2013-2014 Board Meetings
all meetings are held in
the Library Conference Room
Jay Hagenbuch, Chair
Jay and Kim Hagenbuch moved to the Wood River Valley full time in 2003, after owning a home here 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.
Barbara W. Boswell, Emeritus
Peggy and her husband John
moved to Ketchum in 1997. Their three children were born in Ketchum and attend
Community School: Blair (2016), Hayden (2018) and Wilson (2022). After college at
UCSD, she worked in San Francisco in advertising before becoming involved in
special events for non-profits. Locally she has been active with St. Luke’s
Wood River Medical Center serving on both the auxiliary and foundation boards
as well as 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
Barbara has lived in the Wood River Valley since 1986. She moved from
southern California where she received her masters from California
State University, 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.
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 (2017) and Henry (2019), and 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.
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. His daughter Riley graduated
from Community School in 1992.
Ellen Gillespie and her husband James are the parents of two Community
School students, Lily (2014) and Thomas (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 Wellness Festival. Prior to
moving to Sun Valley from New York in 2003, Ellen worked for Time
Warner in Washington DC and London. She is a graduate of Duke
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 (8) and Alexandra (6), and a son, Billy (3). Bill has been active in the international art market for twenty years. His business, 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, 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. Her career shifted when she moved to Sun Valley to take a year off in 1997 and met her husband, Jim Grossman. They have two children at Community School, Buey (2020) and Saba (2022). Their father and uncle are graduates of the school as well. Pirie continued producing but in different venues. She produced The Children's Day, when 10,000 children came to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama when he visited Sun Valley in 2005. From 2006-2009, 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 Masters in Business and Communications from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Randi moved to the Wood River Valley with her family in 2000. Prior to
that, after graduating college with a BS Degree in Nursing, she worked
as a registered nurse followed by a career in the medical equipment
industry. Randi has been active in the Parent’s Association, serving
as room parent, VP of the Lower School, VP of the Middle School and as
a Co-President. Randi and her husband John have two children at the
School, Tim (2012), Ben (2013).
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 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 (2015) and Molly (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 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 (2018) and Andrew (2020) have been at Community School since kindergarten and pre-school. 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 and his wife Stephanie moved full time to Ketchum in 2004 from
Santa Monica, California. They have four daughters: Robin (24), Lauren
(23), Gabi (2012) and Lena (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).
Jake is a transportation entrepreneur and former investment banker.
Jake's current transportation-related endeavor is Swoop Technology. He
is also involved with an edutainment site, PicLits.com, and Leroy's Ice
Cream (whose profits benefit Wood River Valley children). Prior to
moving to Ketchum in 2001 with his wife Trina and daughter Katie (2018), Jake was a managing director at Credit Suisse based in
Boston, New York, and London.
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 (2015), Paige (2013) and Gray (2012).
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 DC 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, and 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.
Joan and her husband, Tom, have two sons at Community School, Ben (2014) and Nick (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 non‐profit 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.
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 (2018) and a daughter, Rylee (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.