Ric Cedergren
B.S. in Industrial Supervision, Northern Illinois University
M.Ed in Education, DePaul University

Ric is the parent of two AMS alumni and has taught since 1993 in public schools. He, his wife Susan and son Leif live in the South Toe area very near AMS. Ric is also a soccer coach for the public schools and Leif is an amazing player. While their daughters were at AMS, Susan, a certified nurse, updated many of the medical protocols for the school.


Paige Davis
Paige has lived in these mountains since she was 19, beginning at Penland School of Crafts, treating it like college. She has owned her metalsmithing business here for many years, and raised two sons who had the privilege of going to AMS for their middle school years.We love this part of the world. paigehamiltondavis.space


Lynda Kinnane
B.S., M.P.H., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Lynda is a retired public health professional that worked for the Toe River Health District for many years as a nutritionist, health educator and health director. She works hard at creating communities where being healthy is easy. She also gardens, runs, reads , hikes, cooks and has a small crossword puzzle addiction. Her son, Andrew Kaluzynski, attended AMS and counts it as one of the best decisions he ever made.


Meghan Lundy-Jones
B.A., Outdoor Leadership, Warren Wilson College
M.A.C.T.E., Elementary I and II Lead Teacher Montessori Certification

From 2004-2011, Meghan worked in a variety of roles at AMS, including Clerk, Houseparent, Recruitment, Academic, Outdoor and Kitchen Coordinators. Her administrative work at AMS gave her the foundation she needed to take on the job of Head of School at the local Montessori school and that is where she has been since. While she still has administrative duties at SPMS, she is primarily the educator for both Elementary classrooms, serving children ages 6-12. She lives down the road as a member of Celo Community with her husband Todd and son Finn.


Catherine Peck
B.A., Education, UNC-Chapel Hill
M.A., English, UNC-Chapel Hill
M.A., Folklore, UNC-Chapel Hill

Catherine was on the AMS staff from 1983-85. Upon leaving AMS, her career was primarily in non-profit administration and education. She was on the AMS Board from 2006-2009 and is pleased to be on the board again, especially since she retired and living in the South Toe Valley again.


Michelle Rehfield
B.A., Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz
B.S., Nursing, Western Carolina University

Working at Arthur Morgan School during my young adult years was an incredible experience that I hold very dear. It brought me to this part of the country from California and rooted me in community and the natural world here. I feel privileged to work with AMS again as a board member.


Jessica Ruegg
B.A. in English and Philosophy, Haverford College
M.S., Professional School Counseling, Appalachian State University

Jessica is a former AMS staff member from 1999-2003 and parent to two AMS alumni, Isaac and Micah Galton. Since 2004 she has worked as a teacher and counselor in local public schools. Living in Celo Community Jess is not far away and helps conduct clearnesses at AMS when needed.


David Ryan
Haverford College
New York University

Dave is an AMS alumnus of 1976. He and his wife Lisa have three children that they home-schooled and combined with extensive travel in the US, Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Viet Nam, North Africa, the Mediterranean, Turkey, etc. He is retired from Ryan Inc. Central, a family-owned earth moving and site preparation contractor.

“I joined the board because of all the educational institutions I’ve attended, from kindergarten to graduate school, AMS is the most memorable, and the one with the strongest pull on my heart. I’m hoping to help in any way I can.”


Elliot Smith
B.A. Creative Writing, Warren Wilson College

Elliot is an AMS alumnus from 2005 and served as an intern in 2008. He has been involved in outdoor leadership programs, restorative agriculture/farm management, as well as project manager in web development, online marketing and community development..


Lisa Swaim
B.A., Forensic Anthropology and German, Indiana University Bloomington

Lisa Swaim is a former staff member of AMS from 1986. She home-schooled her three children using many of the educational concepts she learned while working at AMS. More recently, she’s worked in healthcare as a lactation consultant, a pediatric intensive care nurse and in geriatrics. Currently Lisa is a Nurse Care Coordinator. She and her partner, Joe, enjoy hiking and their four dogs and have begun breeding Australian Labradoodles.


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