Amy is the executive director of BuildStrong Education and since 2008 she has led many educational initiatives for the organization, including the development of The Colorado Homebuilding Academy, Z Place and several new school projects. Before BuildStrong she worked with First 5 LA School Readiness Programs for four years, bringing comprehensive early childhood programs to children and families across Los Angeles. In total, Amy has more than twenty years of experience working with various educational programs at all grade levels. Her work has centered on the goal of increasing student outcomes in under-resourced, low-performing school communities through collaborative family support and public-private partnerships. Amy currently serves on the boards of Steps to Success, The Construction Education Foundation and Executives Partnering to Invest in Children. Amy received her master’s degree in social research methods from the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Los Angeles, and she is currently pursuing an Ed.D. degree in Education Leadership and Policy Studies at the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver.
STEAD Role: President of the board, chair of the principal hiring committee, and one of the two STEAD school co-founders.
Kelly Leid Board Vice President and STEAD Co-Founder
Kelly Leid's Bio
Kelly is the executive vice president of community operations for Oakwood Homes, a Colorado-based homebuilder and community master-planned developer. In his role, Kelly oversees company-wide master planned community operational alignment, community engagement, public affairs, and the development of community amenities. He has over 25 years of broad-based operations management experience, including 20-plus years in senior leadership positions, having worked across a range of highly visible public, private and nonprofit organizations, overseeing highly complex project development efforts, and 8 ½ years of public service with Denver Public Schools and City & County of Denver Mayor’s office. Kelly previously worked for Oakwood Homes from 2002 to 2008 where he managed the company’s educational foundation and helped lead significant school reform and school development projects. Kelly has spent his professional career helping organize, design and implement complex projects like the Mile High Stadium, the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Museum, the Omar D. Blair/GVR Recreation Center shared use facility, Evie Dennis Campus, and most recently the National Western Center, totaling several billion dollars in public facility investment. Kelly is a resident of Reunion.
STEAD Role: Vice president of the board, chair of facilities committee and partnership development (includes fundraising), and one of the two STEAD school co-founders leading partnership development, facility financing, and facility design and construction. Kelly works with Principal Kevin Denton on these three above areas.
Ashley DeLorenzo Board Secretary, Human Capital Committee Chair
Ashley DeLorenzo's Bio
Ashley is a Talent Acquisition Team Lead at Korn Ferry/Ardent Mills dedicated to building both client and candidate relationships. With over 10 years of successful experience in talent acquisition, Ashley has experience developing and implementing hiring processes, creating best practices and providing support across multiple industries, with her most recent focus in agriculture. Ashley is excited to connect current and future recruiting professionals with the tools and network to further their career in the recruiting space and build long-lasting relationships with other recruiting professionals in the Denver area and sits as an active member on the Denver Recruiter Advisory Board. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, reading, gardening, and running the trails in the open spaces of her community. As a Reunion homeowner, Ashley is passionate about the community’s future growth and development. The STEAD school combines her career passions in agriculture and developing the next generation of talent, along with her personal passion and commitment to future sustainability, innovation and community development.
STEAD Role: Secretary of the board and chair of human capital committee.
Noel is the director of site maintenance for Jefferson County Public Schools. He is a fourth generation native of northeastern Colorado and grew up on a family farm/ranch, which paved the future career path he would go down. He pursued a different avenue of agronomics, starting out in the landscape industry and moving to sports field management. Noel obtained a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and went on to complete a master’s degree at Penn State University.
STEAD Role: Acting Treasurer of the board and co-chair of the facility committee
Mizraim is the director of state and local government affairs for United Airlines and was formerly the vice president of government affairs for the Denver Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Mizraim served as director of intergovernmental affairs for the City of Commerce City, administrator of the Adams County’s Head Start program, directing the Early Childhood division at the Kingsbridge Heights Community Center in the Bronx, New York, and as a psychotherapist and intake coordinator for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. He is also on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, and a member of the Colfax Marathon board of directors.
STEAD Role: Chair of the election committee and member of parent and community outreach committee.
Tim Gallagher Parent & Community Outreach Committee Chair
Tim Gallagher's Bio
Tim is a resident of Reunion in Commerce City since 2003 and former US Air Force and United Airlines pilot. Tim began working with the Reunion community to bring a new school to the community in 2006. In that effort he helped found Landmark Academy at Reunion, a charter school serving 750 K-8 students and operated by National Heritage Academies. Tim continues to serve as the founding board president of Landmark Academy from which two of his grandchildren have graduated.
STEAD Role: Chair of parent and community outreach committee.
Maura O’Neal Parent & Community Outreach Committee Member
Maura O'Neal's Bio
Maura is the communications and media relations manager at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Prior to the Museum, Maura worked as a research associate for the University of Colorado and as a client service partner at dovetail solutions. She has lived in Commerce City, Colorado, since 2005 and has served on numerous community boards and advisory councils, including the Commerce City Cultural Council, the Commerce City Economic Development Advisory Council, the Commerce City Capital Improvement Projects Advisory Council, and the Adams County Art and Culture Master Plan Steering Committee. She also serves as the grants chairperson for The Christian Foundation and as a member of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts’ Leadership Arts Alumni Network Committee. Maura received her bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and her master’s degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
STEAD Role: Member of the parent and community outreach and marketing committee.
Christopher Wildhagen Parent & Community Outreach Member
Christopher Wildhagen's Bio
Christopher is a 14 year resident of Commerce City and a parent of children in the 27J School District. He has been involved in the community and schools as a youth sports coach, mentor and advocate for quality education. Christopher’s diverse set of experiences in education combined with an acquired level of business acumen will add great perspective to The STEAD School.
STEAD Role: Member of the parent and community outreach and marketing committee and new board member accountability partner.
Roberto Meza Partnership Development Committee Chair
Roberto Meza's Bio
Roberto is the co-founder of Emerald Gardens in Bennett, Colorado. While a grad student at MIT in the Art, Culture, and Technology Program, Roberto was inspired by student projects addressing food production in urban landscapes. His career quickly transitioned from the arts to agriculture with a focus on food access. After a hiatus working on farms and observing problems in our food systems, Roberto moved to Colorado with childhood friend Dave Demerling, and started their own farm. In 2020, Roberto co-founded the East Denver Food Hub, which works to create an equitable, sustainable, and resilient food system that meets the needs of communities and rural food producers. In partnership with Front Range producers, High Plains Food Co-op, Bondadosa, and nonprofits, the EDFH promotes equity and inclusion in our food system and expands access to fresh and ethically-produced food. Roberto is the chair of membership and outreach for Mile High Farmers, the local chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition and the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union. He is also a member of the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council, and board member of the High Plains Food Co-op.
STEAD Role: Chair of partnership development committee.
Jason, a Colorado native, grew up in Aurora Colorado and moved to the Commerce City/ Reunion community in 2005 to raise his family. Jason combines over 20 years of experience in project and program management leadership in the technology & telecommunications sector with more than a decade of community leadership. Following an appointment to the City Council of Commerce City, in 2007, Jason has served the community as an At-Large Councilman, and in several board member and leadership roles, including the 27J Capital Facility Fee Foundation and Bond Oversight Committee. Jason is known for consistently building trust and fostering collaborative dialog across diverse stakeholder groups. Driven by a passion for translating ideas into reality, and his combined experiences in local government and high tech, Jason has a unique understanding of the real world skills needed to succeed in an increasingly connected, project based and technology-dependent world.
Meetings are held the first Monday of the month from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Due to City and State Guidelines for COVID-19, meetings are being held via telephone. The public is welcome, please call 515-604-9331 access code 811769 to join.