Victoria Hostin, President
Victoria Hostin moved from Wilmington, DE to Colorado in 2012 with her husband and two young children. She has worked as a freelance grant and proposal writer, drawing largely on her background as a non-profit administrator tasked with collaborating on and creating applications and grants to various stakeholders including corporations, private foundations, and State and local government agencies. Additionally, Victoria partners with her sisters to help run The Farley Group, a small lobbying firm based in Washington, DC.
Prior to her freelance writing career and collaboration with her family around The Farley Group, Victoria lived in Delaware where she co-founded a non-profit Charter School. In her role as board member and co-chair, Victoria secured 501(c)(3) status for the entity, co-wrote and oversaw the charter application process, and represented the school to the Delaware Department of Education’s Charter School Accountability Committee. From 2007 through 2012, Victoria worked for a small private school in Wilmington where she managed enrollment, marketing, fundraising and development. During her tenure there she initiated and stewarded a partnership with the Christina School District to implement the first public Montessori school in the state
Additionally, Victoria had the unique experience of working in Washington, D.C. as a Development Officer at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. Victoria completed her MA in Arts Management from American University in Washington, D.C.; her thesis project focused on generating revenue and fundraising strategies for a small non-profit organization. She received her B.A. in English and Art History from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA
Victoria was an active member in the Northeast/Mountain View PTO serving as Co-Chair for two years. Her older daughter will attend D.C. Oaks Alternative High School in Castle Rock next year and her younger daughter is a current student at Leman Academy of Excellence.
Board Seat - Stacy Thomas
Stacy Thomas currently serves as the School Accountability Committee Chair for Leman Academy of Excellence- Parker. She also served as the Chair for the 2018-2019 academic year. Stacy and her husband, John, moved to Parker, CO two years ago from Farmington, NM. They have five children and three of them attend Leman Academy.
Stacy graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. Post-graduation, Stacy worked for Pepsi Bottling Group where she became the first female district manager in both Denver and the Four Corners. After a successful career in sales, Stacy moved to Halliburton Energy Services to become the HR Manager for the Farmington, NM field camp. She served as the HR manager of over 250 employees while also obtaining her Professional in Human Resources Certification. After serving as the HR manager for several years, Stacy moved into college recruiting at Halliburton, eventually becoming the US Manager for College Recruiting. In that position, Stacy assisted in successfully hiring 800+ college graduates each academic year and lead the intern program, consisting of over 200 interns each summer. Stacy was on the corporate board of several universities and traveled the United States, serving as the keynote speaker to professional engineering student groups such as the Society of Women Engineers and Society of Petroleum Engineers. She also served as the liaison to the Halliburton Educational Foundation, which granted over $3 million annually to K-12 and university STEM programs. Just prior to their move to Denver, Stacy decided to become a full-time stay at home mom, where she enjoys serving as an unpaid chauffeur to her kids, a team manager for her kids’ club soccer teams, volunteering in the classroom and being a strong supporter of STEM education and the Oil & Gas Industry.
Barry Arrington, Secretary
Mr. Arrington earned a B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1983 and passed the C.P.A exam with one of the ten highest scores among the 9,600 Texas candidates sitting for the exam. Mr. Arrington joined the audit department of the international accounting firm Ernst & Whinney (n/k/a Ernst & Young). Mr. Arrington left public accounting to attend the University of Texas School of Law, from which he earned a J.D. with honors in 1986. He was admitted to the Colorado bar in 1987 and has practiced law in the Denver area since then.
His law practice emphasizes school law, litigation in the state and federal courts, transactional issues, and constitutional law, especially in the area of First Amendment and Second Amendment freedoms. Mr. Arrington was a member of the Colorado House of Representatives from 1997 to 1998. He was the co-founder of Jefferson Academy, and a former member of the board of trustees and Secretary/Treasurer of the Independence Institute, a Golden, Colorado-based free market think tank.
Greg Pritchard, Board Member
Born and raised in Montana, Mr. Pritchard attended the University of Montana and moved to Denver in 1978 as an employee for Johnson & Johnson. After 37 years with Johnson & Johnson in a variety of positions, Mr. Pritchard retired in 2013 to Parker, Colo. with his wife Jill. Mr. Pritchard has 3 children and 4 grandchildren, one of which will start 1st grade at Leman Academy in the fall of 2019.
Mr. Pritchard has had extensive corporate experience in building outstanding customer relationships and developing key marketing and sales strategies in the marketplace while at Johnson & Johnson.
As a former Senior Executive Professional at Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, Mr. Pritchard developed and is the founder of Key Customer Focus, LLC.
Patrice Batchelor, Treasurer
Patrice Batchelor has served the ministries of CommonSpirit Health, the country’s largest nonprofit health system, for more than 20 years. After beginning her career as a television production assistant and health and education newspaper reporter, she has spent most of her career in healthcare marketing and communication leadership roles. She now leads internal communication at CommonSpirit as Vice President of Internal Communication and Engagement for the system.
In her current role, Patrice is responsible for all internal communications strategy, development and implementation, including leadership and employee communication. She also serves as a communication advisor to CommonSpirit’s Executive Leadership Team. A strong partner with national groups and communication division leaders, Patrice’s team focuses their communication efforts on helping more than 150,000 employees shape its mission-driven, high-performing culture by advancing the organization’s vision and strategy, carrying out the mission, exemplifying the values and living out the brand.
Patrice originally joined Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) as Director of Internal Communications and then later rejoined the organization as Vice President of Marketing and Communications for CHI Memorial, Chattanooga, where she provided strategic oversight for internal and external communications, marketing, advertising, community relations, media relations and senior services. In 2007, she and her family moved to Denver, Colorado where she became the National Director of Internal Communications, and in 2015 was named Enterprise Vice President of Internal Communications.
Before joining CHI, Patrice served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Hutcheson Medical Center, Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia; and as a Marketing Specialist for Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
She has a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and a master’s degree in marketing. She enjoys spending time with her family, running, bicycling and traveling.