“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.

Meet the Board

Eric Smith, Chair



Sam Davidson, Vice-Chair


Matt Bierwirth, Treasurer

Matt has been a part of the River Song community for a few years now, acting as Treasurer since November of 2021. He works as a financial planner and investment advisor for a small number of clients across the country and loves the opportunity to be hands-on with the numbers of River Song. In his spare time, Matt likes to spend time with his 4-year old daughter Beatrice (Sun Garden) and his wife Megan, bake lots of sourdough bread, and enjoy the beautiful northern Colorado weather through running or bike riding. Matt and Megan are expecting their second daughter this summer and look forward to remaining part of the River Song community for many years to come.


, Secretary



Aurora Romine, Faculty Representative

Moon Garden Lead Teacher

Learn more about Aurora here.



Becky Praamsma

Administrative Director

Learn more about Becky here.



, Faculty Representative



Brittany Depew


René Larson


Linden Hunter, Board Member

Linden Hunter is a River Song alumni, father of two, owner of Linden Leaf Landscapes, artist and music lover. He is from Loveland, attended River Song from ages 5 to 12 (when it was a grade school) and spent one year at Shining Mountain Waldorf School in Boulder. Linden enjoys creating ecologically minded landscapes, water features, kids forts, gardens, paintings, sculptures, glass art, wood carvings, and pyrography. You may see Linden out and about Fort Collins at music events, festivals, or in someone’s front yard transforming it. He has lived in Fort Collins for 14 years with his wife Risa. His daughter Sola is in Star Garden and son Salix will soon join the River Song family.


Abby Shifriss


Liz Boyd

Faculty Representative

Learn more about Liz here.

Mary Swanson

Mary has directed Colorado State University’s nationally competitive scholarship for a decade. In this role, she has helps connect students to different local, national, and international scholarships and fellowships. Mary is also a trained historian who once studied how human interactions with the environment shifted over time. She is delighted to have found a community that values both the natural world and the magic of childhood. Mary is eager to use her time and talents to support River Song’s mission and can’t wait for her daughter to start school in the fall.