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. 

John Perenchio (Chair)


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).

Brent Stevens (Vice Chair)

 

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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 (23) 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.

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 Foundation Board, and is currently a board member for The Drug Coalition.  

Over the past eight 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

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Guy moved to Sun Valley in 2006 with his family, staying three years before continuing his career in Omaha, Nebraska. But in 2011, they moved back to Sun Valley to raise their kids. Guy has three children at the Community School: Grace (Class of 2017), Henry (Class of 2019) and Frances (Class of 2022). Their mother graduated from Community School in 1985.

Guy is the vice president of operations for Cox Communications and a member of the senior leadership team for Cox markets throughout the central US. He has worked in a number of operating roles for several Cox Enterprises, Inc. companies in his over 20 years with Cox. Guy graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Economics and Environmental Conservation.

Eva DeWolfe

 

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Eva grew up in Stockholm, Sweden. After high school, she moved to England to train with the British Dressage team. She competed and studied at Surrey University, where she earned a degree in Business Management. She went on to work for Apple Europe in Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

Work brought Eva to the United States, where she met her husband, Jim. Together, they moved to San Francisco, where Eva founded the Swedish School. Eva ran the Swedish School for 10 years until her family moved to Ketchum. Eva still serves on the board of the Swedish School and also runs her own company, designing and remodeling homes.

Her daughter, Sofia, graduated from Community School in 2013 and is now at UCSD. Eva has three sons at Community School Kristian (Class of 2016), Lukas (Class of 2017) and William (Class of 2021). All four children are ski racers.

 

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. She most recently completed a masters degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica and works as a Leadership Life Coach. 

 

Kimberly Steel Hagenbuch

 

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Kimberly Steel Hagenbuch graduated summa cum laude in economics from Dartmouth College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Upon graduation, she began a career in finance in New York City trading bonds and derivatives as a vice president at Salomon Brothers, then as a senior vice president at Merrill Lynch, and subsequently as a managing director at Watch Hill Investment Partners.

In 2000, she married Jay Hagenbuch, and after briefly residing in San Francisco, they moved full time to Sun Valley to raise their family. Kim and Jay’s daughter Sydney (Class of 2015) attends Harvard University, and their son Johnny (Class of 2020) is an accomplished Sun Valley Ski Academy/SVSEF cross country ski racer.

Kim has been actively involved at Community School for many years, most recently as a member of the capital committee overseeing The Campaign for the Ketchum Campus. She also was instrumental in the successful Campaign to Transform Trail Creek, which funded the construction of Hagenbuch Hall for the Creative Arts and Middle School and related projects.  


Will Hovey (Treasurer Co-Chair)

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Community School first grabbed the attention of Will Hovey while he was attending Middlebury College with several alums of the school. Since then, Will’s dream was to live in the Sun Valley area, and have his kids attend this incredible school.

After working as an equity research analyst for Brown Brothers Harriman and Credit Suisse in New York and London for eight years, Will moved to Ketchum in 2003. Today, Will and his wife Brooke have two children at the school, Taylor (Class of 2025) and Tommy (Class of 2027). Will is a managing director at Greyhawk Capital Management, a private equity firm that he co-founded with former Community School Board Chair, Jack Bunce in 2006. Will serves on the board of several of the firm’s portfolio companies. Will has served as Treasurer of the Pioneer Montessori School Board of Directors, was Chair of the Board of Higher Ground (then known as Sun Valley Adaptive Sports) and volunteered as development director of Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation.
Will is also a volunteer firefighter on the Ketchum Fire Department. Will received his BA in American Civilization from Middlebury College in 1991.

John Jendrezak

John Jendrezak graduated cum laude in Packaging Engineering from Michigan State University. Upon graduation, he relocated to the Pacific Northwest to fuel his budding love for the outdoors. John began his career as a Packaging Engineer at PACCAR, a global technology leader in the design, manufacture, and customer support of premium trucks. After four years with PACCAR, John joined Microsoft in the Office Product Marketing department where he oversaw the launch of multiple products. From there he transitioned to Program Management, overseeing the design and development of Office products.

John is currently a Partner Director of Program Management for Office, managing an organization responsible for the strategy, design and development of Office products and features. In addition to his work at Microsoft, John has been active in the Crystal Mountain Alpine Club, serving as a board member from 2012-14. He and his wife, Carol, have three children, Carter (sophomore), Grace (sophomore), and Kate (eighth grade).

Rob McGowan

 

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

Rob and his wife Katherine have two children at Community School: Chloe (Class of 2023) and Peter (Class of 2027). 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.

Alysia May

 

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A graduate of Westlake School for Girls, Alysia May attended the University of California Los Angeles. A nationally ranked tennis player, Alysia won her first collegiate tennis tournament, the Rolex Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Association Southern California Championships, while playing as a freshman for UCLA. She subsequently turned pro and competed successfully on the women’s tennis circuit until 1993.

After her professional tennis career, Alysia graduated from the California Culinary Academy and worked in the restaurant industry. She opened Newslink Café, an Internet café with organic, healthy juices and food, in Ketchum in 2001. A strong supporter of financial aid and diversity–related educational philanthropy, Alysia currently is a vice president of the Wilbur May Foundation. She and her partner, Mikie Geron, have a son, Asher May, in kindergarten.

Tory O'Connor '85

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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.

Barrett C. Ott, Sr.


Barrett C. Ott, Sr. graduated from Vanderbilt University College of Arts and Science with a Bachelor of Arts degree. After college, Barrett moved to Naples, Florida. He began his real estate development career with the Keewaydin Club, a family-owned resort located on a barrier island. After six years with Keewaydin, he went to work for The Trianon Companies. Trianon specializes in residential, office, and hotel development. In 2000, he co-founded Drackett and Ott Enterprises, LLC, also a real estate development company, and currently serves as a managing member.

After a family Christmas vacation to Sun Valley, Barrett and his wife Maureen saw what a unique place it truly was. They began spending more time here and decided to move to Sun Valley in 2008 to raise their three children, Olivia '16, Barrett, Jr. (sophomore), and Julia (eighth grade). Barrett volunteered as a football coach for several years for the local optimist youth football program and one year as an assistant coach for Wood River Middle School.  

Molly Page (Secretary)

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Molly and her family moved to the Wood River Valley from Vail, Colorado in 2007. She and her husband, Tom, have two children, Lilia (Class of 2023) and Henry (Class of 2025). Molly is a graduate of Bowdoin College (A.B. Economics and Government).

She worked for a hedge fund in New Jersey after college and then ventured west. In Vail, Molly worked for Vail Resorts for seven years in Investor Relations, Strategic Planning and Mountain Operations Management.

Since moving to the Wood River Valley, Molly has been an active member of the Papoose Club - chairing their Holiday Bazaar and serving as Secretary. At Community School, Molly was Co-President of the Parents' Association. She has co-chaired the Read-a-Thon and Annual Fund Campaign.

Steve Shafran (Treasurer Co-Chair)

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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.

Cordy Snyder '84

Cordy and his wife Mary Ann have three sons at Community School, Will (Class of 2016), Bennett (Class of 2019), and Charlie (Class of 2021). They relocated from Tiburon California first for winters then full time so their children could ski with the SVSEF. Cordy grew up in Sun Valley and is a graduate of Community School class of 1984.

He earned his AB from Bowdoin College 1988. He Co-Founded BTIG in 2002, a brokerage firm focused on trading and fund services for hedge and mutual funds. Prior to BTIG, he worked at Montgomery Securities and its successor Bank of America Securities from 1989-2002, where he was Director of Nasdaq Trading.

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.

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.