2016-17 Board of Trustees and Advisors
The Board of Trustees and Advisors at Childpeace Montessori School offer a comprehensive breadth of expertise and are committed to the preservation and implementation of the school's mission.
The volunteer members share a belief in Montessori education and a passion for the school and they ensure the smooth operation of the school as an independent Montessori school and tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization.
Bill Lynch is a software entrepreneur and advisor. He is currently the VP of Products at Cloudability, a local tech startup. Previously, he was one of the co-founders of Jive Software, a company he started in 2001 and grew in to a public company. Bill is an advisor to local startups, organizes networking events for area Product Managers and was recently the Entrepreneur in Residence at the Portland Development Commission. He is now the President of the Childpeace board and believes strongly in supporting early childhood education. Bill has one daughter at Childpeace and twin boys in Children’s House.
Elisa Wickstrom joined the Childpeace Community in 2013 when her daughter Minna started in the Spruce Room. She jumped in with both feet, joining the Facilities Committee, the Parent Involvement Committee and Co-Chairing the Auction. She and her husband Scott are committed to community service and believe that every hour dedicated to Childpeace is an hour well spent. Their son Oliver joined the Willow room in Fall 2014. Elisa has a background in physical and digital design and has worked for a variety of agencies and consulting firms including IBM, Mainspring and Schematic (now Possible Worldwide). While earning her Master of Architecture degree at the University of Virginia, Elisa worked for the University Architect and developed a passion for navigating the complex web of relationships between the board of trustees, the students, the staff and the state. Elisa also served on the School of Architecture Admissions Committee as well as the Curriculum Committee. Elisa currently serves on the Board of the Artist Repertory Theater.
David Filippi is a partner with the law firm of Stoel Rives, LLP, and practices in the areas of environmental, natural resources, and water law. David and his wife Shawn are strong supporters of Childpeace’s mission, and strong advocates for Montessori education. David joined the Childpeace board in 2012, has served on the Executive Council as Vice Chair and has served as Chair of the Annual Appeal and Board Governance Committees. David’s daughter is in the Larch Room, and his son is in the Redwood Room.
Katie joined the board in 2013 and prior to that was active in the Childpeace community as an Auction Chair, Auction Committee member, room representative, part-time substitute and a variety of other volunteer positions. Katie brings to the board a passion for Montessori education and a deep desire to support Childpeace. Katie, her husband Speros Homer, and her family have been part of the community since 2006 and she has become a strong advocate for Childpeace and Montessori education, even attending and volunteering the International Montessori congress in 2013. She is also a practicing Physical Therapist at New Heights Physical Therapy and mother of three.
Ewan, through his company Metolius River Capital, LLC, provides distressed situation consulting services including serving as receiver, chief restructuring officer or financial advisor to parties in Chapter 11. He is also an active investor in operating businesses and all manner of real estate assets. He is a member of the Finance Committee. He has three children at Childpeace.
Patrick is a Director of Procurement at XPO Logistics, focusing on sourcing fleet equipment and petroleum products. His children both attended the Montessori School of Beaverton as well as the Hershey Montessori Farm School in Huntsburg, Ohio. His daughter Savannah completed her education at the Montessori High School at University Circle in Cleveland Ohio and graduated from USC in December 2015. She is now working in community development and admissions at the Green School in Bali, Indonesia. Patrick's son Cooper graduated from Valley Catholic High School and is currently attending Santa Clara University. Having seen the social, emotional and educational benefits of a Montessori education with his own children, Patrick has a passion for creating a robust Montessori community in Portland through his involvement with the Childpeace board and beyond.
Bernd is serving his second year as a Board Advisor as well as the Chair of the Facilities Committee, having joined as a committee member first in 2011. He is a real estate developer with specialized experience in historic preservation, brownfield redevelopment and adaptive reuse of buildings very similar to those that comprise the Childpeace campus. Bernd moved from Baltimore, MD in 2010 with his wife and 3 children. Bernd has two children which are currently in the Willow and Maple rooms.
Erin has been a member of the Childpeace community since 2002. She has chaired the Art Run for seven years and has also served as a room representative and TV turn off week chair. She was nominated as a board advisor in 2013. She is a physician researcher and will bring her grant writing skills to board development projects. Her eldest daughter graduated from MMM in 2013 after 11 years at Childpeace. Erin’s other three children are still attending Childpeace.
Ulysses is a partner at Aspen Capital, a Portland-based merchant banking company, where he is responsible for commercial real estate lending and investment. Originally trained as a civil engineer, Ulysses focuses his analytical abilities on financial and real estate matters, supporting the school’s real estate leasing, acquisition and financing activities. Ulysses served three terms as member of the Board of Trustees from 2002-2006, and has since served as a Board Advisor. Ulysses has two children at Childpeace.