Academy Staff

LynnLynn Wells

The Academy is like a breath of fresh air to Lynn having previously spent 15 years in the cable TV industry in sales and marketing roles and ultimately as the Director of the Western Cable Division for CBS.  The energy of interesting people learning and discussing interesting things is very powerful.  In between corporate America and the Academy, Lynn spent 10 years in volunteer positions including fundraising, event planning and taking leadership roles with The Girls Scouts of America and The First Lego League Robotics organization.  Lynn holds a BA and MA in Communications and is fascinated by how the modern world has changed the way we interact with one another.   When not at the Academy, Lynn loves spending time with her husband and two children skiing, hiking and appreciating the little things in life.


KarenKaren Long

As a co-director and former site coordinator for The Academy, Karen Long has found a wonderful position in getting to help others, managing course requirements and getting to know the friendly Academy members. A graduate of Metropolitan State College of Denver, Karen’s degree in journalism has launched her into communications, public relations, and human resources jobs at the Colorado Bar Association, a private PR firm, and DU’s Daniels College of Business. She owned her own business selling Usborne Children’s Books to other moms, schools and libraries. She enjoys her three school-age children and a break during tap dance lessons on Wednesday nights.


MAryAnnAnn Laurich
Site Coordinator and Assistant

Mary Ann Laurich has an ongoing passion for education at all levels. She has five children ranging in age from 8 to 17 plus a puppy, leaving her little time for her other interests of gardening, cooking, camping, and hiking.  Her previous career focused on working with children, adolescents and families in treatment facilities.  She is proud to have assisted in and been a part of the healing process of a child experiencing abuse, neglect and being at risk for future problems.  Mary Ann is a Site Coordinator and Assistant. Since 2013, she has worked at the Academy setting up equipment, assisting course leaders, answering questions for participants, and provides office support for the Acadey


Doug Wilke
Site Coordinator and Assistant

If Doug Wilke looks familiar it is because you have seen his picture on the Academy’s course leader page for a class titled “Bring Your Old Photos into the Digital Realm”.  Doug now brings his technical expertise to the Academy as the morning Site Coordinator.  Doug grew up in Indiana and lived in Egypt for a year as a teenager.  He has a Masters Degree in Geology, worked in oil and mining, was a “stay-at-home-Dad”, had a second career with REI in Denver, and now serves on the Tamarac Hills HOA board.  Interests include hiking, cooking, researching and digitizing family history, and travel.  The Academy offers Doug a wonderful opportunity to expand his technical horizons and meet interesting people.



Debby Young Feb 2016

Debby Young
Database Admin and Registrar

Debby Young joined the Academy in May, 2014, after a career in Oracle database work for Sohio Petroleum Company in Anchorage and Houston and for Marathon Oil Company in Houston and Denver.  Debby graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Mathematics Education and learned database through on-the-job training beginning when relational databases first came out in the early 1980’s.  When not working Debby enjoys her Bible Study group and playing duplicate bridge.  Her husband, Ernie, and son, Blair, are also avid bridge players.  Her daughter, Mary, and son-in-law Mike are the parents of her exceptional granddaughter, Gwendolyn.