Katlynn Crine , Marketing and Development Specialist
Start Date: 2019
Katlynn became part of Aurora Public Schools Foundation in the summer of 2019. She is a Southern California native who fell in love with Colorado during her summer breaks while attending New Mexico State University. At NMSU, Katlynn received her bachelor's degree in Government, Criminal Justice, and Law and Society - all while competing on the NMSU Division 1 Equestrian Team. Post-graduation, she made the move to becoming a full-time Colorado resident.
Katlynn comes to the Foundation from the political fundraising and consulting industry, where she assisted in raising over $15 million for the 2017-2018 election year. While in politics, she worked with clients ranging from City of Aurora elections to nationwide senatorial campaigns and non-profits. Her passion for politics quickly turned into a passion for education and child advocacy. With an extensive background in development and fundraising, Katlynn has become a vital part of the Foundations team.
When out of the office, Katlynn tries to spend her time at a Colorado sporting event or hiking with her Austrian Shepard, Bronx.
Jordan Bills, Post-secondary Education Specialist at Aurora Central High School
Start Date: 2017
Jordan Bills is excited to be working with Aurora Public Foundation and having the opportunity to serve as a resource to the incredible students in APS. Born and raised in Colorado, she is a graduate of Adams City High School in Commerce City and earned her degree in Sociology at Colorado State University. Previously Jordan worked for Educational Talent Search; a pre-collegiate TRiO program hosted out of CSU. She has a passion for education and helping students to actualize their potential.
Jazmin Lopez, Hinkley College and Career Coordinator
Start Date: 2015
Jazmin Lopez is a proud Colorado native who grew up in the Denver Metro area. She is a graduate of Denver's North High School and got her degree in Industrial Organization Psychology from Colorado State University. Jazmin previously worked for Goodwill Industries of Denver where she taught College-Preparatory classes and advised students in the College and Career Center at Aurora Public School's (APS's) Hinkley High School. Her passion is helping students find their passions, and helping them set and reach career goals. What fulfills Jazmin is working with APS students, because of the richness they bring in culture, experiences, and talent. "There's something unique and wonderful about our students", and Jazmin aspires to help them realize that.
Matt Mason, Post-Secondary Education Specialist at Gateway High School
Start Date: 2019
Matt is a 2018 Colorado State University Graduate in Economics and International Studies with minors in Business Administration and International Development. While at CSU, he worked at the CSU Career Center connecting students to industries, employer connections,career-related workshops, and more. Matt also served as a Resident Assistance helping first-generation college students integrate into their college experience, created programming to engage students across campus, and connecting students to key resources within the community. In additon, he served in countless leadership roles through his multicultural fraternity, Beta Gamma Nu Fraternity, Inc. where he worked within their philanthropy to raise money for suicide awareness and prevention efforts and education. When Matt graduated from CSU, he began his career in the Denver Office of Economic Development, Workforce Development Team. In this role, he worked with businesses and community partners across Denver aimed at connecting youth to employment opportunities and breaking down barriers that youth had to employment. He transitioned to his role as a College and Career Center Coordinator for Gateway High School in September of 2018!
Alison McCarty, Post-Secondary Education Specialist at Vista Peak Preparatory
Start Date: 2019
Alison has extensive experience working in the career coaching field, specifically with young adults. She is excited to be a supportive resource for students and families, whether it be planning for college or preparing for the professional world. The opportunity to help APS students achieve their post-secondary goals directly aligns with her commitment towards equity in education as well as in the workforce. Alison holds a B.A. in Communications from Colorado State University (Go Rams!) and an M.Ed. in Counseling & Student Affairs from the University of West Georgia.
Shauna Meyer, Post-Secondary Education Specialist at Rangeview High School
Start Date: 2019
Shauna is a graduate of Rangeview High School, BYU (BS) and JIU (Masters).
Before joining the College & Career Center Success team, she worked as a leader, a corporate trainer and the manager of training at several companies including Disney, AAA and 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty.
Shauna previously worked in APS at Rangeview High School and Fletcher Intermediate. She is excited to return to the district and help our students reach their post-graduation goals.
Jill Ruiter , Executive Director
Start Date: 2019
Jill Ruiter joined the Aurora Public Schools Foundation team in 2019. She is passionate about mobilizing and optimizing resources which allows the Foundation to continue to support students and their families. Jill is a proud to be a Colorado native having graduated from Loveland High School. Jill has held a number of roles for national organizations including serving as VP of Development and Events at the LIVESTRONG Foundation where she was responsible for the management and strategic execution of all philanthropic revenue sources, including events, direct response, major gifts, stewardship, grants and corporate partners.In addition, previously, Jill worked at the American Diabetes Association in Alexandria, Virginia where she was responsible for the implementation and execution of the Planned Giving program. As Director of this program, she oversaw nearly $25 million in annual revenue. During her tenure, she realized 150% growth in charitable gift annuity revenue and through empowerment of her team increased personal donor contacts by 320%. Jill also worked at Compassion International in Colorado Springs, Colorado where she helped develop the Planned Giving program, including the creation of their legacy society. In addition, she worked with Major Donors and planned and executed one of the largest cross-functional marketing events in the recent years.
Jill earned a B.S. in Communications from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida and an MBA from George Washington University in Washington, DC. While pursuing her MBA, Jill consulted with various energy and international banking corporations.
Jill is happiest when she is surrounded by family and friends; and she enjoys exploring the great outdoors!
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction