VCS follows APS for weather related closures. APS has called a closure for Monday, October 26th. Therefore, VCS will also be closed. Remote learning for the day is canceled, and Grab-and-go meals will not be available. Enjoy the snow day!

Contact Us

West Campus
P: 303.691.2384
F: 303.226.5529

East Campus
P: 303.338.4110
F: 303.338.4129

Locations

West Campus
801 Yosemite St.
Denver, CO 80230

East Campus
17101 East Ohio Dr.
Aurora, CO 80017

Board Bios, Info & Policies

Board Chair/West Parent Representative

Danielle Tomwing

Danielle Tomwing is currently a manager of IT Operations with 15 years of experience in software development and application support. She completed her degree in Computer Science and Management Studies and her love of travelling led her to the opportunity to travel the world on the Queen Elizabeth II Ocean Liner for almost 4 years where she had the opportunity to work with 50 nationalities on board. She has two daughters who attend Vanguard Classical School West.

Email
Board Treasurer

Karen Secor

Karen Secor, Director, is the Owner of Secor Consulting, where she develops and streamlines board practices, legal compliance, budgeting, financial management practices, process management, operating policies and human resource management for charter schools. She previously was the Chief Operating Officer for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce; the Vice President – Account Management for Broadband Associates; the Manager – Contact Center Operations for ADT Security Services, Inc.; the Manager – Customer Retention for Citicorp Diners Club; the Account Officer for J&H Office Equipment; and the Operations Manager for Bank of America. She has served on a number of boards. Ms. Secor graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and the University of Colorado with an MBA in Finance.

Email
East Parent Representative

Hanosky Hernandez

Hanosky Hernandez is an attorney working in the areas of finance and tax in the public sector. Mr. Hernandez has been employed in different positions with the City of Aurora since August 2005. Currently he works in the City of Aurora Attorney’s Office as the attorney representing the Finance and Tax Department. His most important responsibilities include, reviewing different types of financial documents, litigating tax and business licensing matters, providing advice to several pension plans, and working with the bond counsel for the City of Aurora. Mr. Hernandez also advises the City Council of the City of Aurora on special projects as needed. Mr. Hernandez holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Havana School of Law, and Juris Doctor and LL.M. degrees from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Email
Community Representative

Robert Fulton, Ph.D.

In Dr. Fulton’s three decades of service to PK-20 education, he has been an advocate for learners and the organizations that help them build their lives. Working to expand access to education and improve learning, he has expertise as a public school superintendent and as a higher education administrator in all sectors of postsecondary education—public, nonprofit and private colleges and universities. Dr. Fulton has served as a chief academic officer, school of education dean, continuing education dean, accreditation consultant and evaluator, business owner, board director, grant writer, researcher and teacher. He has a broad frame of reference regarding educational quality, the challenges that face organizations and the range of potential solutions for addressing those challenges.

Dr. Fulton holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin where he was a WK Kellogg doctoral fellow and was awarded honorary lifetime membership into Phi Kappa Phi. He holds an MA in Education from the University of Colorado at Denver and a BA in English Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Currently, Dr. Fulton serves as principal for a consulting business that helps PK-20 leaders innovate and grow by providing expert counsel on academic processes and outcomes, including those associated with curriculum, instruction, assessment of student learning, student services, learning resources, technology, accreditation and regulation. He also teaches education courses for the University of Northern Colorado Center for Urban Education, and serves as a member of the UNC-CUE Education Leadership Council.

Email
Community Representative

Jack Robinson

Jack D. Robinson, is an attorney and co-founder of the law firm Spies, Powers & Robinson, P.C., where his primary practice area is special education law and educational discrimination. Mr. Robinson has been representing the rights of children with disabilities and their parents for over twenty years. Mr. Robinson was the attorney for the parents in Endrew F. v. Douglas County Sch. Dist., a landmark case decided by the United States Supreme Court in 2017 that established a “markedly more demanding” standard for determining the educational rights of children with disabilities. Mr. Robinson is a frequent lecturer on the application and construction of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. He has represented clients in numerous due process hearings, civil actions in the U.S. District Court, and appeals in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Robinson is a member and founder of the Colorado Council of Special Education Lawyers and is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates. Mr. Robinson received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver College of Law and is licensed to practice law in all Colorado State District Courts, the Colorado Court of Appeals, the Colorado Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Email
Community Representative

Victoria Suarez-Palomo

Victoria Suarez-Palomo has served as an executive in both the federal government and private sector. She is currently a Senior Advisor in the Public Policy Group at Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP. Prior to Orrick, Victoria was Vice President for Policy and Regulatory Affairs at Renovate America (RA), a start up in the residential energy efficiency financing space.

Victoria joined RA in 2016 after more than ten years in Washington D.C. where she spent her career in public service as a senior policy and strategic communications advisor. In 2009, Victoria joined the Obama Administration’s Treasury Department as part of the transition team working to stem the financial crisis. She started as an Assistant to Gene Sperling, then serving as Counselor to Secretary Geithner, and through a series of promotions became the Treasury’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Business Affairs and Public Liaison. In that role, she led the department that managed the Treasury’s engagement with the business community, labor leaders, civil rights organizations, and advocacy groups. She maintained this position for four years under both Secretaries Geithner and Lew. Victoria also spent a year advising Secretary Duncan at the Department of Education. She began her career in Washington D.C. at a variety of think tanks, including: Center for American Progress, Council on Foreign Relations, and Center for Strategic and International Studies.

In 2011, Victoria was named “Top 30 under 30” for law and policy by Forbes Magazine and in 2015 she was named one of the “101 Most Influential Latinos” in policy by Latino Leaders Magazine.

Victoria currently serves as an advisor to Mobilize America, an organization formed after the 2016 election that works to galvanize civic engagement in local communities. She is also an advisor to BeVisible, a social media platform that connects Latinx with networking and professional opportunities.

Email
Community Representative

Dan Jorgensen, Ph.D.

Dan Jorgensen, Ph.D., currently serves as the Accountability Support Manager within the Colorado Department of Education. He previously served as the Data, Research, and Accountability Officer at Harrison School District 2, the Assistant Director of the Division of Accountability and Research within the Aurora Public Schools, and as a project leader within the Department of Planning and Analysis within the Denver Public Schools. Dr. Jorgensen has earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Policy & Administration from the University of Denver, a Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Omaha where he was a Rhoden fellowship recipient, and a Bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Dr. Jorgensen previously served as an elected member of the APS Board of Education. During different points of his board tenure he served as the Vice-President, Treasurer, Long-Range Facilities Planning Committee representative, RMSEL board member, and as a member of the Institutional Advisory Committee for Pickens Technical College. As part of his work with the Colorado Department of Education, he was appointed by the Commissioner of Education to serve as a Regional Education Laboratory (Central States) Governing Board member (2013-Present) and as an appointed member of the Central Comprehensive Center (2016-Present). Currently, he serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver where he instructs graduate level Educational Leadership and Policy courses.

Dan has received numerous awards for his work in education including the A+ Game Changer Award from A+ Colorado along with advocacy recognition awards from the Arc of Aurora, YAASPA and RISE Colorado. Also, he is a former recipient of the adjunct teaching award at Johnson & Wales University in Denver.

Dan resides in the Sterling Hills neighborhood of Aurora with his wife and his son. Dr. Jorgensen's wife is a Special Education Teacher in the Brighton School District. He has two daughters that graduated from Aurora Public Schools. His son is currently enrolled at Montessori del Mundo, a dual language Montessori charter school.

Email

Board Information/Policies

Please click on the items below to open the pdf files.