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Jennifer Gibbons

Email: Jennifer.Gibbons@heritageha.org
Jennifer Gibbons is a mother of four children, one of which attends HHA. She taught preschool for 8 years and ran a children's performing group in Texas for 3 years.  She currently works as an audiologist and is passionate about education. She served as a PTCO co-president for 3 years before deciding to begin the process of starting a charter school. She has attended many charter school classes and seminars and has passed the charter school modules provided by the Colorado Department of Education. She looks forward to watching HHA grow!


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Jessica Price

Email: Jessica.Price@heritageha.org

Jessica Price graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Brigham Young University.  She is involved in her church and have served in various leadership positions over the years.  ​She is a wife and busy mother of three children.  She has a 1st and 3rd grader at HHA.  She was a homeschool teacher for two years, where she enjoyed learning along side her children. She has developed a passion for choice in education and is excited to be a part of Heritage Heights Academy. 

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Karen Lee-Toy

Email: Karen.Lee-Toy@heritageha.org

Karen Lee-Toy is currently the Senior Tax Manager at CoBank, ACB. She is responsible for various tax functions including income tax compliance, tax provision, sales and property tax compliance, tax research, as well as providing tax training to the leasing operations team. CoBank is one of the banks in the Farm Credit System which serves vital industries in rural America.

Previous to joining CoBank, she was with PricewaterhouseCoopers where she worked in the financial services industry and their corporate tax group. Karen also participated as an instructor in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ National Conferences. Karen has over 20 years of tax and accounting experience primarily in public accounting. Her public accounting career includes small and medium size public accounting firms in the Houston area. Karen and her family moved to Colorado in 2004 from Houston, Texas. Karen is a proud mother of three boys.

During her senior year in high school, Karen was an instructor in a summer program for engineering/math students. Karen was a graduate of this program and was offered this rewarding opportunity. This six week assignment remains one of Karen’s favorite work experiences. Karen also homeschooled her oldest son during her husband’s extended work assignment while they lived in Los Angeles during 2001-2002. Karen’s background may be in tax and business but her passion is education. She is a firm believer in choice in education. She is honored to be part of HHA’s Board and contributes her financial and accounting expertise. She serves as the Board’s Treasurer and chairs the Finance Committee. She looks forward to see HHA’s growth and HHA’s educational role within the community.

Karen graduated from University of Houston with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. She is a licensed CPA in Texas and Colorado.

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Kristen Ivory

Email: Kristen.Ivory@heritageha.org

Kristen Ivory received her degree from Utah Valley University in Legal Assisting.  She worked for the firm of Durham, Jones & Pinegar for 10 years where she helped to establish the firm paralegal program. Kristen specialized in family law and corporate and securities practice as well as civil litigation.

After moving to Colorado, Kristen started working as a private piano teacher and has been a piano teacher for 15 years.  She loves to teach children of all ages the joy of music and dedication.
Kristen and her husband, Randy are the parents of four children all of whom have attended and excelled in the Cherry Creek School District from elementary school to high school.  Kristen has been involved by volunteering in various aspects of her children’s education.

Kristen is a founding board member of Heritage Heights Academy.  She has a strong belief in families and choice in education.  She has completed the State of Colorado Charter School Board Training Modules and attended Charter School Conferences held by the Charter School Institute.  She currently serves on the Student Accountability Committee and serves as the Board Secretary for Heritage Heights Academy.

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Peggy Downs

Board Member
Email: Peggy.Downs@heritageha.org

Peggy Downs joined the HHA Board of Directors in 2016 after working with the school founders to develop the charter and win approval from the district.  She is currently the Director at Vanguard Classical School in Aurora, and has worked in Core Knowledge charter schools for over 15 years.  She earned her Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Central Michigan University and holds a Colorado Principal's License.  She is excited to see this new school grow and looks forward to supporting the Board in developing strong policies and procedures to ensure solid governance for the future.​

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Lauritz Petersen

Board Member
Email: Lauritz.Petersen@heritageha.org
I'm a husband, a father of four, a musician and a research mathematician with a passion for education.  I want HHA to be wildly successful, as do all of the board members and parents involved.  My daughter is a current student and my son will be joining her in attending in the Fall of 2017.  Since the very beginning of HHA, I've been involved from the first informational meetings that were held to attending the Colorado State Board of Education appeal hearing.  My volunteer work has also included recruiting at King Soopers where I passed out fliers and spoke to lots of different people, many who were supportive and very interested and a few who were downright hostile to our efforts.  That gave me many chances to discuss the type of school that HHA is and why it's a great choice for parents interested in the best possible public education for their child.  It gave me a chance to talk about how HHA fulfills its vision by using a Core Knowledge curriculum which is classically based and with a vision to develop critically thinking scholars.  Other than my passion and enthusiasm, I have several years of experience with keeping and balancing financial records for a non-profit organization with many years of volunteer work as a leader and administrator for various groups, both religious and professional.  HHA has gotten off to a great start and with enthusiasm and energy, I hope to help it continue on it's path to tremendous success.

Nathan Wheldon

Board Member
Email: Nathan.Wheldon@heritageha.org

Nathan Wheldon joined the HHA Board of Directors in the fall of 2017.  Nathan applied to be on the Board after two of his boys were accepted to the school and an open position became available.  Nathan believes that his background, demeanor and work ethic are complimentary and valuable additions to the existing board.  He values education and wants the best schooling experience for his children and decided that being on the Board would be the best way for him to be involved in the quality of his childrens education and for all the children at the school.  Nathan is serving as a general Board member and as head of the Facilities Committee.

Nathan received his Bachelors of Science in Environmental Engineering from Utah State University with a minor in Economics.  He then continued his education at the University of Washington and obtained a Masters of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering.  Nathan is a registered Professional Engineer in three states in the Environmental discipline.  He currently works as a Senior Manager over Environmental and Air Quality Programs at MarkWest Energy, where he has been since 2008.  Nathan works closely with Legal, Engineering, Construction and Business Development teams and brings this expertise to HHA.

Nathan moved to Colorado in 2007 and is married to his sweetheart Briana.  They are the parents of three boys who are full of energy and make sure there is never a dull moment in the Wheldon household.  In his spare time Nathan enjoys serving in his local church congregation, traveling with his family, volunteering with the boy scouts and playing any kind of sport, including volleyball, hockey, basketball and softball.  In 2016 he ran his first triathlon and hopes to be able to run many more in the future.  Nathan is a people oriented person and would like to get to know more parents at HHA, if you see him at an event please introduce yourself