Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees 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. Trustees play a vital role in setting strategic and advancement initiatives for the school, while also providing fiduciary and governance oversight. Trustees also collaborate with the Head of School, providing guidance and support, to ensure the school's long-term success.
- Steve Shafran, Chair
- Amanda Rising Black
- Cynthia Carroll
- Carolyn Cullen
- Eva DeWolfe
- Ruth Glass
- Kimberly Steel Hagenbuch
- Will Hovey, Board Treasurer
- John Jendrezak
- Peter LaFleur
- John Lee
- April McClain-Delaney
- Tim Mott
- Barrett C. Ott, Sr.
- Steve Shafran, Board Treasurer
- Cordy Snyder '84
- Brent Stevens
- Louise Stumph
- Ed Viesturs
- Dave Whorton
- Barbara W. Boswell, Emeritus Trustee
- Michael Engl, Emeritus Trustee
Steve Shafran, our current Board Chair, has long been involved with Sun Valley Community School as a parent of four children at the school, a board member, and as the co-founder and first Executive Director of the Sun Valley Ski Academy.
Steve was a partner at Goldman Sachs, where he worked from 1986 until 2001. Before moving to Ketchum, he spent 11 years in Asia. He left Goldman in 2001 and started a business in China. In 2004 he moved with his family to Ketchum and began his association with the school. In 2008, Steve moved to Washington DC and was appointed to be a Senior Advisor to U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. Throughout the 2008/2009 financial crisis, Steve provided counsel on a variety of financial and economic policy issues. He continued to serve as an advisor to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner until June 2009.
While at Treasury, Steve worked on matters including restructuring the government-guaranteed Student Loan program, the effort to save Lehman Brothers, the government guaranty of the Money Market Fund industry, and the negotiations with Chrysler and GM’s finance subsidiaries. Steve also found time to teach at Georgetown University in the McDonough School of Business from 2009-11, where he created courses on the banking system and the financial crisis for undergraduates and MBAs.
Currently, Steve is a Senior Advisor to Centerbridge Partners in New York City and is Chairman of two of their portfolio companies. Steve’s vision, experience, and commitment to our mission will serve Sun Valley Community School well.
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 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.
After graduating from Holderness School in 1987 and Colorado College 1991, Carolyn worked in the non-profit sector, gaining invaluable experience in all aspects of non-profit organizations. Through her many years of board service, Carolyn has gained a solid understanding of non-profit boards and board governance in particular.
While living in the Philadelphia area, Carolyn served the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia both as President of the Women’s Committee as well on the Foundation’s Board. As her children grew and began attending school, she has supported those schools in a variety of capacities: Agnes Irwin School (Trustee, Governance Chair), AIM Academy (Campaign Chair), Holderness School (Trustee, Governance Chair), and Colorado College (Trustee).
Carolyn and her husband, Woody, have three children, Emma, Craig, and Robby who will be in 9th grade at Sun Valley Community School.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
John graduated from St. Lawrence University in upstate New York with a BS in Geology and moved to Ketchum in 1990. He met his wife Tracy (Grathwohl), who attended Sun Valley Community School from 1980-1983, in January 1991. They have two children, Tanner (Class of 2022), and Bodin (Class of 2025).
John is the co-owner of LeeGilman Builders, Inc. in Ketchum, Idaho, which he established in 2008 with his partner, Mike Gilman. LeeGilman Builders has grown to a firm of 50 full-time employees building 10 to 12 custom homes and remodels at any given time. Prior to LeeGilman, John’s passion for building and taking on large projects led him to focus on custom homes, building a number of spec homes with his wife, Tracy, and eventually co-founding JLC Construction. John started out, like many young people who move to the valley, as a ski tuner at Snug and broiler assistant/bartender at the Pioneer Saloon.
Throughout what became a strong career in construction, John maintained an interest and commitment to youth programs in the valley. John spent seven years as the head of the Snowboard “C” Team for the SVSEF and nine years as a hockey coach for the Sun Valley Youth Hockey program. He remains an avid skier and outdoor enthusiast of all kinds.
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.
Tim’s vision, energy, and stewardship led to the recent founding of The Argyros where he currently serves as board Vice President and Executive Director. Tim is a serial entrepreneur, has been an independent private investor since 1994, and is also the Managing Partner of Blue Farm Wines.
Tim co-founded Electronic Arts where he was a senior vice president from 1982-90 and a director from 1990-2007. He was a co-founder, CEO, and Chairman of Macromedia from 1990-94 and then he co-founded Audible where he was Chairman from 1994-99. Tim has been the founding investor and Chairman of several other technology companies including All Covered, Flixlab, and Futr. In addition to Electronic Arts, Macromedia and Audible, he has also served on other public company boards including Edmark and Globant.
Tim was a trustee of the California College of the Arts from 2004-18 and has been a trustee on many other non-profit boards. His relationship with Sun Valley Community School is deep as he served as the board chair from 2002-03 and his children attended middle and upper school here.
Tim earned his BS (with honors) from Manchester University in England and now splits his time between Ketchum, ID and Sonoma, CA.
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 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 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.
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 served as Board Chair from 2016-2019.
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.
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 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.
Dave is a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist by background. He worked at Hewlett Packard in high school and college, and has co-founded four companies, including Good Technology and Drugstore.com. He was an investing partner at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers, and TPG Ventures. At those firms, he led investments and worked closely with the founders of Amazon, Google, Autotrader, Successfactors, and Blue Nile, among others. He was also a founding board member of the NewSchool’s Venture Fund, and served on its board for 17 years.
Today, Dave runs the Tugboat Institute, which supports purpose-driven leaders of successful privately held businesses. He also continues to work at Tugboat Ventures, where he sits on the boards of five private, venture-backed startup companies. He recently joined the Argyros board in Ketchum and looks forward to bringing his extensive business and educational background to Sun Valley Community School’s board.
Dave earned a BS Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford University. He began commuting to Sun Valley from Palo Alto, CA nine years ago, so that his children could attend Sun Valley Community School. He and his wife Lisa have two Sun Valley Community School Cutthroats: Briggs, class of 2018 (19 and at TCU) and Rylee (17), who will graduate in 20
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 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.