Parent Council Board

Your 2020-2021 Parent Council Board is:

President – Jenny Douglass
Vice President – Pauline Durrow
Secretary – Amanda De Rezende
Treasurer – Erika Lidster-Burdett

Member at Large – Ada Thomas
Member at Large – Susan Adams
Member at Large – Megan Shellman
Member at Large – Adele Sakich
Member at Large – Rachael Kenney-Reid

To contact the Parent Council, please email: parentcouncil@mountainphoenix.org.

Parent Council Board

Jenny Douglass

Jenny Douglass

President

Jenny grew up in Montana and lived in many different places before moving to Denver with her husband Dan, having two babies (now 9 and 11), and finally feeling at home as a parent at Mountain Phoenix. Jenny feels that our strength as humans and as families comes from community, which why Mountain Phoenix is such a special place. When she's not working at her day job building community with citizens who want to stand up for a more sustainable future, at home Jenny loves to garden, spend lots of time outside especially in mountains, and teach knitting to anyone.

Pauline Durrow (AKA: Pauli)          Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Pauline Durrow (AKA: Pauli) Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Vice-President

Sharing that I'm a parent to six children and the three youngest attend MPCS is most likely a prerequisite for this kind of bio.

As part of the MPCS community I'm very passionate about:
Providing education and support for our caregivers
Advocating for our LGBTQA+ kiddos
Expanding our curriculum to include BIPOC history and representation regularly
Supporting awareness around invisible disabilities

The majority of my life has been spent helping people at the births of their children and during the postpartum period. I find organizing, cleaning, and decluttering spaces oddly enjoyable and relaxing. My biggest vices are sci-fi books, hot baths, games, tea of all kinds, and dark chocolate. My grown children would most likely say that I gave them a love of dry humor and sarcasm, a love of reading, early balding genes, and too much knowledge about babies, birth, and breastfeeding.

Amanda De Rezende

Amanda De Rezende

Secretary

Amanda is a pharmacist, born and raised in Brazil. After experiencing the great outdoors in its fullest, Amanda chose Colorado as her home and USA as her country, becoming a citizen in 2018. Visiting Hot Springs, Hiking, Biking, Camping and Stand up paddle boarding are among her favorite outdoor activities. She has her daughter, Valentina, enrolled in MPCS since she was three years old. This precious MPCS lottery winner is her why, when and what in life. In warm days you can spot Amanda and Valentina biking to school. When Amanda is not working with compliance documents and service business projects in her full time job at a medical device company, she is engaged in Jeffco Family Leadership Institute activities, facilitating phase two classes for caregivers who want to use their voice to change their communities. She believes Parent Council is a great place to learn and get involved with MPCS. Amanda lives in Wheat Ridge with Valentina and her black-wicked-loving cat, Chiquinha.

Erika Lidster-Burdett

Erika Lidster-Burdett

Treasurer

Photo and bio coming soon.

Megan Shellman-Rickard

Megan Shellman-Rickard

Member at Large

Megan Shellman-Rickard earned a Master of Science, organizational leadership major, from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Arts, communication major, from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Megan has more than 20 years of experience in a wide variety of disciplines. As owner of Simple Synergy Consulting, she offers concierge business consulting services to nonprofits, small businesses, and entrepreneurs. Megan is an accomplished change agent with a skill for connecting people in the face of adversity.

Volunteering can allow you to gain experience in roles that might not otherwise be available to you. Ms. Shellman-Rickard has found that volunteering in leadership positions can help expand your viewpoints and skills.

Megan Shellman-Rickard lives in Arvada, Colorado with a packed household: husband, two Mountain Phoenix elementary school children, two cats, one dog, many houseplants and an organic vegetable garden. She was born and raised in Southern Colorado, but has found homes in Boulder, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, France and Sanborn Western Camps.

Ada Thomas

Ada Thomas

Member At Large

Photo and bio coming soon.

Susan Adams

Susan Adams

Member At Large

Photo and bio coming soon.

Adele Sakich

Adele Sakich

Member At Large

Photo and bio coming soon.

Rachael Kenney-Reid

Rachael Kenney-Reid

Member At Large

Rachael (she/her) is a Massachusetts native who came to Colorado with her husband, Kevin, in 2009 (the mountains were calling!). The moment they walked on campus with their son Arthur (6) they all felt the magic of MPCS. They officially joined the community infall, 2018 and have slowly begun to get more and more involved. Rachael works as a health services researcher at the VA in Aurora, evaluating a variety of healthcare initiatives. Outside of work, she loves playing outside and road trips (especially when camping is involved). She saw joining the parent council as an opportunity to give back to the community that has given her so much. She appreciates that she can take on small short term projects when time allows and lay back when life gets particularly hectic.