About Us

The Partnership (PARLA) is a group of parents, community professionals and educators dedicated to bringing more choice to MSBSD high school students. PARLA strives to educate the community about the school’s mission, help create connections between staff, students, parents, and community, and provide financial support to the school. PARLA is registered as a nonprofit corporation with the State of Alaska (Entity # 10022417; follow this link [PARLA bylaws, initial] to view PARLA’s bylaws). Our EIN as a federally recognized 501(c)(3) organization is 47-1546466.

 

PARLA Board Members

Rene Dervaes, PARLA president is a high school JROTC instructor for the Anchorage School District. He is veteran of both the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps, respectively. He is resident of Palmer, where he and his wife are raising three wonderful children. His personal interests include mountain biking, hiking, and writing music.

Paul Morley, PARLA vice president/director is a high school teacher of language arts and fine arts with a BS in wildlife science, a BA in photography, and M.Ed in Cross-cultural education. He also holds an administrative (Type B) certificate. His personal interests include playing mandolin, boating, skiing, and world travel.

Tony Kristich, PARLA director, is a parent of three children attending MSBSD schools. He teaches high school math at Career and Technical High School (CTHS) and loves to engage his family in outdoor activities. His wife, Peggy, is a teacher at Machetanz Elementary School.

Kimbrough Mauney, PARLA secretary & treasurer has a master’s degree in Environmental Education from Western Washington University.

Anna Folsom is a parent of a second grader. She teaches 5th grade at Birchtree Charter School and has a passion for art.

Steve Rubinstein is a parent of two girls who are home-schooled. He is the Director of Alaska Pacific University’s Graduate Program in Outdoor and Environmental Education. He received his M.S. in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University, a B.S. in Psychology from Guilford College and a Certificate of Outdoor Leadership from Seljord Folk College. Steve has extensive experience in the field teaching and directing programs since 1987, including his work as Faculty and Founding Program Director in Outdoor Education at MT Hood Community College in Oregon, Program Director at Northwest Earth Institute and Education Coordinator & Asst. Director at North West Service Academy- AmeriCorps.