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 14 years, and is currently a Payroll Manager for the Colorado Department of Human Services.  Lance has also been a small business owner for over 16 years with rentals in a few states.  Lance grew up on a 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 at BFA (grades 2nd & 4th).

        Brendon Cussio

        Vice Chair

            Kyle Schlenker


                Liz Elder

                Finance Committee Member

                Liz is a Financial Analyst at Wind Crest, a CCRC retirement community in Highlands Ranch.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Marketing from University of Northern Colorado and a Master’s of Science in Accountancy from University of Phoenix.  Liz started in various Sales positions after college and has been in financial roles for 15+ years.  Originally from Kansas, Liz moved to Colorado in elementary school.  Outside of work, Liz enjoys time with her family (husband, Eric, and daughter, Paige, a 4th grader at BFA), road trips, movies, crafting and reading.

                    Jill Noble

                    Finance Committee Member

                    Jill is a CPA specializing in SEC reporting and technical accounting. She has her BS in Accountancy from Arizona State University and her MS in Accountancy from the University of Denver. She started her career at KPMG Denver in the audit practice before switching to industry. She currently works as an independent contractor and is going into her sixth year with Liberty Media as a quarterly consultant in their SEC reporting group. She lives in Highlands Ranch with her husband, Travis, and three children – Landon (1st grade), Connor (pre-K) and Claire (2.5 years old). She loves running and going to the mountains/any kind of travel and her children are her main “hobby” at this stage of her life. She has loved becoming more a part of the BFA community and also really enjoys participating in the Community Engagement Committee at BFA and volunteering for their events.

                        Drew Wunderlich

                        Finance Committee Member

                            Halsley Hoff 

                            Director of Finance, HR & Operations


                            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. Her oldest daughter was part of the first BFA Kindergarten class and will be a Senior this year, her youngest daughter graduated BFA last year and will be a Freshman.

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                                Sarah Nisbet



                                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.

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