Sharmilla graduated from Weber State University with a degree in Psychology and Child and Family Studies. She has been part of the Venture community since 2010 when both of her children were accepted into the school, and has loved serving students, teachers and staff in various capacities over the years including working as a Room Mom, serving as Parent Crew President, judging countless debate tournaments, and driving and chaperoning for many amazing fieldwork opportunities. She joined the Board of Directors in 2014 and currently serves as Board President. “My father is an immigrant from India and he taught my sister and me to value education as a privilege and to give back to the community. I love everything about Venture–its mission, the three pillars of ‘Service, Excellence, and Leadership’ and the amazing teachers and administration. It has been wonderful to be part of this incredible community.”
Kevin is dedicated to promoting the education and the development of young people as responsible citizens and members of their communities. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Utah State University and a Master's in Educational Leadership from Southern Utah University. Throughout his career in education, Kevin has fulfilled various roles including teacher, Dean of Culture, and K-8 Principal. Currently, he is the Director of Professional Development at Gibbs Smith Education. Kevin’s personal philosophy emphasizes the importance of hard work, ethics, and helping others achieve success. He is grateful to be able to continue serving Venture Academy as a member of the Board of Directors. .
Christel, a life long learner and advocate for outdoors, health and safety graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Health Promotions with an emphasis on Life Coaching from Weber State University. She carries the NCHEC and EYTT Certification, which assists in her work at Weber State University, and side gigs as a Meditation and Yoga teacher throughout the Greater Ogden Area. Christel started her journey with Venture as a volunteer when it was an idea coming into fruition, soon after being an employee right before they opened their doors to students in 2008. In 2022 Christel transitioned her continued support of Venture to a Board Member.
Andrea graduated from "Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey" in the City of Querétaro, Mexico. She holds a Bachelor degree in Communications, and an Early Childhood Education Certification from MEPI. She has been a Montessori Teacher for the past 17 years and the owner of a Montessori School for the past 12. She has been part of the Venture community since it opened its doors and both of her children were accepted. They both have graduated successfully from Venture, and feel extremely lucky to be part of a school that helped them every step of the way reach their very best. "As an immigrant that values education I will always be grateful for having Venture be part of our lives."
Michelle graduated from LISOF, South Africa, with a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design. Shortly after graduating she moved to the United States, and became a Naturalized US Citizen. Michelle began her journey with Venture Academy as a staff member in 2010, and joined the Board of Directors as Secretary in 2018 while still employed at Venture Academy. The educational environment Venture provides is invaluable, and therefore both of her children are enrolled in Venture Academy and have been since Kindergarten. In 2020 Michelle made the difficult decision to leave Venture Academy as a staff member to pursue a career in education publishing. Which then allowed her to continue to be involved by joining the Board as a voting member.
Randy is a local boy that loves life and people, he was born and raised in Weber County. Attended and graduated from Ben Lomond High School and Weber State University where he focused on sales, management and business. He has also attended specialized training from Fortune 500 companies down to extra classes at the University of Phoenix on various subjects such as human relations, motivation and management training, etc. He owned his own retail stores for many years and recently sold them. Currently, Randy has been asked to consult a large company that is now in 20 states. He is the father of four children and 10 grandchildren and brings an outside look into Venture Academy. He believes heavily in education. "I love what Venture Academy is doing and am glad to be a part of the board."
Natalie graduated from Westminster College with a Bachelors in Elementary Education and certification in Special Education. She was a special education teacher, mentor, and intervention specialist in Davis School District for eight years. She has received many certifications over the years, including her most recent, Advocate for Disabilities through Utah Development Disability Center. She has three children that attend Venture. "I am passionate about education for all children and know the school culture has a huge influence in that education. I love the values and culture at Venture! Venture is a wonderful school!"
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