Mike Galvin is currently an owner of Focused Leadership Solutions, a consulting group that assists schools and districts in their long range improvement efforts. Prior to starting FLS, Mike worked with Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) from 2002 to 2007, where he co-authored Success in Sight, a research based school improvement framework. He also did extensive work in the field, providing services to urban and rural school districts, state departments of education and diverse groups of school leaders from around the United States. His particular areas of expertise include systemic school reform, school leadership, and the development of intentional educational communities.
Before joining McREL, Mike served as principal of Columbine Elementary School, a National School of Character, where he led systemic change initiatives in the areas of academics, special education, and personal and social responsibility. He currently serves as a member of the Blue Ribbon Panel for the Character Education Partnership in Washington, D.C., the group that selects each year’s National Schools of Character finalists. Mike also works with the Foundation for Character Development to advance character education in Colorado.
Mike believes in the power of honest conversations and strong personal relationships in the workplace and enjoys working with educators, especially teachers and principals, on the issues that are important to them. He encourages and supports leadership development in his work with Focused Leadership Solutions, and encourages schools and districts to keep in mind the importance of a holistic approach to student learning and development.
Mike divides his time between Denver and Woodland Park, Colorado, where he enjoys high altitude gardening, hiking and snowshoeing, and time with friends and family.
Missy understands both the common ground of the oil and gas industry and the environmental community. She is the Sr. Business Development Manager for Oil and Gas for the Rocky Mountain Region and has over 20 years of combined experience in strategic business development, sales and marketing within the oil and gas, finance and internet industries. Missy grew up in the oil and gas industry; her grandfather started Forest Oil Corporation. She worked at Forest Oil Corporation in the land, legal and finance groups for fifteen years. Missy has worked at the executive level with both Clarion Mortgage and Cherry Creek Mortgage creating business opportunities and building relationships within financial institutions as well as implementing new market development strategies and special projects with India. Missy also started, operated and sold her own internet company. She is on the Board of Directors of both Denver Academy and the Glendorn Foundation, a volunteer for Colorado Open Lands and is a published author. She has been a member of Toastmasters. Missy can be reached by phone at 303-729-6135 or email Missy.Warner@westonsolutions.com.
Sean was named the executive director of Teach For America Colorado in February 2007. This past year, Sean oversaw an increase in revenue of 60% to $5.2M, increase in corps size by 50% to 265, a staff increase of 40% and the creation of a regional board. Prior to this, Sean had been the executive director of Teach for America - New Mexico for three years. During this tenure, New Mexico became one of Teach for America’s top performing regions in terms of student achievement. He lead the increase of its regional funding base by 217 percent as well. Sean was part of the 2001 Teach For America charter corps in New Mexico, teaching third and fifth grades in Smith Lake, and sixth grade social studies in Rio Rancho. He prides himself not only on the 34% increase on the New Mexico state exam his students achieved, but the incredible parental involvement he created in this effort to change his student’s lives. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Illinois and earned a master of arts in teaching from Western New Mexico University. Sean enjoys spending his free time working on community politics, and education reform. Most important beyond work, is his time with his wife, Jenna, and little girl Elasandra
Jeff is a presenter with a wide-ranging curiosity who engages today’s complex change with creative new approaches and helps people bounce back and thrive from life’s tough challenges. Living with and managing the oscillations of bipolar disorder has given Jeff a unique vantage point for navigating the extreme polarities of change we live with today.
People come to him because of his straight talk and good humor; for a direct, no-nonsense approach resilience in life and work and a whimsical ability to help everyone communicate, collaborate, imagine, and adapt.
Along with being a captain of the Denver Academy soccer team and an outstanding student, David also plays drums in a group he founded with fellow students named Gulfstream-X (more information at www.gulfstream-x.com).