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 Childpeace Board of Trustees and Advisors serves as the strategic planning body of the school, as well as a vital link to the larger Portland community. The Board is recruited from the parent body and the community at large. A group of advisory board members are invited to join the board as their interest and skills dictate. Our current strategic plan guides the work of the Childpeace Board. A system of committees forms the framework for completion of board work. All parent board members are recruited from and voted upon for a two-year term by the parent body. If you are interested in board membership, contact our Head of School. The Head of School /Executive Director is a non-voting board member. The HOS makes all the decisions regarding program curriculum, philosophy and implementation, and operations. The HOS is solely responsible for the hiring and management of all faculty. Childpeace is committed to its AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) recognition, and has an outside AMI consultant visit the school every three years for program oversight.

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.

Mary Marsh
Chair

Mary joined the board in 2016 after watching her three children thrive, since 2012, in the Childpeace Montessori environment. A former product director for Nike, and current business owner of Gold+Arrow Salon in downtown Portland, Mary is passionate and committed to Montessori education. She has served as the Development Committee Board chair and assisted in the various stages of the school’s strategic planning process. What inspires her most about Montessori and Childpeace is watching children grow and succeed, at their own pace, within a caring and kind community.

Kristen Seidman
Vice Chair

Kristen joined the Childpeace board in 2018 and has been part of the community since 2012. She's been an avid volunteer, including several years as an auction committee co-chair, beautification chair for a year, and this year's classroom rep for the Maple Room. She has a son in Larch and a daughter in Maple. Kristen is in the process of exiting a successful dog care business she founded fifteen years ago, works as a freelance copy editor, and is the Managing Editor for Artslandia. 

 

Courtney Dausz
Secretary

Courtney joined the Board in 2016. She and her husband Kris, are supporters of Montessori education and are delighted to be part of the Childpeace community; they have two daughters who attend Childpeace. Courtney is an attorney with the law firm Mersereau Shannon LLP and advises municipal and nonprofit clients regarding financing matters. Courtney first became an enthusiast of Childpeace in 2007 while serving as counsel to Childpeace for the financing of the main building.

Ewan Rose
Trustee

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 (including most recently the Closet Factory and Wall Beds of Oregon) and all manner of real estate assets. He is a member of the Finance Committee. He has three children at Childpeace.

Elisa Wickstrom
Trustee

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.

Bill Lynch
Trustee

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 believes strongly in supporting early childhood education. Bill has one daughter at Childpeace and twin boys in Children’s House.

 

 

 

 

 

Stacey Wilson
Trustee

Stacey has been part of the Childpeace community since 2017 and joined the board in 2018. She has a son is in the Redwood Room and a daughter in the Willow Room. Stacey is very invested in Montessori education and was a Montessori child herself. At her son’s previous Montessori school, she was the chair of the parent volunteer council, co-chair of the auction committee, and the parent liaison to the school board. Stacey is a clinical psychologist with a private practice. Over the past 20+ years, she has worked with children, adolescents and adults in a wide variety of settings including outpatient clinics, schools and universities, inpatient and residential treatment centers, and medical hospitals.

Claire Zulich
Advisor

Claire joined the board in 2018 and has been part of the Childpeace community since 2016. She is in Learning & Development at Daimler Trucks North America, specializing in life coaching and personal development. Her passion is helping people learn more about themselves so that they can create positive life changes. Claire and her husband, Edin chose a Montessori education and Childpeace specifically for their daughter.

 

 

 

Angela Dean
Advisor

Angela Joined the board in 2018, after her daughter Kaya-Rae started in the Willow room in Childrens House. Angela works in the area of Ethical Trade and Responsible Business Practice and is currently a Director at Arche Advisors, developing social and ethical business strategy for fortune 500 companies. Angela also has a background in international development, working with NGO’s and UN agencies across the developing world. She has experience of running two non-profit organizations out of New York, directly reporting to a board of directors. She has also sat on a number of non profit boards and committees. Angela was born in England, but has lived and worked in various countries across Africa, as well in India, Italy, Haiti, Honduras and now the USA. She has a Degree in Sociology and a Masters in International Development with Economics. 

 


Our Mission

To guide the development of the whole child, socially and academically, through the principles of AMI Montessori education in an urban setting.