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.

Administration
Admission
Arts
Bike
Business Office
Climb
College Counseling
Computer Science
Cross Country
Development
English
Garden
Health
History
Horse
Housekeeping
HS2
International Program
Kitchen
Learning Specialist
Maintenance
Mathematics
River
Science
Snow Sports
Soccer
Spanish
Teaching Fellow
Technology
Yoga

A.O. Forbes ’69

History Faculty

A.O. Forbes ’69

BA, MA, Geography, University of Colorado

Appointed 1986 What do you do on campus? I teach political geography to seniors, Interim…

Aimee Yllanes

Communications and Marketing Manager

Aimee Yllanes

BFA, Graphic Design, Rochester Institute of Technology

Appointed 2015 ayllanes@crms.org

Alex Perkins

English Faculty (on Sabbatical 2020-21 school year)

Alex Perkins

BA, University of Montana

MA, Middlebury College

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

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…

Ana Mineo

Development Associate

Ana Mineo

AA, Business, Colorado Mountain College

Currently enrolled in BA in Sustainability Studies

Appointed 2012 Ana, originally from Cali, Colombia, graduated from Cañaverales International School in 2001 and…

Annie Oppenheim

Director of the (HS)2 Program

Annie Oppenheim

BA, History and Education Policy, Dartmouth College

Appointed 2019 aoppenheim@crms.org

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…

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

Cleo Torres

Housekeeping

Cleo Torres

Staff

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…

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, work…

DD Gerdin

Kitchen Staff

DD Gerdin

Staff

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 etaft@crms.org

Emily Shannon

Teaching Fellow

Emily Shannon

BS, Environmental Science, College of Environmental Science & Forestry (ESF)

Appointed 2019 eshannon@crms.org

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…

Fiona O’Donnell Pax

Director of Food Services

Fiona O’Donnell Pax

Failte, Ireland in Professional Cooking

Professional Chef since 1992

Appointed 2007 fodonnell@crms.org

George Weber

Music Department Chair, Music Faculty

George Weber

BM, Music, University of Colorado

MM, Music, University of Colorado

Appointed 1996 What do you do at CRMS? I teach five music classes from beginning,…

Heath K. Hignight, CFRE

Director of Development

Heath K. Hignight, CFRE

BA and MA, English, Oklahoma State University

Appointed 2019 Heath joined Colorado Rocky Mountain School as the Director of Development in July…

Heather Froelicher ’77

Learning Specialist

Heather Froelicher ’77

BS, Wildlife Biology Colorado State University

Special Education License, Western State Colorado University

Klingenstein Fellow, Columbia University Teaching College

Appointed 2008 What do you do on campus? I am the Learning Specialist, oversee Peer…

Heather McDermott

Director of Garden Program

Heather McDermott

BA, Green Mountain College

Appointed 2016 hmcdermott@crms.org

Holton Huntington ’15

Director of the International Program

Holton Huntington ’15

BA, Environmental Writing, Middlebury College

Appointed 2020 hhuntington@crms.org

Ingrid Sauceda

Kitchen Staff

Ingrid Sauceda

Staff

Jeff Leahy

Head of School

Jeff Leahy

BA, English, Pomona College

MA, English, Trinity College

Appointed to Faculty 2000, as Head of School 2005 jleahy@crms.org

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…

Jeremy Wolf

Mathematics and Science Faculty

Jeremy Wolf

BS, Physics, Oregon State University

MS, Physics, Montana State University

Appointed 2009 and 2013 What do you do at CRMS? I teach physics, robotics, 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

Director of Finance

Joe White

BS, Business Administration, University of Colorado, Denver

Appointed 2005 jwhite@crms.org

Joel Ordones

Kitchen Staff

Joel Ordones

Staff

John Hubbard

Maintenance

John Hubbard

Staff

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…

Kassia Lawrence

Teaching Fellow

Kassia Lawrence

BFA, Studio Arts, Photography Western State Colorado University

MBA, Outdoor Industry Western State Colorado University

Appointed 2020 klawrence@crms.org

Katie Hyman

English Faculty

Katie Hyman

BA, History and Asian Studies, Bowdoin College

Appointed 2012 What do you do on campus? I am the director of the international…

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…

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…

Laura Post

On Call Responder

Laura Post

Staff

lpost@crms.org

Lindsay Pfaffmann

Director of Annual Giving

Lindsay Pfaffmann

BA, Sociology, University of Kansas

Appointed 2019 Lindsay has been working in development for non-profit organizations and schools for the…

Lolli White

Receptionist and Attendance Manager

Lolli White

Staff

Appointed 2015 lwhite@crms.org

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.…

Lynn Pulford

Art Department Chair, Arts Faculty

Lynn Pulford

BA, Media Arts, Montana State University

MA, Photography, Savannah College of Art and Design

Appointed 1997 What do you do at CRMS? I teach Photography and Silversmithing. I am…

Maria Chajchiquin

Kitchen

Maria Chajchiquin

Staff

Maria Olivas

Housekeeping

Maria Olivas

Staff

Mark Clark

History Faculty

Mark Clark

BA, Religion/Philosophy, Colorado College

MA, Philosophy of Religion, Claremont Graduate University

Appointed 1979 What do you do on campus? These days I share a teaching position…

Marlin Rhodes

Accounts Payable/Receivable

Marlin Rhodes

Staff

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

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…

Meredith Reitemeir

Teaching Fellow

Meredith Reitemeir

BFA Creative Writing, University of Arkansas

Appointed 2019 mreitemeier@crms.org

Micki Kibler

Nurse

Micki Kibler

Staff

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

Appointed 2019 nsakamoto@crms.org

Olegaria Barrera

Kitchen Staff

Olegaria Barrera

Staff

Olga Candela

Kitchen

Olga Candela

Staff

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,…

Robert Rosati

Mathematics Faculty

Robert Rosati

BS, Physics, Northern Arizona University

Appointed 2011 brosati@crms.org

Robin Colt

Science Faculty

Robin Colt

MS, Environmental Studies, Antioch University

BA, Environmental Studies, University of Vermont

Appointed 2012 What do you do on campus? I am a science teacher at CRMS,…

Ryan Margo

Buildings and Grounds Director

Ryan Margo

Associates Degree, Brown College

Appointed 2018 rmargo@crms.org

Tim Durand

Kitchen

Tim Durand

Staff

Tim Hueser

Maintenance Staff

Tim Hueser

Staff

Tim O’Keefe

Parent & Alumni Relations Manager

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

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…

Tristan Kurer-Ahrens

Teaching Fellow

Tristan Kurer-Ahrens

BS, Environmental Studies with a Concentration in Conservation Biology, Warren Wilson College

Appointed 2019 tkurerahrens@crms.org

Vianey Candela

Kitchen

Vianey Candela

Staff

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…