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Denver Prep Academy Leadership

A private school often starts as a small group of people with a dream, but that small group often grows into a community. Collectively, they work to ensure that students have the tools necessary to be successful in academics, athletics, and life.

Schools often become cornerstones of their communities, providing a safe and welcoming environment for children to learn together. These institutions bring students, teachers, and administrators together to make their communities better.

School founders Jonathan Barnett, Raymond Valdez, and Domonic Martinez had a vision; that vision is now a reality with Denver Prep Academy.

Denver Prep Academy Board of Directors

Denver Prep’s Board of Directors are the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies. They also ensure the nonprofit has adequate resources to advance its mission.  Denver Prep Academy is pleased to have the board of directors listed below!

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Jonathan Barnett, MBA

CEO Barnett Enterprises Corp
Co-Founder of DPA, a Building Futures Institution

“Through Denver Prep Academy, I see an opportunity for young people. Here, under the care of talented teachers and coaches, they will have the opportunity to grow and develop as students, athletes, and people. We’ll help prepare them for the world, whether that’s a future in athletics, business, academics, or any field.”

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Raymond Valdez

Co-Founder of DPA, a Building Futures Institution

“It’s not enough to be talented. It’s not enough to want it. To truly succeed in athletics, you need the support and knowledge of trainers and coaches who care and a team committed to working together. Through rigorous training, focused coaching, and expert team building, DPA can help transform talent into exceptional ability.”

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Domonic Martinez

Co-Founder of DPA, a Building Futures Institution

“Denver Preparatory Academy is a place where athletics and academics don’t compete – they work together. Each is a core part of who we are, and each will help our students as they develop into mature individuals. I’m proud of that fact and believe it makes DPA a worthy school for any student. In fact, it’s where I’ll be sending my sons.”

Denver Prep Academy Board of Advisors

Denver Prep Academy’s Board of Advisors serve as a guiding and unifying voice for our institution. The leadership capacity and experience of these individuals allows DPA to maintain a progressive, yet holistic stance in the educational setting. They counsel and lead with the student-athlete in mind. Great leaders focus on serving the needs of those within their sphere of influence.

The individuals noted below embody this service mentality and have shown their strength as dynamic leaders in their professions. We are grateful for their willingness to bring their expertise and passion to Denver Prep Academy!


Laura Lendermon, MD & PT

Lendermon Sports Medicine and Stem Cell Center, Tennessee

Robert Harrison

Athletic Director Athletic Director, Aurora Central High School

“As a former high school basketball head coach and current administrator, I believe that Denver Prep Academy is positioned to make an impact academically and athletically. The staff at DPA is competent, dedicated, and willing to create an environment in which student-athletes will succeed. I am confident that Denver Prep will position student-athletes to better themselves and positively impact the future.”


Donald Reynolds

Principal Sandra Todd-William Academy, Denver Public Schools

Hon. Christine M. Arguello


Dr. Danny E. Martinez