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Board | The Ivy School


We are grateful for our passionate and engaged board members

The Ivy School Board Regular Meeting Agenda

Each regular meeting of The Ivy School Board of Directors is open to the public and includes reports from The Ivy School Executive Director and board of directors committees, board business as applicable, and an opportunity for public comment.

Public comment is limited to ten minutes. Attendees are reminded to limit comments to allow time for others to speak. Public comment is an opportunity for attendees to model respectful and constructive communication for our students while maintaining confidentiality. Attendees are reminded to refrain from using names and sharing identifying details. The Ivy School has a formal complaint process described in the Student Parent Handbook.

Board Minutes are at the bottom of this page

Being a member of the Ivy Board of Directors is a great way to support and influence the direction of the Ivy School while working with a dedicated team of colleagues who value diversity of opinion and collaboration. We welcome new members with unique skills, unique perspectives, passion for education, and an excitement to initiate improvements to the organization.

We seek both parents and greater community members for the following roles:

  • Treasurer who works with the school CPA and administration to oversee the school’s financial health. Read more about this position.
  • Member-at-large with philanthropic or fundraising experience
  • Member-at-large with a legal background
  • Member-at-large with experience in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Members-at-large to support general board efforts

Ivy Board Member Commitments

Most new members agree to a one or two-year commitment upon initiation and enter as “At-Large” (not officers) members. At minimum, the board meets once per month (on Monday eves) as a group with Ivy Administration. As well, during the year the members may gather for training, strategy, project, or emergency sessions. This varies by year. Monthly time commitments, depending on role, range from 1-3 hours per month, including meetings.


Psyched or just curious? Either way, please fill out our Board Interest form online, and we will be in touch. We look forward to hearing from you!

 Regular board meetings are every 4th Monday of the month (5pm-6pm), except where noted on the main Ivy calendar. 

The Ivy School Board of Directors serves the school community by overseeing the fiscal, legal, ethical, and executive administrative leadership of the school to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization. We work collaboratively with the Executive Director to advance the school’s educational and equity missions. The board members are honored to serve in these roles that deliver a K-8 public charter Montessori education to Portland children.

Board members bring a diversity of experiences and backgrounds to the Ivy Board as parents and greater community members, overseeing the school and accomplishing short and long-term projects. Notably in 2019 the board worked with school leadership to initiate a capital campaign that combined funds from donations, a property sale, and loans to purchase the current school campus, achieving a long-time vision of bringing two school campuses together. In 2021-2022 the Ivy Board is raising the level of focus on equity and anti-racism through several initiatives, plus starting to focus on more efforts around fundraising in collaboration with Ivy Administration. Members are encouraged to initiate projects that align with the school mission and advance the mutual goals of the board and administration.

Being a member of the Ivy Board of Directors is a significant way to support and influence the direction of the school while working with a dedicated team of colleagues who value diversity of opinion and collaboration. The Board is honored to serve a free public Montessori school that builds independence, leadership, and a love for learning, coupled with social justice and inclusiveness. We welcome new board members with unique skills, unique perspectives, passion for education, and an excitement to initiate improvements to the organization.

Ivy School Resolution


Colleen Roberts

Colleen Roberts

Board Chair

I am a native New Yorker and moved to Portland in 2002. After graduating from Dominican College with my BSN in 1998, I worked as an RN in the Emergency Room most of my career. I graduated with a Masters Degree (MSN) in Leadership and Management in 2017 and now I am back in  graduate school earning my Post Masters Certificate to become a nurse practitioner.

I have been involved with the Ivy School since 2010 and currently have a daughter attending Ivy. I was the Board Secretary from 2010-2013. After taking a few years off, I re-joined the board in 2015. My current position is Board Chair and I am humbled to work with a community that is passionate and dedicated to the Ivy School and its mission and vision.

In my downtime, I enjoy spending time with my family. Portland and the surrounding area caterers to the outdoor enthusiast. Having said that, you can likely find me hiking in the gorge or at the beach. 

Lisa Larpenteur

Lisa Larpenteur


I have a  daughter at the Ivy School,  Rylee (12) in 7th grade, and an Ivy alum, Ally, in high school. I was a member of the original design team for The Ivy School and was the first Treasurer of the Ivy School Board. After a two-year break, I re-joined the board in 2015.

I make my living as a Corporate Banker and am currently Managing Director and Senior

Relationship Manager for Wells Fargo Bank. I started my career at First Interstate Bank in 1994, then left for three years to work for Scotia Capital in their Corporate Banking Group. I returned to Wells Fargo in 2001 in the U.S. Corporate Banking Group, and now lead a team covering a portfolio of 19 Large Corporate Energy and Power relationships in the WesternUnited States.

My education includes a B.S. in Finance from the University of Oregon, and I am licensed in the Series 7 and 63. I am a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) and an active member of the local and national Association for Financial Professionals (AFP).

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, dancing, music, skiing and hiking with the girls.

Eric Scott

Eric Scott

Board Member

I am honored to serve on Ivy’s board of directors and to support Ivy’s mission to build self-esteem by cultivating a child’s inner directive, motivating them to become lifelong learners and community leaders modeling grace, courtesy and peace. For over 25 years I have worked for social justice, internationally and domestically, with innovative education and health projects. I currently work as the Vice President for Prevention and Program Alignment for South West Washington Accountable Community of Health (SWACH), an organization focused on improving health for low-income and disenfranchised community members. In addition to my current work in health care, I bring a variety of educational and organizational experience to my role as a director of the Ivy School including: teaching in alternative education programs for low-income former high-school drop-outs; developing a non-profit organization focused on social justice leadership development with a global perspective for low-income high school students: and training and leading teams for social justice work in Africa, South America and Asia. I look forward to working with our Ivy community.  

The belief that ones own view of reality is the only reality is the most dangerous of all delusions. ~Paul Watzlawick

Spencer Crandall

Spencer Crandall

Board Member

Originally from Massachusetts, and having attended private boarding school from the age of 12, I escaped the fast pace of the East Coast to attend The Evergreen State College in 1990. Graduating with a liberal arts degree in Natural History and Radio Broadcasting Management & Communications, I moved from Olympia, WA to Portland, OR in 1995 to live in what felt like “just a large town”.

My career from there meandered from slinging organic produce for what is now the largest organic produce wholesaler in the Northwest, to becoming a sailing crew and educator on tall ships in Puget Sound and New York, to administrative business operations of one of Portland’s largest mental health clinics, to marketing, communications and fundraising for Oregon’s largest mental health provider, to running PR campaigns for a boutique public relations firm, to becoming the Marketing Director of The Portland Jazz Festival, to running my own (one-person) marketing & communications consultancy, to business-to-business tech services marketing, to where I am now: the owner of Portland’s awesomest buy, sell, trade LEGO store.

I have two children at the Ivy School (Elena and Everett), near the front end of their educational experiences. While my children were in Montessori at a young age, I observed how much they thrived in an environment with this learning methodology. I believe strongly that there are elements of Montessori that can be applied to all learning environments to the benefit of many.Our family was fortunate enough to be accepted to The Ivy School after a difficult year of traditional education. We have much gratitude for being an Ivy family.

Being a business owner, I am a bit of a self-starter, so while working on some communications and marketing projects for the Ivy Board, I realized that I could contribute more by being a member and digging further into what makes the school a special place. As a board member, I plan to contribute in ways that help the Ivy School feel more connected through
communications, and to assist in areas where the school can receive more financial support toward its vision.

Jim Livermore

Jim Livermore

Board Memeber

Jim Livermore works as a project manager for Weyerhaeuser Company in Vancouver, Washington, where he oversees the design and construction of capital projects in the Wood Products industry.  He has been doing this for over thirty years.

In his spare time Jim enjoys spending time with his daughter, Charlotte, who is nine and a third grader in the Morrison Bridge classroom at Ivy Elementary School.

Jim lives with his wife Jones, his mother-in-law Bonnie, his daughter Charlotte, and their cat Ezmerelda in Northeast Portland

Tracy MacDonald

Tracy MacDonald

Board Memeber

I am thrilled to be serving on the Board this year!

I grew up in Rhode Island, and attended one of the first experimental elementary school in the country. I remember loving the blended classes and the meaningful, independently driven work. In this spirit, I love being part of the Ivy community. I really do love our school!

My family and I moved to Portland in 2000, after I graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Communications and Women’s Studies. In a strange twist of fate, I ended up working as a writer and producer for video and film. I’ve worked on a variety of projects locally, nationally, and more recently, internationally, with a special focus on educational travel, conservation/restoration, higher education, people with disabilities, and the arts. Last year I was all over the place – in Africa and Borneo working on a film about women in Great Ape conservation, here in Portland producing segments about Oregon artists for the television show Oregon Art Beat, and coast to coast producing a project addressing social mobility in higher education and its connection to the growing wealth gap in the US. Whew! I’m actually quite happy to be working locally this year, although I do miss the adventure travel brings. Most of all, through my work over the years, I have been privileged to connect with people from all walks of life. I’m ever curious, and always looking for ways to grow both individually, and as part of my larger community(s).

My daughter attended Ivy during her middle school years (now five years ago!), and my son is a 4th grader in his third Ivy year. It’s been wonderful to witness Ivy’s growth.

I believe schools are at their strongest when they seek to serve all potential students and families in their community, with special attention given to those who have been historically and currently minoritized through broader policy and practice. I am impressed with Ivy’s continued focus on implementing true diversity and inclusion practices. So many positive changes!

I am also truly grateful, and inspired, by the way our admin, teachers, and staff have worked with students and families to keep our community thriving during this pandemic. I look forward to our continued evolution!

Tom Bull

Tom Bull

Board Memeber

A higher education and non-profit professional with more than 20 years of experience in Institutional Advancement, constituent engagement, and nonprofit work. Tom has been in the nonprofit world since 1993 supporting relevant and impactful programs that support local and national communities including participation with student mentoring, alumni volunteer networks for Northwestern University and Loyola University Chicago, and scholarship programs. Some additional community work includes volunteer work with NAACP, local food insecurities programs and the National Conference. Professional work includes tenures with Portland State University, Bastyr University, Northwestern University, and Loyola University Chicago. Tom earned his bachelor’s degree at Loyola University Chicago and a master’s degree from Northwestern University. He enjoys traveling, running, hiking, and skiing.
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**February 2014 Board Meeting was canceled due to inclement weather.

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