BOARD OF EDUCATION BIOS
2011 – 2016
Board of Education President Amber Drevon
Amber Drevon was born in Aurora and is a graduate of Rangeview High School. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from the Daniels College of Business at The University of Denver. During her course of study, Drevon earned the Donald R. Nelson award for business excellence, joined the Golden Key National Honor Society and graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Drevon has professional experience in project management, marketing and accounting. She is currently the Business Manager for a small nonprofit organization, and she has taught Tae Kwon Do and kickboxing.
Drevon has three children that attend APS schools and enjoys volunteering weekly.
Board of Education Vice President Dan Jorgensen, Ph.D.
Dan Jorgensen, Ph.D., currently serves as the Accountability Support Manager within the Colorado Department of Education. His work focuses on statewide support and training related to the Colorado Educational Accountability Act. In addition, he facilitates the Technical Advisory Panel for Longitudinal Growth, coordinates work related to the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness accountability indicator and supports other CDE initiatives. He previously served as the Data, Research, and Accountability Officer at Harrison School District 2, the Assistant Director of the Division of Accountability and Research within the Aurora Public Schools, and as a project leader within the Department of Planning and Analysis within the Denver Public Schools.
Dr. Jorgensen currently serves as the APS Board Vice-President, APS Board representative to the Long Range Facilities Planning Committee and as a member of the Institutional Advisory Committee for Pickens Technical College. In addition, he has served as the Board treasurer and as a Colorado Association of School Boards delegate for Aurora Public Schools. As part of his work with the Colorado Department of Education, Dr. Jorgensen was appointed by the Commissioner of Education to serve as a Regional Education Laboratory (Central States) Governing Board member (2013-Present) and as an appointed member of the Central Comprehensive Center (2016-Present). He has also served on the state Concurrent Enrollment Advisory Board (2009-2013), the regional board for the Book Trust organization, and is a current member and past officer for the Association of Colorado Education Evaluators. Currently, he serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver where he instructs graduate level Educational Leadership and Policy courses. Dan has received numerous awards for his work in education including the 2015 A+ Game Changer Award from A+ Colorado and an Advocacy Recognition Award from the Arc of Aurora.
Dr. Jorgensen has earned a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Educational Policy & Administration from the University of Denver, has earned a Master of Arts degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Omaha where he was a Rhoden fellowship recipient, and he received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a former recipient of the adjunct teaching award at Johnson & Wales University in Denver, a past member of the School Accountability Committee at Sixth Avenue Elementary School, and served both as a division representative for the School Executives of Aurora and as a member of the APS teacher evaluation committee. Dr. Jorgensen has authored/coauthored research articles that have appeared in peer-reviewed research journals. He resides in the Sterling Hills neighborhood of Aurora with his wife Amy Martinez-Jorgensen and his son. He has two daughters that graduated from Rangeview High School. Dr. Jorgensen's wife is a Special Education Teacher in the Brighton School District. Dan and Amy also serve as foster parents for Adams County.
Board of Education Treasurer Barbara Yamrick
Barbara Yamrick was first elected to the Aurora Public Schools Board of Education for two consecutive terms from 1997 – 2005, during which time she served as Secretary and Treasurer. Currently elected to her third term, she is Treasurer of the Board and Vice Chair of the Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning (BOCES).
Yamrick was elected to the Board of Directors of the Regional Transportation District in November of 2004. She was Director of District F from 2004-2008, which includes Aurora and part of Centennial within Arapahoe County.
During her tenure at RTD, Director Yamrick chaired or was a member of a number of committees that included: Contracted Operations Services and Access-a-Ride, American Public Transportation Association, RTD Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, Planning and Development, Contracted Operations Services and the Pension Plan Trustee for Salaried Employees.
Yamrick has served as a member of the Aurora City Council Transportation Committee and also served on the Aurora Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee.
She is a graduate of Loretto Heights/Regis University with a bachelor’s degree in social studies/education and a master’s degree in planning from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Committed to public education and free enterprise, Yamrick has over 30 years of experience as a substitute teacher in Denver and Aurora. She believes our democracy depends upon quality education of our youth and strives diligently to ensure every student shapes a successful future.
Board of Education Secretary Monica Colbert
Colbert works as the Development Director for the Carson J Spencer Foundation, a Colorado non-profit providing innovative and gap-filling solutions to suicide prevention. She is responsible for the oversight and implementation of fundraising and business development, supporting the Foundation’s four core programs: The FIRE Within, Working Minds, Man Therapy™ and iCare Packages.
Prior to joining the Carson J Spencer Foundation, she worked with Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners (formerly Metro Crisis Services), the Lone Tree Arts Center, Beacon Youth and Family Center, and DenverWorks, Inc. She has deep experience working with issues around youth and youth services.
Colbert brings unique skills in donor cultivation and stewardship, grant writing, business development, strategic planning, project management, major event planning, committee management, board of Directors engagement, and volunteer management.
Ms. Colbert also serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Colorado Chapter including co-chairing the Rocky Mountain Philanthropy Institute in 2014 and 2015; she is President Elect for 2016.
Colbert earned her BS in Business Management from the University of Phoenix, August 2006.
Board of Education Director JulieMarie Shepherd Macklin, Ph.D.
JulieMarie Shepherd has been proud to call Aurora home for over 25 years. Even at a young age, Shepherd was passionate about making the City of Aurora a better place for young people. In 2000, Shepherd was one of the founding members of the City of Aurora Youth Commission. Thirteen years later, she is still actively working for Aurora’s youth; this time through advancing quality education.
As an International Baccalaureate graduate from Hinkley High School, Shepherd knows first-hand the value of a strong public education and wants to ensure that future generations of Aurora students also receive a quality education. Shepherd recognizes that the teachers, mentors and experiences she was blessed with during her time as a student in APS opened doors for her future. It is important to her that all students, regardless of their academic or career plans have access to educational opportunities that inspire them and support their individual development. Shepherd went on to attend the University of Colorado where she studied Political Science and Leadership Studies. She recently completed her doctorate degree in Political Science at the University of Colorado with a focus on K-12 school governance in Colorado. For the past seven years, Shepherd has taught a variety of public policy and minority politics courses at CU Boulder. In this role, Shepherd has developed an appreciation of what it means for students to be college ready and sees this as a primary responsibility of the Board of Education.
Shepherd has always been active in her community. She has been involved in the 4-H youth development program for over 15 years; first as a member and now as an adult volunteer and fair judge. For over ten years, Shepherd has volunteered with Guide Dogs for the Blind, raising puppies and serving as an ambassador for the program. Other organizations and boards Shepherd has been involved with include: Leadership Aurora (class of 2012), the City of Aurora Human Relations Commission; the Colorado Commission on Higher Education Advisory Committee; the Aurora Public Schools Education Foundation; the Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning Board of Directors; the Presidents Leadership Class at CU Boulder; and the Associated Students of Colorado. She was recently elected by school board members across the state to the Board of Directors for the Colorado Association of School Boards. In her free time, Shepherd enjoys photography, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.
Board of Education Director Cathy Wildman
Cathy Wildman has been a resident of Aurora since 1985. She has 40 years of teaching experience working with students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels and has taught a variety of classes for the adult learner. She retired from Aurora Public Schools in 2010.
Wildman has an MA degree in reading/literacy and a BA in elementary education. She has served on various boards as a director and as the president and vice president of two other groups. During her career in APS Wildman received the Superintendent’s Award and was recognized by her local PTA as an Outstanding Teacher.
Wildman is single with no children in APS. Two of her nieces were students in APS and one niece graduated from Gateway High School. She maintains contact with a nephew serving in Afghanistan as an Air Force nurse, a niece that is an accountant, and two nieces that are teachers in Arizona.
Wildman currently spends many hours volunteering in APS schools and the community. Recently she was featured on Denver Channel 7 News for her weight loss success. She enjoys hiking, biking (spinning), body pump, reading, cooking, and is active in a variety of other activities. Wildman recently completed her first half-marathon and is looking forward to completing a triathlon.
Board of Education Director Eric Nelson
Eric D. Nelson was elected in 2013 for a four-year term.