MPCS Foundation

The MPCS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity that raises money for our school. When parents or community members give to the MPCS Foundation, their donation can be eligible for a tax deduction. During the 2014-2015 school year, the Foundation raised approximately $80,000 through the Fun Run ($20K), Annual Give ($35K), and the Auction ($25K). It is with these funds that the Foundation is able to:

  • MPCSFoundationLogo_Color_CMYKAid professional development and training for our faculty
  • Support our Waldorf-inspired classrooms and curriculum
  • Provide grant matching and funds for capital improvements to our campus

MPCS Foundation Meeting Minutes

You may review past foundation meeting minutes here:

Funding Request

If you have a funding request, please fill out a Classroom/Campus/Community Funding Request Form and email it to foundation@mountainphoenix.org.

Fundraising Idea?

If you have a fundraising idea you would like the Foundation to consider, please read the Fundraising Policy and then fill out a Fundraiser Request Form and submit it to foundation@mountainphoenix.org.  ALL fundraising proposals need to follow this new process (large scale, school wide, and classroom).  The Fundraising Committee typically makes a decision within three business days.

How Can YOU Help?

By financially supporting the Fun Run, Annual Give, and Auction, and assisting in successfully running these events/campaigns, you can help ensure the financial security of our school and enhance the arts-based education available to our community. Do you have experience with (or a desire to learn about) grant writing, capital campaigns, accounting, database management, or tax/legal guidance for 501(c)(3) organizations? If you do and you’d like to help, please contact foundation@mountainphoenix.org. The Foundation consists of five board members, and we are always looking for more hands to help with our fundraising efforts.

MPCS Foundation Board Members

John Kaltenbach

John Kaltenbach

President

I am the father of Vivianne, a 6th grade student in Ms. Ward’s class. She loves her teacher and the school and I am very happy we have found a community here
at MPCS.

I am the current President of the MPCS Foundation, which exists to raise the funds necessary to support the mission and vision of Mountain Phoenix Community
School. Our purpose is to help the school flourish so that it may continue to provide a unique, high quality arts-based education for our children.

For the past twenty years I’ve worked in agriculture and pest management and I am currently working for the Colorado Department of Agriculture as a Biological
Control Specialist. I have experience with grant writing and management and that is why I initially joined the Foundation. I have previously served as President of
the Board for a non-profit day care (VA Kids Center, Madison, WI).

Carla Mead

Carla Mead

Vice President

As the mother of two Mountain Phoenix students — Wyatt is in Mr. White’s 6th grade and Holden is in Ms. Valdez’s 4th grade — I am passionate about our school, our community, and our children. I am honored to be able to serve on the Foundation and look forward to helping make the best decisions to grow responsibly and in the best interests of our families. I have been part of the MPCS community since the Wheat Ridge campus opened in 2011. I am a proud product of the Jefferson County public school system and have lived in Wheat Ridge since 2002.

My experience includes volunteering for the MPCS Auction the past three years, and two years of serving as a MPCS classroom parent representative. Prior to
volunteering at MPCS, I served on the board of the Wilmore-Davis Elementary PTA, and have ample work experience in the technical writing, marketing, and
business management fields.

Tammy Anander

Tammy Anander

Treasurer

I am happy to be a part of the Foundation, it plays such an important role at our school. My husband teaches in the middle school and we have 2 children who attend MPCS, a daughter in Second Grade and a son in Kindergarten. I am very committed to the success of our school. We have been at the school since 2011 when the Wheat Ridge campus opened and are so happy to have found such a wonderful community to be a part of.

I was the marketing co-chair for 2 years and have volunteered in both of my children’s classrooms. My professional experience ranges from public involvement to bookkeeping and project controls, all for a large scale engineering firm where I currently specialize in safety management and analysis. I am also the accountant for a small consulting firm and I have my own photography company. My formal education is in fine arts and business and public administration.

Dan Dial

Dan Dial

Member at Large

I’ve been a parent at MPCS for five years now. I have two boys, Max, in third grade, and Jack, in first grade. And I’m looking forward to the next 8 years at the school.

I’ve worked for 18 years with an environmental and consumer non-profit group. I worked for three years in their financial department and for 12 years in the membership department. I think there are several similarities between running a non-profit and working with a school. And I hope my experience and attention to detail will help us make this school a special place for our kids, our teachers, and our community.

My hobbies include hiking, running, and making beer! We have a puppy and six chickens that keep us all busy!

Ruth Trode

Ruth Trode

Member at Large

Bio coming soon!

Heather Lee

Heather Lee

Member at Large

Bio coming soon!