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. The Head of School (HoS)/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.

If you are interested in board membership, please click here to submit an application.

 

Vice Chair

T.J. McHugh
Chair

T.J. has extensive knowledge of communications, strategic planning, marketing, and brand building and has worked globally while living across North America, The Netherlands, and Russia. He has 20 years of experience as a global director for large brands, including Nike, Target, Macy’s, and Sportmaster. Since returning home to Portland from abroad, he has shifted his focus to making a difference in Portland. He currently serves as Vice Chair, board of trustees for Childpeace Montessori School, sits on the board of directors for Sail2Change, a local non-profit focused on changing the lives of historically underrepresented youth through sailing, mentorship, and tutoring, Board Member of Kenton Neighborhood Association, and is a Senior Associate at Dobrich & Elkan, a full-service firm which specializes in running political campaigns.

 

Trustee

Kristen Seidman
Vice Chair

Kristen joined the Childpeace board in 2018 after years in various parent volunteer posts. She spent her early career in book publishing before her passion for the outdoors and dogs inspired her to create Furry Godmothers, a day camp for dogs. After six years as an owner-operator, Kristen transitioned to back office work, stay-at-home mothering, and freelance copy editing. She sold the business upon joining the staff of Artslandia, a performing arts publisher, as Managing Editor. When the pandemic halted performing arts and in-person school, Kristen left her post to focus on family. After a hiatus, she's returned to freelance work as an editor, copywriter, and social media marketer. She has one child in lower elementary and another in middle school at Metro.

 

 

Board Chair

Mary Marsh
Past 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.

 

Treasurer

Ethan Samson
Treasurer

Ethan and his wife Lindsay are parents of two Childpeace students in the elementary program and have been a part of the Childpeace community since 2017. Ethan's own educational experience began at a Montessori school in Denver, Colorado, and he has been a supporter of a Montessori education ever since. After school drop-off in the morning, Ethan is a consultant with Meketa Investments where he advises institutional investors such as endowments, foundations, and state investment plans on their private equity investments. He is also a member of the Oregon Bar, and practiced corporate law at a Portland law firm and as in-house counsel for a strategic venture investor.

 

Secretary

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.

 

 

 

 

Trustee

Randolph Carter
Trustee

As both the founder of East Ed and a member of the Black Panther Party, Randolph has devoted his career to promoting equity and diversity in education and communities. He was a Fellow in the Harvard University School Leadership Program in the Graduate School of Education, where he received a master’s degree in education with a school leadership qualification. He is currently a doctoral student in the School of Education Leadership and Change at Fielding University. He was a middle school reading specialist, a school administrator, and while at the National Association of Independent Schools, he directed their equity programming and founded two of their signature projects: People of Color Conference and Student Diversity Leadership Conference. Randolph has also served on numerous school boards, including Fielding Graduate University and the Institute for Community Enrichment. He is a member of the Education Committee of the New Press. His publications include peer-reviewed articles and book reviews published in national journals.


Advisor

Sarah Kolbert-Hyle
Trustee

Sarah is a lifelong Portlander with one child in the Maple Room and another joining Children’s House in the Fall of 2022. Prior to becoming a full-time mom, Sarah worked in healthcare for nearly a decade at Oregon Health & Science University in the neonatal intensive care unit, and the echocardiography lab as a cardiac stress technician and paramedic. She then went on to join the early founding team at NurseGrid, a scheduling and staffing software platform for nurses. Over the last 5 years, she served on the board of Consano, a crowdfunding platform for medical research, and is an avid supporter of other community initiatives including the Dougy Center and Cascade AIDS Project. Sarah and her husband Sam are grateful to be a part of the Childpeace community and live in Irvington.

 

Advisor

Sarah Schiffman
Trustee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AdvisorAnabel Brown
Trustee

 

 

 

 

Advisor

Rebecca Van Sickle
Trustee

 

 

 

 

Advisor

Ewan Rose
Advisor

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Advisor

Elisa Wickstrom
Advisor

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.