Leadership

ED NICHOLS

Executive Director

Ed Nichols is a fourth generation Coloradan with an extensive background in business and community service. He has experience with large corporations (IBM) and entrepreneurial initiatives, with positions on both cultural and education nonprofit boards. He is well versed in fundraising and implementing strategic planning for nonprofit organizations.  Ed previously served as both the President and CEO of History Colorado, and head of the State Historical Fund (SHF). He also served as Colorado’s State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO).  As a Colorado state agency, History Colorado operates the flagship History Colorado Center in Denver and eight other museum sites across the State of Colorado. The new History Colorado Center, a $142 million headquarters and museum, opened in April 2012 under Ed’s leadership.  His philanthropic experience includes directing the $32 million Make History Colorado! Capital Campaign of the new center and his service as CEO of the $10 million annual grant funding program of the Colorado State Historical Fund (SHF). Ed has a BA in Science from Williams College and MBA in Marketing from Northwestern Kellogg School of Business.

 

KRISTEN KAISER

Executive Program Director

Kristen Kaiser joined TJS in 2015 as Director of Operations, and recently became Executive Program Director. She is responsible for working closely with the Executive Director and Director of Finance in overseeing operations and budget. Kristen also works closely with the program directors at the three campuses, overseeing programming. Kristen serves as LEND Family Discipline Director at JFK Partners, UC Denver School of Medicine, teaching and mentoring multidisciplinary professionals on disability and the family experience. There she spent the past 12 years in autism research, developing and implementing family support programming for families newly diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Currently Kristen holds a Masters in Public Health from the UC School of Medicine, BA in English from University of California, Santa Barbara and an MLA in English and American Literature from Harvard University Extension School. 

 
 

MARTHA MUTH

Special Education Director

Martha Muth serves as Special Education Director over all three campuses, acting as liaison to CDE and responsible for regulatory compliance. She is also the educational director and school administrator for The Joshua School, Boulder campus. She joined TJS in 2015 from a residential treatment facility.

Martha holds a BS in Special Education from Metropolitan State University and an MA in School Administration and Supervision from The University of Phoenix. She holds Special Education Director and Principal Licenses, a Special Education Professional License with Elementary Endorsement.

JEWELL WEBER

Finance Director

Jewell Weber serves as TJS Director of Finance where she is responsible for all matters related to the planning, supervision and monitoring of school budgets, operational expenses and planning. She has over 20 years experience in non-profit Finance and Accounting. Jewell holds a BS in Accounting.

 

CINDY MACDONALD

Human Resources Director

Cindy MacDonald joined TJS in early 2019 as Human Resources Director and is responsible for leading initiatives focused on maximizing the TJS employee experience. She collaborates closely with the TJS leadership and HR teams to design and implement talent acquisition and development strategies that align with the TJS strategic plan. Cindy brings over 20 years’ experience in the Human Resources field in both Canada and the U.S. in a variety of industries. She holds a Bachelors in Business Administration degree and has a SHRM-SCP certification

KATE LOVING

Program Director - Transition

Kate Loving serves as Transition Program Director for The Joshua School Englewood campus. She joined TJS in 2017 from Colorado Department of Education, where she has spent the past 7 years. As an ASD Specialist for CDE, Kate provided consultation and coaching for districts around the state, and the past 4 years with districts throughout Wyoming implementing evidence-based practices for students with ASD and IDD. In her years in private practice as a BCBA, Kate specialized in working with young adults with ASD and significant behavioral and communication needs. 

Kate holds a BS in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University, a Masters in Special Education from Portland State University, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) through Florida Institute of Technology.

 
 

MEGAN COATLEY

Campus Director - Boulder

Megan Coatley is the Campus Director at The Joshua School, Boulder. She holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the accredited programs at Western Michigan University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and has spent over a decade empowering clients and families to create lasting, positive behavior change. Throughout her career in nonprofit organizations, Meg has led clinical teams and educators in developing evidence-based interventions for children with disabilities. Utilizing the scientific principles and strategies of behavior analysis, she empowers clients to achieve their goals.  Meg is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International.

 

DR. NICOLE PEARSON, PsyD, BCBA-D

Director of Psychological Services

Program Director - School-Age

Dr. Nicole Pearson is a Licensed Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) who has been working in the field of autism and developmental disabilities for more than a decade. She currently serves in a dual leadership role as the School-Age Program Director and Director of Psychological Services at The Joshua School. Passionate about serving children with complex behavioral, medical and mental health needs, Nicole has worked across a number of settings including hospitals, clinics, homes and schools. She has also volunteered with autism programs internationally in Kenya and the Maldives. Dr. Pearson holds Masters and Doctoral degrees in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a BS in Business Administration from Villanova University. Prior to relocating to Colorado in 2018, Dr. Pearson served as a member of the Board of Directors for the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis and the Junior Board of the NYC Autism Charter School. 

 

JAMIE COHEN

Program Director - Joshua Early Intervention

Jamie Cohen is the Program Director of the Joshua Early Intervention at the Joshua Early Childhood Center (JECC).  She has been working passionately with children in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) since 2006 and has been at The Joshua School’s Early Intervention Program since 2012.  Jamie is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), has a BA in Psychology from Livingston College and also holds a Masters Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Rutgers University. Jamie is the Director of the Early Intervention program, provides oversight as well as consultation services to school districts regarding programming for children with ASD.

 

BROOKE LESTIKOW

Program Director - Joshua Academy

Brooke Lestikow is the Program Director of the Joshua Academy at the Joshua Early Childhood Center (JECC) and has 5 years of experience in the Joshua Early Intervention Program. Brooke also has previous experience in Douglas County School District at the preschool level. She received a BA in Political Science from the University of Denver and a Masters in Early Childhood Educations from the University of Colorado-Denver.

 
Board Members

AMY ZUPON

President of the Board

MATT ANSAY

Chair Governance & Facility Committee

KENNETH WHITELAM

Treasurer

ROOPESH AGGARWAL

Board Member

JOEL DREESSEN

Board Member

JIM GENDELMAN

Board Member

KRISTI GRANING

Board Member

KATHERINE HENSCHEN-HAUFF

Board Member

JIM VITALE

Board Member

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