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Board

Our board is comprised of parents and community members who have a vested interest in helping Compass fulfill its mission and vision. This talented team of people brings strong skills and commitment to their positions, and we are grateful for their expertise and stewardship!

  • Gina Curler, M.A.

    Parent of CCCS student

    Board President

    I have been on the search for more creative, innovative options for education since high school, when I wrote my college application essay about how school dampened my natural love of learning. The essay got me into Colorado College, which was most recently voted the most innovative college by U.S. News & World Report. After having my love of learning reignited, I went on to work on a PhD in Anthropology from UW Madison. I have over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit world, ranging from working for Colorado College's Development department, to the Center for Field Assistance and Applied Research at the Peace Corps in Washington, D.C. (her only governmental stint), to Assistant Producer at Wisconsin Public Radio's "Here on Earth." Just over a decade ago, I moved to Fort Collins to create humans (future Compass students!) and to help my husband found No Barriers, a non-profit dedicated to providing transformative experiences for people facing adversity.In my role of being "married" to No Barriers, I have worn many hats, from creating fundraising strategies, to program and curriculum development, to frankly, stuffing envelopes...Most recently, I have been involved with redeveloping the No Barriers Field Campus in Red Feather, and in creating scholarships for Lincoln Middle School students to travel to Costa Rica. When not entrenched in raising children or starting Compass and No Barriers, I enjoy ceramics and playing cello.
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    Gina Curler, M.A., Parent of CCCS student
  • Russ Brown, M.Ed.

    High School IB History Teacher, Published Author

    Board Vice President

    I am a veteran educator in the Poudre School having taught for over two decades. During that time I have worked with a wide array of students including students seeking their GED, returning to high school after dropping out, taking Advanced Placement courses, and pursuing their International Baccalaureate diploma. I have been recognized for my teaching with awards including the Colorado DAR Outstanding Teacher of American History, Poudre School District Excellence in Education Award, and Fort Collins Sam’s Club Teacher of the Year. I am the co-author of Student-as-Client (Phi Delta Kappan, March 2014) as well as articles that have been published in American Diplomacy, The American Historian, and Principal Leadership.
    Russ Brown, M.Ed
  • Anthony Burrell, CPA

    School Outreach Coordinator, New Harmony High School, New Orleans

    Board Treasurer

    I am a native of New Orleans with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of New Orleans and a CPA. I have seven years of professional services and accounting experiences, five of which were spent at Ernst & Young where I provided financial and non-financial assurance services to public and private companies, and most recently at Envestnet where I was the Revenue Manager. Looking to make a positive difference in the world, I recently completed the prestigious Education Pioneer Fellowship, a program designed to move exceptional talent in finance, management, and operations into the field of education to support innovation and growth. I have been living in Denver for the past three years. I am now working as the Finance and Accounting Controller for KIPP Colorado, and am excited to work with the Compass team and contribute to Compass Community Collaborative School as the Board Treasurer.
    Anthony Burrell
  • Chris Whitman, B.S.M.E., MBA.

    Manager of Product Strategy and Design

    Board Secretary

    I love to solve problems! Over the course of my career I have focused my personal development into becoming a process and product improvement superhero with a singular focus on customer value. I mostly use my powers for good, but I sometimes use them for awesome! I am equal parts agilest, designer, product guru, salesperson, educator, engineer, manager, consultant, and marketeer in the mechanical and software product development industries. I'm currently the Manager of Product Strategy and Design, focused on bringing a "Voice of the Customer" app to market. Outside of work, the running and mountain biking trails around Fort Collins keep me sane, and I have a second job as an event producer & live performance musical mixmaster. Lastly, I’m a son, a brother, a husband, and a father of an 11 year old boy and an 8 year old girl who definitely use their powers for awesome.
    Chris Whitman
  • Irene Nissen, B.S.B.A.

    Innovation Consultant - K-12 Education

    Board Member

    Irene Nissen has worked in the field of libraries and education for over a decade. Irene believes that technology can truly change the educational landscape by inspiring creativity, establishing a love for lifelong learning and creating opportunities for students to apply their knowledge to real-world situations. By supporting meaningful integration of technology in the classroom Irene has helped to facilitate learning opportunities in which students create connections, spark interests and establish 21st century skills that are imperative for success in the work place. Irene has provided leadership and direction during three separate school expansion projects between 2014-2017. This includes interior design work, low voltage and network mapping, and new construction oversight. Irene was recognized as one of the 2005 Young Entrepreneurs of the Year by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and has presented numerous sessions on technology infrastructure optimizations,effective technology integration in the classroom, cyber safety and 21st century learning throughout Northern Colorado. Irene is the mother of an outgoing and curious little boy. She and her husband have lived in beautiful Fort Collins since 2005. Irene holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University along with a teaching certificate for business education. She is completing her Master of Science degree in teaching and learning through CSU Global.
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    Irene Nissen