Meet Our Staff
Before teaching at Cherry Hills Christian School, Gary worked in real estate brokerage and development here in the Denver area for several years. After that, he returned to school for his second degree and teaching certification. Gary has taught math and Bible at Cherry Hills for 18 years and was one of the two original teachers in the middle school with Evan Dalrymple. Gary and his wife Pranadda have four children who have all attended Cherry Hills Christian. Their home church is Highline Community Church, but don't let that discourage you from visiting or attending. Gary received his BS in Business Finance from Arizona State University, BA in History from Metropolitan State University, and Teaching Certification from Metropolitan State University.
For Mr. Bignell's bio, please see our Meet the Superintendent page.
Bill earned a BSBA at Washington University in St. Louis and then entered the field of insurance underwriting. Five years later he realized teaching was God's call on his life. Bill spent nine years in missions, primarily teaching English and helping to lead cross-cultural training schools before entering K-8 education. He received a master's degree in curriculum and instruction at the University of Denver and has been teaching 5th and 6th grades since 2006. He loves teaching science because of the innumerable ways it points to our ingenious Creator. Bill and his wife Jodi live in Littleton with their daughter and two sons.
Prior to her appointment at Cherry Hills Christian School, Robyn was the Elementary Director for Grace Place at Cherry Hills Community Church. Her background includes development, sales, corporate training and performing as the children's character Sweet Tart. Robyn has a B.A.in Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa, 2001, and an M.A. in Youth & Family Ministry from Denver Seminary, 2006.
Wendy is a Colorado native, having lived here all her life except for 2 1/2 years spent with her family in Chicago. She received her Bachelor's degree in education from Metropolitan State University of Denver and her Master's degree in Education from Regis University. She has taught at Cherry Hills Christian Middle School since the fall of 1999. Wendy and her husband Fred have two grown sons, a daughter-in-law, and a grandson. She enjoys reading, gardening, traveling, and spending time with her family. Wendy loves to work in a school where she can help students grow in their faith as well as in their academics.
Yumiko Clark attended the University of Northern Colorado where she received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics for Secondary Education. She completed her course work at Colorado Christian University for her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction in 2007. She started her teaching career in the Cherry Creek School District before getting the opportunity to teach abroad in Luxembourg and Paris. After teaching and traveling abroad for three years, she moved back to the great state of Colorado to be closer to family and the slopes.
Gisele Christian Conn is an Artist and Teacher. She began teaching at CHCMS in 1999 and holds a B.A. in Art, Spanish and Letters from the Metropolitan State University of Denver, an A.A. in Graphic Art & Design from the University of Puerto Rico, and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Colorado Christian University in 2014. Additional post-grad courses in Art, Spanish and History were completed in: Barcelona, Spain; Cuernavaca, Mexico; Samara, Costa Rica and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Gisele is living her dream - sharing what she loves and teaching what God has so generously granted her the privilege to learn - in a school where He is exalted daily.
Prior to coming to Cherry Hills Christian, Ms. Craven taught freshman English at Upper Moreland High School in suburban Philadelphia and then held a position as an account executive for Clinique, a major cosmetic company. Recently, Ms. Craven attended Regis University where she earned a Masters of Education in curriculum, instruction and assessment. Ms. Craven earned her B.A. in English/Education from Pennsylvania State Universit;, M.A., Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Regis University.
Evan has served at CHCMS since its beginning in 1994. He has been privileged to serve as both instructor, (Social Studies/Drama/Bible Topics) and school Principal. Evan has a great love for the families and staff at Cherry Hills, and sees the Middle School as an ever-changing, opportunistic environment, where there are no limits to the possibilities when learning about God’s world and God’s ways!
Sandy Ervine is a graduate of The University of Texas where she received her Bachelors of Business Administration - Finance degree. Sandy enjoys her role as the Finance Officer for Cherry Hills Christian School. She has a daughter and a son who both attended CHC throughout their Elementary and Middle School years. Sandy has worked at CHC for over ten years in this role and has enjoyed watching the school evolve and grow through the years. She considers it a privilege to be part of the CHC staff.
Karin graduated from CU Boulder in 1986 with a B.S. in Business Administration. She has served at Cherry Hills since 1999 and has served in the elementary school and currently as the Business Manager. When not at CHC, Karin enjoys horseback riding, reading and photography.
Patty Gallegos has taught middle school for more than 20 years. She attended the University of Northern Colorado and received a bachelor of arts in physical education and math. Growing up her passion was soccer, and she played soccer in both high school and college. She then returned to school and got a masters degree in counseling education. Currently she loves watching her teenagers play sports and spending time with her family. She loves God and loves making a difference in kids lives.
Tami is a Colorado native and feels honored to raise her family in this beautiful state. She attended the University of Colorado where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology before attending the University of Denver where she completed work to receive her teaching license and Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Tami has been an employee of Cherry Hills for 8 years, working first on the church side of the building before relocating to the middle school office. She is married to Jeff, also a CU Buff, and they have 3 children: Ben, Abbie, and Josh as well as a house full of animals.
Kristen Hollenback is the Seventh Grade Language Arts teacher. She is a graduate of Oral Roberts University and has attended Colorado Christian University in pursuit of her Master of Arts degree. Prior to joining Cherry Hills Christian Middle School in 2007, Kristen taught middle and high school English for two years in Dallas, TX and seven years in Lakewood, CO. She has been married to Doug for 19 years and has both a teenage son and daughter. Kristen loves to travel and to teach, and she maintains that she finds pure joy in spending her days with the students at CHCMS.
Jim Hunt graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Business/Finance degree and worked in the business world for nine years before becoming a teacher. He has a Masters degree from the University of Denver in Curriculum and Development. Jim has been teacheing at CHC since 1998, first in 5th grade, and
in middle school since 2005. He currently teaches Math and Bible and feels privileged to be in a Christian school especially at Cherry Hills Christian!
Prior to teaching at Cherry Hills Christian Middle School, Lisa Krantz taught at Castle Rock Junior High for three years and was privileged to stay home with her children for ten years. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts in English and her Certificate in Secondary Education.
Lanena brings a degree in Business Administration and a heart for serving others to our school family. She has served in a variety of positions at CHC, and loves working with our Enrollment team to host guests and help our wonderful families. Lanena and her husband, Jim, have two grown children. She loves spending time with her family, friends, reading, and gardening.
Philippians 4:8 “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
Liz graduated in 1989 from Doane College with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. She has served at Cherry Hills Christian for over seven years as the Human Resources Manager for all three schools. Outside of CHC, Liz enjoys spending time in the mountains, taking cooking classes and reading.
Susan graduated with a degree in Occupational Therapy/Psychology. She has worked at CHC for five years and loves working in a such a great Christian environment with amazing families and staff. Susan loves getting to know and interact with the kids- they're wonderful! Outside of school, she loves photography and painting, hiking and riding their horse, reading, traveling and BIble study. All three of Susan's girls graduated from Cherry Hills - Caitlin, Kara and Maddie.
Mrs. Moore received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a minor in Music from Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN. She went on to earn her Master of Education degree from University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Judy taught full time for eight years at Edina Public Schools, Edina, MN. She was a substitute teacher for three years at Heritage Christian Academy, Maple Grove, MN. She is wife to John, Mom to Jack and Bobby. Her family attends church at Cherry Hills Community Church where Judy is involved in music ministry.
Donna Nelson attended San Diego State University where she received a Bachelor in Arts in Journalism with an emphasis on Public Relations. She has worked as the Spiritual Activities Director for the middle school since 2005, and through God’s grace, has developed the mission and outreach curriculum into a nationally recognized program. She is married to Lloyd and has two children, Garrett and Noah who attend Colorado State University.
Mrs. Olsen came to CHCMS in 2013 from Bismark, ND where she taught six years of 7th grade mathematics and coached 8th grade volleyball. She earned her BA in Biology Teaching with a Theology minor from the University of Mary, and a Masters in Education from the University of North Dakota. Mrs. Olsen has served with Hearts MOPS and Whiz Kids Tutoring while attending Cherry Hills Community Church. She and her husband, Levi, enjoy golfing and outdoor family adventures with their three young children, Bergen, Lucas, and Marcus, and sweet goldendoodle, Piper.