Board of Directors

Casey Smith, President, Western Slope

Casey has supported and promoted Knowledge Bowl as a player, reader, and coach since the mid 90’s. After growing up in Colorado, he spent 10 years living in Philadelphia, Palo Alto, and upstate New York. He and his wife moved home to Colorado so she could teach high school and he could work remotely as a computer vision research scientist. He enjoys photography, climbing, and exploring the mountains and desert with his two daughters.

Van Walker, Vice President, Southeastern Colorado

Colorado Knowledge Bowl Vice-President, Van Walker, is a science instructor at Springfield High School in rural southeastern Colorado; he has been in education for 22 years - 20 of which have been at Springfield. He has been a knowledge bowl coach for 20 years, and he has been involved with the Colorado Knowledge Bowl board of directors since its inception in 2015, serving as a representative for 1A schools and as the vice-president. Van has recently been re-elected as vice-president and is honored to promote the goals of knowledge bowl, its student participants, and the schools that they attend.

Sue Fox, Secretary, Southeastern Colorado

Sue Fox has been in education for over 20 years and has been the high school knowledge bowl coach for most of those years. She was instrumental in starting a middle school knowledge bowl program and took over as the coach many years ago. Her bachelor's degree from Colorado State University was in animal science. After her children started school, Sue's career plans took a new turn when she started substituting at the local school and discovered that she loved teaching. She earned a Master's Degree in Special Education from Regis University and became the special education teacher at Eads, a small, rural school in Southeastern Colorado. Sue has been involved with the Colorado Knowledge Bowl board of directors since it was created in 2015.

Doug Horn, Treasurer, 3A Schools, Northeastern Colorado

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Ken Blehm, Tournament Director, Northern Colorado

Ken Blehm is the Colorado Tournament Director and a board member at large from Greeley within Region 7 (Northeast Colorado). He has officiated meets as a reader in Region 7 since the mid-1990’s and has been a state reader since 2004. He retired as a professor of environmental health and industrial hygiene at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, in 2016 after 37 years in that position; the last 15 years as associate dean of academic and student affairs for the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Ken encouraged and facilitated the state tournament relocation to Colorado State, Fort Collins, in 2016 to take advantage of excellent facilities, infrastructure and to capitalize on an opportunity leading to the first Knowledge Bowl scholarships offered to class championship teams. While this necessitated changing the timing of the tournament to mid-March as opposed to mid-April, the net benefits (costs, facilities, staffing) to Colorado Knowledge Bowl were substantive. The automated-push score reporting; online coordination of the state tournament schedule; and the web-based registration system for the state tournament as well as web-based resources for Colorado Knowledge Bowl were products of Ken’s work with other board members.

Mike Aragon, 2A Schools

Mike Aragon is what one might call a WYSIWYG in tech speak (Google it). He has been coaching Knowledge Bowl for the past 18 years at Fowler High School. The United States Coast Guard is where he received his first taste of the real world. He was able to see most of the world and do things only dreamed of by many. He returned home and tried several different career tracks before finding his true calling (and a soulmate) when he entered college 10 years after leaving high school. The father of 4 and grandfather of 8 (and 1 on the way), he spends his time between his work, hunting and fishing, raising livestock, and his family.

Mike earned his bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo, Colorado and his master's in Technology in Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His background is in video production and the integration of technology in the classroom. He is the Technology Director for Fowler School District and a technology consultant for several other districts and organizations. He also teaches Technology in Education classes at Otero Junior College.

Roxanne Henderson, Southwestern Colorado, 3A Schools

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Eric Howe, Webmaster, Denver

Eric Howe participated in Knowledge Bowl as a student at Gateway High School back in the 1980s and has coached several teams from Denver area schools over the years. He was a founding member of the Denver Knowledge Bowl League and serves as its director. Eric has taught for over twenty years and currently teaches a variety of technology courses at Stargate Charter School, a school for Gifted and Talented students in Thornton, Colorado.

Heather Huntley, 4A Schools

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Dawn James, 1A Schools

Dawn James has a long history in Colorado Knowledge Bowl, beginning as a student in the 1970s. Her experience as a reader for local and state competitions, and coaching both middle school and high school teams, has culminated in serving on the state board.

Dawn attended college at Western State College before discontinuing her education to raise her family. After 4 children, the youngest born in 1995, she returned in 1998 to the University of Southern Colorado, obtaining a History degree in 2002. In 2012, Dawn received her Masters in History. Completing these steps was truly a source of inspiration as she graduated at the top of her class and never failed to attend any of her children's events. She has taught at all levels from kindergarten to college courses, and is now at her own high school alma mater and has enjoyed teaching in the same room that first ignited her passion for learning.

Having attended and taught exclusively at 1A schools, Dawn understands that 1A schools have been the backbone of Knowledge Bowl in Colorado and representing this block of participating schools is an honor.

Zachary Levine, Northeastern Colorado

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Coady Shawcroft, 5A Schools

Coady Shawcroft is a teacher and Knowledge Bowl co-coach with his wife McKenzie at Grand Junction High School. He started as a player his freshman year at Grand Junction High School and ever since has been involved in knowledge bowl either playing, reading for tournaments, or coaching for half of his life. He co-coached Palisade High School and Fossil Ridge High School during college. He graduated from CSU with a degree in History and Social Studies Education. Once graduated, he returned to the western slope to begin a teaching career. When Coady's not teaching or coaching, he and his wife enjoy spending time with their dogs, exploring the Grand Mesa, and travelling.