Board of Directors Bios
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Board Chair/VCS West Parent Representative
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.
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.
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.
VCS East Parent Representative
Aaron Baer has been with the same company for over 20 years. He worked his way up from customer service and is currently a manager of a software development team. For the last sixteen years his career has focused on employee performance through data analyst and transparency using reporting and developing tools to display the data. He has one son who attends Vanguard Classical School East.
Kat Ling (she/they) is a queer, Asian American leader who serves as Interim CEO for Moonshot edVentures, an organization dedicated to surfacing and supporting a diverse pipeline of leaders to launch innovative learning environments in Metro Denver. Prior to her current role, Kat served as Chief Program Officer and Chief of Staff, where she led programming and alumni services for a 68+ alumni network, >80% of whom identity as People of Color and >60% who identify as women or non-binary. Kat began her career as a 4th-grade teacher in rural Mississippi and later worked at Teach For America, launching the Arkansas region, designing and executing diversity, equity & inclusiveness programming for staff and educators, and coaching K-12 teachers to improve their effectiveness and culturally responsive practices. Kat served as the Board Chair of Teach For America’s national Asian American Pacific Islander Resource Group and currently serves on the TFA National LGBTQ+ Advisory Board. Kat graduated from Cornell University, where she studied English and Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and conducted an honors thesis on cultural responsiveness in the Young Adult fiction genre. She received a Masters through the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, through which she designed a racial equity fellowship for chapter leaders at GLSEN, a national LGBTQ+ educational equity organization.
Jacqueline Price is a life long learner, and passionate about giving back to her community. She volunteers weekly with children at the Denver Art Museum, and also with Slow Food America at their program in Title One schools. Her degree in Finance has led her from Bank Management, to owning her own company, and working as an accountant. Equally comfortable with an art project or a financial spread sheet, she also loves to travel the world sharing culture and smiles.