EAGLE COUNTY — Ann Smead will succeed Tom Washing as head of the Vail Mountain School board of trustees. Anne-Marie Keane will be named vice chair, the board decided.
The changes are effective July 1.
Washing has been a member of the board of trustees since 2008, and chair of the board since 2011. His daughter is a VMS senior, and he’ll stay on the board next year.
“VMS is a very special place, and I’m proud of the work we’ve done as a board to ensure that the school will continue to thrive,” Washing said.
Smead has been on the VMS board since 2006. Her background is engineering and commercial real estate, and she is the proud grandparent of three VMS students. She also serves on the boards of several nonprofits including the Vail Valley Foundation, and has established scholarship programs supporting students ranging from preschool through Ph.D. studies. Smead was named this past year’s Vail Valley Foundation’s Citizen of the Year.
Keane has been a board member since 2012 and has four children at VMS. Before moving to Colorado, she held a variety of executive positions at Staples for over 17 years, including vice president of global communications.
A 21st Century School
“Vail Mountain School has grown and flourished since its founding 50 years ago because of the hard work and dedication of people like Tom Washing and Peter Abuisi,” Smead said. “I’m excited to be a part of the school’s next phase of growth, supporting our new head of school, Mike Imperi (head of school) and our incredible faculty as VMS becomes an international, 21st century, independent school.”