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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.

     


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

 

 


 
Gary Furda - Board Vice President; Chair - Personnel
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GlaxoSmithKline, Strategic Relationship Manager
BS (Agricultural Science), Rutgers University
6 years as MCS parent; child in lower 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
11 years as MCS parent; children in primary 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
7 years as MCS parent; children in lower elementary and upper elementary

 


Cindy Zajic - Head of School
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Montessori Community School, Head of School
BA (Humanities), University of Colorado - Denver
4 years at MCS

 


Michael Brader-Araje - Trustee
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Sunpocket Management, Managing Director
BA (English), Lafayette College
MA (English), University of Rochester
M.Ed., University of Massachusetts - Amherst
10 years as MCS parent; children in lower elementary and upper elementary



Randal V. Childs - Trustee; Chair - Development
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North Carolina Central University, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Division of Institutional Advancement
BS (Computer Science), Morehouse College
MBA (Management and Marketing), Elon University
1 year at MCS



Rochelle Hayes - Trustee; Chair - Nominating; Chair - Scholarship
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Montessori Community School, Assistant Teacher: Primary
BA (Plan II - interdisciplinary honors program), University of Texas at Austin
8 years as MCS parent; children in upper elementary and adolescent

 



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
5 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
4 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
5 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
21 years at MCS; child in upper elementary

 



In Memoriam
Christine Nevius - Trustee; Past Chair - Development
BA (Journalism), Boston University
MA (Communications Management), Simmons College
8 years as MCS parent; child in adolescent