Board of Directors

Granite sign in front the private Sun Valley Community School

The Board of Directors at Sun Valley Community School is a highly engaged and collaborative working group of current and past parents, alumni, and business and philanthropic leaders who are deeply committed to the school's mission and vision. Board Directors play a vital role in setting strategic and advancement initiatives for the school, while also providing fiduciary and governance oversight. Board Directors also collaborate with the Head of School, providing guidance and support, to ensure the school's long-term success.

Board Directors 2018-19

Brent Stevens, Chair

Brent Stevens and his wife, Annette, moved to the Wood River Valley full time in 2013 after having been frequent visitors since 1986. They have two children, Madison (23) and Holland (Sun Valley Community School 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 from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Amanda Rising Black

Amanda has more than 20 years of advertising, sales, and multimedia marketing experience, primarily within the ski industry. As a former junior ski racer and a graduate of Holderness School and the University of Vermont, Amanda has spent most of her life in the ski business. She is currently the Director of Development, Major Giving for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Foundation. Previously, she was the publisher of Ski Racing Magazine, where she worked alongside her father, the late Gary Black, Jr., who was the longtime publisher and CEO of Ski Racing International and one of the four driving forces behind the genesis of the Sun Valley Ski Academy.

During her tenure at the magazine, which began at the age of 17, she worked her way up to Ad Director. She left in 2002 after the sale of the company to Velo News and spent four years in sales and marketing with Clear Channel Communications. In 2006, she returned to the publication in the role of publisher. She was recently named a managing partner of the larger company entity, rebranded as Ski Racing Media.

An outdoor and snowsport enthusiast, she relocated in 2016 to the Wood River Valley from York Harbor, Maine. She has a son, Harrison, who is in third grade at Sun Valley Community School.

Cynthia Carroll

Cynthia Carroll currently works as a managing member of Black Ranch, LLC, an agriculture and ranching operation, as well as vice-president and treasurer of The Chrysopolae Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to education and conservation.

Ms. Carroll previously worked in education for fifteen years, both as a teacher and teacher trainer. She began her career teaching high school Spanish at St. Ann’s in Brooklyn, NY, and then worked for The Harvard Institute for International Development’s WorldTeach program as National Director in Ecuador.  She returned to the classroom in 1998, teaching middle school Spanish at three different private schools in the Bay Area until 2010.

She received her M.A. in Latin American Civilization from New York University and her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Hamilton College. Ms. Carroll is also a trustee of the Idaho chapter of The Nature Conservancy.

Ms. Carroll is a full-time resident of  Bellevue, ID where she lives with her husband and two teenage sons. Her eldest son is a recent graduate of Sun Valley Community School. 

Guy Cherp

Guy moved to Sun Valley in 2006 with his family; in 2009, his career took the family to Omaha, Nebraska, but they returned to the Valley in 2011.

Guy's daughter, Grace, graduated from Sun Valley Community School in 2017, and his two younger children (Henry '19 and Frances '22) are current students at the school.

Guy is the vice president of operations for Cox Communications and a member of the senior leadership team for Cox markets throughout the central U.S. 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

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.

Eva and Jim are parents to four Cutthroats: Sofia '13, Kristian '16 , Lukas '17, and William '21. All four children are ski racers.

Ruth Glass

Ruth Glass joined Sun Valley Community School’s Board of Directors in 2018 following a 46-year career as an independent school teacher and administrator, most recently as the Head of Lake Tahoe School in Incline Village, Nevada (2011-18). She officially retired in June. 
Over the course of her career, Ruth worked in schools around the country: Green Fields School, Tucson, Arizona; Colorado Academy, Denver, Colorado; Norwood School, Bethesda, Maryland; The Langley School, McLean, Virginia; Columbus Academy, Gahanna, Ohio; The Odyssey Program, Malibu, California; The Wesley School, North Hollywood, California; and Calmont School in Malibu. 
While Ruth was born in Connecticut, she claims native California status, having moved to Ojai when she was just a year old. She spent her youth shuttling between The Thacher School, where her father was a teacher, and Jackson Hole, where the family still has a ranch. School years were spent in Ojai and summers in Jackson. Between homes, the family drove with six horses, two dogs, and a cat, making most travel ever since a bit of a breeze. She attended Wells College in Aurora, New York before graduating from the University of Arizona with a B.A. in elementary education. She earned her M.Ed in curriculum and design from Ohio's Ashland University. She has been active and involved in regional associations, including serving on the Board and Accreditation Committee of NWAIS.
She and her husband, Wayne, reside in Incline Village, Nevada. They have two grown daughters, Hillary and Allison, and a granddaughter, Johanna. A life-long sports enthusiast, she looks forward to taking advantage of the opportunities to hike, paddle, ski, and otherwise explore and relax in the Lake Tahoe Basin now that she is officially retired. Long passionate about independent school education, she has accepted the position on the school's Board of Trustees as a way to remain involved and to give back a bit of the support and lessons that she has learned over the years.

Bill Griffin, Vice Chair

Bill and his wife, Michelle, have owned a home in Ketchum since 2007. In 2011, they moved to the Wood River Valley full-time from Santa Monica and enrolled their three children, Avery '22, Alexandra '24, and Billy '27, at Sun Valley Community School.

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 graduated from the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond.

Pirie Grossman

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.

Pirie has two children at Sun Valley Community School, Buey '20 and Saba '22.

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

Kim 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, Kim 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 '15, attends Harvard University, and their son, Johnny '20, is an accomplished Sun Valley Ski Academy/SVSEF cross country ski racer.

Kim has been actively involved at Sun Valley 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, Board Treasurer

Sun Valley Community School first grabbed Will's attention while he was attending Middlebury College with several alums of the school. Since then, his 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 '25 and Tommy '27.

Will is a managing director at Greyhawk Capital Management, a private equity firm that he co-founded with former Cutthroat 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. He received his BA in American Civilization from Middlebury College in 1991.

John Jendrezak

John 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 ('19), Grace, and Kate.

Peter LaFleur

Peter LaFleur joined Sun Valley Community School's Board of Directors in 2018. He is the managing member of Consilium Group, a Seattle-based management consulting firm which he founded in 2001. Additionally, Peter is a partner at LMC Consulting Group in Seattle, which he co-founded in 2005. Consilium and LMC provide management consulting services primarily to the healthcare and technology sectors. Prior to founding Consilium, Peter led the Deloitte middle market management consulting practice for the Pacific Northwest services industry sector. Peter began his career at Deloitte in 1989 as a CPA.

As a management consultant, Peter spends significant time working with, advising, and educating the boards of his clients. He has also voluntarily assisted various boards as they work through strategy and finance issues, including the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF).  During his time in Seattle, he served as treasurer of the Seattle Fire Fighters Memorial Fund.

In the 2017-18 school year, Peter had the opportunity to work closely with the school’s administration and Board of Directors while co-chairing the Strategic Planning Committee. Having assisted in the development of the Strategic Plan, one of Peter’s primary goals as a Board Director is to help ensure that the plan is successfully implemented, and that the school continues to grow and thrive long into the future. 

As a parent of a competitive skier (son Alex competed for SVSEF for 10 years), Peter is also invested in the future success of the Sun Valley Ski Academy. “I believe the combination of Sun Valley Community School, SVSEF, and the Wood River Valley community provides an unmatched opportunity for student athletes, while also benefiting these stakeholders,” he said.

Peter has a degree in business administration from the University of Washington. Peter, his wife, Julie, and their children, Alex ’18 and Noelle ’21, have enjoyed a home in Ketchum since 2004. Julie has served in various leadership roles of the Parents' Association, while Alex has served as Student Senate President.

Alysia May

Alysia is a graduate of Westlake School for Girls and the University of California Los Angeles. A nationally ranked tennis player, she 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 is currently a Vice President of the Wilbur May Foundation. She and her partner, Mikie Geron, have a son, Asher May, in second grade at Sun Valley Community School.

April McClain-Delaney

April has a wealth of nonprofit and legal experience. She is currently the Washington Director and a member of the board of directors of Common Sense Media, a nonprofit focused on media and its impact on children.

Prior to joining Common Sense Media in 2000, April spent 15 years in the regulatory law arena. She has served on many boards, including those of the Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Washington Metropolitan Area. She currently serves on the boards of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, Northwestern University School of Communications, and International Center for Research on Women. She is the Chair of the Board of Visitors of Georgetown University Law Center and also oversees the Delaney Family Foundation Fund.

April has been honored by Georgetown Law Center as one of the outstanding women alumnae in the community, was awarded the Distinguished Alumnae Award by Northwestern University, and was a John Carroll Society Awardee.

A native of Idaho, April has lived on the East Coast for the past 30 years. She holds a BS in communications studies from Northwestern University and a Doctor of Law (J.D.) from Georgetown University Law Center. She and her husband, Congressman John Delaney of Maryland’s 6th District, prioritize community service, especially in education, the provision of core services, and issues affecting children. The Delaneys most recently established an endowed chair in public law at Georgetown University Law Center.

The Delaney family lives in Potomac, Maryland and has four children. Their daughter, Lily, attended Sun Valley Community School in 2015-16.

Tory Atkinson O'Connor '85

Tory was born and raised in the Wood River Valley. She graduated from Sun Valley 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 before meeting her husband, Sean, and moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. While in the Bay Area, Tory 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 '18 and Andrew '20 have been at the school since kindergarten (Matt) and preschool (Andrew). Tory has been an active member of the Community School 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 earned a BA at Vanderbilt University. After college, he moved to Naples, Florida, where 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, recognized the unique nature of the community and began spending considerable time in the area. The family moved to Sun Valley full-time in 2008. Barrett and Maureen are parents to Olivia '16, Barrett, Jr., and Julia '21.

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.

Steve Shafran, Board Treasurer

Steve has lived in the Wood River Valley since 2004. He served on the Sun Valley Community School Board 2006-07, and all four of his children attended the school between 2004 and 2007. He served on the Ketchum City Council as a Councilman from 2006-08.

Prior to making the Valley his home, Steve was a partner at Goldman Sachs, where he worked from 1985 until 2001.

Steve served as a senior advisor to the Secretary at the U.S. Treasury in 2008-09 and was a Professor of the Practice at Georgetown University from 2009-11.

In 2011, he became the first Executive Director of the Sun Valley Ski Academy (SVSA). He worked closely with the school to launch the SVSA initiative, and he continues to do so in his capacity as a Board Director.

Steve earned an AB from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from Harvard University.

Cordy Snyder '84

Cordy grew up in Sun Valley and is a graduate of Sun Valley Community School class of 1984. He earned his AB from Bowdoin College 1988.

Following his graduation, he worked at Montgomery Securities and its successor Bank of America Securities from 1989-2002, where he was Director of Nasdaq Trading. In 2002, Cordy co-founded BTIG, a brokerage firm focused on trading and fund services for hedge and mutual funds.

Cordy and his wife, Mary Ann, relocated to Sun Valley from Tiburon, California so their three boys, all alpine ski racers, could train with Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation.

Their oldest son, Will, graduated in 2016; Bennett '19 and Charlie '21 are currently enrolled at the school.

Louise Stumph

Louise was born in Seattle and graduated from Middlebury College in 1991 with a BA in Environmental Studies and Biology. 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 Sun Valley Community School: Charlie '18, Fletcher '20, and Russell '23.

Louise began her career in Ketchum during college at Silver Creek Outfitters as a retail employee and a fishing guide. After graduating from college, she moved back to to the Valley 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, 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 Cutthroat room parent and co-chaired the 2013-2014 Annual Fund.

Ed Viesturs

Ed 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 and 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.

He 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 and reduce violence and drug use.

Ed and his family moved to the Wood River Valley from Washington State in 2011. He and his wife, Paula, are parents to four Cutthroats: Gil '16, Ella '18, Anabel '23, and Nina '28.

Lisa Whorton

Lisa and her husband, Dave, have owned a home in Ketchum since 2009 and relocated to the Valley from the Bay Area in 2011.

Lisa earned a BBA in Marketing and a BFA in Advertising from Southern Methodist University. She worked as an account director in advertising 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.

Prior to joining Sun Valley Community School's Board of Directors, Lisa co-chaired the 2012-13 Annual Fund.

Lisa and Dave are parents to two Cutthroats: Briggs '18 and Rylee '20.

Barbara W. Boswell, Emeritus Director

Barbara has a love of and commitment to education. She holds a masters degree in administration and a doctorate in education and her teaching experiences spans third grade through college-level.

In addition to her role as a teacher and administrator, Barbara 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 is a Life Trustee of Claremont McKenna College, an appointment she received in 2013 after serving as a Trustee for the college for 20 years.

Barbara moved to the Wood River Valley from Southern California in 1986 and has been a member of Community School's Board of Directors since 1993. She served two terms on the board before being appointed Chair of the Board and serving in that role from 1999-2001. During her tenure as Chair of the Board, Barbara led Campaign 2000, raising $6 million for the school, which funded the Student Activity Center, housing the gym and theatre. She has served as an emeritus member of the Board of Directors since 2001.

Michael Engl, Emeritus Director

Michael has been an active contributor to the arts and education for many years. He was Chairman of Board of Trustees of The Mountain School and was instrumental in the effort to merge that independent elementary school with Sun Valley Community School (at that time a Middle and Upper School) in 1988. He then served as the school's Chairman of the Board of Trustees for six years.

Michael has been actively involved with the Sun Valley Center for the Arts as a member of the Advisory Board and currently serves as President of The Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe. He also served on the Board of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe.

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.

He received his BA from Williams College and completed graduate studies at Yale University and Columbia University.