About Our Board
School Board members are elected public officials who serve without pay. Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 Board members serve as a link between the school system and the community, helping to support public education and the District's mission of developing "generations of world class learners capable of being successful members of society."
Please click on the Board member biography pages to learn more about each of our Board members.
SHIRLEY MARTINEZ- Board President
1st Term: 2021 - 2025
As part of a military family, Shirley Martinez was born in Waycross, Georgia and traveled across the world with her siblings and father who served in the United States Air Force. Influenced by her father, Shirley made a career of the military for 20+ years in the Navy as a Telecommunications Petty Officer and then the Army as a Journeyman Welder and maintenance supervisor in the Air Defense Artillery. While in the military, she met her husband Paul in Naples, Italy, married and together had four children. After moving to several bases, Ms. Martinez and her family eventually moved to Fountain, Colorado, where all four of her sons graduated from Fountain-Fort Carson High School. Ms. Martinez finished her career in the military as a Court Reporter and Chief Legal Non-commissioned officer and Equal Employment Officer (EEO) before retiring from the Fort Carson JAG office. Upon retirement from the military, Ms. Martinez worked for Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) as the Senior EEO/Compliance Specialist and Diversity Advisor before retiring in 2020.
Ms. Martinez stayed deeply involved in her children’s education and volunteered her time on school hiring panels, parent boards, and more. Her example of civic engagement has influenced her children as well as her three grandchildren, who play(ed) sports, and/or sit on the youth council.
Ms. Martinez has her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Psychology, Master of Science in Psychology and Licensed Professional Counseling, and is currently in a doctoral program at the University of Phoenix with a concentration in Organizational Management. Additionally, Ms. Martinez is a certified paralegal (obtaining certification from the University of Virginia Law School) and also a Certified Court Reporter (acquired from the Naval Justice School, Newport Rhode Island).
Some of Ms. Martinez’s notable achievements include becoming Chair of the 2012 Sister City Joint Event with Fujiyoshida Japan, and developing a Cultural Excellence Institutional Diligence plan; and creating a Military Mobility Program. Throughout her strategic work, she was an integral part in teams, groups, and programs receiving awards to include, but not limited to: The 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Freedom Award, the 2017 Extraordinary Employer Award, the Employer Support of the Guard award, and the Reserves Seven Seals Award. Personally, she was named the 2010 Woman of Influence, received Governor Polis 2020 Colorado Department of Labor & Employment Shining Stars for Disability Employment Award, the 2020 Resolution for Service to Rate Payers of Colorado Springs Utilities, the Utilities’ Board 20-06, and the 2021 Spirit of the Springs Award from Mayor Suthers for COS 150.
Ms. Martinez is currently the Director of Diversity Equity & Inclusion for Pikes Peak Library District; Board Advisor of the Pikes Peak Diversity Council, Board of Directors; Secretary of Rocky Mountain Healthcare Services (RMHCS). She is also a member of the Garden of the Gods Rotary Club and a writer for My Black Colorado Magazine. She also volunteers for several non-profits in El Paso County.
ROSE A. TERRELL- Board Vice President
1st Term: 2023 - 2027
Mrs. Rose Terrell was born and raised in west-central Wisconsin, growing up on a small dairy farm with her four brothers and one sister. After high school graduation, she attended, and graduated from, the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire with a double major in special education/elementary education. After marrying Dale Terrell, who was then a soldier in the United States Army, they traveled from Kansas to Germany, on to Oklahoma, and finally planted themselves here in Colorado. Their two children, David and Christina, as well as grandson David, Junior, are graduates of Fountain-Fort Carson schools and live with their families in Colorado.
Mrs. Terrell was hired as a special education teacher for Carson Middle School in the fall of 1988. In the spring of 1992, she completed a comprehensive master of arts program in special education at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Throughout her 35 years of teaching in public schools, 27 at Carson Middle School here in FFC8, and 8 years of international experience, Rose has enjoyed the diversity and educational challenges that face military families. She believes that the military community is a unique blend of talents and interests and is honored to continue to be a part of this one! Rose wants to continue to serve this great community that she has called home for half of her life, calling it endearingly "her family," by continuing to do what is best for D8 children; supporting family cohesion, student growth and achievement, and lifelong learners who can survive in these dynamic times. Her interests include cooking, gardening, sports, and spending time with grandchildren.
KENNETH COFFEE, JR.-Board Treasurer
1st Term: 2021 - 2025
Mr. Kenneth (Ken) R. Coffee was born in Dallas, Texas. He grew up both in South Eastern Oklahoma and Wichita Falls, Texas before joining the United States Army-where he continued his military service for 24 years. He served in Iraq twice and participated in several other overseas assignments in Europe and the Middle East. The first part of his Army career was spent in equipment maintenance and fleet management. He was later selected to serve as a unit Equal Opportunity Leader, Resilience Trainer, and as Victim’s Advocate. Mr. Coffee aided in establishing the SHARP Advocate training program for Fort Carson. He was later selected to be the Fort Carson and 4th Infantry Division’s Sexual Assault Response Coordinator--managing awareness and prevention training, and tracking all reports of assault and harassment for the Fort Carson community and personnel. His role included advising community leadership on the topic and creating partnerships with military and civilian entities to provide greater assistance to victims and innovative resources to leaders.
Mr. Coffee’s wife of 22 years, Cammie, is a former nurse focusing on Alzheimer’s, geriatric psychiatry, and end of life care. She has enjoyed many years of volunteering and participating in PTA & PTO with their children’s elementary schools, especially her time at Aragon while both children attended. Their son Kenneth is an FFCHS graduate and is currently attending Pike’s Peak Community College. He has also attended the Fire Academy program and currently holds his EMT, lifeguard, and swim instructor certifications. Ryleigh, their 15-year-old daughter, is currently attending FFCHS and participates in DECA, winning first place in the Principles of Marketing category in her freshman year.
After retirement from the military, Mr. Coffee became an Army Civilian to continue training quality victim advocates and response coordinators. He and his family have volunteered with several organizations such as Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s Survivor Task Force, The Mission Continues, Care and Share Food Bank, and The Red Cross. He and his family enjoy movies, hiking, and being outdoors with their two dogs Chewy and Oakley.
KIMBERLY MOON - Board Director
1st Term: 2023 - 2027
Mrs. Kimberly Moon was born in Falls City, Nebraska, the fourth daughter in a large family that boasted five remarkable daughters. After her father served two tours in Vietnam, he returned to his family farm in Nebraska and later became a master craftsman of many types of woodworking and interior construction. Due to the transitory nature of his profession, Kimberly was homeschooled throughout most of her school years. In 2003, Kimberly met and married Josh Moon who was raised in Florence, Colorado, and attended Fremont RE-2 schools from kindergarten through high school graduation.
Kimberly and Josh were blessed with four children. As Fountain residents, Kimberly and Josh have lived in the Fountain area for almost two decades during which time their four children have attended Mesa Elementary School, Fountain Middle School, and Fountain Fort-Carson High School (FFCHS). Their oldest child graduated from FFCHS and has begun her college career. While in college, she married her high school sweetheart who is stationed at Fort Riley, Ks. Kimberly’s other three children are still in Fountain schools. She has been a volunteer in Fountain schools since 2010--volunteering in classrooms, the PTO, and participating in various other activities.
In 2017, Kimberly started her journey to complete a lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. Having been homeschooled throughout most of her educational years, it was a difficult decision to sign up for a traditional college educational experience, but education became an environment in which she thrived. She graduated in 2021 with a bachelor's degree in health and was immediately admitted into the accelerated nursing program at Colorado State University Pueblo. Kimberly graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2022, and has been working as a nurse since that time. Kimberly is excited about the community engagement she has been elected to perform as part of the FFC8 School Board.
JILL GRUBBS - Board Director
1st Term: 2023 - 2027
Mrs. Jill Grubbs was born and raised in Southern California. She graduated from high school in Anaheim and also graduated from California Lutheran Bible School in downtown Los Angeles. She moved to Colorado Springs in 1978 to raise her children in a more family-friendly environment.
In 1995, she married Don Grubbs and they moved to Fountain, Colorado. Mrs. Grubbs has three stepchildren who graduated from Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 (FFC8). Additionally, four of her grandchildren attended and graduated from Fountain-Fort Carson High School. In 2024, Mrs. Grubbs retired from her position for the City of Fountain after 20 years, working as the administrative assistant for the Fountain Fire Department Fire Chief for 17 of those years.
Mrs. Grubbs previously served two terms on the FFC8 School Board (from 2007 to 2015) and was happy she was reelected for the current 4-year term. She and her husband, Don, have enjoyed serving on the FFC8 Board of Education. Mrs. Grubbs is looking forward to working with the current School Board, administration, and staff to provide the students with the best education and opportunities for their future success. She affirms that, “it really is all about the kids.”
Mrs. Grubbs loves to spend her spare time with her husband and 2 Scottish terriers.