Both a United States Air Force veteran and expert educator, Toni Schone is Colorado Military Academy's founding principal. In addition to being a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Schone spent 5 years in the United States Air Force as a Logistics and Supply Officer. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Behavior and Leadership from the United States Air Force Academy and her Master’s Degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma.
Schone has demonstrated proficiency working in complex, diverse and dynamic school settings ranging from Pre-K through the graduate level, which led to her most recent position as the Dean of Students and Activities Director at Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs, CO. She has substantial experience teaching Physical Education, Health, and Science, as well as coaching a variety of sports at the high school level, including Volleyball, Basketball, Track and Lacrosse.
Lee Ann Wade
Since serving 4 years in the United States Marine Corps, Amos Velasquez has taken roles of increasing responsibility in local schools, including Emerson Edison Charter School, Galileo School of Math and Science, and as the Dean of Students at Coronado High School.
Most recently Velasquez has been a program lead of New Opportunity Programs for Academy School District 20 and the Academy Director of Omar D. Blair Charter School Junior Academy. Velasquez has his Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences and Secondary Education and his Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision. He is also actively involved in coaching sports, including football, basketball, and track.
Lee Ann Wade currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol and is a graduate of the National Staff College and National Aerospace Education College. She has served as a Squadron Commander, State Recruiting Officer, and Regional Aerospace Education Director over a five-state area and has actively participated for over 21 years in the Civil Air Patrol.
Dr. Wade’s experience in education has included all age groups within the military community from Homeschool Coordinator, director for an alternative high school, Military Soldier Enrollment Manager for Colorado State University- Pueblo, and Character Leadership Development Officer at the New Mexico Military Institute. She has also worked as a Military Student Transition Consultant for Military Child Education Coalition. Wade received her Doctorate in Education, specializing in Professional Studies in Education,
Kin Griffith is a seasoned leader with over 20 years of leadership experience in education. He is a pioneer in innovative education, starting with the opening of a charter school in 1994, continuing with the opening of a virtual charter school in 2001, and then the opening of a blended charter school in 2013. Prior to leading and operating charter schools, Kin was a CPA and financial executive in business and industry.
In addition to being a leader of charter schools and educational organizations, Griffith also has the experience of being a parent and grand-parent of charter school students. He is proud to point out that his family is a “three-generation charter school family.” His wife is a charter school teacher (in schools unaffiliated with his); his youngest daughter graduated from a charter school and is now a licensed architect designing charter school facilities; and one of his granddaughters currently attends the charter school he helped open in 1994; and another attends a Colorado online charter school. Griffith has an MBA from the University of Denver and a Masters in Economics from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Reggie Ash is a 24-year veteran of the United States Air Force whose final assignment prior to retiring was that of Commander of the 21st Mission Support Group at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.
Ash has extensive experience leading large multi-tiered business units in business strategy development and execution and has collaborated alongside start-ups and turn-arounds with a focus in the defense industry. He has expertise in planning, developing, and integrating strategic IT business initiatives into workable solutions and is skilled in successfully uniting diverse groups, including global partners, to achieve strategic goals. Ash is an accomplished mentor to senior leaders and developing executives.
Director of Business