Board of Directors
The Ben Franklin Academy (BFA) Board of Directors (Board) works for the students, parents and patrons of BFA in promoting the vision and mission of the school. As a governing board, BFA’s Board sets policies and has oversight over financial matters of the school while focusing on the long-term strategic direction of the school.
BFA’s Board is comprised of seven individuals, committed to the success of BFA’s students. Brief biographies of BFA’s directors can be found below. If you are interested in learning about the composition, regulations and limitations that govern the Board, please download the Bylaws of Ben Franklin Academy.
The BFA Board holds its regular meetings on the second Tuesday of the month beginning at 5:30 p.m. at BFA. Specific dates are listed on the BFA website calendar. Agendas are posted 24 hours before a Board meeting and minutes are posted after approval at the following Board meeting. All are welcome to attend.
Haley serves as President on the BFA Board of Directors. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Texas Tech University and a Juris Doctor degree. She is a Colorado licensed attorney. In addition to her role and duties as a Board member, Haley is committed to providing volunteer services both in and out of the classrooms at BFA. Currently, Haley represents the Board as the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) liaison and leads the Board Succession Committee.
Adam Lucero is the Vice President of the BFA Board. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Colorado State University. Mr. Lucero has spent the last fourteen years working in the oil and gas construction industry, as well as the building construction industry. Currently, he manages the preconstruction group for Kiewit working on projects around the nation. Prior to joining the Board, he served on the BFA Board Nomination Committee. Adam represents the Board on the Finance Committee and the Facility Committee.
Sarah Nisbet serves as Treasurer on the BFA Board of Directors. She holds a degree in education from Texas State University and spent five years teaching full day Kindergarten. During that time, she furthered her education becoming GT trained, ESL certified, and served on the literacy collaborative committee. When she left teaching to spend more time with her kids, she stayed involved by leading and running the finance side of a MOPS group and volunteering at BFA. Currently she is a Senior Coffee Specialist at the Nespresso Boutique. In addition to her volunteer work at BFA, Ms. Nisbet leads a single mom’s group at Mission Hills Church. Prior to joining the Board, Ms. Nisbet served on the School Accountability Committee (SAC) for four years. Currently, Ms. Nisbet serves as the Board liaison for the School Accountability Committee and the Uniform Committee. She’s also our representative on the DCSD Alliance.
Mette Castor is the Secretary of the BFA Board. She has a degree in Psychology with minors in Biology and Chemistry from Louisiana Tech University, and is a 2022 LSU Flores MBA Candidate. She began her career with GlaxoSmithKline but left to become a full-time mom in 2006. During that time, she continued to stay active with the Junior League of Denver, the Miss America Organization, as the Chair of her MOPS group, and as a volunteer with several organizations, including BFA. She and her husband, Bill, have three sons and have been at BFA since the doors opened in 2011 when their oldest son was in kindergarten. She served three years on the School Accountability Committee (SAC) and now serves as the Board liaison to the Community Events Community.
Stephen serves as an at-large director on the BFA Board of Directors. He graduated from West Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a specialization in Finance. He has worked in the Technology space for multiple industries including Financial Services and Agriculture. Stephen is currently the Head of Engineering for Agribusiness and Animal Health at Telus Agriculture and Consumer Goods. Stephen and his wife Rosie moved to Colorado almost 16 years ago and spend their time volunteering and attending the multiple activities of their 4 children, Luke (8th Grade), Levi (6th Grade), Grace (1st Grade), and Lane (Preschool). They love being involved at BFA and volunteering in the classroom and on field trips. This year Stephen will serve as the Board liaison to the STEM Committee.
Melody attended California Polytechnic State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. She has worked in various roles in both the financial lending and health and fitness industries. She has four children who have all attended BFA – two of which still do. She has been involved in many capacities serving schools and youth in recent years, such as the District Accountability Committee, School Accountability Committee, a weekly church youth leader, volunteering in school and in sports, and is a former certified foster parent.
- Only one (1) person per family may serve on the Board at any one time.
- The Board shall not contract with directors or family members of directors.
- Neither directors nor family members of directors may be employees or independent contractors of BFA or serve as officers or voting members of the BFA Parent Teacher Organization.
- The average director logs 20+ volunteer hours for BFA a month.
- Directors are required to attend all Board meetings, strategy sessions and conferences as determined by the Board.
- Directors new to the Board are required to complete the online charter school governance modules created by the Colorado Department of Education or Colorado League of Charter Schools.
- Directors new to the Board are expected to review the following required materials within 30 days of being elected or appointed: “Cultural Literacy” by E.D. Hirsch, Jr.; “Boards That Make A Difference” by John Carver; and, “The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.”