“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But, above all, what the world needs most is dreamers who do.” — Sarah Ban Breathnach
The River Song Board of Trustees is a team of family, alumni, faculty, and community leaders who come together to ensure our school has both the strategic and operational resources we need. As volunteers, we partner to fulfill our mission, live by our values, and serve our families and the Northern Colorado community.
Katy has been a member of the Fort Collins community for 13 years after attending CSU, studying Biology and Zoology. She currently works in Quality Assurance at New Belgium Brewing Company, specializing in Anomalous Tracking. Her passion for River Song Waldorf School came after the first time she walked into the building to tour with her 3 month old daughter. She was captivated by the warmth, calm, and happiness that permeated the building. Her daughter has since graduated with great success, but she is looking forward to when her young son is old enough to attend!
David Bowen is Co-Founder and CEO of BeginAgain, a toy design and manufacturing company in Fort Collins, CO. Inspired by his childhood disappointment when toys didn’t “act like they do in the commercials”, David has dedicated his adult life to creating toys that finally meet his boyhood expectations. David has worked for some great companies, designed some pretty cool products, even won a few awards, but David is most proud of creating companies that champion thoughtful product design and are committed to socially responsible business practices. David entrepreneurial experience has allowed him to share the best of business’s practices with several non-profit endeavors. David earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in product design from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. David’s youngest daughter Penelope graduated from River Song in August 2017.
Shannon is a Colorado Native who moved to Fort Collins in 2007 to attend CSU, where she earned a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences. She currently is the Co-Owner and Chief Financial Officer of Curley Metal Fabrication in Fort Collins, CO and spends her free time volunteering and fostering dogs for a local animal rescue. Shannon and her family are excited for their daughter to attend River Song, beginning in May 2018.
Allison Marshall, Treasurer
Hello there! I joined the River Song board during the summer of 2015 because I am a passionate believer in play based learning, attachment caregiving; and the need every child has for a connection to nature (amongst other amazing offerings River Song teachers provide). My husband, Dave, and I are so grateful for the confidence, imagination, helpfulness, social skills, and joy of life our daughter, Eleanor, has developed during her first year and a half at River Song. We look forward to watching her discover more about herself and her world in the year to come and are eager to see our younger daughter, Amelia, blossom under the same loving care, alongside her sister, in a few short months. I am a homemaker who enjoys crafting, hiking, cooking, yoga, knitting, and reading… especially Anne of Green Gables and Little Women (over and over again).
Kate moved from Baltimore, MD to Fort Collins in 1997 to attend Colorado State University where she received her BS in Sociology. She was the Sales and Marketing Manager for a small manufacturer of medical equipment for 16 years before starting her own medical equipment dealership in 2016. She has also been teaching yoga for the past 11 years. Her son started at River Song in August 2016 and is a part of the Sungarden classroom. Kate and her family love everything about the school – from the Waldorf early childhood education, to the teachers, to the whole family/community of parents and friends. She is honored to be a part of the board!
Alyson moved to Fort Collins in 2003 for graduate school at CSU after completing her Bachelor’s degree in her central Minnesota hometown. After completing her Master of Arts degree in 2005, she started teaching Philosophy at Front Range Community College and in 2011 earned a full-time faculty position. When considering preschool options for her daughter, Alyson met the amazing former RSWS’s Melinda Kerst who was running a Waldorf inspired in-home preschool. Alyson experienced the beautiful way her daughter blossomed in such a peaceful, nurturing, wondrous, natural environment. So taken with the magic and importance of Waldorf practice, Alyson put her daughter on the RSWS waitlist and started volunteering, donating, and participating in community events. Being a board member affords the opportunity to give back a little more, share her experience with committee work, and be more involved in her daughter’s school.
Matt moved to Fort Collins in 2001 and continues working as an Electrical Engineer in the field of Integrated Circuit Design with Intel Corporation. He found that the area is filled with great schools, but while touring many schools it was River Song Waldorf that stood out as offering a unique balance of dedicated staff, a creative fun family environment, outdoor + nature activities, a low student to teacher ratio, and healthy insightful values that really seemed to fit his daughters’ personality in a way that she can thrive. He is excited to work alongside so many passionate people in this community that share a vision to invest in making this school all that it can be to build into the kids’ foundations!
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