Governing Board of Directors
Ascent Academies’ Board of Directors is a non-profit governing body made up of caring and experienced parents and community members organized to oversee the implementation of the school’s charter as approved by the Utah State Charter School Board.
The Board of Directors adheres to the philosophy that the ability of the school to carry out its mission and meet its goals depends heavily on the Board’s ability to provide strategic direction, select and support strong school leaders, and ensure the financial stability of the school.
Contacting the Board
The Board has established a Grievance Policy to address parent concerns and questions. Please follow this policy, which will lead you to contact the person directly involved, a Campus Director, or the Lead Director.
Mr. Ostermiller, Board Chair, is a practicing attorney with a history of public sector and governance experience. His background includes serving as Co-Chair of the State of Utah Property Ombudsmen Board, Co-Chair of the Utah Land Institute, Chair of the Affordable Land Lease Homes, Member of the Davis County Strategic Planning Committee and Co-Chair of the Davis County Economic Development Advisory Council, to name a few.
Stuart Adams, Vice President, also adds significant expertise in business and governance. Mr. Adams has served as a Utah State Representative, and he currently serves as a Utah State Senator, Senate Majority Whip, Chair of the Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, Chair of the Public Utilities and Technology Interim Committee, Chair of the Senate Political Subdivisions Confirmation Committee, member of the Senate Revenue and Taxation Confirmation Committee, member of the Executive Board of the Davis Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Chair of the Utah State Transportation Commission, Chair of the Military Installation Development Authority, and Chair of the Davis Medical Center Board of Directors, as well as various other capacities.
Jim Horton is currently Managing Partner at H2M Capital. Jim has extensive experience in finance and managing a variety of successful businesses. He began his professional and financial services career working in the institutional finance departments of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and Merrill Lynch. He later founded Andina Capital Management, a registered investment advisor, and H2M Capital, a venture capital fund. He also has experience financing and managing charter schools in the state of Utah. He currently sits on the advisory board of SymbioCellTech, and occupies the finance chair of the board for Nikola Motor Company. Jim Horton studied business and English at Brigham Young University, and studied finance at the University of Oxford.
Tyler Schvaneveldt, the Board's Financial Coordinator, is the Chief Financial Officer of a flourishing computer systems business. Mr. Schvaneveldt's experience in financial accounting makes him the perfect fit as the Board's financial coordinator. Tyler will give insight and oversight to the Board's financial responsibilities.
Lex Puffer was raised in Roy and educated in Weber School District. He has taught, coached, and served in administrative positions in Weber School District for over 35 years. He began his education career as a teacher at T.H. Bell Jr. High School where he taught Social Studies. He moved on to Bonneville High School where he taught Spanish, Social Studies, and Mathematics. He was later appointed as assistant principal at his alma mater, Roy High School. He then served as principal at South Jr. High School before being appointed as the district’s Supervisor of Secondary Education and later as the Executive Director of Secondary Education. His most recent assignment was serving as Assistant Superintendent of Weber School District. Mr. Puffer received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish, Physical Education and Coaching from Utah State University where he graduated magna cum laude. He received his Master of Education Degree from the combined Utah State University / Weber State University program and his Administrative / Supervisory Endorsement from Utah State University. Mr. Puffer has served on multiple school, district, and state committees and has provided leadership as a school and district administrator for over 25 years. He has been a member of several professional organizations throughout his career.
The Governing Board oversees the financial health of the school. All budgets reviewed regularly and approved by the Governing Board. Budgets are published on the Utah Public Finance Website.