Board of Directors
3 months ago
Samuel Bernal was born in Mexico City. He is a happy husband and a proud dad of two kids. He loves story telling and that's why he became a journalist. He is passionate about radio, newspapers, movies, social media and every way of communication. He is VP for Entravision Communications Corporation and is a board director forEnglish in Action, Mountain Family Health Centers, LawEnforcement Immigration Council and for Club Rotario. Last year he was awarded by the Colorado Broadcasters Association for his news shows and community events and by the Garfield County with a Humanitarian ServiceAward for his work with the Anglo and the Latino community.
Sara Berry, Secretary
May 2016 - May 2019
Sara graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Philosophy and Literature from Lake Forest College, and she completed her MA in English at CSU where she taught English composition. She also holds an RSA/ESL diploma and has taught ESL in Indonesia. Currently, she teaches ESL and English at Colorado Mountain College. She enjoys spending time with her two Ross Montessori boys Aden and Lucas, and has been a Ross Montessori parent volunteer for the past eight years.
May 2017 - May 2020
Karen has a strong leadership and coaching background with over twenty-five years of experience in pharmaceutical, education, government and healthcare industries. Karen is currently the owner and head instructor at Rising Crane Training Center in Carbondale where she designs and implements martial art, leadership and family programs to over 120 clients and the community. Karen is an experienced Fifth Degree Black Belt in martial arts with 20 years of experience.
May 2016 - May 2019
Anna grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio where she attended one of the country's first public, Montessori K-6th grade schools. She attended the University of New Mexico for an undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Southern Oregon University for a masters of science degree in environmental education and returned to UNM for her doctoral degree in education. Anna was a founding board member of the Children's Kiva Montessori School, a Colorado charter school located in Cortez.
Robin Cole, Vice President
May 2015 - June 2018
Robin is from Princeton, NJ and moved to Aspen from New York City in 1997 to become Development Director of Dance Aspen and then Development Director at Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. In her fundraising and nonprofit career she has also worked for Aspen Community Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts and Martha Graham Dance Company. She has a BA in English from Vassar College. Robin and her husband Alan have two children attending Ross Montessori.
PC Drew, President
April 2015 - April 2018
In 2014, PC left active duty as a Marine Corps Officer and moved his family to Carbondale to start an educational technology company. He's passionate about leading people, technology, building new things, and fixing problems. He is thrilled to be elected to the school board position because he believes in Montessori and wants to be more involved in the future of his children’s education. PC is currently the Chief Technical Officer of Sopris Apps, an online website development firm in Carbondale.
Erik Kushto, Treasurer
May 2017 - May 2020
Erik has 17 years of experience advising corporate and private equity clients globally on mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, strategic initiatives and debt and equity financings. Erik has expertise in all aspects financial review and analysis, including planning and budgeting. Erik served on the Board of Directors for The Peterson Garden Project which converted abandoned city lots into pop-up victory gardens, providing over 800 raised-bed plots to urban gardeners in Chicago along with educational programming focused on gardening, cooking, nutrition and food security.
January 2018-May 2020
Kirsten Morey grew up in Irvington, NY and attended Union College, NY her freshman year. She moved to Colorado in 1991 where she graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a BA in Science and played Division I tennis. She has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for 22 years and has been a professional ski and tennis coach. Since 2005 Kirsten has been a Realtor and currently works for Coldwell Banker Mason Morse. She is a Certified Ecobroker and holds her GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute).
Advisory Board Members
Carolyn Fisher, Founding Parent and Former Board Member
Betsy Hoke, Montessori Educator
Kathryn Ross, Montessori Educator
Lori Ventimiglia, Former Board Member and Staff at Colorado League of Charter Schools