Board Biographies

Mr. Matt Hughes- President
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Mr. Hughes was appointed to the board in 2014.  He has been a Vanguard parent since 2011 when both of his children began attending.  Desirous of becoming more active in the future of The Vanguard School, he started participating in the public board meetings held each month and strongly believes that this active participation by our parents is a unique and effective way to create positive change.  Matt attended Marshall University and has been in the mortgage, finance, and investment business for over twenty years.  He firmly believes in the time-proven effectiveness of the classical education model and that coupling this base of knowledge with a well-developed character is the foundation for creating responsible citizens who can make a lasting impression on our society.  Matt Hughes’ board seat is up for election in May 2024.

Dr. Kurt Peters- Treasurer
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Dr. Kurt Peters joined the board following the May 2019 election.  He has two children enrolled in The Vanguard School who started at the school in kindergarten.  Kurt has a B.S., an M.S., and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering with specialties in optics and communications. He retired as a Colonel in the USAF Reserves in May 2018.  His last Reserve assignment was as IMA to the Site Commander and Director of Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Directorate, at Kirtland Air Force Base.  He currently is a Chief Engineer at SAIC, performing research and development for the Department of Defense.  He has taught at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, and volunteers as a committee member for students seeking graduate degrees.  Kurt is married to Dr. Traci Peters, an optometrist practicing in the local area.  Kurt looks to increase focus on STEM at The Vanguard School and bolster student engagement in information technology.  Kurt Peters’ board seat is up for election in May 2025.

 

Mrs. René Chatham- Secretary
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Mrs. Chatham was elected to the board in 2017.  She has a B.S. in Human Resource Management and an M.A in Education – Curriculum and Instruction Leadership.  Rene’ has worked as a part-time assistant teacher, coached junior high volleyball, and has had two children graduate from The Vanguard School.  She is actively involved within the Colorado Springs community and is currently an at-large board member on the Friends of El Paso County Nature Centers Board.  Rene’ has been able to form relationships at all levels in K-12 and strives to support the Vanguard community as a board member.  Rene’ Chatham’s board seat is up for election in May 2023.

Mr. Sperry Redd- Vice President
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Mr. Redd has been involved with The Vanguard School since 2007 and was appointed to the board in 2018.  He is married and has three children enrolled in The Vanguard School and one who graduated in 2018.  Sperry has a B.A. in Political Science, an M.A. in National Security Studies, and an M.S. in Special Operations.  He retired as the 2nd Battalion Commander 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Carson.  He then built a successful Financial Planning and Wealth Management practice with Northwestern Mutual.  He volunteers time with his church, the Boy Scouts of America, the American Red Cross, and the Wounded Warrior Patriot Foundation, but his most cherished time is as a husband and father.  Sperry is committed to maintaining and growing The Vanguard School’s reputation as the premier values and character-based educational institution in the state.  Sperry Redd’s board seat is up for election in May 2023.

Mr. Eric Koppisch- Director
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Mr. Koppisch was elected to the board in 2022. He has been actively involved in the school community as a Vanguard parent since 2013. He currently has children at all campuses of Vanguard. Eric has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University and a M.B.A. from California State University at Bakersfield. He currently works as an engineer for Space Systems Command of the US Space Force at Peterson SFB. Eric firmly believes in the classical approach to education and the Vanguard focus on character building. He believes the education at Vanguard prepares students to excel at all levels and provides them the skills needed for success. Eric Koppisch’s board seat is up for election in May 2025.

 

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