Our Board of Directors comprises a group of people who are passionate about education and who strive to set, and achieve, the school's mission and vision for the future. The board meets once a month in the Library Conference Room.

For more information on specific board members, please click on the tabs below. 

Jay Hagenbuch (Chair)

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Jay Hagenbuch and his wife, Kim, moved to the Wood River Valley full time in 2003 after having been part-time residents since 1995. They have five children, Henry (28), Hunter (26), Hilary (25), Sydney (CS Class of 2015) and Johnny (CS Class of 2020).

Jay is co-founder and Chairman of M&H Realty Partners and of WestLand Capital Partners, California-based, real estate opportunity fund businesses. He is also a private equity and venture investor and has been a Director of a number of public and private companies.

Jay previously served as a Director of Community School from 2002 through 2010. He spent eight years on the board of the San Francisco Symphony, serving six years as Chairman of the Finance Committee. For eight years, he was a Trustee and Board Chair of Town School for Boys in San Francisco, where Henry and Hunter attended. Jay received an AB degree from Princeton University and an MBA degree from Stanford University.

Peggy Baker


Peggy and her husband, John, moved to Ketchum in 1997. Their three children were born in Ketchum and attend Community School: Blair (Class of 2016), Hayden (Class of 2018) and Wilson (Class of 2022).
 

After college at UCSD, she worked in San Francisco in advertising before becoming involved in special events for nonprofit organizations. Locally, she has been active with St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center, serving on both the auxiliary and foundation boards as well as on the Sun Valley Figure Skating Club Board.

Over the past seven years, Peggy has been involved with Community School as a room parent and has co-chaired the Annual Fund, achieving the goal of 100% participation for two years. 

Guy Cherp (Treasurer)

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Guy and Mia Cherp moved to Sun Valley in 2006, staying three years before moving to Omaha, Nebraska. But in 2011, they moved back to Sun Valley to raise their kids. Guy and Mia have two children at the Community School: Grace (Class of 2017) and Henry (Class of 2019). They also have a third child, Frances (age 9).

 

Guy is the vice president of operations for Cox Communications. He has worked in a number of operating roles for several Cox companies in his over 20 years with Cox. Guy graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Economics and Environmental Conservation.

Ellen Gillespie (Secretary)

Ellen Gillespie and her husband, James, are the parents of two Community School students, Lily (Class of 2014) and Thomas (Class of 2016).

She is the co‐owner of Sun Valley Events, organizing some of the largest events in the Wood River Valley, including Wagon Days and the Sun Valley Wellness Festival. Prior to moving to Sun Valley from New York in 2003, Ellen worked for Time Warner in Washington D.C. and London. She is a graduate of Duke University.

Bill Griffin

 

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Bill and his wife, Michelle, have kept a home in Ketchum since 2007. In 2011, they moved to the Wood River Valley full-time from Santa Monica to place their children at Community School. They have two daughters, Avery (age 10) and Alexandra (age 8), and a son, Billy (age 5).

Bill has been active in the international art market for twenty years. His business and gallery, headquartered in Los Angeles, focuses on investment niches in the contemporary art marketplace and works with private collections, foundations and museums. Bill is a 1988 graduate of the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond.

 

Pirie Grossman

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Pirie, a Texas native, previously lived in Los Angeles and worked in the entertainment industry. She produced and hosted television specials for Lifetime, Encore, Fox, CMT, FX, ABC, and NBC networks. She moved to Sun Valley in 1997.

She has two children at Community School, Buey (Class of 2020) and Saba (Class of 2022). Their father and uncle are graduates of the school as well.

Pirie continued producing after moving to Sun Valley, but in different venues. She produced "The Children's Day," during which 10,000 children came to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama when he visited Sun Valley in 2005. From 2006 to 2009, she was the co-chair of the Special Olympics World Winter Games, during which 3,000 athletes from 100 countries came to Idaho to compete on the world stage.

Pirie also serves on the Board of Directors of the Sun Valley Wellness Institute. She graduated with a master's degree in Business and Communications from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

 

Rob McGowan

 

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Rob and his family have been residing in the Valley on a full-time basis for the past four years, previously living in Los Angeles.

Rob and his wife Katherine have two children at Community School: Chloe (who will begin her second year this fall in the first grade) and Peter (who will enter his second year in the newly developed ECC). In 2004, after selling a business founded in 1993, Rob started Architectural Resources, a business that specializes in interior architecture and design. Rob also sits on the Board of Directors of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts.

Jim Milgard

Jim and his family moved to the Wood River Valley in 2005 from Seattle. Jim and his wife Jennifer have two daughters attending Community School, Madison (Class of 2015) and Molly (Class of 2018).

In 2003, Jim started a small private investment company focusing on acquisition, private equity and venture capitol named The Great Day Group, which is now based in Ketchum. Jim sits on the board of directors for two additional non-profit groups, The Sun Club and The Great Day Foundation.

Tory O'Connor

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Tory was born and raised in the Wood River Valley. She graduated from Community School in 1985.

After spending two years at the University of Arizona, she went to work as a manager for Sgt. Leisure Inc, a retail clothing company, and opened several stores in Hawaii and California. She returned to Sun Valley and spent ten years as the Human Resources Manager at Atkinsons’ Markets. Tory met her husband Sean and moved to San Francisco Bay Area. She served as treasurer of her sons pre-school for three years.

Tory and Sean moved back to the Wood River Valley in 2005.  Their two boys Matt (Class of 2018) and Andrew (Class of 2020) have been at Community School since kindergarten and preschool. Tory has been an active part of the CS Parents’ Association for the last seven years, serving as a room parent several times and as President from 2010 to 2012.

John Perenchio

John and his wife Stephanie moved full time to Ketchum in 2004 from Santa Monica, California.  They have four daughters: Robin (24), Lauren (23), Gabi (Class of 2012) and Lena (Class of 2014). 

John is chairman of Fearless Records, LLC, a boutique record and music publishing company. He is also a private investor and lawyer. John has over 18 years of experience as a director of public companies and he is currently a director of Deckers Outdoors Inc. and chair of its governance committee.

John has been on the board of Heal the Bay, a southern California environmental non-profit, since 1989. John has previously served on other non-profit boards, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, where his responsibilities included chairing its Hollywood Bowl committee. John is a graduate of Brown University (AB Political Science 1977) and the University of San Diego School of Law (JD 1981).

Kirk Riedinger

Kirk is the co-founder of Alta Colleges, Inc., a nationwide network of career colleges. Kirk currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors and previously also served as Executive Chairman of Alta Colleges. During his tenure as Executive Chairman, he was responsible for developing and overseeing the company's operations. He has served as a member of the Governor's Commission on Science and Technology (Colorado), a member of the Board Nominating Committee of the Career College Association and a Board member of the Career College Association. 

Kirk was a finalist in the Rocky Mountain Region Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002 and is a member of the Mile High United Way Tocqueville Society.  He has coached youth soccer for many years and was active in Boy Scouts in Denver, Colorado. Kirk earned his BA in International Relations from Stanford University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.  Kirk and his wife Kathy have three children at Community School; Patrick (Class of 2015), Paige (Class of 2013) and Gray (Class of 2012).

Steve Shafran

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Steve has lived full time in the Wood River Valley off and on since 2004. He served on the Community School Board from 2006-2007, and all four of his children attended the school between 2004 and 2007. He served on the Ketchum City Council as a Councilman from 2006-2008.

Steve moved to Washington D.C. in late 2007 and worked at the U.S. Treasury as a senior advisor to the Secretary in 2008 and 2009. Before that, he was a partner at Goldman Sachs, where he worked from 1985 until 2001. He was a Professor of the Practice at Georgetown University from 2009-2011.

In 2011, he became the first Executive Director of the Sun Valley Ski Academy. He has worked closely with Community School for the past two years helping start the SVSA initiative, and will continue to do so in his capacity as a Trustee of the School. Steve earned an AB from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from Harvard University.

Brent Stevens

Brent Stevens and his wife, Annette, moved to the Wood River Valley full time in 2013 after having been frequent visitors since1986. They have two children, Madison (22) and Holland (CS Class of 2017).

Brent is the founder and Chairman of Peninsula 
Pacific, a private investment fund focusing on gaming and middle market companies. Brent was a founder of the Investment Banking Department of Jefferies & Company, Inc. in 1990, where he most recently was the Head of Capital Markets until his retirement in 2010. In 1997, Brent founded Peninsula Gaming Company and served as its Chairman and CEO until the sale of Peninsula in 2012. Brent has served as a director of numerous private companies and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the School of Accounting at the University of Southern California since 2008.

Brent received his BS degree from 
the University of Southern California and an MBA degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Louise Stumph

Louise was born in Seattle and graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Biology in 1991. She and her husband Trent have lived and worked in Ketchum and the Wood River Valley for over 23 years and have three boys at Community School: Charlie (class of 2018), Fletcher (class of 2020) and Russell (class of 2022).

Louise began her career working in 
Ketchum in 1987 at Silver Creek Outfitters as a store employee and fishing guide. After graduating from college, Louise moved back to Ketchum in 1992 and worked for The Nature Conservancy of Idaho for 10 years. She currently works for the Wood River Foundation and manages the WOW-student program, which partners with nonprofits to create generosity experiences for all students in the Wood River Valley.

Louise served on the board of Pioneer Montessori School for four years where all three 
of her children attended, chaired the Friends of the Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center board for several years, and has served on The Trout and Salmon Foundation Board for 18 years. Louise has been a Community School room parent and co-chaired the 2013-2014 Annual Fund.

Joan Swift

Joan and her husband, Tom, have two sons at Community School, Ben (Class of 2014) and Nick (Class of 2017). They moved full time to the Valley in 2005, having owned a home here since 1990.

Joan spent several years working in commercial real estate development with Hines Interests and in investment banking with Merrill Lynch. Her nonprofit experience includes trustee and board chair positions with both the Bay Area Discovery Museum (Sausalito, California) and the Environmental Working Group (Washington, D.C.), and she has served on the boards of two local organizations, the Wood River Land Trust and the Building Materials Thrift Store. Joan earned a BA from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Stanford University.

Ed Viesturs

Ed and his family moved to the Wood River Valley from Washington State in 2011. He is a professional high-altitude mountaineer and works as a design consultant for outdoor equipment manufacturer Eddie Bauer/First Ascent. He speaks nationally and internationally to corporate, governmental and nonprofit entities about leadership, risk and adventure.

Ed has successfully 
reached the summits of all of the world’s fourteen 8000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen, an 18-year project he christened Endeavor 8000. He has been on 29 Himalayan expeditions and reached the summit on 20 of these occasions. Ed has stood on the top of Mt. Everest seven times. Ed is the author of three books No Shortcuts to the Top, K-2, Life and Death
on the World’s Most Dangerous Mountains, and The Will to Climb. Ed serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Big City  Mountaineer, an organization that instills critical life skills in under-resourced youth through wilderness mentoring experiences  that help kids in school, reduce violence and drug use.

Ketchum is now home for Ed, his wife Paula and their four Community 
School children Gil (class of 2016), Ella (class of 2018), Anabel (class of 2023) and Nina (PK).

Lisa Whorton

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Lisa and her husband, Dave, have owned a home in Ketchum since 2009, and relocated here in 2011 so that their kids could attend Community School. They have a son, Briggs (Class of 2018), and a daughter, Rylee (Class of 2020).

Lisa worked as an account director in the ad agency business for 15 years at agencies such as Publicis/Bloom, Bozell, J. Walter Thomson, and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. Her nonprofit experience includes leadership roles as a board member of both the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation and the Menlo-Atherton Cooperative Nursery School.

At Community School, Lisa was the co-chair of the 2012-2013 Annual Fund. She earned a BBA in Marketing and a BFA in Advertising from Southern Methodist University.

Barbara W. Boswell, Emeritus

Barbara has lived in the Wood River Valley since 1986. She moved from southern California, where she received her masters from California State University at Northridge and her doctorate from the University of Southern California. She has a love of and commitment to education and has taught at all levels from the third grade through college. She also served on the board of the Paso Robles Joint Union High School District from 1981-1985 and was its chair for a period of time.

She has been a member of Community School's board since 1993 and served as Chair of Campaign 2000. Barbara also has been on the board of Claremont McKenna College for the past 16 years.

Michael Engl, Emeritus

Michael has been an active contributor to the arts and education for many years. He has been actively involved with the Sun Valley Center for the Arts as a member of the Advisory Board, and Michael has served Community School in many capacities over the years. He was Chairman of Board of Trustees of The Mountain School, and was instrumental in the effort to merge the two schools in 1988. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of our School for six years.

He is currently on the Board of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe and is the Chair of its Research Center Committee. He is also Vice President of The Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe and a member of the Director's Council of The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Michael was Dean and Chairman of the Visual Communications Division at New School University in New York and has spent many years managing and directing family trusts.

Michael received his B.A. from Williams College and did his graduate studies at Yale University and Columbia University.