Staff

The Staff of the Aurora Public Schools Foundation develops public, private, non-profit and philanthropic partnerships to leverage resources for projects and programs that drive innovation and excellence throughout APS. The staff is also responsible for administration of the Aurora Public Schools Foundation scholarship program and our College and Career Centers. 

Jordan Bills
Post-secondary Education Specialist at Aurora Central High School
Jordan Bills is excited to be working with Aurora Public Foundation and having the opportunity to serve as a resource to the incredible students in APS. Born and raised in Colorado, she is a graduate of Adams City High School in Commerce City and earned her degree in Sociology at Colorado State University. Previously Jordan worked for Educational Talent Search; a pre-collegiate TRiO program hosted out of CSU. She has a passion for education and helping students to actualize their potential. Contact: jlbills@aurorak12.org

Betty Gessesse
Post-Secondary Education Specialist at Rangeview High School
Betty Gessesse is thrilled to be working with the Aurora Public Schools (APS) Foundation, and to have the opportunity to work with the wonderful students in APS! Born in Southern California into a close-nit Ethiopian family and raised in Colorado, Betty brings with her very diverse experiences and a cultural understanding unique to her first-generation upbringing. Betty is an APS alumnus having graduated from Rangeview High School (RHS), and attended the University of Northern Colorado obtaining a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Betty has worked with the students at RHS for the last two years as a Progress Monitor. Her responsibilities included assisting students recover credits and to work towards the goal of raising the graduation rate at RHS. “I am driven to use my knowledge and experiences to help students reach their goals of obtaining acceptance to the university of their dreams.” Betty has seen first-hand how far education can take anyone who cherishes it, and her passion is to ensure that every student has the opportunity to pursue the future that they desire and deserve! Contact: BTGessesse@aurorak12.org


Jill Ruiter
Executive Director
Jill Ruiter joined the Aurora Public Schools Foundation team in 2019. She is passionate about mobilizing and optimizing resources which allows the Foundation to continue to support students and their families. Jill is a proud to be a Colorado native having graduated from Loveland High School. Jill has held a number of roles for national organizations including serving as VP of Development and Events at the LIVESTRONG Foundation where she was responsible for the management and strategic execution of all philanthropic revenue sources, including events, direct response, major gifts, stewardship, grants and corporate partners.In addition, previously, Jill worked at the American Diabetes Association in Alexandria, Virginia where she was responsible for the implementation and execution of the Planned Giving program. As Director of this program, she oversaw nearly $25 million in annual revenue. During her tenure, she realized 150% growth in charitable gift annuity revenue and through empowerment of her team increased personal donor contacts by 320%. Jill also worked at Compassion International in Colorado Springs, Colorado where she helped develop the Planned Giving program, including the creation of their legacy society. In addition, she worked with Major Donors and planned and executed one of the largest cross-functional marketing events in the recent years.

Jill earned a B.S. in Communications from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida and an MBA from George Washington University in Washington, DC. While pursuing her MBA, Jill consulted with various energy and international banking corporations.

Jill is happiest when she is surrounded by family and friends; and she enjoys exploring the great outdoors! Contact: jeruiter@aurorak12.org


Jazmin Lopez
Post-Secondary Education Specialist at Hinkley High School
Jazmin Lopez is a proud Colorado native who grew up in the Denver Metro area. She is a graduate of Denver’s North High School and got her degree in Industrial Organization Psychology from Colorado State University. Jazmin previously worked for Goodwill Industries of Denver where she taught College-Preparatory classes and advised students in the College and Career Center at Aurora Public School’s (APS’s) Hinkley High School. Her passion is helping students find their passions, and helping them set and reach career goals. What fulfills Jazmin is working with APS students, because of the richness they bring in culture, experiences, and talent. “There’s something unique and wonderful about our students”, and Jazmin aspires to help them realize that. Contact: jslopez@aurorak12.org