Our mission is to deliver academic achievement, character development and social equity through an active instructional model and a strong school culture.
Rich Crockett, Board President
Rich and Renee are the proud parents of two daughters that attend AXL. Professionally, Rich was involved in community association management for 16 years. Rich has extensive experience with property management, financial management, vendor management, and executive management of a team of 16 employees. Currently, Rich is working with a Managed Service Provider, providing IT and Technology support to businesses throughout the metro area.
Cyndi Gendreau, Board Vice-President
My family moved to Colorado in 1988 from southern California. I grew up in Green Mountain and went to Red Rocks Community for computer science. From there, I landed a great job at Dish Network in 2001. The past 10 years I have been able to work remotely processing payments for a subcontractor.
I have been married to my wonderful husband for 15 years and we have one 10 year old son, in 5th grade at AXL Academy. We have lived in Aurora since 2007. We enjoy the outdoors and hiking the beautiful Colorado mountains together.
This is our 3rd year at AXL Academy and it is the community that keeps us here. I am excited to be a member on the board and for the opportunity to help bring this community together!
Michael Dalvit, Board Treasurer
Michael is a proud father of four and a sports fanatic. His deep interest in the state of education and commitment to ensuring that our youngest citizens get what they need to secure successful futures led him to his service on AXL’s board. He’s excited to be involved and to support his community.
Amber Malin, Board Secretary & Teacher Representative
Mrs. Malin was born and raised in New Mexico. She currently lives in Aurora, Colorado with her husband and daughter. Her expertise spans 15 years of teaching with 10 years specifically at AXL. Mrs. Malin has taught math, science, social studies, sewing, cross stitch, knitting, crochet, embroidery, photography, intervention, coached soccer and basketball and served as athletic director. Mrs. Malin says, "I want to bring teacher voice and perspective to the board, and continue supporting the whole scholar, not just the academic part of the scholar."
Jackie Amable, Board Member
Jackie currently serves as the Managing Director for NextCorps' Venture For ClimateTech, supporting New York State's bold vision to be leaders in ClimateTech adoption and environmental justice alongside partners and co-creators, NYSERDA and SecondMuse. Previously, Jackie was the CEO and founder of Revolar, a company that built tiny devices to keep your loved ones safe. In a prior role at Techstars, Jackie covered the Americas and helped elevate entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders from Canada all the way to Argentina. She is also a Teach For America alum and a former educator.
Katrina Zerilli, Board Member
Katrina is mom to two scholars at AXL Academy and a big believer in Expeditionary Learning. She's been a supporter of the AXL community since 2019, and is excited to help scholars and crew members get the most out of their education. She loves when kids get to be creative, musical, artistic, and follow their own interests. She's lived in Colorado since 2014, lived in Oakland, CA before that, and is originally from New York. Her husband, James, is an APS Middle School teacher.
For work, Katrina is a marketing designer making everything from websites to emails and social media posts. She volunteer's with Rebel Marketplace, a hyper-local Aurora-based urban Farmers Market that meets in Del Mar Park in the summer, and is also on the city of Aurora's Citizens' Advisory Budget Committee.
Fun fact: Katrina has a degree in Textiles and used to teach college freshmen how to spin raw sheep's wool into yarn.
Jenee Bowden, Board Member
Jenée is a Colorado native who grew up in East Denver (go
East Angels!). She now resides in Aurora with her husband and three beautiful daughters. Jenée and her husband have built their careers in fields that support and serve indigent and marginalized communities. She is grateful for the learning two of her children have received at AXL, and that Expeditionary Learning is not a one size fits all module, but learning that allows the scholars opportunities to learn by doing. She and her family love to play board games, watch movies, play outside and are definitely foodies. Autism awareness and acceptance of those with specials needs is also very near to Jenée’s heart.
She is excited to be a member on the board and looks forward to serving the AXL scholars, crew staff and community!