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As public agents authorized by the state, the members of the Board of Directors of a charter school are responsible for governing the school and hold the charter for the school, as it is granted by the Board of Aurora Public Schools (APS).

In addition to its many other responsibilities, the Board must ensure that the school is complying with all of the state and federal laws that apply to the school and that the school is operating in accordance with its charter and with any approved amendments to its charter.

Vega Collegiate Academy is grateful to its volunteer Board members for their generous commitment to ensure the success and viability of our organization.

Board Meeting Information

All Board Meetings are held at Vega Collegiate Academy, 1345 Macon St. Aurora, CO 80010 beginning at 6:00 pm. 
2019-2020 Board Meeting Calendar
Monday, September 19
Monday, October 21
Monday, November 18
Monday, December 16
Monday, January 20
Monday, February 17
Wednesday, March 31
Monday, April 20
Monday, May 18
Monday, July 20
Victor Amaya served in the Army National Guard for seven years, where he received a National Defense Medal, before moving to Denver to provide financial and accounting services to companies in the Denvermetro communities. Mr. Amaya founded his own accounting firm, ClearPath Accountants LLC, to better educate and aid small businesses in understanding financial statements, profitability and management of cash flow. Mr. Amaya is the former Treasurer of YouthBiz, and has served of the ALPFA Denver Chapter Board and the Colorado State Society of CPAs. Mr. Amaya earned a BS in Business Administration and Accounting and a Master of Accountancy from Colorado State University, Fort Collins. Mr. Amaya’s extensive finance and accounting background ensures VCA remains financially viable throughout all years of operation.
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John Bales currently serves as a Finance Attorney at Kutak Rock, LLC, following a career in the education sector. Serving as a high school Mathematics teacher in Denver Public Schools, and attaining the highest growth scores for his students in the state, Mr. Bales continued on to become an Investment Analyst with the Charter School Growth Fund. His strong background in education, finance, analysis, and legal practice provide rich insight into ensuring financial viability. Mr. Bales holds a BSBA in Statistics, MBA, from the University of Denver – Daniels College of Business, and a JD from the University of Notre Dame.
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Vice Chair
Miguel Lovato spent most of his professional career trying to change the life trajectory of disenfranchised populations. He has taught multiple subjects to middle and high school students; was the Executive Director of a local college prep program; and served as a mentor for high school students who would be the first in their families to go to college. Miguel has served on committees and boards of numerous education-related organizations including the founding boards two charter schools, a national education-reform advocacy organization, and the only statewide provider of supplemental online high school courses. Currently, Miguel manages a multi-million-dollar grant making budget for the Daniels Fund — one of the largest private foundations in the region.

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Board Chair
Mark Marshall brings over 28 years of experience in the building/development industry, with a specific focus on developing single-family and multi-family affordable housing units. Formerly a Captain with the United States Air Force, Mr. Marshall served in the Civil Engineering Squadron as a Base Architect and Community Planner, later transitioning into the role of Real Estate Director for the Urban Land Conservancy. Mr. Marshall earned a BA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University – Bloomington. Mr. Marshall’s governance and real estate experience ensure VCA is able to find and maintain an appropriate facility and effectively govern VCA.
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Kat McBride is a Certified Public Accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Assurance practice. Ms. McBride primarily serves fortune 500 clients in SEC driven reporting. Kat graduated with her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Masters of Science in Accounting from the University of Colorado.

Pamela Smith has over 20 years of higher education marketing and management and leadership in the areas of sales/admissions, operational assessment and efficiency improvement and marketing/advertising both domestic and international. Currently, she serves as the Executive Director of Marketing and Admissions for Colorado Heights University, a local university that serves American and International students from approximately 60 different countries and speaking 40 languages. Ms. Smith has a BS in Biology from the University of Utah, MBA from Texas A&M University, and MS in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix.
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