Ambleside School is a board run school. Additional members may be added from within the community after those families have attended the school for at least one year. Board members show an understanding and commitment to the philosophy on which Ambleside is founded, demonstrate a willingness to humbly give of their time to support the school, and have wisdom and skills that will lead the school into the future.
Greg Lorden (Board Chair) has a business degree with a concentration in economics from Bridgewater College in Virginia. After progressively challenging roles in systems, sales and sales management, Greg started the Federal practice for Business Objects in Washington, D.C. There Greg had the opportunity to apply integrity-based leadership principles through five levels of organizational responsibilities, where the team set records in quota attainment, business acumen and employee retention.
Greg left his position as SVP and GM Americas from Business Objects after the company was acquired by SAP. His passion is the study and application of real-world leadership. While exposed to Ambleside as a supportive husband, Greg’s enthusiasm grew as he saw his children’s love for learning blossom while they attended Ambleside. Greg saw habits of character formed, and excellent communication skills developed, as part of their Ambleside education. He also serves on the Board of Ambleside Schools International and has drafted a handbook for starting an Ambleside school. Greg currently has his own business consulting to C Level executives.
Dr. Bentley Tate (Vice Chair) has practiced as an Emergency Medicine Doctor in Colorado since 1993, but he has most enjoyed investing in his family and ministry pursuits. He holds an M.D. from the University of Maryland Medical School (1990) and completed specialized training at the London School of Tropical Medicine (1994). After medical training, he obtained a Master’s of Divinity from Denver Seminary (1999). In 2000 he traveled to the country of Myanmar and quickly sensed he was to have a longer-term involvement there. He co-founded Asia Heartbeat in 2003, a non-profit ministry caring for orphaned and abandoned children in Myanmar.
For the last decade, Bentley has been Director of the ER at Colorado Plains Medical Center in Fort Morgan. His leadership roles in the last 15 years have included serving as President of the Board of Alternatives Pregnancy Center, Elder in his church, Licensed Preacher in the Presbyterian Church of America and President of Asia Heartbeat. With three of their four children at Ambleside Colorado, he and Sandra, his wife of 18 years, seek to return the blessing the school and its people have been to them.
Diana Guetig earned a Master of Education in Gifted and Talented Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education at George Mason University in Virginia. She taught kindergarten and third grade in Fairfax County Public Schools before moving with her husband to Colorado in 1994. Diana stayed at home helping to raise their three boys for seventeen years.
Diana was introduced to Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of educating children when looking for a school for her third son. Impressed by the approach to learning, she not only enrolled her son but also became a teacher in the opening year of Ambleside Colorado. She taught third and fourth grades for several years at Ambleside. Since then, she has continued to support students and teachers at Ambleside by spending many hours in a volunteer role to assist, train, and substitute in the classrooms.
From 2010 to 2016 Diana served as a Ruling Elder on the Cherry Hills Community Church Board and is currently involved at CHCC in music ministry as a worship leader and choir member.
Kimberley Lorden has an MBA in Finance and a BSBA in Business Management from the University of Denver. She worked for Shearson Lehman between her degrees and then moved to the Washington, DC area where she worked for a Congressman as Legislative Director and Ways and Means staff person for six years until her first child was born. After that child enrolled in an Ambleside School in Virginia, her focus changed to education, and she became passionate about this way of educating that brought her children a love for God, for learning and for school. In 2003, she began to serve on the Board of Trustees of Ambleside School in Herndon, VA, which she found to be a rich and life-changing experience.
In 2006, the Lorden’s moved to Littleton, Colorado where Kimberley began to lead Charlotte Mason discussion groups and participate in Ambleside Internships. In 2008 she spent a semester homeschooling her own four children, then ages 4 to 13, using Ambleside’s curriculum and method as the family traveled in a motor-home throughout the western US and Canada. A decade of experience with Ambleside and a strong heart leading brought her to joyfully begin Ambleside of Colorado with her husband Greg in 2010.
Dr. Bill St. Cyr’s academic and professional life has centered on the process by which men and women grow to a maturity which reflects the person of Jesus. His academic pursuits have included political philosophy (B.A., Louisiana State University), historical theology and spirituality with an emphasis on the patristic period (M.A., Catholic University of America), and pastoral counseling (M.S. and Ph.D., Loyola of Maryland). Bill has been a youth minister, provided leadership to a discipleship ministry on Capitol Hill, served as assistant to the Chaplain of the United States Senate, and spent thousands of hours counseling committed believers whose life experience has been something less than love, joy, peace, patience, and kindness. Since 2001, Bill has been working with his wife to foster a reformation in education. He currently serves as Executive Director of Ambleside Schools International.
Leesa Waliszewski served Ambleside as its beloved founding Principal beginning in 2010 and continued in that role until 2016 when she changed roles to lend her wisdom as a Board Member. Prior to coming to Ambleside, Leesa served for a decade as the Dean of Instructional Philosophy overseeing the curriculum, educational methods and approach to instruction at The Classical Academy’s five campuses in Colorado Springs, serving over 2500 students. After graduating from Oral Roberts University with a BA degree in Elementary Education, she obtained her Colorado Teacher certification and taught for five years in the public school system in the Colorado Springs area. After the birth of her children, she enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom and eventually homeschooling her children for several years. In 1997 she joined the inaugural staff of The Classical Academy (TCA), a charter school in north Colorado Springs. In the third year of its existence, she started TCA’s Cottage School program, partnering with homeschooling families in the area. Leesa considers it a “dream come true” to have the opportunity to serve children, families, and staff in a school with Charlotte Mason’s philosophy and a Christ-centered atmosphere.
Nathan Johnson earned a Masters in Real Estate and Construction Management from Denver University; a Masters in Public Administration from International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan; and an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Nebraska. During and following his undergraduate years, Nathan ran his family’s furniture business until it was sold in 2007. Subsequently, he moved to China to study Mandarin and visit furniture factories. In 2008, he relocated to Denver to propose to his wife Ann. Upon the move to Denver, he switched career tracts beginning a job at UDR, a publically traded multifamily REIT based in Highlands Ranch, CO. At UDR, Nathan has had various roles within IT and Operations; presently, he is the Director of Corporate Services.
Nathan became acquainted with Ambleside while researching schools with his wife Ann for their oldest son. After experiencing three years of Ambleside education with his children, he has been most impressed with the focus on habit and character formation and the love of learning cultivated into each child.
Andrew Hayes, as Principal, is a non-voting member of the Board of Trustees
Current Board Members from left: Greg Lorden, Bentley Tate, Andrew Hayes, Bill St. Cyr
Front Row from left: Kimberley Lorden, Diana Guetig
Not Pictured: Leesa Waliszewski and Nathan Johnson