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!
All meetings take place on the third Monday of the month at 5:30pm and are open to the public.
Gina Curler, M.A.
Parent of CCCS student
Board PresidentI 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.
Russ Brown, M.Ed.
Retired High School IB History Teacher, Published Author
Board Vice PresidentI am an author and retired educator. During my three decades in the classroom, I 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. My TEDxRapidCity talk on how to view the role of students in the education system has received over 160,000 views, making it that event’s most viewed talk.
Anthony Burrell, CPA
School Outreach Coordinator, New Harmony High School, New Orleans
Board TreasurerI 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.
Chris Whitman, B.S.M.E., MBA
Manager of Product Strategy and Design
Board SecretaryI love to solve problems! Over the course of my career, I have focused my professional development on becoming a process and product improvement superhero with a singular focus on customer delight. I mostly use my powers for good, but I sometimes use them for awesome! I am equal parts design thinker, engineer, problem solver, manager of chaos, diplomat and educator in the mechanical and software product development industries. I am currently a Product Manager at Hewlett Packard Inc., focusing on bringing a delightful new app to hundreds of millions of users. Outside of work, I have a passion for climbing tall mountains, and I have a second job as a live performance musical mixmaster. Lastly, I am the father of a Compass student, who definitely uses their powers for awesome!
Christophe Febvre, MSEE
Board MemberI was born and (largely) raised in Fort Collins. I spent all but three of my school years in the PSD system (with the others spent in Grenoble, France) and I sent my three kids through PSD as well. I am an electrical engineer by training, and a local business owner by trade managing a company that provides product development as a service to other companies and start-ups. After coaching soccer and volunteering in schools through my kids’ formative years, I expanded my volunteer efforts by first serving on the Fort Collins Economic Advisory Commission. I followed this by serving for 8 years on the PSD Board of Education (BOE). The time on PSD’s BOE was a great civics lesson and provided me with extensive learning about the many facets of education. Educating the youngest population remains a central interest and passion for me. I believe that high-quality education is foundational to every person, fundamentally important to the country, and at the heart of our ever-present mission to create a positive fairing community and planet.
Hannah Nelson, M. Ed
Board MemberI grew up along the shore of Lake Michigan in Evanston, IL. I spent several summers at Camp Echo, a YMCA camp and outdoor education center. It is nestled on a 427-acre plot--housing different ecosystems and a variety of flora and fauna; this was where my love for the outdoors and teaching began. This passion for nature and education led me around the country, from Philadelphia, PA to Burlington, VT to Madison, WI, and finally here to Boulder, CO. The titles I have held at different schools vary widely--science teacher, sports teacher, math teacher, wilderness trip leader, special educator, Dean of Students, Educator Outreach Coordinator, Head of High School, and Assistant Head of School. My goal has stayed the same: to support educators and to provide meaningful education in a creative way that will inspire students to do their best. I believe that patience, encouragement, creativity, and consistency help to create a positive and supportive environment that teaches the whole child,