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.
Nathan Johnson (Chairman) 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.
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.
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.
Tom Kimball has spent his career in media production and business marketing. Prior to starting Kimball Productions with his son, Ben, in 2006, Tom worked as a creative director, producer, and performer in film, television and theatre since 1976. His favorite TV role was playing opposite Dick Van Dyke in A Twist of the Knife. Tom served in the Air Force as a Chief Enlisted Manager for public affairs for Air Force Space Command and Air Force. He holds a degree in Public Affairs. Tom is also a published author of, That’s How I Remember It!, which is being adapted for film.
Tom’s three grandchildren all attend (or are alumni of) Ambleside Colorado. Tom volunteers at the school regularly, and in particular, he lends a hand directing students in the annual Shakespeare program. Tom, with his son as Kimball Productions, is also very active in helping get the word out for Ambleside Schools International and Ambleside Colorado, through film and video production. “I am amazed and inspired by the students’ growth and maturity under the influence of Charlotte Mason’s teaching philosophy. I see this affecting every aspect of their lives. It’s a blessing and joy to behold.”
Scott Borger earned an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Denver and a BA in Business Administration from Covenant College. He also studied Predictive Analytics at Northwestern University. While in business school, Scott worked as a strategy consultant and business plan writer, helping a biotech company secure venture capital for continued growth. Upon graduating, Scott began his career as a management consultant, guiding a wide variety of businesses through strategic planning and financial modeling. In the following decade, Scott led an analytics team at a very large healthcare organization and served as the CFO of a medium sized company. Currently, Scott leads an Innovation team focused on bringing new products and businesses to market. From 2015-2018, he served as a founding vestry (board) member at his church.
Scott and his wife Rebecca were first attracted to Ambleside while searching for an educational environment for their children that marries humility with excellence, academic rigor with joyful learning, and habit formation with character development. He is inspired by the students’ continual growth and looks forward to seeing the impact they will make in their communities.
Eliza Lewis who is originally from Augusta, GA, and her family made their way to Littleton in 2008. Prior to settling in Littleton, she and her husband lived in the suburbs of Philadelphia for two years where she was introduced to educational philosophies outside of the traditional public school setting. In 2009, she welcomed her first child and from there started exploring educational philosophies that matched her and her husband’s worldview. It was at an Ambleside open house, when her son was just three years old, where she was first introduced to Charlotte Mason.
Eliza is the mother of 3 children who are all enrolled at Ambleside and an active member of the Ambleside community. When not busy with family and Ambleside activities, Eliza actively serves her church by leading the women’s discipleship ministry. Prior to choosing to be a stay at home mom, Eliza worked in UK international operations and in mortgage backed securities of Merrill Lynch for 5 years. In addition, she spent 2 years working as an administrator for a Christian non-profit. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Valdosta State University.
Andrew Hayes, as Principal, is a non-voting member of the Board of Trustees
Board Emeritus Members
Co-Founder – Gregory H. Lorden As a business leader, coach, consultant, scout leader, men’s study group leader and co-founder of Ambleside School of Colorado, Greg’s consistent passion has been character development. Greg spent 30 years in the technology business, most recently as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Americas at Business Objects until the company was purchased. In addition to his involvement at Ambleside School of Colorado, he serves on the board of Ambleside Schools International. He engages C -level leaders through Leadership Accountability, his executive coach firm, assisting in building a culture that balances relationship and performance. He graduated from Bridgewater College with a BS in Business Administration. Greg has enjoyed coaching his four children and others for 26 seasons in various sports. Greg and his wife Kimberley are delighted to have had all of their children benefit from an Ambleside education for more than 18 years.
Co-Founder – Kimberley Lorden and her husband Greg joyfully co-founded Ambleside School of Colorado in 2010, where she served as Director of Admissions through 2016 and as a board member until 2019. Kimberley discovered the beauty of a Charlotte Mason education when her children began attending an Ambleside School in Virginia in 2000. Her parenting and marriage were transformed through what she learned. In 2003, Kimberley began to serve on the Board of Trustees of that school, which she found to be a rich and life-changing experience.
In 2006, the Lorden’s moved to Littleton, Colorado, and in 2008 they briefly home-schooled their children, ages 4 to 13, as the family traveled for most of a year in a motorhome through the US and Canada. After experiencing other schools, they realized how unique Ambleside’s education is for children, and they began to pray for the Lord to open doors for such a school to be established in Colorado!
Kimberley 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 Washington, DC where she worked for a Member of Congress as a Legislative Director and Ways and Means staff for six years, until her first child was born. After this she spent the majority of her time raising three sons and a daughter with her husband, Greg. Kimberley loves Ambleside’s educational philosophy, her church, reading, hiking, skiing, and finding adventures while exploring with family and friends.
Chaplain – Dr. Bentley Tate 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.
Instructional Philosophy Consultant to the Board – Leesa Waliszewski served Ambleside as its beloved founding Principal beginning in 2010 and continued in that role until 2016 when she became a Board member for three years. Leesa also works with Ambleside Schools International to support member schools. 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.
From left: Greg Lorden, Bentley Tate, Andrew Hayes, Bill St. Cyr
Front Row from left: Kimberley Lorden, Diana Guetig
Not Pictured: Nathan Johnson, Tom Kimball, Scott Borger, and Eliza Lewis