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Board of Directors

Board of Director meetings are usually held the first Tuesday of every month at 5:30 pm in the High School Commons, unless a quorum is not achieved.
 Secretary Jeffrey Berg

Jeffrey V. Berg

Board Secretary

Class B Member (Community)

Term expires May 2020

Committees: Curriculum Chair, Governance

Jeff and his wife, Carol, have two daughters, the youngest of which graduated in the inaugural graduating class of STEM in 2015. Jeff is a professor in mathematics at Arapahoe Community College where he served a five-year term as department chair and a two-year term as assistant dean for Mathematics, Science and Engineering. He also teaches at the University of Colorado, Denver. Prior to his faculty positions, Jeff worked as an engineer applying analytical mechanics and structural dynamics on various systems. He earned a B.S. in aerospace engineering from Arizona State University and a M.S. in applied mathematics – engineering from the University of Colorado, Denver. He has held numerous governance positions in professional associations and contributes to Awana at Orchard Bible Church.


Vice President Rudy Lukez

Rudy Lukez

Board Vice President

Class B Member (Community)

Term expires May 2020

Committees: Personnel Chair, Board Selection, Communications

Rudy and his wife have two children at STEM. Rudy is currently a director of product technology marketing for Oracle’s cloud applications corporate organization based in Redwood Shores, California. He has held other product leadership positions at Oracle for SMB marketing and the JD Edwards ERP product line spanning eleven years; supporting emerging technologies and their stories for internet and cloud-based products across business software applications; system infrastructures and new computer trends involving IoT, mobility; and social media and analytics. Rudy also serves on the Douglas County Long Range Planning Committee.
 Community Member Roy Martinez

Roy Martinez


Class B Member (Community)

Term expires May 2022

Committees: Legal Chair, Fundraising Chair, Finance, Governance

Roy and his wife have been STEM parents since 2012. He is a Denver native.  Roy is experienced as a board member for nonprofits, particularly when it involves education. Roy is passionate about finding ways to remove obstacles that reduce educational opportunities. Roy is a managing director of an independent private equity sponsor and received his J.D. from the University of Denver.



Community Member Tracy Scroggins

Tracy Scroggins

Class B Member (Community)

Term expires May 2021

Committees: Compliance and Operations Chair, Personnel, Board Selection, Governance

Tracy and her high school sweetheart, Mark, have two grown children. Tracy brings 30+ years of experience with The Boeing Company and United Launch Alliance in various industrial engineer and senior leadership assignments. Today Tracy works at United Launch Alliance and is responsible for setting the vision, driving the strategy and leading the execution of ULA’s Ethics and Compliance Program. Tracy graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in industrial engineering. She is active in her church and the community and is enjoying watching her children thrive in the engaging Colorado culture.



Treasurer Nicole Smith

Nicole Smith

Board Chair

Class B Member (Community)

Term expires May 2022

Committees: Finance Chair, Real Estate Chair, Personnel, Compliance and Operations

Nicole and her husband, Jake, have a one-year-old who hopes to attend STEM for kindergarten. Nicole is senior vice president, Enterprise Information Services (EIS) Risk Management Technology Delivery Risk Lead for SunTrust Banks, Inc. Nicole is experienced in growing and leading high-performing teams in the financial, healthcare, and education industries. She worked previously at Bank of America, LiveWell Colorado, and in IT strategy consulting with Perficient. Nicole completed her MBA at Carnegie Mellon University and received her BS in business finance at University of Colorado at Boulder. Nicole is actively engaged in community organizations that stimulate progress in education, technology and wellness as a board member, coach, fundraiser and advocate.



Parent Thomas Wendling

Thomas Wendling

Class A Member (Parent)

Term expires May 2020

Committees: School Accountability Committee (SAC), Communications, Curriculum

Tom and his wife, Claribel, residents of Highlands Ranch since 2005, have two sons, one who is a student attending STEM. Tom is a systems engineer at Jacobs. He holds a B.S. in physics from Virginia Commonwealth University, M.S. in systems engineering & Master of Business Administration from Virginia Tech, and a master’s degree from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is a licensed professional engineer and a credentialed actuary of the Casualty Actuarial Society.
Trevor Kilpatrick

Trevor Kilpatrick

Class A Member (Parent) 

Term expires 


Trevor and his wife, Adrionna, have three children. Two are currently enrolled at STEM and the third will start Kindergarten in 2021. Trevor is an engineering manager for United Launch Alliance (ULA). In his current position he leads the Central Engineering Services organization which includes functions like Design Compliance, Configuration Management, and Parts, Materials, and Processes. He brings 12+ years of experience operating in a variety of engineering and leadership roles. In addition, Trevor has been heavily involved in ULA's STEM outreach initiatives and in the Denver STEM community as a whole. Trevor has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from the University of Denver. In his spare time he plays recreational hockey and spends as much time as possible with his wife and three amazing kids.

Board Committees:

  • Board Selection: Rudy Lukez, Tracy Scroggins
  • Communications: – Chair, Rudy Lukez, Tom Wendling
  • Compliance and Operations: Tracy Scroggins - Chair, Nicole Smith
  • Curriculum: Jeff Berg – Chair, Tom Wendling
  • Finance: Nicole Smith - Chair, Roy Martinez
  • Fundraising: Roy Martinez
  • Governance: Jeff Berg, Roy Martinez, Tracy Scroggins
  • Legal: Roy Martinez - Chair, Mark Alpert
  • Personnel: Rudy Lukez – Chair, Tracy Scroggins, Nicole Smith
  • Real Estate: Nicole Smith – Chair, Mark Alpert
  • Safety and Wellness: