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Meet the Team

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Leadership of the Academy includes Lonnie Porter, Co-Founder and Executive Director; Chauncey Billups, Co-Executive Director; Jennifer Clark, Assistant Director; Leslie Bonato, Administrative Manager; Megan Wayne, Grant Writer

An Advisory Board, made up of members/leaders from the local and national communities, provide guidance and assistance with fundraising activities.

Lonnie Porter

Co-Founder & Executive Director
 

Former Regis Men's Head Basketball Coach Lonnie Porter is the Executive Director of the Porter-Billups Leadership Academy. Coach Porter's award list is vast and varied and includes the National Association of Basketball Coaches Merit Award in 1990 and the Colorado Athletic Conference Coach of the Year awards in 1993-94, 1994-95 and 1995-96. He has also received numerous honors away from his sport. In 1995, Coach Porter was named "Man of the Year" by the Regis student body and was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. Coach Porter is widely recognized in the Denver area for leadership in community service and had a vision of creating a leadership academy to further serve the youth of the community beyond the school year. Coach Porter's vision became a reality in 1996. In May 2015, Regis University President Rev. John Fitzgibbons, S.J., awarded an honorary doctorate to Coach Porter, citing his commitment of giving hope and opportunity for a college education to a new generation of young people. Coach Porter is sincere in his commitment to the community in which he lives. "Serving the community is a humbling experience," said Coach Porter. "It helps me to realize how blessed I've been in my life. There is a tremendous need for us to use our talents to better the lives of those who may not be as fortunate as we are." In 2022, he was inducted into the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Hall of Fame. 

Chauncey Billups

Co-Executive Director

NBA All-Star and Denver native Chauncey Billups announced his involvement and support of the Leadership Academy on March 1, 2006. Billups graduated in 1995 from George Washington High School in Denver, where he led the Patriots to two state high school basketball championships. Billups attended the University of Colorado. In his 55 games at CU, Billups averaged 18.5 points per game, 5.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. Billups was drafted by the Boston Celtics as the third player taken in the 1997 NBA draft. In 2004, Billups, then with the Detroit Pistons, was named the NBA Finals MVP, only the second player in NBA history to receive the MVP award before being selected to the NBA All-Star game. In 2007, he hosted 10 youngsters excelling in the PBLA to a Pistons home game, as well as a trip to the Charles H. Wright African American Museum and Motown Museum. Billups joined the Denver Nuggets in 2008, leading them to the NBA Western Conference Finals in his first year. Billups was the 2007-2008 recipient of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award and won the 2008-2009 NBA Sportsmanship Award. He also played on Team USA which won the 2010 FIBA World Championship. He was a member of the Los Angeles Clippers from the 2011-2013 season and retired from the Detroit Pistons at the end of the 2013-2014 season. He now serves as Head Coach of the Portland Trailblazers. Chauncey and his wife Piper have three children: Cydney, Ciara, and Cenaiya. Billups continues to make a positive difference, be a powerful role model and an extraordinary leader in the Denver community.

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Advisory Board Members
 

Sr. Advisory Board

Dan Baker

Thomas Bannigan

Peter Bentley

Piper Billups

Ken Carlson

Kelly Condon

Bill Fortune

Dr. Mike Gerber

Chad Glauser

Alex Glueckler

Wanda Harris

Don & Laurie Hicks

Tony Jones

David Kubik

Carrie Langgard

Aaron Leatherwood

Mitch Morrissey

Flossie O’Leary

Paul Pogge

David Roth

Dwayne Ruffin

Dr. Bob Sancetta

Dr. Mitch Seemann

Jordan Sherrill

Paul Sherrill

Debbie Trujillo

Sean Tynan

Dr. Reggie Washington

Bob Willis

Associate Board

Jennifer Condon

Cam McCaslin

Alex Fullerton

Ben Nurney

John McEwen

Kelsey Tordjman

Jason Baer

Jordan Drummond

Lauren Appleby

Lauren Sparks

Emily Bennett

Will Kerns

Rebecca Stout

Cameron Powell

Banafsheh Lari

Taven Sparks

Casey Kennedy

Trey Cousin

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Academy Teachers

Sharon Jones, 4th Grade

John Farnham, 5th Grade

Paul Roberts, 6th Grade

Jorge Resendez, 7th Grade

William Baird, 8th Grade And Life Lessons

Alina Acosta, 9th Grade

Torrence Brown-Smith, 9th Grade And Life Skills

Sean Malloy, 10th Grade

Angela Sidhu, 10th Grade And Life Skills

Kiara Roberts, 11th Grade

William Anderson, 12th Grade

Alyssa Carter, Teambuilding

Paree Gregg, Lego Robotics And Coding

Martha Britt, Stem Engineering

Conor Simbeck, Outdoor Education

Meredith Blatner, Financial Literacy

Kelley Dawkins, Financial Literacy

Miguel Ortega, Culture And Heritage

Bill Heldman, Techotshots

Robin Segura, Art

John Lake, Art

Sonja Jones, Elementary Assistant

James Augustus Iii, Assistant

Ja’derris Carr, Assistant

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