Appointed 2007: Prior to his appointment at Valor, Mr. Adams served in the corporate arena as a CFO in the communications industry.
Prior to joining Valor as an inaugural team member in 2007, Leslie was involved in establishing Cherry Hills Christian Middle School. Leslie has over 20 years of experience in education and while at Valor has taught College Preparatory Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Journalism as well as served as the Adviser for Valor's student newspaper, True Blue. She has been involved in youth ministry for most of her adult life and written a variety of published articles addressing youth culture and living with teens. Besides being wed to her high school sweetheart, they have successfully raised three wonderful children.
Appointed 2009: Prior to his appointment at Valor, Mr. Cartier taught for ten years in AP US History, US History and Academic Support at Santa Fe Christian School in San Diego, CA. Mr. Cartier also worked as an Assistant Principal at a school designed for intelligent students who learned differently. In additon, he operates a tutoring business.
Appointed: 2010 Mr. Cunningham is in his 30th year of ministering to people. He has practiced as a marriage and family counselor for 14 years, before embarking on another 14-year career with Kanakuk Kamps, a large Christian athletic camp in southern Missouri. There, he and his wife Cindy were Directors of both K-Kountry and K-Kauai Family Kamp. Mr. Cunningham began his role as Dean of Students at Valor in 2010. He leads the “Men of Valor” Bible study which is open to every Valor father. He has written 5 books, including, “How To Win A Family Fight”, (Multnomah/Random House), “It Happened At The Sunset Grille”, (Thomas-Nelson), “Letters From The Other Side”, (Thomas-Nelson), and “Sins Of The Fathers”, (Thomas-Nelson). Mr. Cunningham and Cindy are currently working on a book entitled, “Your Marriage Can Change the World”. He loves to fish, bike, hike, work out, write, garden, watch birds, and hang out with his wife. Together, they have raised two grown sons, Wes and Peter.
Appointed 2007: Prior to joining Valor, Mr. Damour worked in the landscape and construction industries as an owner and manager of several small to large companies.
Appointed 2008: Prior to serving at Valor, Mrs. Davis worked for Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA.
Appointed 2010: Dr. Fisher taught in the Science Department, Honors Biology and Anatomy & Physiology, prior to becoming the Director of Academics. Previously, he served five years as the Athletic Director and teacher at a local Christian School. He taught collegiate level Anatomy & Physiology for five years. Before entering the field of education, he was the owner and chief physician in a large multi-physician podiatry practice in Wheat Ridge. Over the years, he has served on a school board of a K-8 Christian school, been a board member of the Colorado Podiatric Medical Association, and was Chief of the Podiatry Section in the Department of Surgery at Exempla Lutheran Medical Center. He has a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Colorado State University, D.P.M. from the California College of Podiatric Medicine (Samuel Merritt University) and completed a Foot & Ankle Surgical Residency at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center (Vencor). Dr. Fisher applies his background in education and medicine to his passion for preparing students to be ambassadors for Jesus Christ. He is married to Jane Fisher who is an Engineering Project Manager at the National Renewable Energy Lab. They have two sons, Matthew, who is a Project Engineer in Indiana, and Samuel, who attends Colorado State University.
Appointed 2008: Mr. Gautier has been involved in education since 2003. He currently serves as Director of Academic and College Counseling and a member of Valor's academic leadership. Prior to his appointment at Valor, Mr. Gautier taught for three years in Plano, Texas at Jasper High School. There he served as the Head Speech and Debate Coach and as a member of the Communications and Social Studies Departments. While at Jasper, Mr. Gautier developed a program to emphasize social responsibility, which was recognized by Time Warner Cable with their National Teacher Awards in 2007. He and his wife, Jen, have been married for since 2003 and he is the father of three young boys.
Appointed 2012: Mrs. Goff graduated from the University of Denver with a BA in Business Administration. She worked for several years at Janus Capital Group as an Equity Trader and then as a Junior Analyst. She previously served on the Board for Denver Christian Schools. Mrs. Goff and her husband Jim have three children.
Appointed 2009: Mr. Gomez attended Northland International University in Dunbar, WI where he studied Secondary Education with concentrations in Mathematics and Speech. He began his teaching career at Twin City Christian School in Massachusetts. During his time there, he taught various Math classes and served in other roles including Network Administrator, Web Designer, and Athletic Coach. Eventually he felt the urge to return to his hometown of Denver and to teach at his high school alma mater, Silver State Christian School in Morrison, teaching Science and Technology. After two years at Silver State, he came to Valor to teach Math. He was chosen for Valor’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011. This year, he has taken on a new role as Director of Educational Technology. Mr. Gomez is passionate about Mathematics and Technology. More importantly, however, he is passionate about helping students realize their potential and the joy that comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ. He lives in Centennial with his best friend and wife, Chastity. He has four children and serves as a pastor at Sola Church in the Centennial area.
Appointed 2006: Prior to her appointment at Valor, Mrs. Heckelmann worked for Nordstrom's for 24 years.
Appointed 2007: Prior to her appointment at Valor, Mrs. Heintz was called to ministry as a Pastor of Outreach and Missions at Southeast Christian Church after having worked as a pediatric physical therapist.
Appointed 2009: Mrs. Kempton's professional experience comes from a 25-year career in the field of recruiting, employee development, sales and management for a national corporation. Prior to her appointment as the Director of College Relations, she served on the Valor Board of Directors throughout the development of the campus and the opening of the school.
Appointed 2007: Prior to his appointment at Valor, Mr. Kirchner was an ordained Pastor for 22 years. He has served Valor in a number of roles and is active in leading the Spiritual Life and Student Life Department. Mr. Kirchner and his wife Sheree have 8 children, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law and 2 grandchildren. He loves spending time with family, loves all kinds of sports and is an avid outdoorsman.
Appointed 2007: Prior to his appointment at Valor, Mr. Ringnalda served as a founding teacher and Fine Arts Department Chair at Oaks Christian High School. He was honored with the Atsinger Award for Teaching Excellence in 2004-2005.
Appointed 2007: Prior to his appointment at Valor, Mr. Sherman served as Athletic Director at Orange Lutheran High School in Orange, California. During his tenure as AD, Orange Lutheran rose to national prominence in one of the top athletic leagues in the country.
Appointed 2007: Mrs. Thomas attended Concordia University, in Seward, NE where she studied Mathematics and Physics. She began her teaching career at Orange Lutheran High School in California. During her time there, she taught various math classes and served in other roles including Professional Learning Community Facilitator, National Honor Society Chair, and Ignite Mentorship Program Director. In 2007, she was chosen for the Outstanding Christian Educator Award by the Orange Lutheran faculty and staff. Excited about the opportunity to be a part of a new school, Mrs. Thomas moved to Denver to be part of Valor's inaugural year. She was chosen for Valor’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008. Recently, she completed her Masters in Mathematics from University of Northern Colorado. Mrs. Thomas is passionate about mathematics. More importantly, however, she is passionate about helping students realize their potential and the joy that comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ. Mrs. Thomas lives in Highlands Ranch with her best friend and husband, Sam.
Appointed 2006: Mr. Unruh serves as President/CEO of Valor Christian High School. Prior to this appointment, he was in private practice as an attorney serving the needs of individual and corporate clients in transactional matters.