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 who graduated from James Irwin Charter High School. He appreciates the opportunity for service and leadership provided by the parents of JICS. Duane was appointed to the Board August 28, 2019 for a 3-year term. (2nd term). Expires 8/2021.
Shaun Manley, Vice President – 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, two 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. Shaun was appointed to the Board July 28, 2017 for a 3-year term. (2nd term). Expires 8/2020.
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. Steve was appointed to the Board July 28, 2017 for a 3-year term. (2nd term). Expires 8/2020.
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. Jeff was appointed to the Board August 28, 2018 for a 3-year term (2nd term). Expires 8/2020.
Greg Swartz, Director – Greg Swartz is President and Founder of Swartz Electric, a Colorado Springs based electrical contractor that has been voted Best of the Springs the last 5 years in a row. Having served 9 years with the United States Marine Corps before transitioning into the civilian sector, Greg has licenses as a Master Electrician and an Electrical Contractor, with degrees in Electronics Technology and Electrical Engineering. He currently serves as a Deacon, enjoys short term mission trips, and leads several studies at Redemption Hill Church. Mr. Swartz participates in extreme events such as the ADT 1/2 Marathon, Tough Mudder, and Triple Bypass Ride. Greg and his lovely bride Kimberly have been married for 22 years. They have 4 children: 1 at UCCS and 3 at James Irwin’s PTEC campus. Greg is a firm believer in James Irwin’s leadership, character, and ethics models. Greg was appointed to the Board January 22, 2019 (2-year term). Expires 8/2021.
Angie Guerrero, Director – Angie Guerrero is a 30-year civil servant whose family has been proudly connected to James Irwin Charter Schools since 2001. She currently works in the Commander’s Action Group at HQ AFSPC, Peterson AFB. Mrs. Guerrero has been married to Andrew, a retired Army First Sergeant, for 36 years. They have a daughter, son, and daughter-in-law who are all proud JICHS Alum and one daughter currently enrolled in the JICHS class of 2020. Angie has extensive Board experience with the former Ramstein and Pikes Peak Chapters of the International Association of Administrative Professionals. She is committed to fostering excellence, a strong work ethic and advocacy for one of the most important tenets of parenthood and citizenship – a quality education for every child and family who chooses it. Angie was appointed to the Board January 22, 2019 for a 3-year term. Expires 8/2022.
Leilani M. Foronda, Director – Leilani is married to an Army Veteran and has lived in Colorado Springs since 2007. She has a son at James Irwin Charter Academy and her oldest son is currently attending James Irwin Middle School. Leilani has been involved in various volunteer capacities within the army community, both here and abroad. At present, she teaches religious education at Fort Carson and renders occasional volunteer service at Catholic Charities. She has a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Colorado Technical University and is an active member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines as a licensed attorney. She believes that parents should take an active part in the school life of their children to ensure their success both in academic development and character building. For her, volunteering in the different school programs and activities is the best way to have an active involvement in her children’s school life. Leilani was appointed to the Board September 26, 2019 for a 3-year term. Expires 8/2022.