The A-Team is the parent support group for the performing and visual arts department at Ben Franklin Academy.  Mrs. Hinkle and Ms. Johnson strive to continuously raise the bar in terms of quality and level of participation within our Arts program, and we need the help of our talented BFA community. Specifically, we are looking for the following:

Room Parents– This role involves coordinating other parents to help with performance set up or art hanging, etc.

Costumers– We need parents with either sewing skills OR ‘thrifty shopping skills’ to help Ms. Johnson make and/or find costumes for the middle school musical.

Set Building– If you have woodworking, construction or set building skills, we’d appreciate your help with building sets for various performances.

Performing and Visual Arts Liaison– This role is for anyone who wants to support music and art at BFA. These opportunities do not require artistic or musical skills. They might include: art room help, art display, green room parent, organizing meals for performers, fundraising (Disneyland trip), special events (poppies for Veterans Day or Talent Show), etc.

If you can help or would like more information, please click on this link. This will help our staff develop a “wish list” of parent volunteers who have a passion for the arts.

The mission of the Community Events Committee (CEC) is to promote interaction between students, staff, administration, parents and the surrounding community with emphasis on community service and outreach. The Committee also connects parents and students with the BFA internal and external community through annual service projects.

The CEC organizes the following events:

  • Back School Picnic
  • Boohoo/Yahoo
  • Veterans Day celebration
  • Morsels with Mom
  • Donuts with Dad
  • Goodies with Grandparents
  • and the OAK (One Act of Kindness) Holiday Outreach service projects.

The CEC is a small committee of officers who have a lot of fun strengthening the BFA community, building relationships, and bringing the 13 Virtues into action. The CEC welcomes ad-hoc help with events throughout the year. Please consider volunteering to fill these needs as they arise. This is a great way to get to know BFA families and fulfill your volunteer commitment without having to sit on a long-term committee. The term for serving as an officer is 2 years and we are always looking for good people to step into those positions when they become available.

The CEC programs truly demonstrate BFA’s 13 virtues in a tangible way. If you are interested in contributing to the CEC and its projects, email us here.

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For a copy of the CEC Bylaws, click here.
Committee Members

    Mary Sivik


        Lynda LaSelle

        Vice Chair

            Christina Akin


                Dawn Becker


                    Candace Higgins


                        Jessica Orrico


                            Annadee Wright


                                Stephanie Molen

                                Member At Large

                                    Julie Roper

                                    Member At Large

                                        Maria Sabia

                                        Member At Large

                                          Members & Bylaws

                                          Finance Committee Members

                                            Kevin Leverson


                                            Kevin received his BS in Finance from Cedarville University and his MBA from the University of Cincinnati.  He began his professional career as a Financial Specialist at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, managing budgets and developing cost estimates for various aircraft acquisition programs.  He and his family moved back to Colorado in 2006 where he worked as a Program Controller for Raytheon, a Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, and finally returned to the Air Force as a Financial Analysis Manager.  He currently works for the Financial Management Center of Expertise managing a team of analysts who provide decision support for capital investments.  Kevin and his wife, Amanda, live in Highlands Ranch with their 5 children. Kevin loves the mountains and enjoys running, cycling, hiking, camping, skiing, and any sports in which his kids are involved.

                                                Lance Klassen

                                                Vice Chair

                                                Lance works for the State of Colorado, and has been in the accounting department for over 10 years, and is currently the Senior Payroll Officer for the Governor’s Office of Information Technology.  Lance has also been a small business owner for over 12 years with rentals in Minnesota, Illinois, and Colorado.  Lance grew up on the farm in Minnesota and moved to Colorado in 2007 and enjoys spending time with his family, finding free events on the weekends, playing basketball and cheering for the Vikings (and all other MN sports)!  Lance and his wife, Sara, have two boys that are in preschool and 1st Grade at BFA.

                                                    Connie Zoerink


                                                    Connie earned both her B.S. and M.S. in Business Administration from Colorado State University.  She is currently a CPA who serves as a Director at TaxOps, where she helps clients to manage their various complex state and local tax obligations.  Connie also works with two nonprofit organizations in Denver to help women and children who are exiting trauma, addictions, and homelessness.  In whatever spare time remains, she enjoys nearly all things that involve the great outdoors – even more so if she is able to spend the time with Tom (that is, when he is not busy helping during carpool!) and daughter Lauren (who is currently in the sixth grade at BFA).

                                                        Roger Nagel


                                                        Roger Nagel has lived in Colorado since 2008.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Iowa and an M.B.A. in International Business from California State University. Roger’s experience has primarily been in the For-Profit Education industry, specializing in areas of budgets, forecasts, and Key Performance Indicators. He is currently Director of Data Analytics for Arist Education Service in Littleton. He has been a member of the Finance committee since the school opened. Roger and his wife, Lori, live in Highlands Ranch with their two sons who attend BFA. He and his family enjoy skiing, hiking, camping, and exploring new areas in the mountains.

                                                            Ram Annamalai


                                                            Ram is currently employed at Comcast, Director of Market Intelligence and Data Science team. His team plays a key role in using data and advance analytical capabilities to shape strategy and execution for Comcast Business. Prior to joining Comcast, Ram served as the Associate Director, Advanced Data Analytics for AT&T in Denver, where he developed and led Data Insight and Analytics team, which supported AT&T’s strategic goals. Prior to AT&T, Ram was with CenturyLink/Qwest Communications, where he served as Data Analytics Consultant, and he has also served as an independent consultant for Kforce as an Analytics Manager.

                                                            Ram holds a Master of Science, Finance from the University of Colorado; a Master of Science, Engineering from Wayne State University, and a Bachelor of Science, Engineering from Annamalai University in India.

                                                            Outside of work, Ram’s interests include engineering (building and breaking things), sports, and outdoor activities. He resides in Denver with his wife, Devi, and their two children Deepa and Karthik. Deepa attends Ben Franklin Academy. Ram loves spending time with his family, skiing, hiking, and traveling to new places.

                                                                Aaron Stapp


                                                                Aaron received a bachelor’s degree in Business Finance from Colorado State University.  He has 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry where he has held various accounting and finance positions.  Aaron currently serves as the Vice President of Revenue Management with Catholic Health Initiatives, a national not-for-profit hospital/healthcare company.  Aaron and his family have lived in Highlands Ranch for the last three years.  Aaron and his wife Lindsay have three sons, two of whom attend BFA.  He and his family love the Broncos and enjoy all the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer.

                                                                    Halsley Hoff 

                                                                    Business Manager


                                                                    Halsley loves being part of the Ben Franklin Academy family.  She was involved with our PTO from the beginning initially serving as the Fundraising Coordinator and then as Secretary.  She joined the BFA staff in November of 2012 working as the Business Assistant.  In March 2015, she moved into the role of Business Manager.

                                                                    Halsley is a Colorado native and graduated from Fort Lewis College with a degree in Computer Science.  Prior to BFA she worked as the Clinic/Grants & Contracts Manager at the Barbara Davis Center.  She enjoys taking lots of pictures, digital scrapbooking, camping & hiking in the beautiful Colorado outdoors, and spending time with her husband and two daughters, who have attended BFA since it opened.

                                                                    Faculty Favorites

                                                                        Steve Haas



                                                                        Steve Haas is the current treasurer of the BFA Board. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University in Indiana and a MBA from the University of Colorado. Mr. Haas has worked for Johnson & Johnson for more than 25 years and currently serves as Contract Director for Orthopedics. Mr. Haas also serves as the Board liaison for the Finance Committee and the Grants Committee.

                                                                          Meeting Agendas

                                                                          Committee Meeting Minutes

                                                                          The Grant Writing Committee is a working sub-committee of the Ben Franklin Academy (BFA) Board of Directors (Board) that works collaboratively with BFA’s teachers, staff, administrators, parents, Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and Board to investigate, identify and assist in the submission of grant applications for projects aligned with the mission and vision of BFA.

                                                                          Some generous employers offer grants to non-profits such as BFA, when their employees volunteer time.  In fact, some employers (such as Liberty Media or Arrow Electronics) will consider requests for funding only if the request is made by an employee. If you have any questions regarding whether your employer offers any potential grants, contact your Human Resources Department or send an email to

                                                                          In the past, BFA has received employer volunteer grants from Qwest (now CenturyLink), Farmers Insurance and Bank of America.  Such employee volunteer grants are separate from employer matching programs for employee financial donations and submitted through the PTO.  Please see the PTO’s web page for additional details.

                                                                          If you want to get involved with BFA’s grant team or have any questions regarding any grant opportunities, please contact the Grant Writing Committee via email.

                                                                          Grant Committee Members

                                                                            Sandy Graham

                                                                            Grant Committee Member

                                                                                Steve Haas



                                                                                Steve Haas is the current treasurer of the BFA Board. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University in Indiana and a MBA from the University of Colorado. Mr. Haas has worked for Johnson & Johnson for more than 25 years and currently serves as Contract Director for Orthopedics. Mr. Haas also serves as the Board liaison for the Finance Committee and the Grants Committee.