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About the Board of Trustees

Montessori Community School is a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation, governed by an 11 to 15 member Board of Trustees that includes an elected faculty member, the Head of School, and parents. The Nominating Committee annually presents a slate to the membership for confirmation. All elected trustees serve three-year terms. Trustees are nominated based on the skills and talents they possess.

The duties and responsibilities of the Board of Trustees include: hold the Mission of the school in trust; ensure that the operation of the school is consistent with the Montessori philosophy and is in the best interest of its students, teachers, and parents; promote the school within the community; maintain a Strategic Plan; maintain a connection with the PTO; review and pass an annual budget and monitor finances; selection and performance review of the Head of School; and oversee the school’s long range and annual fundraising, and implement the annual fund campaign.

Standing committees are usually, though not always, chaired by current or past board members. Each committee is comprised of interested parents, teachers, and staff members who wish to contribute their time and expertise in a particular area.

Executive Committee

 
Gary Furda - Board President; Chair - Personnel
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BS (Agricultural Science), Rutgers University
7 years as MCS parent; child in upper elementary

 


 
Ann Winter-Vann - Board Secretary; Chair - Communications
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Whitsell Innovations, Senior Medical Writer and Consultant
BS (Biology), Duke University
PhD (Molecular Cancer Biology), Duke University
12 years as MCS parent; children in lower elementary and adolescent

 


Jennifer P. Credle - Board Treasurer; Chair - Finance
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Nelson & Company, CPA and Shareholder
BS (Business Administration), University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
MS (Accounting), University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
8 years as MCS parent; child in upper elementary

 


Cindy Zajic - Head of School
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Montessori Community School, Head of School
BA (Humanities), University of Colorado - Denver
Teaching License (Middle Grades): NC
5 years at MCS

 

Trustee Members


Andrew Asaro - Trustee; Chair - Master Plan; Chair - Building and Grounds
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Triangle ATM, Operations/Owner
BA (English), Michigan State University
14 years as MCS parent; child in upper elementary

 


Shannon Ferguson - Trustee
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Freedom Financial Services, CEO
Heartland Business Services, Manager
BA (Economics & Management), Albion College
BA (English), Albion College
2 years as MCS parent; child in lower elementary

 

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Lynda J. Katz, Ph.D. - Trustee; Chair - Development
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Neuropsychologist, Private Practice
Ph.D. (Rehabilitation Counseling/Psychology), University of Pittsburgh
5 years as MCS grandparent; grandchildren in upper elementary and adolescent program

 


Shannon Leslie - PTO Representative
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Shannon Leslie Consulting, Owner
BS (Civil Engineering), North Carolina State University
MS (Civil Engineering), North Carolina State University
6 years as MCS parent; child in lower elementary

 



A. K. Bobby Mallik - Trustee
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A. K. Bobby Mallik D. M. D., P. A. - Owner Endodontist
BS (Chemistry), University of South Florida
DMD, Certificate in Anesthesia, University of Pennsylvania
Certificate in Endodontics, University of Iowa
4 years as MCS parent; child in lower elementary


Larry J. Moray, DDS, MS - Trustee
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The Happy Tooth Dental Group, President
BA (Bio-Psychology), Vassar College
MS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
DDS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
3 years as MCS parent; child in lower elementary

 



Harry Park - Trustee; Chair - Technology
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Links Logic Inc., CEO
BS (Economics & Computer Science), Vanderbilt University
5 years as MCS parent; children in primary and lower elementary

 



Cecily Karen Petersen - Trustee; Chair - Strategic Planning
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Duke University Health System, Hospitalist Physician
BA (Music), Case Western Reserve University
MD, Dartmouth Medical School
6 years as MCS parent; children in upper elementary

 


Keturah Russell - Staff Representative
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Montessori Community School, Lower Elementary Teacher
BA (Psychology), Meredith College
22 years at MCS

 


Daniel West - Trustee
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Marslender-West Asset Management, Partner
BA (Economics), North Carolina State University
2 years as MCS; two children in primary