Board of Directors

Renaissance Secondary School is a charter school governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The school is approved by the Douglas County School District Board of Education.


Ryan Stuart, President

Ryan Stuart served as a Director of the Douglas County School District Board of Education from 2007-2010 and as its Vice President in 2010. While on the school board, Ryan supported innovative academic programs and reviewed numerous charter applications and renewals, including for STEM High and Sky View Academy. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Stanford University, a Master’s Degree in Education Policy from Harvard University, and a law degree from Georgetown University. In addition to the Board of Education, Ryan was elected to the Highlands Ranch Metropolitan District Board of Directors in 2004 and served for six years. Ryan has also been an adjunct faculty member at Red Rocks Community College, a Deputy District Attorney, a District Court Magistrate, and was appointed in 2012 by Governor Hickenlooper to serve as a County Court Judge in Jefferson County.


Noreene Thibault-Chen, Vice President

Noreene Thibault-Chen began teaching and working in public schools in 1974. Noreene has taught all elementary grades in multiage/grade settings. During her career, Noreene served as the Interim Superintendent of Schools and the Principal of a school, as well as spending a year teaching English as a second language in the People’s Republic of China. During her career, Noreene has designed integrated curriculum both independently and as a team member. Most recently, Noreene has served as a Professional Learning Specialist for the Renaissance Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound School. In this role she supported the teaching staff in classroom instruction and assessment as well as in curriculum design. Noreene earned BAs in Elementary Education and Psychology from Western State College, and an MA in Integrated Natural Sciences, Emphasis: Constructivist Teaching and Learning from The Colorado College. Noreene has been recognized for her teaching through the Governor’s Excellence in Education Award (1988), as an Outstanding Foreign Instructor by the Shandong China Provincial Government (1992), and through C.A.S.T. as the Elementary Science Teacher of the Year (1998).


Amy Stuart, Secretary

Amy Stuart is a business owner and former teacher. She holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Colorado. She taught in both Baltimore City and Denver Public Schools and worked as a school site coordinator for Teach for America. Amy serves on the School Accountability Committee and as the President of the parent teacher organization at Renaissance Elementary Magnet School. She has also volunteered her service on a number of local boards, including the Highlands Ranch Metropolitan District and a local homeowner’s association.


Brittnee Pierse, Treasurer

Brittnee Pierse has over 15 years of experience in financial planning and analysis. She started her career as a consultant for Arthur Anderson and later FTI Consulting, with a focus in data analytic services. After transitioning to the financial services industry, she went on to hold senior level financial planning roles within both E*TRADE Financial and then Fifth Third Bank, eventually serving as the lead financial officer for various business lines within the Chicago area. Brittnee has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Economics from the University of Iowa. She is currently a small business consultant and Pilates teacher.

Brittnee’s passion for volunteering in the school environment was sparked when her daughter came home from the first week of kindergarten with a $100 fundraising goal. Naively confused about why a kindergartner would need to raise $100 for a school she’d attended for a week, Brittnee set out to understand how our schools are funded and the challenges they face. Brittnee served as President of the parent teacher organization and chair of the School Accountability Committee at Meadow View Elementary. Her children currently attend Renaissance Elementary School, where Brittnee has co-chaired the student-led fundraiser, and currently serves as Treasurer of the parent teacher organization. She is also the Treasurer of her son’s Cub Scout Pack.


Diane Sparks

Diane Sparks has an extensive background working with children and families. She has a Bachelor of Science, Social Sciences degree with a concentration in psychology and social work from the University of Houston-Downtown. She has worked with women and families at the Star of Hope Organization in Houston, Texas. As a Senior Case Manager, she assisted clients with essential support services, supervised caseworkers, taught life skills classes, and worked closely with schools in the Houston Independent School District to meet the education needs of elementary, middle and high school transient students. Diane is currently a stay at home mom, has three students in the Douglas County School District, and is actively involved in her children’s education. She currently chairs the school-wide art show committee, coaches battle of the books, and volunteers with various committees at the Renaissance Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound School. Diane is very active in the community, and teaches elementary age children at her church.


Michael Sparks

Michael Sparks has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years in various capacities. He has worked in multiple industries including Semiconductor Trading, Consulting, Small Business Services, Oil & Gas and Financial Services. For the past 11 years, he has been at a large financial services company based in Denver starting as a technical lead and is now a Senior Manager, managing multiple teams across the world. He has recently taken charge of key integration items with a large merger and is responsible for managing multi-million dollar budgets. He has also been part of several startups starting with a business he started in college servicing fish tanks and computers called “Fysh ‘n’ Chyps”. He then worked with a group of investors to establish several services-based IT companies before moving to Denver to start his career in Financial Services. He is a father of three with two of his kids currently attending Renaissance Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound School. Michael is an active volunteer at his children’s school. He also is a leader within his church’s children’s programs and volunteers his time several times a month. He has most recently taken up an interest in international service projects and is passionate about returning to Haiti every year to participate in construction projects. He also has volunteered as a youth mentor at the Juvenile detention facility in Denver.


Shawn Stephens

Shawn Stephens has over 10 years of experience working in the education industry, with a specific focus in online education. Shawn acted as an internal consultant to development, product, and infrastructure teams at Pearson to provide analysis, training, design, and integration support and guidance for the company’s eLearning products. Prior to Pearson, Shawn was a consultant to and for companies such as Fujitsu and Microsoft, where he worked as an accountant, technical writer, developer, and business analyst. Shawn has two children – one who currently attends Renaissance Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound School, and one who graduated from 6th grade there in 2016 – and he has a vested interest in seeing them and other children continue their learning in an innovative and collaborative environment. Shawn currently works for a benefits administration software company. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance, from Colorado State University.