Board of Directors
The Montessori School of Beaverton, Ltd. has been a nonprofit corporation in the state of Oregon since 1987. The Board of Directors is responsible for financial policy and prudence, and for hiring and supervising the Head of School. Information on Board membership can be found below. Any correspondence with the Board can be directed to: email@example.com
Meet the dedicated members of our current Board
President: Jane Foerster
Jane Foerster joined the Board in January 2016. She has twin daughters who graduated from MSB in 2016. Jane has been a consistent volunteer at MSB helping with chaperoning, auction projects, cooking, and driving. Before having kids, she was a journalist, taught middle school for several years, and worked as a tutor after moving to Portland in 2000. Jane loves kids, is passionate about helping others, and will bring a unique perspective to the Board.
Secretary: Michael Barton
Michael Barton joined the Board in December of 2012. He is a native Portlander who returned to the area in 1987 to work on the Intel supercomputer project and is now retired. Michael has triplets who attended MSB for nine years apiece. He is also on the Board of a local free-market think tank.
Treasurer: Jeff Petrillo
Jeff Petrillo joined MSB’s Board in January 2014. As a parent of two MSB graduates, Jeff believes that Montessori education plays a transformative role in the world and that MSB does an excellent job offering a quality Montessori program. Jeff’s professional expertise centers on real estate consulting, financial underwriting/analysis, organizational grant writing, affordable housing policy and commercial development. Jeff brings years of experience as a Board member on several non-profit organizations.
Member: Sudarshan Cadambi
A trustee since 2003, Sudarshan Cadambi has served as Treasurer and President of the Board. The solar panels on the school’s roof were one of his early projects! At Intel, Sudarshan manages an architecture team that specializes in Computer Input-Output interfaces such as USB. The area of Sustainability is one of his passions. His children, also MSB alumni, are both now out of college and starting their careers.
Member: Shauna Pettit-Brown
Member: Luisa Ponzi
Member: Atul Shah
Member: Eric Thompson
Eric Thompson is an MSB graduate! Pleased to be able to offer his perspective and expertise to a school he loved, Eric joined the MSB Board in November 2013. An engineering graduate of Oregon State University, Eric has been working at Mentor Graphics for over nine years, where he is involved in developing a new ECAD (Electronic Computer-Aided Design) package.
MSB Board membership is a very meaningful way to serve the school, as well as serving the cause of Montessori education and its ideal of creating a more peaceful world.
Alumni and alumni parents may apply for board membership, as may outstanding community members with an understanding of Montessori philosophy and a passion for education. Inquiries are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The initial term for an MSB Board member is 3 years, which may be followed by renewable 1-year terms. The Board meets quarterly and as needed between regular meetings. Board business is normally handled between the quarterly meetings via email. Board members are asked to attend the annual MSB auction and to contribute to the Annual Appeal. The time commitment is approximately 5-10 hours per month.
MSB Board members enjoy working collaboratively, are dedicated to upholding MSB’s mission of Montessori education, and wish to promote the best long-term interests of the school. They are guided by the National Association of Independent Schools’ Principles of Good Practice description of board responsibilities and individual members’ duties.
Applicants are asked to write a letter to the Board giving their reasons for applying, and a description of their background, skills and the unique insight they would bring to the Board.
Public Admissions Events
- September 26, 6pm
- October 26, 9am
- December 7, 9am
- January 11, 9am
- February 22, 9am
- March 19, 6pm
- April 9, 6pm