services

I provide support to the League’s Academic Services team, Business Services team and New School Development team in order to create and strengthen their offerings to our member schools. I will be expanding the League’s services to include employee relations, talent acquisition and development for member schools. I will be supporting member schools with Human Resource and Business Operation needs. I’ll oversee schools that want to strengthen their governing boards by providing customized trainings on all topics relating to governance. I will manage the League’s internal talent and assist with execution of the League’s strategic plan. Click to view full bio.

 

303-989-5356, ext. 112 | Email Teresa

   

Lori Ventimiglia
Director of New School Development

I am one of the very first people charter schools talk with as they begin exploring what goes into the epic journey of starting a charter school!  In providing copious (and free) resources and technical assistance; dispensing advice and offering guidance around strategy and making critical connections; I will always be on the other side of the phone, table, or email chain to help new school developers navigate the process of starting a school. My work with new schools goes beyond the early exploration phase as I work with them throughout “year-0” (as a school’s learning curve entails how to implement the approved charter application), as well as continue to provide support in year-1 and through the first contract renewal process. Additionally, I work with charter school authorizers to share resources and information on best practices in authorizing charter schools. Click to view full bio.

 

303-989-5356, ext. 113 | Email Lori

   

Kathy Zlomke
New School Development Manager

I work with groups hoping to start a new charter school by providing support, documents, referrals, and other resources to help guide them through the application process. I also review charter school applications to help new schools edit and refine their application before submitting it to an authorizer. Click to view full bio.

 

303-989-5356, ext. 104 | Email Kathy

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