MSA Charter Council

  • Mindy Carruth
    Mindy Carruth
    Charter Council President
    Mindy Carruth
    Charter Council President

    Mindy lives in Highland, Utah with her husband and 3 children who all attend Mountain Sunrise Academy. She is a huge proponent of Waldorf Education and is thrilled to have a Waldorf school in the area. She has done many Waldorf trainings and conferences and loves the emphasis on Whole Child Development. Mindy graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in horticulture. Her ideal afternoon is spent embroidering (or any other form of handwork) on her front porch surrounded by nature with friends.

  • Bill Mark
    Bill Mark
    Charter Council Vice-Chair
    Bill Mark
    Charter Council Vice-Chair

    Bill was raised in the Pacific Northwest, and he now lives in Draper with his family. Three of his five children are adults, and his youngest child attends Mountain Sunrise Academy. He holds a degree in psychology and law. He runs a civil practice and provides executive coaching.

    Experienced in various education methods, he champions Waldorf Education. He is dedicated to Mountain Sunrise Academy's mission and vision. He loves the Utah wilderness and enjoys skiing, backpacking, and mountain biking.

  • Alyssa Giles
    Alyssa Giles
    Treasurer
    Alyssa Giles
    Treasurer

    Alyssa was raised in Seattle and Sandy, Utah and now lives in Lehi with her husband and three children. 

    She attended Chapman University and completed her degree in Human Development and Family Studies

    at the University of Utah. She appreciates the emphasis that Waldorf places on nature and spends as 

    much time as possible gardening and playing outdoors with her kids. 


  • Bryn Stanfill
    Bryn Stanfill
    Council Member
    Bryn Stanfill
    Council Member

    Bryn was raised in Pleasant Grove, Utah and grew up with an appreciation for this beautiful state. She received her B.A.in Cello Performance from Utah State University and a M.A. in Cello Performance from the University of Akron. She taught orchestra in the Provo School District for three years, and has maintained a Cello studio for over 15 years.

    She now resides in Orem, Utah with her husband and three children. She loves hiking, reading, meaningful conversations and musical collaborations. She is dreadful at handwork, but hopes to learn alongside her children as they progress through Mountain Sunrise Academy. She is inspired by Waldorf’s whole child philosophy and is thrilled to be a part of the community at Mountain Sunrise Academy.

  • Samantha Stephenson
    Samantha Stephenson
    Council Member
    Samantha Stephenson
    Council Member

    Samantha grew up in Virginia and Montana, which helped her cultivate a love for the trees. She spent the majority of her childhood in the woods, playing in the river, catching frogs, and exploring. She moved to Utah in junior high, where she developed lifelong friends and an appreciation for the mountains. She discovered Waldorf Education while researching alternative education methods for her two young boys, and fell in love with it. And she is excited to be a part of Mountain Sunrise Academy's growth of the Waldorf philosophy. 


    Samantha has worked as a High School Lacrosse Coach and a Content Creator for many years, but most recently is a private business owner in the health and wellness industry. 


    Samantha spends her free time in nature with her family, playing lacrosse, taking muay thai classes, and LOVES to cook. 

  • Shandice Johnson
    Shandice Johnson
    Council Member
    Shandice Johnson
    Council Member

    Shandice had a wonderful childhood in a close-knit community in Utah. Growing up, her family showed her that education is transformative. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science and an M.S. in Data Analytics.  Shandice lives in Utah with her husband, two children, and their little dog. They enjoy biking, traveling, creating things, and being together.


    Shandice believes that every child deserves access to a quality, equitable education. She is a passionate advocate for the Waldorf philosophy and believes it provides a close community to grow in and a strong foundation for lifelong learning.

  • Steve Southwick
    Steve Southwick
    Council Member
    Steve Southwick
    Council Member

    Steve Southwick grew up in Orem and currently lives in Lehi with his wife and three children, 
    where the oldest two attend Mountain Sunrise Academy. He has degrees from BYU and the 
    University of Chicago.

    He is the founder of an education publishing company that provides career and elective 
    curriculum to high schools.

    Seeing the positive impact that a Waldorf Education has had in his children’s lives, 
    he is excited to contribute to the Mountain Sunrise Community.

  • Andrew Watanabe
    Andrew Watanabe
    Council Member
    Andrew Watanabe
    Council Member