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Board of Directors

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Samuel Bernal

January 2018-May 2021
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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.

Samuel Bradshaw

Sara Berry, Secretary

May 2016 - May 2019

board.saraberry@rossmontessori.org

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.

Sara Berry, Secretary

Karen Bradshaw

May 2017 - May 2020

board.karenbradshaw@rossmontessori.org

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.

Karen Bradshaw

Anna Cole

May 2016 - May 2019

board.annacole@rossmontesori.org

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.   

Anna Cole
Anna lives in Carbondale with her children Henry, Caroline and Maggie (attending Ross and MSMS) and her husband Dustin, a physician at Valley View Hospital.  Anna currently works as a curriculum developer for the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, developing curriculum that brings together people, places, culture and science.

Robin Cole, Vice President

May 2015 - June 2018 

board.robincole@rossmontessori.org

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. 

Robin Cole, Vice President
Robin was co-chair of the RMS Annual Fund from 2009-2011 and served as past president of the Mark Ross Montessori Foundation and as chair of the Shaping our Future capital campaign for Ross Montessori.

PC Drew, President

April 2015 - April 2018

board.pcdrew@rossmontessori.org

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. 

PC Drew, President
He hopes his unique skills and experience in complex problem solving and large project planning will be valuable to the school as a board member. He graduated from CU Boulder with a Master's of Science degree in interdisciplinary telecommunications.

Erik Kushto, Treasurer

May 2017 - May 2020

board.erikkushto@rossmontessori.org

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.

Erik Kushto, Treasurer

Kirsten Morey

January 2018-May 2020

board.kirstenmorey@rossmontessori.org

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).  

Kirsten Morey
Kirsten volunteered for the Green Team in Basalt for three years, where she helped write and implement green policies for the Town.   Kirsten and her husband Rob, live in Carbondale and have two kids attending Ross Montessori.

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