about us

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mark cluff - president / ceo


Founder of Alpine Valley Academy, Inc. Board Member of Agency Based Education.  Former President, Utah Association of Charter Schools.  Former Vice Chairman, Utah State Board of Education.  Former Financial Committee Chairman, Utah State Board of Education.  Former Western Director, National Association of State Boards of Education.  Former Vice Chairman, Utah County Republican Party.

President, Utah Valley Schools.  Former Founder and Vice President, Wilcox Associates Inc., part of Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence.  He has worked for Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, Arthur D. Little, Inc. a management consulting firm, and GTE Sylvania.


Oak Norton - Board Member


A parent activist who has been involved in education issues for over a decade. In 2010 he formed a non-profit organization, Agency-Based Education, as an avenue to understand and promote true principles of education. AVA strives to be an agency-based school and Oak was excited to participate on the board. Oak lives in Highland with his wife and five children.


Hannah DeForest - Board Member


Hannah DeForest has spent the last 13 years happily homeschooling her 5 daughters. Along the way she has discovered the joy of seeing her children learn in a natural, spontaneous, and relevant way and rekindled her own love for learning and seeking truth. Hannah studied art at Brigham Young University and continues to love creating in any way she can, currently learning sculpture and pottery. She is passionate about principles of good government, self-reliance, family history, and great art!
Hannah was born and raised in the beautiful state of Maine, though she has lived here in Utah for most of her adult life, with brief stints in Maine and Northern Virginia. She is married to Tom DeForest, a UX Designer, and they currently reside in Herriman with their children.