Board of Directors
Laura rejoined the MCMS Board in 2014 after a one year absence, having held the role of President from 2006 through 2013. Laura and her husband, Scott, have three MCMS graduates, Brendan and Sam, who both attend Marquette University, and Philip, a junior, in high school. Laura earned a BBA in marketing and management and an MS in marketing research from UW-Madison. Prior to raising a family, she worked in the financial services and agrichemical industries. Madison has been home for 10 years but she was introduced to Montessori education while living in Ohio. There she assisted in a lower elementary classroom as well as served in a leadership role in the school’s Family Connections organization.
Brandon joined the MCMS Board in 2012. He and his wife, Jen, are the parents of three MCMS students, Maggie, Ella, and Owen, with a little one, August, still at home. Brandon studied at Luther College and Arizona State University and holds a master’s degree in mathematics. He is currently a product manager at Epic, a healthcare software company, where he has worked since 1998.
Board Member since 2011 and current President, Erin is the mother of three children at MCMS (Grace in Upper Elementary and Ben and Isaac, both in Lower Elementary). She has a bachelor’s in history from Messiah College in Pennsylvania, and a JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Erin has a private law practice focusing on estate planning and general business law.
Board member since 2012, Justin has two sons who attend MCMS – one in Upper Elementary and another in Lower Elementary. He holds a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the UW-Madison and is currently a director for a group of companies in energy conservation and renewable energy industry. Justin and his wife also operate a business that imports Montessori and other educational materials into Japan, where they have helped to open new Montessori Children’s Houses.
Teri joined the Board as an alumni parent in 2013. She and her husband, Luis Pinero, have one son, Emilio, who attended MCMS and graduated from the Adolescent Program in 2011. Teri has a bachelor’s from Marquette University and a master’s degree in nursing from UW-Madison. She has 35 years of experience working with children and their families. She is currently a clinical nurse specialist and case manager at the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison. She is also a member of the Building and Grounds committee at MCMS.
Abby joined the board in 2015. She and her husband, Nic, have one child, Matilda, who is currently in Children’s House. Before moving to Madison in 2004, Abby earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture from the University of Cincinnati. Abby works as an architect for Flad Architects and enjoys putting her professional knowledge to good use as chair of the Building and Grounds Committee at MCMS.
Dorothy graduated with a bachelor’s in education from State University of New York at Oswego in 1957 and went on to teach fourth grade in the Michigan public schools from 1957-1960. After several years at home raising four children, Dorothy returned to school, attending Midwest Montessori Institute and received her AMI primary certification. At MCMS, she was a Children’s House guide from 1978-1989, Head of School from 1984-2006 and on the Board as Head of School Emeritus since 2007. Dorothy’s daughter, Anna is also an AMI trained guide who has been a teacher at MCMS since 1993. Dorothy also has one granddaughter, who still attends MCMS, and two grandsons, who attended MCMS for 11 years and are now in high school.
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