Founder & Executive Director: Tom Tillapaugh

Tom Tillapaugh is the founder and president of the Denver Street School and President of the National Association of Street Schools. An educator with a heart for the inner city, he has spent the last twenty nine years refining and sharing the street school concept. During that time, he has not only offered hundreds of Denver’s inner-city kids a second chance to earn their diplomas, but has helped to start street schools in other major cities across the country. Tom has been nominated to Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who among American Teachers. He is considered an expert in urban education reform and dropout prevention and recovery. He has had the opportunity to speak at the White House on two occasions and is currently an invited attendee and featured speaker for the annual anti-poverty summit at the US Capitol hosted by the Heritage Foundation.

Tom is married to Yvonne Tillapaugh and they have four children and seven grandchildren.


Associate Executive Director: Sherry Snead

Director of Development: Amanda Hockmuth

Amanda has worked at the Denver Street School for over 10 years. After graduating from the Denver Street School herself, she returned to give back. Amanda went to Regis University and graduated with her degree in Finance and Communication. Her and her husband both work in ministry, love the Lord and are committed to making the world a better place.

Director of Publications: Carey Scott

Carey is the Director of Grants and Publications, and has been with DSS for 15 years. She has a degree in Communications with an Advertising and Marketing emphasis and loves being able to use her education and experience to help further the Kingdom. She is married with two tweeners, and would appreciate your prayers for her sanity. Carey is also a speaker, author, and life coach, and you can learn more at


Technology Manager: Jerome Barnett

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