Parent Profile: Ginny Hunneke P’18

Ginny Hunnke P’18 and Morgan Hunneke ’18

Ginny Hunneke P’18 and Morgan Hunneke ’18

Ginny is the mother of Morgan Hunneke ’18, who began his education at The White Mountain School in 2016. Ginny admits not wanting him to attend a school so far from their home in Asheville, North Carolina, but it was the perfect school for Morgan. Fortunately, a bonus was a good plane connection from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Manchester, New Hampshire. Morgan and a few former White Mountain students are now at Quest University Canada in Squamish, British Columbia. This innovative school, founded in 2007, shares many similarities with White Mountain at the collegiate level. There are students from 45 countries and a range of socio-economic backgrounds, thinking, questioning, and engaging with their world. Morgan is having another great experience and stayed in British Columbia to work over the summer of 2019. Ginny is happy to let him follow his dreams and passion for the outdoors, even though it means he is living them 2,500 miles away! The latest update is Morgan will be spending the summer of 2020 working on a coffee plantation in Hawaii.

Ginny is the founder of The Fun Conspiracy, a life coaching and wellness organization, whose mission is to derail the idea that “fun” is a reward for work. The Fun Conspiracy also helps participants overcome the shame and anxiety often experienced in the early stages of recovery, teaching participants how to relax and have fun appropriately without the use of social stimulants, including liquor, pills, and drugs. Ginny works one-on-one as a life coach and also conducts workshops. In 2019 she traveled to London to conduct workshops to teach other coaches. She also works with corporations on team building. She believes the common denominator across all endeavors is to connect authentically. Ginny has also served on the vestry at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Asheville. Additionally, she served on the board of directors for the Partnership for a Drug-Free NC (now Insight Human Services) and as a trustee and a former board chair at Odyssey: A Community of Integral Learning.

Ginny tells us, “I give to White Mountain based on my belief in the School’s profound impact on so many students and, specifically, in gratitude to White Mountain for Morgan’s experience.” Morgan worked summers with the Youth Conservation Corps of the Conservation Trust for North Carolina since he was 15, and served on a chainsaw crew with AmeriCorps. It was this experience that taught him to work with people from different backgrounds. What resonated with Ginny and Morgan at White Mountain was “the empathy and caring that the faculty, staff, and students had for one another.” Ginny believes in giving to organizations because there are more than enough resources to share. She knows that “When we give, everybody benefits.” Morgan is very fortunate to have Ginny as a role model! White Mountain is fortunate to have Ginny inspire other parents to give back to the School and students through her support of the Annual Fund.

Founded in 1886 and set in the beautiful White Mountains of northern New Hampshire, The White Mountain School is a coeducational college-preparatory boarding and day school for 135 students grades 9-12/PG. Our mission is to be a school of inquiry and engagement. Grounded in an Episcopal heritage, White Mountain prepares and inspires students to lead lives of curiosity, courage, and compassion.