School Board

The Mission of the Ridge View Academy Board of Directors is to ensure that Ridge View Academy and the Betty Marler Center provide a rigorous individualized educational delivery system which encompasses a learning paradigm for academic success, personal accountability, and essential skills that will enable our students to be contributing members of society.

 RVA & BMC School Board

 Nancy Spence


Nancy Spence completed two terms in the Colorado state senate after 6 years in the Colorado house. She was ranking member of the Senate Education Committee and chaired the House Education Committee.  Ms. Spence spent 13 years on the Cherry Creek Schools Board of Education and currently supports the community by service on boards of the Colorado Children’s Campaign, the Colorado League of Charter Schools, and is a CASA volunteer.

Pat Grippe


Pat Grippe – Having served students and families as a teacher, high school principal, and assistant superintendent of schools for over 40 years, Mr. Grippe has a strong commitment to the growth and development of students and their development within the family structure.  As a part of his commitment to students and families, Mr. Grippe has considerable experience in school choice programming, educational leadership, school renewal, and organizational development processes.  These experiences and expertise match the needs of RVA and the School Board. 



Craig Bowman – Mr. Bowman is a Colorado native and a retired teacher. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Metro State (1970) and master’s from the University of Denver (1978).  Mr. Bowman taught in Denver-area schools between 1974 and 2006, mostly in middle schools, teaching English. During that time, he also wrote free-lance columns for the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post, as well as some national publications. Currently, Mr. Bowman is the Secretary of the Ridge View Academy Board of Directors.



Robert Eikermann – Mr. Eikermann received his BSBA in Accounting and a BSBA in Economics from Colorado State University.  He served in the US Army for 2 years.  Mr. Eikermann has served as a board member and President on the Arriba-Flagler School Board. Current Board member for 6 years and President in 2011 -2012 on the RVA Community Advisory Board. Member of the Finance Committee, RVA School Board. Currently, Mr. Eikermann owns and operates ATM of Colorado and is an active partner in Bell ATM Associates, LLC.


Julie Fairley


Julie Fairley- Ms. Fairley earned her B.S. in Mass Media and a master’s in Educational Administration. Ms. Fairley has served public education for five decades in many roles including director of secondary education, high school principal, teacher at middle, high, adult alternative schools, and Adams State College. She was awarded the Phi Delta Kappa Educator of the Year award in Colorado. Ms. Fairley has also authored three published books on the topic of leadership. Ms. Fairley is dedicated to students, teachers, administrators, and values honest collaboration with the ultimate goal of improving student learning processes and achievements.

Pat H


Patricia Hayes has served on the Cherry Creek School Board, the state Board of Education, and the University of Colorado Board of Regents.  At present, she is serving on the Charter school Institute board, the Interstate Migrant Education Board and the Presidents Leadership council at the University of Colorado.

Jason Stover


Jason Stover- Jason is currently serving as the Director of Engagement and Talent Development for Service System Associates (SSA) – A company that provides visitor services for Zoos, Aquarians, and cultural attractions across the United States. Mr. Stover is responsible for the engagement of over 6,000 employees nationwide employed by SSA, and the communities they live in. Mr. Stover has over a decade of business management experience that spans from his days managing catering and park operations at the Denver Zoo, to General Manger at the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, AZ, to Director of Operations at the Detroit Zoo in Michigan.

Elton Jones


Elton Jones – Mr. Jones has served as Admissions Manager of the Mountain Region for over 15 years, admitting over 4000 students in Nevada and Colorado.  He serves on the RVA School Board, Community Advisory Board, and Roger Allott Fund Transition Committee. He has participated in several fundraising activities such as the annual Golf Tournament and Recognition Dinners. Based on his varied and extensive experience with adjudicated juveniles, he is a valuable contributor to the Boards at Ridge View Academy.

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