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

MPCS Governing Council

Erin Hartlein

Erin Hartlein

2022-2023 President

erin.hartlein@mtnphx.org

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.

Thomas Hensley

Thomas Hensley

2022-2023 Vice President

thomas.hensley@mtnphx.org

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.

Thomas is in his 4th year on the board and has led efforts to increase teacher compensation, the 5B construction projects, the Homeschool program expansion, and the community solar project, to name a few. He has also served as Treasurer and has been instrumental in establishing financial best practices. This year Thomas will begin serving as Board President.

Thomas is originally from the Texas Gulf Coast, but has been in Colorado since 2004 and considers Colorado home! He works as a Program Manager in the telecom industry, where he specializes in the implementation of large-scale engineer projects. Thomas recently returned to school and will be graduating from the University of Arizona Global Campus in October of 2021.

Anne Jensen

Anne Jensen

2022-2023 Treasurer

annejensen@mtnphx.org

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. Her son, Everett, is currently in first grade and her daughter, Mia, is a Kindergarten Bluebird. 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.

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 Ferry

Megan Ferry

2022-2023 Secretary

megan.ferry@mtnphx.org

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.

David Pettit

David Pettit

2022-2023 Member at Large

david.pettit@mtnphx.org

Bio coming soon!

Jen Olson

Jen Olson

2022-2023 Member at Large

jen.olson@mtnphx.org

Bio coming soon!