Board of stewards

The role of the Governing Council (also known as the Board of Stewards) is to uphold the mission, vision, and policies of the school. We are committed to making sure issues from our parents get addressed in a positive and timely manner. If you would like to contact the Board of Stewards, please email:

Jennifier Nichols

Board of Stewards – Chair

Jennifier Nichols graduated with her baccalaureate of Science in Nursing from Colorado Mesa University. Jennifier has nineteen years of nursing experience in several areas of nursing ranging from administration to staff nursing. During this time she has led and developed quality improvement committees and projects; assisted in developing policy and procedure manuals; and participated in several management and leadership trainings.  Jennifier brings to the board strong initiative and exceptional organizational skills. She has an extensive background in leadership and quality improvement, which are key in moving an organization forward.  Jennifier has two girls, ages 10 and 8, who attend Juniper Ridge Community School. Jennifier is passionate about Juniper Ridge Community School and the impact the school is making on not only each of its students and families but also the greater community. 


Brant McConnell

Board of Stewards – Co-Chair

Brant is the Program Coordinator for CASA of Mesa County. He was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Following high school, he attended Louisiana State University and graduated in 2012 with a degree in Psychology. Since graduating, he has worked in a variety of human service related fields including in-home healthcare, education, and advocacy services. He has worked specifically in youth services for the past five years and has found that he has a passion for helping youth in all walks of life. 


George Rau

Board of Stewards – Treasurer

Bio coming soon


Cathy Staten

Board of Stewards – Secretary

Bio coming soon


Alane Griggs

Board of Stewards – Member

Bio coming soon


Amy Cyr

Board of Stewards – Member

Amy has lived in the Grand Junction area for the last 15 years. She is a wife and mother to 4 kids who all attend JRCS. She is a small business owner of a cake bakery. She serves on the board of local riding club. She has been a very active parent for the last 5 years at the school, helping with everything from teacher needs to setting up and driving for field trips, to helping coordinate fundraisers. In her free time she does lots of different kinds of crafts with a couple of her favorites being quilting and crocheting. She loves animals and enjoys hobby farm life and riding horses. 


Andrea Haitz

Board of Stewards – Member

Andrea Haitz is a native of Grand Junction, CO. She is a full-time Realtor® and has been working in real estate for over 13 years. Andrea has been married to her husband, Greg, for over 20 years. They have 3 children and they love to travel and spend time outdoors.
Andrea loves to give back and has volunteered for many roles in the Grand Junction area. She has served on the Grand Junction Area Realtor Association Board of Directors, The Juniper Ridge Community School Board of Directors, Chair for 2019. She currently sits on the City of Grand Junction Planning Commission. Andrea and her family also volunteer with their church and other non-profit organizations in the area.


Felicia Draughon

Board of Stewards – Member

Felicia has served on the JRCS Board since September 2018. Her daughter Mariah, now in 7th grade will be one of the first students to graduate from Juniper Ridge as part of the original kindergarten class. Her older sister Alivia attended JRCS from 3rd to 8th grade and is now thriving as a sophomore at GJHS.

Seeing her children grow and learn from our rich curriculum over the past 7 years has solidified Felicia’s commitment to extending this unique opportunity to families in the Grand Valley. She deeply values our philosophy of “educating the whole child by integrating academics, arts, movement, nature, and social responsibility into everyday learning.”  Felicia has seen how this “Whole Child” approach encourages curiosity and outside-the-box thinking while giving them tools to be resourceful and resilient during times of constant change.
Felicia and her family moved to the Grand Valley in 2006 and immediately fell in love with the community and all it has to offer. Grand Junction has been a wonderful place to raise her girls and grow her small business. As a hairstylist, she is a natural at making friends and connecting people. She brings this skill of community building to assist in growing the JRCS family as a Board member.


Lane Myers

Board of Stewards – Member

Bio coming soon 

Nicole Miller

Board of Stewards – Member

Nicole Miller is a mother of two girls, ages 13 and 15, who both attended Juniper Ridge and is a founding member and past Board Chair of Juniper Ridge. She is from Pasadena, CA and studied at the University of Colorado at Boulder majoring in Business Management and minoring in Italian. Her background is in the commercial real estate field, as a researcher, GIS data gatherer and reporter, title examiner, and loan processor. As well as her career and being a mom, her passion lies in helping Juniper Ridge Community School become the best charter school. The Waldorf curriculum provides a rigorous and diverse academic offering coupled with a compassionate and friendly community that are both key essentials for Juniper Ridge students.

Juniper Ridge Community School

615 Community Lane

Grand Junction, CO 81506

(970) 986-8219

Juniper Ridge Community School is a proud member of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education.