Advisory Council


Advisory Council members are a community of champions for Telluride Mountain School.
They provide service by acting as ambassadors to further communicate and advance
the mission of the school. Through their diverse knowledge and perspectives, the
following members play a unique and important role in our community.


After earning a BS in Organizational Communications and Marketing from Arizona State University in 1988, Michael worked in Chicago in sales for MCI National Accounts and later, Worldcom.  After eight years in Chicago, Michael moved to Scottsdale, AZ where he worked with Frontier Communications and Global Crossing in Major and National Accounts. Michael has been involved in numerous charitable organizations, some of his charitable endeavors include: the Boys and Girls Clubs, Children’s Cancer Network, Whispering Hope Ranch, the Telluride Foundation and Telluride Adaptive Sports Program.


Harley has been a long time Trustee and Telluride Mountain School supporter. Harley has worked in Chicago, Amsterdam, London, Bangkok, East Harlem and Telluride. Her public service has included Commissioner for the City of New York, with the Giuliani Administration and Telluride Town Council with Planning & Zoning and HARC. Harley has a breadth of nonprofit experience, including: Outward Bound, Manhattan Institute, City Harvest, One to One Mentoring, and a former Board of Trustee for Telluride Mountain School.


Anne works in the market research industry, as Senior Qualitative Strategist and focus group moderator for Elevated Insights in Colorado Springs, telecommuting from her home office in Telluride. Her two grown sons, Sandy and Robert, attended the Mountain School for a cumulative total of 20 years. In addition to her work with the school, Anne currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Yale University Alumni Fund. She is a graduate of Greenwich High School in Greenwich, CT, and received her B.A. in Economics, cum laude, from Yale University.


Virginia Egger served as Telluride’s city manager before joining Seth Cagin to found Telluride Mountain School in January, 1999. Her two daughters, Kroger and Sophia Schwartz, were two of the school’s first students. Virginia has served on the boards of the Imogene Pass Run and Telluride’s MountainFilm Festival. An economics graduate from the University of Colorado, Virginia also attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Summer Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.


Grace duPont Engbring moved to Telluride in 1977. She spent the winters of the 1980s working for Wasatch Powderbird Guides, a heli-skiing operation in Snowbird, Utah. She and her husband, Paul, have three grown children and are enthusiastic advocates for children and education in Telluride. To that end, Grace is a founder of the original Telluride Montessori School and has served in varying capacities on the Telluride Mountain School board and now the Advisory board since 1995. Grace attended the Tower Hill School in Wilmington, DE, and the University of Colorado.


Carl’s personal and professional interests closely parallel those of the Mountain School mission. Carl’s resume details an extensive background in foreign languages, as he believes that the understanding and mastery of language can help to bridge cultural divides and foster better international relations. He holds a BA in French and Political Science from Middlebury College, a Masters in Spanish from Middlebury College, and a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.


Lynn is a lawyer who telecommutes (and occasionally commutes) as Counsel in the Business Restructuring and Insolvency practice in the New York office of Hogan Lovells US LLP, a global top 10 law firm. Lynn and her sons, James Roberts (a TMS alumnus) and Will Roberts, a 2019 graduate hail from New Orleans and New York, and spent ten years from 1994 to 2005 visiting Telluride before making a permanent, full-time move to Telluride in August of 2005.  Lynn is an avid skier, runner, hiker and enthusiastic supporter of TMS.


Jim has held numerous teaching and administrative positions at leading educational institutions around the country. These include serving as Director of Admissions at Cheshire Academy, a trustee of the Salisbury School and Headmaster of the Cedu School. In addition to his passion for education, Jim is passionate about horses and is certified in the Eponaquest model of equine assisted learning. His deepest passion, is for his two grandsons who currently attend the Telluride Mountain School.


Casey McManemin is a long-time second homeowner. Casey has watched with interest as the Mountain School has grown over the years. As the product of an independent school education himself, he views the Mountain School as an asset to the community, one he would like to support as it moves towards sustainability. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University, and before that of St. Mark’s School in Dallas, a 100-year- old independent day school, with enrollment of about 850 boys in grades one through twelve.


Originally from Norway, Trond came to the US for college and graduated with an MBA from UCLA. During his studies in the US he competed in the decathlon winning the NCAA title and competing in the 1984 summer Olympics. After a career in investment banking at Smith Barney, he moved to Boston and was co-head of international equities and a partner at Wellington Management. As a volunteer, Trond has spent significant time and effort working on financial access and microfinance in several Eastern African countries.


Holds a BA in classical studies and an MA in English from Middlebury College, Karen Walker has served TMS since 1998 as a board member, teacher, preschool administrator, head of lower school, associate head of school, and interim head. Previously she taught literature, language skills, and horseback riding at a boys’ boarding school.  She holds a BA in classics from Middlebury College and an MA in English from the Bread Loaf School of English. Karen grew up in Louisville, KY and Harrisburg, PA, where she graduated from Harrisburg Academy.