Our Staff

Jules Bell, B.A.

Jules’ interest in working with disenfranchised learners emerged out of his own personal struggles in the French public system, and the positive changes he experienced after transferring into a small,...

Dylan Billiodeaux, M.Ed

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Mary Kay Braccio, Ph.D., NCSP

Throughout her career, Mary Kay has been dedicated to bringing together the best services and instruction for students so they have the opportunity to grow to their fullest potential.

Polly Dana, M.A.

Polly has a diverse background in education. She has been part of the development of two small independent high schools in California and Florida.

Terry Gold

Terry was on the board of the Boulder Technology Incubator and has served as a mentor for Techstars Boulder. He is currently a mentor for a technology accelerator in Australia,...

Mandy Henderson, B.A., MHP

Mandy is passionate about working with teenagers and young adults with ASD. Through her work she strives to form meaningful relationships with kids and their families, and help lead them...

Leslie Levinson

As a financial manager, Leslie rules the business office, assuring the smooth flow of funds in and out of Temple Grandin School. She has 30 years of experience working in...

Kristine Lorefice

Kristine Lorefice, M.S.W.

Kristine's strengths-based, holistic approach incorporates the healing setting of the outdoors, creative expression and unique programming that provides leadership opportunities and a place for a challenging, deep dynamic.

Abigail O’Loughlin, M.A., BCBA

Abbey serves as a member of TGS’ administrative team, where she brings her insights gained from supporting the social-emotional needs of students to the big picture of TGS’ organizational development.

Gala Orba, B.S.

Gala is excited to lead the math department at TGS and share her appreciation and understanding of mathematics with TGS students.

Lea Anne Paskvalich, B.A.

As Director of Public Relations, Lea Anne brings over 16 years of experience working and volunteering in the field of autism and education. This experience allows her to connect with...

Ryan Pearse, M.Ed

Since 2001, Ryan has taught middle and high school students in a variety of charter, private, and special education settings. Ryan brings skills in curriculum development and differentiation, and a...

Sean Rothermel, B.A.

Sean has a genuine passion for teaching, and in particular for helping students with ASD grow and mature as learners. At TGS, he gets to put his unique blend of...

Maura Seidel, B.A.

Maura has worked with individuals with learning and developmental disabilities in Colorado for eight years. She has worked with mild to severe children on the autism spectrum between the ages...

Nicole Stutte, M.S.W.

Nicole believes in leading students on creative ventures that increase their confidence and tolerance, and develop their ability to persevere through interesting challenges and group work.

Amy Thrasher, M.A., CCC-SLP

As clinical faculty in the Department of Speech, Language, Hearing Science at the University of Colorado Boulder, Amy’s focus has been early childhood communication development, with a particular interest in...

Jennifer Wilger, M.A.

As Executive Director, Jennifer guides TGS’ collaboration with community partners for research, current program planning, and future organizational development.

Board of Directors

John Nichols – Board Member

M.A., Education, University of Phoenix.
B.A., Criminal Justice/History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

John was a teacher and coach at Lyons High School for 18 years.  Four years ago he started his own New York Life Financial Services practice, and his specialty is teaching people to tax diversify their investment portfolio.  John lives in Longmont with his wife Kelly and three of their five children.  John can juggle on a unicycle, and he enjoys exercising with his dog Indy.

Karen Williams
 – Board Member
Masters of Nonprofit Management, Regis University
B.S. Occupational Therapy, Colorado State University

Karen is the Associate Clinical Manager of outpatient Occupational and Physical Therapy services at Children’s Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Her areas of passion include multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is also very interested in the growth and development of nonprofit organizations. Karen lives in Denver with her family.

Jason M. Lynch – Board Chair
B.A. (Hon.), Political Science, Columbia College, Columbia University
J.D., Columbia Law School

Jason is a partner in the Trial Group at the Denver law firm Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, where his practice focuses on business and securities litigation. He also is active in pro bono matters that seek broad social or community impact. Jason lives in Louisville with his wife and two children, one of whom is a student at TGS.

Moya C. Smith – Board Member
B.A. (Hon) English, Memorial University of Newfoundland; Bachelor Public Relations, Mount Saint Vincent University; MSW, Newman University

Moya is a social worker who specializes in working in trauma and adoption. She is also co-founder and executive director of a non-profit providing love and nurture to orphans in China. Moya’s most important role, however, is as mom to four children, including her second eldest, who attends Temple Grandin School. Moya lives in Aurora with her husband, four kids and two dogs.

Sarah Treharne – Board Member

M.A., Speech Language Pathology, University of CO

Sarah serves as a bilingual speech-language pathologist for Rocky Mountain Autism Center. In addition to her SLP credentials, she holds a B.A. from Virginia Tech, and an M.A. from Indiana University. After completing a Fulbright Grant in Uruguay and practicing early intervention in Virginia, Sarah settled down in Wash Park with her husband Andy and their dog Buster. With the birth of her daughter in August, 2014, she has recently added parenthood to her distinguished list of accomplishments!

Advisory Board

David Hazen, M.A.
Education Advisor

Co-founder, Temple Grandin School

Former assistant principal, Peak-to-Peak K-12 Charter School

Brian Watson
Business Advisor

VP, Creative Director

Cactus Marketing, Denver, CO

Dennis Castle
Business Advisor


Millenicom, Inc., Portland, OR

Susan Hepburn, Ph.D
ASD Advisor

Director of Research

JFK Partners

Marcy Willard, Ph.D
ASD Advisor

School Psychologist

Brian Wolff, Ph.D
ASD Advisor


Wolff Child Psychology

Kathryn Stewart, Ph.D
Education Advisor


Orion Academy