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


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Ashley Connell – Melwani (she/her) (President): Ashley was born and raised in Missoula, and is thrilled to have returned “home” with her family after two decades exploring other places. Ashley attended college at the University of California Berkeley, where she majored in History and minored in Education. After college, she spent several years teaching and leading educational programs in places such as Thailand, Argentina, and Nicaragua. She then went to law school at the University of San Francisco, focusing her studies on human rights issues in the law. As an attorney, Ashley has worked as a public defender, employment civil rights lawyer, and most recently as an advocate for immigrant youth seeking asylum and other forms of legal relief through the federal immigration system. Ashley and her husband Sanjay are parents to Ella (6) and Dev (3), both of whom have loved their time at MCS camp – particularly building mud cakes and learning about bugs! Dev is continuing on in the Green Room this year. Ashley is grateful to have found in MCS a school that embraces each child’s individuality and spirit, and where the teachers are the most fun and creative people she could imagine. She is excited to continue supporting the MCS mission as a member of the Board.


Sarah Thomas (Vice President) : Bio and Headshot coming soon! 


Amy BraigAmy 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 friend



Kinsey LivingstonKinsey Livingston (she/her) (Board Member): 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 twin toddlers, Lennon and Tedders, who will be starting at MCS this fall in the Tree 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 board member. 


MaryPatMaryPat 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.


IMG_0933Allison 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.

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