Governing Board

CDLS has a strong governing board made up of Colorado educators to help support the leadership team.


Ed Vandertook [President]

Ed Vandertook has been an educator for 46 years. He has served as a Mathematics teacher at the secondary and post-secondary levels; has been a principal, Curriculum Director, Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) Executive Director, and he was superintendent for the Strasburg School District, a small rural school district in eastern Colorado. Ed also served as the interim superintendent for the Deer Trail School District in eastern Colorado and is currently serving as the interim superintendent for the North Park R-1 School District, a small rural district with less than 200 students located in northwest Colorado.  Ed has been involved in distance learning and on-line learning since 1992.

Dale McCall [Secretary/Treasurer]

Dale McCall has over 40 years of experience as an educator in Colorado.  He has served in multiple roles including teacher, administrator, superintendent of schools, and school board member.  He has also served as the executive director of a board of cooperative educational  services (BOCES) and is currently the executive director of the Colorado BOCES Association.  Dale has extensive experience in working with small rural schools throughout Colorado and serves in leadership roles with the Colorado Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and the Colorado Future Farmers of America Foundation.  


Dianna Chrisman [Member]

Dianna Chrisman has been in rural education for 27 years, serving various roles from teacher, coach, Head Start Education Coordinator,  athletic director, principal and superintendent.  Her current role is as the Superintendent of the Yuma School District in Northeast Colorado since the fall of 2015 where she serves approximately 900 students Pre-K-12.

Leon Hanhardt [Member]

Leon Hanhardt  currently serves as Principal of the Bayfield High School that has an enrollment of 375 students 9-12.  The Bayfield School District JT-R is a rural district in southwest Colorado with approximately 1100 students PK-12..  

Michelle Murphy [Member]

Michelle Murphy, stepped into the role of Executive Director for the Colorado Rural School Alliance in September 2015.  Prior to that time, Michelle served as Advocacy and Legal Counsel for the Colorado Association of School Boards.  Michelle is a city girl with a strong passion for—and commitment to-advancing the interests of rural schools and students. 


Michelle has worked in public education for almost 20 years. Michelle received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver in 1996. Following graduation, she worked as an intervention specialist in the Boulder and St. Vrain Valley School Districts where she provided counseling, advocacy and mediation services to students and their families.


Michelle received her law degree from the University of Colorado in 2002. After graduating from CU Law, she worked as a real estate associate at one of Denver’s top firms. Her passion for education brought her to the practice of school law and, prior to joining CASB, she worked with Alexander Halpern LLC.

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