Chief Executive Officer
Vernon earned a Masters of Public Administration at Golden Gate University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and History at the University of Colorado, and a fifth year secondary teaching credential from the School of Education. His interest in human services was ignited while serving on Boulder County’s Youth Service Bureau Board of Directors in the mid-1970’s – a Board comprised of representatives from a full spectrum of human service agencies in order to create a new system of juvenile justice service and intervention. Also, his teaching of high school sparked a lifelong commitment to serve all students in their journey to achieve their greatest potential.
Vernon joined Aspiranet in 1978 and has played a variety of roles during his nearly four decades at the agency, including group home parent, social worker, programs Executive Director, and serving as CEO since 1999. In addition, he has represented children and youth service associations and advocacy groups on a number of national, state and local boards, and is co-founder of Stewards of Change, a national interdisciplinary think tank that proposes strategies and solutions for the most pressing health and human services challenges.
“It has been a privilege and an honor to serve with so many talented and exceptionally dedicated staff and volunteers during my career. Central to all that we do at Aspiranet is our vision that all children should be loved and cared for. The compassion and tenderness with which we translate this vision into action on a daily basis delivers on our hope that the future will be a better place for the children and families that we serve.”