Charter schools are governed by a volunteer parent board. The Soldier Hollow Charter School Board is made up of seven individuals who all share the same commitment and passion for creating a world-class learning environment for our students.
Robert Cortopassi, Board Chair
Robert “Bob” Cortopassi serves as General Manager of Accelerated Payment Technologies, a $500M division of Fortune 1000 company, Global Payments, Inc. Mr. Cortopassi is responsible for strategy and execution at the Pleasant Grove, UT headquartered financial technologies company. Mr. Cortopassi has held a variety of roles in technology, sales, and executive management for both high-tech and financial services companies. He has broad experience running companies in both public and private equity environments.
He serves as an advisory member to the board of ControlScan, Inc. He served as chairman of the Electronic Transaction Association’s Risk, Fraud and Security Committee, and as a member of the PCI Security Standards Council’s Scoping SIG.
Mr. Cortopassi lives in Heber City, UT with his wife and 4 children; the three youngest attend Soldier Hollow Charter School. Mr. Cortopassi and his wife Marina, have significant experience in homeschooling, private education, and leadership in non-profit philanthropic organizations. As a strong believer in place-based education, with a commitment to parent involvement and authority over their children’s education, Mr. Cortopassi looks forward to partnering with other parents and school administrators to continue and extend the legacy of excellence at Solider Hollow Charter School.
This is Robert’s fourth year serving on our school board.
Michael Proper, Vice Chair
During the past 18 years, Michael has helped start and grow numerous companies in the IT sector. Michael is a creator and knows how to produce results by rounding-up great teams and helping them to focus on simple yet measurable, transparent goals. In addition, Michael has successfully acquired & integrated many great IT companies and served on many boards such as the following:
- ClearFoundation – Board Chairman (Current)
- CompTIA – Cloud Community Chairman
- Utah Valley University Foundation – Board Member
- Jive Communications – Board Advisor
- IHC Foundation – Board Member
- Utah Technology Council – Board Trustee
- Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce – Board Technology Council Chairman
Michael is a dedicated Husband, Father of 6 (4 attending Soldier Hollow Charter School), Entrepreneur, IT Leader, Servant, Wannabe Photographer, IT Pioneer, and a Kiwi.
This is Michael’s third year serving on our school board.
Joanne Mortensen- Trustee
I have a Bachelors of Science in Health Education. I have been married to Jim Mortensen for the last 25 years. We have five children and I have been involved in their formal schooling for the past nineteen years. I served in the Parent Teacher Organizations for the many public schools my children attended, (some in Utah) holding positions on the PTO board and helping to organize and carry out school events. For six years I was a tutor for Potomac Tutors in the Washington D.C. area. I taught Math, Science, and some Language Arts to students ranging from the 3rd to 11th grade.
We lived overseas for seven years where my children attended a private American school called the American International School of Riyadh. While there, I served as the Public Relations director for the PTO and then as the Executive Vice President for Kindergarten through 12th grade, serving over 1200 students. We organized and carried out events such as Family Fun Day, and an International Festival which hosted thousands of attendees. After serving in the PTO for many years, I was asked to work for the AIS-R Administration as an assistant to the Director of Curriculum to prepare for our reaccreditation. During the reaccreditation process, I edited and footnoted all reports and had access to all records related to the school. I have a keen understanding of the operations of a successful school as a result of this experience. I also helped prepare curriculum guides for every grade in every subject as our school modified and reorganized our curriculum to align with changing U.S. Core standards. This process helped me to understand curriculum and standards and how they relate to both my children’s everyday academics and yearly testing.
I love Soldier Hollow Charter School! Our children have attended many schools and I can honestly say that Soldier Hollow Charter School is one of my favorites. My youngest son started here last year and I deeply appreciate the dedication of our teachers and principal. Currently, I work part time in the office and see where I could be of service on the SHCS Board. I would like to use my years of experience in PTO and school administration to support our school so that we can maintain our wonderful programs, find ways to build the well being of our school community, and nurture our students’ inquiry, creativity and desire to learn, This year, my son has flourished. He is happier than he has ever been at school, and I attribute this to the leadership, vision, and dedication of his teachers and principal. I hope to have an opportunity to participate as a board member and would be privileged to be an “ambassador for the values, mission and vision of the school.
This is Joanne’s first year serving on our school board.
Crystal Miller, Secretary
I was raised in Las Vegas, NV and San Diego, CA, and spent the last eight years living in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. My family and I are thrilled to now call Heber Valley home and are fully embracing the small town way of life.
I studied Economics and Public Policy at BYU and Nursing at George Mason University. I have a Real Estate Broker’s license and in the past ran my own property management company. I am currently working as a Registered Nurse at Park City Medical Center in Women and Newborn services. I believe I have a truly incredible job… every work day is a different adventure, I get to help new babies enter the world and serve and support new moms.
I am the mother of five children, my two oldest attend Soldier Hollow. My two youngest children are three-year-old twin boys, future ospreys. My husband and I met in high school and have been married seventeen years. We love to hike, run, cook, eat, and now that we are Utahans . . . ski!
This is our family’s fourth year at Soldier Hollow and we feel very fortunate to be part of such a unique school. When it comes to helping a child succeed there is no more powerful combination than an active, involved parent and a dedicated teacher. Soldier Hollow is a place where parents, teachers and administrators work together to foster a life long love of learning and help children discover, explore and touch the world around them. I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to support the school charter and to serve the Soldier Hollow community.
Mike Howe, Trustee
Mike Howe has just moved to the area with his family of six, of which three of his children are currently attending Soldier Hollow Charter School.
Mike grew up in Orem, Utah and is very familiar with Midway as his grandparents were born and raised in Midway. He enjoys the outdoors and encourages his children to have the same passion. Being the only child in his family to get an education, he is a strong supporter of education.
Mike is the corporate controller for Gemstone Hotels & Resorts, where he is responsible for the accounting functions of the corporate office. He has great experience in the accounting field and has a strong passion for his craft. His recent activities include overseeing the accounts receivable and payables, general ledger reconciliations, processing payroll, producing monthly corporate financial statements, working with others to create an environment that has strong ethics, following and staying current with GAAP rules, day to day cash management, coordinating new corporate acquisitions with team members to ensure all accounting aspects are set up efficiently and in accordance with GAAP, and oversees all compliance with any tax regulations or licenses whether federal or state for all hotels. Mike has over five years of public accounting experience and understands nonprofit accounting principles and GAAP. During his time in the public accounting industry, he primarily worked as an auditor. He worked on several public and charter school audits and is familiar with the financial reporting processes and regulations.
When Mike graduated from the University of Utah, he had an opportunity to move to New Mexico and manage the Fort Marcy Hotel Suites. He recognized that this would be a great experience not only for his career but for his family and accepted the position. This provide him with great experience, not only working directly with 60 plus owners but understanding and implementing stellar customer service. It was while he was working as the general manager of the hotel that he quickly realized his passion for accounting. He decided to pursue further education and made the switch.
Mike is excited to be back home and is looking to help where he can in the community and feels that he can provide sound input and counsel on financial matters for Soldier Hollow Charter School. Please consider Mike as a candidate to fill one of the board vacancies. EDUCATION & CREDENTIALS MAact., (Masters of Accounting), University of New Mexico, 2011 B.S., Parks, Recreation, & Tourism with an emphasis in Hospitality Management, University of Utah, 2007
Shannon Wilson, Trustee
I have been involved with the Fall Gala/Spring Soiree Planning Committee for five years and PTO for 2 years. I have worked the Olympic Cultural and Ski Events, as well as heading up an obstacle course station for Field Day for five years. I am a huge fan and supporter of the ski program (though not a very good skier myself) and taught most of the grades ice skating this winter.
I graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in Political Science, Latin America specific, with a minor in Latin American Studies. I appreciate the need for cultural awareness and World Languages and would like to see World Language become a part of our core curriculum. I own a local small business in town and am very involved with the community as a whole.
I am thrilled about the archery program and look forward to other physical education offerings including golf, ice skating, and other lifetime activities being offered to SHCS students. I am passionate about Soldier Hollow Charter School and my only desire is to help facilitate greatness; greatness in our students, the teachers and staff, and the curriculum. If I can help keep our school a Blue Ribbon School that is both unique and excels by being on the board, then I am all in!!!
Erin Merryweather, Treasurer
Erin has had a passion for and been involved in the medical field since she was 16 years old starting as an EMT in Kanab UT and working her way up to an Advanced Practice Nurse. Erin received both her Bachelors in Nursing and her Masters in Nursing from the University of Utah.
Erin is working as a Nurse Practitioner in several different roles. She works part time in a Pediatric office, assessing and treating pediatric patients. Erin also works part time at a residential treatment facility, helping assess and meet the medical needs in the vulnerable juvenile patient population.
Erin is a Lieutenant colonel in the Utah Army National Guard where she holds the position of Medical Deputy Commander for her unit. In this position she is oversees Physicians, Nurse practitioners, and other medical providers that help meet the medical needs for the soldiers in the Utah National Guard. With the Utah Army National Guard Erin has been instrumental in multiple international missions, including missions to Morocco where she helped provide health care to thousands of Moroccan people. Erin spent 18 months Active Duty with the Army, helping injured and wounded soldiers get home by overseeing and arranging appropriate medical treatment at facilities closer to their home towns.
Erin likes to spend time with her family and travel. She lives in Heber with her husband and two boys, one of whom has been attending Soldier Hollow since Kindergarten and the other, who just is now in first grade.
This is Erin’s second year serving on our school board.