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AUL Board of Directors

The Academy of Urban Learning has a very active and well-established board of directors, with diverse backgrounds and high profile relationships in the community. The board works collaboratively with the AUL principal to provide direction and support for the school. The AUL Board and its partners contribute to AUL’s overall support network, services and contributions.  Since the school opened in 2005, 100% of AUL’s board members made financial contributions to the charter school. Board members also participate in students’ final Presentations of Learning (POLs) and attend graduation. Board members attend monthly meetings and participate on at least two of the following committees:

  • Executive Committee (President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary)
  • Finance and Audit
  • School Accountability Committee (SAC)
  • Community Partnerships and Development
  • Board Governance

2015-16 AUL Board of Directors

  • Katie Symons, ChairKatie Symons
    Katie joined the AUL Board in 2011, previously served as Secretary and is currently serving as Chair. She serves as an ex officio member on all committees. Katie works as a Community Relations Specialist for Waste Management, developing sustainability programs in schools and providing public outreach and awareness through educational programming. Katie previously served as Outreach Coordinator and Program Manager for Denver’s Road Home and worked in the field of homelessness for close to ten years.  Katie worked in Higher Education for eight years, at the University of Denver’s Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning and with the Social Justice Living and Learning Community.  Katie holds a B.A. in Languages and Literature from Whitman College and an M.A. in Higher Education with a concentration in Leadership and Organizational Change from the University of Denver.
  • Fred Glick, Chairt-Elect: Fred Glick
    Fred joined the AUL Board in 2012. He leads the Governance Committee. Fred is an independent consultant focusing on community engagement and strategic issues for arts organizations. He is also active in commercial real estate development. Fred spent twenty years abroad, initially as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland, later in South Africa, India, Egypt and the United Kingdom. He has worked for a variety of non-profit and development organizations, including the UN World Food Programme, the US Agency for International Development, the World Health Organization. Projects ranged from providing health care to Delhi slum dwellers to feeding Mozambican refugees to promoting Egyptian exports. Most recently he served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the American International School of Johannesburg.  Before leaving the US, Fred was an arts administrator for modern dance companies in New York City. He holds a BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
  • Lori Powell, Vice Chair: Lori Powell Head Shot
    Lori joined the AUL Board in 2012. Lori co-chairs the Governance Committee.Lori is a Change Management Business Solutions Manager for Business Information Solutions at MillerCoors. She is a member of MillerCoors Volunteer Leadership Council and is active in diversity and inclusion initiatives, including serving as President of MillerCoors African American Employee Network. Prior to her career at MillerCoors she worked as a Management Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers and also managed projects for National Institutes of Health (NIH) and US Agency for International Development (USAID). Lori graduated with a B.S. in Management Information Systems and Management from the University of Maryland.
  • Christine Snellar,Treasurer: ChristineSneller Pic
    Christine joined the AUL Board in 2012.  She serves on the Finance and Audit Committee. Christine is a successful independent business-owner, providing bookkeeping and financial consulting to clients ranging from self-employed entrepreneurs to businesses with multi-state payroll needs. Christine has also worked with the Center for a New Direction at CU Denver to promote the understanding of indigenous struggles all over the world. Christine grew up in the Denver metro area and attended Jefferson County Open School, a front-runner in alternative education. Her experience as an Open School student has shaped her unique perspective on education and ways to transform public schools to better serve all students.
  • Michaela Turner, Secretary:michaela headshot
    Michaela joined the AUL Board in 2012.  She co-chairs the Community Partnerships and Development Committee. Michaela joined the Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration, Division of Human Resources in May 2013. As the division’s communications manager, she is responsible for statewide communications, marketing and public relations for the Employee Benefits Unit, Compensation Unit, Employee Wellness Program, Statewide Training & Development Center and the State Office of Risk Management. Prior to her current role, Michaela served as the Better Denver Bond liaison for former Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, communications specialist for former Denver Mayor Bill Vidal and media relations specialist for Rocky Mountain Human Services. Michaela received her Bachelor of Arts, Communication and Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy degrees from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2009.
  • Annie Bacci, At-Large:2015 ab head shot photo
    Annie joined the AUL Board in 2015. Annie began working for The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) as a Senior Program Manager in May of 2015 and is based in Denver, Colorado. She has over 10 years of professional experience and most recently served as Manager of Homeless Programs with the Division of Housing (DOH) for the State of Colorado where she was charged with overseeing several federal and state supportive housing programs, including leadership roles with the three state Continuums of Care. Under her oversight, the Homeless Programs Team has successfully launched three new permanent supportive housing programs. Starting as an asset manager for DOH, Annie worked with grantees to preserve and expand their affordable housing portfolios and programs and maintained her interest in working with statewide partners on new program development. Before joining the Colorado DOH, Annie worked for Volunteers of America in Denver where she served as the manager of supportive housing programs for families and youth transitioning from homelessness.  While with Volunteers of America, Annie created a new supportive housing team and successfully rolled out two seminal programs serving formerly homeless families.  Annie is a graduate of school of social work at The University of Iowa and the Master’s Program of Business Administration at the University of Colorado Denver.
  • Gary Sanford 2013-1Gary Sanford, At-Large:
    Gary joined the AUL board in 2011. He leads the Community Partnerships and Development Committee. Gary is the Executive Director of the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative.  As Advisor on Homeless Initiatives to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Gary was instrumental in the development of Colorado’s first state plan to address homelessness.  Gary has over 30 years of experience working with various homeless and at-risk populations.  His expertise includes runaway and homeless youth, transitioning foster youth and other vulnerable populations.  Previously, he served as Director of the Colorado Community and Interagency Council on Homelessness under Governor Bill Ritter and was the founding Executive Director of Urban Peak.  Gary has B.S. in Political Science and Journalism from Louisiana Tech University and an Masters of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver
  • Angela Padalecki, At-Large:
  • Rebecca Richardson, At-Large:Rebecca
    Rebecca joined the AUL Board in 2015. Rebecca is a seasoned professional with a combined career in the education, profit and non-profit sectors focusing on alternative education, arts and business. She has served as President and CEO of Girls Incorporated of Denver, established and led the Public Education Department at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City , and has worked as a consultant and facilitator for such varied organizations as the National Association of Independent Schools, the U.S. Department of State, the Denver Performing Arts Complex Foundation and the White House Council on Cultural Tourism on topics such as strategic planning, governance, fund development strategies and other non-profit related issues.  She also became involved in natural disaster fund-raising and settlement mediation following Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma. Rebecca received MBA from the University of Kansas and worked in business development for Citicorp in New York and Denver and at Security Benefit Group as their Economic Officer. She also holds a M.S. in Leadership in Museum Education from Bank Street College in NYC and has served on numerous boards in Colorado, New York and Florida. Her passions include travelling, gardening, cooking, and most importantly, her family.

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