Meetings / Documents
During the school year (August through May) FALA’s Board of Trustees meets at 5 p.m. the second Monday of each month in Room 4 of the FALA campus. Meetings are open to the public, with agendas and monthly financial reports posted 24 hours in advance in the News section of the homepage.
You can read a copy of our Annual Financial Report here. Use drop down menu to navigate to Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy.
Sharon Gorman, Ed.D. | Board President
Sharon is a Senior Instructional Designer for NAU’s e-Learning Center and brings a wide range of experiences in course and curriculum design, assessment, pedagogy, and educational technology. In 2014, she completed a doctorate in education where she explored how female and ethnically diverse students navigated their engineering discipline. She is the associate editor for the book, “A Language of Freedom and Teacher’s Authority: Case Comparisons from Turkey and the United States” published in May 2017. This collaborative book project explores the changing authority of teachers as a result of economic and political pressures both here and in Turkey. Sharon currently serves as the Co-Chair for the Commission of the Status of Women at NAU and leads efforts to promote and advocate for gender equity, parity, and inclusivity at the university. In addition, she is a part-time faculty member for NAU’s Educational Leadership and Foundations program. She teaches graduate-level online courses including Philosophy of Education, Cultural Foundations of Education, and Educational Sociology. Sharon joined the Board of Directors in May 2017. As a FALA board member and a critical educator, she aims to be a balanced voice on the Board. She is vested in FALA’s present and future as a FALA Parent but most importantly as an educator.
On a personal side, Sharon feels truly blessed to reside in outdoorsy Flagstaff with her family—spouse, two daughters, dog, cat, and bees. Last year, she began taking ballet and jazz dance as an adult novice and is a walking billboard for “it’s never too late” to learn. She loves how dance connects to the whole self and bridges across spiritual, emotional, physical, and artistic dimensions. She also has a background in art and music. She lives by the personal motto: “Art, creativity, and stewardship make life worth living.
Birgit Buss | Board Vice President
Birgit, the parent of a FALA alumni, joined the Board of Directors in November 2018. She began her professional career as a high school teacher in Germany, followed by teaching fourth grade and city college in Fresno, California. With a move to the Santa Cruz Mountains came a career change, and she provided technical writing services as a consultant to companies across the United States and internationally. She continued this work after her move to Flagstaff in 1996 until she joined the quality assurance team at W. L. Gore’s Medical Products Division. Birgit comes to the board with a strong belief that education must provide our young people with a desire for learning, compassion, critical thinking, and leadership in service. She looks forward to contributing to the continued success of FALA.
Birgit and her family feel very fortunate to be able to call Flagstaff home, a town they call the best place to live. They enjoy many of the outdoor activities this area offers, including hiking, backpacking, whitewater rafting, and climbing.
Phil Hagen | Board Secretary
Phil is a longtime writer, editor and project manager who got his start in the business as a cub sports reporter at the Arizona Daily Sun in 1985. Most of his career was spent in Las Vegas, where he helped launch, develop and edit numerous award-winning magazines, including Las Vegas Life, Architecture Las Vegas, Nevada Public Radio’s Desert Companion, Vurb (a bimonthly magazine about the urban movement and lifestyle in Las Vegas), and Vegas Seven. Hagen’s last post in the corporate world was editorial director for WENDOH Media, where he oversaw a variety of publications and websites. In 2009, he wrote a book about The Meadows School, a nationally acclaimed private institution founded by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman. In 2016 and 2017, he served as director of Desert Gray Matters, an annual 5k that raised money for brain cancer research.
In 2018, Hagen, with his wife, Laurie, and their daughter, Emma (a sophomore at FALA), moved back to be among the mountains, pines and good people of Flagstaff.
Dr. Barbara Boschmans Beaudrie, Ed.D. | Board Treasurer
Barbara is the director of the Lumberjack Mathematics Center at Northern Arizona University and joined the Board of Directors in November 2018. She teaches mathematics content courses to future elementary and middle school teachers as well as a variety of first year college mathematics courses. She has taught over 20 years in higher education at three universities. She is interested in the mathematics education of preservice and inservice elementary and middle school teachers, the appropriate use of technology in mathematics, and the transition from high school to college. She is the co-author of A Problem Solving Approach to Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers, 13th Edition. She is a FALA parent of two and brings fundraising, event planning, and budget experience to the Board of Directors.
Barbara enjoys living in Flagstaff with her husband, three daughters, and cat. She was born and raised in a town outside of Antwerp, Belgium and spent a year as an exchange student in California before coming to Flagstaff. She has spent 16 years living in Arizona, with a detour to New Hampshire and Minnesota. She is excited to serve on the Board of Directors and support FALA students, teachers, and staff in any way she can.
James Yih | Board Member
James is an engineer with a passion for art. After earning a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University, James moved to Flagstaff in 2012. He works as a design engineer at W.L. Gore & Associates. He has experience designing medical devices and machines, managing projects, leading small teams, and maintaining shared resources. James has great attention to detail and is always thinking about continuous improvement.
Complementary to his engineering career, James spends his free time exploring various arts. In 2017, having no prior experience, he began learning ballet and modern dance at FALA. He continues to dance several times a week. James has trained in multiple aerial apparatuses, and performed with Flagstaff’s aerial theater company, Dark Sky Aerial. In addition to performing, James volunteers as a stage manager and aerial rigger for the Flagstaff Foundry, a community variety show that includes live music, aerial dance, and stand-up comedy. At home, inspired by color and three-dimensional shapes, James enjoys folding origami and sculpting with clay.
As a FALA board member, James brings an engineering perspective, and an understanding of the importance of art and education.