Duane France, President -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 served on the Astrozon Board of Directors from 2013 to 2017 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.
Lari Jones, Vice-President – Lari Jones has served on the Astrozon Board since 2009. Mrs. Jones is the Director of Personal Care and Support Services at Interim Healthcare. She has a son who graduated in 2017 and another one who will graduate in 2018. Mrs. Jones believes strongly in the James Irwin character education program and is wholly committed to educating all children.
Steven A. Hester Sr., Treasurer – Steven Hester has lived in Colorado Springs for over 30 years. He has a demonstrated commitment to the community and the education of our youth. He worked at Memorial Health Systems for 20 years. Mr. Hester served on the Astrozon Board of Directors of James Irwin Charter Schools from 2007-2017 until it merged with this board. Prior to his tenure with James Irwin Charter Schools, 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.
Jeff Kemp, Secretary – Jeff Kemp owns his own landscaping business and is active in his church. He has a child at James Irwin Charter Academy and another at James Irwin Charter Middle School. Jeff served on the JICA board prior to this board.
Victoria Cameron, Director – Victoria Cameron has served on the Astrozon Campus Board since 2015 and joined this board in 2016. Three of her six boys attended James Irwin with one still currently attending. Mrs. Cameron has worked at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services for 15 years, currently as the Regulatory Program Manager. She is also currently serving her 19th year in the U.S. Navy Reserves at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado. She earned her MBA in Healthcare Management from Colorado Technical University and currently is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated since 2016. Mrs. Cameron appreciates the family-oriented atmosphere the James Irwin Community possesses as well as the development of character with the highest quality education provided to our students. Mrs. Cameron’s favorite African proverb is, “It takes a village to raise a child.” She appreciates the opportunity to be a part of the JICS village in providing leadership and service.
Shaun Manley, Director – Shaun Manley joined the James Irwin Charter Schools Board of Directors in 2018. He is a retired Army Officer and currently a Senior Defense Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton of Colorado Springs. Upon retirement from the Army in 2017, after serving on active duty for 21 years conducting domestic and global operations, Shaun wished to continue making a difference in his community and applied for an open board position. Mr. Manley and his wife, Juli, have been members of the James Irwin family since 2014 and have four children, three of which are currently enrolled in James Irwin Charter Schools. He is passionate about serving to help provide strong educational foundations and a better future for the leaders of tomorrow, the JICS students. Shaun’s career is supported by a Master of Arts degree in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University, and he is currently completing a Master of Science degree in Project Management at the University of Kansas.