Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees offers a wide range of expertise and shares a deep commitment to Montessori Radmoor School, its vision and mission as a school.  Working alongside the Faculty and Administration, the Board ensures the smooth operation of our school as an independent, non-profit corporation.  Meetings are held each month at the school.

Current Board Members

Michael Stephenson
President

Michael joined the board during the 2005-2006 school year.  He has served the board as its secretary, vice president and president.  Both of Michael’s children have attended the school.  Michael is a partner at Willingham & Cote PC. He received his B.A. degree from Michigan State University in 1990 where he dual majored in business administration and public administration.  He received his J.D. from Wayne State University in 1993.  During law school, Michael was vice chairperson of the Legal Aid Clinic where he represented indigent clients in family law matters.

Outside the practice of law, Michael is involved with numerous civic and charitable activities.  He is past president of the young lawyers section of the Ingham County Bar Association.  Michael is also an assistant scout master for BSA Troop 125, a past soccer coach for the OAKS community team and a current soccer coach for the Capital Area Soccer League.

Janet Schisler-Lulloff
Vice-President

Janet has been on the board since 2008. She holds a Bachelor of Instrumental Music Education from Arkansas State University and a Master of Music (Saxophone Performance/Woodwind Specialist) from Michigan State University. She spent five years as a band director at a public junior high school in Blytheville Arkansas. Janet's son attended preschool through upper elementary her at Montessori Radmoor. She tries to bring to the board level headedness and tries to base her decisions on what is best for the school, not necessarily what her particular "feelings" are.

Nicole Ellefson
Secretary

Nicole Ellefson has a Master's degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Michigan State University. She has many years of experience in the field of education; starting as an assistant teacher in a first through third year Montessori school in Evanston, IL and continuing as a public school teacher in Holt, MI where she taught Kindergarten and the fourth and fifth grades. After leaving the classroom, Ms. Ellefson worked as a Senior Project Director at the Confucius Institute at Michigan State University where she developed and implemented Chinese immersion curricula and teacher professional development modules. She has three publications in the field of teacher professional development and technology. Nicole is also a parent of a child currently attending the elementary program.

Mary Doster
Treasurer

Mary originally joined the board in 2002. She left in 2005 and re-joined the board in 2014. Mary is the owner of Sage Consultants, LLC. She earned her BBA and MAcc from the University of Michigan in 1989. She is a CPA and worked as an auditor and tax preparer in public accounting for 7 years before starting her own business.
Mary is the mother of three girls, all Radmoor alumnae. She has served as Girl Scout leader for several of her daughters’ troops as well as president and treasurer of their schools’ parent organizations, soccer and tennis teams as well as coaching girls’ softball.

Dr. John (Jake) Ferris
Trustee

Jake and his wife, Maxine, were one of seven couples who founded Montessori Radmoor School in 1968. He has served on the board continuously having been president, treasurer and for a number of years, a volunteer groundskeepers. Watching the program grow and prosper during four construction phases has been a source of pride for him. Most important has been the positive feedback from parents about the value of the school for their children. Maxine and Jake have been excited about how Montessori stimulated their two sons who were in the first and third classes. Jake was on the faculty in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Michigan State University for 40 years before retiring in 1997.

Jack Gilluly
Trustee

Jack is an alumnus of Montessori Radmoor School and is currently a sophomore at Michigan State University studying mechanical engineering. Jack graduated from Okemos High School. Jack brings a wonderful perspective to the board as a current and past student.

 
Autumn Romig
Trustee

Autumn is both parent of a current student and an alumna of Montessori Radmoor. She received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Studies from Babson College and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. She has run a family business and currently owns a small business.

Noah Wolfe
Student Rep

Noah is an alumnus of Montessori Radmoor School. He graduated from Okemos High School in 2015 and is now attending University of Michigan.

School Board Committee Opportunities

The Board of Trustees of Michigan Montessori International, Inc. (DBA Montessori Radmor School) sets long term goals about every ten years. Since parent involvement was instrumental in the achievement of most of the previous goals, leading to the need for the current review and update, we again ask for parent involvement in the various goal-setting committees. We invite you to join us to help make these goals a reality.   Again, each committee is listed in iVolunteer under “School Board Committee.”

School Vision
Board Contact: Michael Stephenson (mstephenson@willinghamcote.com)

The School Vision committee examines the big picture and projects for the school which may not or cannot be completed within the five year time, but which must be identified due to their effect on the other shorter term goals.

Facilities
Board Contact: Marion Guthrie (marionguthrie@yahoo.com)

The Facilities committee concerns itself with the building and grounds of the school.

Enrichment
Board Contact: Janet Lulloff (janet@joelulloff.com)

The Enrichment committee looks at ways to enrich our current Montessori day for the children.

Technology
Board Contact: Jack Gilluly (jackgilluly@gmail.com)

The Technology committee continuously reviews the various technological needs of the students, staff and school as a whole.

Fundraising
Board Contact: Jake Ferris (jakemax33@comcast.net)

The Fundraising committee reviews current fund raising efforts, while exploring and developing new avenues of revenue.

Marketing
Board Contact: Autumn Romig (Autumn.J.Romig@gmail.com)

The Marketing committee concerns itself with both internal and external marketing of the school itself and Montessori education in general.

Parent Involvement
Board Contact: Nicole Ellefson (ellefson@msu.edu)

The Parent Involvement committee to looks at ways to enhance parent involvement and deepen the sense of community.   Updates regarding the status of these committees are provided in the monthly newsletter, as part of the board minutes.

Board Roles & Responsibilities

Our Board of Trustees offers a wide range of expertise and shares a deep commitment to Montessori Radmoor School, its vision and mission as a school. Working alongside the staff and administration, the Board ensures the smooth operation of our school as an independent, non-profit corporation.

The Board’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Support the creation and communication of a school vision that inspires an integrated Montessori community
  • Provide long-term strategic planning and direction that supports the school’s mission
  • Approve the annual budget and oversee financial management
  • Define governance processes and oversee compliance with school policies
  • Ensure facilities and campus environment support current and future educational program needs
  • Inspire a culture of philanthropy and actively support the school’s fundraising efforts
  • Support the school’s goals to create a diverse and integrated community of students, families, faculty and staff
  • Hire and support the Head of School in his/her execution of the school’s mission and vision

THIRD AMENDED AND COMPLETELY RESTATED BYLAWS OF
MICHIGAN MONTESSORI INTERNATIONALE, INC.

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The trustee selection process begins each fall by identifying the anticipated needs of the Board over the next three years.  The Board recruitment committee examines the strategic plan and the current profile of the board to determine additional skills, experiences and qualities it would hope to attract.  On average the board seeks 1-2 trustees a year.

The Board Recruitment committee solicits nominations for new trustees from the administrator, faculty, board or parents.  Nominees fill out a questionnaire, are interviewed by the committee and presented to the board for approval.