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.

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!


Jay Grimm
Executive Director
Jay is an experienced director, fundraiser and change maker who is a member of the Navajo Nation and a graduate from Aurora Public School’s (APS) Rangeview High School. Prior to APS, Jay worked for Denver Public Schools, was Executive Director of the Denver Indian Center, and was a consultant at JVA Consulting. Jay is a graduate from Metropolitan State University of Denver and a Livingston Fellow in partnership with the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. During his fellowship, Jay attended executive education courses at Harvard Business School and MIT to study leadership, management and business. Jay currently serves on the Rocky Mountain PBS Community Advisory Board and volunteers at 89.3 KUVO Jazz station. His past memberships include the Mayor’s Early Education Commission, Governor’s Workforce Development Board, BUCU West (Morrison Road Business Association), and Denver Indian Family Resource Center.

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.