Community

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 Services.

Ridge View Academy School Board

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PRESIDENT F. Jerald (Jerry) Adamek began his career in 1966 working with at-risk youth as a Teacher, Counselor, Administrator and Consultant. Today, he serves as President of the Board of Ridge View Academy overseeing the delivery of quality programming and services.

F. Jerald (Jerry) Adamek
PRESIDENT

PAST 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
PAST PRESIDENT
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TREASURER Ross Fraser has an extensive background in higher education including management roles at the Universities of North Carolina, Northeastern and Columbia. He also served in Colorado at the Department of Local Affairs, the Division of Youth Services and as an analyst for the Joint Budget Committee of the Legislature. Ross has retired in Colorado, but currently works for Tri-County Health Department helping manage the Covid crisis. He is an avid runner having completed numerous marathons.

Ross Fraser
TREASURER
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MEMBER Biana Jones is a graduate from CU Boulder with degrees in finance and human resources management. She also holds an MBA from Purdue. Bianca is a CRM Administrator at Badger Daylighting and is highly involved in the current rollout of an ERP system across the entire company.

Bianca Jones
MEMBER

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

MEMBER Mike Griebel is a retired educator, who currently serves as a member of the football staff at Columbine High School and member of the Board of Directors for CHSCA. His dedication to youth is evidenced by his three-decade career with Littleton Public Schools and continued support of programs that promote Positive Youth Development for Colorado kids.

Mike Griebel
MEMBER
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MEMBER Doug MacCarthy retired from the IBM Corporation after 31 years in Financial Management. His work at RVA started as a member of the Community Advisory Board where he served as President for several years. He now does fund raising work with the Denver Round Table for Colorado Children’s Hospital as well as for RVA’s Roger Allott Transition Fund, which provides grants to Ridge View graduates.

Doug MacCarthy
MEMBER
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MEMBER Brad Billingsley is a Sales Executive, who leads the Denver office of Propel Insurance and over 30 years of leadership experience with multiple companies. His career has been focused on helping youth organizations manage risk and serving on boards. Brad has an executive coaching background, which he uses to mentor youth. His passion in life are his wife and 2 kids adventuring with them in a variety of backcountry activities. Brad graduated from CU-Boulder where he was on the football team under Coach Bill McCartney, who taught him perseverance and believing in what is possible.

Brad Billingsley
MEMBER
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PARENT MEMBER Kevin Lash has a long career as an Air Force/Air National Guard Officer and holds a Master of Arts Degree in Civil-Military Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School. He also has a lengthy work history in the Insurance Claims field serving in multiple management and technical capacities. He now works as a substitute teacher and coaches youth sports. He joined the School Board as the Parents Representative after his son attended Ridge View Academy.

Kevin Lash
PARENT MEMBER

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
EX OFFICIO MEMBER

Improving Lives Through

Partnerships

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.