ALCS Governing Council Members
Shauna McCosh - Chair
Shauna has been involved with ALCS since its inception when her son started in the first class in 2005. Over the years she has served on the Governing Council and various committees. She has also participated in many experiential learning excursions, often as the “school nurse”. As a local midwife and nurse practitioner, she has consistently acted as a mentor for Aldo students interested in health care internships. She has a strong commitment to providing educational choices and encouraging youth to strive for educational success.
A.J. Sandoval - Vice Chair
Mary Gruszka - Secretary
After meeting while students at the University of Arizona, Mary and her husband Tom spent three years in Michigan always looking for opportunities to return to the Southwest. They moved to Silver City in 1991 with three small children. Over the next years, the family grew by three more children and finding the right educational opportunities became a primary concern. This concern led Mary and Tom to participate in early meetings focusing on bringing educational alternatives to Grant County. The family was delighted when Aldo Leopold opened, and Mary’s oldest son was a member of Aldo Leopold’s first graduating class in 2008. Since then three of Mary’s other children have attended ALCS and benefited from the care and attention of an incredibly talented and dedicated staff and the school’s unique mission. A desire to give back has motivated Mary to spend time in service on ALCS’ Governing Council. Mary has worked as a Registered Nurse for over 30 years and enjoys running, hiking, reading and any opportunity to gather her family together.
“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” Robert Frost. I am humbled and honored to be part of the Aldo Leopold Community. We are an inclusive community that provides an option for students in our community. The staff and teachers encourage students to be critical thinkers. I am amazed to see the dedication and attention the teachers and staff give to their students. I graduated from Western New Mexico University in 1993 with a bachelors in business, New York University 1997 masters of science in real estate and a juris doctorate in 2003 from the University of Tulsa. WNMU gave me the tools to further my graduate education. I am thrilled Aldo Leopold and WNMU work together in providing our students an excellent education. As a board member we are responsible to ensure the stewardship of the school and its core values. “Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one else is watching-even when doing the wrong thing is legal.” Aldo Leopold. I ensure you as a board member I will do my best to make sure our students are challenged and receive a balanced education. Furthermore, I will work with the board to move the school forward and achieve the goals we set for ourselves each year.