Our Foundation

The Mountain Village Charter School Foundation is a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is support the mission and vision of the Mountain Village Charter School.

Our Board of Directors:

Katy Gautsch has worked in the non-profit field for 13 years, in several different states, always serving children and families. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology. Never one to hold just one job, Katy has held complimentary positions throughout the years, working in developmental preschools, serving as a NH Reads AmeriCorps member, and teaching skiing to children. Currently Katy manages two programs for a local non-profit. The first is a diagnostic child development clinic. The second program is a statewide program working with children with chronic health conditions and their families. Katy oversees a volunteer family council, which helps to direct services and activities for the program. Katy is an active volunteer in the communities in which she lives and works, sitting on many dynamic committees, with the belief that serving community is a solid investment in social capital. Katy is one of the 2012 award recipients for NH Public Citizen of the Year. She lives in Rumney, NH with her husband Josh Nossaman and their son, Emmit and daughter, Olive. Katy was inspired to pursue this project because her whole family believes nature based education blended with a Montessori approach is critical to a successful education.

Thea Dodds is a professional photographer and author. She started the wedding and portrait photography business, Authentic Eye Photography, in 2005. Thea co- founded the internationally recognized non-profit, Greener Photography, in 2008. Thea has over 15 years experience as a photographer, 8 years experience as a business owner and 4 years experience as a non-profit board member. She earned a Bachelors degree in photography and anthropology from Hampshire College in 2001. Her photography work has been featured in gallery shows, published in various magazines including Newsweek, ABC, CNN, The Huffington Post and others and has received recognition in international competitions. She has developed a wide range of skills as a sole-proprietor including marketing, strategic planning, budgeting and bookkeeping. Thea is also the proud parent of 2 young children, Kyra (3 years) and Aubrie (6 months). She was inspired to pursue this project after seeing her daughter Kyra thrive at Mid-State Montessori pre-school in Plymouth, NH. Thea currently lives with her family in Rumney, NH on a mini-farm with chickens, maple syrup production and honeybees.

Rodney Ekstrom works at Plymouth State University and has since arriving in New Hampshire in 2002. He currently serves as the director of alumni relations where he leads a sixteen-member volunteer board of directors in alumni engagement and programming efforts, and supervises the annual fund director. Rodney’s background is in outdoor education, and he has worked in various capacities in that field in New England and the Rocky Mountains. He has a master of education degree from Plymouth State University in Adventure Education, and a bachelor of arts in English from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Rodney currently resides in Rumney, NH with his wife, Angel, and their two-year old son, Bridger. They enjoy outdoor pursuits as a family, and can often be found exploring the woods and waters that surround their home.

Bryan Felice is the founding owner of Undustrial Timber Frames, LLC, an ecologically minded design/build firm. In addition to construction management, Bryan teaches sustainable building and sustainable life skills courses at Plymouth State University and Colby Sawyer College. He attended U Mass Lowell and graduated with a B.A. in Developmental Psychology in 1997. Bryan received his Masters in Education in 2002, focusing on Environmental Education from Antioch New England.

Bryan has worked in various capacities in the environmental field including leading semester long field studies programs at Antioch College. He has also developed and led international programs in Cuba and Mexico for undergraduate and graduate students. Bryan sits on the Board of Directors at D Acres and is actively involved in various community efforts to teach rural arts and education programs for children and adults.

Jamie Hannon is an Assistant Professor of Adventure Education in Plymouth State University’s Department of Health and Human Performance, where he also coordinates the M.Ed. program in Adventure Learning. He has worked at Plymouth State University since 2006, teaching a variety of practical and theoretical courses in adventure and environmental education. His research interests include the role of nature in human growth and development, psycho-evolutionary aspects of the human-nature relationship, the use of unstructured natural environments in education settings, and the use of wilderness experience programming for the purposes of spiritual growth. Jamie first worked in education in 1981, and he has been directly involved in outdoor and environmental education since 1985. He has been a field instructor and program director for outdoor education centers, a wilderness educator throughout North America, a classroom teacher of Biology and Literacy, youth counselor and mentor in the Lakes Region, and college professor. Jamie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies and Biology from St. Lawrence University and a Master of Science degree in Forest Recreation Management from the University of Maine, as well as a Doctor of Education degree from Plymouth State University. Jamie lives in Wentworth, NH with his wife, Danielle and their two young daughters, Heron and Corva.