What does the Governing Council Do?

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

Sarah Landreth

Sarah Landreth

2020-2021 President

sarah.landreth@mountainphoenix.org

Sarah Landreth has been a part of the MPCS community for nine years and is currently serving in her fifth year on the GC. She currently serves MPCS as GC President. She co-chairs the School Accountability Committee and is a liaison to the Diversity and Inclusivity Committee. Sarah and her partner Scott are proud to have three children attending MPCS, spanning from Kindergarten to the Upper School.

Sarah was an elementary teacher for seven years in Colorado and Oregon. She holds a BA in Psychology and Elementary Ed certification from CU Boulder. She is currently pursuing her MA in Counseling at CU Denver.

Samantha Siffring

Samantha Siffring

2020-2021 Vice President

samantha.siffring@mountainphoenix.org

Samantha joined the MPCS community as a parent in 2012 when her oldest son started in the Sunflower Kindergarten. She has been active in the community helping with the Winter Market, as a class representative, and as a member of the Foundation. She and her husband Stuart have three children who are in preschool, 1st grade, and 3rd grade at MPCS.

Samantha was first drawn to MPCS while looking for a preschool that honored child development, a child’s need for play and outdoors, and valued creativity. Her family has stayed at MPCS for all these things and many more as her understanding of Waldorf education and love of the school’s community have deepened. As a member of the board, she hopes to help the school reach new heights as a leader in the public Waldorf movement.

Samantha grew up in northern Virginia and attended James Madison University. She has a BS in Psychology and an MA in Human Services: Counseling. When not on the MPCS campus, Samantha runs her own business helping moms launch and build online businesses. She enjoys trying new recipes, camping with her family, yoga class, volunteering, doing crossword puzzles, and writing.

Thomas Hensley

Thomas Hensley

2020-2021 Treasurer

thomas.hensley@mountainphoenix.org

Bio and pic coming soon.

Carla Mead

Carla Mead

2020-2021 Secretary

carla.mead@mountainphoenix.org

2020-2021 MPCS Governing Council, Secretary
2020-2021 MPCS Foundation, GC Rep

Carla and her husband, Monte, have been part of the MPCS community since the Wheat Ridge campus opened in 2011. This is their first year not having a student enrolled the school — their youngest (part of MPCS’s first Kindergarten class) is now a freshman at Lakewood High School. Their oldest — attended MPCS 3rd through 6th grades — is in his junior year at Denver School of the Arts.

This is Carla’s third year on the Governing Council, second year as Secretary. Board work has included co-chairing the School Accountability, Personnel, and Fundraising committees plus helping draft the school’s 2020-2025 Charter Renewal with the district. Carla has also served on the MPCS Foundation board since 2014, helping the school coordinate several successful fundraising events and campaigns during her tenure.

Carla is a proud Jeffco graduate and an active member of the Wheat Ridge community, serving on several local committees. After receiving a B.A. in English from CSU, Carla spent more than a decade in the technical communications, database marketing, and advertising fields.

Erin Hartlein

Erin Hartlein

2020-2021 Member at Large

erin.hartlein@mountainphoenix.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.

Anne Jensen

Anne Jensen

2020-2021 Member at Large

anne.jensen@mountainphoenix.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.

Chris Dalrymple

Chris Dalrymple

2020-2021 Member at Large

chris.dalrymple@mountainphoenix.org

Chris has been a part of the Mountain Phoenix community since his wife CJ Dalrymple took a position as a 5th grade teacher in 2015. Chris is a proud parent of a 1st grader who has been with the school since 2017. Chris is serving his first term on the Governing Council, and is involved in the Master Planning and 5B committees.

Chris is originally from Arkansas, but he moved to Colorado in 2012 to pursue an engineering degree at the Colorado School of Mines. He is a Project Engineer at a production engineering company that specializes in the energy, oil & gas, and mining industries.