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 on the second Tuesday of every month (except July). Meetings are held at 6pm, the 2017-2018 meeting venue will be posted at school and on Facebook. Meetings are always open to parents, and input is welcome.
2017-2018 Missoula Community School Board of Directors
Heather McKee (President): Heather is an environmental educator, naturalist, writer, rare breed chicken farmer, and mother of 2. Most of her time recently has been spent helping her children (ages 2 and 4) learn more about what they are curious about, and keeping roughhousing to a non-lethal level. She’s managed to squeeze in teaching Nature Writing at the University each year, planting and tending a young orchard of heirloom fruit trees, and occasionally raising animals other than her own, such as pigs and chickens. Education is a passion for her, and she looks forward to helping Missoula Community School achieve its goals of a fun, progressive, mindful education for its young humans.
Dave Kuhnle (Vice President): David Kuhnle moved to Missoula in 1996 after graduating from Randolph-Macon College in Va. Originally from Louisville, he came to Missoula to attend Culinary school and to enjoy the wonderful outdoors that Missoula has to offer. Dave started his career here as a Chef after graduating from the College of Technology Culinary Arts program in 1997, with jobs at numerous restaurants around the area. He has been involved in Real Estate in the area for over 18 years, and is always interested in helping to improve this wonderful place we all call home. Dave counts himself lucky to have a wonderful wife of over 13 awesome years, and as they started to have a family over the past 4 years, they have been absolutely impressed with the staff and atmosphere of Missoula Community School. This provided Dave with a reason to join the board, so he could help continue the vision and progress that the school has made. Dave has been amazed to watch his child transform over the years while she has been enrolled in the school program and he hopes to expand and continue the beautiful bonds that are formed with the families and children of MCS.
Mark Schleicher (Secretary): Mark and Holly’s connection to Missoula Community School started in 2012 when their son, Cedar, started as a three year old in the cozy room. Cedar is now in 3rd grade and their second son, Leo, is a four year old in the blue room. With three plus years of being a MCS parent, Mark decided to join the board to give back to the school that’s given so much to his two sons. Mark, Holly, Cedar and Leo enjoy being active outdoors (hiking, biking, skiing, running, etc.), camping and soaking up all that Missoula has to offer. Mark grew up in Minnesota, attended the University of Wisconsin and has resided in Missoula since 2004.
Jacque Currie (Treasurer): Jacque grew up in Power, MT and moved to Missoula Christmas of 2007. She graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Health and Human Performance and currently works for Missoula Early Head Start (along with another important job- mom). Jacque’s family joined MCS in 2013 and she later joined the board of directors in spring 2015 to focus on parent involvement. She feels this is an important component of our school that helps it run smoothly. Her family likes to take advantage of all the events that happen around town, especially things in Caras Park.
Erin Saldin (Board Member): Erin Saldin grew up in Boise, Idaho, and moved to Missoula after more than a decade on the east coast and abroad. A former Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa and bartender in New York City, Erin is now a young adult novelist and a Lecturer at the Davidson Honors College at UM, where she teaches honors courses and creative writing. Erin and her partner, Rob, have two little girls, and they all enjoy adventuring in the mountains, playing in the mud, hiking with their dog, and eating cupcakes. Passionate about the outdoors and service to one’s community, Erin joined the board in order to support MCS and its focus on mindfulness, creativity, exploration, and kindness.
Jenny LaForest (Board Member): Jenny moved to Missoula from Nashville, Tennessee, for graduate school at the University of Montana and fell in love with the town and her future husband, a native Missoulian. Over the last ten years, she has worked as a physical therapist in the community while growing their family which led them to Missoula Community School. Word of mouth and the positive reputation of MCS made it an easy decision to enroll their oldest daughter once the time came. Jenny truly appreciates the outstanding early childhood education that MCS fosters in a safe,
creative, and kind environment, which is why she joined the Board. Jenny enjoys spending time outdoors and with her family.
Peter Agne (Board Member): Pete is 43 years old and grew up just outside New York City. After moving to Missoula to attend UM, he became a diesel mechanic for a local John Deere shop primarily working on large tractors. Pete joined the board because he appreciates the values that embody the school and wants to help out where he can. Pete, along with his son and wife, all love MCS!