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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
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




Nicole Grzybowski
Director of Academic Services 

I support Colorado charter public schools by providing them with various opportunities for academic and instructional development to support continuous growth and ongoing quality via student performance.I am fortunate to work with an amazing team of professionals in the Colorado League of Charter Schools' Academic Services department who dedicate their time to quality development in the areas of performance management and governance. As a team, we will remain relentless in providing support and enhancing quality in Colorado charter public schools. Click to view full bio.

 

303-989-5356, ext. 107 | Email Nicole

 




Jeff Johnson
Systems Manager 

I help schools navigate the League’s website, post jobs, sign up for events, etc. I also support the League’s Communications, School Services and Operations departments in a variety of functions, and I am responsible for maintaining the League’s website and database, and managing the organization’s technology infrastructure. Click to view full bio.

 

303-989-5356, ext. 101 | Email Jeff




Tiffany Kallevik
Director of Member Business Services

I am the go-to contact at the League for the operational staff of charter schools. I develop and distribute operational resources, templates and tools to help charter schools run effectively. I also help charter schools access quality providers via our vendor programs. These programs save schools time and money by connecting them with charter-friendly and charter-experienced vendors who provide products and services, often with the benefit of pre-negotiated contracts. Additionally, I organize quarterly professional development meetings for school business managers and IT staff, connecting them regularly and enabling sharing of best practices between schools. Click to view full bio.

 

303-989-5356, ext. 116 | Email Tiffany



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

   

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

   

Shawna Skaling
Executive Assistant

I will be the first person to welcome you to the League’s office or greet you by telephone and direct your requests to the departments that can be of greatest support. I will act as the central hub for communications, workflow, coordination and customer service. I’ll be working closely with the president to set organizational priorities, distribute projects and tasks and monitor progress. I will also act as a liaison with the board of directors, including coordinating regular board meetings and working committees. The pride I have in being organized and detail oriented will help me with upholding effective organizational norms & operations within our organization. Click to view full bio.

 

303-989-5356, ext. 100 | Email Shawna

   

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

Nora E. Flood 
President

I like to say I am the "Chief Cook and Bottle Washer" here at the League. But in all seriousness, as President, I am often the public face of the League. My goal is to make sure that school leaders at the board and building level have the tools and resources they need to provide quality education to their students.  I provide resources and school-based support to leadership and governing boards of Colorado charter schools. I also work behind the scenes building relationships and creating partnerships to further the work of the League. I serve on the League’s Policy & Advocacy Team with a focus on increasing and/or maintaining equity in charter school facilities, funding and flexibility at the local, state and federal levels. Click to view full bio.

 

303-989-5356, ext. 109 | Email Nora

Nora E. Flood 
President

I like to say I am the "Chief Cook and Bottle Washer" here at the League. But in all seriousness, as President, I am often the public face of the League. My goal is to make sure that school leaders at the board and building level have the tools and resources they need to provide quality education to their students.  I provide resources and school-based support to leadership and governing boards of Colorado charter schools. I also work behind the scenes building relationships and creating partnerships to further the work of the League. I serve on the League’s Policy & Advocacy Team with a focus on increasing and/or maintaining equity in charter school facilities, funding and flexibility at the local, state and federal levels. Click to view full bio.

 

303-989-5356, ext. 109 | Email Nora

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