Ambleside's Board of Directors

Bill St. Cyr, Executive Director

The unifying concern of Bill St. Cyr’s academic and professional life has been the process by which men and women grow to a maturity which reflects the person of Jesus. He holds a BA in political philosophy from Louisiana State University, an MA in historical theology and spirituality from Catholic University of America, and an MS/PhD in pastoral counseling from Loyola University Maryland. Bill has served as a youth minister, led a discipleship ministry on Capitol Hill, assisted the chaplain of the United States Senate, and spent thousands of hours counseling committed believers whose lives have been something less than love, joy, peace, patience, and kindness. In 2000, Bill’s wife, Maryellen, founded Ambleside of Fredericksburg. Located in the Texas hill country, this school is dedicated to providing an education shaped by the principles of Jesus and the pedagogical insights of British educator, Charlotte Mason. Since 2001, Bill has partnered with Maryellen to foster a reformation in education.

Maryellen St. Cyr, Founder and Director of Curriculum Development

A professional educator for more than 30 years, Maryellen St. Cyr has spent thousands of hours in the classroom and hundreds of hours observing other teachers. Possessing a passion for a congruent, life- giving method of education, she has become one of the foremost experts on the “common sense” education philosophy of 19th-century British educator, Charlotte Mason. Maryellen is a primary author of When Children Love to Learn and shares insights into education here.

Rodney Nelson

Gregory H. Lorden

It’s about character.  As a business leader, coach, consultant, scout leader, men’s study group leader and co-founder of an Ambleside School of Colorado, Greg’s consistent passion has been character development. Greg spent 30 years in the technology business, most recently as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Americas at Business Objects until the company was purchased.  He currently serves as Board Chair of Ambleside School of Colorado and heads Leadership Accountability, an executive coach firm assisting C level leaders in building a culture that balances respect and performance.  He graduated from Bridgewater College with a BS in Business Administration, and has enjoyed coaching his four children and others for 21 seasons.  Greg and his wife Kimberley are delighted to have had all of their children benefit from an Ambleside education for more than a decade. 

Ken Ausley

Ken and his wife, Shari, are co-founders of Ambleside School of Ocala.  He currently serves as the school's board chairman.  Ken is the co-owner of Ausley Construction Company and principal of ACA Construction Group and a founding board member and former chairman of First Avenue National Bank. Ken earned a BA in history from Florida State University. After graduation he served for 12 years with a faith-based non-profit and remains active in the non-profit community. He currently serves as president of the Marion County Children’s Advocacy Center; as a member of the Ocala Vision 2035 Leadership Group board, the Marion County Value Adjustment board, and the College of Central Florida CF Institute Advisory Committee.

Rebecca S. Sandberg

Rebecca is a strategist/entrepreneur, writer/editor and artist with a passion for connecting people and ideas. Rebecca spent much of her early life studying art, literature and history and working overseas in Ireland, Israel, Italy and England.  Rebecca earned a B.A. from Wheaton College in English Literature. After graduating, she and her husband, Roger, moved to Nairobi, Kenya where Rebecca worked as a designer at a micro-enterprise for refugee women for five years.  Upon returning to America in 2007, Rebecca founded Re:new Project, a non-profit business in the suburbs of Chicago that employs refugee women, where she was the Executive Director for five years. Over the years, Rebecca has served on multiple non-profit boards in multiple roles, namely helping with mission, vision, strategy, objectives, organizational health, board health and overall analysis. Having been involved with and studied the teachings of Charlotte Mason for over a decade, Rebecca understands the Charlotte Mason philosophy and is passionate about the mission and vision of Ambleside Schools International.  Rebecca, and her husband, Roger have 3 children Jake (16), Andrew (13) and Maggie (10). They live in the rural town of Newberg outside of Portland, Oregon. All three of their children have been educated in the Ambleside method.