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Board Members

The Aspen View Academy (AVA) Board of Directors works for the students, parents, and patrons of AVA in promoting the vision and mission of the school. As a governing board, AVA’s board sets policies and has oversight over financial matters of the school while focusing on the long-term strategic direction of the school. AVA’s board is comprised of seven individuals, committed to the success of AVA’s students. 

Eric Patton - Board President
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Eric Patton is Board President. He currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of WealthSource Partners, a multi-state wealth management company with operational headquarters in Centennial, CO.  Prior to merging into WealthSource Partners, Mr. Patton was the Founder and Chief Financial Officer of Avant-Garde Advisors. Eric received his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, from the University of Wyoming where he met and married his wife, Jennifer.  Eric and his wife are also owners of Cars Helping Charities, a national car processing company for charitable vehicle donations.  They have resided in the Meadows of Castle Rock since 2006 with their two boys, one of which currently attends Aspen View Academy.  They are currently expecting their third son and are avid supporters of the Denver Broncos, the University of Wyoming, their community and Aspen View Academy.

Aaron Ellsworth - Vice President
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Aaron joined the AVA board of directors in April 2020 after volunteering and serving as the School Accountability Committee chair for the 2019-2020 school year. Aaron is serving as a Board Member. Currently Aaron is a Managing Partner at TrueNorth Companies, a national insurance agency with two locations in Colorado.  Aaron received his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Northern Colorado.  Aaron and his wife Kathy are both Colorado natives and have two children who attend Aspen View Academy.

Tracy Popovic - Board Secretary
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Tracy Popovic is Board Secretary. Tracy and her family relocated to Colorado in 2015 after spending over 8 years living in Europe. She currently has three children at Aspen View Academy. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Communications in Mass Media and received her master’s degree in Education and Teaching Credential from Cal State Fullerton in Southern California, where she is from. In 2017, Tracy decided to shift careers into Real Estate and is currently with Realty One, Premier focusing on residential sales, managing her personal rental properties, and flipping homes.

Jacob Johnson - Board Treasurer
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Jacob and his wife Michele are parents to Lorenzo, their 9 year old son who has been at AVA since Kindergarten and getting ready to enter 4th Grade. They have lived in Colorado since 2011 and reside in Castle Rock. Jacob is currently the Director of Operations for the Southwest Region of Harmon, a large specialty subcontractor and
has spent the last 15 years in senior management roles managing large P/L businesses, building markets and teams and developing a strong business and financial acumen. He also co-founded and sits on the board of a charity foundation. Jacob holds a Business Degree from the University of North Dakota, and an MMI certificate from the University of MN, Carlson School of Business. Jacob and family enjoy skiing and mountain biking as much as possible.

Eric Lute
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Eric and and his wife Katy are parents to Winter, Chloe and Eli. He and his family moved to Castle Rock in 2015. He currently has two children attending AVA. Eric received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Purdue University. He is a spacecraft power electronics design engineer for Lockheed Martin. Eric and Katy are originally from Indiana but moved to Colorado in 2008 and enjoy attending Red Rocks Church, mountain biking and weight lifting. 

Leanne Weyman
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Dr. Leanne Weyman is excited to join the AVA board as charter education is a personal and professional passion. Leanne and her husband Stewart relocated to Castle Rock in 2010 and Leanne has been involved in charter education ever since.  She has served charter schools in the roles of Middle School Science Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal and Director. She now serves as Regional Vice President of Charter Schools for ACCEL Schools. In this role she mentors new charter school principals across the nation, and works to help charter schools meet the needs of the school community and families. Leanne is mom to two sons, Hudson and Theodore who both attend AVA. 

Erin Lontai
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Erin and her husband Jon moved to Castle Rock from Chicago in 2017. They have 3 children: Leo and Mabel currently attend AVA and Walter is in PreK. Erin received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Eastern Illinois University and her Master’s degree in Elementary Education from DePaul University. She is a former elementary teacher, having experience in both private and public schools. Erin enjoys weight lifting as well as mountain biking and hiking with her family in this beautiful state!