Meet Our Team

Chris Baker, Executive Director and CEO

aaeaaqaaaaaaaalbaaaajdvkoduznmvhltqwn2etngvimc04ndjmlwy5mdjjmtk2ztuxnqChris Baker is the CEO of The School Communications Agency, a social enterprise with a mission he deeply believes in – enhancing educational opportunities for children and cultivating parent engagement through exceptional “school to home” communication. He serves on the regional board of Book Trust, a nationwide non-profit dedicated to closing the literacy gap by inspiring a passion for reading among the nation’s most underserved children.  Upon relocating to America from his native England, Chris co-founded TandemKind, a charitable giving foundation focused on child-related causes; he is currently working on a new optics venture that will detect and diagnose vision problems in children earlier and faster through innovative technology.


Jerry Thurber, President and Chief Product Officer

jt-up-highJerry is the President and Chief Product Officer of The School Communications Agency. Jerry has been the President of four different Human Resource companies over the years and is excited to be applying his skills to help schools and children succeed. His passion has always been on creating something new and different. When he’s not hanging out at the office he can be found scrambling around in the mountains with his wife Beverly and their (all too) crazy dog Sadie.


 Jeremy Pourbaix, Director of Franchise Operations

Jeremy has a passion for building teams and supporting others to reach their business potential. He has spent over 15 years with a large national franchise brand and has been recognized countless times for his achievements and contributions. Jeremy brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and proven leadership that helps our franchisees build and sustain business that make a significant impact in their communities. Jeremy and his wife of 18 years love to travel, play and explore with their 4 school age children.

 


Stacie Keller, Director of School Services

Stacie KellerAfter working as Chief Operating Officer for Keller Enterprises for the past few years, Stacie Keller joined the TSNC team in 2013. She is a technical writer, editor, customer relationship manager, public affairs professional by education and experience. All work is done to support skiing, traveling, and fun adventures with the kids.

 


Tom Campbell, Director of Business Development

Tom is the Director of Business Development at The School Communications Agency. With over 10 years of business operations experience and an entrepreneurial spirit, Tom has been able to develop an operational approach to the sponsorship sales cycle establishing relationships with prospects and harnessing that relationship with clients. As a result, he has helped raise much needed funds for K-12 schools in Colorado.  Outside the office, Tom spends his time on the golf course, fly-fishing all over beautiful Colorado, playing the guitar/mandolin/banjo/ukulele, spending time with his family, and rooting for the Chicago Cubs!

 Sarah Heidt, Director of Accounting and Finance

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Tiffany Clark, Accounting

Tiffany has a passion for numbers. She has over 13 years combined experience in Administration and Accounting. She is also certified in QuickBooks accounting. Her first child was born in Vail, Colorado in 2004. Soon after, she moved to Idaho where she had her other two children and studied at Idaho State University. She moved back to Colorado because this is where her heart has always belonged, and she wanted her kids to be a part of this amazing state. She loves nature, the mountains, and traveling with her husband of 15 years and her three amazing children.

 


Alexa Fentum, Marketing and Social Media

With a background in business administration and Marketing, Alexa was excited to join the TSCA team and contribute her years of social media and marketing knowledge. With a passion for business and marketing, Alexa creatively solves problems to find the best solution for her clients. She believes communication is the foundation for strengthening relationships between parents and schools, so she is proud to be apart of the TSCA team. When she’s not at work, Alexa enjoys traveling and exploring as well as trying out new recipes in the kitchen.


Leslie Lautzenhiser, Business Development

Leslie is a busy working mom who is very involved with her Children’s’ sports and school activities. She has served on the board of Junior League, Habitat for Humanity and her Children’s’ swim team. When she is not “uber” driver, she is passionate about assisting individuals get into a business of their own. She has owned a franchise and has worked in the franchise industry for 12 years. She works as Business Development Manager,  which blends her passion for business and involvement with the local community and schools. 

 


Delasi Agbotui, Franchise Development

Delasi Agbotui brings years of experience in franchise development and sales support.  As a Franchise  Sales Consultant with TSCA, Delasi provides advice and support  to enhance the consumer experience with the brand. She is in the business of helping individuals through the franchise process and making it a fun adventure to go into business for yourself. She has worked with many other franchise brands and has consulted with hundreds of companies through the franchising process during her career.

Tom Defore, Franchise Development Advisor

Tom is the CEO of Big Sky Franchise Team, where he is responsible for company strategy and to support and consult with Big Sky Franchise Team’s Clients. Tom has consulted with and advised hundreds of businesses ranging from the largest companies in the world to start-ups. Prior to starting Big Sky Franchise Team, Tom spent 10 years as a Franchise Consultant working for multiple consulting companies. He also served as the Vice President of National Business & Franchise Development for the Rabine Group, a National Facilities Maintenance Construction Company with 15 business units. In his role he oversaw companywide Sales, Marketing, and National Expansion initiatives, helping the company expand from $125MM to $185MM in annual revenue in just 2 years. He helped the company become regionally and nationally recognized three consecutive years as a Crain’s Fast 50 Company, and an Inc. Magazine 500|5000 Fastest Growing Company in the United States.