Anne-Marie Keane, Chair
Anne-Marie Keane moved to Vail from Massachusetts where she held a number of executive positions at Staples including Vice President of Global Communications. Among many other things, she helped the company launch its first Ecommerce Website in 1998. An expert in marketing and strategy, she serves as the Treasurer of Dance Assist in addition to being the Chair of the Board at VMS. Born and raised in Southern California, she studied geography at Dartmouth and was a competitive sailor. After completing her MBA at Harvard, she founded Harvard Business School’s Network of Women Alumnae and led the fund raising efforts of her Dartmouth Class to build Habitat for Humanity homes in New Hampshire. She lives in Vail and has two children at VMS and two who are alumni.
Liza Alrick moved to Vail in 1997 from New York. She holds an AB in History from Harvard University, which served her well as a loan officer for nonprofits renovating aging facilities in New York City, then as Executive Director for the Jay Heritage Center in Rye, NY. She has been with J. Krueger and Company, a general contractor in the valley, for 21 years. In 2017, Liza opened Maker+Stitch, a yarn shop in Edwards, with another VMS parent. She has served on the boards and as treasurer of The Vail Valley Charitable Fund, Unity of the Mountains, and Mountain Montessori School. She has also served on the VMS Gala and Audit Committees. She has one child at VMS.
Juan Carlos Aziz is a shareholder and board member of Ventura Entertainment company, which has a total of eight adventure and entertainment parks in Mexico and Arizona. He holds a degree in industrial relations from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. He is the owner of Odd Molly stores in Vail, Boulder, Aspen and Denver and is also on the board of the Sebastian Hotel. Juan Carlos and his wife Norma have one daughter at VMS and are the parents of two graduates as well.
David Bentley is a retired international captain for American Airlines. He has a degree in Advertising and Journalism from the University of Florida and is a member of the Mensa Society. He is a former U.S. Air Force pilot and veteran of the Vietnam War. He has lived in the Vail Valley since 1978 and is a past president of the Cordillera Property Owners Association and current president of the Cordillera Metro District. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Yankee Pacific, an aviation investment and business development company. David's son attends VMS.
Charlene Chen moved to Vail from New York City where she had previously worked in finance. Originally from New Jersey, she studied Economics and Art History at Stanford and has an MBA from Wharton. She has two children at VMS.
Michele Evans is one of the owners of Evans Chaffee Construction Group, a general contracting company in the Vail Valley specializing in high end residential and commercial construction. Her company has twice been awarded the Vail Valley Partnership Business of the Year distinction. Michele has served on the boards of Mountain Montessori School, Avon Affordable Housing, and The Alternative Board. Originally from Gladstone, New Jersey, she studied architecture at the University of Virginia and Civil Engineering at Stanford. She lives in East Vail and has two daughters at VMS and one daughter, a VMS alumna, in college.
Richard Geisman is the Chief Financial Officer of Aspen Grove Capital, LLC, a family office located in Avon, CO. Geisman is responsible for banking relationships, financial reporting, internal and external compliance and takes a leadership role within the public investments of the family office. In 2012, Geisman and his family moved to Avon from Los Angeles. He has two daughters, one of whom graduated from VMS in 2017.
Amy Gish has been a part of the VMS community since 1991 as both a member of the lower school faculty and a substitute teacher. She holds a B.A. in Communications and a Masters in Elementary Education from University of Oregon, and has worked in commercial real estate. Amy volunteers her time with Rocky Mountain CASA as a court-appointed special advocate for children and is a tutor for The Literacy Project. She also serves on the Education Committee with the Vail Valley Foundation and on the Colorado College Parents Council. Amy has four daughters, three of whom are currently at VMS, and one who graduated in 2016.
Mandy Jaffe is a graduate of Brown University and holds a B.A. in Biology that she put to use as a researcher for the Women and Infants’ Hospital in Providence, RI, and for the Pfizer Clinical Trial Development in Connecticut and New York City. Mandy met her husband, Tom, on a chairlift while vacationing in Vail and the two of them moved here in 2009 from New York City. Since then, Mandy has immersed herself in nonprofit fundraising and development, chairing the children’s annual preschool fundraiser from 2010 to 2012 and moving on to chair the VMS Gala in 2016 and 2017. She has two children at Vail Mountain School.
Sally Johnston has deep roots in education. She has been involved with VMS since moving here in 1976 and prior to that held a diverse range of positions from kindergarten teacher to university professor. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree from the Crane School of Music, she went on to do graduate work at Boston University, Boston College, and Harvard. She served as the head of the Education Department of the Judge Baker Children’s Center (an arm of the Harvard Medical School) and taught in the Department of Child Psychiatry at University of Oklahoma. She is on the board of Third Way in Denver and is a mentor at the Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts in Denver, which was founded by her son, former Colorado State Senator Michael Johnston. Sally is the owner and operator of the Christiania Lodge in Vail and has two sons, John and Michael, who both graduated from VMS.
Susanne Johnson is the Director of Admissions for VMS partner organization, Students Shoulder to Shoulder, and a co-chair of VMS Parent Partners. She came to the Vail Valley for “just one season” shortly after earning a degree in Marketing from Michigan State University. She has served as the Marketing Director for the Vail Recreation District, and played a key role in the development of Chatfield Corners in Gypsum. Susanne and her husband are the proud parents of three VMS students.
Joshua Lautenberg is the owner of Engel & Völkers Real Estate in Vail Village. He serves on the board of Eagle County’s Open Space Advisory Committee and enjoys the countless recreational opportunities of the area. From Montclair, New Jersey, he graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and now lives in Edwards. He has two children at VMS.
Chris Rozzell is the Managing Partner of Cresta Energy Capital, a private equity company located in Dallas, TX. He majored in finance at Southern Methodist University and serves on the Board of Directors for multiple portfolio companies of Cresta’s funds. Chris has three sons, two of which are currently at VMS.
David Salvin was a senior managing director and partner of Bankers Trust Company, which is now part of Deutsche Bank; chairman and CEO of worldwide software provider IQ Financial Systems; and executive director of business development for public radio station WNYC in New York. He is currently a full-time parent and part-time ski instructor. He received a B.S. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut. He is also a CFA® charterholder. His daughter attends VMS.
As a practicing attorney and partner with the law firm, Perkins Coie LLP, Elizabeth works with sponsors of private equity and venture capital funds, investment advisers and institutional investors investing in private investment funds. Elizabeth also serves on the Board of Directors for Walking Mountains Science Center. Her son attends VMS.
Steve Spessard runs Vail-based Gore Creek Partners, LLC, which invests in commercial real estate assets as well as companies in other industries on a national basis. With nearly 30 years of business experience, he once served as CEO and co-owner of Asset Plus Corp. and Asset Campus Housing, Inc., two Houston-based commercial real estate investment and development firms. Like many Vail transplants, he moved here full-time in 2009 after a longstanding love affair with the valley dating back to the 80s. He has two children—one at VMS and one who graduated in 2017.
Kristin Tang is the owner/director of Gore Range Montessori Preschool and a former kindergarten teacher at VMS. Born and raised in New York City, she majored in Asian Studies at Skidmore College and special education at NYU, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Vail Valley Foundation. She lives in Edwards, and has four children at VMS.