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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

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.

Buildings and Grounds

Chair - Andrew Asaro
Members - Shannon Leslie

Communications
Chair - Ann Winter-Vann
Members - Memsy Price, Deborah Shah, Cindy Zajic

Development
Chair - Lynda Katz
Members - Andrew Asaro, Gary Furda, Shannon Leslie, Cecily Peterson, Deborah Shah, Linda Wilson, Cindy Zajic

The Development Committee works to support the school in its fundraising efforts including an Annual Fund drive and various community events, as well as supporting the Director of Development in all cultivation, stewardship, and fundraising endeavors. The Committee meets on a monthly basis, but as often as weekly if necessary to carry out its various functions.

Diversity
Chair - Cecily Peterson
Members -
Newly formed in 2015 as a mandate of the 2015-2022 Strategic Plan. This committee is charged with working with the greater MCS community to achieve the following goals:
• Regarding school culture, continue a dialogue within the MCS community recognizing the benefits of including a diverse student body.
• Regarding marketing, share MCS’s vision of and commitment to diversity with the broader community.
• Regarding recruitment of students, families, faculty, and administration, actively pursue a strategy to increase persons of color, LGBT persons, persons with varied family structures, and persons with socioeconomic and religious diversity in our school community.
• Regarding diversity education, pursue professional development for faculty and administrators.
• Maintain and grow the scholarship fund to support increased socioeconomic diversity among school families.

Finance

Chair - Jennifer Credle
Members - Cindy Zajic

Head of School Support
Chair - Cecily Peterson
Members - Andrew Asaro, Daniel West

This committee is responsible for overseeing the work of the Head of School providing both support to and evaluation of that individual. The Head of School Support Committee uses the Strategic Plan Action Items and Targets and conducts an annual survey of the community as the grounds for evaluation of the Head of School. 

Marketing
Chair - Deborah Shah
Members - Lynda Katz, Shannon Leslie, Cecily Peterson

Master Plan
Chair - Andrew Asaro
Members -

Technology
Chair - Harry Park
Members -

Ad Hoc Committees


Head of School Search

Chair - Lynda Katz
Members - Dave DeHarde, Shannon Leslie

The Head of School Search Committee is charged by the Board of Trustees with the responsibility to present to the Board its recommendation on the next Head of School for their consideration. The Committee, composed a faculty, staff, and parents is charged with the responsibility to interview vetted candidates and coordinate all the logistics surrounding their school visits and meetings with the community. The work of the Committee is held in confidence out of respect for all involved in the search process. The committee meets regularly and its work will be concluded upon the selection of a new Head of School.

Strategic Planning

Chair - Cecily Peterson
Members -

Formed in 2013 to create the strategic plan for the way ahead for 2015 – 2022. This committee completed work and finalized the plan in June 2015. For more information, visit HERE.

Executive Committee

 
Gary Furda - Board President

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BS (Agricultural Science), Rutgers University
7 years as MCS parent; child in upper elementary

 

 


Cecily Karen Peterson, MD - Board Vice President

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Duke University Health System, Hospitalist Physician
BA (Music), Case Western Reserve University
MD, Dartmouth Medical School
6th year as MCS parent; 1 child each in Upper Elementary and Adolescent Community


 
Ann Winter-Vann, PhD - Board Secretary

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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

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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

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Triangle ATM, Operations/Owner
BA (English), Michigan State University
14 years as MCS parent; child in upper elementary

 

Shannon Ferguson

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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, PhD

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Neuropsychologist, Private Practice
PhD (Rehabilitation Counseling/Psychology), University of Pittsburgh
5 years as MCS grandparent; grandchildren in upper elementary and adolescent program

 


Shannon Leslie - PTO Representative/Treasurer

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

 


A. K. Bobby Mallik, DMD, PA

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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

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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

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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

 

 


Keturah Russell - Staff Representative

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Montessori Community School, Lower Elementary Teacher
BA (Psychology), Meredith College
22 years at MCS

 


Daniel West

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