Burgandy Hodge - Office Manager
Burgandy is extremely excited to join the Ben Franklin Academy family as the Office Manager. Her background includes 15 years of professional HR/Recruiting and Operations management experience in various capacities. She has an MBA in Technology Management, with 6 years in the United States Army as a CIO and HR Manager and training as a facilitator in Six Sigma and Lean Business Process Improvement. Burgandy has had the pleasure of coaching, mentoring, leading and managing in very diverse industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, education and military settings. Prior to accepting the position as the Office Manager she was one of the original volunteers that helped to open BFA during her time as a stay at home mom. In her free time she loves spending time with her family, traveling and working out.
Burgandy and her husband, Steven, son, and daughter who both attend BFA love being a part of the Ben Franklin Academy community.
Kari Beers - Registrar
Kari has been actively involved at BFA since the beginning. Her family is one of our founding families and she joined the BFA office staff, as the Registrar, in August 2011. Kari is originally from Illinois (go ILLINI) where she graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in Business. Being a farm girl at heart, she reluctantly followed her husband, Ike, to Colorado in 2009. Before coming to BFA, Kari was a stay at home mom for ten years and prior to kids a district manager for 24 Hour Fitness.
As a mother of four children, who all attend BFA, any free time is usually spent on the sidelines of a football field or in the bleachers of a basketball game.
Rain or shine, you will see Kari scanning tags during afternoon carpool!
Michelle Bynum - Receptionist/Volunteer Coordinator
Michelle is very excited to join the Ben Franklin Academy family and see the school come to life. Michelle has been the founding teams longest and most consistent volunteer. She's helped in a number of areas and mostly as a volunteer coordinator. She's been a very active volunteer for her kids education and played an integral role founding Ben Franklin Academy . She attended Douglas County schools and is now raising her kids in the same school system. She graduated from Colorado State University at Pueblo with a degree in mass communications. Her family is very important to her; husband Brent, daughter Kate and son Jacob.
Colleen Bobbin - Receptionist
Colleen joined the BFA office staff in January 2013. She is part-time, working as the afternoon receptionist. You'll often see her scanning tags during afternoon carpool.
Colleen is originally from New Jersey but was raised in Northern California. She moved to Colorado from San Francisco in 2001, marrying her husband, Nathan, two years later. Nathan and Colleen's daughter, Zoe, came to BFA as a first grader when the school opened. Their son, Cole, attended BFA's preschool and now is in kindergarten.
Colleen thrives on the interaction and fast-paced environment of the BFA office. When she's not working
or with her family, however, she loves to run. It's a great way to stay fit, unwind and experience the beauty of Colorado.
Jennifer Webb - Health Assistant & Attendance
Jennifer is eager to be joining the Ben Franklin Academy family. Jennifer moved to Highlands Ranch 3 years ago from Orange County, CA with her husband, daughter and son. Both her children attend elementary school in Douglas County where Jennifer spends many hours volunteering in the classroom and serving on the PTO board. She is also involved in volunteering with the scouts and her church. Jennifer comes to Ben Franklin Academy with two years experience as a Health Assistant with the Douglas County School District and prior to that she stayed at home with her children and volunteered at their schools.
Jennifer and her family absolutely love Colorado and are thankful they made the move here. They are looking forward to making new friends in the Ben Franklin Academy community.
Joan Gilmour - Health Assistant & Librarian
Joan Gilmour is returning to work after spending the past 3 years at home with her family. Prior to that she worked at Platte River Academy in the health room for 6 years so she is excited to see some familiar faces and looks forward to meeting and working with staff and families that are new to her.
She is originally from South Carolina where she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Nursing. She and her husband, Mike, have lived in Highlands Ranch for 19 years. They are the parents of three children.
Her favorite hobby is reading so she is thrilled to be surrounded by books in her new part time position as a librarian!
Kimberly Blum - Librarian
Kimberly Blum is thrilled to work at BFA as the Librarian and Math Specialist. She was a very active founding parent helping set up the library and in many other areas.
Kimberly spent 10 years in banking and personal finance education before staying home with her children for 4 years. She received her BA in Management and Corporate Communications from Buena Vista University and received her MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Kimberly has a real heart for children that are struggling with learning to read and do math and hopes to use her positions as librarian and math specialist to make a difference in their lives. Kimberly lives in Highlands Ranch with her husband and 2 daughters who attend BFA.
Miye Cardenas - Facilities Manager
Miye is so excited and proud of becoming a member of the Ben Franklin Academy family. After working as the Assistant to the Facilities Manager for several months, Miye is joining the Ben Franklin Academy team as the Facilities Manager. As such, Miye is committed to delivering a superior service that will ensure that all facilities are operated and maintained in a first class condition.
Miye has a background in accounting, she is strongly organized and possesses an exceptional ability to multitask developed from her past experience as Assistant Auditor in the accounting field. She is very energetic and enthusiastic, always with a positive attitude, and ready to help.
Miye is all about her family, her husband Arturo, her three little ones, Alex, Anthony (both will be attending Ben Franklin), and Nathalie. She loves outdoor activities with her family. She spends most of summer time in Colombia where she was born.
Halsley Hoff - Business Assistant
Halsley is thrilled to be part of the Ben Franklin Academy family. She has been involved with our PTO as the Fundraising Coordinator since the beginning. Halsley is a Colorado native and graduated from Fort Lewis College with a degree in Computer Science. Prior to Ben Franklin Academy she worked as the Clinic/Grants & Contracts Manager at the Barbara Davis Center. She enjoys anything crafty from photography to scrapbooking, camping & hiking, and spending time with her husband and two daughters (ages 7 and 4) both who will be attending Ben Franklin Academy.