District: B, Term 2017 – 2025
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.
District: A, Term: 2012 – 2023
Joie Siegrist was elected to her first four-year term on the Board of Education in November of 2015 after being appointed to the Board on February 22, 2012. She currently serves as the Board’s Vice President. Joie serves on the Northern Colorado Worker’s Compensation Self-Insurance Pool Board, the District Finance and Audit Committee and is the Board liaison to the Lyons Board of Trustees and the Boulder County Commissioners. She has also served as a Board liaison to the School-to-Work Partnership, the High School Student Advisory Council, the CBOCES Board of Directors, LiveWell Longmont and Channel 8 Cable Trust Board.
Joie has lived in Longmont for 45 years and graduated from Longmont High School. She and her husband have three children who attend St. Vrain Valley Schools. Joie is a graduate of Colorado State University and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Sciences.
Joie has supported St. Vrain schools for many years. She has served as a volunteer, PTO president, participant in Leadership St. Vrain, member of Grassroots St. Vrain, and on school accountability committees. She supports the principle that excellent schools reinforce the foundation of vibrant communities. Joie believes in focusing on what is best for students and their educational success by offering world class programming for a variety of learning opportunities.
District: C, Term: 2019 – 2023
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.”
District: D, Term: 2021 – 2025
District: E, Term: 2015 – 2023
Prior to teaching at Longmont High School, Dr. Richard Martyr dedicated his career in the conservation and youth travel fields to building, managing and leading complex organizations such as the National Audubon Society and American Youth Hostels. He served as Senior Vice President of the National Audubon Society and Executive Director of American Youth Hostels. Dick obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Zoology in 1969 and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1974.
Dick was an accomplished science teacher and served as the Science Department Chair at Longmont High School for eleven of thirteen years, retiring in 2014. He was the 2009 winner of the Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley’s Spotlight Award for excellence in teaching. Continuing his dedication to the education of students in St. Vrain, Dick was elected to the Board of Education in 2015.
District: F, Term: 2021 – 2025
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.
District: G, Term: 2019 – 2023
Chico Garcia was appointed to the Board of Education on January 23, 2019. Over the past 18 years, he has served in numerous roles at Front Range Community College, including Director of Academic Advising before his current role as the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Online.
Chico has served as the Parent Liaison for Leadership St. Vrain and on the SVVSD 2016 Bond Committee Task Force. He has volunteered as a coach for multiple sports for the past 20 years in the Carbon Valley, and also started a Watch D.O.G.S (Dads Of Great Students) program at Frederick Elementary.
Chico was born and raised in the Tri-Town area and, as a graduate of Frederick High School, he serves as a proud member of the Frederick High School Alumni Association. He is focused on continuous improvement and making SVVSD the best it can be for the community we serve.
Chico completed his B.A. at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, before receiving his Masters of Education in Organizational Performance and Change from Colorado State University.