Board of Education


The Board of Education

The Manitou Springs Board of Education (BOE) consists of 5 members elected to four-year terms. The BOE meets once a month.  This date is usually the fourth Monday of the month; however, there are months that require earlier meetings.  Please check with the district administration at 685-2024 for specific dates and times of yearly BOE meetings.   The fundamental work of the BOE is to establish the direction of the district, set organizational goals, and monitor the progress of the district towards those goals. The BOE Directors have developed a series of ends statements and executive limitations to direct their work based on multiple community meetings and outreach.  The ends statements are embedded in the district’s mission of establishing deep, meaningful relationships; creating academically rigorous courses; and providing multiple opportunities for students to engage in a wide range of activities.

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Swearing in the new board member; Gus Moen, Jack Sharon and Gary Smith by
Patti Hickox.


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New board member Jack Sharon, Gary Smith and Gus Moen congratulate 
Alice Stoneback, Amanda Kerrigan and Jessica Moen (not present), for all
their hard work on Culture of Kindness Week.


Tina Vidovich, Board President

TInaTina was recently appointed to the Board of Education June of 2017.  She has been a resident of Manitou Springs for fourteen years. As a parent of a Manitou Springs School District 14 student she has served on both the Building Accountability Advisory Committee and District Accountability Advisory Committee, volunteered for various events, and most importantly served as Team Mom for MSHS Boys Soccer Team. In addition to her volunteer and parenting experiences, she is a career educator with nearly 30 years of experience as a paraprofessional, teacher, and administrator.

Tina loves to spend time in Manitou with her family and friends, but especially enjoys hiking with her two Labrador retrievers. Tina’s belief is that every child deserves an excellent education.




Natalie Johnson, Board  Vice President

NatalieA Manitou Springs resident since 2004,
Natalie has volunteered and/or worked with the District as a Community Liaison for Partners for Healthy Choices (PHC), Chair of the Career and Technical Education Committee, a representative on the District Sustainability Plan Committee D14 Schools (2011), a member
of the DAAC (District Accountability Action Committee) and Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee/Wellness Committee for PHC. She attended Public Schools, comes from a long-line of teachers and has experience working on and for boards. Natalie received a Bachelor of Art from Ripon College in Wisconsin with a Major in Art History and English. She has a Masters of Science from Minnesota State University, Mankato in Women's Studies. A childless taxpayer, former Manitou Springs business owner, resident and nonprofit director, she brings a unique perspective to the table. She loves to read, eat good food with friends and BUILD COMMUNITY. Johnson is the Executive Director of the Manitou Art Center and the Manitou Springs Creative District.



Jack Sharon, Treasurer

sharonJack recently joined the Manitou Springs Board of Education in November of 2019. Jack has been involved as a parent of Manitou Springs School District 14 students since his older two daughters graduated in 2011 and 2012. He currently has twin daughters in the Middle School and a son at Manitou Springs Elementary School. Jack received his undergraduate degree from UCLA, attended medical school at Oral Roberts University, completed his emergency medicine residency at UC San Francisco - Fresno and has been a board certified emergency medicine physician practicing in Colorado Springs since 1995. He has served as the medical director of Penrose Hospital Emergency Department for the past fifteen years and is a former Chief of Staff of the Penrose-St. Francis Health System. Jack currently continues to serve on numerous boards and committees within the Penrose-St. Francis Health System and is a member of the Penrose St. Francis Hospital Board. Jack is a firm believer in the value and importance of a solid education and considers it to be the great equalizer for children in our society. His goal is that every child has access to and excellent education in a safe environment.



Gus Moen, Director

gus_moenGustav William Moen II. As a student, I was always enrolled in public institutions, attending my neighborhood schools and participating in extracurricular activities such as baseball, football, basketball, and band. Along with the academic and executive functioning skills I was taught in the traditional classroom setting, the character development nurtured within me through these activities would not have been financially feasible for my family without being part of a comprehensive, free public education. I am personally grateful for the quality of my primary and secondary education, as it allowed for greater opportunities in my life and I humbly believe it to be one of the foremost American innovations.

As baseball continued to be a passion of mine and a means to afford to continue into post-secondary education, I found interest in psychology. As a young man with a family to support, I turned my focus toward the marketing side of psychology and eventually went into the corporate world. However, my connection to and passion for psychology has never waned and has been reignited through my study and training in trauma-informed practices and developmental psychology. This ardor for mental health has spurred a shift in focus, professionally, as I am now the proud owner/operator of a developing psychotherapy practice, which includes humanistic and integrative strategies. Additionally, I am a certified trainer for trauma-informed practices, which allows me to impact the health and wellness of organizations, both public and private, to ensure the overall wellbeing of each member of a community or organization.

With over 25 years in the corporate setting, IT training management, and business leadership, I have seen the impact of quality and comprehensive general education on the workforce. Having decades of experience in hiring, developing, and leading varied employees, there is an obvious advantage for employees who have been the recipients of a quality general, public education, as these individuals are able to collaborate with peers to perform a variety of tasks and assignments. As a member of the Board of Education for Manitou Springs School District 14, I am eager to develop my role to champion for the current and future needs of the staff, students, and community by ensuring the policies are reflective of the needs of the contemporary learner, while being responsive to the realities of the current world and anticipating the demands of our future society. I am honored and excited to serve my community in this capacity.



Gary Smith, Director

smithI am a native of Manitou Springs. I attended Manitou Springs Elementary, Manitou Springs Middle, and Manitou Springs High School. I was employed by the City of Manitou Springs Water Department, and was the Public Services Director over the Water, Parks and Streets Departments until retiring. While employed by the City of Manitou Springs, I also served as a volunteer firefighter. I held numerous positions on the department and was eventually voted in as Fire Chief. I served on the department for 21 years before retiring. I am currently employed with Colorado Springs Utilities as a project manager. I have served as a Manitou Springs City Council member for eight years. I am term limited as of January 7, 2020. I am a member of the Kiwanis Club of Manitou Springs. I have served as past President and I am currently serving as a Board member. The club does many volunteer projects such as the dinner for the Pikes Peak Marathon, volunteers for the School District Halloween Carnival, Breakfast with Santa, and the Manitou Springs High School Scholarship Program to name a few. I wanted to continue my service to the community, and serving on Manitou Springs School Board was a great fit. I started a program in which Manitou Springs City Council and Manitou Springs School District collaborate and work together on programs such as drug education. I would like to see this program continue. I look forward to ensuring that our district is responsive to the values, beliefs and priorities of our community. Gary likes to golf, support and watch school district sports and travel.

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