Astrozon Campus

Steven Hester Sr., President – Mr. Hester has lived in Colorado Springs for over 30 years. Steven has a demonstrated commitment to the community and the education of our youth. He has worked at Memorial Health Systems for 20 years and currently is the lead for the surgical support team at Memorial Central. Steven has served on the Board of Directors of James Irwin Charter High School since 2007. He held the position of Secretary and he is currently the President of the Board. Prior to his tenure with James Irwin Charter High School, Mr. Hester served on the Harrison School District 2 Board from 1997 to 2001 and again from 2003 to 2007, and held the positions of Vice President and Secretary. From 1992 through 2000 Steven served on several community-centered committees including Chairman of Stratton Meadows Neighborhood council 1994 -2000, where he served as Chairman; Chamberlin Elementary Accountability Committee 1992-1994, Gorman Middle School Accountability Committee, 1994-1997, and Harrison High School Accountability Committee 1997-1998. Steven proudly served his country from 1971-1992 in the U.S. Army. Steven has also volunteered as a coach for City Youth Sports Teams for Baseball, Basketball and Football.

Lari Jones, Vice President –

Bob LaPalme, Secretary –

Duane France, Director  – Duane France is a retired Army Non-commissioned Officer, and is currently a therapist with the Family Care Center of Colorado Springs. Mr. France is the primary therapist for the Colorado 4th Judicial District Veteran Trauma Court, a jail diversionary program for veterans involved in the Justice System. He has served on the Board of Directors since 2013, and is dedicated to the preservation of the James Irwin Charter Schools vision of providing students with a quality education while helping them develop the character and values necessary to become community leaders.

Mr. France and his wife, Connie, have been members of the James Irwin family since 2010, and have two children enrolled at James Irwin Charter High School. He appreciates the opportunity for service and leadership provided by the parents of JICS.

Victoria Cameron, Director  –  Victoria Cameron has served on the Astrozon Campus Board since 2015 and has one child who attends. She is a Regulatory Program Manager at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and also serves in the US Navy Reserves at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado. She appreciates the development of character and academics through rigorous academic programs. Ms. Cameron also appreciated the family-oriented atmosphere the James Irwin community possesses. She earned a Bachelor in Liberal Studies from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas and an MBA in Healthcare Management from Colorado Technical University.


James Irwin Charter Schools
5525 Astrozon Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
Phone: (719) 302-9000
Fax: (719) 574-2098