Leverage community resources to increase student achievement, create opportunities, and build support for public education.
Founded in 1983, Impact on Education is the foundation supporting all Boulder Valley public schools. Our wide-ranging projects and programs drive innovation and foster excellence throughout BVSD, and impact over 31,000 local students and educators each school year. Our program and support focus is on improving equity, including addressing economic and learning barriers that curtail success, promoting innovation in education, and fostering excellence in instruction.
We exist for every student and every educator in the Boulder Valley School District. We are constantly evolving to meet the needs of our education community. We not only support and empower our district’s most at-risk students, but we raise the playing field for all students through innovative uses of technology and instructional tools that enable all of our students to become successful 21st century learners.
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) stretches from the peaks of the Continental Divide to the suburbs of Denver. BVSD stands as a leader in academic excellence with outstanding classroom teachers, exemplary schools, and programs that support student achievement. The mission of the Boulder Valley School District is to create challenging, meaningful and engaging learning opportunities so that all children thrive and are prepared for successful, civically engaged lives. (Learn more)
The Boulder Valley Education Association is the exclusive bargaining agent for the licensed staff of the Boulder Valley School District. BVEA represents its members in contract negotiations, grievances, policy development, and in promoting quality public education. BVEA teachers are committed to excellence in education, and are working to ensure their needs are met as they endeavor to furnish a brighter future for their students. (Learn more)
Though best known for GPS technology, Trimble integrates a wide range of positioning technologies including GPS, laser, optical and inertial technologies with application software, wireless communications, and services to provide complete commercial solutions. Its integrated solutions allow customers to collect, manage and analyze complex information faster and easier, making them more productive, efficient and profitable. Trimble is committed to bringing diverse individuals, from different cultures and races, together in a work environment and in society. Supporting local initiatives that are scalable to other regions of the country and world is part of the Trimble culture. (Learn more)
Western Disposal is a locally-owned company offering trash, recycling and composting services to Boulder and Broomfield Counties since 1970. Western Disposal Services has been a corporate partner of Impact on Education for over nine years, providing Crayons to Calculators with over $1 million to empower students in need by giving them the supplies they need to be succeed in school. Western Disposal is a company of individuals with families who truly care about their community in ways that are simply not measurable in a bottom line analysis. We are proud to have Western Disposal as a philanthropic partner in our community. (Learn more)
The nonprofit Boulder Chamber is the region’s flagship business support and advocacy organization. For more than 100 years, they have been leading innovative programs to build a smart, thriving economy. The Boulder Chamber supports business success, influences policy, and connects business leadership. Together with more than 1,700 member organizations, the Boulder Chamber represents the wide diversity of local businesses and promotes the balance of environmental, social and economic values that make Boulder such a great place to live and work. (Learn more)
Founded in 1966, Boulder Housing Partners (BHP) is the housing authority for the City of Boulder. Boulder Housing Partners builds, owns and manages affordable housing for low and moderate income residents and is committed to fostering a healthy sense of community in every property it develops. (Learn more)
The mission of the “I Have a Dream” program is to motivate and empower children from low-income communities to reach their education and career goals by providing a long-term intervention program of mentoring, tutoring, and cultural enrichment. Upon graduation from high school, each Dreamer is eligible to receive a four-year tuition-assistance scholarship for college or vocational school. (Learn more)
Impact on Education operates on a fiscal year ending March 31. Each September, following the completion of its financial audit, the organization prepares an annual report detailing its key activities and financial results.
Our Board of Directors
Our 2017-18 Board of Directors is an active and dedicated group of individuals from our business, volunteer and education communities. Interested in becoming an Impact board member? Contact us at email@example.com.
Greg Evans – Chair
“Boulder is such a great place to live and raise a family and a quality educational system is an integral part of a vibrant community and I am proud to be on the Impact Board which supports a number of high quality educational initiatives.”
Greg is a partner in the Millstone Evans Group of Raymond James & Associates with 33 years of investment experience in portfolio management and financial planning. Born and raised in Maryland he has called Colorado his home for 28 years. He has raised 2 great kids – Christine is 26 living in NY City and Connor is 23 and is finishing college at Loyola Marymount. He loves the outdoors, has climbed all the 14er’s and is an avid golfer. He was a volunteer firefighter on Sugar Loaf for 15 years and has been a supporter of Habitat for Humanity the past 4 years. He believes equal access to a quality education is vital to our future and that every child deserves the opportunity to succeed. He has been intimately involved in the Razzle Dazzle fundraiser for 4 years running which helps raise money for the Impact Opportunity Fund.
Arlene Stredler-Brown – Vice Chair
Arlene Stredler-Brown currently works in in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Colorado. Prior to her work at the University of Colorado Boulder, Arlene has worked as a special educator in public schools (Adams County District 12), as a speech-language pathologist, and in higher education. Her two children attended BVSD schools from kindergarten through high school graduation.
Matt Fargo – Treasurer
Matt Fargo is a Partner at Kurtz Fargo LLP, a boutique accounting firm based in Boulder, CO. The Firm provides high quality assurance, tax and advisory services to emerging growth, small and mid-sized businesses.
“It is an honor to serve on the Board of Impact on Education. Our work embodies the true spirit of partnership. As the principal of Ryan Elementary STEAM School and a global citizen, I know that twenty-first century education is driven by technological advances founded on the strong principles of collaboration, ingenuity, and vision. We are molding young minds to think critically and to solve problems and enter into fields that have yet to exist. Impact on Education stands for being at the forefront of partnering with people and organizations, in both public and private settings, to create shared learning and resources. This is my life’s work and I’m proud and excited to have the opportunity to extend my service to public education through the non-profit work of the Impact on Education.”
Tobey Bassoff is the principal of Ryan Elementary STEAM School in the Boulder Valley School District. She is married to a high school English teacher and has two young children, ages 8 and 10. Tobey led the implementation of the STEAM focus at her school where all classrooms now have interactive white boards, document cameras, and 3-D projectors to support learning and instruction. Tobey truly values partnerships and recognizes the intrinsic value of partners in education. Through a collaboration with Impact on Education, Ryan Elementary STEAM School piloted the use of IPAD and IPOD touch technology to support science literacy and offered instrumental music and art enrichment to students beyond the school day.
“I was drawn to Impact on Education because of the emphasis on innovation in schools and because Impact truly embodies the philosophy that every child deserves and, with the right support, can get a high quality education. I have seen the positive influence, first hand, that Impact on Education has had on individual children and on the broader Boulder Valley community.”
Kent Cruger has been an educator in the Boulder Valley School District for 21 years, beginning as a para-educator at Columbine Elementary where he also student taught in 3rd grade and then was a classroom teacher in the 4th and 5th grades. He was a teacher on the team that opened Monarch K-8, followed by a stint as an Assistant Principal at Superior Elementary. Since 2003 he has been the principal at Bear Creek Elementary.
“Education at all levels is the fabric of this country and it is our competitive advantage in an ever more competitive world. Impact for Education provides our children and our educators with tools and experiences to be more competitive and give us that educational differentiation. Impact has provided a positive impact to Boulder County education.”
Sheryl has spent the last thirty years as a scientific and medical laboratory professional working in the areas of environmental monitoring, food analysis, and health care. She is a graduate of Cornell College, Mt Vernon, Iowa, and Madison Area Technical College, Madison, Wisconsin. Her parents were educators at both the secondary and university levels and taught her the value of education. In addition, she has also been an active volunteer in Colorado at the Red Cross, Respite Care, and the Humane Society. She believes that education is something that must be available to all.
Since moving to Boulder in 2007 Tracy Halgren has been an active member of the Crest View school community. She has volunteered in many different capacities in the school from running the Garden to Table program, to chairing Crest View’s Enrichment Grants program and the Raffle fundraiser, to sitting on the School Accountability Committee and Technology Committee. Tracy has also played an integral role with Crest View’s PTO after serving as Co-Chair the past two years. She has a 5th grader at Crest View Elementary School and a 9th grader at Watershed School.
“I am delighted to once again be serving on the Impact Board. I firmly believe that providing all children with a solid foundation is vital to the future of society. Impact’s support of BVSD allows teachers and staff to develop innovative programs that will positively impact students and their futures. Impact serves as an advocate for BVSD and helps to make a very good school district even better.”
Suzanne grew up in a small town in north central Illinois. She graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN with a major in American History and training for secondary education. Suzanne taught English and history at the junior and senior high school levels for five years and during that time also received a Master of Science degree in secondary education from Indiana University. For the next thirty plus years, in addition to her primary role as wife and mother of two children, Suzanne has been an active community volunteer in both Muncie, IN and Boulder.
Many of her activities were centered on her children and their schools, including PTO, classroom and library volunteer, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. Additionally, Suzanne served on the board of the Muncie Children’s Museum and Junior Achievement and was involved at College Avenue Methodist Church and a number of philanthropic organizations. In 1994, while living in Muncie, Suzanne was elected to the school board for the Muncie Community Schools. She served one term, including one year as President of the Board. In 1998 Suzanne and her husband, David, moved back to the Boulder area.
Suzanne served as a member of the board of Impact on Education, formerly the Foundation for Boulder Valley Schools, for seven years including one year as chair of the board. Additionally, Suzanne is an active member at First United Methodist Church, is involved with PEO and a sorority alum group, is a member of the Advisory Board for the Presidents Leadership Class and serves as a member of the Development Board for the School of Education at CU. Suzanne is also a member of the board of directors of Via Mobility Services.
“I was originally drawn to Impact on Education through our (Google’s) involvement with the STREAM program, and from this connection, had the honor to attend the Impact Awards as well as witness a pilot STREAM school in action, where elementary students exuded a very high level of engagement and passion around the program. In the span of just a few months, I was exposed to two admirable Impact on Education programs for teachers and students, respectively. I look forward to furthering Impact on Education’s commitment to serve our local teachers and students.”
Chris Keating has resided in the Boulder area for over 6 years since moving here from the Bay Area. He is the Business Unit Director of the SketchUp business at Trimble, now with an office in Boulder. Prior to Trimble, Chris served in various leadership functions at Google in Boulder including Business Operations and Technical Program Management on the SketchUp, Earth and Maps product teams. Chris has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University (Potsdam, NY), and a MBA from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business (Pittsburgh, PA). He played NCAA lacrosse in college and still plays ice hockey today. Chris and his wife Kirsten currently have three children in the Boulder Valley School District.
“I believe that education is the key to improving people’s lives and solving societal problems. Impact on Education is a perfect vehicle for me to have a lasting, positive impact on our community.”
David Kendall is managing partner of Kendall, Koenig & Oelsner PC, a boutique transactional law firm. David’s practice focuses on corporate and business transactions and general corporate and business law. David has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, securities and credit finance and has worked with clients ranging from early-stage start-ups to multi-national Fortune 100 companies.
Frank Lee – Former Athletic Director, Fairview High School
Ester Quintana Matheson
“Education has always been my passion. Impact on Education most closely reflects my personal goals of reaching out to under-privileged children and supporting them in their quest for higher education”
Ester and her family moved to Boulder in 1970 and she has been active in our community ever since. “She has served on a number of boards including the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County, Share-a-Gift, Kiwanis Club of the Foothills, the Elementary Spanish Program. Ester is currently serving on Impact on Education Board and the Boulder County Latina League. She was involved with the League of Women Voters and for the last 12 years has volunteered at the Audio Information Network of Colorado where she reads and records Spanish stories to blind children.” Although she remained busy with her volunteer work and raising her son, Ester went back to school and earned her business degree from CU at the age of 42, the same year her son graduated from high school. She went on to work in several sectors including non-profit, banking and health. In 1998, Ester retired and, together with Shirley Betancourt Conley, founded the Boulder County Latina League with the goal of raising money for scholarships for Latino students in Boulder County. The organization continues to distribute scholarships annually and now provides support to both female and male students.
Ester’s husband, Bob, is a graduate of Boulder High. They have two sons, Ed and Victor, graduates of Boulder and Fairview High respectively. Ed has his own business in Portland and Victor teaches sports economics at Holy Cross. They have 3 grandchildren.
Tina Mueh – Ex Officio
“As president of the Boulder Valley Education Association, I appreciate Impact on Education’s good work on behalf of our BVSD students and educators, and I’m honored to participate in that work.”
I’ve enjoyed teaching science in BVSD for the past 20 years, and I am currently serving as president of the Boulder Valley Education Association. My husband, three-year-old daughter and I live in north Boulder.
Chuck moved to Colorado at the age of one. His great grandparents homesteaded in Colorado in 1871. Mr. Sisk received his B.A. from the University of Colorado in 1967 and his J.D. from the University of Colorado in 1969. He joined the firm of Hurth, Sisk & Blakemore LLP in 1973 after serving three years as Deputy District Attorney for Boulder County. In 2012, Chuck was inducted into the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame. A former (20-year) college football referee in the Mountain West Athletic Conference, Mr. Sisk is active in numerous civic organizations and recently ended an eight year run as Mayor of Louisville, Colorado due to term limits.
Cindy Stevenson – Ex Officio
Cindera (Cindy) L. Ward
As Vice President at JVA, Cindy is head of Finance, Accounting, Marketing, and Human Resources. JVA, Inc. is a consulting engineering firm specializing in structural, civil, and environmental engineering. Headquartered in Boulder, JVA also has offices in Fort Collins and Winter Park. This year, JVA is celebrating 57 years of business. Cindy has been at JVA for 27 years. She was instrumental in growing the business from a 12 person firm to the current 60+ employees in three offices. Cindy has played a key role in identifying new business opportunities and expanding the firm into civil engineering. Her ability to define corporate strategy and create a firm identity through marketing and business development has changed JVA into a recognizable name in the Civil and Structural Engineering business in Colorado.
- Current Treasurer & former Chair for Downtown Boulder, Inc. Board. (25 member board)
- Chair for Impact on Education Razzle Dazzle event 2011-current year
- Former Chair of the Board for Boulder Country Day School in Boulder County
- Former AIA (Architect Institute of America) Northern Chapter Board Member
- Active member in SMPS
- Served on Downtown Boulder, Inc. Search Committee for a new Executive Director
Cindy is passionate about education. She believes every child deserves the opportunity to a well-rounded education. Also, every child should have a level of exposure to the arts, sports, and other extracurricular activities that provide students confidence while they move through their educational experience. Cindy has been involved in the Razzle Dazzle fundraiser for the past three years to help raise money and awareness for the Impact Opportunity Fund, which aligns with her beliefs in supplementing educational opportunities for students not affording the financial means on their own.
“As a graduate of Boulder High School and having two children who went through the Boulder Valley school system, I am a strong believer in the value of public education. I can’t think of a better way to support public education in this community than to be involved with Impact on Education. The creative and important programs developed by this organization have greatly enhanced the quality of education for many students.”
Star Waring is an attorney with the Boulder law firm of Dietze and Davis, P.C. where she practices water law and natural resources law. She has lived in Boulder since 1967 and is very involved in a number of community organizations, including the Boulder County Bar Association and the Hospice Ethics Advisory Board. In addition, she teaches at the University of Denver law school as an adjunct professor. Star is married and has two children.
Samara Williams is the the principal at Emerald Elementary. Currently in her 20th year in public education, Samara has experience as a middle school teacher, middle school librarian, elementary teacher, and elementary principal. She also a proud BVSD parent.
Impact on Education Staff
Fran Ryan – CEO
Fran joined Impact on Education in July 2010 and is responsible for providing the leadership to enhance program excellence, broaden community involvement and advance initiatives through advocacy efforts. She is responsible for the financial health of the organization and for being a good steward of the legacy of the organization.
Fran has over 30 years of senior management experience within the private and non-profit sectors. She has devoted her volunteer time over the last 20 years towards work to enhance learning for all children. She co-founded the Parent Engagement Network and served as Project Director of THRIVE, a guide for parents providing information and resources about current topics impacting the health and wellness of our youth. Fran was recognized on the Superintendent’s Honor Roll in 2008 for the work accomplished on THRIVE.
Fran has participated on the Community Food Share Board of Directors where she was chair of the capital campaign. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of Hospice of Boulder and Broomfield Counties and the YMCA of Boulder County. She was the 1996 Daily Camera Pacesetter in Education and is past chair of the Douglass Elementary and Platt Middle School School Improvemet Teams (SIT) and past chair of the District Accountability Committee (DAC).
Fran holds a BA from the University of Colorado and an MBA from Regis College. Fran has two children who graduated from Monarch High School in Louisville, Colorado.
Sharon Fullner – Business Manager
Tara Fosburgh – Program Manager
Ben Gazaway – Development and Marketing Manager
We are enthusiastic advocates for strong societal support of public education and, where appropriate, support public policy initiatives that benefit the Boulder Valley School District.
Like all school districts in Colorado, Boulder Valley School District is governed by an elected Board of Education. The Boulder Valley Board of Education has seven members who each represent one of seven different districts throughout the geographical area of BVSD. Each member serves one four-year term per election up to a maximum of two terms or eight years total service.
The Boulder Valley Board of Education meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month except in July, when no meetings are scheduled, and in March and December, when the second meeting of the month is usually cancelled. These regularly scheduled meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. All Boulder Valley Board of Education meetings since Dec. 12, 2006, are available online. Agendas for upcoming meetings are posted by 4 p.m. on the Friday before that meeting.
Impact on Education does not endorse candidates for the BVSD Board of Education, but does work to engage the community in Board of Education elections. In 2015, Impact on Education, in partnership with the BVSD District Parent Council, hosted a candidate forum for the 7 candidates vying for 4 seats on the Board of Education.
2015 BVSD Strategic Plan – ‘The Success Effect’
Impact on Education partners with the Boulder Valley School District in their long-term strategic planning effort, which culminated in the launch of ‘The Success Effect.’ The new strategic plan is designed to elevate individual student success and improve the quality of life for everyone in our community by focusing on the following three areas:
Partnerships – Boulder Valley School District will partner with students, families, staff, and community members to address the unique learning needs of each student and to create meaningful and engaging opportunities for each child.
Intellectual Growth, Physical Development – Boulder Valley School District will ensure that each student meets or exceeds appropriate expectations relative to intellectual growth, physical development and social emotional well-being.
Safe, Healthy, Inclusive – Boulder Valley School District will ensure that students, families, staff, and community members experience a safe, healthy and inclusive environment.
2014 Ballot Measure 3A (BVSD Bond-Capital Construction)
During the fall of 2014 Impact on Education spearheaded the Yes on 3A campaign in an effort to gain approval for the largest school bond measure in Colorado state history. Due to the method by which the Colorado legislature allocates education funding, Colorado does not provide enough state funding to both educate our children and adequately maintain our buildings. BVSD has focused on funding teacher and educational excellence. To maintain BVSD’s standard of excellence, Impact on Education felt it was time to invest in the facilities that contain and support the outstanding education of BVSD children.
The Impact on Education Board of Directors voted to officially endorse Ballot Measure 3A, and Impact on Education managed the 3 month campaign.
After much campaigning and diligent messaging, Ballot Measure 3A was approved by the voters in November 2014. The approval means that BVSD will have $576 million to provide improvements and upgrades to every building in BVSD, as well as rebuild three schools (Creekside Elementary, Douglass Elementary, and Emerald Elementary), and build a new K-8 school campus in Erie.
Click Here to learn the improvements and renovations occurring at each school.
The District will convene a Citizens Bond Oversight Committee to ensure transparency, and plans for the bond-related build-out to take place over about 8 years.
2010 Ballot Measure 3A (BVSD Mill-Levy Override)
The 2010 mill levy override (3A) was passed by voters on November 2, 2010. Impact on Education coordinated the community-wide campaign efforts. On November 9, 2010, the BVSD Board of Education formally acknowledged the campaign at their regularly scheduled school board meeting.
This ballot measure enhanced education in BVSD, making our community a better place to live, work, and start a business. 3A generated $22.5 million in 2010 to:
- Restore Classroom Funding $12 million will be allocated to restore recent & anticipated funding cuts. The restoration of funding will help BVSD maintain or, as possible, reduce class sizes so that students get the attention they need from their teachers. Superintendent Chris King has vowed the none of the funds will be used to restore cuts in central administration.
- Compensate Teachers & Staff Boulder Valley must compete for the best teachers with Cherry Creek & other leading school districts. To attract & retain high quality teachers & staff, BVSD must offer competitive salaries & benefits. 3A will mobilize $5.5 million for teacher & staff compensation.
- Enhance Early Childhood Education & Close the Achievement Gap 3A will generate $5 million to give hundreds more BVSD kids access to early childhood education. Early education is a key means of reducing &, in many cases, preventing the achievement gap.
This ballot measure is one of the key ways Boulder Valley residents can exercise local control, support public schools, and invest in our economic future. 3A increased 2011 residential property taxes about $130 on a $350,000 home – or about 35 cents a day.
Impact on Education joined the Great Futures Colorado Campaign, a diverse coalition of community organizations that advocates for the implementation of, and adequate funding for, an education system that will prepare all children for the challenges of the 21st century. The Great Futures Campaign provides member organizations with a platform and simple tools for united action toward our shared vision.
Education Matters: Business Education Forum
This annual breakfast forum, running from 2006 through 2010, was focused on helping the business community understand the critical link between public education and a strong economy. The event included updates on national, state, and local education issues as well as prominent keynote speakers. Speakers included State Representative and Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff, State Senator Rollie Heath, State Senator Mike Johnston, and former Denver Public Schools Superintendent and current U.S. Senator Michael Bennett.
As an organization focused on educational excellence, equity and innovation in Boulder Valley School District, Impact on Education understands the critical link between healthy food and student learning. The School Food Project serves fresh and nutritious food every day. This amounts to over 12,000 scratch-cooked meals each day! Locally sourced and organic ingredients are used whenever possible, and highly processed foods, high fructose corn syrup, chemicals, dyes and food additives are all avoided. Salad Bars are offered daily at every school and are stocked with fresh, delicious and when possible, local farm fresh produce.