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This is more than the story of America’s educational crisis. It’s the story of how we can solve it.

There’s a crisis in American education. Too many kids from low-income families are falling between the cracks simply because they’re stuck in failing schools and can’t afford any other options. It’s happening right here in Colorado where only 68.5% of students from low-income families graduate from high school. ACE Scholarships was founded in Colorado in 2000 to provide low-income families with school choice through partial scholarships to K-12 private schools. ACE serves children whose families qualify for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program and the average income for our ACE families is $48,776 a year. So far in Colorado we’ve awarded over 26,000 scholarships with a cumulative worth of more than $58M, helping to send kids from low-income families to the schools of their choice. And the results are amazing with a 99% high school graduation rate for the ACE Class of 2020 in Colorado. Moreover, they are enrolling in and graduating from college at rates similar to kids from predominantly high-income high schools. To learn more about ACE Colorado’s success, take a look at our third-party research report, click here.

99% OF STUDENTS
from low-income families with ACE scholarships graduated high school in 2020
ONLY 68.5%
of students from Colorado’s low-income families graduate
WE’RE HELPING 2,211 KIDS
But with your support, we can help fill over 10,027 empty seats

Give a child the promise of a better tomorrow by becoming a donor today.

Please help us fill the 10,027 open desks all over Colorado, and let’s give children from low-income families the opportunity for a great education and a lifetime of success.

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Board of Trustees

KEVIN AHERN Managing Partner, Brush Creek Partners

DON BAILEY* Chairman & CEO, Triton Investment Company

BILL BERGNER  Bergner Companies

GRAYDON BEVIS CEO, Pella Windows & Doors of Colorado, Inc

ED BERNAU Denver, CO

MARK BRINKERHOFF Managing Partner, Brinkerhoff Hospitality

RICHARD BROWN Denver, CO

MATT CALL Founding Principal NavPoint Real Estate Group & Dormie Capital Partners

PATRICK CALLAHAN Vice President of Business Development, US Strategic Minerals Exploration

BLAKE CARLSON Partner, Carlson Land Development, LLC

GEORGE CAULKINS III* Principal, Greendeck Capital

ALEX CRANBERG* Chairman, Aspect Energy, LLC ACE Trustee Emeritus

MEG DUKE Denver, CO

LORI DURHAM Denver, CO

RICK ELDRIDGE President & CEO, Intuitive Companies

GREGG ENGLES Partner, Capital Peak Partners

JAMES EVANS President & CFO, Rockpile Energy Services, LLC

DARREN FISK Founder, CEO/CIO, Forum Real Estate Group

NATE FORD Partner, Perkins Coie, LLP

JOHN FOX Chairman, Augusta Jane Oil & Gas, LLC

MIKE FRIES President & CEO, Liberty Global, Inc.

CHARLIE GALLAGHER Chairman & CEO, Gallagher Enterprises ACE Trustee Emeritus

CALEB GATES Denver, CO

JOHN GRIER President, Crimson Midstream, LLC

TOM HAMILTON President, HF Corp

J. DAVE HUNTER Chairman, Financial Designs Ltd.

LOU HUTCHISON President, H-D Asset Management, LLC

JOHN IKARD Denver, CO

BRANDON JOHNSON President, Johnson Financial Group

MIKE JOHNSON President, Johnson GEO

TOM JORDEN Chairman, CEO & President, Cimarex Energy Company

MIKE KENNEDY President, Point Rider Real Estate LLC

ERIC KOEPLIN* Partner Advisor, AdvicePeriod

DON LAW* President, Prima Exploration, Inc.

DICK LEWIS Chairman, Tudor Pickering Holt & Co.

STEVE LOCKTON Owner, Lockton Companies of Colorado, Inc

SHARON MAFFEI Principal, SAM Lifestyles

JONATHAN MARSICO Owner, Ship Sticks

MARK MCCAMMON Managing Partner, Strength Capital

SCOTT MCLEAN CEO, Implementix

TIM MILLER Chairman, Pivot Point Ventures

KELLY MILLEN Denver, CO

KEVIN MIZE Founder, KM Investments

NICK MORRIS CEO, Western Paper Distributors

JULIE MORK Managing Director, ECA Foundation ACE Trustee Emeritus

SUSAN MUELLER Denver, CO

JIMMY MULVIHILL Principal & Founder, Black Creek Capital

RALPH NAGEL* President, Top Rock Investments, LLC

JOE NIEBUR President / Owner, Niebur Development, Inc.

MICHAEL O'SHAUGHNESSY President, Lario Oil & Gas Company Co.

BILL OWENS* Senior Director, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

TOM PETRIE Chairman, Petrie Partners, LLC  ACE Trustee Emeritus

WALTER RAKOWICH Retired CEO, ProLogis Foundation

SCOTT REIMAN* President, Hexagon Investments, Inc. ACE Trustee Board Co-Chairman 

PERRY RICKEL Founder & CEO, Marrick Medical Finance, LLC

AUDREY ROBERTSON Co-Founder & CFO, Franklin Mountain Energy, LLC

KRISTINE ROBERTSON Denver, CO

DICK ROBINSON Co-Chairman, Robinson Dairy, Inc. ACE Trustee Emeritus

JON ROBINSON EVP Regional Chief Credit Officer, UMB Bank of Colorado, N.A.

JEFF ROSS* President & CEO, Ross Aviation

JAMIE SABATIER CEO, J Sabatier and Company

CRAIG SAEMAN Chief Development Officer, Catholic Charities of Denver

DICK SAUNDERS Founder & Chairman, Saunders Construction Company

ADAM SAYERS President, Axia Energy II, LLC

RICK SCHMITZ Partner, SKS Ventures, LLC

MARK SEXTON Chairman & CEO, Evergreen National Resources

TERRY SHADWICK BarnLight Capital LLC

JOE SMITH Partner, Bartlit Beck LLP

GEORGE SOLICH* President, FourPoint Energy, LLC

MICHAEL STARZER Managing Partner, Sixth Creek Energy

BETSEY UNGER Denver, CO

WOUTER VAN KEMPEN CEO, DCP Midstream, LLC

GREG VIGIL* Principal, Castle Rock Resources II, LLC

MIKE WARD* Owner, Mike Ward Infiniti, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, McLaren, Fiat

TIM WALSH CEO & Founder, Confluence Companies, LLC

DICK WEIL CEO, Janus Capital Group

PETER WELLS Chairman, Wells Property Holdings, LLC

CHARLES WESLEY CEO, Thoroughbred Resources

JOHN WILLIAMS Denver, CO

DON WOLF CEO, Enduring Resources, LLC

JOHN  WOODWARD Partner, Spierer, Woodward, Corbalis, and Goldberg, P.C

CHRIS WRIGHT* CEO, Liberty Oilfield Services, LLC ACE Trustee Board Co-Chairman 

*denotes Executive Committee Member

Board of Advisors

ANDY AYE Colorado Market President, U.S. Bank

CHRISTIAN BIENVENU Managing Director, SVP, Sr. Relationship Manager, PNC Bank, N.A.

GABE BODHI CEO, Tekton Group

CHRIS BRIGGS Denver, Colorado

CHRIS BROWN Vice President, CRH Americas

LINDSAY BROWN* Executive Vice President, Hughes Marino

STEVE BURETZ Senior Vice President – CAZ Investments

ENRICO CACCIORNI, Managing Partner, Red Lodge Development

JUDY CAIN Partner, Plante Moran

MATT CALL Principal & CEO, NavPoint Real Estate Group

WAYNE CAVANAUGH Founder & CEO, Ninja Nation

COURTNEE CHUN SVP of Investor Relations, Liberty Media Corporation

SCOTT CLARK* Chairman and CEO, The True Life Companies

MIKE CORBETT Vice President, Innovest Portfolio Solutions, LLC

MELISSA CORRADO-HARRISON Managing Director - Wealth Management, Corrado Harrison & Associates

IAN DICKINSON Denver, CO

STACEY DUKE* President & Managing Partner, BDO ACE Advisory Board Co-Chair

LEIGH DUNN Manager/VP of Philanthropy, Engineered Demolition, Inc.

ANN DURHAM LIV Sotheby’s International Realty Advisor, Anne Durham Properties

JAE EDWARDS Co-Founder / CEO, Dublin Development

MIKE FARGHER Territory Manager, Ritchie Bros., Inc. 

SHANE FEIMAN Executive Vice President, Assured Equity Management Corporation

TRACY FORST Managing Director, Aon Risk Solutions

NORM FRANKE Regional President, Alpine Bank

JOHN FREYER, JR.* President, Land Title Guarantee Company

LINDSAY MORTON GAISER Owner and Vice President, Andrisen Morton

JENNIFER GILLILAND Denver, CO

SERGIO GUTIERREZ Vice President & Client Advisor, JP Morgan Private Bank

NATASHA HARRIS Natasha Harris, Principal/Manager, Biegert Group

JOHN HILL CEO, Quince Associates

MIKE HOMMEL* Owner, Designs by Sundown

CHRISTOPHER HUMBER* Denver, CO

ERIN HUTCHINSON COO, Vehicle Vault

BRIAN JUMPS Member, Jumps Law, LLC

CRAIG S. KINARD Managing Director - Wealth Management, Merrill Lynch, The Kinard Group

JON L. KINNING* EVP/COO, RK Mechanical, Inc.

KURT KITTLESON President & CEO, K2 Commodities

MARK KORELL Principal, Tower Rock Investments, LLC

JEFF LANG Vice President, Energy Practices, IMA Financial Group, Inc.

BRUCE MACDONALD Owner/President, MacDonald Hardwoods

TRAVIS MCAFOOS Principal, Ketro Real Estate

MIKE MCCUBBIN* Vice President, IMA Financial Group, Inc.

MARVIN MCDANIEL Denver, CO

WALKER MONFORT* Vice President, Corporate Sales, Colorado Rockies Baseball Club ACE Advisory Board Co-Chair

SARA MONTGOMERY Wealth Transfer Specialist, Planta Moran

CHRIS MURDY Managing Director-Real Estate Development, Haselden Construction

FRANK NESSINGER Executive Vice President, FourPoint Energy, LLC

CARL PISKE President, Alta Products LLC

JB RICHARDSON COO, Cherry Creek, Insurance Agency, Inc.

AUDREY ROBERTSON* Co-Founder & CFO, Franklin Mountain Energy, LLC

GREGORY SCHMIDT President, Saunders Construction, Inc.

MELANIE SCHMIEDING Managing Director, Abbot Downing

NATE SCHNABEL* Owner, NAS Properties

BARRY SHAMES Business Consultant, Cairn Strategies

MATT SMITH Partner, Holland & Hart LLP

REED SMITH Senior Vice President, BOK Financial Insurance

JUSTIN SOUCIE CEO & CIO, G&S Capital, LLC

BRETT SPITZER EVP and Managing Director, NAI Global Corporate Solutions

JENNA STAPLETON Executive Director, Harmes C. Fishback Foundation Trust

MARK STONEHOCKER Manager, Stonehocker Farms, LLC

STEPHEN STOREY Partner, BPT Performance Consulting

RYAN SULLIVAN Founder, Waypoints Energy

PHIL SUMMERS President & CEO, Logic Healthcare

ADAM TRUITT Principal, Financial Designs, Ltd.

MATT TURNER* Managing Partner, MorningStar Senior Living

MICHAEL TURNER Chairman of the Board, RevGen Partners

BERT WILLIAMS* Chief Operating Officer, Johnson Financial Group 

PAUL WILLIAMSON President, Colorado Region, UMB Bank of Colorado

*denotes Executive Committee Member

Associate Board

NATE ANGELL Strategic Advisor, The Morgridge Family Foundation

MARTHA BORRE Associate Managing Director, Commercial Real Estate, CIBC

WES BRADISH Managing Director, Ziegler Investment Banking

MARGARITA BRAVO Chief Creative Officer, Margarita Bravo Design

EVAN BURDEN Consultant- Voluntary Solutions Inc.

DAVID FOLEY Principal, Makers Commercial

CHRISTOPHER FORDYCE President/Owner, Fordyce Consulting

JOHN FRANCE Managing Partner, Rose Gate Ventures

BRANDON GILES CEO, Eagle Automation

RYAN GOETHALS Vice President of Group Protection Sales, West Region, Lincoln Financial Group

KELSEY GOLDBERG Account Executive, Zoom Video Communications

KATHERINE GOWDEY Realtor, KCG Real Estate / Compass

CHRIS HALSTEDT Vice President, Private Wealth Advisor, Goldman Sachs

NICK HANSEN Executive Vice President, Managing Director, Alliant Specialty Insurance Services, Inc.

BRIAN HARTLEY Vice President/Broker, Live Water Properties

PARKER HEIKES Vice President/Energy Finance, UMB Bank

KELLY JOHNSON Vice President, Legal, Liberty Global, Inc.

PETER KRAHN Regional Vice President, Southwest Region, New York Life Insurance Company

MATT LENGEL Wealth Management Advisor, Denver Private Wealth Management

ZACH LEONARD Managing Director, CIBC

GREG LITVAK  Principal, Highlands Vista Group

CHANCY LOVE* Managing Partner, Protera Investments, LLC 

JON MAXFIELD Base President, Jet Linx Aviation

AUSTIN MCKEE Managing Director, Eagle River Energy Advisors, LLC

GRETCHEN MCLAUGHLIN* Regional Vice President, Wealth Enhancement Group 

CALEB NEUMEYER Vice President, Bank of Colorado

MAGGIE O'NEIL Manager/ Partner Relations and Communications, The True Life Companies

JOHN OBERING President, Helm Energy, LLC

ADAM OSTERMILLER Vice President, Strategic Business Development, LPL Financial

ALYSON OWENS* Englewood, CO

ROB PEIRCE* Executive Vice President, USI Colorado

JESSICA RAUZI Managing Director, Unum

ALEX RIGGS Vice President, Production, Essex Financial Group

JEREMY SHEVLIN Partner, Regional Managing Director, Cresset Capital Management

BROOKE SIKONSKI Manager of Suite Services, Denver Broncos

MARGO SIMPSON Denver, CO

SEAN SJODIN Owner, Sjodin Consulting, LLC

CHARLIE SMITH Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

JARED SMITH President, Reliance Workforce

GUS SPAULDING Partner and Managing Director, Cresset

MATT TRACEY Marketer of North American Commercial Accounts, United Energy Trading

JULIE VILLALOBOS Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Gradient Energy Services

WESLEY WEISE Senior Vice President and Private Client Adviser, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

MARY ANN WHETZAL HR Director, Liberty Oilfield Services

CASHIN WHITE* SVP/Director of Business Banking, BOK Financial

ANNE ZELLNER Lead Assistant General Counsel, Xcel Energy

*denotes Executive Committee Member

Colorado Staff

ERIK BILLINGER Vice President of Development - CO
p: 303.519.7475
e: ebillinger@acescholarships.org

JEFFREY VAN CLEAVE Program Coordinator (Scholarship Contact)
p: 303.407.0627
e: jvancleave@acescholarships.org

BRITTANI O'BRIEN Vice President, Development - CO
p: 303.407.0622
e: bobrien@acescholarships.org

ERIN HOFFMAN Development Coordinator - CO
p: 303.407.0613
e: ehoffman@acescholarships.org

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