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 an Assistant Attorney General with the Oregon Department of Justice. She holds a B.A. in English from Pomona College and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School. She lives just a few blocks from The Portland Montessori School with her husband, Jonathan, and her cat, Dinah.

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

Tonka is a citizen of Chile who spent her childhood in Denmark and has also lived in France. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology from UC Berkeley where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Following her undergraduate studies, Tonka pursued graduate international fieldwork in maritime archeology at Texas A&M University. After returning to the US, Tonka earned her teaching and ECE credentials from San Francisco State and taught kindergarten in California. Subsequently, Tonka went on to co-found Clarus Property Ventures, a commercial real estate investment group where she served as its COO for seven years. Tonka is a strong supporter of the Montessori philosophy and both her children attended West Hills Montessori School.

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

Joel is the Executive Director of Soccer Shots, a fun, non competitive soccer skills program serving more than 7000 players ages 2-8 each year. Before starting Soccer Shots, Joel worked for the Australian Government as a Senior Director of US Market Development. There he advised hundreds of businesses, primarily about their marketing and strategy. Joel currently serves as on the board of the non profit Active Children Portland, which impacts middle schoolers through soccer, basketball and poetry programming. Joel holds a Masters in Business and a BA in Religious Studies from OSU.

Michael Kubler, Member

Michael Kubler leads the Providence Health & Services Emergency Management department. He returned to the Pacific Northwest in 2007 after 9 years in the Navy where he practiced public health and emergency preparedness from Iceland to Diego Garcia. In addition to his work with Portland Montessori Michael also volunteers as the board president for the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup and as a member of a number of organizations and committees usually focused on emergency management and education issues.

Donald S. Rushmer, Ph.D., Member

Educated as a research scientist, Donald worked for 20 years in research and research administration. He developed the concept, obtained funding from a private foundation, created research facilities and became the first executive director of the Neurological Sciences Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center in Portland. He has also served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of Pacific University in Oregon. His consulting work with NXT Consulting Group focused on strategic issues identification, environmental scanning, visioning, strategic planning and organizational development for higher education institutions and non-profit organizations primarily involved in education. Dr. Rushmer has a B.S. in biological sciences from Antioch College and a Ph.D. in neurobiology/physiology from the University of Rochester. He was also a Senior Fellow of the International Executive Forum of the Western Behavioral Sciences Institute, La Jolla, California.

Sarah Anderson, Member

Sarah is the owner of a family portrait photography business and the mother of a son in his fifth year of Montessori education and a daughter who will begin her Montessori journey at TPMS in 2017. She received a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia and has worked in a variety of architecture firms and other professional settings utilizing her background in art and relationship building, including a Montessori School where she held a dual position as Assistant Director and Art Director. Sarah is extremely passionate about the Montessori philosophy, having witnessed first hand the impact it has had on her son’s life and embarking upon her own journey and education as a Montessori parent. She is excited to support TPMS in its continued success and growth.

Perry Fetterman, Member

Perry Fetterman has been working at the crossroads of technology and education for the last 10 years. After graduating from UC Berkeley he worked with some of the most influential technologists, reporters, and academics in the world through his affiliation with Yale Law School. At Yale Law School he managed two intellectual centers; one that studied the law, media, and journalism, and one that explored the implications of the Internet and new information technologies for the law and society. While at Yale Law School he was connected with three startup founders who shared his vision to enhance the way students learn by incorporating online video into the educational experience and joined their endeavor where he now manages their Product Marketing efforts. Perry is the father of two young boys, the oldest of which attends TPMS.

Patricia Budo, Member

Patricia Budo is recently retired from Providence Health and Services where she served as the Executive Director of Children’s Developmental Health. Pat first learned about Montessori education when the Portland Montessori School, then known as Providence Montessori School, was sponsored by Providence and reported to her. Pat has an MSW from San Diego State University and a J.D. from Hastings College of the Law. She has a particular interest in strengthening the diversity of the school and in sharing her knowledge and experience in non-profit management, marketing and finance.

"The school community at The Portland Montessori School creates a truly inspiring environment that is nurturing and encourages independence and a desire to learn. We see the results of this in our daughter every day."

More Events

Memorial Day - School Day, No Holiday Camp Monday, May 30, 2016 - 8:30am
Elementary Play - The History of Portland Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 2:00pm
Last Day of School Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 3:00pm