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Board of Trustees

The BMS Board of Trustees meets monthly at the school. Board meetings are open to the public.

Board Members

President: Martha Sullivan

Secretary & Treasurer: Luke Staengl
Luke is a visionary pioneer in many fields of human endeavor – from learning to understand the human psyche, sociology, as well as practical solutions to some of the worlds pressing problems of resource conservation and environmental preservation. Because of his interest in a different approach to education he co-founded Blue Mountain School in the early 80s, and is a strong supporter, both morally and financially. He is keenly interested in seeing the school grow and blossom, and wants to see more diverse curricula, more classes for the older kids, and eventually an alternative high school with affiliations to the colleges and universities in the area, as well as apprenticeships with local farmers and industries. He founded an Intentional Community in the Blue Ridge Mountains (Anahata Bio-Community) and a revolutionary education center (Anahata Education Center) which focus on personal growth, interpersonal relationship, new ways of accessing and processing our unconscious contents, and understanding human behavior and motivation. Luke has been the driving force behind several high technology environmental companies since 1979, including PESCO, PESCO-BEAM, and VENDCO LLC. He also serves as Board Member and Vice President of Sustain Floyd Organization, which focuses on creating a sustainable resilient Floyd Community, through the development of local industries which will provide markets for local crops, and creating value added industries for local raw materials, resources and talent.

Rick Parrish
Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Rick Parrish is a graduate of J.Sargeant Reynolds Community College and Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Horticulture and completed graduate-level studies in Landscape Architecture. Prior to university, he served in the United States Coast Guard and has worked in various construction, mechanical, industrial and landscaping positions. Rick has served on several nonprofit boards, including Luther Memorial Church, Blacksburg, Lutheran Student Ministry at Virginia Tech, Chrisitansburg Downtown Development Partnership, The Voluntary Action Center (President), Habitat for Humanity of The New River Valley (President), Floyd County Chamber of Commerce (President) and The Rotary Club of Floyd County (Secretary). Rick and his wife Nancy have lived in the New River Valley since 1987 and have resided in Floyd since 2008. Currently living in the Town of Floyd with Nancy, his daughter Jessi and grandchildren Tiamon and Norah, Rick is a Realtor with McCraw Real Estate & Auction Company and co-owner of Fancies & Follies Consignment Home Furnishings. Rick’s interests include gardening, music and spiritual development.

Trustee: Shanti Posadas
Blue Mountain School is very dear to me and our entire family, and I've been wanting to become more involved since one of my children started in preschool in 2011. Being in the BMS community has not only allowed my children to develop a desire and love to learn, but also to truly be(come) themselves and gain confidence and love for themselves. The same goes for me as an adult member of our community; I have found myself speaking with teachers many times throughout the years. That open and continuous dialogue between parents, teachers and board is what's needed and crucial to raise conscious children.

Trustee: Hope Sharp

Teacher Representative
Stefi Schafer (non-voting)
Shelly Emmett (non-voting)


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