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:

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Meet the dedicated members of our current Board

Co-President: Brianna Traw

Brianna Traw joined the Board in 2012. She and her husband Brendan co-chaired the MSB Annual Fund for two years. Their son and daughter are proud MSB alums who now attend Catlin Gabel School. Brianna’s professional background includes a M.A. in educational policy.

Co-President and Secretary: 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.

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: 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.

Member: Mimi Burkholder

Mimi Burkholder joined the Board in August 2016. She has a daughter who graduates from MSB in 2017. She loves how Montessori builds a strong foundation for joyful life-long learning and promotes peace. She is a stay-at-home mom who volunteers for the school working on auction quilts/art projects/procurement, and chaperoning. She is passionate about environmental issues, food sustainability and helping foster children. Before becoming a mom she studied and worked in business, art, and design.

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: Denise Dodson

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.

Board Membership

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. In addition, current parents who have been at the school for at least 5 years are eligible to apply. Inquiries are welcome at

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.