School Board

Picture of Melissa NussbaumBoard Chair: Melissa Musick Nussbaum has been a writer and lecturer for over 15 years. She has published books as well as written numerous articles for national publications. She has won several national awards for her writing. She has also served on a handful of committees and advisory councils at local, national and international levels. She received her BA in English and German from Grinnell College and later earned a Masters of Theology from St. Thomas Seminary. She and her husband have five children and ten grandchildren, four of whom attend MacLaren. [2nd Term: July 2021]
Picture of Hannah ParsonsBoard Vice-Chair: Hannah Parsons serves as CEO of Exponential Impact, a technology accelerator focused on blockchain, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.  Prior to joining Exponential Impact, Mrs. Parsons served as the Chief Economic Development Officer for the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC where she led the economic development office and strategic planning process as well as the government affairs teams and other initiatives. In 2011, she co-founded Epicentral Coworking with the goal of creating space for entrepreneurs to meet and grow great companies.

Mrs. Parsons holds a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in International Business and a MBA from Georgia State University with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. She has one child attending MacLaren. [1st Term: January 2021]

Board Secretary: 

Picture of Diane BorreBoard Treasurer:
 Diane Borre has been the Business Manager at The Vanguard School for fifteen years.  She previously served as Business Manager at James Irwin Charter Schools and Finance Manager at American Academy.   Diane is involved in the charter school community in Colorado and has volunteered at other charter schools, the Colorado Department of Education, and the Colorado League of Charter Schools.  She served as a mentor to charter school Business Managers, was a Board Member of the Colorado Business Manager Network, a founding Board Member of James Irwin Charter High School, and a member of the Charter School Support Initiative.  Diane and her husband have three children and have lived in Colorado Springs since 1983. [2nd Term: June 2023]

Board Directors: 

Picture of Paul von BoeckPaul von Boeck currently works as an Operations Analyst and Technical Trainer for Northrop Grumman. He attended Arizona State University and holds a Masters in Educational Technology with undergraduate studies in English and Secondary Education. Mr. and Mrs. von Boeck have two children who are alumni of the school. Paul serves as the School Board representative on the School Accountability Committee. [1st term: December 2020]

Picture of Tim FullerTim Fuller
has taught at Colorado College since 1965. He served as Acting President from August 2001 to January 2002. Before that he was Dean of the Faculty and College from 1992 to 1999. He chaired the Political Science Department from 1985 to 1991. He received a Ph.D. (with distinction) from Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore) in 1971, an M.A. in 1965 and a B.A. from Kenyon College in 1961. He is widely published in his field of philosophy and political science. [2nd Term: December 2021]

Picture of Meredith Wardwell ShermanMeredith Wardwell Sherman serves as the Director of Facilities and Construction for Centura Health, a healthcare company comprised of seventeen hospitals across the Front Range of Colorado. Mrs. Sherman has spearheaded master planning and strategic planning efforts for numerous hospital campus plans and renovations. Prior to her work with Centura, Mrs. Sherman was a Senior Project Manager at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago and Stanford Hospitals in Palo Alto.

Mrs. Sherman holds a MBA from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School as well as a MS in Civil Engineering and BS in Architectural Engineering from University of Colorado - Boulder. Mrs. Sherman is a Colorado Springs native with a passion for the Springs community and its long-term growth and development. She has two children attending MacLaren. [1st term: March 2022]

Picture of Dawn ConleyDawn Conley currently works as the Special Assistant to the Mayor and runs her own marketing company, Helix.  She attended The Ohio State University, and has a degree in Economics and has worked in several different locations across the country and worked for General Electric in Europe.  Dawn is very involved in the community, and has volunteer and board experience with many organizations and recently worked on legislation that yielded a positive impact for military spouses with occupational licenses.  Mr. and Mrs. Conley have one child that attends MacLaren.  [1st term: February 2023]

Picture of Khristine Prickett VadalaKhristine Prickett Vadala is a Key Account Manager at Glory Global Solutions working with top tier financial institutions for the past twenty years.  She attended San Diego State University, graduating with a BS in Marketing. She has over 25 years experience volunteering within the Colorado Springs community with schools, non-profits and other worthy organizations. She has two children attending MacLaren. [1st term: July 2023]
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