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 13 items.

  • Gregg Thatcher '84 P '17

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

    Vice President
    Plano, Texas
    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.
  • Sarah Cannady P '18

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

    Edwards, Colorado
    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, '18

    Colorado Springs, Colorado
    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.
  • Walter Harrison

    Hartford, Connecticut
    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 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

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

    Pasadena, Calif.
  • Juniper Hunter '93 P '15, '16

    Santa Fe, New Mexico
    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, Calif.
    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.
  • Link Nicoll '79

    Secretary
    Alexandria, Virginia
    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. 

     

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  • Corie Galles '92

    Albuquerque, NM
    Cori Galles ’92, is the Chief Financial and Corporate Affairs Officer of Galles Chevrolet and Galles Motor Company.  Cori graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.S. in Journalism and went on to work as a publicist in Motorsports for six years before turning her eye towards the operations side of her family business.

    Cori enjoys spending time with her partner, Luke Faricy and his children, as well as Skiing, Playing Tennis and practicing pilates.  Her passion for children and education led her back to Fountain Valley where she hopes to contribute to the continued success of the school that she says helped shape who she is today.
  • Hope Kapsner P '17, '20

    Hope Anderson Kapsner and her family have long been a part of the Fountain Valley School. Her father, Travis Anderson, and her uncle Erich Bucherer graduated in the class of ’53. Her sisters, Susan Anderson ’78 and Cathy Anderson ’79, also attended FVS. 

    Kapsner owned and ran the popular restaurant 221 South Oak in Telluride, Colo. She currently lives on a ranch in Sweetwater, Colo., with her husband, Matt. Their two children, Bryce '17 and Quinlan ’20, are currently thriving at Fountain Valley School!
  • Jolene Lane '79

    Brownstown, Michigan
  • Greg Osborne '81

    Englewood, CO
    Greg attended FVS for four years graduating in 1981 where he received the
    Eleanor F. Emory award honoring warmth, good humor and enthusiasm. He
    has served as Class Agent since that time. He is a former trustee for Fountain
    Valley School of Colorado where he served as board president from 2010 –
    2014.

    Greg is a thirty-three year veteran of the mortgage banking industry starting
    his own company in 2012. Bridge Capital Resources, LLC is an asset-based
    lender helping small investors gain access to capital to transform real estate
    into its highest and best use. He has been a successful senior executive at
    Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Universal Lending Corp. and North American
    Mortgage Company heading organizations up to 600 people in size. Under
    Greg’s leadership, his groups produced in excess of 185,000 loans for $43
    billion in loan volume since 1993. 

    Greg is past chairman of the Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association, holds a Certified Mortgage Lender designation and currently serves on its Board of Governors. Additionally, he serves on the board of RMC Corp., a Colorado Springs real estate developer. Greg earned a BBA in real estate and finance in 1985 from Southern Methodist University in
    Dallas, TX. Greg is also a certified instructor for Integrative Mastery Programs, developing values-based visionary leaders. Happily married for 26 years, Greg and his wife Madeleine have a 14-year-old daughter, Lily.

    Presented with the Elizabeth Froliecher Smith Distinguished Service award in
    2014, Greg continues to credit FVS for constantly inspiring him to be his best
    self.
  • Doug Patterson '88, P '21

    Belvedere, CA
    Doug and his wife Jami live in Marin County California and are the parents of Luke Patterson ’21 and a college-bound daughter.
     
    Doug grew up as a “fac brat” both on and off campus and graduated in 1988. His mom, Sally Bailey, worked at the school for over 40 years, and his brother Seth ’91 and sister Jessica ’93 are alums.
     
    After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1992, Doug joined Goldman Sachs where he led an equity investment team.
     
    Doug is the founder of Black Forest Partners, an investment and development firm focused on electric infrastructure.
     
    Doug is a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, and a member of the Belvedere Community Foundation Finance Committee.
  • Kevin Rask P '16, '19

    Colorado Springs, CO
  • Janet Refior

    EX OFFICIO
    BOARD TREASURER
    CHIEF OPERATIONS AND FINANCIAL OFFICER
  • Chris Sanchez '90

    Denver, Colorado
    Chris Sanchez '90, P’22 is the co-owner and president of Bishop-Brogden Associates, Inc., a water resource consulting firm. 

    Sanchez has worked with the firm as a hydrogeologist since graduating from Colorado College in 1994 with a degree in geology. He assists clients with water rights, ground water supply, and surface and ground water hydrology issues. He has worked on various water resource projects throughout Colorado and the Western United States, including projects in the Fountain Creek drainage in which Fountain Valley School is located. Sanchez was appointed by Colorado Governor Hickenlooper to serve on the Board of Examiners of Water Well Construction and Pump Installation Contractors, the State Board responsible for contractor licensing and enforcement.

    Outside of his professional life, he has recently served on the board of Directors of Education First, a nonprofit providing scholarships for graduating high school seniors in need, has coached youth lacrosse, and is actively involved with his HOA. He enjoys staying active in the outdoors of Colorado.

    Sanchez is the youngest of five siblings who attend FVS from 1977-1990. He is married with two daughters, including Mia Sanchez FVS Class of 2022.
  • Theresa N. Sheh '88

    Belvedere Tiburon, CA
  • Dempsey J. Simonis '11

    St. Albans, NY
    Dempsey J. Simonis ‘11 is in her second year on the board.
     
    Currently, she works in Advancement at The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University in New York City.  
     
    She is currently enrolled at The School of Professional Studies at Columbia University studying Business. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the College of Wooster in Ohio. She also studied physics and religion while studying abroad in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh. Dempsey was recently named a Forbes Under 30 Scholar. She serves on the Alumni Board for the College of Wooster. 
     
    Dempsey enjoys traveling and frequents Broadway shows.  
     
  • Davis Tutt '11

    Colorado Springs, CO
    As a 2011 graduate of Fountain Valley, Davis maintained a presence in the Pikes Peak Region by attending Colorado College. During his time at CC, Davis was an active member of the community, serving various elected roles on the Colorado College Student Government Association, the President’s Council, and as President of the Mortar Board Honor Society. He built upon his Fountain Valley Honor Council experience through his service as a member of the Colorado College Honor Council and Student Conduct Committee, organizations responsible for adjudicating academic and student conduct violations respectively. Additionally, he continued his athletic prowess as a member of the Varsity DIII Men’s Basketball Team. Davis graduated from Colorado College with a degree in Art History and received the award for Top Senior Thesis of 2015 for his research on St. Paul’s Cathedral. He was the recipient of a Keller Venture Grant, which allowed primary research on site in London at the Cathedral as well as the Royal Society. Outside of academics, Davis interned for the United States Senate, The United States Olympic Committee, and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

    Following graduation, Davis worked as a Program Associate for the El Pomar Foundation Fellowship. He was fully responsible for managing the Summer Internship Program, which included recruiting, selecting, and overseeing ten college students for the duration of the summer. Davis furthered El Pomar’s impact in rural Colorado as director of the Central Peaks and Pikes Peak Regions. He directed many other El Pomar programs, including the Forum for Civic Advancement, the Wildland Fire Fund, the El Pomar- Denver Broncos Partnership, and taught Investment Challenge, a principles of financial management
    class. 

    Davis currently works for the United States Olympic Committee as the Coordinator in the Nationa lGoverning Body (NGB) Services Department. In this position, he is responsible for organizing the National Governing Body Council, an association of all NGB Executive Directors and Board Chairs wh oserve as a recommending body for the USOC. Davis maintains an active role in Games prep by managing the Pan American sports within the USOC, which includes the creation and execution of athlete payment contracts and selection procedures. The largest portion of Davis’ time is devoted to developing and
    implementing strategic plans for each NGB. Due to the small staff and limited resources of many sports, the USOC provides strategic planning seminars and assistance to all NGBs.
    Outside of his professional pursuits, Davis is a member of the Colorado Springs Youth Sports Board of Directors and sits on the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College Museum Subcommittee, the AAM accredited committee responsible for overseeing museum operations and the collection. 

    He also maintains a presence in the community as a coordinator of Hillside Connections, a weekly basketball camp, and mentorship program for low-income children on the southeast side of Colorado Springs.
  • Melinda Twomey P '14, '15

    Austin, Texas
  • Kunxiao Wang P '20

    Yantai, China
  • William V. Webb

    Ex Officio
    Head of School
    William V. Webb began his tenure as the eighth head of school in July 2013. 

    He has extensive experience as a boarding and day school leader. He was a student at Groton School in Massachusetts and later earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Vermont. He began his boarding school career at The Gunnery in Connecticut as a teacher and assistant dean of students. Webb went back to the University of Vermont as a development officer and earned his M.A. in independent school organization and leadership at the Klingenstein Center, Teacher’s College, Columbia University. 

    From there, he went to Athens Academy in Athens, Ga., as assistant dean of students and English teacher. In 2004, he returned to Groton School as the associate director of development and director of alumni affairs, and later as associate director of admission and assistant varsity lacrosse coach.

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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