About

Trustees

I first stepped onto the FVS campus sometime in the early 1970s and can remember how it felt like a special place, even to a kid still in his early single digits of age. I am happy to report that Fountain Valley School is still that special place. My relationship with FVS began because my father was a graduate, and I’m proud to tell you that I have seven FVS graduates in my family. The School shaped us, changed us and motivated us, and continues to do that and more for today’s students, faculty and staff.

It is my pleasure to work closely with Head of School Will Webb and our board as we move the School forward, never forgetting those who came before and staying true to our mission. While we continue to grow, in many important ways, Fountain Valley remains the small and mighty school on the plains.

We produce graduates who are courageous, open-minded, self-reliant, curious and compassionate.  No matter where they go in life, these qualities serve our graduates and in turn, impact the world for the greater good.

This is the value of a Fountain Valley School education, and I am both honored and humbled to be the president of the fine board that guides our great school forward.  


Sincerely,
Gregg Thatcher '84 P '17
President, Board of Trustees
 

Board of Trustees

List of 29 items.

  • Gregg Thatcher '84 P '17

    President, Board of Trustees
    Colorado Springs, CO
  • Barry Brown '69

    Vice President
    Plano, TX
    Barry Brown '69 began his studies at Fountain Valley as a “day boy; in the second form, becoming a boarding student in the fourth form when his family moved to San Antonio. He was honored with the Froelicher Award upon graduation from FVS in 1969 and was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2015. 

    A consistent supporter of FVS, Brown served for several years as agent for the infamous Class of ’69, has been a member of the Casa Serena Society since 2001, and is also a contributor to the Julie and Spencer Penrose Athletic Center and Mountain Campus campaigns.

    Brown graduated with a degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania before attending the University of Texas School of Law, earning his J.D. in 1976. Following experience as an assistant criminal district attorney and in private practice in San Antonio, Brown joined the Legal Department at Southwest Airlines in 1990. Since then he has served in the positions of corporate counsel, director of corporate safety & environment, and vice president, safety & federal airport security. He is currently Senior Legal Advisor, Operations for the Company.
  • Scott Browning

    Legal Counsel
  • Sarah Cannady P '18

    Colorado Springs, CO
  • Janet Dulin '77, P '11

    Edwards, CO
    Janet Dulin '77, P '11 is in her first year on the board.

    She and her husband, Jim '76, have a long connection to FVS. Dulin attended FVS during the first co-ed years, and she says her FVS experience was pivotal due to the encouragement and mentoring she received from teachers like Chuck Emery, Chuck Warren and Dexter Cheney. 

    Dulin thrives in the high energy mountain community of Vail, Colo., where she has lived for more than 20 of the last 35 years. She's an avid skier, bicyclist, hiker and golfer. She and Jim are supporters of many cultural and musical events in the Vail valley, including Vail Jazz, Bravo! Classical Summer Music Series, and the Vail Valley Foundation. They also host a succesful annual jazz event and fundraiser in their home.

    They are also involved in the Mesa Verde Foundation and its annual art exibition and sale. Among the many local charities they support, the Dulins are most excited about the Guardian Scholars, which provides a path for underprivileged, deserving local high school graduates to go to college. 

    As owner of the Clagget/Rey Art Gallery in Vail, she was involved in the startup and running of the business. Her love of art continues through collecting and the Mesa Verde event.

    Dulin says the most valuable aspect of her life has been being a mom. She and Jim have five children: Erica, 27, Emily '11, and her step-children Hunter '07, Tyler '09 and Callie '11.
  • Edward Eppler '82 P'10

    New Canaan, CT
    Edward Eppler is serving in his first term as a Trustee at FVS.  He is currently the Global Head of the Aerospace and Defense Group within the Investment Banking Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. Previously, he was one of the early founding partners at Moelis & Company LLC.  Ed has over thirty years of experience in the investment banking industry, advising both public and private companies on mergers and acquisitions, as well as capital markets transactions involving equity and debt securities.

    Ed graduated from Fountain Valley School in 1982, having been a boarding student for three years.  He graduated from Middlebury College in 1986 and he received his MBA from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business in 1988.

    He and his wife Alicia live in New Canaan, CT and have three children, Cassie, Bea and Preston. Their oldest daughter (Cassie) graduated from FVS in 2010.   The Epplers split their time between CT, NYC and their home in Steamboat Springs, CO.
  • Kelly Eustace P '14, '17

    Colorado Springs, CO
    Kelly Eustace is the parent of FVS graduate Sarah '14 and current student William '17. She is the chairman and chief operating officer of Heating and Plumbing Engineers, Inc. (HPE), a Colorado Springs-based mechanical contracting firm. Eustace graduated from the University of Denver with degrees in finance and marketing. In 2004, she and her husband, Bill, purchased HPE from her father, becoming the third generation in her family to own HPE.

    She is a member of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council and the National Association of Women in Construction. She has served as a 4H leader in El Paso County and is currently the Life Scout Advisor for William's Boy Scout Troop 268. She enjoys camping, skiing, snowshoeing and hiking. In 2008, she successfully summited Mt. Kilimanjaro.
  • CORI J. GALLES '92

    ALBUQUERQUE, NM
  • Haley M. Griffis ’13

    Denver, CO
  • Walter Harrison

    Hartford, CT
    Former Board of Trustees President Walter Harrison is in his second period of service to
    Fountain Valley School, having previously served on the FVS board from 1990-99. He is a
    recipient of the Elizabeth Froehlicher Award for his service to the School.

    Harrison is president emeritus of the University of Hartford. He was the longest-serving
    president in the University’s history, having led the institution from 1998 until 2017, a period of
    significant growth in student body size, financial sustainability, and educational quality. Prior to
    that, he served as vice president for university relations and secretary of the university at the
    The University of Michigan from 1989 to 1998. Before that, he taught English and served as an
    administrator at Colorado College, and taught English at Iowa State University and Johannes
    Gutenberg University, in Mainz, Germany.

    Harrison now serves on a number of boards of educational institutions, health care organizations, and theatres. He chairs the boards of St. Francis Hospital, Hartford Promise, and Capitol Squash, all in Hartford, and teaches at least one course each year at the University of Hartford. He has a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College and a master’s degree from the University of
    Michigan. After serving as a captain in the Air Force, he received his doctorate from the
    University of California, Davis. He is a scholar of American literature and culture.
    Harrison’s affiliation with Fountain Valley School started when his wife, Dianne, taught English
    at FVS from 1980-85.
  • Mark T. Hatch '92

    Rockford, IL
    Mark Hatch ‘92 is President of Integrated HomeCare Services, a home medical
    equipment company. Mark and his wife, Kristin, are parents of Will (13) and Charlie
    (11) and live in Rockford, IL.
    Mark graduated from Rollins College with a degree in Economics and worked for
    several financial institutions prior to him joining the family business.
    Outside of work, Mark enjoys skiing, golfing, and coaching youth lacrosse.
  • Ben Ryder Howe '89

    New York, NY
    Ben Howe '89 is a former editor at Departures, Town & Country and The Paris Review
  • Emilie A. Hoyt '93

    Pasadena, CA
  • Juniper Hunter '93 P '15, '16

    Santa Fe, NM
    Juniper Hunter graduated from Fountain Valley School in 1993. At FVS, he met his eventual wife, Jodi White '92. Their two sons, Shale '15 and Taran '16, are both FVS graduates, and they have a daughter, Melia.

    Hunter's sister, Nuin-Tara Key '99, and two brothers, Adrian Mishek '94 and Nicholas Key '04, also attended FVS.

    Foci of Juniper's fixations include: science, summit sports (sliding, scurrying, scrambling, cycling), secular oikonomia, and adroit application of aesthetics.
  • Dawn L. Judd '82

    San Francisco, CA
    Dawn Judd ’82 was born in Boulder, Colorado.  After an unsuccessful academic start to high school at Boulder High, Dawn transferred to FVS mid-year as a sophomore. She went on to college at Boston University, then transferred and graduated from Smith College in 1986 with a degree in English Literature. After college, she moved to San Francisco and worked for Esprit de Corp.

    Judd attended law school at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law graduating 
    magna cum laude in 1991. She practiced corporate law at two different San Francisco law firms, Heller Ehrman and McCutchen Doyle, and became a partner at McCutchen before going in-house as General Counsel at an interactive television startup.  

    Dawn and her husband, Mark, have two daughters, Esme and Clara. She credits Fountain Valley with “saving her life” in high school, which (in her words) is both a bit dramatic and true.  She began serving on the Fountain Valley board in 2017, and enjoys having the opportunity to give back to the place that played such a huge and positive role in her life.

    Dawn and Mark are members of the Casa Serena society.
  • HOPE KAPSNER P '17, '20

    GYPSUM, CO
  • JOLENE LANE '79

    BROWNSTOWN, MI
  • Lain Leoniak ’91

    Denver, CO
  • HENRY P. MORSE JR. ’69

    LAKE OSWEGO, OR
  • Link Nicoll '79

    Secretary
    Alexandria, VA
    Link Nicoll '79 is the Digital Media Manager for the National Association of Independent Schools. Prior to this role, she was a digital arts educator. Link also has extensive experience in communications. She served as a congressional press secretary and ​a booker for NPR's All Things Considered.  

    Link 
    studied digital marketing at Georgetown University and is a graduate of Pitzer College in Claremont, California. She lives with her family in Alexandria, VA. 

     
  • GREG OSBORNE '81

    ENGLEWOOD, CO
  • DOUG PATTERSON '88, P '21

    BELVEDERE, CA
  • JANET REFIOR

    BOARD TREASURER
    CHIEF OPERATIONS AND FINANCIAL OFFICER
  • CHRIS SANCHEZ '90, P ’22

    DENVER, CO
  • THERESA N. SHEH '88

    BELVEDERE TIBURON, CA
  • DEMPSEY J. SIMONIS ’11

    St. Albans, New York
  • DAVIS TUTT ’11

    Colorado Springs, CO
  • WILLIAM V. WEBB

    HEAD OF SCHOOL
    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
  • Wenhua Zhang P ’23

    Shanghai, China

Life Trustees

List of 3 items.

  • W. Jerome Frautschi '49

    Madison, Wisc.
    W. Jerome "Jerry" Frautschi '49 is a longtime supporter of Fountain Valley School. He is the retired vice chair of Webcrafters, Inc., and is currently the chair of the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation in Madison, Wisc. He and his wife, Pleasant Rowland, continue to be involved with building the future of FVS and are the lead supporters of the Frautschi Campus Center and dining room renovation. His brother John is a 1947 FVS graduate.
  • Robert E. Henderson '44, P '72

    San Francisco, Calif.
  • James R. Scott '68, P '95, '99, '05

    Billings, Mont.
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