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Meet the Board

The role of the Board of Directors (BOD) is to uphold the mission, vision, and policies of the school as well as oversight of financial matters. The BOD is committed to making sure issues from American Academy parents are addressed in a positive and timely manner. For a view of where the BOD sits in the American Academy organization, please view the American Academy School Organization Chart.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us by emailing the board. The BOD currently has seven active members in place. If you are interested in learning about the composition, regulations and limitations that govern the Board, please download the American Academy By-Laws.

Alison Rausch, President

Alison grew up in Northern California and obtained a BS in Economics from Santa Clara University. After a career with a home builder/developer, she stayed at home with her two children. Alison, her husband, Carl, and their two children moved to Colorado in 2003. She and Carl now operate their own business in Douglas County. Their oldest child started at American Academy as a Kindergartner in its first year and their youngest started in 2008. Alison has been involved with American Academy since its opening, serving on both the AAPTO-CP Board and the PAB.
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Shaylee Holland, Vice President

Shaylee Holland has both a Finance degree from Northern Arizona University and a law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. As a result of her experience as a litigator and in-house counsel, Shaylee’s law practice specializes in advising and structuring start-up companies during their formation. Shaylee also has extensive experience as a board member and counselor of non-profit organizations. Shaylee and her husband have 3 children and have lived in Colorado since 2002.

Michelle Slovensky, Secretary

Michelle is the Intelligent Campus Program Manager at the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). As a strategic and technical leader, she implements energy, natural resource, renewable energy systems and high-performance building projects that assist both federal government and the energy industry. She is also a spokesperson and educator for the laboratory and as such conducts education workshops for other federal and state agencies, Fortune 500 companies and universities.

Prior to joining the American Academy Board of Directors, Michelle served two terms on the American Academy School Accountability Committee (SAC) as the chair. As a board member, she enjoys nurturing American Academy's vision and supporting the administration and staff of the school in achieving that vision.
Michelle grew up in the northeast and moved to Colorado in 1995 after attending graduate school at Harvard University. Michelle, her husband George, and her daughter Danika live in Castle Rock.

Lisa Gillette, Treasurer

Lisa Gillette has served on the American Academy School Accountability Committee for the past two years. At the Parker campus, she has also been very active as a day-to-day volunteer during that time, and looks forward to lending her professional experience in finance, accounting, and risk management to her new position as a director. Lisa has two children at the Parker campus.

Chrissy DeMier, Director

Chrissy DeMier was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. After obtaining a Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance from The College of William and Mary, Chrissy returned to Colorado and began working for her father’s company which publishes college textbooks. Chrissy has worked all aspects of the company from the mail room to sales representative to her current position as business manager. Chrissy, her husband Dan and two boys have lived in Castle Pines North for seven years. The DeMier family joined American Academy (AA) in the fall of 2006. Chrissy has had extensive involvement with the school, primarily through her various roles on the American Academy Parent Teacher Organization (AAPTO-CP) including two years as President.

Adil Khan, Director

Adil is the president and CEO of Amplidyne, Inc., a technology company based in Colorado. Adil has been in the high technology industry for more than 16 years and most recently served as the President and CFO of Microtech-Tel, Inc. Adil is an adjunct professor at University of Denver, specializing in strategic management and operations management. He is an active member in the education community. He has served as a University of Denver board member and is currently serving as the President of the Board of the Colorado School Resource Center. Adil is married with two children.

Kay Wan, Director and School Accountability Committee (SAC) Liaison

Kay Wan is originally from the beautiful Pacific NW town of Portland, Oregon. After receiving her bachelor's degree in Communications-Broadcast Journalism, she worked for television news stations in Portland, Seattle, Las Vegas and Denver. Kay has covered many national stories as a field producer for ABC News, Good Morning America, CNN and FOX News Channel. Kay and her husband, RJ, moved to Parker, Colorado in 1999. They have two children. They joined the American Academy family in the inaugural year of the Parker campus.