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Board of Education


Linda Van Matre, President

Tracey Johnson, Vice President

Glenn Strebe, Treasurer

Larry Borland, Director

Catherine Bullock, Director

Col. Neal Barlow, USAFA Liaison
The Board of Education is District Twenty's policy-making body, governing the educational and financial affairs of D20. The Board is composed of five citizens elected to serve overlapping terms of four years each.  At the end of his/her term, a board director wishing to continue this unsalaried community service must be reelected to an additional four-year term. Voting for school board positions takes place on the November General Election ballot.  This is a term limited situation that is defined by state law to 2 contiguous, 4 year terms.  The District Twenty Board of Education also includes a nonvoting member acting as a liaison with the United States Air Force Academy. This member is assigned through mutual agreement between the Air Force Academy and District Twenty.  The Board of Education meetings are usually held the first and third Thursday of each month in the Education and Administration Center, and are always open to the public.
 

 D20 Board Of Education Contacts

 

Linda Van Matre, President

719-528-1634 | Email Linda Van Matre, President

Tracey Johnson, Vice President

6917 Lakenheath Ln Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80908-4777
719-491-2633 | Email Tracey Johnson, Vice President

Glenn Strebe, Treasurer

719-332-4278 | Email Glenn Strebe, Treasurer

Larry Borland, Director

9564 Pinebrook Way, Colorado Springs, CO, 80920
719-426-7707 | Email Larry Borland, Director

Catherine Bullock, Director

719-351-9511 | Email Catherine Bullock, Director

Col. Neal Barlow, USAFA Liaison

719-333-4010 | Email Col. Neal Barlow, USAFA Liaison
Linda Van Matre, President

Tracey Johnson, Vice President

Glenn Strebe, Treasurer

Larry Borland, Director

Catherine Bullock, Director

Col. Neal Barlow, USAFA Liaison
Linda is an enthusiastic supporter of public education and has served as a volunteer in Academy District 20 since 1999.  She believes strongly in access to free, quality education for every child, and considers it an honor to serve as a member of the Board of Education.  Her volunteer experience in Academy 20 includes several terms on Parent Sounding Board; two terms as PTO President at Academy International Elementary; four years as a District Accountability representative; several years on building accountability committees at AIES, Mountain Ridge Middle School, and Rampart High School; three administrator selection committees; the AIES site planning committee; co-chair of the committee to pass the Mill Levy Override in 2008; and various other building level committees and events.  Linda was appointed to fill a vacancy on the board in February 2009 and subsequently elected to a new term in November of that same year.
 
Linda grew up in Illinois, but has lived in Colorado since 1985.  She graduated as co-valedictorian with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from DeVry Institute of Technology, Kansas City, MO in 1985.  She obtained a Master of Computer Information Systems degree from the University of Denver in 1991.  Linda worked as a programmer, then a systems analyst and project manager for US West Communications for seven years before "retiring" to start a family.  She also taught entry level computer classes for a time at the University of Denver, served as an assistant youth minister, and worked as a water fitness instructor at the Briargate Family YMCA for five years.
 
Linda and her husband, Mike, have been married for 22 years and have three children: Michelle, John, and Andy.  Michelle recently graduated from Rampart High School and is continuing her education at Arizona State University.  John is a junior and Andy a freshman at Rampart.  In addition to their individual interests, each member of the family is an avid reader and all actively volunteer in their church.
 
Linda's hobbies include golf and music.  She sings with five long-time friends in a local band called "Cornerstone."  Their first CD, entitled Delivered, was released  August, 2008.
That each child should have a very good public school is Tracey Johnson’s core belief. Ms. Johnson is honored to be working in support of D20’s continued success in delivering tangible results toward this laudable goal.
 
Prior to Ms. Johnson’s November 2011 election, she devoted substantial time serving D20 schools as a member of the District Accountability Committee, several administrator selection committees, PTO committee chair, and generally raising her hand to serve wherever needed at Edith Wolford Elementary, Ranch Creek Elementary, Timberview Middle School and Liberty High School since 2001.  Ms. Johnson’s community involvement also extends to being recognized as volunteer of the year at two area non-profits focusing on children and families, including the Junior League of Colorado Springs, for which she served a stint on its Board of Directors.
 
Ms. Johnson is a retired attorney, who practiced in Texas with a firm specializing in federal litigation, and a former CIA intelligence analyst.  She attended Rice University in Houston, Texas, during which she studied in Spain and Mexico, graduating in 1985 with a B.A. in Spanish and Political Science.  She is bilingual.  Ms. Johnson earned a 1991 J. D. from the University of Houston Law Center and supplemented her legal training in 2009 by becoming a certified mediator.
 
Ms. Johnson and her husband, Doug, have been married for 24 years and are the proud parents of Ross, Cole, and Ben.  Cole (11th grade) and Ben (9th grade) presently attend Liberty High School, from which Ross graduated in 2013.
Glenn Strebe serves the 40,000+ members of Air Academy Federal Credit Union as its President/CEO. He also served as the Chief Operating Officer and the Chief Financial Officer. The credit union serves the military, 10 school districts, and approximately 150 companies. His military service includes the US Air Force 1987-1993 where he was an auditor in the AF Audit Agency and a Cost Analysis Officer/Director of Cost.
 
Glenn has been active in Academy School District 20 for many years. He currently serves as the President of the Academy School District 20 Education Foundation, which provides scholarships and grants in the district. He served as the treasurer for the $163 million bond election in 2001, a TABOR exemption, and a mill levy override. He also served on the Bond Oversight Committee. In addition, he served on the Superintendent’s Communications Council and on the selection committee for staff positions related to the 2001 bond election.
 
Active in the community and the credit union movement, Glenn has served on various boards and committees. Currently, he is on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado and has served as Chairman twice. He is on the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) Region 5 Advisory committee, NAFCU Services Corporation Advisory Committee, and the faculty of the NAFCU Management Development Institute at Duke University. Glenn is a credit union speaker and instructor, author of two articles in Credit Union Executive Journal and a book titled, Managing Credit Union Finance. Glenn has facilitated strategic planning sessions in credit unions and non-profit organizations. In addition, he taught at the graduate and undergraduate level for a local university.
 
Married since 1988 to Teresa (Rampart HS alum), they have two children that graduated from Pine Creek HS; Joshua (2010) and Kamiko (2011). Joshua and Kamiko attend college in Florida and Arizona, respectively.
 
Glenn received an MBA from Colorado State University and a BS from the USAF Academy. Besides spending as much time as possible with his family, he enjoys reading, triathlons (4X Ironman), or pretty much anything outdoors.
Larry Borland was elected to the Academy District 20 Board of Education in November, 2013. He has lived in District 20 since 1986. Larry retired in June, 2013 as Chief of Security and Transportation Services for District 20, where he was responsible for the development and maintenance of all safety and security programs for the district, including emergency response and management, law enforcement liaison, and management and supervision of all security staff in the District. In addition, he oversaw the transportation operation responsible for the safe and efficient transportation of over 6,000 students per day. Larry was a school security chief for more than 18 years, having previously served in the Douglas County School District and Colorado Springs School District 11. He was Manager of Fiscal and Support Services for the Colorado Springs Police Department from 1984-1995, and a Sergeant for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department from 1979-1984. Larry received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Colorado, a Master of Arts degree in Sociology/Criminology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. He has completed numerous specialized training programs in law enforcement, school safety and community leadership. Larry does school safety consulting and conducts training nation-wide for principals and administrators on managing school emergencies and other school safety issues. Mr. Borland has served on the U.S. Department of Education School Police and Security Chiefs Committee, the Colorado Safe School Center Advisory Council and the Safe2Tell Board of Directors. He is Past President of the National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officials. Larry has been married to Barbara since 1977 and has two grown children, Connor, 32 and Caitlin, 25. Connor is married to Tammy and has a son Parker. Connor is employed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Caitlin is employed by Gannett Publishing and is married to Dustin, an F-16 pilot for the US Air Force. Both Connor and Caitlin were educated K-12 in District 20.
Catherine has always placed great value on learning and education. She has always been grateful to live in a country that offers opportunities for anyone who is willing to learn and work to become anything they desire. Consequently, she has been very involved in education. In addition to volunteering in her children's schools, she is also very involved in her church, where she works with the youth. Her most rewarding volunteer assignment was the opportunity to teach a high school religion class at 5:30am every school day for two years.
Catherine grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada, the eighth of eleven children.  She finished college in Utah before moving to Northern California for employment. While there, she met her husband and fell head over heels in love with the handsome hunk.  After having their second child, they began looking for a more family-friendly place to live and selected Colorado Springs. They have been here 19 years and have loved every minute of it. She and Michael have been married for 25 years and they are the parents of five children - Corinne (22), Danielle (19), Allison (17), Cassandra (15) and Justin (12), who all attend or have attended District 20 schools.
Catherine graduated in 1987 from Brigham Young University in Accounting.  She earned her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license in 1990 and has kept her license active ever since.  She worked for a public accounting firm for seven years before leaving to take on even more difficult duties as CEO of her home.  She currently has a part time accounting business.
In her spare time, she loves to read, sew, travel, play volleyball, water-ski, snow ski and spend time with her family.
Col. Barlow is the Chair of the Engineering Division and Head of the Department of Aeronautical Engineering at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA). Since 2000 he has also served as the Permanent Professor of the Academy's Department of Aeronautics. He is a 1978 graduate of USAFA (B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering) as well as having received his M.S. from the University of Washington and Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Arizona State University. During 2004-2005 he served as the "Mayor of the Green Zone" in Baghdad, Iraq while assigned as the Director of the Multi-National Force's Joint Area Support Group. Prior duties include the 34th Operations Group Deputy Commander and Commander of the 94th Flying Training Squadron. In 1997, he commanded the 4417th Support Squadron and served as Base Commander at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait. Col. Barlow is a command pilot with more than 4000 flying hours. He was appointed to his position with the District Twenty Board of Education by the Academy and serves at the pleasure of the Board. He and his wife, Diana, have three children who graduated from Air Academy High School: son Capt. Ben Barlow, M.D. and two daughters Lt. Kaitlin Lee and Caralyn.