Board of Education

Board of Education

Board of Education

Board of Education

Members

Joie Siegrist

President

Joie Siegrist

District: A, Term: 2012 – 2023

Contact:
303-517-9836
siegrist_joie@svvsd.org

About

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 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. 

Paula Peairs

Vice President

Paula Peairs

District: F, Term: 2013 – 2021

Contact:
303-330-6089
peairs_paula@svvsd.org

About

Paula has lived in Colorado since 2003 and has three children who attend St. Vrain Valley schools.  She has a degree in English and Economics from Bucknell University and a Masters of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration and Finance from the University of Connecticut.  Professionally, Paula worked with Aetna’s Group Insurance/Managed Care Division for thirteen years. 

Paula served on the Longmont Planning & Zoning Commission from 2006 to 2013, participated SVVSD’s launch of Leadership St. Vrain in 2009, was a founding board member and communications director for Grassroots St. Vrain, and participated in the SVVSD mill levy and bond campaigns in 2008 and 2012.  Paula was elected to the Board of Education in 2013 and currently serves as Treasurer to the Board.

John Ahrens

Secretary

John Ahrens

District: D, Term: 2013 – 2021

Contact:
303-523-2418
ahrens_john@svvsd.org

About

John Ahrens has been a Director on the St. Vrain Valley Board of Education in Longmont, Colorado, since 2013. He serves on the Governor’s Computer Task Force, and is a board member of St. Vrain’s Innovation Center, a project-based management center that teaches STEM robotics and coding. He is a member of the board of Longmont’s public access Channel 8 TV station in Longmont. John is passionate about every child getting a well-rounded education, with a concentration in technology and computer science, and feels St. Vrain is leading the way in that endeavor. He loves to serve his town, school district, and his state, and feels that the entire country can learn from what St. Vrain is doing in Colorado.

Karen Ragland

Treasurer and Assistant Secretary

Karen Ragland

District: B, Term 2017 – 2021

Contact:
203-216-1234
ragland_karen@svvsd.org

About

Karen was appointed to the SVVSD Board in November 2017. 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

Member

Jim Berthold

District: C, Term: 2019 – 2023

Contact:
720-771-0605
berthold_james@svvsd.org

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.”

Chico Garcia

Member

Chico Garcia

District: G, Term: 2019 – 2023

Contact:
303-552-4173
garcia_chico@svvsd.org

About

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.

Richard Martyr

Member

Richard Martyr

District: E, Term: 2015 – 2023

Contact:
303-808-1433
martyr_richard@svvsd.org

About

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.