Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of The Portland Montessori School works with the school administration, the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) and other school stakeholders to ensure the school fulfills its mission and purpose. The following individuals currently serve on our Board of Directors:
Mr. Smejtek leads a product development engineering team for TE Connectivity (formerly Tyco Electronics). Mr. Smejtek is the father of a student in her fourth year of our elementary program.
Ms. Kim brings business development and project management expertise to the school’s board. Her non-profit experience includes working with the American Cancer Society, the Southern California Special Olympics and the Southcentral LA Youth Opportunities Program. Ms. Kim's daughter attends the school in her fourth year of our primary program.
Dr. August is a retired Psychologist who specialized in the assessment, care and treatment of infants, toddlers and young children. Her area of practice focused on Developmental Disabilities with a particular interest in children with Autism. She has two grandchildren in the primary program.
Trish Nimelman is the chief finance officer for the integrated dental insurance and care delivery organization at Kaiser Permanente NW. She has held finance executive roles in a variety of industries, recently served on the board of the Beverly Cleary School PTA and is excited to bring her financial management expertise to our TPMS board as its Treasurer. Trish's son is currently a fourth year student in the elementary school program.
Mr. Fredericks manages the Washington County Child Abuse Hotline for the State of Oregon Child Welfare Division. He has a child in her first year of our elementary program.
Ms. Baumann’s background includes 18 years of experience in non-profit management and fundraising. She is currently the Campaign Director for Oregon Episcopal School. She has also worked in development positions at Lewis & Clark College, Oregon Health & Science University Foundation, Tuality Healthcare Foundation as well as smaller social service and healthcare organizations. She received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Portland State University. She has a son in his second year of the primary program.
Mrs. Franceschi is delighted to provide skills and experience in nonprofit management, marketing and fundraising to advance the work of The Portland Montessori School. As a Development Officer for Concordia University in Portland, she leverages the strength of academic programs to cultivate philanthropic support that impacts students and the community, engaging people who have a passion for education with meaningful opportunities to help develop leaders for the future. Two of her three sons attended TPMS when it was housed at Providence Child Center.
Rachel Weisshaar is a judicial law clerk at the Oregon Court of Appeals. In September 2014, she will join the Oregon Department of Justice as an Honors Attorney. She holds a B.A. in English from Pomona College and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School. She lives two blocks away from Portland Montessori School.