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 4,000 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)
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 a decade, providing Crayons to Calculators with over $1.3 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)
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)
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 2018-19 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? Please complete our Inquiry Form.
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 36 years of investment experience in portfolio management and financial planning. Born and raised in Maryland he has called Colorado his home for 32 years. He has raised 2 great kids – Christine is 29 and lives in Boulder and Connor is 26 and lives in Los Angeles. He loves the outdoors, has climbed all the Colorado 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 helping build 5 homes. 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 as co-chair for 7 years, has helped with Impact Awards for 3 years and chaired the committee that revised the Impact Awards and has been on the finance committee for 3 years.
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.
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.
Suzanne Hoover – Program Committee Chair
“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 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 Founder and CEO of Bold Legal LLC, a boutique business 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.
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.
Dr. Rob Anderson – Ex Officio
Rob is the Superintendent to the Boulder Valley School District.
“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 and Principal at Bear Creek Elementary. Kent is currently the Principal of Alicia Sanchez Elementary in Lafayette.
“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.
Terri Mulford – 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.”
Terri currently is serving as president of the Boulder Valley Education Association.
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.
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 is a proud BVSD parent.
Kelly is a tireless, focused and generous asset to Boulder’s non-profit and academic community. The scope of projects and responsibilities she manages for local initiatives and charities lends to her innate ability to increase opportunities for our community. Currently, in addition to our Foundation, Kelly serves as Board Chair for PLAY Boulder Foundation, Boulder Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB), Chapter Council advisor to the Beta Mu Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma – and she’s a past awardee for the Boulder Chamber’s annual ‘Women Who Light Up the Community’ recognition event. She also can be found helping out in a variety of ways at Boulder High School where both of her kids attend. Kelly’s patience, perseverance and graceful abilities result in bettering the Boulder community overall.
Impact on Education Staff
Allison Billings – Executive Director
Allison has nearly 20 years of experience leading nonprofits that improve communities. At Impact on Education, Allison 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 solid steward of its legacy.
Prior to her time at Impact on Education, Allison served as Executive Director of Transportation Solutions, a Denver-based non-profit that advocates for sustainable transportation policies and projects. Allison then served as Senior Vice President for Charlotte Center City Partners, the organization that represents the diverse needs of downtown Charlotte, North Carolina’s residents, businesses, and property owners. In these roles, Allison raised funds, managed budgets, and directed work programs while steering the organizational strategy. When she returned to Colorado in 2016, as a consultant, Allison assisted a variety of clients with organizational strategy, strategic planning, project management, and board governance, prior to accepting the Executive Director position at Impact on Education in early 2018.
Allison holds a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University, a Masters in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a certificate in the Essentials of Business for Nonprofit Organizations from Wake Forest University. She is a passionate advocate for tackling our toughest issues through hard work, genuine collaborations, and authentic communications.
Sharon Fullner – Business Manager
Sharon has served as the business manager of Impact on Education since 2011 and supports the overall administrative effectiveness of the organization by managing all office, administrative, organizational, and bookkeeping functions. She is responsible for budgeting, monthly financial reporting, processing donations, and developing statistical summary files. She is also in charge of various functional areas such as coordinating Board of Directors meetings and maintaining event tracking reports.
Sharon has over 10 years of business management experience and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado.
Chris Grack-Wilson – Development Manager
Chris earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in Psychology and Biology from Wake Forest University. She started her professional career as a shelter case manager for at-risk youth and progressed in the non-profit sector as a supervisor, program developer, volunteer coordinator, fund-raiser, and grant writer in various community organizations for the at-risk population. In 2007, Chris moved into the private sector as a brand marketer and PR specialist in the outdoor industry.
She has now returned to non-profit work, and her roles with Impact on Education include community liaison, event coordinator, and primary contact for marketing/PR, social media outreach, fundraising, and sponsorship.
Jen Biegen – Operations and Program Coordinator
Jen has taken her 19 years as a public high school English teacher both in Colorado and in Illinois and leveraged those skills and that experience to assist the Impact on Education staff and positively impact students and educators throughout BVSD. She works with the entire staff and assists with operations, programs, events, and marketing.
Jen holds a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Chicago. Having the opportunity to utilize her teaching experience in a wider classroom at Impact, helping students and educators in her local school district, has allowed her to contribute greatly as well as stay active within the school community.
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.
Careers with Impact on Education
College Intern– Spring 2019
Impact on Education is seeking a paid Communications and Program intern to join our team in January.