Lana Van Egeren, Chair 07/16
Ben Williams, Vice Chair 07/16
I am a Wyoming native and former U.S. Army Special Forces Officer. I now work as a strategist and business intelligence consultant having received a Global MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in December of 2014. Prior to leaving the military in early 2013, I served as the Army’s Operations Officer-in-Charge at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, the Department of Defense’s premier foreign language school. As third in command of this ~1,900-person organization, I oversaw all daily operations including training, strategic planning, budget, and modeling processes. While there, my team significantly optimized student retention and throughput while simultaneously reducing operational inefficiencies.
I possess over 10 years of operations and personnel management experience, as well as strategy execution expertise, and have worked with a variety of organizations throughout the Middle East to help improve the quality of our human resources, management practices, and physical infrastructure within numerous organizations. I have also traveled widely throughout Europe and Latin America. An avid writer, published author, and sought-after expert on Northern Iraq, my work and interviews have been featured in numerous journals and publications.
Prior to entering military service, I graduated from both the University of Michigan and Princeton University, where I was a Civil Engineering and Operations Research Teaching Fellow and the recipient of the William Norton Prize for Outstanding Thesis Research.
Erica Kenney, Secretary 07/15
I was first appointed to the Board in September 2014 and was elected to a new term in 2015. I am the very proud mom of two boys at DCS Montessori: a kindergartner in Miss Shannon’s Primary class and a 3rd grader in Miss Lara’s Lower Elementary Class. I consider our Montessori Charter School to be an enormous asset to our community.
I currently work in the state tax group for a multinational company. I have 14+ years of professional experience in policy, advocacy, business and tax/finance. I hope to continue contributing to our school by combining my support and understanding of the Montessori philosophy with the skills I have gained through my personal and professional experiences.
In our free time, we love to be outdoors taking advantage of all our wonderful state of Colorado has to offer. We are avid hikers, skiers and snowboarders. In addition, we enjoy our time cheering the boys on in various sports, listening to the boys develop their piano skills and being active in cub scouts.
It is an honor to serve on the DCS Montessori Board of Directors and to support the mission of the school.
I will support the school mission by representing DCS in a positive manner. I will stay informed of current events and fulfill all required training. I will actively and objectively participate in meetings. I will try to be flexible! I will continue to serve on the policy writing committee and in other capacities as needed.My experience that demonstrates my ability to work as a consensus builder and team player include the following:
* Serving on the DCS Montessori Board of Directors from July 2007 to July 2011
* Serving on the search committee for Head of School
* Serving on the policy writing committee
* I have worked in schools for over 16 years including almost 9 years at DCS
* I have served as Parent Club President and Treasurer
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Brian Buan, PM 07/17
My name is Brian Buan and I am the Board’s newest Director having been appointed to serve as a Parent Member in 2015.
My wife, MichelIe and I have 3 children. Jack, a second grader and Vivien, a kindergartner are both in their second year at DCS Montessori. Having watched them grow and develop at DCSM over the past couple years, we are certain there is no better place they could be and feel extremely fortunate to be part of this community. Madeleine, our youngest is 2 and already showing a lot of Montessori independence!
Professionally, I’ve been in the financial services technology industry for the past 19 years and currently work for a company based out of the Silicon Valley. As much of my job can be done remotely we choose to relocate to Colorado in 2012 and have loved every minute of it. In my free time I enjoy skiing, camping & mountain biking with the family as well as struggling through a CrossFit class a few times each week.
I consider it an honor to serve on the DCS Montessori Board of Directors and look forward to meeting as much of the community as possible.
Geoff Williams, PM 07/16
I am honored to serve as a Director for our outstanding school. I believe that educating children is one of the most important endeavors in our society. As a Director, I promise to serve the parents of the school by making myself available to discuss any concerns and to exercise my duties in good faith and with diligence, attention, skill and care.
My wife, Kristen, and I have all three of our children enrolled at DCS Montessori. Barrett is in Third Grade (Ms. Lynn), Kate is in Second Grade (Ms. Lisa) and Jordan is in her second year of Pre-School (Ms. Shannon). Our family enjoys spending time outdoors, especially Jordan. During winter, we enjoy skiing with other DCS Montessori families. In terms of work, for the past 15 years I have practiced corporate/transactional law, focusing on public company securities matters, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and general corporate matters. Most recently, I worked “in-house” for a publicly-traded company where I served as a member of the senior management team. As an attorney, I have had to build consensus in order to help clients and companies achieve their business objectives. I hope to use many of the skills that I have developed over the years to help DCS Montessori achieve its mission.
PM = Parent Member
CM = Community Member
Date after member’s name and title = end date of tenure