Who is the Governing Council?
Have you ever wondered what, precisely, your MPCS Governing Council does?
Check out the infographic at this link to learn more: Govering Council Roles
Erin grew up in the NE United States and her family transplanted to North Florida when she was a teenager. Erin completed her undergraduate studies in Nutritional Science at the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and went on to receive a massage therapy license in Fl as well. After joining her husband in a work-move to New Mexico she received her Master’s degree in Community Health Education from the University of New Mexico.
While in New Mexico Erin was able to work for the New Mexico Department of Health, Chronic Disease Bureau in the Physical Activity, Nutrition and Arthritis division managing statewide programming grants. It was in this role where she earned a love for community collaboration and the excitement that comes with getting involved in governmental processes.
Erin has three children enrolled at MPCS and came to know the Waldorf pedagogy through her husband who attended a private Waldorf school in FL until Grade 2 (when the school disbanded because operations were not sustainable). The unique position of MPCS as being a public charter as well as a public Waldorf present the opportunity for participating community members to grow personally and professionally. Erin strives to do both recognizing that MPCS is somewhat of a trailblazer which provides unique challenges and rewards.
2022-2023 Vice President
Thomas joined the MPCS community in 2015 when his oldest son started in the Skylarks (now Chickadees) Kindergarten class. Thomas and his wife now have two boys at MPCS. What he loves most about MPCS is that it meets its students where they are in their development.
Thomas is in his 5th year on the board and has led efforts to increase staff compensation, the Great Hall remodel, the construction of the multi-purpose building (or Cafa-gym-atorium, as he likes to call it), the ECE playground construction, and the Homeschool program expansion, to name a few. He has also served as President and Treasurer.
Originally from the Texas Gulf Coast, Thomas has been in Colorado since 2004 and considers Colorado home! He graduated from the University of Arizona Global Campus with a degree in Business Administration and works as a Program Manager, specializing in implementing large-scale software and hardware projects.
Anne and her family joined the Mountain Phoenix Community in 2016. Both of her children attended the Seedlings Program and knew they had found a special place for preschool and beyond. Both her son, Everett, and daughter, Mia attend Mountain Phoenix. Anne has been involved in various committees including the MPCS Auction for the past several years, as well as a classroom representative for the Sweet Peas. She is the current Governing Council Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair, and serves on the Foundation as Board Secretary.
Anne is looking forward to leveraging her skills and passions to help MPCS grow, and to work with the various partners and alliances around the country to uphold MPCS's charter and mission. With two young children enrolled at MPCS, she is passionate about ensuring the long-term health and stability of the school, and making sure others enjoy the magic of public Waldorf education!
Anne grew up in the St. Louis area and attended Washington and Lee University in Virginia where she majored in Economics and Mathematics. She met her husband, Chris, in Austin, Texas while earning their Masters in Business Administration at the University of Texas.
Megan Ream Ferry and her family joined MPCS in 2018 as part of the ECE program. They are now in their 5th year at the school and happily made the transition from ECE to grades during a global pandemic! Megan volunteered with the Foundation and the Grant Writing committee before joining the Governing Council in 2022.
Megan brings nearly 20 years of fundraising experience to her GC role. She is currently a consultant with Nonprofit Navigators, specializing in foundation grants. She has worked, often as the sole fundraising staff person, in higher education, membership associations, environmental organizations, and nonprofits that serve individuals with disabilities. She is also a Past President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Colorado Chapter. Megan holds an MA in Philanthropic Studies from the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University and a BA from Arizona State University. She is also a proud alumna of the Institute for Leaders in Development at the University of Denver.
2022-2023 Member at Large
Bio coming soon!
2022-2023 Member at Large
Bio coming soon!