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:

Dalibor Smejtek, President

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.

Rachel Weisshaar, Vice President

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.

Mary Kay August, Secretary

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.

Tonka Formigle, Treasurer

Bio coming soon.

Cheryl Franceschi, Member

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.

Joel Newman, Member

Bio coming soon.