Faculty and Staff

Relationships are the foundation of our learning environment, and our faculty are our hallmarks. Current students and alumni share that the close and enriching relationships they have with our diversely talented and deeply committed teachers are the cornerstone of what makes a CRMS education so powerful.

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Aimee Yllanes

Communications and Marketing Manager

Aimee Yllanes

BFA, Graphic Design, Rochester Institute of Technology

Appointed 2015 After college, Aimee lived and worked in Miami as a Communication and Publication…

Alex Perkins

English Faculty

Alex Perkins

BA, University of Montana

MA, Middlebury College

Appointed 2012 What do you do on campus? I teach Freshman English, am an advisor,…

Ally Bender

Academic Support and Learning Center Manager

Ally Bender

BFA, CA Polytechnic State University

MS, Education, Special Education Concentration, CA State University - Fullerton

Education Specialist Credential, Moderate/Severe Disabilities, CA State University - Fullerton

Appointed 2022 Ally is a Southern California native and has worked in special education since…

Amanda Leahy

History Department Chair, History/English Faculty, Horse Program Manager

Amanda Leahy

BA, American Studies, Middlebury College

MA, American Western History, Colorado State University

Appointed 2000 What do you do on campus? I Chair the History Department and teach…

Annie Oppenheim

Director of the (HS)2 Program

Annie Oppenheim

BA, History and Education Policy, Dartmouth College

Appointed 2019 What do you do on campus? I direct the (HS)2 program, serve as…

Art Jackson

On-Call Responder & Teaching Fellow

Art Jackson

B.S. in University Studies with a Medical Humanities certification, University of Texas at Arlington

Appointed 2022 I graduated in 2021 from the University of Texas at Arlington, obtaining a…

Ashley Smith

Director of Counseling Services

Ashley Smith

BA, Psychology, University of Montana

MSW, Social Work, Colorado State University

LCSW and Certified Addiction Counselor II

Appointed 2002 What do you do at CRMS? I am the mental health counselor at…

Audrey Sherry

Learning Specialist

Audrey Sherry

B.A, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Appointed 2022 Audrey is joining the CRMS faculty as a Learning Specialist and will be…

Beth Krasemann

History Faculty

Beth Krasemann

MAT, History - Brown University

BA, History - Williams College

MA, Holocaust and Genocide Studies - Gratz College (in progress)

Appointed 2022 Beth grew up in Portland, Oregon, hitting the Cascade Mountains for adventures in…

Betsy Bingham-Johns

Director of College Counseling

Betsy Bingham-Johns

BS, Psychology, Denison University

Appointed 2007 What do you do on campus? I teach college counseling classes and guide…

BJ Sbarra

Director of Residential Life

BJ Sbarra

BA, Cornell University

Appointed 2012 bsbarra@crms.org

Calvin Bates

Arts Faculty

Calvin Bates

BA, Economics - Middlebury College

Appointed 2022 My name is Calvin Bates, I am moving to CMRS after spending a…

Charlotte Oakley

Teaching Fellow

Charlotte Oakley

B.A., Philosophy - Williams College

Appointed 2022 Charlotte was born and raised in Washington DC and recently graduated from Williams…

Clemente De Hoyos

ESOL Academic Support Teacher

Clemente De Hoyos

BS, Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology - Emory University

Appointed 2022 Clemente is a recent graduate from Emory University and acquired a BS in…

Cleo Torres

Housekeeping

Cleo Torres

Staff

Appointed 2018

Daniel Pittz

Modern Language Department Chair, Modern Language Faculty

Daniel Pittz

BA, Spanish Literature, University of Colorado

MEd, Curriculum and Instruction, Arizona State University

MA, Spanish, Universidad de Salamanca and New Mexico State University

Appointed 2004 What do you do on campus? I teach Spanish, level 3, and this…

Danika Davis

Alumni and Parent Relations Manager

Danika Davis

B.A, Applied Exercise Science Deakin University, Melbourne Australia

Appointed 2021 Danika is a dual Australian/American citizen, born in Papua New Guinea and raised…

Darryl Fuller

Outdoor Program Manager

Darryl Fuller

BA, Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

BA, Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Appointed 2000 dfuller@crms.org

David Meyer

History Faculty

David Meyer

BA, Environmental Studies & Government, Bowdoin College

MA, History, University of Montana

Appointed 1999 What do you do on campus? I teach history, rock climbing, alpine skiing,…

Diane Hackl

Director of Active Program

Diane Hackl

BA, Environmental Conservation, University of Colorado, Boulder

Appointed 2012 What do you do at CRMS? I am the Director of the Active…

Eliot Taft

English Faculty

Eliot Taft

BA, English & Environmental Studies, Bowdoin College

Appointed 2019 What do you do on campus? I teach English, and I like to…

Eric Krimmer

Director of Technology

Eric Krimmer

BS, Information Technology, Colorado State University

AA, AS, Colorado Mountain College; Microsoft MCSE Certification; Cisco CCNA Certification

Appointed 2000 What do you do on campus? I am the Director of Technology. I…

Gabriel Gutierrez

Director of Community, Engagement and Belonging

Gabriel Gutierrez

BA, Sociology - University of California, Los Angeles

Appointed 2022 Gabriel is joining CRMS as the inaugural Director of Community, Engagement, and Belonging…

Heather McDermott

Director of Garden Program

Heather McDermott

BA, Green Mountain College

Appointed 2016 hmcdermott@crms.org

Ingrid Sauceda

Kitchen Staff

Ingrid Sauceda

Staff

Appointed 2018

Jarin Rice

Mathematics Faculty

Jarin Rice

B.A. - Psychology, Rice University

M.A. - Mathematics, Western Governors University

Jarin joined CRMS in 2021 as the Algebra 2 teacher, Dorm Team Leader for the…

Jaymeson Leo

Active Program

Jaymeson Leo

Colorado Mountain College, Exercise Science

Appointed 2022 Jaymeson Leo is a lifelong lover of the outdoors and an avid believer…

Jeff Leahy

Head of School

Jeff Leahy

BA, English, Pomona College

MA, English, Trinity College

Appointed to Faculty 2000, as Head of School 2005 Jeff Leahy was born in Philadelphia…

Jennifer Ogilby

Dean of Students; Modern Language Faculty

Jennifer Ogilby

BA, International Studies, Vassar College

MA, Private School Leadership, Columbia University

Appointed 1996 What do you do on campus? I teach Spanish 1, coach Strength and…

Jessica McGrath

Registrar

Jessica McGrath

Staff

Appointed 2016 jmcgrath@crms.org

Jim Gaw ’64

Science Faculty

Jim Gaw ’64

BA, Chemistry, Reed College

PhD, Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Cruz

CRMS Great Teaching Chair in Science and Mathematics

Appointed 1979 What do you do on campus? I teach chemistry. I lead hiking, kayaking…

Joe White

Chief Finance & Operations Officer

Joe White

BS, Business Administration, University of Colorado, Denver

Appointed 2005 jwhite@crms.org

Joel Ordoñes-Gonzalez

Kitchen Staff

Joel Ordoñes-Gonzalez

Staff

Appointed 2002

Jose Chardiet

Glassblowing Artist-in-Residence

Jose Chardiet

BA, Glass, Southern Connecticut State University

MFA, Glass, Kent State University

Appointed 2019 jchardiet@crms.org

Juan Manuel Martín Céspedes

Modern Language Faculty

Juan Manuel Martín Céspedes

Escuela de posgrado Universidad de Granada Master of Secondary Education; Master of Spanish

Appointed 2012 What do you do on campus? I am a Spanish teacher, run the…

Julie Wiley

Associate Director of Admission

Julie Wiley

Juris Doctor, Washington & Lee University School of Law

AB, Public Policy Studies & Art History, Duke University

Appointed 2019 Julie practiced law for 14 years in North Carolina and Maryland, culminating in…

Kayo Ogilby

Science Department Chair, Science Faculty,

Kayo Ogilby

BS, Liberal Arts, Evergreen State College

MA, Secondary School Science Education, Columbia University

CRMS Great Teaching Chair in Science 2010/11

Appointed 1996 What do you do on campus? Favorite campus pastimes: Teaching 2 sections of…

Keelan Bozman

Music Faculty

Keelan Bozman

BS, Music - Queens University of Charlotte

BS, Biology - East Carolina University

Appointed 2022 Keelan Bozman is a performer, educator, and outdoor enthusiast. He first started playing…

Kyle Waddick

Maintenance Staff

Kyle Waddick

Appointed 2021

Lane Errickson

Instructional Support

Lane Errickson

BA, Human Biology, Hampshire College

MA, Education, Western State Colorado University

Appointed 2007 What do you do on campus? Instructional Support, Dorm Team Leader for North…

Lori Gavette

Modern Language Faculty

Lori Gavette

BA, Spanish, University of Colorado

Appointed 1994 What do you do at CRMS? I teach Spanish levels I and II.…

Maria Olivas

Housekeeping

Maria Olivas

Staff

Appointed 1996 What do you do in your free time? I like to go on…

Marlin Rhodes

Accounts Payable/Receivable

Marlin Rhodes

Staff

Appointed 1990 What do you do at CRMS? I work in the Business Office processing…

Matt Bowers

Science Faculty

Matt Bowers

BA, Neuroscience - Bowdoin College

PhD, Molecular, Cellular, and Integrated Neurosciences - Colorado State University

Appointed 2022 Aside from a passion for all things biology, Matt loves the mountains. Growing…

Matt Norrdin

English Department Chair, English Faculty

Matt Norrdin

BA, Philosophy, University of Colorado

Appointed 2007 What do you do on campus? I chair the English Department, teach Sophomore…

Micki Kibler

Director of Health Services

Micki Kibler

Staff

Appointed 2020 mkibler@crms.org

Molly Dorais

Director of Enrollment

Molly Dorais

B.A., Political Science, Princeton University

Appointed 2003 Molly attended The Taft School, a boarding school in Connecticut, before matriculating to…

Monica Perez-Rhodes

Human Resources/Controller

Monica Perez-Rhodes

BS, Business Administration, University of Phoenix

Appointed 1994 mrhodes@crms.org

Nancy Draina

Academic Dean and Arts Faculty

Nancy Draina

BA, Secondary Education, Shepherd University

MA, Art Education, Maryland Institute College of Art

Appointed 2006 ndraina@crms.org

Nicole Padgett

Admission Associate

Nicole Padgett

BA, Philosophy, Rollins College

Appointed 2018 After college, Nicole lived and worked in New York City for 10 years.…

Noah Sakamoto

Visual Arts Faculty

Noah Sakamoto

BFA, Media Arts, California College of Arts and Crafts

Appointed 2019 What do you do on campus? Painting and Drawing teacher, Videography teacher, Roaring…

Olegaria Barrera

Kitchen Staff

Olegaria Barrera

Staff

Appointed 2019

Olga Candela

Kitchen

Olga Candela

Staff

Appointed 2014 Tell me something about yourself that you are proud to share. I am…

Olivia Pevec

Blacksmithing & Active Instructor

Olivia Pevec

Staff

Appointed 2017 opevec@crms.org

Peter Benedict

Mathematics Faculty, River Program Manager,

Peter Benedict

BA, Outdoor Education, Prescott College

MS, Math Education, Montana State University

Appointed 1998 What do you do on campus? I teach math, Run the River program,…

Renée Thibodeaux

Interim Outdoor Program Director

Renée Thibodeaux

B.A Education:Secondary Education with Teacher Certification:Humanities; B.A Minor Adventure Education, Prescott College

Appointed 2021 Renée has dedicated her career to the world of outdoor programming and education.…

Robert Rosati

Mathematics Faculty

Robert Rosati

BS, Physics, Northern Arizona University

Appointed 2011 brosati@crms.org

Ryan Margo

Buildings and Grounds Director

Ryan Margo

Associates Degree, Brown College

Appointed 2018 rmargo@crms.org

Shawn Gerum

Development Database Manager

Shawn Gerum

B.S. Biology, The College of New Jersey

Appointed 2021 sgerum@crms.org

Tatyana Klepanchuk

Receptionist and Attendance Manager

Tatyana Klepanchuk

BA in Early Care Education, University of Washington

Appointed 2021 tklepanchuk@crms.org

Tim Durand

Director of Food Service

Tim Durand

Staff

Appointed 2019 tdurand@crms.org

Tim Hueser

Maintenance Staff

Tim Hueser

Staff

Appointed 2019

Tim O’Keefe

Director of Annual Giving

Tim O’Keefe

BS, Biology, Davidson College

Appointed 2020 Tim, a native of New Hampshire, relocated to the Roaring Fork Valley in…

Tom McGill

Maintenance Staff

Tom McGill

Staff

Appointed 2016

Tracy Wilson

History Faculty, Climbing Program Manager, 9th Grade Team Leader

Tracy Wilson

BA, English & Communications, Boise State University

MA, Secondary School Education, Prescott College

Appointed 2008 What do you do on campus? I teach ninth-grade World Geography and am…

Vianey Candela

Kitchen

Vianey Candela

Staff

Appointed 2009 What do you do in your free time? I like to go on…

Volker Krasemann

Science Faculty

Volker Krasemann

BA, MS, Physics - Ernst-Moritz-Arndt Universitat Greifswald (Germany)

MS, Physics - Montana State University

Appointed 2022 Volker is a proud relic of the Cold War. He grew up in…

William Brown

Mathematics Department Chair, Mathematics Faculty,

William Brown

BA, Astrophysics, University of Colorado, Boulder

MS, Medical Physics, Duke University & Medical Center

Appointed 2011 What do you do on campus? I chair the Department of Mathematics, teach…

Zoya-Shay Dalessandri

Technology Assistant

Zoya-Shay Dalessandri

BS, Information Technology, Northern Arizona University

Appointed 2020 zdalessandri@crms.org