Board of Education

Board of Education

Members

Karen Ragland

President

Karen Ragland

District: B, Term 2017 – 2025

Contact:
203-216-1234
[email protected]

About

Karen was appointed to the SVVSD Board in November 2017. She currently serves as the Board’s President. She serves on the Longmont Multicultural Action Committee, and is a liaison to the Boulder County Board of Commissioners and to the District Parent Group Representatives. Karen is interested in early childhood education, design-thinking, school finance reform, behavioral health, professional development, career preparedness and higher education.

Karen holds a BA in Psychology from Sacred Heart University, and a master’s degree in Community Counseling from Fairfield University. She spent her early career working as a counselor in substance abuse treatment programs and an alternative school. Karen has diversified corporate experience spanning many industries, including aviation, commercial real estate, community counseling and education. She is currently a consultant for healthcare quality improvement and risk management education.

Karen grew up in New York, Connecticut and New Hampshire and moved to Niwot in 2007 with her husband and three children.  She is a tireless volunteer in her community and has served on the board of Grassroots St. Vrain, participated in Leadership St. Vrain, co-chaired the SVVSD 2016 Bond Committee Task Force, and has been involved in the Niwot Elementary PTAC, Sunset Middle School PAC, and Niwot High School Boosters organizations.

Jim Berthold

Vice President

Jim Berthold

District: C, Term: 2019 – 2027

Contact:
720-771-0605
[email protected]

About

Jim Berthold was sworn in on November 14, 2019 for a four-year term on the Board. He retired from the Department of Justice in 2002 after 32 years. He is also a proud veteran. From 2009-2014, he served as Lead Driver for the SVVSD Transportation Department.

Jim has participated in Leadership St. Vrain and Grassroots St. Vrain.

Jim was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, and graduated with a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh.

Jim has lived in Longmont since 1993 and has two daughters who attended St. Vrain Valley Schools. He is committed to supporting the SVVSD Mission Statement “assuring that all students in the District have an equal opportunity to be educated in a safe learning environment so that they may develop to their highest potential and become contributing citizens.”

Sarah Hurianek

SECRETARY

Sarah Hurianek

District: F, Term: 2021 – 2025

Contact:
303-217-1011
[email protected]

About

Sarah Hurianek was sworn in on December 1, 2021 for a four-year term on the Board.

Sarah grew up in upstate New York and moved to Colorado in 1993.  She graduated from Skyline High School and has worked in early childhood education for over 20 years. She and her husband live in Mead where their two children attend St. Vrain Valley Schools. Sarah is involved with the Mead Parent Advisory Committee and serves as the Spring Fundraiser’s Chair. She also served as a guardian with the High Plains Honor Flight, a program that supports local veterans. Sarah is committed to supporting the district’s forward progress.

Jackie Weiss

Assistant Secretary

Jacqueline
Weiss

District: A, Term: 2023 – 2027

Contact:
206-596-1946
[email protected]

About

Jacqueline joined the SVVSD school board in 2023. She serves to further the mission of SVVSD and due to her passion for providing the best public education to all students and supporting teachers and school employees. As a teacher of 12 years, she has firsthand experience with how policies and school board actions affect learning and school culture. Jacqueline’s expertise as a seasoned and celebrated classroom teacher, her reputation in her community, and her desire to serve her community without ulterior motives drive her experience as an SVVSD school board member.

Jacqueline is a lifelong learner who is zealous about the power of education and the importance of equal access for all students. After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Music and Master of Arts in Teaching from Colorado College, Jacqueline taught at numerous schools in K-12 and middle school positions as a band, choir, general music teacher, music director, and department head. She also served her students as a district championship-winning soccer coach, grade-level advisor, and sponsor of various after-school clubs and programs. Throughout her 12-year career in the classroom, she served on several leadership committees to provide the best possible education to all students while advocating for more robust resources for schools and teachers. In her time in the classroom, Jacqueline was recognized for excellence as an educator with several awards, most recently, Teacher of The Year for the 2021-2022 school year at Sunset Middle School in the St. Vrain Valley School District.

Jacqueline is a full-time mother to her young daughter, a member of the Longmont Concert Band, and serves on the Lyons Urban Renewal Authority Board. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dogs, listening to, seeing, or performing music, doing all the ‘outdoorsy’ Colorado things (hiking, mountain biking, skiing, running, backpacking, fishing, gardening), cooking, reading, and enjoying all that our incredible surroundings have to offer.

Jocelyn Gilligan

Treasurer

Jocelyn Gilligan

District: E, Term: 2023 – 2027

Contact:
303-817-9077
[email protected]

About

Coming Soon.

Meosha Brooks

Member

Meosha Brooks

District: D, Term: 2021 – 2025

Contact:
832-971-8062
[email protected]

About

Coming Soon.

Geno Lechuga

Member

Geno Lechuga

District: G, Term: 2023 – 2027

Contact:
303-775-8103
[email protected]

About

Geno was appointed to the SVVSD Board in November 2023. He and his wife Caitlin and their two children (Dante and Ava) live in Firestone. Since 2007, Geno has been a youth football and basketball coach at the High School, Middle School, and Elementary School levels. To add, him and his family coordinated, organized, and ran a reduced cost kids sports camp for the last eight years. The Lechuga family along with several businesses and volunteers of the Tri-Town community have touched the lives of over 2000 kids through this volunteer effort. Geno is also a motivational speaker for the youth. He has spoken at schools and churches around the state. His passion and mission is to serve and be a value for the leaders of tomorrow.

Geno holds a BA in Business from the University of Northern Colorado and, having lived in Mexico City in 2001, is bilingual in Spanish and English. Geno spent significant time overseas working as a civilian for the Department of Defense, and was stationed in La Maddalena, Italy at one point. However, since 2008, Geno has worked in the Safety Industry and is a Director of Sales for a world class brand in this sector.

Geno and his wife of 20 years both graduated from Lyons High School, and continue to serve their community. Geno hasn’t fully stepped away from youth sports, you can find him at the Frederick High School basketball games as the Public Announcer for all home varsity games.

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