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Butler Montessori School’s Board of Trustees

Butler Montessori School’s Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees (BOT) is a dedicated group of widely talented individuals committed to preserving and improving Butler Montessori and its mission as an AMI Montessori School serving toddlers through young adolescents. The Board of Trustees is responsible for ensuring that the Head of School has the resources, guidance and support needed to successfully operate Butler Montessori and the Butler Camp and Equestrian programs. Passionate about ensuring Butler Montessori’s continued success of providing an outstanding education on its exceptional campus classroom, the Board of Trustees meets regularly and carries its work forward through standing committees: Finance, Development, External Marketing and Buildings, Grounds and Stewardship. The Head of School, Business Manager and a staff/teacher representative (non-voting members) round out the Board.

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Butler Montessori Board of Trustees – Voting Members

Name: Jerry Beaulieu
Connection To Butler/Interest In Serving On The Board:
Alumna parent and veteran of Going-outs.  Over the years, I’ve had many opportunities to enjoy the grounds and share the campus with others.  With the Building and grounds team, I hope to optimize these resources to continue those traditions.
Day Job: IT Manager
Education: University of MD, University College MS, Computer Systems Management; The George Washington University, MBA; University of Massachusetts, BA, Economics & Political Science
What I Love About Butler Montessori: “The autonomy and emphasis on learning-to-learn allows students to develop an understanding of responsibility, consequences, and choosing the better option.”

Name: Dave Brewer
Connection To Butler/Interest In Serving On The Board: Butler Alumnus. I hope to be able to contribute and give back to the school in order for it to continue in to the future.
Day Job: Operations Manager
Education: The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, B.A., History
What I Love About Butler Montessori: “I firmly believe that Butler ‘prepares children for life.’  Butler plants the seed of independence and understanding at an early age by encouraging productivity and highlighting its reward.”

Name: Freddie Gratz
Connection To Butler/Interest In Serving On The Board:
Passionate about education and helping nonprofits
BOT Role, Committee Membership And/Or Expertise
Finance Committee chair
Day Job: Squire, Lemkin + Company LLP, Senior Auditor
Education: Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, M.B.A.
Shepherd University, B.S., Accounting and Business Administration
What I Love About Butler Montessori: “Butler Montessori prioritizes the educational and developmental needs of every student, individually and as a class, and fully embraces that each child has an innate ability to be their best when given the choice and the opportunity.”

Name: Cortenous Herbert Jr.
Connection To Butler/Interest In Serving On The Board:
Proud Butler alumnus. Specialization: Development and Alumni engagement.
Day Job: Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office, Attorney
Education: Butler School, the College of William & Mary B.A., Michigan State College of Law J.D.
What I Love About Butler Montessori: “Butler School taught me to love learning.”

Name: Christine Neigh
Connection To Butler/Interest In Serving On The Board:
Parent of current students
BOT Role, Committee Membership And/Or Expertise
Development Committee Chair, Human Resources and Leadership Coaching expertise
Day Job: Neigh Consulting, LLC, Owner
Education: Johns Hopkins University, M.S., Strategic Human Resources and Organizational Development; Chatham University, B.A., Political Science with Minors in Economics and Philosophy; Company Certified Executive Coach
What I Love About Butler Montessori: “Our family is blessed and grateful to have found a wonderful community at Butler Montessori with a community that respects and nurtures our children, fosters our love of learning, and not only encourages but expects independence and responsibility.”

Name: Lynn Perry Parker
Connection To Butler/Interest In Serving On The Board:
Passionate about education
BOT Role, Committee Membership And/Or Expertise
Provides legal counsel to Butler Montessori
Day Job: LPP Law, Principal Owner and Attorney
Education: The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Doctor of Law (J.D.); The George Washington University, B.A., Political Science with an Economics Minor
What I Love About Butler Montessori: “The dedication and authenticity of the school’s teacher staff, leadership, and community to developing lifelong learners.”

Name: Amy Silins
Connection To Butler/Interest In Serving On The Board:
Parent of current students
BOT Role, Committee Membership And/Or Expertise
Finance Committee Member, expertise in Information Technology, Strategic Planning and Program and Portfolio Governance
Day Job: Emergent BioSolutions, Senior Director, Project Management Office
Education: University of Vermont, B.S., Computer Science with an Economics Minor
What I Love About Butler Montessori: “We are thankful to have found Butler Montessori. It has been a special place that has supported the development of our daughters’ whole self through experiential learning of academics, music, arts, nature and physical education. It has guided them toward independence and created the basis for education as a lifelong endeavor.”

Non-Voting Members

Name: Scott Chidakel
Connection To Butler/Interest In Serving On The Board:
Parent to former Butler Montessori students
BOT Role, Committee Membership And/Or Expertise
Finance Committee
Day Job: Butler Montessori, Business Manager
Education: University of Maryland, B.A.

Name: Lisa Daly
Connection To Butler/Interest In Serving On The Board: 
Parent to former Butler Montessori student
BOT Role, Committee Membership And/Or Expertise
Staff Representative
Day Job: Butler Montessori, Media and IT Specialist/Intermediate Math Teacher
Education: Hood College, Frederick, Maryland, M.A.; Virginia Tech, B.A.
AMI Montessori Certificate in Adolescent Studies

Name: Laura Manack
Connection To Butler/Interest In Serving On The Board:
Parent to current Butler student and former Butler Montessori Teacher
BOT Role, Committee Membership And/Or Expertise
Member of Standing Committees
Day Job: Butler Montessori Head of School
Education: Loyola College, M.Ed.
AMI Montessori Elementary Diploma
AMI Montessori Primary Diploma
Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, B.S.