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Mr. Terry Adams
Director of Discovery and Outreach
, Department Chair
Appointed 2007. Prior to his appointment at Valor, Mr. Adams worked in corporate finance and administration in both the oil and gas industry and cable communications. He most recently served as CFO and VP Finance before he made his “half-time” shift into vocation ministry. Missions’ outreach and service to the poor have been long-time volunteer roles through his local church. In his starting role at Valor, Terry launched the Discovery program, which led to his current position, the Director of Discovery and Outreach. He has previously been involved on the board of Mile High Ministries and currently serves on the boards of Momentum Global India, and the advisory board of the National Christian Foundation – Colorado. Terry has been married since 1979 and has three children; Sean who works in finance and accounting in the internet industry in Colorado, a daughter at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California and a daughter who is a senior at Valor..
B.S. Accounting - Indiana University
M. Div. - Denver Seminary
Mr. Matt Cartier
Director of Academic Development/9th Grade Seminar - Speech & Research
Office Hours: By Appointment
Appointed 2009. Mr. Cartier has been involved with education since 1998. He has diverse educational experience having worked in both public and private school settings as an AP and Special Education teacher in the humanity subjects (History, English, and Bible), Educational Consultant, Assistant Principle, and now Dean of Academic Development at Valor. Regardless of the educational setting, Matt is passionate about helping students develop a motivation for learning while cultivating a unique understanding in each student regarding how they learn best. Matt, his wife and two daughters love to be outside enjoying Colorado's beauty. When the weather brings them inside they enjoy creating art, making food, reading books, and living life with family and friends.
B.A. Social Science with a U.S. History emphasis and minor in Biblical Studies - Biola University, 1998
M.A. Curriculum and Instruction - Biola University, 2005
Mr. Will Cunningham
Dean of Students
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). Will 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.
B.A. English Literature - Oklahoma State University
M.A. Counseling - Denver Seminary
Mrs. Abbey Davis
Institutional Advancement Manager
Appointed 2008: Prior to serving at Valor, Mrs. Davis worked for Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA.
B.A. English - Westmont College, 2006
Mr. Gary Fisher
Director of Academics
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. Dr. Fisher applies his background in education and medicine to his passion for preparing students to be ambassadors for Jesus Christ. Gary 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.
B.S. Biological Sciences – Colorado State University, 1986
D.P.M. – California College of Podiatric Medicine - Samuel Merit University, 1990
Foot & Ankle Surgical Residency – Presbyterian/St. Luke’s (VENCOR), 1992
Mr. Zach Gautier
Director of Academic & College Counseling
Office Hours: By appointment
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.
B.S. Communications - Liberty University, 2003
ThM. Systematic Theology - Dallas Theological Seminary, 2008
MEd. Curriculum and Instruction - Texas A&M University - Commerce, 2008
Mrs. Jody Goff
Director of Finance and Operations
Appointed 2012. Mrs. Goff 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. Jody and her husband Jim have three children.
B.A. Business Administration, University of Denver
Mr. Mark Gomez
Director of Educational Technology
, Department Chair
Office Hours: Tu - Business Lunch
Appointed 2009. Mr. Gomez 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, Mark 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. Mr. Gomez is passionate about Mathematics and Technology and was chosen for Valor’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011. More importantly, Mark 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.
B.S. Secondary Education, Math/Speech - Northland Baptist Bible College, Dunbar WI 2002
Mrs. Ty Heckelmann
Director of Human Resources
Appointed 2006. Prior to her appointment at Valor, Mrs. Heckelmann worked for Nordstrom's for 24 years.
Mrs. Donna Heintz
Director of the Valor Career Center
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 for many years.
B.S. – University of Delaware, 1978
M.A. – Denver Seminary, 2008
Mrs. Tammy Inman
Dean of Students
Appointed 2014. Tammy Inman was previously the Executive Director of The Center for Relationship Education in Denver for nine years. During this time, she was a national trainer of a positive youth development curriculum and taught marriage education. Tammy facilitated a panel of experts across the country to develop an assessment tool for effective youth risk avoidance curriculums. She gained expertise and experience in youth decision making, conflict resolution and enhanced communication techniques. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Colorado Young Leaders. A non-profit dedicated to helping youth gain leadership skills through community service and involvement. Tammy is passionate about youth, marriage and missions. She is married to Rick and has three daughters: Keegan, Kylie and Brooke whom have all graduated from Baylor University from the Hankamer School of Business. She also has the pleasure of enjoying Rick’s three children, a daughter-in-law and two grandbabies. Tammy has almost completed her goal of climbing the 54 “fourteeners” in the state of Colorado. She loves to spend time with her family at their Lake Tahoe cabin.
Mr. Jim Kirchner
Director of Spiritual Life
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.
B.S. Education – Wheaton College, 1979
M.Div. – Denver Seminary, 1988
Appointed 2013. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Lynch worked in the business finance and banking arena, where he assumed many managerial and leadership roles over the past 23 years. As President of a small bank in Colorado, Mr. Lynch, among other duties, oversaw the construction, build-out and management of branch locations along the Front Range. Patrick has three children, a step-daughter Katie who attends Ball State University and two elementary-age children, Brodie and Lillie. Mr. Lynch lives in Lone Tree and enjoys golf, outdoor activities, spending time with friends and family and stays very involved in all his kids’ activities.
B.A. Business Administration - University of Northern Colorado, 1988
Mr. James Reitsema
Director of Technology
Education: B.S. Chemistry - Calvin College
M.B.A. Finance – University of Denver
Mr. Arie Ringnalda
Director of Arts & Media
, Department Chair
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 in California. He was honored with the Atsinger Award for Teaching Excellence in 2004-2005.
B.A. Fine Arts - Calvin College
B.S. Education - K-12 Arts
Dean of Students
Appointed 2014. Prior to her appointment at Valor, Mrs. Schmidt worked for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Colorado as the Denver Metro Area Representative and Young Women’s Ministry Director, where she invested in the lives of adolescent girls, teens, and young adults. Schmidt has also been actively involved in coaching track & field at the high school, club, and college levels, and is serving as an assistant coach this spring at Valor. It was through her work with FCA and coaching that she developed a desire to gain an educational foundation in counseling and help individuals and families find healing, direction, and hope. During her counseling pursuit, Stacy has worked with a variety of counseling concerns and populations, including children, adolescents, college students, adults, and family issues with a Christian approach. Schmidt loves the state of Colorado and takes full advantage of everything the city and mountains have to offer. She is currently engaged and has set a wedding date for August 2014.
B.S. Physical Education/Sports Management - Doane College, 2007
M.A. Professional Counseling - Olivet Nazarene University, 2014
Mr. Rod Sherman
, Department Chair
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.
B.A., Concordia University
M.A., Hope International
Mrs. Rebecca Thomas
Academic Dean/Instructional Faculty – Math
, Department Chair
Appointed 2007. Mrs. Thomas 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. 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. Becca lives in Highlands Ranch with her best friend and husband, Sam.
B.S. Secondary Education, Mathematics and Physics - Concordia University, Seward, NE 2002
M.S. Mathematics, University of Northern Colorado
Mr. Kurt Unruh
Head of School, President/CEO/CFO
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.
B.S. Economics – University of Kansas, 1989
J.D. – University of Denver, 1998