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Board of Directors

While Merit Academy was inspired and is powered by parents and community, a small handful of people have put thousands of hours and personal resources into the development and launch of our great school.

This is an introduction to the Founding Board, in alphabetical order.

They have since transitioned to the Merit Academy Board of Directors.


John Dill is a retired Lt. Colonel from the United States Army. He continues in leadership roles with the United States Armed Services as a civilian. He has served on local non-profit boards,  responsible for budgets, policy generation, and policy implementation. He and his wife have twin girls, joyfully attending Merit Academy.


Jason Ledlie is a licensed therapist in Woodland Park. He has previously served as an elected member of the board of trustees of a Title 1 school district. He served two consecutive terms, totaling eight years. Jason and his wife are parents to five children, and are very enthusiastic Merit Academy Bears!

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Mary is a Georgia native with a BBA in finance and over twelve years of experience in the banking industry. She began an exciting real estate career after moving to Colorado in 2012.  Mary owns and operates a vacation rental and office share business with her husband, which lends itself well to Mary’s passion for service and hospitality.  She also serves as Treasurer of the Peak Swim Team, a local youth swim club. Mary, her husband Alan and two children love our community and are proud to be Merit Bears!


Nicole Waggoner is an entrepreneur and successful local business owner with flourishing companies in Florida and Colorado. She is experienced in both the marketing and financial management of business. She and her husband have three boys - very proud Merit Academy Bears (well, the youngest is not quite ready for Kindergarten, yet!)

As an operational board, the Board will establish and oversee the mission, values, goals, and fiscal well-being of MA. The Director of Development, as the Board's Chief Action Officer, along with the Dean of School and Dean of Grammar will be responsible for staffing, programing management, and decisions related to internal systems, so long as the affairs of the School are exercised under the Board’s ultimate jurisdiction.

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