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.

Board Members

    Matt Keillor

    President

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    Matt Keillor is an at-large director and the President of the BFA Board.  Matt holds a degree in education from Greenville College, Illinois. He began his career as a teacher in a variety of settings, including English in Japan, high school in Illinois, and middle school in California. Matt transitioned from a full-time teacher to technology sales in 2004. Currently, he is a Senior Account Executive with Flexential, a Denver-based hybrid IT solutions company. Prior to joining the Board, Matt served on the BFA STEM Committee. Currently, Mr. Keillor serves as liaison to the Curriculum Committee.
     

        Sarah Nisbet

        Vice President

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        Sarah Nisbet serves as vice president 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.

            Adam Lucero

            Treasurer

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            Adam Lucero is the Treasurer 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.

                Mette Castor

                Secretary

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                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.

                    Haley Maglieri

                    At-Large Director

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                    Haley serves as an at-large director 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.

                        Keri Street

                        At-Large Director

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                        Keri Street serves as an at-large director on the BFA Board. She was born and raised in Littleton and went to college in Grand Junction at what was then Mesa State, but eventually transferred to CU Denver where she received a Bachelors of Science in Biology. Keri worked in a molecular lab for several years and married her high school crush, Jason. Currently, Keri spends her time raising her boys (Brayden, sixth grade, and Cameron, third grade) and volunteering. She loves being able to volunteer at school, whether in the library, science lab, classroom, or on the PTO. This is their family’s 9th year at BFA. This year, Mrs. Street will serve on the Curriculum Committee and act as Board liaison to the School Accountability Committee. She’s excited to serve on the Board and is looking forward to being even more involved with such a wonderful school and incredible community!

                          Board Elections

                          Board elections will take place in the spring. Generally, each January the Nomination Committee will provide an election timeline and request Board nominations from the community. 

                          Expectations

                          General expectations as well as Board activities, duties, and time commitments are highlighted below:
                          • 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.”