The Board of Directors is the governing body of our incorporated not-for-profit school and endeavors to protect and develop the school community. Its primary concerns are the financial and program functions of the school, for which it defines a program mission and operating policies. Operations are delegated to the Head of School and administrative staff. The corporate power of this school is vested in the Board of Directors, acting in accordance with the written bylaws.
The Board of Directors is composed of seven to eleven voting members plus the Head of School, who serves as a non-voting ex officio member. Whether appointed or elected, Board Members are selected for their commitment to the mission of the school and for their ability to contribute particular expertise or experience. Board members model the respect and mutual support that is central to the philosophy of this Montessori school.
Allison O’Boyle (President)
Allison has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and, prior to starting a family, worked for the Virginia Department of Corrections as a program analyst and part-time counselor. She brings to BMS prior Board experience at the Montessori School of Iowa City, where she was a Board member for two years and served as Board President for one year. At BMS she has been engaged in a number of fundraising activities prior to joining the Board. She and her husband moved to Bloomington with their children and dog in May 2017, and both children are enrolled at BMS.
Janelle Terkhorn (Vice-President)
Janelle grew up in Indianapolis, moving to Bloomington in 2006. She graduated from Indiana University in 2010 with a degree in English. Her coursework was mainly focused on research and education. She and her husband currently homestead on their small hobby farm on the outskirts of Bloomington. They have one son at BMS and are pleased to be part of the Montessori family.
Phuong Thang (Treasurer)
Phuong is an accounting professional who currently works for Cook Group, a medical device company in Bloomington. Prior to that, she worked at Platformatics, a Bloomington-based tech company focused on providing “smart” lighting solutions through Power over Ethernet (PoE), and also for two of the big four accounting firms in Indianapolis. Raised in The Netherlands, Phuong obtained her undergraduate degree from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and her M.S. in Accounting from the Kelley School of Business at IU. She and her husband Matthijs have two children enrolled at BMS. Phuong is excited to help contribute to the BMS community as Board Treasurer and is looking forward to work together with the other Board members.
“I have always wanted to give back to the BMS community after witnessing the important role it plays in helping develop our kids into intelligent, independent, and caring individuals. I hope my background and experience in accounting will allow me to be of added value to the Board.”
Amanda Cook (Secretary)
Amanda holds a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Marian University and brings teaching and writing experience to her work on the Board. After receiving her degree, she taught briefly before becoming a full-time parent in 2006. After moving to Bloomington in 2008, she joined the Bloomington Moms Meetup Group, becoming a co-organizer and running many events and activities. A lifelong reader and occasional blogger, she turned to fiction writing in 2009 and self-published her first novel in 2014 under her imprint, A. Cook’s Books. Her second novel, When We Were Forgotten, a speculative fiction story set on a space station, was self-published in September 2017. It won the 2018 Bronze Medal for Best Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror E-book from the Independent Publisher Book Awards. She and her husband have two sons, who are current BMS students. Amanda is looking forward to her sixth year on the Board of Directors.
Todd Schnatzmeyer (Board Member)
Todd is a registered architect in the states of Indiana and Texas and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He is also a LEED ® Accredited Professional and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. As Executive Director of the Indiana Limestone Institute, he represents its member quarries, fabricators, and associate members by promoting the industry and assisting architects, masons, and end users on the best use and care of this historically significant stone. Todd earned his Architecture degree from the University of Kansas at Lawrence in 1988 and practiced in Texas until moving to Indiana in 2003. Todd and his wife Tami have two daughters currently at BMS.
Christine Lovelace (Board Member)
Christine has a deep love for Montessori Education and the environment it provides children in which to remain curious, and to learn and develop in their own natural ways. Her educational background is in French, Education, and Art Therapy. She has been an Executive Assistant to companies throughout the country, and brings a high level of organizational skills to the Board as well as coaching and leadership skills. Christine has one child enrolled at BMS and is grateful to get to serve this wonderful school community.
Russ Clark (Board Member)
Russ is a Faculty Lecturer at IU’s Kelley School of Business in the Operations and Decisions Technology Department, with expertise in strategic planning, transformation, change management, and process improvement. He has over 25 years of experience in the business sector in consulting, management and executive roles.
Bridget Stomberg (Board Member)
Bridget Stomberg is currently an Associate Professor of Accounting at IU’s Kelley School of Business. She has experience as a tax director at two Fortune 1000 companies and has experience in project management, finance, and budgeting. She has one child enrolled at the school and believes that the Montessori environment allows her daughter to be her best self. She is looking forward to actively giving back to the school and community in developing plans, policies, and initiatives that allow BMS to continue its great work.
Rob Danzman (Board Member)
Rob Danzman is a National Certified Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. For over 20 years he has worked in the behavioral healthcare industry and small business consulting. He ran several behavioral health companies with offices in multiple states providing psychological testing and therapy. In addition to providing individual and family therapy, he is currently working on a behavioral health book series and provides blog content to several popular healthcare websites. He is an enthusiastic supporter of Montessori education and is excited to share his knowledge and experience with the BMS community.