Meet the Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Michelle Leeper

Mrs. Leeper currently serves as the Vice President of Leeper Air Conditioning & Heating in Lecanto, FL.  Her son was a graduate of AES in 2008.  She has served on the board since 2006, and has been amazed at how AES has been able to positively affect Citrus County. She is proud to serve the students, families, and community.

Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors

Christopher Monrad
Chris Monrad

I have spent most of my career in Consumer products sales and management with General Mills, Lipton Tea and Performance Food Group. But the best years of my career was spent as a teacher at the Academy of Environmental Science. 


Pierre Santos

Treasurer of the Academy of Environmental Science Board of Directors since June 2017 after retiring as a Math, Science and Social Studies teacher, of which 6 years were at the Academy. Prior to that, I retired from the United States Navy. During that time I received a Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College and a Masters of Arts degree from St. Leo University. I have resided in Citrus County since 2002


Sarah Ellis
Ellis Photo

Sarah Ellis grew up in New England and moved with her children to Citrus County in 2007. Sarah taught her children to love and respect nature and the environment which led to her eldest son attending AES. Mrs. Ellis became a board member out of a desire to help the school succeed so that it can continue to meet the needs of students for years to come. Sarah has a B.S. degree in Nutrition Science and a M.S. degree from UF in Family, Youth and Community Sciences with a focus on nonprofit management. Mrs. Ellis has worked in public service for the last 15 years and currently teaches a wide variety of educational programs to improve individuals and families improve their quality of life.


Barry Widman
Barry Widman

Barry grew up in northern New Jersey and attended Lehigh University, graduating in 1966 with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering. After graduation he spent a four year tour of duty in Dayton Ohio as an Air Force officer working as a chemist developing instruments for NASA for measuring impurities in manned spacecraft air environments. After discharge he worked at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in upstate New York as a chemical engineer working on nuclear reactor water purification projects and developing computer models for ion exchangers and filters. While there Barry earned a Master of Engineering degree in Environmental Engineering, and was awarded a patent for a method for reducing radiation levels in nuclear reactors. He retired in 2006 and moved to Dunnellon, Florida where he lives now. While in Florida Barry has served as a board member of the Citrus County Youth Educational Symphony Orchestra (CYESO).


Tom Gotterup
Tom Gotterup

Tom has served as the President of two Christian school boards, he is a retired law enforcement officer, [NYPD] opened and set up two security departments and became Director of Security for both hotels on Marco Island, Florida [Hilton and Radisson]. Opened dive store business in Naples, Florida before moving to Little Cayman, Cayman Islands managing and then opening dive a business. He helped start up the  AES scuba program [first of it's kind in state] and presently member of AES school Board. President of Friends of Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. Four years in Marine Corp, BS degree in Criminal Justice.

Drake Banks - Board Member

Michael Czerwinski - Board Member

Michael Fisette - Board Member

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