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Board of Directors

Flagstaff Academy, a public charter school within the St. Vrain Valley School District, is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is made up of a dedicated group of volunteers who make the strategic decisions to keep our school's operations in line with our mission and vision by providing the school administration the necessary resources and support to be successful. The Board of Directors is responsible for setting the annual school budget, reviewing and approving the school curriculum, establishing policies and procedures consistent with Flagstaff's mission, hiring the Executive Director, long range planning, site and facility development, and many other decisions relating to the direction, financing, and operation of Flagstaff Academy. The Board of Directors oversee several committees that report recommendations and serve to help the Board of Directors govern the school. Board of Directors members serve three-year terms and are elected to the Board of Directors by Flagstaff Academy parents.

Board Members

Flagstaff Academy is governed by a Board of Directors in accordance with the bylaws of the organization. The Board of Directors consists of committed and dedicated volunteers who may be parents of Flagstaff Academy students or other community members, and whom must share and uphold the vision and mission of Flagstaff Academy. The Board of Directors is responsible for setting the annual school budget, reviewing and approving the curriculum, establishing policies and procedures consistent with Flagstaff's mission, hiring the principal, long range planning, site and facility development, and much more.

2018-2019 Board of Directors:





Paul Shoning President Policy, Administrator pshoning@flagstaffacademy.org
Leah Herrera Vice President Administrator lherrera@flagstaffacademy.org
Bob Omer Treasurer Finance bomer@flagstaffacademy.org
Cary Lynch Secretary SAC clynch@flagstaffacademy.org
Kumar Navulur Director Facilities knavulur@flagstaffacademy.org
Elizabeth Lenski Director PTO Liaison elenski@flagstaffacademy.org 
Stuart Elston Director Facilities, Policy selston@flagstaffacademy.org

President- Mr. Paul Shoning

Paul Shoning is a business attorney for VMware – a software company based in Silicon Valley. Prior to moving in-house with VMware, Paul represented VC-backed technology companies in all aspects of forming, financing and running venture-backed businesses. Before practicing law, Paul served in a variety of roles as an officer in the Navy’s Special Operations community. Paul earned his J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School. He also holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and the United States Naval Academy respectively. Paul lives in Erie with his wife Caryne and sons Colin and Adam. When not helping with his sons’ school and sport activities, Paul enjoys many of Colorado’s water activities - fly-fishing, sailing and skiing.

Vice President- Mrs. Leah Herrera

Leah Herrera has worked in the business-to-business and educational publishing industry for more than 20 years. Currently, she is the Flood Recovery Grant Clerk for the Town of Lyons. Prior to serving on the Board of Directors, Leah held various leadership positions on the Flagstaff Academy PTO for the past seven years, including Gala co-chair, sponsorship manager, and secretary. She has a daughter in third grade and a son in fifth grade who began their journeys at Flagstaff Academy’s Preschool. She enjoys reading, traveling, visiting with friends, and living vicariously through her two amazing children.

Treasurer-Mr. Bob Omer

Bob Omer is the Executive Director of Defy Ventures Colorado, a non-profit that provides entrepreneurship, employment, and character development training to currently and formerly incarcerated men and women. Before moving into the nonprofit world, Bob was a corporate attorney focused in private equity and corporate finance most recently living in Germany providing legal and advisory services to individual and corporate clients, specializing in capital development and corporate transactions.

Bob earned his J.D. from the Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas. He also holds an MBA in Global Finance and Management at the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona. He has a daughter in the 6th grade at Flagstaff Academy and enjoys spending time with his family, reading, photography and BBQ.

Secretary- Ms. Cary Lynch

Cary Lynch is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist resuming work in the Adams 12 school district after three years as a stay at home parent. Before deciding to stay at home with her children, Cary held roles as a school psychologist, elementary behavior specialist and certified trainer for the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention program. Prior to her graduate studies and entering the field of education, Cary worked in the technical and engineering fields. She has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado in Boulder and an Education Specialist degree from the University of Northern Colorado.

Cary lives in Erie with her husband, Ryan, and their two daughters. Ryan has worked as an engineer at Google, Inc. for the last ten years. Both girls are Flagstaff Dragons with Tessa entering 4th grade and Celia entering Kindergarten. Cary enjoys traveling and camping with her family in addition to volunteering as a Girl Scout troop leader and supporting her girls in their academic and extracurricular activities.

Director-Mr. Stuart Elston

Stuart Elston is a Business Development Manager for Amazon Web Services - the cloud computing Division of Amazon, where he advises on the transformation of teams at large companies in using the cloud. Previous to Amazon, Stuart was a Senior Manager at Xilinx Inc., a Silicon Valley based semiconductor company that has a presence in Longmont. It was whilst working for Xilinx in his native England that Stuart had the opportunity to move to Longmont.

Stuart holds a bachelor degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Manchester Metropolitan University and a Diploma in Management from Kingston Business School in London. Stuart lives in Longmont with wife Steph and sons Thomas, Jacob and Benjamin. Jacob recently graduated Flagstaff Academy’s Middle School and Benjamin will be moving into 5th grade. Thomas is at High School. When not working, Stuart enjoys camping and craft beer.

Director- Mrs. Elizabeth Lenski

Elizabeth Lenski began her career in her native Costa Rica in a finance role where she was involved with micro-lending programs for individuals and small businesses. After moving to the US, she worked for six years in the staffing industry where she became well-versed in human resources and employee retention programs. She moved out of staffing and accepted a position with the City of Longmont where she worked with community outreach programs for youth and families. She later migrated to a staff position with the City of Longmont Community and Neighborhood Resources supporting development, integration and diversity. For the past six years she has functioned as the Business Director for the Wild Plum Center for Young Children and Families, an institution dedicated to providing early childhood education and development services to Longmont’s low income families. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Management from Colorado State University. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. In addition to her professional credentials, she is an active volunteer at Flagstaff Academy. She lives in Longmont and has two children Samantha and Aidan who are in seventh and fourth grades, respectively. During her free time she enjoys cooking, listening to Latin music and taking long walks with her husband and dog, as well as at the swimming pool with her family.

Director- Dr. Kumar Navulur

Dr. Kumar Navulur is Senior Director of Strategic Programs at DigitalGlobe. He received his doctoral degree from Purdue University in Engineering. Dr. Navulur is a Geospatial Advisor to various global organizations such as the United Nations, World Bank, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and others. He is also the president of DigitalGlobe Foundation, a non-profit charter that promotes geospatial capacity building around the globe. He is author of the book on satellite remote sensing that is taught in curriculum across various universities globally. He and his family love Flagstaff Academy, the teachers, staff and the culture and the science and technology-focused approach to education.  He has two kids, Carter and Eliza, who are both Dragons! His wife, Raelene Navulur was the past president of PTO and currently serves as the executive board member of the PTO. He loves to play golf and is an avid Broncos fan.