VMS Board Leadership Announcements

School News
March 11, 2014- Great schools are in large part the result of great school leadership. The Vail Mountain School Board of Trustees met Friday, March 7 and voted unanimously to approve a recommendation that Ann Smead succeed Tom Washing as Board Chair, and that Anne-Marie Keane be named Vice Chair, both effective July 1, 2014. Also during the Board meeting, Mr. Imperi reported that all members of the Senior Staff have signed contracts to return next year. In addition, Julie Schlossinger, who was serving as ‘interim’ director of the lower school, will become the ‘official’ director of lower school.

Tom Washing has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2008, and Chair of the Board since 2011. During this time, he helped lead the school through one of the most challenging financial periods in recent history, worked to implement the current five-year strategic plan, and spearheaded the search committee that recruited Mr. Imperi to succeed Mr. Abuisi as Head of School. Washing, whose daughter is a member of the senior class, will stay on as a trustee next year.

New Board Chair, Ann Smead, has been on the VMS Board since 2006. She has a background in engineering and commercial real estate and is the proud grandparent of three VMS students. In addition, Ann serves on the boards of several nonprofits including the Vail Valley Foundation, and has established scholarship programs supporting students ranging from pre-school through PhD studies. This past year, Ann was named Citizen of the Year by the VVF for the work she has done supporting the local community.

Taking up the newly-created position of Vice Chair, Anne-Marie Keane has been a member of the Board since 2012 and has four children at VMS. Before moving to Colorado, she held a variety of executive positions at Staples over seventeen years, including Vice President of Global Communications. Anne-Marie currently heads up the VMS marketing committee, which has been working aggressively to build awareness of the school locally and outside the valley.