As a non-profit organization, Watershed School is stewarded by a Board of Trustees composed of Watershed parents as well as outside community members interested in innovative education. Together, they work to ensure the school's long-term health, develop policy, and think generatively about the future.
The Head of School, who is selected and supported by the Board, holds full responsibility for the daily operations of the school.
2018-2019 Board of Trustees
Chris is father of 2 Watershed high school students. Prior to joining the Watershed Board, Chris served on the board of Excel Academy charter school in Arvada as President as well as an officer on several economic development boards. Chris works in commercial real estate. His business includes development, investment, brokerage, and property management. Chris moved to Boulder in 1988 to attend the University of Colorado where he graduated with a degree in business. Since then, Chris has enjoyed all the wonderful outdoor opportunities Colorado has to offer and shares this passion with youth thru his volunteer efforts with Big City Mountaineers.
Ryan Bass is a former Watershed employee and the parent of a current Watershed student. She has lived in Boulder with her family since 2003 and has worked in non-profit, independent, and public education since 2000 in various capacities, ranging from health and social programming to development. She now works as a real-estate broker. Prior to becoming a Watershed trustee Ryan served on the board of Add Verb Productions, a non-profit focused on social justice and change through theater.
Jason Berv (Founder and Emeritus Board Member)
Jason is the founder and former Head of Watershed School. He now leads his own coaching and consulting practice, insightLAB, with a focus on helping people find greater success and happiness. Both independently and in association with a number of outstanding partners, Jason also consults with businesses, schools, and non-profit organizations, most often related to strategic change, innovation, and leadership development.
Tracy Halgren (Chair)
Tracy is the mother of 10th grader Aiden Houck and 7th grader Josh Houck. She’s been active as a Co-President of Watershed’s Parent Association and a volunteer on campus. Outside of Watershed, Tracy was awarded the “Impact on Education Award” and has been active as the Board Chair at Reach Out CrestView at Crestview Elementary.
Kim Hullett is the mother of a former Watershed student. As a mother of three teenagers who have attended many schools in the Boulder area, she holds a special place for the impact of a Watershed education. Kim holds a law degree and an industrial engineering degree, and until it was sold in 2009, she owned and operated Essential Control Systems, a medical device distribution company specializing in women's health products. Prior to becoming a Watershed trustee Kim also served on the board of International Midwife Assistance, a global organization dedicated to safe childbirth around the world. Kim is serving her second year as the Development Committee chair and has had fun raising money and co-chairing Watershed's auctions for the last three years!
Marc Levinson (Treasurer)
Marc is the former Executive Director of MISBO (2001-2017), a non-profit that works with independent schools across the country. Prior to accepting this position, Marc spent four years as a Senior Director with the National Business Officers Association (NBOA).
Prior to joining NBOA, Marc spent six years as the Business Manager at Alexander Dawson School (ADS) in Lafayette, Colorado. Before entering the independent school world, Marc spent three years as Director of Operations and Finance at Sounds True, a Spoken Word Audio Publishing company and three years in a similar position at Community Food Share, Boulder County’s Food Bank. Much of his early career had been in the food service industry, owning and operating a number of very successful restaurants in Boulder and Denver, as well as providing executive direction for a natural foods grocery store. In addition to his work on the Watershed Board of Trustees, Marc also serves on the Leadership + Design Board, as well as the on the Advisory Board for Three W International.
Lindon is the father of two Watershed students, alumna Eva (2017) and junior Andy. After receiving his BA at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, Lindon studied at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he completed his Ph.D. in physics. Following a short post-doctoral appointment at the UW, he joined the National Bureau of Standards in Boulder as a research scientist working with atomic frequency standards. Lindon worked at Ball Aerospace for many years, retiring after serving as Chief Technologist and the Director of Research and Development. Lindon was also a founding board member of Actors Ensemble theater company in Boulder.
Alison Maher has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 20 years and has demonstrated expertise in leadership, strategic planning, curriculum development, innovative education and public relations. Alison has been an Educator and Director at Boulder Journey School since 1993. She is also the Teacher Education Program Director of a graduate program in Education and Human Development; through this program, has worked with hundreds of graduate students working in early childhood settings. Additionally, Alison has provided educational consulting to a wide variety of public and private preschool and elementary schools in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Japan and Australia. Alison currently serves on the board of Hawkins Centers of Learning and in the past, has been a board member at the Boulder County Association for the Education of Young Children, Friends School in Boulder, and a committee member for the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance.
Fran Meneley (Secretary)
Fran is the parent of recent Watershed graduate Parker Meer. Fran received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Dance from Texas Christian University. Fran is a teacher at Two Hands Paperie and artist at At Hand Studio. Prior to her service at Watershed, Fran was the Marketing Coordinator for Coors International Bicycle Classic, General Manager at Inside Cycling Magazine and Advertising Director at Buzzworm’s Earth Journal Magazine.
Eaton earned a Masters in Chemistry from San Diego State. He worked for a number of years in R&D before moving to Boulder. Eaton is the father of high schooler Tyler. When Eaton is not attending to board business he enjoys outdoor photography, wood working and riding his motorcycle, just not all at the same time.
James Simpson is the parent of a Watershed senior. In his professional life, has been a successful real estate agent for over 15 years. Working first for Coldwell Banker, he became a founding agent of Teles Properties in 2007 and founded the Teles Boulder office in 2014. At the same time, he founded SQFTx, Inc, a real estate technology company. He has been CEO of SQFT since its inception, and he continues to sell property through Teles properties in Boulder. A longtime supporter of educational causes, James sits on the board of Hillside School and is a former head of the PTO at Flatirons Elementary in Boulder.
Rachel Taekla (Vice Chair)
Rachel comes from a family of educators and worked in special education for a decade. She’s been active with adult learners and earned her Executive Coaching certification from Columbia. Her work experience is with nonprofits and other organizations to develop leadership and help manage change.