Board Biographies

Mr. Matt Hughes | Board President

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.

Mr. Dan Geoffroy | Board Vice President
Dan Geoffroy

Mr. Geoffroy was elected to the board in 2012 and served as President from 2012 to 2019.  He has been involved with the Vanguard community since 2010, and has a son that graduated in 2019.  Dan has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.B.A. in Operations Management, and he manages the operations for Allegion Corporation in Colorado Springs.  Dan is committed to the school’s tradition of academic excellence, the emphasis on integrity and character of the students and staff, and helping the school become the top-performing school in Colorado.  Dan Geoffroy’s board seat is up for election in May 2022.

Dr. Kurt Peters | Board Treasurer
Kurt Peters

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 2022.


Mrs. René Chatham | Board Secretary

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 | Board Director

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.

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