Finance Committee

Members & Bylaws

Finance Committee Members

    Lance Klassen


    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 Kindergarten and 2nd Grade at BFA.

        Jake Thorkildsen

        Vice Chair

        Jake earned his BBA in Finance from the University of North Texas in 2008. Most of his career has been spent in real estate finance or other financial planning roles – he currently works with a private equity real estate investment firm in Denver, focused on multifamily investing and asset management. He and his wife, Kaily, live in Highlands Ranch with their two daughters. Outside of work and enjoying family time, Jake’s hobbies include mountain biking, dirt biking, or playing soccer.

            Brendon Cussio


                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.

                She 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. In her free time, she enjoys watching her daughters play basketball, taking lots of pictures, creating orders from her Etsy shop, and getting out to enjoy the beautiful Colorado outdoors with her family.

                Her oldest daughter was part of the first Kindergarten class at BFA that graduated in May 2020. Her youngest daughter began in BFA’s preschool and is excited to be in 8th grade this year.

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                    Adam Lucero



                    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.

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