Relationships and Responsibility

Ridge View involves the community as much as possible to develop our student’s values of relationship building, community building and responsibility. During the past five years, students volunteered over 30,000 hours to community organizations and faith-based groups that were selected to allow students to work hand-in-hand with other volunteers, while developing respect, empathy and compassion.

These organizations include: Praying Hands Ranch, Second Wind Suicide Prevention 5K Race, Special Olympics, National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, Our Lady of Loreto, Down Syndrome Walk, Vitality Walk, Habitat for Humanity and the Denver Mural Project.

Due to these opportunities, Ridge View students were awarded the Special Olympics Organization Volunteer of the Year, Arapahoe County Parks and Recreation Volunteer of the Year, and received an Honorary Proclamation by former Governor, Bill Owens, proclaiming May 27, 2004 as Rite of Passage Day.

Community Advisory Board

The Community Advisory Board (CAB) is the fund-raising committee of the School Board of Ridge View Academy. The mission of the CAB is to enhance the success of Colorado youth through the development of organizational relationships, establishment of mutually beneficial business partnerships and increased community awareness.

Members of the CAB provide their professional expertise; their diverse knowledge and perspectives; their connections to local, national and international resources, colleagues and peers; their philanthropic support and their time and energy to support the mission and vision of Ridge View Academy, and the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections.

Ridge View Academy School Board

PRESIDENT Nancy Spence served two terms in the Colorado Senate after 6 years in the Colorado House where she was a ranking member of the Senate Education Committee and chaired the House Education Committee. Ms. Spence served on the Cherry Creek School Board of Education, and currently sits on several community boards.

Nancy Spence

VICE PRESIDENT Pat Grippe has served Colorado’s youth and families as a teacher, high school principal and assistant superintendent of schools for over 40 years. As a part of his commitment to students and families, he has developed school choice programming, educational leadership, school renewal and organizational development processes.

Pat Grippe

TREASURER Robert Eikermann served as former President and Board Member of the Arriba-Arriba Flagler School Board before joining RVA’s Community Advisory Board and School Board. Owner/operator of ATM of Colorado, Mr. Eikermann is also an active partner in Bell ATM Associates, LLC.

Robert Eikermann

SECRETARY Craig Bowman is a retired teacher who taught English in Denver area middle and high schools for over 30 years. Mr. Bowman also worked as a freelance writer who published work in the Rocky Mountain News, the Denver Post as well as in national publications.

Craig Bowman

MEMBER Patricia Hays has been an elected member of the Colorado State Board of Education for 15 years, and the University Of Colorado Board Of Regents. She now serves on the Charter School Institute Board, the Interstate Migrant Education Board and the President’s Leadership Council at the University of Colorado.

Patricia Hayes

MEMBER Julie Fairley has served in public education for five decades in several roles including Director of Secondary Education, High School Principal, and as a teacher at middle high, adult alternative schools and community college. She has been awarded the Phi Delta Kappa Educator of the Year award in Colorado, and is a published author.

Julie Fairley

MEMBER Jason Stover serves as the Director of Engagement and Talent Development for Service System Associates. With over a decade of business management experience, Mr. Stover has worked with nonprofit organizations across the U.S. to increase public engagement and community outreach.

Jason Stover

EX OFFICIO MEMBER Elton Jones has served as Ridge View Academy’s Admissions Manager for over 17 years, admitting over 4,000 students to campus. He serves on the RVA School Board, Community Advisory Board, and Roger Allott Fund Transition Committee.

Elton Jones

Improving Lives Through


Ridge View Academy has formed partnerships with several community entities to increase the number of opportunities for our students to learn, grow and succeed. These partnerships enrich every aspect of our program and help us to fulfill our mission to improve the lives of youth, families and communities.