Governing Council

The Mountain Phoenix Community School is overseen by the Governing Council. The current seven member council is comprised of parents and community members. Board Members have actively served on a school committee and have demonstrated interest and commitment to the mission of the school. If you would like to contact the council, please email

The Mountain Phoenix Governing Council holds regular business meetings on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, beginning at 6:30 PM. The public is invited and encouraged to attend the Regular Business Meetings to keep informed. There is a time for public comments at the beginning of each Business Meeting. In addition to regular meetings, the Council is currently holding monthly work sessions on the 1st Wednesday of each month. An agenda for each meeting will be posted on the Governing Council Meeting Agenda Page at least 24 hours in advance.

2013-14 MPCS Governing Council Members
All MPCS Governing Council Members are Parents of children attending the school.

President: Victoria Hannu is an internationally known executive coach and culture alignment expert. She takes a highly innovative and integrated approach to business and organizational development by approaching brand and culture alignment from the inside-out. Having over 18 years’ experience in the corporate world prior to becoming an entrepreneur and CEO, she has a unique understanding and perspective of what it takes to create a culture in an organization, regardless of size, that enables it to function optimally and profitably by having a culture that is infused throughout the organization’s systems and processes. Victoria heads the Alignment and Communications Committee.

Vice President: Kyle Schurter is a structural engineer. He has been an active member of the Master Planning Team and is currently facilities representative from the Governing Council for the building of the new Middle School.

Treasurer: Tammy Rieke earned a B.S. in Accounting from Metropolitan State College of Denver, and is a CPA. She practiced in public accounting for three years, specializing in audits, mainly for SEC clients. She spent a year as a Senior Accountant, in charge of the accounting for several companies and three years as an Internal Auditor for a large moving company. Tammy is Chair of the Finance Committee.

Member at Large: Robin Adams is a partner / owner of a small architectural practice in northwest Denver. With 20 plus years in the architectural profession, Robin’s diverse experience offers creative thinking, problem solving, organizational abilities and project management skills to support the mission of the board. Robin works with the Facilities and Master Planning committees to assist in implementing the “built environment” goals of the strategic plan.

Member at Large: Don Toups works as a Learning Professional at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. Formerly Don taught English as a Second Language in Central America, the Middle East, and the U.S., and was a founder of Aviation English Consulting, LLC, which designed and delivered English language training to pilots and air traffic controllers worldwide. Don holds a B.A. in Journalism and an M.A. in English from Louisiana State University. He is actively involved as Chair of the School Accountability Committee.

Member at Large: Gina Schley works in Marketing & Communications in her professional life, but has found her true passion as an involved parent and working on community focused agricultural projects. Through serious investigation and researching she developed a deep respect for Rudolf Steiner’s philosophies, and is very passionate about bringing Waldorf Education to the public school realm. She believes that the Waldorf Charter School movement isn’t just a trend; it is a concept that will impact the future. When she is not with her family, or at meetings to help design a sustainable schoolyard for MPCS, she is tending her honeybees or working in her biodynamic garden. Gina heads the Master Planning Team with regards to landscaping. She assists on the Grant and Marketing Committees, as well as the Gardening Committee.

Member at Large:  Jeff Wilhite (bio coming soon).


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