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Board of Directors

3 months ago

Samuel Bernal

January 2018-June 2021

Samuel Bernal was born in Mexico City. He is a happy husband and a proud dad of two kids. He loves storytelling 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 for English in Action, Mountain Family Health Centers, law enforcement 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 Service Award for his work with the Anglo and Latino community.

Samuel Bradshaw


Karen Bradshaw

May 2017 - June 2020

Karen has strong leadership and coaching background with over twenty-five years of experience in pharmaceutical, education, government and healthcare industries. Karen is 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

PC Drew, Vice President

May 2018 - June 2021

In 2014, PC left active duty as a Marine Corps Officer and moved his family to Carbondale to start an education 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 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. He graduated from CU Boulder with a Master's of Science degree in interdisciplinary telecommunications.

PC Drew, President

Andrew Karow, President

May 2018-June 2021

Andrew is Chief Digital Officer at Alpine Bank. He is part of the five-person Senior Executive Team responsible for all aspects of leaving Alpine Banks over 130,000 customers and over 600 employees. Andrew’s experience includes personnel, development, corporate governance, compliance, and policy implementation. Andrew has extensive experiencing serving on various Boards of Directors since 1996. He is a volunteer cross country coach for Ross' Second Shift team. 

Andrew Karow

Erik Kushto, Treasurer

May 2017 - June 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 of 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-June 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).  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.

Kirsten Morey

Paul Smith, Secretary

May 2018-June 2021

Paul is a member of the State Bar of Colorado and the State Bar of New Mexico. Paul specializes in the areas of estate planning, business planning probate, trust administration, guardianships and conservatorships, elder law, and long-term care planning. Paul is published in Colorado Law periodicals regarding trust and estate law and has regularly presented to the Colorado Bar Association on trust and estate case law. Locally, Paul serves on the Valley View Hospital Foundation Internal Funding and Legacy Committees, as well as coaches youth hockey for the Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey Association. Paul is a member of the Rotary Club of Glenwood Springs.

Paul Smith

Advisory Board Members

Robin Cole, Long-time board and foundation volunteer, and parent

Carolyn Fisher, Founding Parent, and Former Board Member

Betsy Hoke, Montessori Educator

Kathryn Ross, Montessori Educator

Lori Ventimiglia, Former Board Member 

NEW Board Members 

4 months ago

Chris Klingelheber (May 2019-June 2022)

I would like to be on the Ross Montessori School Board of Directors.  My background is in education both in Carbondale and in Denver. At Carbondale Middle School, I taught both 5th and 8th grade Social Studies. In Denver, I spent 2 years in classrooms teaching all subjects to grades K-6. I also taught Outdoor Education in Denver for 4 years at Balarat Outdoor Education Center. 


Currently, I have a 1st grader and 3rd grader attending Ross. I have volunteered for field trips, serving lunch, and helping in the classroom with spelling tests.  I care deeply about the future of Ross Montessori and would love to serve on the Board of Directors.

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Michelle Skagen (May 2019-June 2022)

Michelle lives in Carbondale and is a mother of two children, who both attend Ross Montessori School. Her son is 12 years old and will be going into 7th grade, and her daughter is 8 and will enter 4th-grade next fall. Her family returned to the Roaring Fork Valley after eleven years on the Front Range in June 2018 so her husband could pursue a promising career in Snowmass Village and so they could be closer to mountain biking, backpacking, hiking, and natural beauty.

Michelle works part time at the Aspen Chapel as the Youth Coordinator. Her job is to design curriculum and programs that facilitate personal transformation among youth. She also works as a contract instructor for World Leadership School and has facilitated a leadership curriculum with independent schools in New Mexico, El Paso, Costa Rica, and India. She has also been a contract educator for Girls Leadership for six years, teaching parent-daughter workshops and camps. 

Michelle was drawn to experiential education after a trip that transformed her in high school. She studied Sociology and Secondary Social Studies Education at CU Boulder and was hired upon graduation at the Aspen Community School in 2000. Working in a small charter school was also transformative and it informed her decision to stay home with her children and to raise them close to extended family. She and her family are thrilled to be back here and that her children were accepted into Ross. 

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