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Meet Our Board Members:

Aaron SaltAaron Salt is an Alabama native that moved to Colorado in 2012. He obtained a BA in Psychology from Auburn University and a Masters of Social Work from Florida State University. After leaving social work for software development project management, Aaron decided it was time to spend more time with family, and started a small-business consulting firm. He currently lives in Academy District 20 with his wife and 3 little boys. Aaron joined the founding board in Spring of 2016 and became the board chair in early 2018. He has worked diligently with D20 and other like-minded organizations to start New Summit. The school is an exciting opportunity for our community, and Aaron is glad he can play such an integral role and is looking forward to seeing what the future brings for New Summit Charter Academy.

Contact: aaron.salt@newsummitcharter.org

Anthony BachmannAnthony Bachmann was born and raised in Minnesota.  He enjoys his trips back to Minnesota for his love of the outdoors, hunting trips, and visiting family.  He has been in Colorado Springs for 7 yrs, is glad to have roots planted in the community, and couldn’t see raising his family anywhere else.  Married to Brooke for 15 yrs, Anthony is a father of 2 kids (10 and 8 yrs old) with another baby on the way.  He is the Vice President of a local roofing company in Colorado Springs and loves to interact with people.  Anthony has joined the Board for the opportunity to have an active role in his children’s academic experience.

Contact: anthony.bachmann@newsummitcharter.org

Ted MischeTed Mische is a result-oriented, ethical professional with over twenty years of expertise in the construction and maintenance of trails, service roads, and related infrastructure. He has completed construction of hundreds of miles of trails and service roads through cooperation with planners, volunteers, contractors, paid staff, vendors and intergovernmental agreements while maintaining minimal costs. Also, he has significant experience in project estimation, identifying and resolving design problems, material purchasing, logistical planning, staff training, personnel management and project management. Some of Ted’s strengths include: Team Building and Leadership, Construction Planning and Scheduling, Quality Control Management, Safety and Compliance Management, Organization and Time Management, Vendor and Materials Management, and Estimating and Job Costing. Ted is a very active community member and has served on various committees as a chairman as well a board member. He has also served in his daughter’s schools as a volunteer for over 100 hours every year from 2006-2012.  In addition to being involved in our community, Ted is also a business owner as well as a current student of U.S. Government and Civic causes.  Having knowledge in all of these areas Ted serves our Board and NSCA by reaching out to other community members and is an active voice for our school.

Eric Davis is a business owner in the Colorado Springs area and focuses on developing children, teenagers, and adults. He has started multiple businesses as well as a non-profit to serve his community. He has been involved in many different types of education including homeschool, private school, and public school and therefore understands the different inner workings of school systems, both good and bad. He has 2 young sons ages 6 and 2 and is passionate about developing people to their fullest potential. Eric’s main focus on the board is building the community, marketing, and helping create a culture of character development and a love for learning.

Contact: eric.davis@newsummitcharter.org 

Doug DowneyDoug Downey is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and served over 24 years as a college instructor, Combat Logistician, Commander, and as a Fighter Pilot qualified in the F-16 Viper and F-117 Stealth. He served as an instructor pilot, functional check pilot, and air show demonstration pilot. He is a career Safety Officer qualified in Crew Resource Management, Safety Management Systems, Root Cause Analysis and accident investigations with experience as an Investigator, Analyst, Chief of Safety, and Aircraft Mishap Board President. He also served as an Advance Agent for Air Force One and President G.W. Bush for five years, and later as a Diplomat to Pakistan. In Pakistan, he directly consulted the Government on the redesign of F-16 tactical operations, national airspace use, and safety program management and enterprise risk management for the entire Pakistani Air Force. Doug joined the Convergent Performance team in 2014 and brought with him a breadth of experience in leadership, training, risk mitigation, safety management systems, and process improvement. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. In addition to instructing cadets how to fly T-52s (Diamond) and T-53s (Cirrus), he was the Deputy Director of Cadet Training & Education responsible for all curriculum development and strategic planning of assessment and tactical training of over 4,000 cadets. Doug is recognized as an industry expert in Risk Management, Safety Management Systems, Safety Program Management, and Aviation Accident and Mishap Investigations. He is a successful author of industry research studies and periodical columns. He also is certified by the International Society of Safety Professionals (ISSP) as a Registered Safety Professional.

Contact: Doug.downey@newsummitcharter.org

Messages from our school board:

Dear New Summit Families,

New Summit Charter School is aware of the proposed HB19-1032 bill being discussed by the Colorado state congress. We are watching it closely, but we have decided not to take any action until the final verbiage and direction has been confirmed.

We know this is unsettling for many parents and family members in our New Summit community. Our board has always maintained that the parents/guardians are the primary educators for our students, and we are here to assist you and facilitate that education. The subject of sexual education is no exception.

It is our understanding at this time, that New Summit could opt-out of presenting any sexual education to our students, which would leave us outside the scope of HB19-1032, leaving the parents/legal guardians as the primary educator for their children. This would allow the parents to choose the right timing, context, and attention required to successfully address this sensitive topic.

We appreciate that our New Summit community is aware of the state legislation, and is involved enough to bring this to our attention. You can find the updated proposed legislation on the following link https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1032

Thank you,

Aaron Salt | Board Chair New Summit Charter Academy
719.445.9202 | aaron.salt@newsummitcharter.org

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