Governing Board Appreciation
from the April 18th Meeting
Parent involvement in schools is crucial for the academic success of children. Studies have consistently shown that students whose parents are involved in their education have high academic achievement. When parents are involved in the school community, it helps create a positive culture and sense of community. Monte del Sol and the Governing Council extend their appreciation to all MDS families who attend conferences and work closely with teachers and administration in support of students. We are particularly grateful to those parents who have taken the time to participate in the Parent Association, Equity Council, fundraisers, dances, sports, etc. Your participation directly impacts student growth and well-being and supports Monte del Sol Charter School to further its mission of educating and inspiring Santa Fe’s youth.
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Peter Mitchell, President
Peter Mitchell has spent the majority of his career focused on international, statewide and local economic and community development initiatives. Initially, he managed international business programs and directed urban development efforts for the Fort Worth Texas Chamber of Commerce for three years. Subsequently, he returned to his native New Mexico to direct the Economic Development Division and Space Commercialization Division for the NM Economic Development Department from 1997 through 2004. He was then appointed as the economic development director for the City of Albuquerque, where he served from 2007 through 2009. He returned to the NM Economic Development Department in 2017, where he works as the regional economic development representative for Taos, Rio Arriba, Los Alamos, and Santa Fe counties. Peter has also served as the Interim Director of the Department’s Outdoor Recreation Division from January to September of 2019. From September 2019 to the present, Mitchell maintains his role as regional representative, while recently serving as the Deputy Director of the Outdoor Recreation Division. Overall, Mr. Mitchell has over 18 years of economic development experience.
Mr. Mitchell holds a B.A. in English Literature from Williams College and a Master’s of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Anne Salzman, Vice President
Anne has lived at, attended, or worked in schools most of her life. She spent her early years on the campus of Verde Valley School in Sedona, AZ until her family moved to Massachusetts, where she attended high school, college (Hampshire College and University of Massachusetts) and graduate school (Harvard Graduate School of Education). She was Director of Counseling at Phoenix Country Day School in Phoenix, Head of School at Verde Valley School, Assistant Head Learner and Head Learner at Monte del Sol, and Head of School at The MASTERS Program for 10 years until her retirement in June 2020. She now focuses on travel, spending time with her husband, dogs and cat, reading, volunteering and appreciating the beauty of New Mexico.
Sean Pilgrim, Secretary
With over 15 years in the IT industry, Sean Pilgrim is no stranger to the world of technology. After graduating from Monte Del Sol in 2005, he successfully launched his own IT business and has since collaborated with various companies and startups to optimize their tech strategies. Sean’s passion lies in making advanced technology accessible and beneficial for everyone. Beyond his professional pursuits, Sean has a deep appreciation for gaming and music, and he channels some of his creativity into producing online content. Above all, he values his role as a dedicated father and husband, always striving for balance in his multifaceted life.
Yalithza Salcido, Treasurer
Yalithza is a native Santa Fean, who has worked in finance for the past 12 years. Yalithza attended and graduated with Honors from Capital High School. She currently resides in Santa Fe with her husband Manuel, and their two children. She looks forward to supporting Monte Del Sol.
Anthony Bowles, Board Member
Anthony was born and raised in Santa Fe, NM. He attended Santa Fe Public Schools. After high school, Anthony started working with the state of New Mexico in various capacities. He also worked with the Santa Fe Public Schools for 2 years. After 27 years in both, he retired. Anthony is currently working at a Credit Union that serves teachers in Northern New Mexico. He is a proud father of a Monte del Sol 9th grader.