Jackson Hole Community School

Board of Directors

Amy Bryan  (President) 

Amanda ‘Amy’ Bryan is an active volunteer in Jackson. She moved to Jackson in 1991 for the summer; and found this extraordinary valley the perfect place to stay. Amy has volunteered and served on many boards including St. John’s Medical Center Foundation, The Children’s Learning Center, Jackson State Bank and Trust, Wells Fargo, Teton Literacy, and has volunteered extensively at TCSD #1. Currently she also serves on the Dancers’ Workshop board. Amy and her husband, Bomber, have three children who have or are attending JHCS. Amy’s passions include education, environmental conservation, and the arts. Amy holds a BA in Biology and Human Development from Colby College.

Sophie Craighead

Sophie Craighead is an active humanitarian, philanthropist, and civic servant here in Jackson Hole. Her wide­ranging support encompasses animal welfare, human well­being, and environmental conservation, and she serves as an active board­member for organizations devoted to these and other causes. She spent her undergraduate years at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service before receiving a master’s degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Sophie has been a supporters of JHCS for over ten years.

Mike Eden

Mike Eden joined the JHCS board in 2016. Mike is the Business Development Manager for First Western Trust with a focus on Wyoming trusts. He moved to Jackson in 2000 with his wife, Diana and their two children. Their son, Henry Eden, was a 2014 graduate of JHCS. Mike is active with a number of not for profit organizations including Interconnections 21, Silicon Couloir and Habitat for Humanity. Originally from Cincinatti, Ohio, he graduated from Indiana University and spent the first part of his career with Marriott International in the senior housing business. Outside of work, Mike loves to fly fish, golf and hike and bike the pathways and trails of Jackson Hole. 

Scott Hirschfield 

Scott Hirschfield is the Co-founder of the Jackson Hole Community School, where he served as Head of School from 2004-2014. Following his tenure at the Community School, Scott and his family moved to Northern California. Scott spent his entire professional career in the field of education, as an administrator, a teacher, and a soccer coach. Scott is fluent in Spanish and has spent a great deal of time in Central America. He holds a BA from Middlebury College and a Master’s Degree in Education from Stanford University.

Elizabeth King 

Liz King joined the JHCS Board in 2015. Before moving to Jackson with her husband Andy and their three boys, Liz was an Associate Professor of Geology at Illinois State University. She received her BA from Carleton College and an MS and PhD from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. In Jackson, Liz has done development work for Teton Valley Ranch Camp, JHCS, and Teton Literacy Center. Liz also serves on the board of pARTners. Liz and Andy’s oldest son is a current student at JHCS. She enjoys biking, hiking, skiing and playing the oboe.


Bill Kucera

Bill is Co-Chair of the law firm Mayer Brown's M&A practice in the Americas. He concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions. Bill was recognized by Chambers USA (2010-2016) as one of the top Corporate M&A lawyers in Illinois and by Legal 500 US (2010 and 2012-2015) as one of the leading lawyers for large M&A deals. Bill's two daughters attend the Community School.


Krista Mixter (Treasurer)

Krista is a certified public accountant and a Partner at Leavell & Mixter PC, a local accounting firm. She started working with the firm shortly after moving to Jackson and has over eighteen years of accounting experience. She holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Oregon. Krista has been involved with the Jackson Hole Community School since 2007 when she was asked to serve on the school’s finance committee. She has been on the Board since April of 2010 and is currently the Board's Treasurer. Krista has called Jackson Hole her home since 1994. She lives in Wilson, Wyoming with her husband Jed and their two small children Izzy & Mac.


Arturo Peralta-Ramos 

Arturo Peralta-Ramos grew up in New York. After graduating from Skidmore College in 1974 with a degree in Political Economy, he spent two years as a financial  analyst for Mellon Bank. While there, he was involved in a second business startup that eventually went public. He graduated with an MBA as a dual major in Finance  and Accounting from the Columbia Business School in 1977. That year he  started another business and moved to Wyoming. His career as a manager and an entrepreneur has taken him in many directions since then. Along the way he also received an advanced degree from the Harvard Business School; and has honed his skills in finance, accounting, marketing, tax and general senior management. He has served on the board of numerous charitable institutions, including eleven years on the board of Skidmore College. His daughter and son are both JHCS graduates JHCS. Arturo is passionate about living in Jackson Hole with all of its opportunities; but also loves to travel the world, with his wife, as a dedicated travel and fine art photographer.

Ted Staryk 

Ted Staryk moved full time to Jackson with his wife, Noa, and their two children in 2012. Their son, Mac, is currently at JHCS and their daughter, Olivia, is a 2016 graduate from Journeys School and is attending Whitman College. Ted is the President of C-Note Management, a family office, and is also the owner of Snake River Brewery. Ted is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and is currently on the board of The McKight Foundation. He also serves on The McKnight Foundation Investment Committee and chairs their Impact Investment Committee. 

Polly Wakeman (Secretary)

A graduate of St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH, and Middlebury College, Polly moved to Jackson Hole in 1985 to pursue ski instructing. Since then she has earned a masters degree in Health and Wellness at Boulder Graduate School, worked in the natural health care industry, and continued to teach alpine and nordic skiing. Polly is one of the founding board members of the Jackson Hole Lacrosse Club, where she has led the development of the girls program for the past 4 years. She loves being outdoors skiing, biking, running, swimming and sailing with her husband, Sandy, son, Hans, and daughter, Hannah, who is in her senior year at JHCS.


Mark Wan (Vice President)

Mark brings over a quarter century of successful private equity and venture investment experience to his position as Managing Partner at Causeway Media. Prior to forming Causeway, he was a co-founding partner of Three Arch Partners from 1993 to 2012, a healthcare-focused investment firm that raised over $1 billion of capital commitments across five funds. Prior to Three Arch Partners, Mark was a general partner at Brentwood Associates, a private equity firm headquartered in Los Angeles. Mark is a graduate of Yale University and earned an MBA from Stanford Business School.

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