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Membership in CA’s Leadership Giving Societies demonstrates a high level of commitment to our students, programs, and mission. We are grateful for the generous support of our leadership donors.
Donors with annual cumulative giving of $2,500 or more to certain funds or programs during CA’s July 1 to June 30 fiscal year are welcomed as members of the school’s Leadership Giving Societies. Qualifying funds include The CA Fund, capital and endowment funds,Horizons at CA, and other selected programs. Purchases at the Auction, Concert, and other special events do not qualify. All donors are recognized in the Annual Report. Please contact the Advancement Office if you have questions.
Colorado native Renee Rockford is the Assistant Head of School for External Affairs at Colorado Academy and came to CA in the fall of 2009 from being Communications Director at the Caring for Colorado Foundation. Prior to her work at the Foundation, she served as Director of Communications at Graland Country Day School. She has more than 20 years of experience in newspaper and television media in Milwaukee and Denver. She was an Emmy-award winning writer and producer at the then-NBC owned and operated (KCNC-TV) station in Denver. As Manager of Community Affairs at KCNC, Rockford conducted numerous community and public affairs campaigns promoting racial tolerance, health, veterans' issues, volunteerism, and education. She is author of "The Triumphant Spirit," a project with photographer Nick Del Calzo featuring portraits and biographies of nearly 100 Holocaust survivors. She earned a BA in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She and her family enjoy travel, hiking, and skiing.
Director of The CA Fund & Associate Director of Advancement
Alumna Natalie Newcom Ralston ’99 is the Director of The CA Fund and Associate Director of Advancement. She joined the CA advancement team from Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, Mass., where she was the Director of Alumni/ae Programs. She has also worked in alumni relations and annual giving at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and in donor relations at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Ralston holds a BA in Economics from Trinity College in Hartford.
Gravely Wilson joined CA as a Major Gifts Officer after more than a decade at the Denver Art Museum, where she played a leadership role in the museum’s Development Department, working with board members, donors, and corporate and community leaders to advance the museum’s mission. As Associate Director of Development-Events, Wilson oversaw the opening events for the Frederic C. Hamilton Building and the museum’s annual fundraising and patron events. DAM is one of the largest art museums between the West Coast and Chicago, and is home to a collection of more than 70,000 works of art. In addition to her work at the museum, Wilson worked in marketing and events for the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation, and has worked in advertising agencies in Fort Worth, Texas.
Chris Barnard, Development Operations Manager, joined CA in May 2007, right before the Centennial Gala, and has found CA to be continually amazing and impressive. Her work at CA includes processing and reporting on all donations, producing the school directory, managing the school databases, and assisting in many of the events that CA sponsors.
Wellesley College - BA University of Colorado at Denver - MA University of Colorado at Denver - MA
At CA Since: 1985
Jan Beattie took on a new role in the fall of 2014 as a special assistant to the Head of School for Curriculum and as a communications associate. She was Director of the Technology Department until 2014, overseeing all integrated computer instruction for students, as well as teacher training in technology and the school's technology infrastructure. She has been teaching at Colorado Academy since 1985, and first entered the CA family as a parent in the fall of 1977. She is a member of the CA Recorder Consort and is an associate editor of many school publications. Beattie sponsored the National Geographic Bee for 4th-8th graders at CA for many years. She has taught a graduate-level course in curriculum integration of technology at the University of Colorado at Denver and is certified in Colorado to teach secondary English and instructional technology. Hiking with her husband is her favorite avocation, and she has climbed 15 of Colorado's 14'ers. Their grown children are both CA 'lifer' grads. Beattie’s other interests include reading, travel, global languages, gardening, etymology, redecorating her West Washington Park Victorian home, and learning new things.
Sue Burleigh, a long-time parent volunteer and CA advocate, joined the staff as Director of Alumni Relations in October 2002. She brought with her a wealth of knowledge about CA. She has served as president and treasurer of CA’s parent association, an ex-officio member of the board of trustees and vice president of the middle school parent association, and her son is a CA alumnus. Sue’s previous work experience includes teaching Third and Fourth Grade, program director for the American Lung Association and financial work for Colorado Global Resources. Sue moved back to Denver in 1993 after living six years in Cairo, Egypt. Sue really enjoys her work with the CA alumni population and enjoys promoting the CA Alumni Association.
Augustana College - BA University of Chicago - MAT
At CA Since: 2017
Vicki Hildner joined Colorado Academy from the University of Colorado Denver|Anschutz Medical Campus, where she was the Director of Editorial Communications. In addition to her experience managing and writing internal communications and web content at CU Denver|CU Anschutz, Hildner also has many years of experience in television news. As a Special Projects Producer at television stations in Washington, D.C. and Denver, she earned many awards, including the Peabody Award, the duPont-Columbia University Award, and 40 Emmy Awards. Hildner has taught English at the high school level in Illinois and Virginia. She received her BA in English magna cum laude from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. She earned her MAT degree in English from the University of Chicago.
Becky Risch came to Colorado Academy in 2018 after nearly 20 years at The Denver Post. Since 2005, she has served as the Post’s Digital Director, where she applied cutting-edge digital and technological strategies to increase readership, revenue, and improve the user experience. Prior to her journalism career, she worked in Washington, D.C. as a legislative assistant for a New York congressman. A Denver native, she graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in government and the University of Missouri with a Master’s in Digital Journalism.
Jessica Tonjes came to CA in Fall 2019 with a background in event planning, fundraising, and membership for organizations ranging from a Smithsonian Affiliate museum (the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History), to a children’s science center (the Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum) both in her longtime home of Albuquerque, N.M. Tonjes also worked in commercial real estate as Associate Broker, has significant social media and communications experience, and ran her own wedding and event planning business. As a student, she studied at the University of New Mexico and also in Guanajuato, Mexico, attending Escuela de Idiomas. Tonjes is a member of a global organization focused on developing and advancing women in the commercial real estate field (CREW), and also served as a board member for the Young Nonprofit Professionals of New Mexico. In addition, she has served as a committee member and volunteer for the Race for the Cure.