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Redefining Rural exists to elevate, celebrate, and change the way we think about rural education, communtiies, and opportunties in Colorado. The Redefining Rural Team is made up of three active and passtionate rural leaders. Kirk Banghart, Chief Facillitator of the Colorado Rural Education Collaborative. His background as a superintendent and principal in rural areas gives him a broad perspective of the rural landscape. A resident of Salida, he enjoys spending time with his family and is an amazing photographer. A former rural superintendent, Denille LePlatt is the Executive Director at South Central BOCES. She has been instrumental in leading collaborative rural efforts statewide. Residing near Trinidad with her husband and two boys, she is an avid competitor in the National Reined Cowhorse Association. Michelle Murphy, Executive Director of the Colorado Rural Schools Alliance, is a passionate and fiery advocate with a true heart for supporting rural schools and students across the state. Michelle resides in Lafayette with her two boys and beloved dog, Max.