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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. 


Keith Pullias

Keith Pullias is a Citrus County native, and graduate of The Academy of Environmental Science. Upon graduation from AES he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Business Administration. Keith was appointed to the Aviation Advisory Board by the Citrus County Commission in 2022, and was appointed to the MLS Board of Managers at the Realtors Association of Citrus County in 2021. As a local businessman, Keith is dedicated to serving his community and giving back with his time and effort. Keith joined the AES board in 2023 and was elected as Treasurer just a few months later.


Angelique Hickman
Barry Widman

Citizen Science and education are my passions.  While homeschooling my son we became involved in multiple projects with The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. When we moved back to Crystal River in 2019, it only made sense for our son to attend AES. We became involved with Save Crystal River, they are responsible for the seagrass restoration in Kings Bay with Sea and Shoreline.  I have also been helping with education for Save Crystal River at festivals, The Book, Line, and Thinkers program and library outreach.  I have been a certified diver since 1997. I have served as Board Secretary since 2022.


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

Shaunda Burdette - Board Member

Keith Pullias - Board Member

Kevin Cunningham - Board Member

Bonnie Saylor - Board Member

Dee Atkins - Board Member

Holli Herndon - Board Member 

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