The Missoula Community School is a non-profit educational community, created in the spring of 2001 by a group of teachers and parents. MCS is governed by a Board of Directors made up of no fewer than 5 members and no more than 12. Board members serve a two-year term, with an option to request re-election to a third year if desired.
The MCS Board meets every other month. Meetings are held at 6 pm, the 2022-2023 meeting venue will be posted at school, or you can contact the director/assistant director for more information. Meetings are always open to parents, and input is welcome.
2022-2023 Missoula Community School Board of Directors
Kinsey Livingston (she/her) (Board President): Kinsey Livingston was raised in California and received her Business Economics & Communications degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2009. She has spent her career working in sales and leadership roles at tech companies, which led to her living in Scottsdale, New York and San Francisco, before relocating to Missoula in August of 2018 for a job at ClassPass, one of the few tech companies in Missoula. Kinsey and her husband, Ted, have twins, Lennon and Tedders, who are in their second year at MCS in the Blue Room. They also have a German Shepherd named River, who you may spot on various playgrounds around Missoula. Kinsey’s hobbies include tennis, volleyball, skiing and of course enjoying all the outdoor activities in Missoula. Her latest project with her husband is renovating and decorating a tiny fixer-upper cabin near Disco. After participating in MCS auctions and fundraisers over the past few years, she is so excited to be more directly involved in the MCS community as a parent, and now as the board President.
Sarah Thomas (Vice President) : Sarah has been blessed to be born and raised in Montana. After graduating from the University of Montana Tech with a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences, Occupational Safety and Health, and Applied Health Sciences she attended the University of Montana Western to pursue Secondary Education. Sarah has a strong drive to support others, a passion for health and wellness and is a board certified Health/Wellness and Life Coach. Sarah and her husband JJ are also entrepreneurs and serve southwest Montana in several retail locations. They have two children, Walker MCS alumni, and Aviana who is currently attending. They love spending their time being silly, having front room dance parties, family movie nights, and enjoying all Montana has to offer throughout the year. Sarah’s eclectic background has served her in so many ways and it is her hope that her unique perspectives and experiences will lend a hand in supporting the MCS community in amazing ways.
Amy Braig (Treasurer): Amy was born and raised just north in Kalispell, MT. Wanting to stay in the beauty of northwest Montana, she attended the University of Montana to complete her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Finance. While at the University of Montana, Amy thrived in her role as a cross country ski instructor, overnight ski instructor, and whitewater rafting guide for the Universities Outdoor Program. After graduation Amy was able to work full time as a whitewater rafting guide on the Alberton Gorge of the Clark Fork River and loved every second of it. Teaching people about the outdoors, rivers, and Montana is a strong passion for Amy and one she loves to share with others. Additionally, Amy found time to work as a small business loan underwriter for a local bank more recently. However, outside of work, Amy loves to enjoy Montana by rafting, backcountry skiing, climbing, biking, trail running, fishing, and meeting new friends.
Erika Beck Martin (Secretary): Erika feels so lucky to have been born and raised in Missoula, and though she lived in Washington state and Chicago in her college years, she is happiest in Montana, close to family, friends, and all of the wonderful amenities our town has to offer. Erika earned a degree in English Education from the University of Montana in 2008 and earned her M.Ed. from the University of Missouri in 2016. She taught at Frenchtown High School for three years before moving to Sentinel High School, where she has taught freshman and junior English for ten years. She and her husband, Ryan, are the parents to Clara and Alida, who is currently with Brooke in the Yellow Room. Erika is thrilled to be a part of the MCS community and is endlessly appreciative of the teachers and staff members who spend so much energy helping our children grow academically, socially, and emotionally through hands-on learning, special projects, field trips, community service, and mindfulness. In her free time, Erika loves to run, hike, cook, and read.
MaryPat Hertz (Board Member): MaryPat has her BS in Early Childhood Education and 21 years of experience working with preschool children. MaryPat started as a parent volunteer in the Head Start program when her oldest child was a student there in 1994. After beginning to work as an aid in the classroom, she moved up into a management position where she worked up until the summer of 2018 when she joined the Origins Education team. MaryPat has a passion for working with children as well as working with teaching staff to help foster a high quality educational experience. MaryPat chose to join the board at MCS because she had fallen in love with the school, the administration and the children and families during the time she was substituting at the school. When it came time for her to move on to her current job, she was very sad to leave the school. Being on the board gives her the opportunity to still be involved in a school that she has become so attached to.
Allison McKinney (Board Member): Allison was raised in South Dakota and moved to Missoula to attend college after falling in love with the mountains. She graduated from UM in 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Dance and Choreography. Following graduation she danced with two local professional dance companies, Headwaters Dance Co. & Bare Bait Dance Co. She now teaches Pilates in downtown Missoula at Main Street Pilates. Allison and her husband Jack, are parents to three young boys, Buck (6), Charlie (4) and August (baby). They are going on their 4th year at MCS with more years to come! Allison is excited to contribute and serve on the board for the first time this year. Missoula Community School has helped to positively shape early education, social relationships and individual identities for both of her boys. You can find Allison and her family in the mountains, on the rivers, or strolling around beautiful downtown Missoula.
Conor Newman (Board Member): Conor was born and raised in Missoula, graduated from the University of Montana with a BS in Accounting in 2010 and a Masters of Accountancy in 2011. He is currently a shareholder at Boyle, Deveny & Meyer P.C where he specializes in tax and business consulting. Conor and his spouse, Rose, have two daughters, Eva and Hadley. Eva is a recent graduate of MCS and Hadley is enjoying her second year (first without her big sister there). Conor and his family have felt such a connection to MCS and the family oriented environment and culture it brings. During his free-time, Conor enjoys essentially anything outdoors…from mountain biking, fishing, and camping in the spring and summer, to hunting and skiing/boarding in the fall and winter. Introducing Eva and Hadley to these activities seems to have become a hobby unto-itself.
Mollie Devlin-McKay (Board Member): In 2006 Mollie moved to Missoula from Annapolis, Maryland with her brother for a few months– and never left. Mollie fell in love with the mountains, rivers, people and community rich in good people. Her passion for working with littles led her to work as a teacher at Missoula Community School in 2007 and 2008, and eventually led to an MSW from the University of Montana. Mollie worked as a mental health therapist with youth in MCPS for 8 years. She is now in private practice as an LCSW. Mollie spends the majority of her energy raising her daughter Nora with her husband, Levi, and pup, Gus. Mollie feels most herself when outside with no agenda, and is happiest on the river, in her garden, or under the stars with friends and family.
Craig Mettler (Board Member): Craig grew up in Walla Walla, WA. Craig attended both undergrad and graduate school at the University of Montana. Craig has been an educator and coach in MCPS since 2010. Craig is currently an Assistant Principal at Sentinel High School. As an educator Craig strives to deliver opportunities for all students, regardless of circumstance, to experience educational, social, and emotional growth and success. Craig and his wife, Reese, have a young daughter, Wyatt, and dog, Archie. Craig enjoys his morning exercise routine, recreating around Western Montana, reading, and spending quality time with his family. Craig is excited to have an impact on early education in the Missoula community, as this is the most critical time of students’ future success.
Michael Larsen (Board Member): Born and raised in Southern Minnesota, the mountains began calling Michael many years ago. Meeting his wife, Sarah, while working at a camp on Flathead Lake, they then lived in Oregon for many years before heading back to Sarah’s hometown of Missoula. They have watched their two sons, Emerson (alumni) & Rowan (attending), grow, be nurtured and inspired by the amazing teachers and staff at MCS.
With a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, and a Masters in Teaching from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR, Michael has worked in education for over 10 years. He currently teaches English at Hellgate High School. To rejuvenate, he enjoys running, biking, hiking, camping, skiing, and exploring Montana’s great outdoors.
Pat Kujawa (he/him) (Board Member):