Our Leadership Team

Darin Knicely
Athlos Academies

Mr. Knicely currently serves as superintendent for the Athlos Academies charter school network. He has been a prominent leader in education organizations for 15 years, and is known for consistently taking a community-focused approach to leadership. Knicely has an innovative leadership style and vision for education transformation and organizational development.

Knicely earned his master’s degree and educational specialist degree from Old Dominion University and his bachelor’s degree in education with a concentration in special education from Longwood University. Knicely began his career as a teacher and then grew to a lead teacher, assistant principal, principal, chief, and eventually superintendent.

During his tenure as an education leader and executive, he has successfully elevated each of his respective district’s academic profiles realizing tremendous student growth and district-wide gains.

Knicely is licensed as a superintendent, school administrator, and special educator.

Camille Wells
Chief of Operations and Growth
Athos Academies

Camille Wells serves the communities of the Athlos Academies charter school network as the chief of operations and growth. Wells has been an integral member of the Athlos charter school network since before the initial opening of the network’s first schools in 2016. She is known for promoting education standards and developing strong ties between schools and the surrounding communities.

Wells received her bachelor’s degree in political science and government from Brigham Young University. Since then she has developed a history in supporting and advocating for education in Idaho.

At the Idaho State Department of Education, Wells helped promote an extensive education reform agenda and provided communications and policy support. Her experience also includes state-wide campaign management and program implementation.

Josalyn Filkins
Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, Athlos Academies

Josalyn Filkins serves the communities of the Athlos Academies charter school network as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction. She is known for her successful gains in school organizational transformation.

Filkins earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the Illinois State University. She has administration leadership cohort and international baccalaureate certifications, as well as several education related trainings. Her volunteer efforts range from Collaborative Solutions for Communities to Ronald MacDonald House.

In her fifteen years of educational experience, Filkins has worked with students and school staff in a variety of settings from leading, supporting, mentoring, and coaching.  Her roles have included head of school, middle school and elementary principal, instructional/management coach, curriculum writer, and lead middle school English teacher.

Her core accomplishments include a strong track record of improved school staff retention and approval ratings, district-wide curriculum performance, and Teacher of the Year Nominee 2006 and 2012.

Randy Vetsch
Executive Director
Athlos Academy of St. Cloud

Randy Vetsch is the executive director of Athlos Academy of St. Cloud in Minnesota. He received his bachelor’s degree in elementary education, his master’s degree in educational leadership and administration, and a school administrator’s license from St. Cloud State University.

Vetsch was born and raised in St. Michael, Minnesota. He taught elementary school for 10 years in two public school districts: Red Lake Indian Reservation and Monticello Public Schools. For the past 16 years, Vetsch has served as a school administrator.

Prior to joining the team at Athlos Academy, Vetsch was the executive director at Cedar Riverside Community School.

Mandy Kartchner
Executive Director
Athlos Academy of Utah

Mandy Kartchner is the executive director of Athlos Academy of Utah in Herriman, Utah. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Westminster College, her K-12 special education certificate from Utah State University, and her master’s degree in educational leadership from Western Governors University.

With two decades of teaching and leadership experience, Kartchner has worked as a teacher, director, and then as an assistant head of school. During this time, she has also worked with community leadership supporting special education and general education needs.

Kartchner has a long history of working with special education students and supporting special education programs for schools and communities. She has also taught special education at Connections Academy in Bountiful and West Hills Middle School in West Jordan.

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