Jennifer Gibbons, President
Lauritz Petersen, Vice-President & Treasure
Jennifer Gibbons is a mother of four children, one of which attends HHA. She taught preschool for 8 years and ran a children's performing group in Texas for 3 years. She currently works as an audiologist and is passionate about education. She served as a PTCO co-president for 3 years before deciding to begin the process of starting a charter school. She has attended many charter school classes and seminars and has passed the charter school modules provided by the Colorado Department of Education. She looks forward to watching HHA grow!
School Committees: Policies / Leadership, Finance & Fundraising
Jessica Price, Secretary
I'm a husband, a father of four, a musician and a research mathematician with a passion for education. I want HHA to be wildly successful, as do all of the board members and parents involved. My daughter is a current student and my son will be joining her in attending in the Fall of 2017. Since the very beginning of HHA, I've been involved from the first informational meetings that were held to attending the Colorado State Board of Education appeal hearing. My volunteer work has also included recruiting at King Soopers where I passed out fliers and spoke to lots of different people, many who were supportive and very interested and a few who were downright hostile to our efforts. That gave me many chances to discuss the type of school that HHA is and why it's a great choice for parents interested in the best possible public education for their child. It gave me a chance to talk about how HHA fulfills its vision by using a Core Knowledge curriculum which is classically based and with a vision to develop critically thinking scholars. Other than my passion and enthusiasm, I have several years of experience with keeping and balancing financial records for a non-profit organization with many years of volunteer work as a leader and administrator for various groups, both religious and professional. HHA has gotten off to a great start and with enthusiasm and energy, I hope to help it continue on it's path to tremendous success.
School Committee: Finance
Nathan Wheldon, Board Member
Jessica Price graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Brigham Young University. She is involved in her church and have served in various leadership positions over the years. he is a wife and busy mother of three children. She has a 1st and 3rd grader at HHA. She was a homeschool teacher for two years, where she enjoyed learning along side her children. She has developed a passion for choice in education and is excited to be a part of Heritage Heights Academy.
School Committee: SAC (School Accountability Committee)
Jason Clark, Board Member
Nathan Wheldon joined the HHA Board of Directors in the fall of 2017. Nathan applied to be on the Board after two of his boys were accepted to the school and an open position became available. Nathan believes that his background, demeanor and work ethic are complimentary and valuable additions to the existing board. He values education and wants the best schooling experience for his children and decided that being on the Board would be the best way for him to be involved in the quality of his childrens’ education and for all the children at the school. Nathan is serving as a general Board member and as head of the Facilities Committee.
Nathan received his Bachelors of Science in Environmental Engineering from Utah State University with a minor in Economics. He then continued his education at the University of Washington and obtained a Masters of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Nathan is a registered Professional Engineer in three states in the Environmental discipline. He currently works as a Senior Manager over Environmental and Air Quality Programs at MarkWest Energy, where he has been since 2008. Nathan works closely with Legal, Engineering, Construction and Business Development teams and brings this expertise to HHA.
Nathan moved to Colorado in 2007 and is married to his sweetheart Briana. They are the parents of three boys who are full of energy and make sure there is never a dull moment in the Wheldon household. In his spare time Nathan enjoys serving in his local church congregation, traveling with his family, volunteering with the boy scouts and playing any kind of sport, including volleyball, hockey, basketball and softball. In 2016 he ran his first triathlon and hopes to be able to run many more in the future. Nathan is a people oriented person and would like to get to know more parents at HHA, if you see him at an event please introduce yourself.
School Committee: Facilities
Jamie Kristofco, Board Member
Jason serves as Diversity & Inclusion Consultant for Great-West Financial helping to advance the company’s everyday culture. He partners with internal and external stakeholders to attract and recruit diverse talent, lead business resource groups, and advise and train people on best practices for cultivating an inclusive workplace.
Jason’s 10+ years of experience includes strategic planning, nonprofit management, diversity and inclusion, college access and retention, partnerships and staff development.
Before Great-West, Jason served in leadership roles within the education and nonprofit sectors including College Track and the Denver Scholarship Foundation, as well as the University of Colorado Denver where he increased the ethnic/racial diversity of new, graduate students from 9.7 to 21.5%. His board experience includes the Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation, YESS Institute and Colorado College Alumni & Students of Color Association.
Jason graduated from Colorado College with a Bachelor of Arts in Romance Languages & Literature and the University of Denver with a Master of Arts in Higher Education. He and his wife reside in Aurora with their daughter who started HHA as a first grader in 2017.
School Committees: Fundraising & Grants
I am an active mother of boy-girl twins who will be graduating from Heritage Heights Academy’s kindergarten program in May, 2017 and entering first grade this fall. From the moment I attended one of HHA’s first student recruiting events – a year before my twins were eligible to enroll – I was extremely passionate and dedicated to HHA’s vision of offering a core-knowledge based education within the Cherry Creek school system. I frequently attend the monthly board meetings and would like to play a more active role in contributing to HHA’s continued success.
I hold an MBA from Georgia State University and have over 25 years of experience in corporate strategic communications for leading financial service firms. Through these experiences, I’ve served in many roles and developed deep experience in creating and promoting a vision, managing projects, allocating resources and budgets, and delivering on objectives to meet aggressive goals.
While most of my volunteer work at HHA is accomplished after-hours and “behind the scenes,” my former volunteer experiences include serving on the board for a program in Atlanta, Georgia to assist adults in obtaining their GED credentials and gain employment to become self-sufficient. I also frequently lead and actively participate in other non-profit activities.
I have been married to my husband, Steve, for nearly 23 years. In my spare time, I enjoy crafting, travelling, hiking, reading and attending live theater. I am also currently training to run my first road-race – a 4.1 mile leg in the Colfax Marathon at the end of May.
School Committee: Community / Marketing / Enrollment