Prospect Academy of Colorado is building a strong governing board with the capacity to effectively lead the school, including appropriate financial, academic, and organizational oversight. The Board currently has five Board members and is working to add two additional Board members over the next year, prior to the school’s opening. The school is adding Board members thoughtfully and strategically to ensure that the Board has diverse membership and the skills needed to effectively govern Prospect Academy.

Safia Welty-Rupe

Board President
Safia Welty-Rupe has spent most of her professional life working in television and film production. She worked as a show runner for shows such as “Tiny Paradise” (HGTV), “Alaska’s Ultimate Bush Pilots” (Outdoor Channel), “Alaska’s Wild Gourmet (Outdoor Channel), “Simply Delicioso” (Food Network), and “Emergency Vets” (Animal Planet). She has also worked as a producer, field director, and writer on shows such as “Living Alaska” (GAC), “Tiny House Big Living (HGTV), “House Hunters” (HGTV), “Giada’s Weekend Getaways” (Food Network), “Emergency Vets,” “Surprise by Design (Discovery Channel), “Unwrapped” (Food Network), “Honeymoon Hotspots” (Travel Channel), “Dream of Italy” (PBS), “Love Yurts” (DIY), “Prospectors” (Weather Channel), and “Dude, You’re Screwed” (Animal Planet). After leaving the TV/production industry, Safia started a company called My Bakery Basket, which specializes in low-sugar, organic baked goods. Safia has a B.A. from Indiana University in Television/Film Production. Safia is an active member and leader of the many communities of which she is a part. Safia is the parent of a teenage son with autism, and she is dedicated to creating a quality school environment for students that is part of the public education system, in order to give exceptional opportunities to all students who have special learning needs.

Tim Farmer

Board Vice President
Tim Farmer graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in English in 2007, and then became a 7th grade reading teacher through the Teach for America program in Jacksonville, Florida. Starting in 2010, he worked for several non-profit teacher organizations, meeting and working with hundreds of teachers across the state of Florida and then Colorado. In December of 2014, he graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College Of Law and is currently a partner at Miller Farmer Law firm, which focuses primarily on serving charter school clients.
Tim, his wife Victoria, and three children live in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Their son Madox was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in 2018 and Tim joined the board of directors of Prospect Academy in 2019 with a desire to develop a strong educational option for students, like Madox, with unique talents and special needs.

Kristy Judd

Board Treasurer
Kristy Judd serves as President/CEO of Spark the Change, formerly Metro Volunteers, an organization committed to inspiring, engaging, mobilizing and empowering individuals, communities and organizations to become a driving force for good through the power of volunteerism, service and engagement. Kristy joined Spark the Change in January 2008 after eleven years at The Colorado Mountain Club. Kristy is known for her intuitive ability to pull together diverse constituencies in finding common ground and developing relevant, targeted programming to address pressing community concerns. She has led numerous community initiatives including managing multi-million dollar federal grants to assist in the disaster recovery from Colorado’s 2012 fires and 2013 floods. Kristy has served as an officer for numerous boards including the Directors of Volunteers in Agencies, Scientific and Cultural Collaborative, Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, Colorado Volunteer Center Network, Faith Lutheran Church and the Denver Office of Strategic Partners Commission. She is currently serving on the Governor’s Commission on Service – Serve Colorado — as well as the board of Prospect Academy. She has a nephew and a niece on the Autism Spectrum so understands the academic struggle and is eager to use her skills to create a safe, inclusive and supportive school. She is from North Dakota, graduating from North Dakota State University, home of the Thundering Herd!

L. Tom Judd

Board Secretary
Tom Judd is an attorney with expertise in many different fields including employment law, construction, taxation, and medical malpractice. Tom graduated from North Dakota State University with a B.S. in Business Administration. He received his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law. He worked for Andrew T. Brake, P.C. for 18 years and currently serves as general counsel for Spark the Change Colorado, a nonprofit with the mission to “inspire a movement of good, through the power of volunteerism, service and engagement”.
Tom ceased practicing law full time to provide needed care for his son who has an autism diagnosis. He is one of the founding members of the board and is passionate about creating a school to serve students with unique learning needs.

Stephen Fusco

Board Member
Stephen Fusco brings over twenty years of policy, law, and education experience to Prospect Academy. After graduating from Emory University with Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate degrees, he practiced law for 13 years before entering the field of education. He received his Master of Education degree from Georgia State University with a focus on Behavioral/Learning Disabilities in May 2016. While working on his Master’s, he worked at a residential treatment facility for children with severe emotional and behavioral disabilities. Stephen was also in charge of a special education department at a large elementary school with approximately 980 students (95% English language learners and Title I) as a building leader. Stephen moved to Colorado to serve as Deputy General Counsel at an urban school district and later served as an educational advocate and pro bono attorney for families of children with special needs.  He currently works at A+ Colorado, an education-focused action tank, as their Vice President of Policy and Research.
Stephen is also a PhD candidate in educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Denver where his research focuses on analysis of discourse that perpetuates systems of oppression, particularly as it relates to students labeled disabled. His dissertation examined legal discourse in Endrew F.  Stephen also received a certificate in education finance from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy in September 2020. In addition to serving on the board of Prospect Academy, Stephen is involved with the Special Olympics of Colorado subcommittee to the Board of Directors focused on competitive programs and unified schools.
When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his partner Dale and their dog Phoebe. Stephen enjoys cooking (I am Italian…it’s a requirement before you leave home), hiking 14’ers, yoga, swimming, and traveling the world. He also volunteers his time as a mentor for the Colorado “I Have a Dream” Foundation.

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