Board of Directors
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. 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
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 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
Last year, 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. 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.
April 2015-April 2018
Dave was raised in the Roaring Fork Valley and is blessed to be able raise his children here. As a custom home builder his skill set and experience will greatly assist the Board, especially during the construction of the new school. His general construction knowledge of schedules, permits, budgets and scope of work will be an asset to Ross. "We are all fortunate to call this valley our home and among the various educational opportunities that we have for our children, none resonate with such clarity for my family as Ross Montessori does." Dave is honored to contribute his service to the Board.
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.
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